• Parent Information

    Important Information

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year, I hope that this extended summer provided you with ample opportunity to rechargeand spend time with your families and loved ones ! At Lake Arbor, we take your child’s academic and social growth seriously.

    We continue to be committed to focus on culture, data, and performance. We will do this by :

    •  Building positive home-school relationships;
    • Ensuring structures are in place to promote teaching and learning that will increase student achievement; and
    • Increase parents’ awareness of school data and build “assessment literacy” (knowledge of testing instruments).
    As part of our instructional focus, we gladly welcome parents and families to partner with us in our quest for academic excellence. You to participate in your children’s learning and be invited to several school-based programs. Our staff is committed to the vision. Thus we want to welcome our new staff members: Ashley Papincak (2nd grade), Briana Walker and Jazmin Brown (3rd grade), Nicole Clark (4th grade), Mykal Saunders (5th grade), Sharon Marshall (Special Education), Deidra Speight and Cathi Harris (Paraprofessionals), Shaketa Nichols (ILT), Malik Williams (Guidance), Donta Wade and Michael Djangali (PE), Rachel Kirby (ESOL), and Michele Billingsley (School Nurse). James Lee, who is well known in our community from the Lake Arbor Community Center, will be returning as the Itinerant Special Education Assistant. We would like to congratulate Mr. Cory Haley as he accepts his new role as Math Resource teacher. We also want to congratulate Ms. Jemma Pierre on her recent nuptials and will now be known as Ms. Watson. We say farewell and best wishes to Ms. Schooler, Ms. Troast, Ms. K. Davis, Ms. Harding, Ms. Moore, Ms. Rivera, Mr. Lendo, Ms. A. Hawkins, Nurse Leonard, Ms. Jacobs, Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Lee, and Ms. Bay.

    SchoolMax: Teacher Assignments/Schedules

    SchoolMAX Student Information System is used to manage student data, including grades, attendance, and schedules. New parents should register for SchoolMax family Portal online at https://family.sis.pgcps.org/ . Returning parents’ usernames and passwords are the same as the year before. Teacher assignments will be listed in schoolmax by september 5, 2017. You may obtain your child’s classroom teacher and room number by logging into SchoolMAX and looking at the Social Skills teacher. Kindergarten and new students will receive teacher assignments during the New Student Orientation (see below).

    Breakfasts and Lunches

    Our school participates in the Maryland Meals For Achievement (MMFA) Classroom Breakfast Program. All students receive free breakfast daily. Breakfast is served in the classroom from 7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. All students are required to eat lunch daily. A student lunch cost is $2.75. Children may bring a cold lunch and purchase a carton of milk for 55¢. Additional snacks can be purchased daily by students. If you choose, you may have the snack option blocked by notifying the school cafeteria manager. Each student will be assigned a PIN number, which will remain the same as long as they are enrolled at this school. Students may apply money to their meal account daily, weekly, or monthly. Parents are strongly encouraged to maintain money in their child(ren)’s account. Online payments can be made at www.myschoolbucks.com . Breakfast and Lunch menu are available at the PGCPS Food and Nutrition web page http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition and will also be sent home monthly.


    The Department of Transportation will be sending out correspondence directly to your registered SchoolMAX address with your child’s bus number, bus stop and time. You will have transportation services on the first day of school if your child is fully registered and in SchoolMax by August 21st. You may also access this information online by visiting the PGCPS website, http://www1.pgcps.org/transportation. It is likely that if you register after August 21st, transportation may not be available until after October 1st.


    There is a STRICT ADHERENCE to the uniform policy. Students must be in navy blue bottoms and white or burgundy shirts. Students may wear shoes of their choice but they still must adhere to the PGCPS dress code. Students may wear Lake Arbor Spirit Wear on Fridays. The full Uniform Policy is on our school website and the attached School Supply List. Our community partners, Navy Federal Credit Union Kettering Baptist Church and Shoppers’ Food Warehouse, have graciously donated some school supplies. If you are in need of these donations, please send a note with your child to the classroom teacher requesting a backpack or a bag of supplies.

    Agenda Books

    Students in grades 1– 5 are asked to purchase an agenda book for $10.00 from the school. Please send cash or money order in a sealed envelope with your child’s name printed on it the first week of school. Agenda books will be the main means of communication about assignments and class activities. Homework will be written in the book and the teacher will record your child’s daily behavior (upon request). The Parent Handbook is located in the front of the agenda book with information about school policies. Agenda books are the first of many fundraisers we will have this school year.