LPES Monthly Newsletter

December 2022

December is here!

Welcome to December, Panda Nation! As we start this final month of 2022, please join me in celebrating our PAWSitively Amazing students for all they are accomplishing this year. We are so proud of them!

While we will only be together in school for 12 days this month, rest assured that we will pack lots of learning and holiday fun into each of those day & we hope you join us for the Book Fair, Santa's Workshop and our Holiday Sing-along! The dates and times are included in the LPES Important Dates section below.

To honor the spirit of giving the month of December embodies, our Wellness theme this month is KINDNESS


Did you know that. . .

  • Simple acts of kindness make your heart healthier.
  • Simple acts of kindness increase your happiness, AND perhaps best of all is contagious!

So help us spread kindness and generosity around our school and community this month!

Happy holidays and Panda Love to all!

Mrs. Schou

"December is a simple wish that brings spectacular moments"

Celebrate December

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LPES Important December Dates

Dec. 5-9: LPES Scholastic Book Fair

Dec. 7: 5:00-7:00-Santa's Workshop & Evening Shopping at the Book Fair

Dec. 9: 2-hr. Early Dismissal

-Pre-K Family Engagement Activity

Dec. 16: Fifth Grade Chorus Trip to Central Office Holiday Party

Dec. 16: 2:00-Holiday Sing-a-long

Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 3: School resumes

Remember, every Wednesday is Wellness Wednesday!

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Book Fair

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!).

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from December 5-9 in the Media Center from 9:30-11:30 and 1:00-3:00. It will also be open during Santa's Workshop from 4:00-6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 7th.

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping.

Catch you at the Fair!

23-22 After School Care

St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks offers Before and After Care programs in St. Mary's County Public Schools. Every 3-4 years, they send out an interest survey to families inquiring about what elementary schools parents may desire a before and after school care program. Based on the results of the survey, they will then work with the schools with sufficient interest to determine if we can open a program at Lexington Park Elementary in the 2023-2024 school year. Please complete this survey to let us know your interest.

Cafeteria Corner: Meal Applications

Free & Reduced School Lunch Program

The meal benefits that allowed us to provide free meals to students regardless of income status has ended. Free and reduced-price meals are still available, but families must submit an application for this benefit.

There are many additional benefits of submitting a meal application form. These perks include waivers on college applications, dual-enrollment courses with the College of Southern Maryland, and discounted fees to participate in St. Mary’s County Parks and Rec programs. Families can request more information by contacting SMCPS' Food and Nutrition Services Office at 301.475.4256, Option 5, or via email at foodservice@smcps.org.

Evening Counseling Center

The Evening Counseling Center is open and counseling sessions will begin in November!! The sessions will take place at Greenview Knolls Elementary School. If you are interested, please fill out the interest form link in the flyer below.


Beginning Thursday, December 1, at 10 a.m., the Chesapeake Public Charter School online lottery application will OPEN.

All interested families must fill out applications online at cpcsapplication.com during the open enrollment period. (This includes all siblings who were waitlisted in the 22/23 school year.) For the 2023-2024 school year, the online application link becomes LIVE at 10 a.m. on December 1, 2022 and closes at midnight on December 31, 2022.

There will be two in-person Q&A sessions this year to be held on the following dates at CPCS. Use this Parent Information Session RSVP .

Monday 12/5 - 5:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday 12/13 - 6:30-7:30 pm

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Schoology is the SMCPS Learning Management System (LMS).

SMCPS Schoology Google Site

Schoology has a Mobile App!

Directions to Log Into the Schoology Mobile App.

Any new families that did not receive the notification about their Schoology Parent Account should email schoology@smcps.org so we can have our SMCPS Schoology Team investigate and provide answers.


New for 22-23: Volunteers must apply annually for approval.

Applications are accepted until May 1st. There is no application fee.

Vetting of applications can take several weeks. Field trip chaperones must have successfully completed the volunteer application process before they can be considered.

Select the link apply: School Volunteer Portal.

SMCPS is Hiring!

Join our team! Select this link for more information.

  • SMCPS has multiple positions available to support our students and staff, including full-time and part-time positions in various areas. Employment opportunities can be found on the SMCPS website: https://www.smcps.org/hr/employment-opportunities

  • The Abacus Corporation provides part-time/temporary positions to support SMCPS as well. Various positions are also available through the Abacus Corporation and can be found on their website: https://www.abacuscorporation.com/find-jobs

Update Your Contact Information

Please update your contact information with the office. It is critical that we have the most recent information for contacting our families.


Lexington Park Elementary School

To help you navigate all the new elements of the school year and keep you informed about upcoming programs & events, we will communicate information frequently and in several ways. They are listed below for your reference.

  • Weekly Phone Message & Email: At 6:00 on Sunday you will receive a phone message & email from us sharing information about the upcoming week.
  • Class DoJo: Very soon your child’s teacher will invite you to join Class DoJo. We use this platform because it is secure/members only and allows us to share a wide variety of information with you. Please join our DoJo family!
  • Our LPES Website and Twitter feed: The LPES website has a wide variety of information for you and is updated regularly. We love to share all the wonderful things our students & teachers are doing, so we tweet just about every day. Follow us on Twitter @lpes_smcps
  • Technology Needs: if you are new to the school or need a device from SMCPS please complete the survey here.