Frequently Asked Questions
What is the current enrollment at East Lake Elementary? (as of February 23, 2017)
Kindergarten: 105 Students (5 classrooms)
Grade 1: 75 Students (3 or 4 classrooms)
Grade 2: 61 Students (3 classrooms)
Grade 3: 67 Students (3 classrooms)
Grade 4: 57 Students (2 classrooms)
Grade 5: 57 Students (2 classrooms)
TOTAL: 422 Students
Will there be a Connections Preschool at East Lake Elementary?
East Lake Elementary will have a Connections Preschool!
The times for East Lake Elementary are as follows:
- Mornings: 9:25-11:55 a.m.
~ (Days offered: M-F)
- Afternoons: 1:15-3:45 p.m.
~ (Days offered: M-F)
Tuition: $210.00 per month
Preschool for Fours: Preschool for Fours is a nine month program that gives students the opportunity to play with other children while learning important prekindergarten skills. The preschool curriculum is aligned with School District 196’s K-12 learning standards. Beginning math, reading and writing skills are introduced. All teachers are fully licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education in Early Childhood Education. Check the link about the preschool four program.
• Children must live in School District 196
• Children must be four years old by September 1, 2017 and not be eligible for kindergarten.
• Children will be placed in the closest school to their home address unless alternate placement is requested.
• Tuition assistance available.
• Visit www.district196.org/ecfe for more information.
• Questions? Call 952-388-1960 or email ConnectionsPreschool@District196.org.
Will East Lake Elementary have after school day care?
Yes! Before and after school care will be available at East Lake Elementary. Registration information will be available via the YMCA mid to late April. For more information about SAC, families can go to the following link:
Will East Lake Elementary have a mascot and school colors?
During the first months of school, the students will select a mascot and school colors for East Lake Elementary.
If I live north of 160th, will my child receive bus service?
It all depends on the location of your house. The district will be determining which houses will receive bus service and which houses will be expected to walk to school (withing a mile of the school).
The underpass that goes underneath 160th, is considered a safe route and will have proper lighting for students. It will be plowed over the winter months.
Will there be a chaperone / walking patrol monitoring the underpass?
The school is planning to have some type of supervision in place near the underpass to monitor student safety.
Will there be a traffic control signal at the intersection of Diamond Path and 160th (current entrance to East Lake)?
(Information provided by Kristi Sebastian, PE, PTOE Dakota County Traffic Engineer on April 14, 2017)
Dakota County determines traffic control for all County highways, including the intersection of County 46 (160th Street) and County 33 (Diamond Path). The County has reviewed this intersection to evaluate how well the existing traffic control is working together with what would be expected to happen under signalized control when the school opens in the fall. This is important because signals often result in added delays and crashes; many of the County’s tragic crashes happen at signals. To make a change to signalized control, the County needs to make sure that a signal would be expected to improve the overall safety and operation of an intersection before installing one.
Taking into account the traffic expected to be generated by the elementary school, a signal is not expected to improve the safety and the overall operation of the County 46/County 33 intersection after school opens. The intersection will be busy for about 15 minutes before school starts and for 15 minutes after school ends. Adding a signal would be expected to increase the risk of crashes throughout the day, every day, all year, at this intersection. This intersection currently experiences very few crashes.
At these peak times, motorists traveling from school that prefer not to cross or make a direct left turn onto County 46 could consider making a right turn at County 46 and a U-turn at Shannon Parkway as a safe alternative with potentially less delay. This is a legal maneuver that allows drivers to cross County 46 one direction at a time instead of waiting for a gap in both directions at the same time.
Additionally, there will be a pedestrian underpass of County 46 west of the school with a trail connection to the school to allow students and parents to walk or bike to the neighborhood north of CSAH 46 without a vehicle. We understand walking/biking may not be an option for everyone attending the school, but this will provide a safe option for families that can walk/bike and would prefer not to experience the delays that come with student pickup/drop-off on school days.
There is additional information on the Dakota County website regarding intersection safety: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Transportation/RoadSafety/IntersectionSafety
When will classroom teachers be announced to the public?
Currently we are in the process of selecting the East Lake staff. As of March 10, 2017 we have 15 staff members selected. Once the majority of staff have been selected, we will post names on the East Lake website. In April, many positions will be posted for outside District 196 candidates. Positions will continue to be posted throughout the summer months as well. If you are interested in applying for positions at East Lake Elementary, you can find all posted positions at the District 196 website under, "Employment".
How will classlists be determined for the fall of 2017?
Every effort will be made to balance the classrooms by gender, ability, etc. There will also be efforts made to ensure there will be students from each of the five elementary schools (Diamond Path, Highland, Parkview, Rosemount and Shannon Park Elementary Schools) in each classroom.