Changes to the handbook will be posted on the Yahoo group. At least one week's notice will be given of a change in order for families to make any needed accommodations.
LMS school hours:
- Arrival begins at 8:15 a.m. The official school start time is 8:30 a.m.
- Dismissal times are from 2:45 - 2:55 and from 2:55 - 3:05. Each family will be given a colored form for their vehicle indicating which dismissal time they are assigned to.
Arrival time can begin as early as 8:15. NO supervision
will be available before 8:15 a.m. or after 3:05 p.m. so please
have all students picked up no later than 3:05 p.m. After
school child care options are available, please see the after-school section below.
An adult or student assistant will
bring each student to and from the car for both arrival and dismissal.
ALL drivers and passengers must remain in their
vehicles during the short but critical pick-up and drop-off times. If you need
to come inside, please plan a time after 8:45 and prior to
2:30. Students will not be released for early pickup after 2:30. Early pickup should be reserved for emergency situations. Non-emergency doctor, dentist and other appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours.
We respectfully require that you do not walk your child into
the school or classroom during arrival time or pick them up from the
classroom at the end of the day. Too many unscheduled adults
in the building at those times creates unnecessary difficulties
for the teachers and staff who are either trying to establish morning
routines or organizing for a prompt
If your child arrives after 9:30 a.m. please make sure to bring a lunch as the lunch count is called in by 9:30 a.m.
Please contact our front office BEFORE 9:30 a.m. if you wish to change the transportation mode (bus to car, car to bus) for your child.
We will only dismiss
a student to the parents or people who are indicated on the
release list unless we receive specific, verifiable permission from a parent.
When you do enter the classroom, please do not engage teachers
in impromptu conferences. The teachers’ first responsibility
is to create and maintain an orderly environment, which requires
supervision of all the students during class time. We encourage
prescheduled classroom observations and parent/teacher conferences
after the first few weeks of school.
ABSENCES AND TARDINESS
- The official school start time is 8:30 a.m.
- If your car has entered our parking lot by 8:30 a.m. we will make sure that your child is accompanied to the gate and is not marked tardy. If your child has not entered the parking lot by 8:30 a.m. please accompany your child to be signed in as tardy at the front desk.
- If your child is a walker, they must enter the playground gate before it is locked.
- If you need to walk your child into the front office, they must be in the office by 8:30 a.m. to be considered on time.
Too many late arrivals or absences will require a conference
with the Executive Director and the implementation of a plan
of action to correct the situation. A habit of late arrivals
and absences (more than 15 tardies and/or more than 15 absences) could result in the student being asked to return
to the appropriate district school.
LMS is responsible to see that students arrive on time and
that absences are kept to a minimum. Florida’s mandatory
attendance laws require this. Our goal is to meet 90% attendance.
Please assist our efforts by making sure your child arrives
on time, that you sign your child in, and that you send in
a written note to excuse any absence.
Students in grades K-5 who live more than 2 miles from the school have access to the established bussing system of McKeel Elementary
which operates throughout Lakeland. Families may choose to
use any of the pick up/drop off locations on the established
routes. For more information on exact pick up and drop off
locations & times please contact our front office.
The school bus will not transport items other than students’
folders, books and lunch. This is for the students’
safety and space. The driver will have a very strict schedule
so students can arrive timely and as scheduled. Please call
the school to discuss any bussing issues, as the driver is
not permitted to have discussions at the bus stop. Our office is your transportation representative. Issues are
to be addressed to the Executive Director who will seek assistance from
the McKeel transportation representatives.
Lakeland Montessori offers an on-site after-school enrichment program through Smart Start Kidcare. Kidcare is an established company that provides after-school programs at numerous Polk County District schools. They will provide nutritious snacks, outdoor activities, interest clubs, music and movement, and various other activities. The program will run from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. Our students can also attend Kidcare during the summer and during school holiday and spring breaks. To register, visit their website at www.SmartStartKidCare.com. All Polk County School Board employees receive a large discount for their children to attend Kidcare.
