Osprey Weekly-Summer Edition #1

July 21, 2022

Dear LES Families,

We hope you are having a wonderful summer! The start of the school year is just around the corner, and we cannot wait for more growth in the 2022-2023 school year!

We would like to take this time to welcome our new families to Leonardtown Elementary School and we cannot wait to spend time getting to know your child and family.

We will be updating families again in early August, but wanted to take this time to share some important information to include:

  • Meet our New Assistant Principal
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
  • School Supply List
  • Meal Benefit Application (please complete)
  • Upcoming Events to Mark on Your Calendar
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Summer Learning Opportunity

Visit the Leonardtown Elementary School website for additional information.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! We will see you soon!!

Meet Our New Assistant Principal!

Ms. Kayla Verbic has been appointed to be our new assistant principal. She holds a Master’s Degree from the College of Notre Dame and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburg at Johnstown. She is coming to us from Esperanza Middle School where she served as the English Instructional Resource Teacher.

In Ms. Verbic’s spare time, she loves to spend time with her two children, stay active, and be near the water. She is looking forward to meeting the LES community and to having an outstanding school year!

Welcome to LES Ms. Verbic!!

Meal Benefit Application- All Families Please Complete!

Apply to Pre-K/Head Start Online at www.smcps.org

  • During the week of July 25th, Pre-K Roundups will be held at each local library. Please click the link here to see the flyer for more details.

Kindergarten Registration is Open!- Please share!

Parents of children who will be five years old by September 1, 2022, can now register their child at Leonardtown Elementary School (physical address in LES district) daily Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) may go to the school assigned to their legal address to complete the registration paperwork. Children are not required to be present for registration. Required documentation includes evidence of birth, proof of residency, a copy of the child’s immunization record, and any court papers regarding custody of the minor child. Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) must also bring photo identification when registering their child.

Documentation which indicates the current physical address of the child will be accepted as proof of residence. Proof of residence will include, but is not limited to, one of the following:

  1. Mortgage/deed/rental agreement with 911 address assignment;

  2. Current utility bill with parent/legal guardian name, 911 address of residence, and service address (post office box is not acceptable, wireless phone bills are not acceptable); and,

  3. Patuxent River Naval Base housing form NOW-NATC-1110-1/15, Assignment to Public Quarters, which identifies bona fide residence in St. Mary's County.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) not intending to register an appropriately aged child for kindergarten must obtain a waiver from the St. Mary's County Public Schools Department of Student Services. It is not necessary for children enrolled in Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten in the public schools to register again.

Additional Kindergarten information can be found at SMCPS - Kindergarten Registration

Additional Early Entrance to Kindergarten Information can be found at SMCPS Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Questions about Kindergarten Registration may be directed to Kate Weaver, Supervisor of Student Services at 301-475-5511, ext.32150.

Questions about Early Entrance to Kindergarten may be directed to Jamie Pepper, Supervisor of Instruction/Elementary Programs at 301-475-5511, ext. 32123.

Summer Reading and LES Apple Tree Book Club Logs

Summer reading at the St. Mary's County library is ongoing through August 13, 2022. Participants will track their activities through the Beanstack app/website, and every 5 activities logged completed will earn them one entry into the prize drawing of their choice. Prizes include gift cards to local restaurants and other fun places like movie theaters and comic book stores! In addition to a drawing entry, completion of the first five activities will also earn them their very own, glow-in-the-dark Summer Reading t-shirt!

All three branches will have awesome programs throughout the summer for people of all ages—including weekly Crafternoons and “LEGO Block Parties” where kids can come build their own LEGO creations with the library’s stash of bricks. Summer will be here before we know it, so check out the Summer Reading page on our website - https://www.stmalib.org/events/summer-reading-2022/

Do not forget to log your reading over the summer and submit your Apple Tree Book Log to your teacher at the beginning of the school year. All books read will go toward being a LES Gold Apple Reader! Download and print an Apple Tree Book Log below.

Summer Learning-Imagine Learning

For grades K-5, students will have access to continue what they started this school year. All students will log into Imagine Learning through CLEVER. (Click here for CLEVER Login Directions)

School Supply List 2022-2023

Open House Information- August 22nd

August 22, 2022

Grades:K-5 (see calendar dates below for Pre-K orientation)

Families last name A-L: 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Families last name M-Z: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

**If you are a family with children that have different last names, please use the last name of your oldest child to determine the time you should attend Open House. You may visit the classes of all your children at that identified time. Thank you.

Stay tuned for a date and time to access Home Access Center (HAC) to learn your classroom assignment for 2022-2023. Thank you.

Mark Your Calendars!


9- On the Playground with the Principals @ 3:00 p.m. (come meet our new AP, Ms. Verbic)

16- Read A Loud with the Kindergartners @ 3:00 p.m.

22- Open House (see details above K-5 only)

24- First day of school for students K-5 only

24- Pre-K Open House families last name A-L @ 10:00 a.m.

25- Pre-K Open House families last name M-Z @ 10:00 a.m.

26- First day for Pre-K students

Leonardtown Elementary School

We are here to help!:)

Contina Quick-McQueen, Principal

Kayla Verbic, Assistant Principal

Shawnna White, Principal's Secretary

Marie Ventrone, Records Secretary