Lake Elementary School News

For the week of August 29

Hello Families,

“If we have never been amazed by the very fact that we exist, we are squandering the greatest fact of all.” ~ Will Durant’s wise words are important to ponder. When we sit in awe of our own existence, we model for the next generation to do the same. From that stance, we are growing our asset-based lens and also feeling inspired to see the strengths in every human being. An asset-based approach focuses on strengths. Here’s a strength to sit in awe of: there are around 100 - 1000 trillion synapses (where nerve impulses pass from one neuron to another) in a human brain, and the number of possible ways of connecting them is greater than the number of atoms in the universe! Now, take a moment to be amazed!

Speaking of AMAZING, we LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! Please mark your calendars for Friday, September 2nd at 8:00 when we will have our Volunteer Training w/ Principal Coffee Chat to follow! The topics for our chat will be Empowered Learning Environments, Universal Design for Learning, Lake Logistics, and Q&A. We hope you will join us to hear about our asset-based learning lens at Lake!

Thank you to everyone that has already joined PTA! We’re hoping for 100% participation this year. Participation means simply signing up (and that is it) or helping in other ways, as your schedule allows. We can do it!

Here is the link to join:

Many thanks to our PTA for leading alongside us! #GoLakeDolphins

Dr. Davina Stringer

Lake Elementary Principal

Strategic | Ideation | Learner | Achiever | Input

Click my Calendly Link to schedule a meeting.

Office: (760) 945-5300

Twitter: @#Dr_Stringer_

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human seeks — we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”

~ Parker Palmer

Breakfast Options at Lake

WaveCrest Cafe has tasty breakfast every day, and serves students between 7:40-8:00. Also, if your child would prefer to have breakfast during their recess time, they can stop by between 7:40-8:00 and take it with them to eat later in the day. There is no cost for breakfast.
Do you have a 3rd-5th grader that wants to sing in our after school choir, Dolphtones? There are just a few spots left! Sign up today. Dolphtones starts Thursday, September 1st.

PTA News and Notes

PTA is thrilled to welcome you back to school. We have SO MANY fun events planned for our students and our families.

These events include:

All student clubs, Rock-A-Thon, Book Fair, Back To School Party, Family Art Night, Trunk-Or-Treat, Science Night, Game Night, Family Dance, Lake Loves Reading, and any other event added to the calendar that includes all students.

In order to make sure we can include everyone, we are required to collect waivers from each student/family. This keeps us in good standing with our insurance. If this form is not filled out, your child will NOT be able to participate in any Lake PTA activity on campus.

Please go here to fill out the form ASAP:

Back to School Night

Did you miss Back to School Night? PTA had our first Association Meeting where we approved our calendar and budget for the year! Both can be found at under “Agenda and Minutes”.

We also had information about our upcoming clubs at Back to School Night. Fall registration opens Wednesday 9/14 at 9am. Our first session begins the week of 9/26 and the cost is $15 per session.

Head to Student Clubs – Lake Elementary PTA ( for more information!


Thank you to everyone that has signed up for PTA this year! We appreciate all of our members!

Not a member yet? Please visit: to join LAKE PTA. Your $8 donation goes a long way to show your support of our school and our students. Volunteering is not a requirement of being a member.

Volunteer Interest List

If you would like to find out more about what volunteering with the PTA is like, please consider joining our interest list. We will reach out when there is an event or project that the PTA or the School needs help with. We don't expect you to help every time, but you will be kept in the loop if you sign up below.

Link to volunteer:

Dolphin Wear

Every Friday is spirit day at Lake! If you need new gear, our online store is now open! Go to our website at to purchase your tees or sweatshirts. We will deliver your purchase to your child at school.

In case you missed it...

Lake Logistics

  • CAR RIDER LINE: Families picking up and dropping off, PLEASE help our line move efficiently by NOT getting out of your vehicles while still in the car line. Please train your children to buckle or train them to sit safely while you find a safe place to pull over and make the needed adjustments for the ride home. THANK YOU!
  • At dismissal, please utilize both lanes for pickup and be prepared with your child's name, grade and teacher.

New bell schedule!

Our bell schedule has changed this year. The major changes are as follows:

  • School begins at 8 a.m, and we will open the gates for breakfast and supervision at 7:40 a.m.
  • Dismissal is at 2:21 for grades 1-5, and at 2:11 for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.
  • On Mondays, dismissal is at 12:54 for grades 1-5, and at 12:44 for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.
  • More detailed recess and lunch times can be found below.
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Lake Student and Parent Handbook

The purpose of our Student and Parent Handbook is to assist our students and families with important information regarding school policies, procedures, and agreements we have set us up for us to have an enjoyable, successful, and safe school year.

Click on the link above to review the handbook. It is expected that each family reads through our Family Handbook. We appreciate your support and involvement as we work in partnership to provide a nurturing, inspiring, and rigorous educational program for each of our Dolphins.

School Meals

This year, breakfast and lunch we will be free and offered for all Lake students. Students will be able to have breakfast before school starting at 7:40. Breakfast will be served in the covered patio and students will stay there while eating. Supervision will be provided as breakfast is a student-only time and parents will not be allowed in the breakfast area. Lunch will be provided for all students during the school day.

Here's the menu from our WaveCrest Cafe!

A change for the 22-23 school year is there is no more Second Chance Breakfast available during recess. If your child wants breakfast it is available starting at 7:40.

COVID-19 Protocols

Masking in schools is optional for students, staff, and families. According to the very latest CDPH guidance for schools, indoor masking in K-12 school settings continues to be a strong recommendation, but not required. If you or your child is displaying symptoms or tests positive, please stay home and notify Lake immediately.

Please keep Lake safe and before the first day - come by the office and pick up a free test.

Any positive test results should be reported to Lake. And, if your student is experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, we ask that you keep them home. The most common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Each COVID-19 at-home test kit comes with two testing cartridges. Families are asked to use the second at-home antigen test on Sunday, August 21st to ensure that students who may have been exposed to someone during the first days of school remain home. Again, we ask that all positive COVID-19 results be reported to your school.

Let's Stay in Touch!

Family Newsletter: Every Sunday afternoon you will receive an email from Lake with updates and important information. Please take the time each week to review this information.

Social Media: Stay up to date on the learning occurring on campus and the events happening at school by following us on Instagram @lakedolphins.

District Communication: Please make sure your email address is correct in Aeries so that you receive all school and district communications. You will receive message