Newsletter| November 8, 2020

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Home Screening and Re-Entry Qualifications
We are doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that we can keep our doors open. We are asking everyone to conduct a home screening every day before they come on arrive on campus.
Please review and print out the Student Home Screen and the Re-Entry Criteria documents.
Important Dates
November 10: ESL Night
Hola, la Sra. Gilley y yo estamos emocionados de tener nuestra primera noche de ESL para todos los padres de nuestros estudiantes de inglés este martes 10 de noviembre de 2020. Esto comenzará a las 6:30 pm y se llevará a cabo a través de Zoom.

Tendremos un divertido rompehielos para conocernos, una presentación informativa y tiempo para preguntas sobre cómo trabajamos con los estudiantes EL (estudiantes de inglés). El enlace para el Zoom saldrá la tarde del lunes 11/09/2020. ¡Espero verte allí!

Jennifer Woodford
Coordinadora / Maestra de ESL

Hello – Ms.Gilley and I are excited to have our first ESL night for all our English learner’s parents this Tuesday November 10, 2020. This will begin at 6:30pm and will be held via a Zoom.

We will have a fun icebreaker to get to know each other, an informational presentation, and time for questions about how we work with EL (English learner) students. The link for the Zoom will go out the afternoon of Monday 11/09/2020.
Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Woodford
ESL Coordinator/Teacher
November 11: Picture Day
All students participate in Picture Day. Students will be photographed in uniform.

If you are participating in Distance Learning, CLICK HERE to reserve your time slot on November 11.
November 2-20: Canned Food Drive
The first week of the canned food drive is underway. Members of the PSO counted the first round of items on Friday. We are blown away by the generosity of our families!

The class that is able to bring the most items will be rewarded with an ice cream party.
November 20: Spirit Day & Snowflake Day
On the last Friday of every month, scholars may wear their Spirit Shirts with their uniform bottoms.

Snowflake Day: The Snowflake Fund kicks off on November 20! To celebrate the occasion, scholars may wear snowflake themed accessories such as, socks, headbands, bracelets, glasses, and necklaces. See below for more information about the Snowflake Fund.
Rather than individual families purchasing holiday gifts for teachers, The Snowflake Fund collects money from Great Hearts Lakeside families to provide a tax-free gift of cash. The money collected is divided evenly and distributed among teachers, teachers’ assistants and general staff. Parents who intend to purchase teacher gifts for the holidays are encouraged to instead give to the Snowflake Fund.

Giving opportunities will begin November 20 and options are through Zelle, Venmo and PayPal. Students will also be invited to participate through coin wars, teacher notes and other events coming soon.

Click HERE to learn more. If you have further questions, contact .
November 13 & December 11: Virtual Volunteer Training

December 21-January 3: Winter Break

January 4: Back to School!
January 13: Picture Retake Day

February 8-12: Five Days of Giving

February 12: Great Hearts Day
For those of you who weren't able to attend the volunteer training, you can view it HERE. Passcode is: %@UbE4D8

After you have watched the training, download the FERPA Acknowledgment Form (linked below) and email to Mrs. Ogden at
Virtual Volunteer Training sessions will be held on November 13 and December 13. If you are interested in attending please contact
Before coming on campus, please fill out COVID-19 Screening form by clicking HERE. Your results will be sent to the front office.

Parent Service Oranization
Welcome our new PSO Leadership Team!
Beth Zemkoski, President
Blaire Moore, Vice President
Jennifer Cooper, Room Parent Representative & Volunteer Coordinator
Athena Wilcher, Treasurer
Our Parent Service Organization hit the ground running! Every parent and guardian at
Great Hearts Lakeside is a member of the PSO, no fees or paperwork.

Click HERE to learn what they are working on and how you can help make Lakeside the best!
Family Directory
The Parent Service Organization is putting together a Family Directory for Lakeside. Please follow the link below to fill out the form. You can share as much or as little contact information as you feel comfortable.

Click HERE to add your contact information to the Family Directory.
Carpool Reminders
A few reminders--you have two options at drop off.

