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
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DI GEEKY KITTIES TEAM who tied for 20th out of 70 teams! They were the top finishers from the state of Maryland in their challenge, Lose to Win. They also beat teams from other states, as well as other countries such as Qatar, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and China. Well done!
CONGRATULATIONS LES CAFETERIA STAFF...on receiving the 2014 Gold Star Award
The LES Cafeteria Staff received the Gold Star Award for the sixth year in a row. This award recognizes the outstanding record of excellence in food safety and sanitation during the past year. The criteria for this award includes: No critical violations, All sanitation violations corrected within 30 day follow-up, No temperature violations and No confirmed food service complaints.
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
LES MOVING UP NIGHTS: Moving Up Night is an opportunity for parents/guardians and their children to spend time learning about the expectations of the grade students will be in next school year. All Moving Up Nights begin at 5:00 p.m. It is important that you arrive by 5:00 p.m. in order to hear the entire grade presentation. Please see the dates listed below and attend for the grade your child will be in next year (for example: if your child is in 1st grade this year, you should attend the 2nd grade Moving Up Night):
1st Grade - May 6th
2nd Grade - May 20th
3rd Grade - May 4th
4th Grade - May 18th
5th Grade - June 10th
Relay for Life - Mission Madness Month: Friday, May 1st begins "Mission Madness Month" because we are on a mad mission to raise as much as we can during the month of May for our RFL Team to support the American Cancer Society in the Relay for Life. The actual event will take place on Saturday, June 6th at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds from 6:00pm-2:00am. If you would like to donate on-line to our team, please go to our website: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/LESospreys. For a list of our fundraising activities please see the detailed flyer (click here).
SchoolMall.com is an online shopping mall where over 400 nationally-known online merchants have agreed to give a percentage of sales to K-12 schools. Companies like Walmart, Target, Sears, Office Depot, and Dell participate. SchoolMall is a great way to support our school when you shop at your favorite online merchants. Plus it's really easy...just go to www.schoolmall.com and then click "Find School" and type in Leonardtown Elementary. When the page opens, click on the "Merchants" tab at the top of the page and you can select from over 400 merchants and begin your shopping. Anyone can do it, so be sure to share this with friends and family. Thanks to your generosity, our teachers have already received $1570.00 in Caring for Classrooms gift cards that they will be able to redeem on reading level books, National Geographic Kids, Zoobooks, Kids Discover, school supplies and educational games. The more we share and use, the more our school earns!!! This is totally AWESOME!
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 April 13th. No extras will be ordered so be sure to order yours before Monday, April 13th. Books are scheduled to be delivered on or before June 9th. An email will be sent out when they arrive.
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 took place on Thursday, March 26th and the students raised a grand total of $29,300.00.
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. The child must be three (3) years of age by September 1, 2015 for the Head Start/Pre-K-3 program or four (4) years old by September 1, 2015 for the Head Start/Pre-K-4 program, 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. Click here for Pre-K brochure. Click here for Head Start/Pre-K flyer.
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. Click here for the Kindergarten brochure.
EARLY ENTRANCE TO KINDERGARTEN: Early entrance to kindergarten is considered acceleration. It is not a waiver of the age of entry regulations. Early entrance will be considered for high performing children who are five years old by November 1 and who demonstrate capabilities in reading and mathematics warranting early admission.
Applications will be accepted from April 1 through June 30, 2015.
For families moving into St. Mary’s County after July 1, 2015 from another area, applications will be accepted until August 15, 2015.
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