Our program incorporates practical life exercises that include
training in a healthy lifestyle and diet. To support this
aspect of your child’s education, and to ensure that
all of our students eat nutritiously and healthfully during
their school day, we ask that you abide by certain guidelines
for snacks and other foods that are brought to school.
In a place where learning is the overriding goal, we want
to make every effort to keep sugar to an absolute minimum,
and we hope you’ll help us whenever you send food to
school. Please observe our rule that:
Soft drinks, gum, and candy are not allowed.
The primary reason that we provide an option for school breakfast to be purchased is to accommodate student access to the free and reduced breakfast program. Breakfast is provided by the Philip O'Brian Elementary cafeteria
through the Polk County School Board. The options are either a) a muffin, cheese chunk, and milk or b) cereal, graham crackers, and milk. The breakfast provided meets the guidelines of the National School lunch program. If you would like your child to have breakfast at school, the order must be placed the day before so that breakfast is available when your child arrives at school. Orders are to be placed through an email to the front office secretary by 9:00 a.m. the day before breakfast is to be served.
Option 1: Polk County School Lunch Program (K-5 students ONLY, PreK students must bring lunch from home)
The primary reason that we provide an option for school lunch to be purchased is to accomodate student access to free and reduced lunch. We encourage parents to have students bring their own nutritious lunch from home. Lunches will be provided by the Philip O'Brian Elementary cafeteria
through the Polk County School Board. A bagged lunch is provided with a sandwich, a fruit and/or vegetable item, a snack, milk and juice. The lunch provided meets the guidelines of the National School lunch program. Your child will have the opportunity to order lunch in class for that day.
Lakeland Montessori participates in the National
School Lunch Program for grades K-5 and each family will be provided with
the proper form to determine eligibility for free or reduced
Breakfast regular price: $1.00, Reduced price: $.30
Lunch regular price: $1.70, Reduced price: $.40, Milk only: $.50
Polk County School Board meal payment guidelines-PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. You will need to prepay into your child’s account via
check or money order ONLY - made payable to O'Brien Elementary. Students on regular priced lunch will receive charge privileges of up to $7.00. Students on reduced priced lunch will receive charge privileges of up to $3.00. Slips will be sent home if your child's meal account is empty. Students that go over their charge privilege will receive a cheese sandwich until money is received.
Option 2: Pack your child’s lunch
Children are encouraged to bring their own lunches
from home. If you prefer to pack a lunch, please select healthy
foods with proteins and complex carbohydrates. In addition
to prohibiting soft drinks, gum, and candy, we discourage
the use of many prepackaged lunches like “Lunchables”
because they lack the necessary nutrition and fiber necessary
to maintain good health.
Families are asked to participate in a rotating schedule
for bringing healthy classroom snacks. We request that each student in the 3-6 and
6-9 classes provide snack for their class once
every 4-6 weeks (no more than one day per month). We request that each student
in the 9-12 class bring snack approximately once
per month. The snack must be pre-packaged and unopened. Bringing snack is not a requirement for grades K-5, however it greatly benefits the classroom community as students are provided with healthy nutrition during the morning work period - which aids in the success of their morning. Snack time also provides an opportunity for the students to contribute to their community and to share in practical life activities.
3-6 classrooms: 25 students
6-9 classroom: 40 students
9-12 classroom: 25 students
Please follow these healthy snack guidelines when bringing snack for your child's class:
A store packaged pre-cut FRESH (not canned or dried) fruit or vegetable snack. Whole fruit may be sent as long as long as there is enough for each child to have their own whole piece of fruit.
In addition to the fresh fruit or vegetable item please consider providing a protein and/or whole grain item to complement
the fresh fruit/vegetable. If the item is made with whole grains, at least one of the ingredients will have the word "whole" next to the type of grain and the majority of the time the package will state that it is made with whole grains. ALL optional items must have 3 grams or less of sugar per serving. Items with artificial sweeteners are not allowed.
