Welcome to Leonardtown Elementary School - Home of the Ospreys
22885 Duke Street Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
301-475-0250 Main and 301-475-0254 Fax
301-475-7821 Recs & Parks School Age Center (Before & After Care)
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Office Hours 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. all year. During the month of July we will be closed on Fridays for energy conservation.
Grades K-5: 8:40 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
AM Pre-K: 8:40 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
PM Pre-K: 12:40 p.m. to 3:25
Early Dismissal Time is 1:25 p.m. (Pre-K does not attend on Early Dismissal Days)
SCHOOL POINTS OF CONTACT:
School Improvement - Denise Eichel, Principal
Transportation/Bus Issues or concerns - Jamie Jameson, Assistant Principal
Classroom Concerns - Assigned Teacher
Absences/Attendance/HAC - Dorothy Sage, Attendance Secretary
Registration/Withdrawals/Transfers/Records Requests - Teresa Allen, Records Secretary
Health/Immunizations/Medicine - Phillip Wentz, Nurse
Volunteer Applications/Info - Michelle Roberts, Secretary to the Principal
Lunch Account Balance or concerns - Emma Knott, Cafe Manager
School Supplies/Clothing assistance - Susan Fox, Counselor
Congratulation Heather Foster for being one of the 5 finalist in the Parent Involvement Matters Award!
PARCC: The Maryland State Department of Education has published new resources to help parents become familiar with the new state assessment known as PARCC, which many Maryland students in grades three through high school will begin taking in March. PARCC will help us measure students' progress toward grade-level mastery as well as graduation. Feel free to share these resources with parents, educators, and students. Please visit: www.marylandpublicschool.org and click on "Prepare for PARCC." You may also sign up for updates on PARCC and other topics of interest here. Sign Up for GovDelivery
SPRING BREAK: Spring break for students, 10/11 month employees is March 30th thru April 6th. All schools and offices will be closed on Friday, April 3rd and Monday, April 6th. School reopens on Tuesday, April 7th!
5th grade Parent/Student visitiation night at the Middle Schools:
MBMS on May 18th @ 6:00pm
SRMS on May 19th @ 6:00pm
EMS on May 20th @ 6:00pm
LMS on May 26th from 6:30-8:00pm
2014-2015 Yearbook Pre-orders: Reserve your copy of the yearbook for $20ea. Orders will be collected from January 5th through March 27th. No extras will be ordered so be sure to order yours before Friday, March 27th.
Jump Rope for Heart Award: On Friday, January 23rd, Mr. Peterson and Mr. Cook accepted an award for LES from the American Heart Association - Jump Rope for Heart for raising $24,361 and placing 10th in the entire State of Maryland! Way to go LES students, staff and community!!! Our event this school year will take place on Thursday, March 26th starting at 12:30pm.
PRE-K REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR: The elementary schools will conduct the Pre-Kindergarten open enrollment between April 13 and April 24th. A child must be four (4) years old on or before September 1, 2015, and come from a family with an economically disadvantaged background. If vacancies remain after those children have been enrolled, the remaining vacancies may be filled using locally determined at-risk criteria. A screening to determine eligibility will take place for children who are not economically disadvantaged. The screening will be scheduled by the home school once registration has been completed.
What you need to bring with you to enroll your child:
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Record
- Proof of Income (W-2; last 3 paycheck stubs; or Proof of Temporary Cash Assistance)
- Court Orders; notarized statements, or other legally binding documents concerning custody, when custody of a minor child is an issue
- Proof of Residency (Lease, Deed, building Contract, Current Utility Bill)
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR: Registration will begin on April 27, 2015 for students who will be attending Kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year. Students must be five (5) on or before September 1, 2015. The child does not need to be present during registration. The documents needed to register are the same as the Pre-K mentioned above.
School Emergency Preparedness Training Program for Parents and Guardians: The PSA and drill training video are available for viewing via the SMCPS home page or through the following link:
Leonardtown Elementary School located in the heart of Leonardtown, Maryland is a place where students learn, experience, and succeed. Our student body consists of approximately 800 students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. Each day our students are welcomed by our many dedicated staff members. Student achievement is our number one priority. All of our teachers, support staff, and administrative staff work collaboratively to ensure that "learning for every student" occurs every day.
