The Lawton Ledger
2023-2024 Theme: Level Up and CRUSH IT!
August Calendar
First Day of School
Hello Lawton Chiles Families!

We are so excited to begin another new school year with you and your students!

Morning Arrival
Doors to campus will open at 8:15 am each day. If you would like to drop off your student prior to that time, please consider enrolling your student in our before school extended day program. Please keep this in mind as you begin to drop off your students as there will not be supervision in front of the building until 8:15. Pre-Kindergarten families will be able to drive in using the Rouse Road entrance and drop off by the red bench near the entrance. All other families will use the Bloomfield entrance. While on school grounds, please remain off of cell phones while driving and remain under the signaled speed. This helps us to ensure that all of our students and families are safe during arrival.

Afternoon Dismissals
During the summer, the team at Lawton had conversations around our dismissal procedures and how we could continue to provide the safest dismissal procedures for all students. We will be making some small adjustments to dismissal this year.

Car Rider Dismissal
Each family or dismissal car will receive a number on their car rider tag this year. Each walker family will also receive a number. Students will remain in the school building during dismissal until the car tags are documented by one of our staff members. At that time, the teachers will send the student outside to await their designated car. If the driver does not have the car tag, they will be asked to park and come to the front office so that we are able to check Skyward.

Pre-Kindergarten Dismissal
Our Pre-Kindergarten students will still be dismissed from Rouse Road but families will enter the Bus Loop in order to be dismissed. This way, students remain within the fenced area outside on the Pavillion.

Pre-Kindergarten students with siblings in older grades. Families should follow the procedure of a normal car rider, rather than the Pre-Kindergarten dismissal. Pre-Kindergarten students will wait in a small group with adults inside the building until their designated car number is called and will then be brought outside by an adult or the sibling.

Walker Dismissal
Walkers will be dismissed as they have in years past. If you would like to have your 2nd through 5th grade student walk by themselves, please see Ms. Sabrina in the front office so she can document your request. You will need to bring with your ID so Ms. Sabrina can make a copy for our records.

Severe Weather Dismissal
In the event of delayed dismissal due to lightning, walkers have numbers assigned as well so that we have an easy process to dismiss students if you choose to sign them out during the delayed dismissal.

Bus Riders and Extended Day Dismissal
Bus Riders and Extended Day students will also receive family numbers in case your family changes dismissal plans. As always, please alert the front office and classroom teacher regarding dismissal changes as soon as you are able to. We ask that dismissal changes are shared prior to 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on Wednesdays). This way, we can make sure your student is where they need to be at the end of the day.

Car Rider Tags available at Meet the Teacher this Tuesday
Every family will be receiving 2 (two) car rider tags at Meet the Teacher. If your family needs additional tags, please reach out to the Front Office. If you need to have a relative or family friend pick up your child, please make sure that they are in Skyward to be allowed to pick up your student.

We know that this change may take some time to get used to, however this decision was made for the safety of all of our students here at Lawton. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for your continued patience and awareness of safety as we begin our new school year.

Assistant Principal, Matthew Astone
Parent Engagement
o Phone: 407-737-1470, Fax: 407-737-1471
o School email: [email protected]
o Parent Engagement Liaison email: [email protected]
o Registrar email: [email protected]
o Follow us on Facebook: Lawton Chiles Elementary – OCPS
o Follow us on Twitter: @LCE_OCPS
o Class Dojo
Helpful Back to School Links:
2023-2024 Family Guide (please click images below):
Free Immunizations
The Florida Department of Health in partnership with Orange County Public Schools would like to inform all parents/guardians - FREE Immunization for Florida's Kids. Please see the flyer below. For more information you can call the school office or contact the DOH at (407) 723-5004, or visit
Thank you! Popsicles with the Principal:
On July 31st, THANK YOU to all the parents that took time out of their busy schedule and enjoyed Popsicles with our Principal, Mrs. Willis!!!
Find My Bus:
Do you know your child’s bus number? Pick-up/Drop-off times?
Please read below and click on the link. 
Please confirm your assigned school through the district Student Enrollment office before using this application to find your school bus information. Once school enrollment and/or address changes have been made with the school registrar, your child's transportation services may take up to 48 hours to begin.

  1. In the Grade field, enter your student's grade.
  2. Enter the house number and in the Street field, enter the complete street name including St, Rd, Ave, Drive, Circle, and others, i.e. Hanging Moss Road.
  3. Enter the 5-digit zip code.
  4. Click on "Find School/Transportation Information".

For additional assistance, please contact us at:

Phone: 407-317-3800 (Call Center)
Tears & Cheers for new Pre-K and Kindergarten parents (Aug. 10):
To our new Pre-K and Kindergarten parents, please join us in the Media Center after you drop off your child in their classroom for some sharing and caring. We want to make this experience as joyful as possible for you in joining our Lawton Chiles Elementary’s He-coon family.
Lawton Chiles PTA:
We at Lawton Chiles Elementary take pride in our students and staff, but we can’t do it alone, we need your support, join our wonderful PTA and become a “He-coon” today!

You can scan the QR code or visit our the PTA website to join If you need additional information, please contact: 

Mark your calendar: 
Event: 1st Virtual General PTA Meeting
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023
Time: 6:00pm
*** Once you join, additional/log in information will be provided for the virtual meeting. *** 

Please don’t forget . . . 
Superintendent's Message
Welcome back!
OCPS The Slice: "Mondays with Maria - Back-to-School edition" ran on Monday, July 31. Superintendent Dr. Maria Vazquez is pictured above on the set with Nancy Alvarez, WESH news anchor. Please click here for the latest back-to-school information from our superintendent of schools. (Dr. Vazquez is beginning her second year as superintendent and typically puts out a short "Monday's with Maria" each Monday morning on YouTube with topics which will be of interest to our Lawton Chiles community.)
OCPS re-organized over the summer:
2) In this one-on-one conversation with Nancy Alvarez (click here), Superintendent Vazquez talks about the recent OCPS reorganization that eliminated geographic learning communities and how the move will help provide better support to schools.
Summer Food, Fun, and Fellowship
Above and just below:
August 2nd was the first day back for our wonderful LCE teachers. Everyone enjoyed breakfast offered by Core Financial.
Above and just below:
Time spent eating and learning together! LCE rolled out our new theme:
"Level Up and CRUSH IT!"
Thank you Core Financial! 
(Please stop by their website when you have a moment. We greatly value businesses that support our teachers and students.)
A yummy lunch provided by Hot Dog Heaven!
(Hot Dog Heaven at 5355 East Colonial Drive has remained a fiercely loyal LCE business partner in the past, and now once again this year. If the opportunity arises, please stop by and try their excellent menu. Thank you!)   
Picture just above and those below:
During our first week of teacher pre-planning, we spent time as a team learning about the importance of nonverbal, paraverbal, and verbal communication with a de-escalation training.  
Monday's Motivational Moment!

If you want happiness for an hour —
take a nap.  

If you happiness for a day —
go fishing.

If you want happiness for a month —
seek fame.

If you want happiness for a year —
inherit a fortune.

If you want a happiness for a lifetime —
help others. 


** Kindly consider getting your PTA membership for this school year. They do so much good for our teachers & students, but we depend upon our community's support. Thank you very much. **
Thank you for reading and welcome back. I hope to see you are Meet the Teacher on Tuesday!
Ms. Willis, Principal
Lawton Chiles Elementary School
Sunday, August 6, 2023
11001 Bloomfield Drive
Orlando, FL 32825
Phone 407-737-1470
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