- ALL FOOD MUST BE STORE PACKAGED. Items that do not meet the guidelines above will not be returned.
The following lists are by no means comprehensive; they are
provided to give you an idea of the types of foods that we
GOOD CHOICE EXAMPLES FOR REQUIRED ITEMS:
Peppers: green, red, yellow, orange
Tomatoes: grape or cherry (6-9 and 9-12 class only)
Grapes (6-9 and 9-12 class only)
GOOD CHOICE EXAMPLES FOR OPTIONAL ITEMS:
Whole wheat bagels with cream cheese
Multi-grain Ritz crackers
Peanuts & other nuts: VERY IMPORTANT
Because some children have potentially dangerous allergies
to peanuts and other nuts, do not bring any foods for snack
containing peanuts or peanut byproducts (such as peanut oil),
or foods that may contain peanuts or any other types of nuts. Labels on processed foods
are generally very explicit about the inclusion of peanuts and nuts.
Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse's community outreach and
extended classroom activities include various field trips
for educational, cultural, physical and humanitarian experiences.
The following are an example of the places we may visit during
the school year:
County Public Libraries, Museums and Parks
Recreational facilities of Polk County and its cities
Community services facilities of Polk County and its cities
Bok Tower Gardens
Polk County district schools and colleges
Fantasy of Flight
Restaurants for etiquette demonstrations
Publix supermarket and warehouses
Outside Polk County
Green Meadows Farm
Lowry Park Zoo
Seminole Indian properties
Walt Disney World
Some of the trips may require fees. Good manners, exceptional
behavior and full compliance with our uniform code are mandatory
for field trips. Each student represents our school. Exceptional
behavior is expected on the bus and at our destination.
Some trips are invitational or limited by our host to students
and teachers only. Other trips may include opportunities for
parents (approved volunteers) to accompany us.
Families will receive email flyers concerning upcoming events
and celebrations at the school as we will need parent participation
for planning and implementation. As we are a small community
and we will be teaching and modeling acceptance and respect
of diversity, school celebrations and events will be planned
so that they can include and be participated in by people
regardless of their religious, cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds.
LMS school policy is based on the First Amendment Center document "Religious Holidays in the Public Schools" located at http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/PDF/FCGchapter10.PDF . Celebrations and events such as the LMS annual Friendship
Feast, the LMS Art shows, the LMS Family Tea, First Friday
chorus events, Explorations V Children's Festival, Mayfaire
by the Lake, International Children’s Day, Earth Day,
Multi-Cultural Festivals such as a festival with Chinese cuisine,
art, costume, etc. will be planned throughout the year by
the PAC Special Events Committee.
In recognition of the day a child is born, we gather at
group time and tell the child's life story as they hold a
globe and “orbit the sun” provided that we receive
the Milestones Form (available on the school Yahoo group in the Files section) with your child's information. You are
welcome to join us for this activity. We are unable to accommodate
birthday party type activities during classroom time.
Party Invitations-If you wish to invite children to a party,
please use the section of the Yahoo email
group that contains names and addresses of the students in order
to send the invitations by mail delivery.
Parents are encouraged to observe their child at work. Observations
will begin in October. If you would like to formally observe a class,
please notify the office in advance.
Teachers report formally to parents four times per year on the same dates as the other Polk County public schools. Parent conferences take place for all students during the first quarter of each school year. Additional parent-teacher
conferences may be scheduled at any time at the request of
either teacher or parent. Teachers are also readily available via email communication.
First quarter reports provide an opportunity to set goals for the remainder of the semester
as well as to discuss academic, social, or emotional concerns
that need to be addressed. The evaluations at the end of each quarter are also comprehensive reporting
periods and are a record of the student’s progress through
the three-year cycle of our Montessori curriculum.
Click here for 2010 FCAT scores.
