Bobcat Bulletin

Lakeland Elementary, May 2023 Newsletter

Mrs. Conerly Principal Message

Dear Lakeland Parents and Guardians,

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Lakeland PTA and all of the Lakeland families for a fabulous Staff Appreciation Week! We were so spoiled! We truly enjoyed our trip around the world. We started our Monday with the " Welcome Aboard Bobcat Air" and ended with the "Destination Thank you"!

I would also like to give a HUGE Shout Out to our Lakeland scholars and staff who were recognized at the 2022-2023 FWPS Board Recognition Night. We are so proud of our Bobcats!

For Goal 2: (Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals) we honored Lakeland scholars Soliha K., Andrew N., Josiah C., Lewis G., Roxanne F., Vivu T., Aitana L., Mila L., Jaylen M. and Christian O. They are being recognized for their wonderful attendance. These scholars have 1 or less days absence and have been enrolled for 115+ days. Great job scholars and keep it up!

For Goal 2 we honored Lakeland Staff Melissa Carr, Romelle Soriano, Karen Lee, Andrea Williams and Nadia Chuprik. They were recognized for supporting scholars during small group instruction, lunch and recess. They take time to build relationships with scholars that help them be successful. We couldn't do it without them!

For Goal 4: (Mastery of All Subjects) we honored Lakeland scholars Cassandra W., Ramona C., Aleah B., Isabella G., Natalie D., Adalyn P., Joanna G., Gianna G., Sadie F. and Jackson M. These scholars are being recognized for having the most growth based on iReady ready. Thank you scholars for your focus on learning and growing each and every day!

For Goal 4 we honored Lakeland Staff Christy Faausu, Karlie Gates, Robin Ralstin, Shelly Anderson and Karen Fobes. They were recognized for making sure our scholars feel successful in their education and that they are proud of their daily accomplishments!

Thank you Bobcat Staff and scholars for making us proud!


Ra'Jeanna Conerly


Lakeland Elementary


May State Testing Schedule

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Yearbooks Are Coming!

Yearbooks can be purchased online only! Scan the QR code below and then search "Lakeland" or go to and search Lakeland.

Yearbooks will be on sale until May 24th!!

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Parent Drop-Off and Parent Pick-up

Dear Lakeland Families,

We have had several families express they cannot back out of their parking stall in the morning and afternoon because cars are blocking them in. Again, the large parking lot is for PARKING ONLY. There is a sign posted at the parking lot entrance that says, "No Drop-off, No Pick-up".

The farthest north lot on 32nd Ave S. is our parent drop-off and parent-pick-up lot. In the morning, this lot is the quickest and safest way to drop off your scholars. You can drive right in, drop-off and drive right out!

In the afternoon for parent pick-up, this lot is also our safest for pick-up. Does it back up? Yes. However, our amazing paraeducator, Melissa Carr knows who's car belong to which scholar. She keeps everybody on task and get the line moving very quickly.

Lastly, the road behind Lakeland Elementary is a Service Road ONLY. This road is for district vehicles and emergency vehicles only. DO NOT drop-off, pick-up or park on this road.

If you have any questions regarding our parent drop-off and pick-up procedures, please call the Lakeland office at 253-945-3000. Thank you.

In Partnership,

Ra'Jeanna Conerly


Hello Lakeland Families!

As I’m sure you’ve seen, we’re getting new perimeter fencing installed at our school. This is one of the safety improvements that our school is able to receive thanks to voter approval of the phase 2 construction bond a few years ago.

With safety at the forefront, this ensures that Lakeland Elementary is fully secure during the school day.

Thank you voters!

Lakeland Track is Back! Coaches: Mr. Frank, Mr. McLean and Mrs. Torres

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Session 2: Supporting Successful Transitions

Get empowered with resources to support your child through various milestone school transitions.

Thursday, May 25, 2023
6-7:30 p.m.
Star Lake Elementary
(20618 40th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032)
or, via Zoom (Links will be emailed to Zoom registrants prior to the event)

Transitioning to a new grade level can be a big deal for students and families alike. Sometimes, transitions can bring about mixed feelings of both excitement and anxiousness around what comes next. At Family Academy, Supporting Successful Transitions, students and families can learn more about how to confidently support smooth school year transitions. You'll be able to attend up to two micro workshops to gain resources and information that will help your family prepare for the school year ahead, plus receive a special gift for participating in Family Academy events in its inaugural year - our thanks to you!

Interpreter Service, childcare for potty-trained children over 5 years old, and a hot dinner will be available.

use the QR code below to register!

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Picking up your scholar early?

We understand that sometimes scholars will need to be picked up early for many different reasons. Our goal here at Lakeland is to keep our scholars in class when here at school. If you will be picking your scholar up early, please come to the office and we will call him/her down to the office. If you see your scholar on the playground or outside while walking up to the school, please do not wave them in. We will call them in and get them ready as quickly as possible. We have had occurrences when we couldn’t find a scholar because they have been waved in off the playground by their parent. Our recess paraeducators pride themselves in knowing all of our scholars and making sure they are kept safe on the playground.

Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we work together to keep our scholars safe and accounted for here at Lakeland.

