Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,


Happy Valentine's Day! Last Thursday, Lakeside third grade students took us on a “Walk Through Time”. Students self-selected a significant time in history or a famous influencer from the past to research and share with others. This event, previously known as the Second Grade Wax Museum, ties directly with the third grade curriculum. Thank you to the students for their hard work and for sharing their learning with Lakeside students and staff, as well as their families who were able to be in attendance.



Pioneer Partners
Last week East Grand Rapids High School students involved in a program called Pioneer Partners visited Lakeside Elementary to mentor our students. Not only did the Pioneer Partners performed read a-louds and facilitated activities that tied to the literature; staff were delighted to have the chance to see a lot of former Lakeside Lions!! Thank you to the Pioneer Partners for sharing your passion for mentoring our young students.



Resources for Anxiety in Children
At last Tuesday’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting, Lakeside School Social Worker, Mr. Chad Jackson, presented on anxiety in children and strategies for how to support this at home and at school. Please see a recording of his presentation here, as well as this link for more parent-friendly resources on this topic. All of this information can also be found on our school website and Facebook page.


All-School Movie and Pajama Day This Thursday
On November 6, 2021, Lakeside Lions voted on a preferred movie they would like to enjoy together on a special day this winter. The winning movie, Luca, will be shown in individual classrooms this Thursday. Students are encouraged to participate in a school-wide “Pajama Day” on Thursday and will also be provided a popcorn snack during the movie thanks to our very supportive PTO. What a fun way to kick off Mid-Winter Break!


Choir Performance Success
Last week the Lakeside Elementary Choir performed at halftime of an East Grand Rapids basketball game. The students did an outstanding job showcasing all they have learned this year. Thank you to Mrs. Kline for her efforts in organizing this performance, as well as to the Lakeside PTO for providing all students in choir with a special t-shirt. 


Annual Education Report

As of February 11, 2022, the East Grand Rapids Public Schools’ 2021-2022 District and School Annual Education Reports (AERs) are available on the EGRPS website. You may view the Lakeside AER Cover Letter here and Combined Report here. The District AER Cover Letter here and Combined Report here. For those who desire paper copies of the AER Cover Letter and Combined Reports, these will be available to parents and members of the community at the Lakeside office. 

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 will be sent later this week. 

COVID-19 Update

  • Per the January 11, 2022 Kent County 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. 

  • 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. 

    • 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.

  • 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 (1.18.22) found here

  • COVID Related Absences Procedure:

    • If a student is absent for 1-2 days, please have your student continue reading and using IXL (grades 1-5) at home.  

    • If a student is absent for 3-5 days, please have your student continue reading and using IXL (grades 1-5).  The school will also contact you regarding additional work that can be completed at home.  

    • If a student is out for more than five consecutive days due to illness or quarantine for COVID, a more structured plan will be in place. This includes sending a device home and, potentially, Homebound Services with a teacher. 

 Important Calendar Dates

  • No School for Students or Staff - Monday, February 21

  • No School for Students; Staff in Professional Development - Friday, February 18

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



Looking for a way to serve our schools and our community? Want to make a powerful, positive difference in the lives of our students? Consider becoming a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. Board members attend monthly board meetings, vote on grant requests from the district, and participate in working committees with specific tasks and responsibilities that cater to board members’ individual skill sets. More information, including an online application, is available on the Foundation website.

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)
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.

     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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