LMS has taken the steps to make sure our students are prepared
for the required standardized testing, which
tests students on their annual progress. FAIR (Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading) is administered to all students in grades K-5 three times per year. FAIR indicates whether the student is on level for Reading skills. The SAT10 is administered to all students in grades 1 & 2 during the State of FL DOE (Department of Education) testing window each Spring. The SAT10 is an indicator of Math & Reading levels. The various FCAT tests are also administered to students in grades 3 through 5 during the State of FL DOE testing windows. FCAT Writing+ is administered to students in fourth grade in February. The FCAT Reading and Math tests are administered to all students in grades 3 through 5 and FCAT Science is administered to fifth graders.
In order for our school to remain open, all students must
take the FCAT and other state required assessment tests. An
entire preparation program has been purchased from Montessori
Made Manageable which covers all of the necessary FCAT preparation
items, Sunshine State Standards, and Grade Level Expectations
as part of our daily routine - to ensure that FCAT preparation
is not a last minute stressful experience. Each child in grades
3 through 5 will also be provided with an FCAT Explorer classroom
password and will have opportunities to complete FCAT Explorer
in class in addition to online accessibility from home.
In addition to an enriched academic advancement, it is important
to remember that character education, community service, self-esteem,
leadership training, time management, and organizational skills are essential life-long skills that are part of our program.
Though LMS is already accumulating a great collection of
literature, the countywide public library system also provides
a wonderful resource for students. Library cards are FREE
to students in our county and can be used at all the public
libraries regardless of your address. The Lakeland library
branches are open most nights of the week and on Saturday. We encourage you to participate
in the family events that your library holds. They are free.
A weekly family library night or Saturday to get books together
creates a lasting memory while providing free educational
opportunities. Lakeland has free internet access so you can
also research class topics together!
Reading will take place at the school during all subjects
and students will be evaluated for growth and comprehension
often. LMS has also purchased the A.R. (Accelerated Reader) program with home website access for all students in grade 1-5. A.R. is used as a comprehension tool and the "points" and rewards will not be used as part of our instructional process. All students in grade K-5 are also evaluated using the State of FL approved FAIR (Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading) assessment.
Lakeland Montessori believes that the school's
partnership with families is a key to student success and
to the success of the overall program and will help determine
to what degree performance standards will be attained. Active
family participation is strongly encouraged. Enrollment is
a parent/student cooperative choice, wherein parents/guardians
contractually agree to be responsible for their child’s
abiding by the rules and regulations applicable to attendance,
classroom participation, and behavior. In order to be automatically
reenrolled for the next school year, parents will be required
to fulfill the terms of a contract requiring a minimum of
20 hours of volunteer service per year to the School, indicating
the manner in which they will become involved in their children’s
education and the school’s operations—such as
school volunteers, mentoring programs, skills training, special
events, and extra-curricular activities. This requirement
is per family and can include grandparents, aunts and uncles,
Family involvement in school matters is possible at
many levels. Parent volunteers are welcomed to participate in the daily
life of the school and on various committees. We also invite parents to contribute their knowledge to our educational
program through coming to the school to work with small groups for cooking, science experiments, gardening, sewing, and any other special skill you would like to share with the students.
All parents are automatically members of the Parent Action
Committee (PAC) upon admission to the school. The PAC sponsors
regular meetings, which are listed on the school calendar.
There are three types of volunteers:
1. At school when the students are present - This
type requires approval by the Polk County School District
which includes a background check. Since the initial process
is not done by us, it can be lengthy. Please visit our front office to apply
if you are considering participating in this manner.
2. At the school while children are not present -
These volunteers may be more comfortable helping the school
with clerical work, yard work, gardening, serving on committees,
etc. There will also be several Saturday work days scheduled
for those families that would like to help with school projects.
3. At home helpers - Throughout the year help is
needed for cutting, folding, sorting, calling, etc. These
tasks can be done from home and still count toward meeting
your parental volunteer requirement.
