Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,



Last week we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through classroom activities, read alouds, art projects, songs, and an assembly. This year we focused on the theme of positive change and highlighted children’s poet, Amanda Gorman. Her book, Change Sings, ties in with many of the classroom activities and artwork that our students have participated in recently. I hope you and your family took time to reflect on Monday about the powerful, yet peaceful work of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders.


Yesterday, staff participated in professional development sessions on a variety of topics. One of those was Restorative Practices. This is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. This philosophy also helps to repair harm and restore relationships after an unexpected situation has occurred. To learn more, you can visit this site for the International Institute of Restorative Practices. I look forward to having all staff trained in this area in the future.    

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

  • January 20:  Code Red Drill (rescheduled from snow day)


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.  A zoom option to attend will also be available.

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!


Want something to look forward to? Put Saturday, March 26 on your calendar.
Highlight it. Circle it. Put a big star on it.

That’s when the Foundation’s big party, Hurrah: Together Again! is bringing back the fun! 

You’re invited to Hurrah: Together Again!--a heated outdoor party in a tent on the top of the Gaslight parking structure. Food specialties from local restaurants, fabulous drinks, a DJ, and a mountaintop theme that will send winter out with a bang and celebrate spring with a roar. Tickets, invitations, and more information are coming soon.

You won’t want to miss it!

Wednesday Staff Snacks!
Please sign up to provide Wednesday snacks for staff by clicking here. The Lakeside staff so appreciates this snack in the middle of their very busy week! 

 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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