Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,

Last week Lakeside Elementary second grade students visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum to learn about the history of Grand Rapids. Students enjoyed traveling through the streets of Grand Rapids through their “Then and Now” exhibit. Please enjoy the photos below of their learning adventures.


Spring Concert

Spring is in the air and the EGRPS Elementary Music teachers, Mrs. Kline and Mrs. Pugia, have been working with students to prepare a performance that showcases their learning throughout the school year. We look forward to welcoming families to this event on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lakeside Elementary gymnasium. Please see this letter from the music teachers for more information.

Gardening Club- Adopt a Planter

This year as part of the Gardening Club, the PTO will be introducing Adopt a Planter. You can volunteer to care for a planter at one of the entrance locations of the school. Responsibilities include planting and maintaining the planters from spring planting season, through the summer and into fall of next school year. There are also other opportunities to get involved with the Gardening Club, please sign up on the link here for the planter program or to find out more about the group! A fun activity the Gardening Club led in the fall was a bulb planting fundraiser to earn money for mulch for the new plantings. If you happen by the front of the school now, you will see the daffodils and tulips starting to emerge!

5th Grade Parent/Guardian Night at the Middle School

Fifth Grade Parent/Guardian Night will take place on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the middle school. This is a parent/guardian-only event, as students will be visiting the middle school on their transition day. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Mr. Dykhouse at

Earth Day Initiative Continues

Last Friday we celebrated Earth Day with a school grounds cleanup during afternoon recess. Additionally, a student group led the charge on starting a small service project to help educate Lakeside students on ways they can help to preserve our Earth, as well as fundraise for a local organization, Blandford Nature Center. If your child(ren) would like to participate in raising funds to help Blandford continue to provide a natural space for locals and healing animals to enjoy, there is a donation jar in the office. Donation collections are extended through April 29.

Smartwatch and Cell Phone Reminder

We understand that Smartwatches and cell phones are an easy way for families to communicate with their children. Please help us to maintain a distraction-free learning environment by reminding your child that any smartwatches and cell phones brought to school must remain off and in their backpack while on school grounds. For more information, please click here to review Board Policy 8320 and 8320-R.

Important Calendar Dates

  • April 26:  M-STEP testing begins (see M-STEP section below)

  • April 27:  Administrative Professionals Day, Reproductive Health Parent Night for Fifth Grade Parents 5:00 pm

  • May 2-6:  Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 9:  Board of Education meeting 6:00 pm in EGR Middle School Learning Commons

  • May 10:  PTO meeting in Learning Commons 8:30 am

Warm Regards,

Stephanie Thelen
Lakeside Elementary Principal

Class Placement for 2022-2023

One of our most important tasks is preparing the class lists for next year.  I will meet with staff later this spring to begin student placements for the 2022-2023 school year.  To guide us in this important process, we will follow the East Grand Rapids Board of Education Policy #8040:

To the extent possible, students are assigned to specific classes, grade levels, and teachers by the building Principal. In making assignments, Principals may consider (with input from teachers and parent(s)/guardian(s) the following factors: (i) individual student needs; (ii) learning styles of students; (iii) teaching styles; (iv) gender ratio; (v) heterogeneous make-up of the class; (vi) class size; and (vii) special education needs. 

Your input is valuable. If you wish to contribute information about your child, please fill out the optional Student Placement Information Google Form found here. Please do not request a specific teacher as many factors go into the placement decision and we have yearly changes in teaching assignments. This form needs to be completed by Friday, April 29, 2022.

The M-STEP state assessment for third through fifth grade students begins after Spring Break based on windows of time determined by the state. Our M-STEP testing schedule is linked here. Please try to schedule appointments around these dates and times to prevent your child(ren) from missing class time to complete make-up test sessions.  

   Lakeside PTO

Direct Your Dollars
Please save your Spartan Nash receipts (D&W, Forest Hills Foods, Family Fare, Ada Fresh Market) Keep the entire receipt and turn it into the collection jar in the main office. Our school earns $1,000 for every $150,000, and we average $3,000 a year!

Additional questions? Reach out to the PTO or our committee chair Kateri Schutt. Thank You!

Staff Appreciation

The first week in May is a time when we try to show the Lakeside staff how much they mean to us! We are looking for parent volunteers to take over second recess from 2:00-2:20 on May 2-6. This recess is usually supervised by teachers, so this would give them some bonus time to their day! We are looking for 4 volunteers each of the days that week who would work with 2 of the regular lunch recess helpers on duty for extra support each of those afternoons. Please sign up here. Thank you!

Fun Day
A greatly anticipated and exciting event for the end of the school year is quickly approaching! FUN DAY will be Friday May 27, 12:15-3:15. (rain date of Tuesday, May 31). The kids will participate in a variety of outdoor field games, inflatable slide, dunk tank, treats and an overall fun time! Please sign up here if you'd like to help out for the event.

PTO General Meeting May 10th

Please join us for our last general meeting of the school year, Tuesday May 10, 8:30 in the Learning Commons. We will hear from Dr. Kattula with district updates and Principal Thelen with Lakeside news. Also, meet our new board members for the 2022-23 school year!

Nominate Seniors for Foundation Scholarships 

Do you know a member of this year’s senior class who deserves special recognition? You can nominate them for the student scholarships the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation administers by May 6. (Students may apply for some of the scholarships themselves.)...Read More

Camp East 2022

Registration for Camp East is now open! For more information about these summer child care programs, please click here

It's Here! Lakeside Running Club

Would you like to volunteer for the Running Club? To view the sign up click here. Running/Walking Club can always use substitutes on certain days or for extra help! Please contact Hannah Bailey if you are interested in helping/subbing at


5th Grade Art Show at KDL East Grand Rapids!

Mrs. den Dulk and Mrs. Klopcic are excited about the return of the fifth grade art show at the East Grand Rapids Branch of the Kent District Library!  Students selected what they felt was their most successful piece of artwork from this year and we are proud to share it with the community. Fifth Grade artwork is now on display through mid-May in the children's section. 

All-School Spring Performance Information

Students are preparing for the Lakeside Elementary All-School Spring Performance on May 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM. This performance will be for students, staff, and families! Click here for more information!

LBW Race 

The annual LBW Race will take place on Monday, May 23, and registration is now open. You will find more information here.

 Additional Items

It's spring, the time of year for outdoor yardwork! Please support our student-athletes by buying your yard mulch through the Team Boosters Mulch Sale, orders will be accepted through June 1.

EGRHS Drama Department Presents
Once Upon A Mattress - April 28 & 29 @ 7 p.m. and  April 30 @ 8 p.m.
here for more information.

City of EGR Open Houses
Please join city officials to learn about parks projects, mobility improvements and other city-sponsored initiatives and to provide feedback on projects of interest to the entire community. Each open houses will have several stations to discuss various park projects, traffic improvements, zoning changes, and other plans. Topics will vary, so attend as many as you can.

April  25: 6-7 pm at City Hall. Topics: Dog Park, Trails at Manhattan Park, Zoning Changes
May  09:  6-7 pm at City Hall. Topics: Traffic demonstrations, dog park
May  23:  6-7 pm at City Hall. Topics: TBD
June 13:  6-7 pm at City Hall. Topics: TBD
June 27:  6-7 pm at City Hall. Topics: TBD

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