From The Principal's Perch

Every Child. Every Day. Whatever it takes!


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Dear Parents and Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the start of the 2022-23 school year. The start this year has been extremely smooth thanks to you and to our staff. I truly believe we are set for an amazing year! Each member of our staff has chosen to engage in this work because they are passionate about kids! Simply put...we do this because, kids!

It is our constant mission to provide students with the highest quality education and opportunities for social, emotional, and physical growth. To that end a dedicated faculty and staff are here to work with you, your child, and the community to meet the individual, as well as collective, needs of our students.

The focus at Evergreen Mill will continue to be quality instruction, delivery of services, student achievement, and deeper learning for all students. We constantly strive to improve instruction by staying abreast of trends in education through professional development, observing and consulting colleagues, reading educational literature, conducting research, attending conferences and workshops, and completing course work. Collaborative teamwork, measurable goals and the collection and analysis of student data will guide us in our endeavor to increase student achievement. In the coming months we are excited to share with you highlights from our school improvement plan.

EMES continues to provide a rigorous instructional program for all students. We will continue to implement a personalized learning model in a robust Culturally Responsive Framework to ensure that every student sees themself in our hallways, classrooms, books, educational materials and media. We will not rest until every child is highly engaged in rigorous learning opportunities. We are excited to continue to fully implement the Second Step Social Emotional Learning curriculum this year in all grades. This year we are also expanding computer science standards across the curriclum. Our instructional model is directly aligned with the LCPS mission to ensure that each of our students participates in authentic learning opportunities allowing each of them to make meaningful contributions to the world.

As we embark upon this new school year we have set the following goals to focus our daily work:

  • Every student at EMES will be exposed to rigorous learning opportunities in math and have greater exposure to rich math tasks.
  • Every student with a deficit in the area of reading will receive targeted, systematic, and research based remediation to address their literacy needs.
  • Every staff member will work to build strong relationships with our students by supporting the whole child.
  • Our students will learn and exemplify what it means to CARE at Evergreen Mill, in the community, and in the world.
  • Our students will engage in passion projects where they can apply what they are learning while engaging in the 5 C's: (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creating, and contributing).
  • Students in grades 1, 3, & 5 will carry on the tradition of putting live performances throughout the school year for our school community.
  • Our Unified Mental Health Team (UMHT) will continue to support the needs of our students and families in every way possible to clear the road for successful learning in the classroom.

We have a big task ahead of us this year and we are ready for it! Together we will succeed!

Always Expecting Success,

Daniel Lani



Safety and Security at LCPS


LCPS centers equity as one of its foundational core values. For our community, equity means being committed to providing a safe, supportive, inclusive, affirming, and respectful environment for each student and staff member that fosters success, growth, and academic rigor.

The cultivation of this environment requires us to reject and condemn the use of hate speech, racial slurs,antisemitism, and any action or behavior that discriminates based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, orientation, gender expression, socio-economic status, religion, ability, or other cultural identities or expression. Such noninclusive speech, behavior, and actions do not reflect who we are as a learning community.

We embrace and value the unique identities, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and needs of each student and employee. Celebrating our diversity is important and helps define us as a school division. Demonstrating the courage to address inequities and remove barriers represents an integral part of our collective effort towards excellence in education. Equity is the vehicle that leads to greater access, opportunity, and equality so that each student is

empowered to make meaningful contributions to the world.

Dates To Remember

September 2 - School Holiday

September 5 - School Holiday

September 12 - PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

September 21 - Fall Picture Day

September 26 - No School For Students

September 28 - EMES Community Night (Dinner and Parent Info Night) @ 6:00 PM - Info Coming Soon!


