Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,


At Lakeside Elementary, we focus on showing kindness to others and ourselves. With February being Kindness Month we celebrate with our elementary students by participating in Spirit Days the first week of the month.  Throughout February, we encourage students to perform random acts of kindness for others. Consider writing a letter to a veteran or nursing home resident, sending a thank you note to a special person, performing a chore at home without being asked, etc. If families have pictures to share of students’ random acts of kindness, please email them to me at I look forward to seeing their acts! Below are the Spirit Week happenings for next week. 


Spirit Week- Jan. 31- Feb. 4

  • Monday, January 31- Bright As a Rainbow (dress head to toe in your favorite color)

  • Tuesday, February 1- Mismatch Day

  • Wednesday, February 2- Favorite Movie Character Day

  • Thursday, February 3- Pajama Day

  • Friday, February 4- East Day/Lakeside Lion Day and Acting Like Kabookie Day

    • Random Acts of Kindness

    • Spreading Positivity

Student Drop Off Reminder

Especially during the winter months, many families utilize the Burchard Street Parking Lot to drop off and pick up their child(ren). When in the Burchard lot, we ask that families be mindful of signage and utilize the “Student Drop” area. Thank you for helping us to ensure the safety of all students and staff members.


COVID-19 Update

  • There are new isolation and quarantine requirements per the January 11 Kent County Health Department (KCHD) Public Health Order.

    • All students/staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 10 days starting from the date when symptoms developed or upon the date of a positive test, if asymptomatic.

    • Unvaccinated household close contacts must quarantine for 10 to 15 days

      • Household close contacts may attend work/school beginning on day 11 if wearing a well-fitted mask through day 15. Those unable or unwilling to wear a mask must continue to quarantine at home for days 11-15 of quarantine before returning to work/school.

    • Vaccinated household close contacts may continue attending school if they are symptom free and wear a well-fitted mask for 15 days. 

    • Any household close contacts with symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine. 

    • The KCHD recommends but does not require a five day quarantine for close contacts at school regardless of vaccination or masking status. 

  • As a reminder, if any unvaccinated members in your household have a concerning symptom for COVID-19, all unvaccinated members of your household should stay home until healthcare evaluation or testing results are back. This minimizes exposure to others in school. Thank you for your support.  

  • Masks: The KCHD face covering Public Health Order for grades PreK-6 expired on January 2, 2022. However, masks are strongly recommended and encouraged as we continue to navigate through COVID-19.

  • To ensure the safety of everyone, please continue to review the student health screener daily prior to sending your child(ren) to school. Families should follow the guidelines listed in the health screener. 

  • District information on COVID-19 is available on our website linked here

  • The Kent County Health Department updates a toolkit regularly with guidance for schools. Please see the most updated toolkit (10.21.2021) found here. The KCHD plans to update this toolkit soon to align with the January 11 PHO.  

Important Calendar Dates

  • Feb. 7:  Board of Education Mtg at 6:00 p.m. in the EGRMS Learning Commons

  • Feb. 8:  PTO Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Warm Regards,

Stephanie Thelen
Lakeside Elementary Principal

             PTO Highlights    

PTO General Meeting- Our next general meeting will be Tuesday February 8, 8:30am in the Learning Commons. Please join us to hear from Principal Thelen and learn about ways you can get involved with the PTO.  Click here for our zoom option for this meeting.

Library Prep Sessions- We have many new books to add to our Learning Commons collection! Beginning Friday, January 28th, we are looking for help to cover the books and get them ready for circulation. Even if you are not a regular library volunteer, please join us for our regular drop in meetings, Mondays 9:30-11:00 and Fridays 2:00-3:20. Please check the PTO Facebook page for updates on the sessions or leave a comment if you have any questions. Join other parents to help keep our library in tip top shape!

                  BIG CHECK DAY IS ALMOST HERE!

At the end of this month, the Foundation will be presenting big checks to the teachers whose grants were approved in the second semester grant cycle. Thanks to our donors, we have nearly $100,000 to fund classroom enhancements. Look for more photos and videos from Big Check Day soon!

Kindergarten 2022-2023 Intent-to-Enroll Information

If you intend to enroll a kindergartener for the Fall 2022/2023 school year, you can click here for more information. Please complete the online Kindergarten registration on or before March 1, 2022. Thank you!

     School Lunch

Free Lunch Information:
Currently, every EGRPS family can access a free lunch at school. All orders must be submitted using this 
online form by 7:00 am. You may order at the frequency that meets the needs of your family.  Milk is included with each lunch order. Please note that "milk only" orders will be assessed a $0.50 charge per milk ordered. 

Note: Due to staffing shortages, GRPS will no longer be providing the "muncher" option as a lunch choice!

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