Lion's Den News

Words from your Principal

Dear Parents,

We are off to a great start!

The first thing I need to let you know is there has been a time change for all elementary

students. Beginning September 3, 2019, students will attend school from 7:50-2:40. Please

make sure you are aware of the time change and that your student is picked up on time. If your student is a day-care rider, please inform them of the new dismissal time. When you notice the day care vans and buses have left the property, the bus line will be open for after-school car-rider dismissal.

I would like to take a minute to explain about the three new curriculum changes for this year.

Due to the RISE Initiative by the Arkansas Department of Education, teachers will be using the

Wilson (phonics) Program with your students. We are, also, introducing a new English

Language Arts curriculum called Wit & Wisdom. For math, we will use Eureka Math. So far, the teachers and students are excited about these new programs.

New this year is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Lab. This replaces the computer lab. Students will go to the STEAM Lab once a week for hands-on activities. Coach Dokes is the facilitator for this program.

Volleyball and Flag Football have begun. Students are excited about these after-school

activities. Flyers have already gone home for students to enroll in these activities. Basketball

will begin later in the fall. If you have a student interested in Boys or Girls Basketball, keep a

look out in the backpacks for that information.

Student Council elections will begin the week of September 9th. If your child is interested in

running for an office they must be a 4th or 5th grade student and have contacted Mrs. Skarda

and Ms. Frey. Notices should go home next week for Student Council. Speeches by candidates will be September 9. The students will vote on September 10.

Boy Scout Night is September 12 at 6:30. Interested students need to report to the school

cafeteria for an informational meeting.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, September 19 from Noon-7:00 pm. There

will not be school for students that day. Scheduling notices will be sent home with your

students. Remember, ALL parents must attend conferences. When the students, parents and

teachers work together, students are successful!

Thank you for all your support!

Sara Logan, Principal

New School Time!

After assessing transportation issues during the first week of school, the district has adjusted school start and end times. The new times will take effect on September 3. Thank you for understanding!

  • Elementary: 7:50 a.m.-2:40 p.m.
  • Middle: 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • High: 8:25 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
  • (Note that middle school times did not change.)

Some reminders for drop off in the mornings:

  • No parking in the drop off line.
  • Do not turn around in a neighbor’s driveway/yard. This is private property.
  • Building opens at 7:20. All students will go to the cafeteria or the gym if they arrive at school before 7:40 with a book to read.
  • Pedestrians crossing the road have the right away, make sure to stop and let them cross safely.

Words from your PTA President

Have you turned in your PTA Membership yet? It's just $5 dollars! Have you ever wondered what that $5 goes towards? Let me just tell you a few of the items that the PTA has purchased just this school year...

  • 1st day of school luncheon for the teachers
  • Volleyball net, soccer goals, basketballs, volleyballs, dodge balls
  • Hand sanitizer for the lunch room
  • Fax/copier machine for the office
  • All the copier paper for the entire school
  • Walkie-talkies for student pick-up
  • And the list will go on for all the things planned and unplanned to purchase for this school year.

You may think, "I can't make it to any of the meetings" and that's okay... We have a new newsletter that will keep you up-to-date with all things going on at LWE.

You may think, "I don't have a lot of money to give" that's okay... Volunteering your time when you are able to is free and so much appreciated!

You may think "I can't volunteer, be at the meetings, or donate lots of money" and all of that is okay, too... We understand! We would still love for you to join our PTA!

PTA is vital at our school. We want you to be a part of our school community, which is filled with moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family, and friends just like you. Together, with the staff and teachers, we will all be able to help each student CONNECT, CREATE, and CULTIVATE at Lakewood Elementary.

PTA Memberships


Sponsor your teacher's and school staff's PTA Membership.

Membership Contest info:

  • The first class to reach 100% membership w/teacher included
  • Starts on September 3
  • Ends on September 27
  • Cost is $5 to join


Whole class will get the chance to Silly String their teacher + Smartfood Popcorn & Blow Pop party + extra LWE shirt day


Smartfood Popcorn & Blow Pop party + extra LWE shirt day


80% membership school wide and the kids will get the chance to dunk their PTA President & Vice President in a dunking booth!

If 100% of the school's teachers and staff have a PTA membership, LWE will receive the "Golden Apple Award" from PTA of Arkansas.

PTA welcomes the staff

The wonderful teachers and staff were welcomed back with lunch from Tacos For Life provided from the PTA. Everyone is ready to have a great year!

Safety First

This is a reminder that THE LAW is to yield to pedestrians (especially our kids trying to get to/from school). Lakewood does not have a consistent crossing guard in the mornings and there have already been a few situations with drivers not paying attention as kids cross the street. PLEASE watch vigilantly and ALWAYS stop. Help keep all our kids safe!


If you are able to help act as a crossing guard, please contact Mrs. Logan at (501)771-8270 or


If you plan on volunteering with the school, work with kids in the classroom, or go on field trips you need to do a background check. A new one must be filled out each year. Please fill out the form and return it to school:


Uniform Drive Update

A big thank you to everyone who donated their child's uniforms over the summer, the parents who helped set up and take down the sale, and ACE for being our supporting partner. The sale was a huge success and we were able to get many uniforms into many homes. We were able to raise a significant amount of money for our schools Weekend Food Pantry, which helps support many of our Lakewood families.

Do You Know - How to eat lunch with your child?

Parents and Grandparents are welcome to eat lunch with their child at school. You will need to sign in at the office and get a pass before entering the cafeteria. There are tables designated for parents and their children only, if you have any trouble locating these tables, just ask a lunch aide to show you the way! Breakfast and lunch are free for students at Lakewood but adults will need to purchase breakfast ($2.10) or lunch ($3.75) and are welcome to bring a lunch of their own to enjoy.

Book Fair

A BLIZZARD of books are headed your way at the

Arctic Adventure Book Fair!

Opening Day

Friday, September 20

This is also Grandparent's Day!

The fair will be open during lunch only, 10:30 - 1:00

Preview Day

Monday, September 23

Family Night

Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 - 7:00 (POP in for good Books)

Open every day 7:30 - 3:00

Closes on Friday, September 27th

Meet the Kindergarten Teachers

The future of the world is in my classroom today.

- Ivan Welton Fitzwater -

Save the Date

NLRSD Master Calendar

September Breakfast Calendar

September Lunch Calendar

Student Council Speeches: September 9

Student Council Voting: September 10

Join Boy Scouts Night: September 12, 6:30

Kindergarten Teddy Bear Day: September 13

General PTA Meeting: September 16

Parent/Teacher Conferences: September 19

Grandparents Day: September 20

Book Fair: September 23 - 27

Family Night at the Book Fair: September 25

Vision/Hearing for Students: K, 1, 2, 4: October 1

Walk to School Day: October 2

End of First Nine Weeks: October 11

Fit to Live: October 20

North Little Rock Board of Education

Board minutes for the previous meeting(s) are inside the agenda document for the upcoming meeting. This may make it difficult for parents to track agenda items that have been approved, tabled, or rejected.

Click here to read to Board minutes from the last meeting.

The document in the link includes the following:

  • Agenda for 8/15: Regular Board Meeting
  • Minutes for 7/18: Regular Board Meeting
  • Minutes for 7/22: Special Board Meeting
  • Minutes for 8/1: Special Board Meeting
  • Presentations and reports for 8/15 Regular Board Meeting
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