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  • Make sure your ParentVue account is up to date and that you have listed your emergency contact information correctly.
  • Please use ParentVue to indicate who is allowed to pick your child up from school or from the bus stop.
  • Please make sure that all kindergarteners have a bus tag attached to their backpack each day. If you have lost yours, please contact the main office for a replacement.
  • Important: If you need to make changes to the dismissal procedures for your child please make sure to email the school as early in the day as possible. You must email your child's teacher, Mrs. Eder (, Mrs. Bultrowicz (, and Mrs. Shaffi (


School counselors will be introducing themselves in your child's classroom in the next few weeks. Mrs. Woodward will be at Evergreen Mill Monday thru Friday and is working with Grades 3-5 and Kindergarten (all classes except Hughes). Ms. Demory will be working with Grades 1 and 2 as well as Mrs. Hughes' Kindergarten class. She is at EMES Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We both look forward to working with your children this year! We can be reached at (571) 252-2902 or by email at and


Family Life Education is taught in all grades at the elementary level. Opt out decisions are to be made by September 16, 2022. You may select to opt your child out of Family Life Education via ParentVUE or by contacting Mr. Lani or your child's teacher. Our FLE lessons are taught by Mrs. Ardella Droddy. You may contact her at The link below will allow you to review the curriculum and resources used by LCPS in the teaching of FLE.

For the 2022-2023 school year, the Family Life Education (FLE) materials are now accessible for preview through ParentVUE (PVUE). Once in ParentVue, parents/guardians can view the instructional tools posted in the “Resources & Opportunities” tab and then clicking the Family Life Education link.

Third grade lessons will be taught by the classroom teachers later in the school year and information will be provided to those parents at that time. In grades K-2 many of the Family Life Education standards are covered during guidance lessons due to crossover between the standards. Please contact our counselors, Mrs. Kim Woodward, at or Mrs. Annette Demory at, if you have any questions.


The EMES Healthy Cafe is happy to serve your children again this year. We offer full breakfast and lunch daily for all students at the prices listed below. Families who have qualified for Free/Reduced meal services will be accommodated appropriately. If your family need financial assistance for meals please complete the free/reduced application using the Titan App or contact our family liaison at for assistance. Information about the Titan App is included below. Please make sure that you have signed up as you will use this platform to check daily menu options, add money to your child's lunch account, and apply for free/reduced lunch services. Your child may also pay for lunch at school using cash. We are excited to serve your children again this year.

  • The cost of breakfast each day is $2.10
  • The cost of lunch each day is $3.05
  • Milk is an a la carte item and the cost is $0.75
  • On Monday & Friday we will be offering fresh baked cookies as an a la carte item for $0.75*
  • On Wednesday we will offer healthy ice cream choices as an a la carte item for $1.00*
  • Additional a la carte items including Capri Sun drinks, chips, popcorn, etc for $0.75
  • Please continue to check the daily lunch menu using the Titan App or by clicking the link here. Certain Hallal and Kosher items will be available. The menu is subject to change.

*If you do not wish for your child to have the ability to purchase cookies/ice cream please email our kitchen manager at


ParentVUE is your one stop LCPS portal to access your students academic records, confidential documents, and to update your families emergency and personal contact information. Please use the link below to learn more. All parents will need an active ParentVUE account for the 2022-23 school year. If you need help accessing your account or enrolling please contact Ghazala Shaffi or Chet Huey at 571-252-2900. For more information about ParentVue, click the link below.


Free/Reduced Lunch Applications:

We are currently in the process of enrolling families in our Free/Reduced Lunch Program. You only need to fill out one application per household, not per student. You will need to apply through the Titan App or LCPS Healthy Cafe using the links below. There is also a paper form available.

Here are the direct links to apply:

For more details, families can visit School Nutrition Services department website or contact our Family Liaison @

Backpack Buddies:

We are pleased to once again be able to offer our backpack buddies food program to any families in need this year. Food bags are given out to students at school every Friday to ensure that all families have lunch, dinner, and snacks for the weekend. Bags are also provided whenever we are on a school break (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break). To register for this program please complete the form linked below and turn it in to your child's teacher or contact our Family Liaison at for assistance.


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Need Assistance? We Can Help!

If, due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate meaningfully in any meetings or activities at Evergreen Mill Elementary, please call Daniel Lani at 571-252-2900 at least FIVE WORKING DAYS prior to the event.

Do We Have Your Email Address?

LCPS is striving for as many parents to have emails on file to facilitate communication to parents from teachers and district personnel. Each parent should provide a current email address by updating their parent information in ParentVUE or emailing Mrs. Eder at