LPES Monthly Newsletter

January 2023

January is here!

Welcome to 2023, Panda Nation!

Before we jump into January, please join me in reflecting on the delightful activities December brought to all of us. Some are pictured below, but there were so many more in this wonderfully magical month! Many thanks to all our staff & community partners who made all of this "wonderfulness" possible for all our students! 🐼❤

January's Wellness theme is EMPATHY. Throughout the month, we will engage our students in learning about and practicing empathy in their classroom, our school, and our community. You may wonder, why we need to teach and foster empathy to all the students in our school?

Here FOUR reasons!

  1. Empathy builds community in each classroom & throughout the school
  2. Empathy promotes considering others & taking selfless action
  3. Empathy helps children build resilience
  4. Emathy positively impacts student achievement

If you want to learn about how you can foster empathy in your child, visit this family-centered website, or this video. Thank you for joining us in our quest to create a kinder, more empathetic school and world!

Panda Love to all!

Mrs. Schou

"The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of all"

-Josiyah Martin

Congratulations Mrs. O'Roark & Mrs. Fenwick!

LPES Important January Dates

Jan. 3: Schools Reopen

Jan 4: Glee Club

Jan. 9: Guitar Ensemble & Drama Club

Jan. 11: Glee Club

Jan. 12: Steel Pan Band

Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Schools and Ofices closed

Jan. 18: Glee Club

Jan. 19: 6:30 Polar PANDAmonium Winter Concert & Celebration of Learning

Jan. 24: Ms. Colvin & Ms. Peck classes to ELMS

Jan. 25: Ms. Buckler's class to ELMS

Jan. 25: 3:30: Glee Club

Jan. 26: 5th Grade to Science Center

Jan. 26: 2:00-3:00: 3rd Grade Fossil Gallery

Jan. 26: Steel Pan Band

Jan. 27: Professional Day: No school for students

End of 2nd Marking Period

Jan. 31: 4:30: Literacy Tertulia

Feb. 7: Report Card Distribution

Remember, every Wednesday is Wellness Wednesday!

Judy Center January Newsletter

Be sure to take a few minutes to check out the Judy Center January Newsletter! It's filled with lots of resouces and opportunities for your family!

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.

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.


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.