Thomas Lake Elementary School Calendar

Conference Meal Sign Up!

Help provide a meal for the TL teachers during the parent/teacher conference nigh February 8, 2017.

Use the SignUp Genius link below to add your contribution to the staff meal.

Conference Meal Sign Up

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Student safety is our primary goal as we address congestion in the parking lot.  The main parking lot and bus drop off area is closed for curbside student drop off and pick up from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m. and from 3:20 to 3:50 p.m.
We have increasing concerns about student safety, especially at afternoon dismissal times.  Thomas Lake staff works to supervise students and the traffic flow, however rules are not being followed and student safety is compromised.  We understand parent pickup is not a fast moving process, however following these rules is necessary to keep our students safe. 
Please observe these rules when using the pick-up circle:
·         Drop off and pick up children at curbside only.  This is the only safe way for children to enter and exit the car.
·         If there isn’t room to stop along the circle, park in a designated spot and escort your child into the building or to the car or wait inside to pick up your child.  Do not park your vehicle in the circle. Parked vehicles create a back up and potential for danger.
·         Children must have backpacks and other items ready for a quick exit to avoid delaying others. Delayed exits create a backup and potential for danger
·         Vehicles at curbside must be attended. Leaving your vehicle blocks traffic and creates a dangerous situation.
·         Double parking is not allowed. This also blocks traffic and creates a dangerous situation.

If the pick-up circle is full, cars must park in the lot in a designated spot or along the east side of Thomas Lake Road on the shoulder.  Parents/guardians are asked to either come into the building and wait in the link area for their students or to wait in their cars until the buses have left and then drive to the entrance.  It is dangerous for students to run out into the parking lot to meet their family member.  Pedestrian traffic between buses is not permitted as this is dangerous too.
We have several Thomas Lake staff members monitoring and helping, however everyone’s attention to following the safety rules is critical.  If you are willing to volunteer your help at dismissal time, please contact our office at: 651-683-6890. 
Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up
It is time to sign up for your February Parent/Teacher Conference.
Conferences are Wednesday Feb 8 and Feb 9, 2017.

   Principal Letter About Implementation of LobbyGuard System

Dear Thomas Lake Families,

 Beginning January 3 we will begin using a new electronic sign-in system for everyone who visits Thomas Lake during the school day. The LobbyGuard system was piloted at Apple Valley High School last year and will be installed at every school in our district this fall as part of safety and security improvements included in the bond referendum that was approved by district voters last year.

 Under the new system, all visitors will be asked to show a government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or military ID) if they wish to leave the office area to enter another part of the school. The LobbyGuard system checks each visitor’s name against the national sex offender database only, takes a photo of the visitor, then prints an adhesive name tag that includes the visitor’s name and photo. Visitors are required to wear the name tag at all times while they are in the building and return it to the office to sign out before leaving.

 If a visitor does not have any form of government-issued identification, a school staff member will talk with them about the reason for their visit before deciding whether to issue them a visitor name tag.

 The LobbyGuard sign-in system will make our school an even safer place by ensuring identification of every visitor who is in the building at any given time during the school day. All staff members wear a district-issued identification badge and are instructed to question any adult in the building who does not have a nametag issued by the LobbyGuard system.

 If you have questions or concerns about our new electronic sign-in system, please contact me at 651-683-6890.

  Mary T. Jelinek                                                     Thomas Lake Principal 



To Learn about assessment testing and schedules, check out the links below.

October is Bullying Awareness Month,  TL will observe Unity Day October 24th.
Here are a few short videos about bullying.