Principal's Message




Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I am your proud Principal and I look forward to working collaboratively with everyone to ensure the academic and social emotional success for all of our students. I extend a warm welcome to our returning and new families. I eagerly anticipate meeting you in person.


The first day of school is Tuesday, August 15 and school begins at 8:05 am. Tuesdays  are minimum days. Students in 1st-5th grade will be released at 1:30 pm  every Tuesday including the first day of school.  All other days dismissal will be at 2:30 pm. Kindergarten students will begin at 8:05 am and be released at 12:30 pm for the first week of school. Transitional Kindergarten students will begin at 8:05 am and be released at 12:10 pm for the first week of school. Parents are allowed to walk their students onto campus on the first day of school.


I want to provide our families with information to prepare for the upcoming school year. Just a reminder, consistent school attendance and punctuality is essential for your child’s success in school. Attendance and tardy problems hinder your child’s progress. If your child is absent, please call the school office or write a note explaining the reason for the absence within 2 weeks. School is in session promptly at 8:05 am. Friendly reminder, our motto is "Aim for 8:00, don’t be late." 


This year we will be welcoming students for breakfast through the main gate located next to the office. Please note that students interested in eating breakfast must arrive between 7:35 am and 7:55 am. Students who are not participating in the breakfast program will be allowed to enter campus from 7:55 am-8:05 am. School is in session promptly at 8:05 am. Our motto is "Aim for 8:00, don’t be late."


Traffic is extra heavy the first few weeks of school. Please come early to get a parking spot, walk in the mornings, and  be patient during dismissal. Remember that everyone has students to drop off and pick up. We have around 500 students attending Laurel. TK & Kindergarten students are to be picked up and dropped off at the Kindergarten gate located next to the cafeteria. Grades 1st-5th will be dismissed in the Lambert Road Drive Thru. Please do not leave vehicles unattended in the drive-up lanes, pull your vehicle up,  and be courteous to other parents. The school cannot help you get out of traffic citations when given, so please follow all traffic rules. Thank you for your patience and the consideration of safety for all of our Lions.


Our school wide theme is our PBIS initiative P.R.I.D.E.   (Prepared, Respectful, Inspire Kindness, Demonstrate Integrity, and make sure Everyone is Safe). We will encourage our students to exhibit Lion PRIDE and be lifelong learners academically, socially, and in all they do. We will provide each student with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their academic level and maintain high expectations for all students. Working together we will prepare our Lions for their future!


Please log into your Aeries Parent Portal and confirm your information. Once confirmed, you will be able to view your child’s teacher on August 11th at  5:00 pmIn order to maintain balanced classes, class changes are not permitted.


Establishing and maintaining a close school to home communication system is vital for student success. I am here to help our students succeed. If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. All communication with our families is done though Parent Square. Please be sure to complete your Aeries Data Confirmation and update your parent portal so we can best reach you. If you are not currently following us on social media, please follow us on Facebook at Laurel Elementary School and on Instagram @laurel_elementary, We are posting important information often.


I am looking forward to seeing our returning students and welcoming our new Lions as we embark on another outstanding school year! Go Lions! 


Respectfully yours,

Roxanne Rivas