Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful long weekend filled with some fun and relaxation! Long weekends can be a great way to recharge, especially in the middle of winter.

While we enjoyed the sunshine last week, the melting snow and rain left our playground full of ice and water.  We recommend having your child pack an extra pair of socks and/or pants in his/her backpack. Additional articles of labeled clothing  come in handy during this time of year as we have a limited supply of extra clothes in our office. At times we have inside recess or close areas of our playground due to rain, ice, and/or unsafe conditions. We make every effort to go outside for recess when conditions allow.  

Professional Development- February 18
On Friday, February 18, staff spent the day training on a number of different topics that support the district’s strategic plan. Two areas in which staff received training last week included Restorative Practices and Creating Safe & Supportive Schools for LGBTQ+ students. Restorative Practices (RP) are methods used within our community to strengthen relationships between individuals, as well as build social connections. RP focuses on building relationships and repairing harm between individuals through the utilization of community building circles and restorative conversations. 

In addition to learning about RP, staff training also included strategies for ensuring representation of students from a variety of backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community, through the diversification and enhancement of classroom libraries. A common phrase discussed within the education community is “Books should be both mirrors to reflect our lived experience and also windows to understanding another’s lived experience.” Providing both “mirrors and windows'' in classroom libraries allows all children to feel safe and supported in their learning environment. 

Please enjoy the pictures below of our elementary staff engaged in learning:



March is Reading Month
March is one of the most exciting months in an elementary school due to the celebration of March is Reading Month! Throughout the next five weeks we look forward to promoting one of our favorite activities - reading! We will be hosting Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) time ten times during the month where our students and staff will all enjoy a good book at the same time. In addition, we invite students to participate in the following Spirit Days:

  • Friday, March 4- Slip into Reading Month (wear your favorite slippers)

  • Friday, March 11- Be a Good Sport and Read (dress as your favorite sports team)

  • Friday, March 18- Camp Out with a Good Book (bring a flashlight and wear pjs)

  • Friday, March 25- Dress as a Book Character Day 

In addition to our school-wide activities, teachers will host activities unique to their classroom. Thank you to our PTO for providing us the opportunity to participate in March Book Madness again this year. All classrooms will read picture books from March Book Madness 2022 and vote on their favorite titles. We look forward to a great month of celebrations!

COVID-19 Update
Please see Dr. Kattula’s communication from Monday, February 21 linked here

Conference Scheduling
As we head into spring it is the time of year to schedule conferences. Parents/guardians will be given the choice whether they want to attend conferences virtually via Zoom or in-person. Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 15. Information on conference scheduling was sent last week with the sign-up window closing on Thursday, February 24. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.  

Continued Safety Reminders from EGR Public Safety Officer Colin Wallace
As student safety continues to be our first priority, EGR Public Safety Officer Collin Wallace would like to remind parents of some drop off/pick up safety procedures:

  • Parents should drop off students utilizing the designated drop off areas in the Breton/Hall and Burchard Street parking lots, as well as when parking along Hall Street. For safety reasons, please do not drop a student off in the middle of the road.

  • We are asking parents and students to please walk down the sidewalk and use the adult crossing guard, Mr. Howard, located on the corner of Breton/Hall if coming to Lakeside from the east or south.  

  • Please yield to pedestrians at the crosswalk on Hall Street. Many parents and students use this crosswalk to safely travel on to school property.

  • With the dark, winter mornings, please remember to speak with your child(ren) about safety measures for walking to school including respecting our 5th Grade Safeties and wearing reflective gear. At the beginning of the year, teachers viewed the videos below with their classes. Please review this safety information with your families and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you to EGR Public Safety for producing these wonderful resources for our families. They are also available under the “Parent” tab on the Breton Downs website.  

 Important Calendar Dates

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

  • March 10 and 15:  Parent/Teacher Conferences

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


Warm Regards,

Stephanie Thelen
Lakeside Elementary Principal

   Lakeside PTO

Open positions for 2022-23 Lakeside PTO Board

As we head into Spring, it's time to start thinking about the next school year. There will be several positions coming open in the PTO. Joining the PTO is a great way to get to know your Lakeside community!

Open positions are:
Vice-President (Can be an individual or shared position)
2nd. Vice-President,  Treasurer,  and Recording Secretary
Terms start in May and are of varying lengths. Please click here for a more detailed description of the positions. 

To make a nomination or for questions/information, please reach out to the Katie Gingras and/or Kelli Mulderink @ or

Nominate a Teacher for Excellence in Teaching and Nicholas Awards

Now that mid-winter break is behind us, it’s time to think about spring. That means it’s also time to nominate an outstanding teacher for one of our annual awards!

The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the James and Georgia Nicholas Endowed for a Teacher of Math, Science, or Technology Award recognize and encourage superior professional effort to improve instruction and to cultivate the continuance of educational excellence in the East Grand Rapids Public Schools. 

Students, parents, alumni, community members and employees of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools can nominate a teacher. Any teacher with 3 years of experience in the district may be nominated for these awards. The deadline for nomination submission is May 1.

Nominate a teacher for the Excellence in Teaching Award

Nominate a teacher for the James and Georgia Nicholas Award for a teacher of math, science or technology

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!

     Lakeside Musical 2022-Moana Jr.

                                              Aloha! and Maikai ke ola! (Life is Good! in Haiwaiian)

Check out this recent NEW link! Here is your chance to place an ad in our Moana Jr. program! This can be an ad for a business or upload a photo and pay tribute to your actor! Click here for ALL the details!
As always, any questions that can't be answered in these links - please either email Mr. Andy @ or call Mrs. B in the Lakeside office  @ (616) 235-7553.

    Girls on the Run

Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
Join our Girls on the Run team this spring! Practice begins March 22- May 21,  Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45. Sign up here & choose our Lakeside Team. Note, the website indicates registration in January, etc. We still have time & are welcoming more runners! No prior running experience needed.  To learn more about this amazing program, please visit the Girls on the Run website here or contact Coach Kateri Schutt @

     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!

 Additional Items

Friends of the EGR Library Used Book Sale – March 18 – 20, 2022
Thousands of books, music and movies for all ages! 
East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Dr SE, lower level, EGR Parks & Rec rooms 
Payments Accepted: Cash, check, credit card, PayPal, Venmo

Members Only Pre-sale – Friday- March 18, 3:00 – 7:30pm.
If not a member you may join at the door or via

Bag Sale Saturday – March 19, 9:00am – 5:00pm $10 per bag (public sale)
Bag Sale Sunday – March 20, 9:00am – 3:00pm $10 per bag (public sale)


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