LPES Monthly Newsletter

November 2022

November is here!

Congratulations!! We have successfully completed the first marking period and are so proud of our students for their perserverance and willingness to do their best! Bravo, Panda Nation!

November promises to be a really exciting month – Our Fall Festival Spirit Week, Report Cards, Recognition Assemblies, American Education Week & so much more! Be sure to read the LPES Important Dates below and stay tuned for more information about each event!

Our Wellness theme for November is Gratitude! During this month we will engage in activities to foster a spirit of Gratitude throughout our school & community.

Why Gratitude? Because Gratitude helps us. . .

  • Experience more positive emotions,
  • Relish good experiences,
  • Improve our health,
  • Deal with adversity, and . . .
  • Build stronger relationships!

In other words, Gratitude is the super power we ALL need! Let me start this month of Gratitude by saying just how grateful I am for you and your PAWSitively Amazing children!

Panda love to all!!

Mrs. Schou

Hello November!

Thank you for reminding us we have so much to be grateful for!

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Pumpkin Book Character Contest Winners

Congratulations to the PAWSitively Amazing artists listed below who won the Pumpkin Book Character Contest! 🐼❤

Our PreK-2 Winners:

  • Pete the Cat: Robert Witt
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Elder Diaz-Cambarra

PreK-2 Runner Up:
  • Little Blue Truck: Lily Goldbach

Our 3-5 Winners:

  • Mr. Panda: Aubrey Obermier
  • Coraline: Elizabeth Rich

3-5 Runner Up:
  • The Day the Crayons Quit: Matty Ridgell

LPES Important November Dates

Oct. 31: 9:00 AM Fall Festival Costume Parade

Oct. 31-Nov. 4: Fall Festival Spirit Week

Nov. 8: Election Day-Schools are Closed

Nov. 9: Report Card Distribution

Nov. 10: SMCPS Honor Chorus Concert 7pm Leonardtown HS

Nov. 10: Quarterly Recognition Assemblies

-9:00: K, 1, & 2 &

-2:00: 3, 4, & 5

Nov. 10:

-6:00-8:00: PTO Movie Night

Nov. 11: Veterans' Day-Schools & Offices are Closed

Nov. 14-18: American Education Week

Nov. 16: Picture Make-up Day

Nov. 19: LPES Small Business Saturday

Nov. 22: Kindergarten Feast @ 2:00

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving Vacation

Remember, every Wednesday is Wellness Wednesday!

23-24 Before and After School Care Survey

St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks offers Before and After Care programs in St. Mary's County Public Schools. Every 3-4 years, they send out an interest survey to families inquiring about what elementary schools parents may desire a before and after school care program. Based on the results of the survey, they will then work with the schools with sufficient interest to determine if we can open a program at Lexington Parek Elementary in the 2023-2024 school year. Please complete this survey to let us know your interest.

Cafeteria Corner: Meal Applications

Free & Reduced School Lunch Program

The meal benefits that allowed us to provide free meals to students regardless of income status has ended. Free and reduced-price meals are still available, but families must submit an application for this benefit.

There are many additional benefits of submitting a meal application form. These perks include waivers on college applications, dual-enrollment courses with the College of Southern Maryland, and discounted fees to participate in St. Mary’s County Parks and Rec programs. Families can request more information by contacting SMCPS' Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301.475.4256, Option 5, or via email at foodservice@smcps.org.

Judy Center November Newsletter

Be sure to check out the Judy Center November Newsletter. Wait unitl you see what they areup to this month! So many wonderful opportunities for our families and young children. Enjoy!

Evening Counseling Center

The Evening Counseling Center is open and counseling sessions will begin in November!! The sessions will take place at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. If you are interested, please fill out the interest form link in the flyer below.
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Schoology is the SMCPS Learning Management System (LMS).

SMCPS Schoology Google Site

Schoology has a Mobile App!

Directions to Log Into the Schoology Mobile App.

Any new families that did not receive the notification about their Schoology Parent Account should email schoology@smcps.org so we can have our SMCPS Schoology Team investigate and provide answers.

School Bus News - Bus Conduct Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our Bus of the week winners so far:

Week 1: Bus 589, Ms.Cathy and her safe riders!

Week 2: Bus 586, Ms. Biscoe and her safe riders!

Week 3: Bus 663, Ms. Bowman and her safe riders!

Week 4: Bus 663, Ms. Bowman and her safe riders!

Week 5: Bus 589, Ms. CAthy and her safe riders!

Here is a reminder of how you can help your bus be the next winner!

The rules for this contest are simple! They are all about staying safe!

  • Each bus driver has a copy of the 6 items listed below.

  • At the end of the week, the bus driver will submit a safe behavior ticket for the bus, if the rules are followed.


  • Stay seated in your assigned seats and NEVER leave your seat while the bus is moving

  • Always face forward

  • Use indoor voices

  • Use appropriate language

  • Listen to your driver

  • Raise your hand if you need the driver’s attention


New for 22-23: Volunteers must apply annually for approval.

Applications are accepted until May 1st. There is no application fee.

Vetting of applications can take several weeks. Field trip chaperones must have successfully completed the volunteer application process before they can be considered.

Select the link apply: School Volunteer Portal.

SMCPS is Hiring!

Join our team! Select this link for more information.

  • SMCPS has multiple positions available to support our students and staff, including full-time and part-time positions in various areas. Employment opportunities can be found on the SMCPS website: https://www.smcps.org/hr/employment-opportunities

  • The Abacus Corporation provides part-time/temporary positions to support SMCPS as well. Various positions are also available through the Abacus Corporation and can be found on their website: https://www.abacuscorporation.com/find-jobs

Update Your Contact Information

Please update your contact information with the office. It is critical that we have the most recent information for contacting our families.


Lexington Park Elementary School

To help you navigate all the new elements of the school year and keep you informed about upcoming programs & events, we will communicate information frequently and in several ways. They are listed below for your reference.

  • Weekly Phone Message & Email: At 6:00 on Sunday you will receive a phone message & email from us sharing information about the upcoming week.
  • Class DoJo: Very soon your child’s teacher will invite you to join Class DoJo. We use this platform because it is secure/members only and allows us to share a wide variety of information with you. Please join our DoJo family!
  • Our LPES Website and Twitter feed: The LPES website has a wide variety of information for you and is updated regularly. We love to share all the wonderful things our students & teachers are doing, so we tweet just about every day. Follow us on Twitter @lpes_smcps
  • Technology Needs: if you are new to the school or need a device from SMCPS please complete the survey here.