Back to School Checklist




welcome back to school 


Dear Lakeridge Elementary Families, 
On behalf of the Lakeridge Elementary PTA, we would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We look forward to seeing everyone again and meeting our new Lakeridge families.
The PTA Parent Pack is one of the most important sources for PTA program information, Lakeridge procedures, and MI School District services and policies. We encourage you to read the entire pack (this page) to ensure you are familiar with school and district information. We know it can be overwhelming so we've organized the steps below to help navigate back to school tasks. 
New families, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our New Families Chair.

STEP by step





The Lakeridge Ask Campaign is the PTA’s main fundraiser for the year.  The money you donate to the Lakeridge PTA goes only to Lakeridge and is used to positively impact all kids, that year.


Rather than have numerous fundraisers throughout the year, the PTA asks upfront for what the school needs for the whole year. Year after year, PTA members have found this is less confusing and less work for everyone involved.


Since this directly impacts Lakeridge kids this year, we strive for 100% family participation!




Mercer Island School District (MISD) is perceived to be a fully funded, richly supported school system due to the top-rated, excellent education that students are provided every year.  However, perception is not reality. The reality is that state and federal governments do NOT fully fund the education that MISD students receive. YOUR PTA donations are the difference that sets our school apart and allows Lakeridge to provide the truly exceptional and enriched school experience that we all want for our kids. Every dollar donated truly makes a difference!





Your donation helps fund student support services, which would otherwise not be available to our students. In addition, your donation helps fund the many outstanding extra programs and curriculum enhancements that enrich the lives and education of our children. 


In order to maintain all the programs and services offered by the PTA, it is extremely important for every family to participate in the Lakeridge Ask Campaign. Donating to the Ask Campaign is your opportunity to make a real difference for your child at Lakeridge! 

Visit the Where Does Your Money Go? page to learn more.





Log in to Skyward

Complete all district forms, permission slips and notifications required for the start of school. Parents and guardians will also verity their student demographic and contact information.  For more information click here.


Food Service

Click for school lunch menu

Add lunch money




step 3: sign up for communications

Sign up for Constant Contact Newsletters: The PTA e-Newsletter "Lions' ROAR" contains Lakeridge announcements from the front office, letters from the Principal, PTA legislative news and emergency announcements from the MISD. 


Lakeridge PTA Website:  Contains online registration, SpiritWear, room parent resources, and additional information on PTA programs and activities. 


Lakeridge Facebook Page: Like Lakeridge on Facebook to get reminders on upcoming events and stay in touch with your Lakeridge community!  


Lakeridge District Website:  Contains Lakeridge specific information including school lunch menus, school calendar and other MISD information.


Skyward Family Access:  This is the Mercer Island District student information service where you can view your child's report cards, parent contact information, food service purchase balances and online payment.  This is a secure server and  requires a unique login and password provided by MISD.   


Sign up for Flash Alert:  The emergency Flash Alert is designed to notify parents and guardians of school closers and safety issues (in addition to Constant Contact). 




step 4: support the pta

Spirit Wear 



Show your school spirit and support the Lakeridge PTA by adding some stylish and practical Lakeridge Spirit Wear clothing and accessories to your child's back-to-school wardrobe.  We're bringing back all of our most popular styles and items from last year. Most products can be personalized with your child's name (or last name), including the Lakeridge Lions insulated lunch bag.  Look for the Spirit Wear booth at the Welcome Coffee on September 4 and at the Fall Family Picnic on September 12.  We'll have product samples and sample sizes at both events.  


Visit our online Spirit Wear Store and place your order online by September 20. Orders will be delivered during the second week of October. Your child will thank you! 


Click here to learn about other ways to support our PTA




step 5: Familiarize yourself with school procedures

Absentee Alert Program

Lakeridge Absentee Alert Line: 206-236-3376


Add the Absentee Alert line number to your contacts!  The Lakeridge Absentee Alert program alerts parents when their children are not present at school without notice of the absence from a parent or guardian.  In addition,the Alert Line collects information that is passed on to teachers and the state for record keeping. Full procedure outlined here


Kiss and Go Lane Procedures 

Drop off and pick up times can be busy!  Please familiarize yourself with the flow of traffic and drop off and pick up line procedures that will keep our line moving while keeping students safe.  


Bus Schedules 


Please see district website for information on bus schedules and routes. 



STEP 6: Mark your calendars


August 30: Class Placements available on Skyward, 4:30pm

September 3: LR Open House, Lakeridge Classrooms, 3:00 - 4:00pm

September 4: First Day of School, Grades 1-5 (NO Kindergarten), 9:15am - *2:05 dismissal

September 4: Welcome Coffee, Lakeridge Multipurpose Room, 9:15 - 10:30am

September 9: First day of School for KINDERGARTEN, 9:15am

September 9: Kindergarten Coffee, Lakeridge Library, 9:30am

September 11: New Family Coffee, Lakeridge Library, 9:30am

September 12: Fall Family Picnic, Lakeridge Field, 5:30pm

September 19: Curriculum Night, Grades K-2, 5:00 - 6:00pm

September 19: Curriculum Night, Grades 3 - 5, 6:00 - 7:00pm

September 19: School Picture Day!

September 20: Spirit Wear Orders Due

September 23 - 25: 5th Grade Camp, Islandwood

September 26: 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

September 27: PTA Membership Meeting, 9:30am


School Calendars


Lakeridge PTA Calendar


SUBSCRIBE to the Lakeridge PTA Calendar


MISD District Calendar





Fall Enrichment

The fall enrichment schedule is available!  Programs include STEM, Golf, Art, Green Team and more!  


Before and After School Care: Kids Co.

Kids Co.'s before and after school programming is designed to meet childcare needs during non-school hours. Visit Kids Co. for more information.





For families with 5th graders there are special programs and volunteer opportunities for this class. Please take the time to read the 5th grade Welcome Letter from our 5th Grade Program Chairs.