LVBES Back to School Information
August 6, 2023
Message from Principal Robertson
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! It continues to be an honor to serve the community of Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School. We have been diligently working this summer to plan for the school year and prepare a safe and welcoming second home for your wonderful children.
As we prepare for a new school year, our collaboration will ensure the success of all students. We will continue to keep you informed and updated of all events and activities occurring at Barnsley Elementary through a variety of ways. Every student will receive a blue take home folder which they will use for school/home communication. Fliers and other community events information will be put in their folders each week. In addition, please ensure that you have activated your ParentVUE accounts in order to receive the most up to date information. You can expect a monthly newsletter called the Bear Bulletin, fliers, information posted on our website, weekly Connect-Ed messages with updates and important reminders, and friendly office staff who are ready to answer questions. In addition, we are very excited to share with you our new FY24 LVBES Parent Handbook. This handbook provides all of the information that is normally shared in our summer mailing, as well as additional information that will be useful to you throughout the year. Please bookmark this page as we will update it periodically as needed.
Be sure to stop in at the main office FIRST whenever coming to Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School. After arrival and before dismissal the exterior front doors will be locked. If you need to get into the building you will need to press the outside button and be buzzed in. The front office staff will be able to see who is at the door via camera on their computer and be able to determine if there is a safety concern of who is asking to enter the building. Once the person has been verified they will be invited to enter the building and go directly to the office to sign in. All parents, visitors, and volunteers must make their first stop at the main office. All parents, visitors and volunteers must sign-in and wear name tags. This is for the safety of all of our children! If you would like to speak with a teacher or staff member, it is requested that you make an appointment.
One of my favorite memories of growing up was finding out who my teacher would be each school year! Students will receive postcards in the mail during the week of August 21st indicating their assigned classroom teacher. In addition, class lists will be posted on the windows outside the main office by 4:00 p.m. on August 24th. Much thought has gone into student placements and class groupings for this year. As always, our priorities for grouping students include the student's academic level, as well as ensuring gender, racial, and ethnic balance for each class. The staff at the school put considerable time into balancing classes and student placements and appreciate your cooperation and respect regarding grouping decisions.
We would love to see everyone at our Open House for Grades K-5 on Friday, August 25th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. The new school year will begin on Monday, August 28th. All children will enter school independently and walk to class with the support of school staff. For safety and security, any parents/guardians who need assistance should report to the main office, not student classrooms.
Enclosed is important information to help ensure a smooth transition to the new school year. In addition, please visit the Parent Handbook for additional important information. Staff are working hard to prepare classrooms and instructional materials for the opening of school. I look forward to working with each of you this year. Thank you in advance for your support as we work to make this an amazing year for all of our children.
Best Wishes: We say farewell to the following LVBES staff members and wish them much success with new endeavors:
Shaina Shariati, Resigning from MCPS
Dana Stevens, Resigning from MCPS
Dara Kaplan, Retired
Robin Kittleman, Retired
Deborah Greene, Retired
Fanny Cen, Retired
Kristin Toohey, Kindergarten Teacher, Jones Lane ES
Samantha Kevy, 3rd Grade Teacher, Woodlin ES
Amy Thompson, 4th Grade Teacher, Lakewood ES
Humma Asad, 4th Grade Teacher, Stone Mill ES
Cassie Staley, 5th Grade Teacher, Sherwood ES
Chris Jones, Full-Time PE Teacher, Stonegate ES
Brooke Cecil, Reading Specialist, Sequoyah ES
Jessie McGinley, Paraeducator Brookhaven ES
Jared Thuro, Teacher Howard County Public Schools
Melinda Garzon, School Psychologist, Howard County Public Schools
Introducing: We are excited to welcome several new and experienced staff members to the LVBES team!