Attendance Corner with Mrs. Torres-

Families lets end our year off strong and make every day count! We have less than a month of scheduled school days for the school year. For the month of April we had 65.9% of scholars with 90% attendance or higher. That is 269 scholars meeting their attendance goal!

Attendance is a predictor of scholar success, and can impact scholars’ academic progress as early as kindergarten.

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Used, Clean, Good Condition, Youth Size Clothes are Needed for the Health Room!

Hello Lakeland Parent's and Guardian, Lakeland is in need of some used, clean, good condition, youth size clothes for the health room. Spring is almost here (March 20th)! With that, it does come with rain. We have many scholars that fall during recess, or get soaked from the rain or maybe spill some milk at lunch and we have no clothes for our scholars to change into. Sweats and t-shirts work best because one size can fit several. We always tell our scholars it's a good idea to keep a change of clothes in there backpack just in case! We appreciate any donations and thank you for your help!


Due to inclement weather and school closure on Thursday, December 1st and Tuesday February 14th, FWPS will make these days up on June 20th and 21st. Making up these days will ensure our scholars have access to the learning and instructional time needed to support their academic success. Please see the updated school calendar below. Thank you.

Kindergarten Registrations Open January 17, 2023 for the 2023-2024 School Year

Kindergarten registration begins online January 17, 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year.

New Student Registration

Please follow the steps below to complete new student registration.

Create ParentVUE account @

Select New Student Registration, Create New Account. If you have a FWPS ParentVUE account sign in using your credentials.

Follow the instruction/ process by answering the following questions on site. You’ll receive an email to create a password.

Once you have created your account, you’ll start the registration process by entering your student’s information.

For any questions please contact Lakeland Elementary Data Secretary- Alysia Torres @ 253-945-3002 or Email @

Kindergarten Jumpstart and K/1 Music Concert

Kindergarten Jumpstart is here! For incoming 2023-2024 kindergartners who turn 5 before Aug. 31st., please join us for Kindergarten Jumpstart on May 18th from 4:30-5:30. See flyer below!

All current Kindergarten and 1st grade scholars, parents and families. Please join us on Thursday May 18th for your music concert here at Lakeland from 5:30-6:15 p.m. It's so nice to here music throughout Lakeland again!

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Free Online Tutoring for Scholars in Grades 4-12

Does your child need one-on-one homework help? FWPS is offering free online tutoring for scholars in grades 4-12 for the 2022-23 school year! Scholars can sign up through Launchpad to Learning, accessible at For more information about how to access this service at no cost, visit:

Because of You Award:

We’re excited to continue the “Because of You” award nominations this year! Students in grades 3-12 are invited to nominate any Federal Way Public Schools staff member in the district they believe has positively impacted them, their school, and/or their community for the “Because of You” award! Scholars can nominate staff members online by visiting:

Recognitions will begin at the Jan. 24, 2023 school board meeting and will occur monthly until the end of the school year.

Thank you!

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Choice Registration Program

  • Through the Choice Registration Process, families have the opportunity to apply for placement at a school other than their neighborhood school.

  • Please review the procedures below regarding Choice, and click on the link to view the application. Please note that approval of Choice placement is not guaranteed and is based upon space availability.

  • Please Note - Internet Academy can be found through their website at Please follow their instructions for registration, as requests for Internet Academy are not processed through Choice Enrollment.

Reminders From The School Nurse:

Reminders from the Health Room:

· Please make sure your scholar has a water bottle for school and track if they are participating. The weather is starting to get warmer, and it is important your scholar stay hydrated throughout the school day.

· Remember scholars cannot have any medication at school without a doctor’s order and parent permission per WA state law. Even over the counter medication. These things must be in place prior, and a parent must bring in the medication to have it checked in.

o Medication must also come in the original container with prescription label on it (or have the scholars name on it for over-the-counter medications).

· If your scholar has medication at school, please be aware medications need to be picked up on the last day of school. You will need to sign the medication out with the health room or office staff unless other arrangements have been made. Any medications left over the summer will be disposed of.

· Many scholars will need immunizations over the summer to stay up to date. You can access your scholar’s record at any time by signing up for MyIR at

o Many scholars need immunizations currently. Letters have gone out as well as notifications by the district and on Remind. If you need resources or have any questions, please reach out.

Julie Levesque, MSN, RN

School Nurse

Lakeland: 253-945-3005

Rainier View: 253-945-3709

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Multicultural Celebration!

Lakeland is proud of the many cultures we have here at Lakeland. We are proud to celebrate their heritage and learn from them everyday!
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District Battle of the Books!

Congratulations to Lakeland "Book Warrior Team" who tied for 5th place at the Districts Battle of the Books Competition! Way to go Bobcats! We are "Lakeland" proud
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Dates to Remember:


5/15 - 3:15-4:15 Track Practice

5/17 - 3:15-4:15 Track Practice

5/18 4:30-5:30 Kindergarten Jumpstart

5/18 5:30-6:15 K/1 Music Concert

5/20 - Lakeland Bobcats Track Meet @ Lakeland Elementary

5/24 - Early Release @ 1:35 p.m.

5/29 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

6/8 5:15-6:00 2/3 Music Concert

6/20 5th Grade Celebration