Lander Friday Folder Summer Edition

Tuesday, May 29th, 2019

Happy Last Day of School!

Dear Lander Families,

Summertime has come and we have had a wonderful school year, we are grateful for you sharing your children with us! Our students have had many great experiences this year and we believe that the strength of our community and wholehearted passion that our staff has to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our students makes Lander a truly special school.

To all the parents and guardians, thanks for getting your kids to school on time each day, with two little ones of my own, I know the challenge! Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills that are necessary to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.

To those families who are leaving us for new places and adventures, we wish you all the best! To families who are returning please see the important dates listed below as you begin to prepare for next school year. I hope everyone has a wonderful school year and we will see you in August!

Lander Parent-Teacher Group Donates $11,000!!

A foundation for the support of our school is our Lander Parent-Teacher Group, a thank you to them for supporting activities and resources for our students!

We are excited to share that through the fundraising events by our Lander Parent Group, this year we have accepted donations totaling $11,000!! The funds have gone towards purchasing flexible seating for our classroom and technology and resources for our Lander Makerspace. We had originally planned to purchase a set Virtual Reality Headsets for our school, but have found that the recent research has shown mixed reviews on its use in the primary classrooms.

We will also be unveiling soon, a plan for our own Lander Sport and Fitness Area, which will be an extension of our Physical Education Program, we will be equipping this area with kid-sized bicycles, and other fitness equipment aimed at providing our students with more opportunities for fitness and learning habits for a healthy lifestyle.

The partnerships between our Parent Group and school continue to be essential to our growth and expanding options for our students, we are so very grateful for this and the support of our families and community members that buy cookie dough, Marco's Pizza, make donations and participate in our many fundraisers throughout the year!!

Introducing Mr. Brown

It is bittersweet that Mrs. Laurel Ravida will be leaving us, she has been selected as the next Principal at Gates Mills Elementary School and she will be wonderful in that position. However, I am excited to introduce Mr. Jalen Brown the next Assistant Principal at Lander Elementary School. Mr. Brown comes to us from Maple Heights City Schools, where he is currently a 6th grade teacher, Administrative Intern and PBIS coordinator. Mr. Brown has also served as a member of the District’s Labor Management team, was a Site Administrator for a summer program aimed at closing gaps for at-risk students and is also the founder of a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the development of underrepresented youth. Mr. Brown brings passion, energy and a strength of building relationships with him to Lander. Mr. Brown received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Management from Miami University and his Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University in Educational Administration. Mr. Brown’s personal mission is, “to at least engage, and to at most inspire scholars to excel in all endeavors”, his passion for education will come through from the moment you meet him.

Keep the learning going...

We have created a website that has links to many websites that you can use to continue your child's learning over the summer. Some of them are subscriptions that need a username/password which are the same that the child used through out the school year, please check with your child's teacher if they do not have this information. Lexia will be available for students to use all summer long!!


Also, our Lander Library Media Page, has several resources, be sure to scroll down to the resources under Lander, username and passwords can be found here.

Summer Reading Lists, School Supply Lists and other links to online resources for elementary students can be found on the Summer Central section, on the Parent Tab of our District Website under Summer Central. Please also be sure to complete the annual update of your information prior to school starting, instructions can also be found under this same summer central link.

Looking for some activities this summer, this website always has great resources of different things happening around Northeast Ohio: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

Free summer meals will be offered in our area you can find information at Summer Food Service Program, or dial (1-866-3-HUNGRY), with no sign up required.

As you begin to plan for next year, class placements will be available in Infinite Campus beginning on August 5th for Grades 1st-5th. Also on August 14th, we will have a meet the teacher hour and supply drop off from 3:00-4:00 and our Ice Cream Social, sponsored by our PTG from 4:00-6:00pm.

School resumes for students in grades 1st-5th on Thursday, August 15th, for parents of incoming Kindergarten students, a separate communication will be sent with all the details you need. Until then, enjoy a great summer with your families!

Felecia Evans


Important Upcoming Dates:

Aug 1 - 5th Grade Chromebook distribution, MHS, 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Aug 8 - Lander New Student Orientation, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Aug 8 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:30 - 7:15 pm

Aug 14 - Meet the Teacher & Supply Drop Off, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Aug 14 - PTG Ice Cream Social, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Aug 29 - Curriculum Night Grades 1, 2, & 3, 6:15 - 7:00 pm

Aug 29 - Curriculum Night Grades, Kindergarten, 4 & 5, 7:15 - 8:00 pm

Sept 4 - First PTG Meeting, 7:00 pm

Lander Elementary School

We are Lander Elementary School, home of the Lander Leopards! We serve approximately 500 students in grades K-5th from the Mayfield Heights Community. We consider ourselves a family and work to ensure that our students feel safe and welcome.