Principal's Message

Dear Lakeside Elementary Families,

Last Monday all Lakeside students showcased their learning from their Specials classes in our first spring concert. Thank you to the many families and friends who joined us to watch the culmination of the hard work by the students and also our music teachers, Mrs. Kline and Ms. Pugia, come together. It was a wonderful performance that can be viewed with this link.



Student Feedback Regarding Playground Updates
Last Friday a group of 10 Lakeside students met with the landscape architects of MCSA Group to provide feedback regarding the upcoming renovations to the Lakeside Elementary playgrounds. These leaders discussed various aspects of the playground, such as structures, athletic activities, and accessibility for all students. We look forward to continuing to gather feedback and for the upcoming work to be completed during the summer of 2023.


Kindergarten Poetry Party
Lakeside kindergarten students have been working hard on their poetry pieces. Parents are invited to see their work on this Thursday, May 26 from 2:30-3:00 p.m.  Classes will meet in their classrooms. 


Fun Day
Thank you to all parents and volunteers who have helped to organize various stations for Fun Day this Friday, May 27. The weather forecast is calling for high 60’s during the event. Please see the information listed below.

  • Clothing:  Some of the planned activities do involve water. Your child may only wear their suit to school if they have clothes over it. Modest bathing suit attire is requested.  

  • Sunscreen:  Please make sure your child applies sunscreen before coming to school. 

  • Shoes:  Must be worn at all times and may get wet.

  • Additional items:  Towels, sunglasses and hats are optional, but your child must be responsible for them. There is a water station, but water bottles are helpful.

Lost and Found
The end of the school year is near and items remaining in the Lost and Found will be donated in mid June. Please take a moment to peruse the photos below and/or stop by the Lost and Found located outside of the main office in the vestibule. Teachers have taken their students by during the school day to claim any lost items. 



School Supplies for the 2022-2023 school year
As we start planning for the 2022-23 school year, I want to share information with you regarding school supplies.  First, purchasing school supplies is voluntary and not required for your child to attend school.  Below is a link to the suggested list of supplies from teachers that students will use throughout the school year.  In addition, some of these school supplies may be used as “community” supplies and shared with the entire class and some may be used by just your child.  Each grade level uses a combination of community supplies and individual supplies.  

If your family wishes to purchase school supplies, listed below are some different purchasing options you might consider. As always, we encourage the East Grand Rapids community to purchase their supplies from local vendors and stores that are homegrown in Michigan.  

Here are some options for purchasing school supplies for the 2022-2023 school year:

Thank you for your continued support of both the school district and our local businesses.


First Lego League (FLL) Sign-Up for the 2022-2023 School Year
EGRPS is excited to announce the continuation of First Lego League at each of the three elementary buildings during the 2022-2023 school year. This promotional video was shown in classrooms. Sign-up for current EGRPS students in grades K-5 is now open and ends on Friday, June 3 at noon. Please fill out this form to enroll your interested child(ren) on a First Lego League team for the 2022-2023 season. FLL is made possible by parent volunteers who serve as co-coaches. In order to make this school-sponsored, extracurricular offering possible, there must be two co-coaches per team. If you are interested in assisting with FLL, please indicate so on the Google Form. A technical background is not needed and training will be provided in August for all parent coaches. 


Important Calendar Dates:

  • May 23:  LBW Race 4:30 p.m. at High School track

  • May 26:  EGRPS Graduation 7:00 p.m.

  • May 27:  Fun Day 12:15-3:15 p.m.

  • May 31:  Fun Day Rain Date 12:15-3:15 p.m.

  • June 3:  Last day; Dismissal at 11:24 a.m.


Important Back to School Dates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Friday, August 5:  Email communication regarding the online registration process

  • Tuesday, August 9: Email Communication with Welcome Back Information

  • Wednesday, August 10: Teacher Placement Letters

  • Friday, August 12:  Classroom Lists Posted

  • Tuesday, August 16:  New Family Welcome for Grades 1-5 from 6- 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, August 16:  New Family Orientation for Grades K-5 from 6:30- 7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, August 18:  Meet and Greets from 2:30- 3:00 p.m.

  • Monday, August 22:  First Day of School; Dismissal at 11:24 a.m.

  • Monday, August 22:  Welcome Assembly at 9:00 a.m.

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

Warm Regards,

Stephanie Thelen
Lakeside Elementary Principal

 Playground Replacements & Survey

As proposed in the Parks Improvement Millage approved by voters last November, the City is working with the EGR School District to replace the playground equipment at the three elementary schools. As part of this process, a community input session will be held at each elementary school to gather input from parents, caregivers, and other playground users. The remaining meeting will take place Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:30 p.m. at Breton Downs Elementary.

Our playground consultant, MCSA Group, is also collecting input via an online survey. If you haven’t received a survey link from your school building yet, you can take the survey at (please take the survey only once). Further engagement sessions, including an additional survey and three additional community forums, are scheduled for later this summer. Details about these opportunities will be communicated closer to those dates. 

Mr. Anthony Morey, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, is also available to address specific questions related to these projects. He may be reached by email at or by calling 616-235-3535. We are excited to see these outdoor spaces improved for the benefit of our students and community. 

Lakeside PTO

ROAR Informational Meetings
Each year the PTO holds their major fundraiser in the fall. This year's event will be September 23, 6-9 at the Nyal Deems residence here in East. It’s a night for the community to come together to support Lakeside by raising funds to support programming and teacher mini grants. It’s an event run by the PTO with the help many parent volunteers. To learn how you can be involved, there will bean informational meetings this Thursday, May 26, 8:15am in the Learning Commons.

 Still time to return your library books!
All the classes had their last visit to the learning commons last week.  We use the last two weeks to collect all the books and organize the space for next year. Please make sure your child returns their books this week on their usual Learning Commons day. 

A great big thank you to all the volunteers that brought the library back to life after 18 months of sitting quietly. You made it all possible, hope to see you next year!

Good News! And Better News!

Here’s something you might not know about the EGRHS class of 2022 who are graduating Thursday: Thanks to our donors, over the thirteen years they spent in East schools from kindergarten through graduation, the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation provided more than $4.8 million to support their education.

But wait! It gets better. Again, thanks to our donors, future graduating classes will benefit from more than $6 million in support from the Foundation during their time at East.

Thank you! And congratulations to the class of 2022!

Still spots in Gerken Open morning golf event: The afternoon 18-hole event is full, but there are still three foursome slots available for the Nine at Nine 9-hole morning event at Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, June 8. You can register on the Gerken Open page at

District Device Program

The Engage 1:1 program at grades 6-12 is built around the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model but it also offers an option for families to secure a district-provided device. Students who utilize the district-provided device option will be provided with a district-owned device to use during the 2022-2023 school year after completing the necessary application.

Once a student application is approved, students will receive their district-provided device prior to the beginning of the school year.  Prior to receiving the device both the student and the parent will be asked to sign an agreement regarding responsibilities and submit a $50 deposit. The district is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the devices throughout the school year.  

*Note-You must fill out an application each year.  If you plan to roll over your deposit from a previous year, you must fill out the application as well.

Please visit the 2022-2023 Engage District Device Application here.

       LBW Race 

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

 Additional Items

 Camp East 2022
Registration for Camp East is now open! For more information about these summer child care programs, please click here

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.

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.

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

Sign up to receive the City's East Express e-newsletter for specific topics for each open house and dates for future input sessions. Notices won't be mailed for each project, so sign up today at:

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