Leonardtown Elementary is a community school where the input of our stakeholders is sought and valued. We hold quarterly School Improvement Team (S.I.T) Meetings to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration focused on upholding the tradition of excellence at LES. Our S.I.T. meeting dates are posted under the Hot Topics-School Improvement Information and Plan. We look forward to seeing you.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in many enrichment activities including Destination Imagination, FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), Science Club, Chess Club, and Math Team to name a few. We are very fortunate to have such a committed group of staff members and parent volunteers who give their time and talent to these programs for our students.
PTA is a very active part of LES. If you are interested in learning more about our PTA please contact the school.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about LES, home of the Ospreys. Visitors are always welcomed, so please stop in and experience the warmth of LeonardtownElementary School.
Denise M. Eichel, Principal
LES OUTREACH PROGRAM: We are starting an outreach program with our families who are in need of a variety of assistance (such as food, clothing, household supplies, etc.). You have recently received a notice about the program--asking for support but I wanted to give you a little more information. This program is coordinated by parents in our community who wanted to help families in need. They are counting on help from other community members to help with purchasing items at times or donating money to help buy items needed. The outreach program contacts these families monthly to see what their 3 biggest needs may be for the month, then the coordinators post the needed items on a website and supporters can go on the website to sign up to purchase items. I posted the website below if you wish to check it out. If you have any families to recommend for this program, please give me the names so I can send them the information, if I haven't already done so. Currently, we have 10 families who have signed up for the program. Click here for the link.
WEEKLY STUDENT AGENDAS: We have a new link to the weekly student agendas located to the left under Quick Links called "Grade Level Weekly Agendas". Each grade level or teacher's agenda will be uploaded each Monday.
BUS ROUTES: Parents and students can locate their school bus stop by visiting the St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ website at www.smcps.org and clicking on the Bus Stop and School Locator link. The Bus Stop and School Locator link will allow you to type in your address and your student’s grade level and then be provided with your local school, bus stop location, bus stop time, and bus number. School bus transportation information for students attending the Chesapeake Public Charter School, a STEM Academy, the Academy of Finance, the Global & International Studies Academy, and the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts can be found by clicking on the Bus Routes link, which is also located at www.smcps.org. If you have any questions, please contact the St. Mary’s County Public School’s Department of Transportation at (301) 475-4256, ext 2.
LES Green Team - Our school is a certified Green School and we make every attempt to do our part to conserve energy and recycle. The students learn about and participate in these efforts as well by collecting the recyle materials in the cafeteria and classrooms and turning off the lights whenever they leave a room. We have also cut back on the amount of copy paper we use by sending any correspondences home to parents via our emailing system. Please be sure the main office is notified of any changes to your email address and telephone number to ensure you don't miss out on important information and events.
SPECIAL CELEBRATION SUGGESTIONS: Please click here for detailed information.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS: Anyone interested in volunteering in the school, chaperoning field trips, mentoring, etc must fill out a Volunteer Application. It takes approximately 2 weeks to complete the process, so we encourage everyone to get the forms in at the beginning of the school year. Forms and information are located under the Quick Links section. If you have children at different schools, you will only need to complete one application. You do not need to complete one for each school and you do not need to resubmit a new application each year.
URGENT SAFETY REMINDER FOR PARENTS: This message is for any parent, guardian, sibling or daycare provider that bring students to school via vehicle. LES School Procedure states: Drop off for students begins at 8:30 and only when staff members are present outside on the sidewalk. The school day for students begins at 8:40 so any students dropped off after 8:40 will be considered tardy and the person driving the student to school will be required to park their vehicle and walk the student inside to the main office and sign them in. No students should ever be dropped off and sent in on their own without staff present. For more detailed Arrival & Dismissal information, please read the letter attached under Hot Topics - Parent Communications. Thank you all for adhering to this policy and understanding that the safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Parent Transport Procedure