1) Drive all the way through carline to drop off in front of the school or

2) Park off campus to walk your child across Harris Parkway, all the way up to the front door.
Scholars should not be dropped off on Harris Parkway or in the parking lot to cross carline traffic. This is for efficiency and most importantly, for scholar safety.
Pick-Up Signs
All families need the yellow carline sign. If yours is lost or if you are new and never received one, please contact Ms. Woodruff at
Uniform Reminders
Dress your scholar warmly! We are making every effort to take our scholars outside everyday.

Remember that scholars may wear any color coat, jacket, scarf or gloves outside that has no pop culture references.

Sweaters or fleeces worn inside the classroom must be uniform with the Great Hearts logo. Scholars may also wear long-sleeved undershirts or turtlenecks in white, navy or black. In addition, young ladies may wear white or navy tights beneath their skirts and jumpers.
Carefully review the mask policy.

Masks should be plain in color or have a non-representational pattern that is repetitive.

Masks must not have any words or messages printed on them.

Masks cannot have any symbols on them, so masks with crayons, superhero logos, or American flags are not acceptable.
Shoes must be all black or all white, including the sole. High tops are not allowed.

Belts are required for all students wearing shorts or pants in first grade and above.

Please remember the pop culture policy. All lunch boxes, water bottles and backpacks must be devoid of popular culture references. Generic images of flowers, spaceships, mermaids, dinosaurs are acceptable.
For any further questions about the uniform, click HERE to review the uniform policy. The policy applies each and every day of school. Any student who is in violation of the uniform policy will receive an infraction. After 5 uniform infractions, an after school detention will be issued.
Breakfast and Lunch
Great Hearts Lakeside partners with Preferred Meals for our breakfast and lunch program. All meals are paid for through My Mealtime, and students purchase their meal with their assigned ID number.

If you wish to purchase a meal for your scholar, first set up an account on Mealtime.

  • Your scholar will be able to purchase a meal as long as there is a balance on his or account, and you do not have to notify the school ahead of time regarding what days he or she will eat lunch or breakfast.

If you do not know your lunch number, Add 00 to the 4 digits of your scholar's Google credentials.

  • For example, if the Google credentials were d.ogden1234, the MealTime ID number would be 001234.

If you believe that your scholar will qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, please use the links below to apply.

We cannot accept cash or checks for meals. All payments must be made online. We will provide a lunch if your scholar does not have one. Please keep your account current. After your account has reached a negative balance of $10.00, we will provide a substitute meal until your account is up to date.

Distance learning families can continue to pick up food by week as we have done for the past few weeks. A Sign-Up Genius was sent out within the last week to those who to wish to participate.

This program is optional. Scholars are more than welcome to bring their own lunch from home. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available. We ask that you refrain from sending soda, however, sparkling water is acceptable.
Should your scholar need medications to be kept and administered at school, you must bring in the medication yourself and sign a medication authorization form. Please do not send medications to school with your student, regardless of age or grade.

Prescription medications must have a doctor's orders. A faxed order will suffice. For prescription medications, the original pharmacy label and container must be sent. We cannot accept medication that has been transferred to a different container. Expired medications cannot be administered.

If you have further questions, contact Nurse Tucker at
After School
Register for the Athenaeum After-School Program!
Athenaeum is our after-school program for grades K-5. Athenaeum is focused on the liberal arts and promotes learning by providing students dedicated homework time in addition to enriching and academically oriented activities. Scholars also have time for snack, games and recreation, and time to socialize with friends.
The Athenaeum After-School Program has resumed since in-person learning is taking place.

For more information and to register, visit our academy website and click on Academy Life
-->After School Programs.

For questions, please contact your Campus Coordinator, Kayley Walker, at
Late Pick-Up Policy
All students MUST be picked up by 4:10 PM unless they are enrolled in an after school activity. After 4:10 PM (2:10 PM on early release days), parents of students who have not been picked up will be called by the school administration.  Late pick-up will be administered by Athenaeum and a charge of $1 per minute will be incurred. Parents arriving after 4:10 PM (2:10 PM early release) will need to park and sign their child out.

All students should be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of practice or club. Any student still waiting will fall under the above policy. Siblings of students in clubs and sports must be picked up before 4:10 PM, may enroll in Athenaeum  or incur the late charge.
Family Handbook
Finally, familiarize yourself with the 2020-2021 Family Handbook. Whenever you have questions about procedures, policies, or any sentence beginning with "How would the school handle...?" the Family Handbook is the place to start.