Welcome Back Letter and Information for 2017-2018 School Year

 August 2017

Dear Team Inter-Lakes Families:

 On behalf of everyone at I-LES, I am excited to welcome you back to another wonderful school year! I hope this letter finds you enjoying the best that our region has to offer in the summer; whether it is swimming in the lake, hiking, camping, or just relaxing with family.

Each year brings positive change This includes some new additions to our staff. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Scott McCann (Grade 4), Mr. Brendan Dowd (Music), Mrs. Nancy Bickford (Physical Education), Mr. Chris Gonzalez (Spanish) and Ms. Katie Earl (Kindergarten) to our veteran team of educators.

We also have a new start time and traffic pattern for the district. The traffic pattern is designed to be safer for our students (separating bus and car traffic), as well as attempting to alleviate some of the congestion we have seen in past years. Below is a letter detailing the new traffic pattern. Please read through it before the first day of school and let me know if you have questions. As with anything new, it is going to take some time for everyone to adjust to the change. I appreciate your patience as we work through this new process together!

I-LES continues to move forward in our competency based learning journey. Our personal competencies continue to be our main focus this year. The personal competencies are the work habits that will help our children succeed in the ever-changing work environment of the future. During the 2017-2018 school year, I will be holding parent forums to keep you informed of our progress with competency based learning and to share new options in learning structures that will be offered for the 2018-2019 school year.

With all these changes, there is still one thing that remains a constant. We are all part of a caring community that focuses on the educational and emotional well-being of our children. I-LES remains committed to providing a rich, student-centered environment filled with happy, engaged learners!

I look forward to seeing everyone on August 29th (preschool begins September 5th) and, as always, please feel free to call me, email me, or stop by my office to talk during the year.

Enjoy the rest of summer!

 

Sincerely,

Jen Wrath

PK-4 Principal

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” -Socrates

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             New School Hours for Inter-Lakes Elementary School

 

The arrival window for students at I-LES is 8:00- 8:15 a.m.daily, with breakfast served in the Multi-Purpose Room from 8:00-8:30 a.m. for parent drop off and bus students.

The official start of the school day is 8:15 a.m. The late bell will ring at 8:30 a.m. and students entering the building after that time will be considered tardy and need to check in at the office.

Students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

 

                 Arrival Procedures for Inter-Lakes Elementary School

We ask that students arrive at school as close to 8:15 a.m. as possible. This will allow your child to have time to get ready for the school day, work with teachers on various projects and activities, and receive extra help if needed.  Students cannot arrive before 8:00 a.m., as there is no adult supervision.


  • Parent Drop-off for K-4 Students

The gate to enter the back of the school for cars will open at 7:55 a.m. Cars can then pull around the back of the school, driving all the way around to the north entrance (4th-6th grade area) There will be a drop off lane and a pass through lane for cars in these areas. Between 8:00a.m.-8:30 a.m. students can be dropped off in these areas. Students in grades K-4 can be dropped off at the first location, students in grade 4-6 can be dropped off in the second location. If you have children in a variety of grade levels you may choose whichever drop off spot is convenient. After the 8:30 a.m. late bell, students will need to be driven to the front entrance and brought into the office.  

Parents must remain in their cars at all times since parents will be directed to pull forward after they drop off their child. In consideration of other families and to keep traffic moving, please go to the front entrance and park if you need extended time at drop off or need to enter the building

Kindergarten: We know how important it is developmentally for kindergarten parents to drop off and pick up their child during the first weeks of school, there are spaces in the second and third row for kindergarten parents to park and there will be adults to assist you and your child in safely entering/exiting the building. Preschool: Parent pick up/drop off and preschool van transportation will continue to occur on the side of the building nearest the preschool entrance.

  • Bus Drop- off for K-4 Students

Students will be dropped off at the front of the building between 8:05-8:15 a.m. daily.  K-2 students will enter through the multi-purpose room doors, 3-4 students will enter through the main office, and 5-6 students will enter through the gym doors.

 

                Dismissal Procedures for Inter-Lakes Elementary School

 

  • Parent Pick-Up for K-4 Students

The gate to enter the back of the school for cars will open at 2:50 p.m. Cars can then pull around the back of the school, driving all the way around to the North entrance (4th-6th grade area). There will be a pick up lane and a pass through lane for cars in these areas. Between 2:55-3:10 p.m. students can be picked up in these areas. Students in grades K-4 can be picked up at the first location, students in grade 4-6 can be picked up in the second location. If you have children in a variety of grade levels you may choose whichever pick up spot is convenient. After 3:10 p.m., students will need to be picked up at the office.  

Parents must remain in their cars at all times since parents will be directed to pull forward after they pick up their child. In consideration of other families and to keep traffic moving, please go to the front entrance and park if you need extended time at pick up or if you need to enter the building.

Kindergarten: We know how important it is developmentally for kindergarten parents to drop off and pick up their child during the first weeks of school, there are spaces in the second and third row for kindergarten parents to park and there will be adults to assist you and your child in safely entering/exiting the building. Preschool: Parent pick up/drop off and preschool van transportation will continue to occur on the side of the building nearest the preschool entrance.

 

  • Bus Pick-Up for K-4 Students

Students will be picked up at the front of the building between 2:50-3:00 p.m. daily.  K-2 students will exit through the multi-purpose room doors, 3-4 students will exit through the main office, and 5-6 students will exit through the gym doors.

 

Universal Start End Times

The Inter-Lakes School District is engaging in a study of a universal start/end time for Inter-Lakes Elementary School, Inter-Lakes Middle Tier, and Inter-Lakes High School. In this model, Sandwich Central School would have approximately a twenty (20) minute staggered start/end time from the other two buildings. Please visit the links below to learn more.

Letter to Parents

Information Sheet for Universal Start End Times

Start/End Times Parent Forum Dates

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