Laker Elementary school days begin at 7:42 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.
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Laker Elementary offers a variety of after-school activities!
While the school day ends just after 3 p.m., that doesn’t mean the school experience ends at Laker Elementary. Throughout the year, students can get involved in a variety of after-school activities. Each one develops skills and confidence that will benefit students for many years to come. Some of the activities involve competition, while others are offered just so students can gain a unique experience.
Some of the activities include:
- Underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV)
- Spring musical
- Hip Hop/Dance
- Be a Buddy Club
- Youth Wrestling
- Craft Club
- Lego Robotics (K-3 and 4-5)
- Basketball (for second-fifth grade)
- Football (for third-fifth grade)
- Archery (grades 4-5 and up)
- Coding Club (an intro to computer programming)
At Lakers, we are a big family where staff and students feel deeply for each other. We created this family atmosphere by addressing all the needs of our students, not just their academics. We have programs in place for preventing bullying, dealing with behavioral issues in a positive way so students choose responsible thinking over negative actions, and school-based counseling for students who want additional support. Our programs include:
- The Good Behavior Game (grant-based program in Elementary)
- Stop and Think Program (grant from U.S. Dept. of Ed, Elementary)
- Responsible Thinking Process/Student Responsibility Center
- School-based counseling services, List Psychology (District Service)
Click on the link below for more information on a Climate Transformation Grant Laker Elementary received that brought in the Stop and Think program, as well as other tools to help teachers and staff create a safe learning environment for all students.
Laker Elementary has four behavior interventionists (pictured) who work with students on an individual basis, assisting them in academics and behavior. They work with other staff in creating positive behavior plans for students who need extra assistance. Our behavior interventionists are Kim Roughley, Sara Mater, Jim Steinman and Aimee Lemke.
We also have Counselor Becky Krohn (pictured), who also works with students to encourage positive behavior in and outside of the classroom.
To reward students who show positive behavior in the classroom and around the school, Laker Elementary offers multiple reward programs. One of them is the Spotlight Breakfast, during which students are honored and parents join their children for a special breakfast. Each teacher selects two students each quarter for this recognition. This program is sponsored by Thumb National Bank.
The Laker Elementary DK-K program is second to none. Our teachers and staff provide a strong foundation in a caring atmosphere, and our students feel at home as they learn, grow, explore and celebrate with classmates. Children flourish in our DK-K program every day. Click on the picture to the right for a video that highlights this top-notch program.
Click the image on the left for the latest emergency drill report from Laker Elementary. This is updated throughout the school year.
Lakers School offers multiple early childhood care and education options:
Laker Head Start: To see if your child qualifies and to set up an application appointment, call Mary at (866)851-1673
Pigeon Children’s Discovery Center: A licensed child care center serving infants through fifth grade Monday-Friday, year round. For more information, call (989) 453-2111 or click on the link below for the website.
The PTOC is an organization that hosts fundraisers: bake sales, Spirit Wear sales, candle sales and events for families (such as the Daddy Daughter Dance, pictured above). These funds are used for field trips; ice cream day; bottled water for field days; the popcorn for fun nights and other extras the students receive. This organization is made up of parents who meet 6-7 times a year with teachers to discuss fundraisers and events for our children.
Meeting schedule: third Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m., elementary media center
Child care is provided during the meetings.
Any elementary parent/guardian is welcome to attend the meetings and/or help with fundraisers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help the PTOC! The more, the merrier!
The current PTOC board members are:
Jennifer Ulfig, President
Melissa Parrish, Vice President
Stephanie Burack, Treasurer
Michelle McArdle, Secretary
Jena Zimmerman and Lisa Esch, Board Members
The Laker Elementary PTOC is one of the most active parent-teacher organizations in the state. Through various family-friendly events and fundraisers, they raise money for field trips, supplies and more. They also raised $20,000 for playground equipment. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful group of volunteers!