Originally delivered on 7/21/2021 9:09 am

SUBJECT: Weekly eNews: July 21, 2021

Message from Principal Thompson

Stallion Families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer with some rest, relaxation and all kinds of fun! As we begin to gear up for the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to announce our new school theme, “Lakewood is Out Of This World.” Our very own future 5th grade Stallions created this space theme out of their pride for our school, and all of our Stallions gave input to select our final theme! We are excited to take this year to new heights together as we focus on student agency, growth and achievement.

This year, we will have new Lakewood staff joining our family and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you all to them! We would like to begin by announcing our wonderful new Assistant Principal overseeing kinder, first and second grade, Ms. Melissa James. Please read her introduction below, and we can’t wait for you to meet her!  

As a reminder, the process of placing our students in their new homeroom classes is very important to us! While I know that some parents may be asking for class changes, unfortunately we cannot make any adjustments for homerooms. We must consider the parent and teacher input provided in the spring to meet each child’s unique needs, as well as the even distribution of students in each class. As the school year begins in August, we ask that you use the following campus procedure to address any concerns.

  1. First, reach out to the teacher directly with any concerns or needs regarding your child's experiences. We are all learning together and there will be an adjustment period.
  2. If after reaching out to your teacher you still have concerns, please reach out directly to their administrator:

LeAnna Bentley: Leamiller@dallasisd.org (3rd -5th) 

Melissa James: Mjames@dallasisd.org (K-2nd) 

Stallion Strong,

Principal Thompson


AUG 9: New Family Orientation @ Times Ten Too

AUG 12: Meet the Teacher (more details coming soon)

AUG 14: 5th Grade Campus Clean-Up

AUG 16: First Day of School

AUG 16:  "Boohoo or Woohoo" Breakfast for Kinder Parents

SEPT 10-12: FOL Camp Lakewood

A Warm Stallion Welcome to our NEW Assistant Principal!

Melissa James is a native of Austin, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce).  After graduating with a Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas, she has served within Dallas Independent School District since 1998. 

Over the years, her passion for her students always transcended beyond the classroom. She has taken on various roles such as teacher, teacher of residency, Extended Day Site Director, Math Professional Learning Community chairperson, and Campus Instructional Coach.  She was even awarded Campus Teacher of the Year! She has been serving as an Assistant Principal since 2018

The district videoed Ms. James's Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings to serve as a model for the district’s principals to show how a PLC should operate. She has provided staff development training and spoken to the PTA about early childhood issues. She has led school-wide initiatives to improve instructional delivery for African American Students, as well as initiated a Campus Mentoring Program due to her overwhelming concern for students. Ms. James was also on the cover of Dallas ISD Newsline Newspaper with her class as she assisted Nathan Adams Elementary in receiving the National Excellence in Urban Education Award!

Ms. James has a passion for developing positive relationships with everyone within the school community, working with students and watching them grow, supporting teachers and staff so that they can reach their greatest potential, and strengthening a connection between school and home

in her off hours, Ms. James enjoys bowling, cabin life, and traveling. She has one adult daughter, a very special niece, and a wonderful lap dog named Rocky whom she loves to sit with while reading a good book!

Welcome to Lakewood, Ms. James! We can’t wait to get to know you!


General Reminder on School Staffing

Just like every summer, there are always changes on school staff...especially on a campus this large.  There may even be some staffing changes that will change what we announced on the May postcards. These are beyond our control, but please know that the administration is in the process of finalizing hiring decisions for all remaining open positions, and looks forward to sharing these teachers with you as soon as possible!

Printable "1st Day of School" Signs

Check out these cute signs for your Stallions' first day of school!

Click HERE for grade-specific printable signs!

5th Grade Campus Clean-up!

This school year, a different grade will be asked to help with a campus clean-up each month, starting with our new Lakewood leaders...our incoming 5th graders! 

Come help us on Saturday, August 14th from 9-10am by picking up trash on the Lakewood campus so the school is sparkling clean for the first day of school. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 

Sign up HERE!

Help Water the Courtyard Garden!

Thanks so much to all the families, friends, teachers, and Master Gardeners who have signed up to water the new courtyard gardens this summer!   

As we approach the hottest part of the summer, we still have several open dates available if you can help us keep the garden happy and ready to greet our students this fall!  There will be so many new and exciting things to explore in the garden this school year! 


Know a NEW LAKEWOOD STALLION? Rent a special yard sign for them!

Reserve a "New Lakewood Stallion" Yard Sign for your incoming Kindergartener or ANY NEW Lakewood Stallion! Celebrate the first day of school with a special surprise in your yard! 

Fill out the order form by clicking HERE

Deadline to order is August 9th. Quantities are limited!

About the Signs:

  • $25 to rent a "New Lakewood Stallion" yard sign (18x24)
  • Signs will be delivered Friday, August 13 
  • Signs will be picked up Sunday, August 22
  • Proceeds benefit the LECPTA
YMCA After-School Flyer

Mark your calendars for a new family orientation on August 9th at Times Ten Too, hosted by the PTA's New Families Committee. 

Please sign up through the quick google form below to receive emails from this committee about the event as well as general information for all things Lakewood. 

We can't wait to meet you!

New-to-Lakewood Family Sign-Up Link


Click HERE to meet everyone!  

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