Many volunteer activities in the school are organized
by members of the PAC School Grounds Committee. Emails are posted with various items that need help to complete. Classroom
volunteering and take-home projects are also organized by the
teachers, please contact the teacher personally via email or
phone in addition to checking their newsletters for volunteer
opportunities. In order to volunteer in the classroom and
ensure the safety of our students, an application for a background
check through the Polk County Schools must first be completed
and fully processed. If you have already been approved as
a volunteer at any school in Polk County, you will not be required
to reapply. If you are new to the area or have not yet applied
please contact us as soon as possible as it can take the School
Board a month or longer to process the application. To enable
volunteers to work with students in the classrooms, the school
will provide training in the curriculum areas where volunteers
Montessori education is based on empowering the student to
make appropriate decisions about behavior in an atmosphere
of mutual respect and trust. There is no place for corporal
punishment or emotional intimidation in a Montessori environment.
One goal of our school is for the children to be self-disciplined.
There is a wide age span within the range of "normal"
for the development of self-discipline. To encourage self-monitoring
of behavior by our students, we control the environment instead
of the child as much as possible. We want it to be easy for
the children to behave appropriately.
Appropriate behavior is taught when children are not in a
stressful situation. Then children can learn by role-playing
acceptable alternatives to hitting, screaming, biting, scratching,
name-calling, etc. These lessons are given individually and
at group time throughout the year as needed. We use peer problem
solving whenever possible when children have disagreements.
Children who are out of control stay with a teacher or sit
alone until they can control themselves. Whenever possible,
children are allowed to experience the natural and/or logical
consequences of their actions. For example, when you throw
a puzzle, you pick it up and then find other work that can
be handled more appropriately. For more serious situations
such as biting, hitting, or refusal to cooperate - parents will be called to pick up their child.
In keeping with Montessori philosophy, we redirect the following
Unbecoming behavior (i.e. nose-picking)
Behavior destructive to the environment (i.e. throwing work)
Behavior destructive to others or their work (i.e. disturbing
Unproductive behavior (i.e. walking aimlessly through the
In a serious situation, such as a physical fight between
children, the following steps are followed:
1. Check that everyone is safe
2. Remove those not involved
3. Describe what is happening in a non-judgmental way
4. State the appropriate ground rule
5. Separate the child from the situation as gently as possible
6. Preserve self-dignity
7. A parent will be called to pick up the child.
Children may be required to sit at a table by themselves
and work will be provided for them. They will lose their freedom
of movement for a period of time according to their development.
This could range from a short amount of time to an entire
work period. If a child's behavior (for example: temper tantrum)
is disruptive to the classroom the child will be taken out
of the classroom. Parents will be notified
of these situations either by email, phone call, and/or incident report.
If the student repeatedly needs office support to deal with
his or her behavior, the parent will be called to take the
student home. There will be a conference with the parent before
the student returns to the classroom.
If the situation cannot be rectified in a timely fashion,
especially if the behavior presents a danger to other students
or faculty members, our out of school suspension or dismissal procedures, consistent
with the LMS Parent Contract and the Polk County Code of Student Conduct, will apply.
The final step is that the student is reassigned to the appropriate
Admission to LMS is by choice, not mandate. LMS does provide
services for ESE students as required by Federal law and our
philosophy is to give children a chance to improve. However,
under the terms of our charter application with the Polk County
school district, LMS is not obligated to retain any student
who cannot progress to and maintain minimum standards of behavior
appropriate to an integrated classroom environment.
Lakeland Montessori will also utilize the Polk County
School Board Code of Conduct to handle discipline matters
that occur at the charter school. LMS reserves the right to
create its own code of conduct in subsequent years if the
governing board and school staff feel this is appropriate.
to view the Polk County School Board Code of Conduct
(PDF format: Acrobat Reader is needed to
view this document)
In order to access information and forms related to the Polk County School Board bullying policy please click on this link:
Lakeland Montessori uniforms promote school unity, establish a level playing field, increase safety, and reduce distraction during the school day. In order to retain and enhance the integrity of the dress code, the following expectations have been established:
- Uniforms are required every day. Specific exceptions (Example: the end of the year party) will be announced on the school Yahoo group by Administration.
