Parent Information

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am looking forward to seeing our Lake Arbor Lions return to school with enthusiasm! At Lake Arbor, we take your child's academic and social growth seriously. We are committed to the District's Theory of Change- Focus on culture, data, and performance with a lens on literacy and then we will have outstanding academic achievement for all students." Thus, we will continue to focus on:

  • Building literacy across the curriculum
  • Using the College and Career Readiness Standards to drive instruction, making learning more rigorous and meaningful.
  • Renewing our culture to ensure a nurturing, safe, and positive environment.

As part of our instructional focus, we gladly welcome parents and families to partner with us in our quest for academic excellence.  We will have many opportunities for parents to participate in their children's learning. Our staff is committed to the vision. Thus we want to welcome our new staff members: Patrice Green (Kindergarten), Demetria Dennison (1' Grade) Bre'Anna Boykin (4t' Grade) Cory Haley (4a' Grade), Dine White (5thGrade), Peter Otumba (5th Grade), Rakia Mohamed (pre-K paraprofessional), Rachel Lee & Tonia Joseph-Armstrong (Special Education) and Christopher Molley (paraprofessional). 

We would like to congratulate LaTanya Sothern for her promotion to Assistant Principal, Aisha Ortiz for her promotion as Instructional Lead Teacher and Jaquia Frink for her transition to Special Education Resource Teacher here at Lake Arbor. 

We say farewell and best wishes to Ms. Garrett, Ms. Britt, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Mabie and Ms. Zynda. 

Last but not least, we want to say godspeed to our Kimberly Brown, Assistant Principal, who graciously served the Lake Arbor community for the last six years. She was promoted to Resident Principal.

First Day 

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Arrival begins at 7:3 0 a.m. The official stmt time for our school day is 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 1.55 p.m.. All students receive free breakfast, which is served directly in the classrooms beginning at 7:30 a:m. Students must be in their seats in their classrooms by 7:45 a.m. or they will be marked tardy. During the first two weeks of school we invite you to walk your students to class. After that we will begin our normal routine, which :allows children to walk to class independently from the front door of the school building. School visits/observing classes will begin after September 301. This window will allow students an opportunity-to get use to their new classroom environment and allow teachers to establish relationships and routines. 


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  Returning parents' username and password are the same as the year before. Teacher assignments will be listed in schooimax byAugust 19, 2016. 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 55c.  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 Breakfast and Lunch menus are available at the PGCPS Food and Nutrition web page http://wwwl.pgcps.ora/foodandnutrition and will also be sent home monthly. Applications for the Free and Reduced Meal Program are also available on the Food and Nutrition web page and in the main office. 


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 byAugust 12, 2016. You may also access this information online by visiting the PGCPS website, Any registrants received after August 12th, but before August 23rd, will have transportation on August 29th. Parents should expect a 5 to 7 day turnaround for transportation to be processed at the beginning of the year.


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 and be in closed-toe shoes. Students may wear Lake Arbor Spirit Wear on Fridays. The full Uniform Policy is on our school website and on the attached School Supply List.

Agenda Books 

Students in grades K- 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.

 New Student Orientation 
There will be an orientation for all Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and new students (1-5th grades) on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.. Please arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. to receive your child's teacher assignment and room number prior to the orientation beginning. We will begin with a brief overview in the multi-purpose room. Then we will take you on a tour of the school, which will allow you to greet the teacher and find your child's classroom. Kindergarten students will receive back-to-school information on this day. 
Sneak-a-Peak Day 
We welcome you to stop by briefly to find out the teacher assignment, location of your classroom and bring in your school supplies and "sneak-a-peek" at your child's classroom on Monday, August 22, 2016 between 8:00- 9:30 a.m. 
Back to School Nights - 6.00pm • 
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1st- 2nd grades 
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2016 3rd- 5th grades 

I look forward to developing great school-home relationships with you and your families. Thank you for your continued support.  

Sincerely,  TonyaY. Riggins 




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