Patty Popdan, First Grade Teacher- Former Teacher at Whetstone ES
Alison Wolski, First Grade Teacher- Returning from Leave
Jessica Laks, School Psychologist- Former School Psychologist at Wheaton Woods ES and Argyle MS
Melissa Sandler, Reading Specialist- Former Staff Development Teacher at Ashburton ES
Tracy Martin, Part-Time PE Teacher- Former PE Teacher at Tilden MS
Ashley Clayman, Communication Specialist for DHOH- Returning from Leave
Keyri Alfaro, SPED Paraeducator- Returning from Leave
Syniah Brown, SPED/DHOH Paraeducator
Kara Lerche, 4th Grade Teacher- NEW TO MCPS (former long-term substitute at LVBES)
Stephanie Miele, 3rd Grade Teacher- NEW TO MCPS
Joel Jahnke, Fourth Grade Teacher- NEW TO MCPS
Kasandria Alvarez, 2nd Grade Teacher- NEW TO MCPS (former long-term substitute at LVBES)
Adena Dyanzio, Paraeducator- NEW TO MCPS
Kelly Klee, Paraeducator- NEW TO MCPS
New Assignments: We are also excited to welcome some of our teachers to new grade levels this fall!
Jeannine Burke, K Teacher
Hannah Stevens, 1st Grade Teacher
Lindsey Kirby, 2nd Grade Teacher
Ida Yousofi, 3rd Grade Teacher
Pam Ritenour, 5th Grade Teacher
- Friday, August 25th: Open House Neighborhood Grades K-5/DHOH/CES/GT/LD: Meet the teachers/visit classrooms from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- Monday, August 28th: First Day of School for Students (NOTE: ALL STUDENTS ENTER THE BUILDING & WALK TO CLASS INDEPENDENTLY)
- Monday, September 4th: Holiday: LABOR DAY; Schools and Offices closed
- Tuesday, September 12th: Back-To-School Night: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Grades K-3)
- Wednesday, September 13th: Back-To-School Night: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Grades 4-5, GT/LD, CES)
- Thursday, September 22nd: Early Release for Students: Dismissal at 1:20 p.m.
- Monday, September 25th: Non-Instructional day (No school for students and teachers)
Opening Day Procedures
On the first day of school, Monday, August 28th, all students (except for our kindergarteners) should report directly to their new classrooms. Barnsley staff will be on duty to greet students and to assist students with locating their new classrooms. Our kindergarten students will go directly into the cafeteria and line-up with their teachers for the first week of school. Parents/Siblings will not accompany the K students into the cafeteria. Students should NOT enter the school building until directed by staff beginning at 9:10 a.m. NOTE: All children will enter school independently and walk to class with the support of SCHOOL STAFF. Any parents/guardians who need assistance should report to the main office NOT student classrooms.
Once again, MCPS will be sending home with your child preprinted EMERGENCY DATA SHEETS during the first week of school. It is very important that these sheets be checked, confirmed or edited and immediately returned to school. During the school year let us know of any changes of address, phone numbers, and/or contact persons. Additionally, if there are any custody concerns or medical conditions please include that information with any corresponding documentation. Please contact the office to make any necessary changes throughout the year.
Back to School Events
Join the cluster for Rockville Day on Sunday, August 20th from 1-3 pm. Rockville Day is back for its 2nd Annual Back to School Bash. Rockville Day is a back-to-school community event focusing on school spirit, health and wellness. The entire Rockville cluster is invited! There will be a Carnival, Free School Supplies, Health and Wellness Expo, Food Trucks and much much more. For more information, please visit; www.rockvilleptsa.org/RockvilleDay.
LVBES Back-to-School Night for parents of students in Kindergarten – 3rd grade, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th. LVBES Back to School Night for parents of students in 4-5, as well as, our GT/LD & CES students, will be Wednesday, September 13th. We will be sharing more information regarding the structure/format of Back to School Night in early September.
Bus schedules for our neighborhood students will be posted on our school website. Students who attend DHOH and GT/LD Program will receive bus information directly from MCPS Transportation. Students in Barnsley’s Center Program will have bus routes posted on the website in the weeks ahead. During the first week or so of school, buses may be a little early or a little late, as the drivers get accustomed to the run and the new time schedules. We will continue assigning colleges with mascots to buses for dismissal procedures. In doing so it will help students remember to continue to work hard and get college ready! Please Note: Cars are not allowed in the front entrance lanes during school opening and dismissal hours for safety reasons. Your cooperation is appreciated!