- There are two authorized vendors: 1) Lands' End School Uniform Catalogue - for all of our uniform items 2) Target Uniform Section online and in store - for bottoms only (Target labels must read "Cherokee Uniform". Regular Target Cherokee clothing is NOT acceptable). These vendors are the ONLY authorized vendors. Lands' End is the preferred vendor as they carry higher quality, longer-lasting clothing. See the Authorized Vendor section below for specific ordering and contact information.
- Uniform Shirts - shirts and blouses may be short or long sleeved - with collar - of any solid
color (no stripes, designs, multiple colors, or multi-color banding) and must
be long enough to be able to be tucked in. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Shirts with the old LMS logo may be worn indefinitely as long as they are free of holes, frays and stains. Jumpers MUST also have a logo.
- Uniform Shirts for cool days - On cool days, we prefer that students wear a long sleeved LMS logo uniform shirt. However, if absolutely necessary students may wear a plain, white turtleneck or plain white long or short sleeved shirt under their short-sleeved LMS uniform shirt. Plain is defined as plain white fabric that has no stripes, designs, multiple colors, multi-color banding, ribbing or other embellishments. The white shirts can be purchased from any vendor as long as they remain within the guidelines. Students will be asked to remove any shirts that are worn under their uniform shirts that do not follow these guidelines.
- Field Trip Shirt- on field trip days all students must wear a Chambray Blue (light blue) uniform polo shirt for safety purposes. Students will only be allowed to attend a field trip if they have a field trip shirt.
- Chorus members-all off campus chorus performances require that chorus members wear a Chambray blue (light blue) uniform polo shirt with the NEW logo and a pair of pants (full-length pants, no shorts or capris). Students not in their chorus uniform will not be allowed to perform at the event. If the event is a field trip, students will remain at the school.
- Outer garments- All outer garments (Example: cardigan sweater, pull-over sweatshirts, and light jackets) that are worn inside the school must have a LMS logo. Authorized selections are listed on our Land's End dress code list. Items with hoods are not allowed. Items worn only outside do not need a logo and do not have to follow any guidelines.
- Bottoms - ONLY bottoms from authorized vendors are permitted. Bottoms may be any Khaki UNIFORM shorts, skirts, skorts, slacks, or
(no sweatpants). Jumpers MUST have a logo. All bottoms must be Khaki official uniform bottoms and no more than 2" above the knee. Shorts must be worn underneath skirts and jumpers (purchasing skorts will eliminate the need for shorts). Bealls School Uniform bottoms can continue to be worn indefinitely - (labels from Bealls and older Target labels must read "French Toast", "@Class", "Classroom", or "School Colors")
- Preschoolers-Land's End school uniforms start in size 2T and Target school uniforms start in size 3T. If you are in need of sizes smaller than 2T, please consult with the Director about appropriate items to be ordered before ordering. All items that are sent in as a change of clothes must be approved uniform items.
- Belts with a buckle must be worn if
the bottom has belt loops and the student is in first grade
or higher (any color or design is fine
as long as there are no characters and the belt has a buckle).
- Tennis shoes or rubber-soled shoes must be worn with the uniform. All shoes must have closed toes and heels. Boots, crocs, and shoes with wheels are not allowed due to safety and storage concerns. Socks and stockings can be any color or style, however they must be free of holes and runs and tights/stockings must be footed.
- No makeup, visible tattoos or fake fingernails. Earrings must be small-no hoops. Fake tattoos will be removed if they are visible.
- Hair styles - no numbers, writing or designs, no unnatural color (green, blue, ....), no picks, hats, sweatbands, curlers or other head gear.
- ALL items must be free of frays and holes. In the event an item has a hole in it a parent will be called to bring a replacement or the student will be loaned an item for the day.
- If a family is in need of financial aid, Lakeland Montessori will purchase two uniform bottoms for each child. We will also provide free access to any donated shirts or bottoms we have on hand. Financial need is based upon qualifying for free lunch using the Polk County School Board Household Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals. Please see the front office to obtain an application.
