Originally delivered on 7/18/2022 10:07 am

SUBJECT: Summer eNews: Corrected FOL Campout Dates

Message from Principal Thompson

Dear Stallion Families, 

I hope you are each having a wonderful summer full of joy, laughter, quality time, and hopefully some cool air! I sure have missed the bustling sound of student learning throughout our hallways. As we begin to gear up for the 2022-2023 school year, we are excited to announce our new school theme, “And the beat goes on.” This will be a fun musical theme that represents a continuation of the amazing progress and growth we have made together over the past few years. We are excited to continue our momentum and focus on building lasting connections, developing leadership and advocacy for all, and excelling in academic growth and mastery. 

I know many of you are anxiously awaiting news of your child's 22-23 Lakewood teacher. We are working to have that information for you prior to the meet the teacher date (August 11 - more details below). You may also get a special phone call from your new teacher in August, so make sure your contact information is up to date on dallasisd.org. 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 various 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 with your student's class placement.

  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) 

Finally, with student safety on the top of many of our minds and hearts, I would like to share some very exciting news. Thanks to our amazing Lakewood Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association (LECPTA) and the advocacy of our SBDM facilities chairs, David Pearson and David Diederich, our community has funded the installation of additional locked security doors in our front foyer to allow even more control over building access. Our secondary security doors are now fully functional, and please see below for reminders of other important campus security safeguards we have in place at Lakewood.

Stallion Strong,

Principal Thompson


AUG 8: New Family Orientation


AUG 10: 5th Grade Campus Clean-Up

AUG 11: Meet the Teacher 

AUG 15: First Day of School

AUG 15:  "Boohoo or Woohoo" Breakfast for Kinder Parents

SEPT 30 - Oct 2: FOL Camp Lakewood (Updated) 

Current Campus Security Safeguards

1. Video surveillance system to monitor grounds

2. Volunteer background check in VOLY prior to volunteering in building 

3. Front office check-in system (Raptor System Technologies and ID) to verify identification and screen for sex offenders

4. PikMyKid dismissal system to secure students at pick-up location and notify parents of dismissal 

5. Regular safety (lock down) drills to prepare for emergencies  

6. Key card access only on exterior doors to secure building

7. Controlled, monitored front entrance with locked secondary security doors (newly installed) for entry from foyer

8. Staff monitoring hallways throughout the day

9. Staff doing perimeter and entry checks throughout the day 

10. Lock-blocks on every classroom door to immediately secure the room from the inside in the event of an emergency

11. Perimeter fence to secure the campus grounds

12. District-performed campus safety checks

New Lakewood Elementary School Hours: 8am – 3:15pm

7:30am: Buses arrive/ cafeteria doors open for early breakfast 

7:40am: All entrances open for K-5 

8:00am: Instruction begins, students will be marked tardy after this time 

3:10pm: Carline riders begin dismissal 

3:15pm: Walkers begin dismissal 

Save the Date: Meet the Teacher!

August 11th

Last Name A-K: 4:30-5:15pm

Last Name L-Z: 5:45-6:30pm

More details to come!


Please sign up here to attend the below event, hosted by the PTA's New Families Committee. 

There is also a New Family Resources document on the PTA site to answer the most commonly asked questions. 

We can't wait to meet you!

Calling Incoming Kindergarten Students & Any New Students!

Celebrate your student’s first day of school at Lakewood with a New Lakewood Stallion yard sign! 

Reserve your sign today here.  

Quantity is limited, so order now!!! Deadline is FRIDAY, July 22nd!

  • Signs are $25 

  • Signs will be placed in front yards Saturday, July 23 and picked up Saturday, August 20

  • All proceeds benefit LECPTA, which raises funds for Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School.

5th Grade Campus Clean-up!

This school year, a different grade will be asked to help with a campus & garden clean-up each month and August will be our 5th graders!

Come help us Wednesday, August 10th from 9-10AM by picking up trash on the Lakewood campus so the school is sparkling clean and looking its best for Meet the Teacher and the first day of school. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Meet at the front entrance.

Sign up HERE!

Save the date for the annual father/kids camping trip, organized by FOL, for September 30- October 2! The last send of the eNews had this date incorrectly for earlier in September- we are just THAT excited for it. Stay tuned for registration information on https://www.foldallas.org/.. 

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