LITTLETON, N.H. -- Lakeway Elementary School is set to open and welcome everyone back on Monday, Aug. 27.

Families newly arrived to the area may register students (K-6) at Lakeway. Try to register as soon as possible. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residency at that time.

Opening And Closing Of School: School officially starts at 8 a.m. Students are to be in their classrooms by 8 a.m. or they are tardy. Classrooms are open for students at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving prior to 7:45 should report directly to the multi-purpose room. Students eating breakfast must be in the cafeteria by 7:45. Students who walk or are driven to school should not arrive prior to 7:30.

Children who cross on Union Street should do so only at the light and should wait for the crossing guard to assist them in crossing safely. The front entry near the kindergarten will serve as the morning entrance for bus students. We are asking that parents use the loop in front of the school to drop off their children. You must remember that buses always have the right of way and you may not park in this area at any time. Please do not drive into or park in the parking lot on the west side of the school or on Bishop Street. It is unsafe for children to be dropped off in these busy areas.

In order to increase security in our building, we operate a "buzzer system" by the main office entrance. All parents and visitors are asked to use this entrance and to report to the office before entering the main building. In the interest of safety, during school hours all visitors will be required to sign in and wear an identification badge before entering the building. Visitors should make an appointment before visiting classrooms. This expectation will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. During the first two weeks of the school year we will allow parents to walk children to classrooms, however, beginning Monday, Sept. 12, we will ask parents to "say good bye" in the loop. This change should allow classes to start sooner and should also decrease the demand for the limited parking spaces around our building.

Dismissal for all bus students, grades K-6 will begin at 2:30 p.m. Walkers will leave at 2:40 p.m. Please do not enter the bus loop until all buses have left. Also, please do not park in restricted areas. Parking for the public is available in the front row of the lot across from the school.

New Math Program: We are very pleased to announce that we will be implementing a new math program, "Math in Focus," at Lakeway this year. One of the features that attracted us to this program was its parent-friendliness. During our fall "Back to School Night" Oct. 4, we will offering a 30-minute parent orientation on this program.

School Breakfast And Lunch Programs: Breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Breakfast will cost $1.25. Lunch will be served between 10:45 a.m to 1:15 p.m. Hot lunch for students will cost $2.35; snack milk and lunch milk will be 50 cents. Adult lunch will cost $3.80.

We encourage prepayment of lunches on a weekly or monthly basis, rather than daily. We would also appreciate if students, especially in the early grades, could bring their money in clearly marked envelopes to expedite the collection process.

Free and reduced applications will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. A new application must be completed each school year. Eligibility from the previous year may continue only through Oct. 1. All information is held in strict confidentiality. A student's status is not denoted in any way when served lunch.

Kindergarten: Students entering kindergarten must be registered with the office prior to the opening of school. Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security number and proof of residence when registering. Kindergarten hours are the same as the hours for grades 1-6.

Just a reminder for parents of incoming kindergarten students, please make sure that your child's immunization records and physical forms are returned to the office before school starts.

Conferences For Kindergarten: Kindergarten parents and students are invited to meet your child's teacher and tour the classroom today, Monday, Aug. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time classroom teachers will hold individual conferences with incoming students and parents. Classroom teachers will contact parents in order to arrange conference times.

Behavior: PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions& Supports) continues to be our framework for maintaining a positive learning environment. Staff, students, parents and community members are encouraged to work together in an effort of cooperation to support a positive school culture. Continued staff training in Responsive Classroom has fostered skills necessary in this area.

Lost And Found: Each year we seem to accumulate a large amount of 'found' items. Writing your child's name on things such as clothing, and lunch boxes would increase the chance of returning these items to their owner.

After School Program: The Town of Littleton Recreation Department will run an after school program for students in grades K-6 every afternoon school is in session from 2:30-5 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Lakeway. For registration information please contact the Ryan Glass at the Recreation Department.

North Country Boys And Girls Club: Students in grades 3-8 are bused to the club for a variety of after school activities from 3-6 p.m. You can register or get more information by contacting Eric Frydman, unit director, at 838-5954.

Staff News: We welcome the following newest members to our staff: Laura Read, first-grade teacher; Jessica Harvey, paraprofessional.

Volunteers: We would like to offer interested parents and community members an opportunity to share your time and creative talents with our students. Please consider becoming a volunteer at Lakeway. It offers several opportunities to parents, grandparents and interested community members to become involved in our school throughout the year. An orientation will be scheduled in the very near future.

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