- STUDENTS FAILING TO WEAR ANY PART OF THE LAKELAND MONTESSORI SCHOOLHOUSE UNIFORM WILL RECEIVE A UNIFORM INFRACTION. Four uniform infractions will result in a parent conference being scheduled with the Executive Director to discuss the best course of action. Parents new to the school after the school year begins will be given two weeks to obtain uniform items.
Authorized Vendor Information:
FOR BOTH VENDORS, PLEASE ORDER WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO RECEIVE ITEMS BEFORE THE START OF SCHOOL.
- Lands' End School Uniform Catalogue - www.landsend.com. Items must be SCHOOL UNIFORM items. Our preferred school number is 900095167. Don't forget to check the overstock
section for special deals on uniform items! The quality of the shirts
and other uniform items are excellent and the service is
outstanding. Items are delivered to your doorstop with the
logo completed. If you have any problems placing an order,
or if you have questions about an existing order, please
call 1-800-469-2222. Items can be returned by mail or any local Sears, Kmart, or Sears Essential store for a full refund.
- Target Uniform Bottoms - available online at Target.com and at your local store. Target labels must read "Cherokee Uniform". Items that only say "Cherokee" are NOT acceptable. Older Target "@class" or "French Toast" uniform bottoms are acceptable.
Please do not purchase a backpack for your child.
Your child will be asked to leave it at home. The only exception to this is for students that ride the bus.
This feature of our "safe school" policy eliminates
hiding places for unwelcome items of both intentional and
unintentional natures. The policy also saves money and space.
All homework and educational items will be easy to carry without a backpack. Toys and electronics are not allowed at school. Unlabeled lunch boxes and clothing items that are left at school will be disposed of or given to charity.
School supplies are provided by LMS through the school supplies
donation fund. The donations are used by the teachers for items needed in the classroom. You do not need to purchase pencils, scissors,
paper, or other consumable items for your child. The student's family
is responsible for the cost of replacement of take home items
along with the cost of any items that are broken in a destructive
Students are not allowed to bring in toys, electronics, or games from
home unless they are educational in nature and special permission
has been granted by the teacher. Trading cards, pocket computers,
compact disc players and portable radios are also prohibited
on campus. We are not responsible for items that are brought
into the school.
Weapons, play or real, are not permitted. LMS follows the
NO TOLERANCE policy of Polk County Schools, which mandates
expulsion from school if drugs or weapons are brought onto
Recognizing the important link between home and school, we
do encourage students to bring in objects of interest with
an educational value related to ongoing projects in the classroom.
Students in grades 2-5 will be asked to do occasional homework that relates to specific specific classroom projects. Students in
preschool and Kindergarten will not be given homework.
We strongly encourage you to read with your child 20 minutes per night. Let
your child hear the sound of your voice as you read to them.
Hold them close or put them on your lap. With older children,
take turns reading to them and have them read to you. Whatever
the subject matter, allow your nightly reading to be for pleasure.
We suggest that you do not force children to read to you if
they don’t want to or are not ready to do so. Let them
know you value reading by doing it together every night. Even
if your child cannot read the words himself/herself, hearing
you read aloud stories like Gulliver’s Travels, Journey to the Center of the Earth, the Magic
Treehouse series, Amelia Bedelia, or the Biscuit series will light up a child’s imagination and motivation
to read for themselves.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE EXHIBITING
SYMPTOMS THAT ARE CONTAGEOUS TO OTHERS. Your cooperation in
this matter will help us keep absences of other students and
staff members to a minimum. We will call you anyway to take
your child home if symptoms such as fever at or above 100.4, vomiting,
and diarrhea are present.
In an emergency, we will call the numbers and persons listed
on the student emergency card. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you
call us with any email address or phone number changes throughout
No medications of any kind (including cold, aspirin, and
vitamin products) can be administered at school unless there
is an Authorization for Medication form for the treatment on file. All medication must be transported to and from school by adults only.