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Back to School

Lower School Back to School Information

Commonly Asked Questions:

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Do Lower School students have summer assigments?

    K3 through 5th Grade
    The purpose of summer reading at Lakeview Academy is to encourage lifelong reading habits and establish a community of readers at Lakeview.  With that in mind, Lakeview's Librarian, Tina Thomas, has compiled several titles for each grade level that are interesting to almost every child. Download this summer's PDF for details on each recommendation. Your child is also encouraged you to visit your public library to sign up for the summer reading program.

    Rising 5th graders 
    5th grade students will hit the ground running in math when they return. Students should be sure to have memorized their multiplication tables through the twelves. Multiplication is the basis for so many topics 5th grade will study in math this year. Students should also practice their basic addition and subtraction facts. This will help them become a better mental math student.

    During the first week or two of school, parents of 5th grade students should email their teacher a baby picture (between ages 1-4) of their child to be used in a project and at the end of the year promotion ceremony. Please email this picture to either Mrs. Blackwell or Ms Moore.
  • Q: When will I find out who my child's teacher will be this year?

    In August, just before school starts, you will receive a letter in the mail from your child’s teacher. These will all be mailed on the same day some time late during the week of August 12th. If you have not received your homeroom teacher assignment letters by Monday, August 19, please call the Lower School Office at 770-532-4383, ext. 100 or stop by the office during the back-to-school open house. Your child's teacher and class roster will also be available in the Lion Portal beginning August 19, 2019.

    You and your child are invited to come to school to briefly meet the teacher just before school starts on Monday, August 19, 2019. New-to-Lakeview Academy Family Orientation will start at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center with a chance to meet teachers afterwards; the back-to-school open house for returnng students will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the classrooms and on the sidewalk between the Lower School and the Student Center. Lakeview's Annual Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center,
  • Q: What forms do I need for the start-up of school?

    Parents of all students must complete online school forms accessed via the Lion Portal) and send in current immunization record BEFORE the beginning of school. To access the Lion Portal, login to the Lakeview website. Required school forms include:
    • Student Health (2019-20)
    • Emergency Contacts (2019-20)
    • Permission to Administer Medication (2019-20)
    • Review and update the Student & Family Update form
    • Transportation (2019-20) (for field trips and daily commute)
    • Responsible Technology Use Policy (2019-20)
    The following forms (most found in the "Useful Files" section) are as needed or for your information:
  • Q: Do I need to purchase school supplies?

    The only items you are required to supply are a bookbag and an art shirt.  The school provides supplies for Lower School students.

    4th & 5th grade students should also purchase a 3-ring, 1 or 1-1/2 inch binder for school.
  • Q: Where do I find school uniforms?

    The 2019-2020 Student & Parent Handbook contains all the regulations regarding uniforms and spirit wear. The Dress Code section begins on page 51 or you can download and view the Dress Code section here.

    Purchasing uniforms from vendors

    To allow for variations in sizing, costs and preferences, you may also purchase any of your blank (non-logoed) garments from the vendor, store or catalog of your choice including the LPA's used uniform sales.

    A complete list of uniform vendors and embroiderers can be found on the Dress Code page of the Lakeview website.

    Used Uniform Sale

    In addition, the Lakeview Parent Association (LPA) holds used uniform sales throughout the year. The first sale will be during New Family Orientation and Back-to-School Open House on Monday, August 19, 2019.

    • $2 T-shirts
    • $3 Uniform tops and bottoms.
    • $4 outerwear - Jackets sweatshirts, vests, etc.

    Spirit Wear

    Located 1.2 miles from the school at 2480 Limestone Parkway, the Shirt Factory carries spirit wear for all ages and sizes. Their number is 770-532-2453 ext 3.

    If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Dress Code or uniforms, please contact:
    For information regarding logos, please contact the Communication Director, Sondra Berry, via email at sondra.berry@lakeviewacademy.org or at 770-531-2657.
  • Q: What are the important dates and times I need to know about regarding Lower School back-to-school events?

    Important, Upcoming Events

    Monday, August 19, 2019

    • 4:00 - 7:30 PM: Used Uniform Sale - on the Student Center sidewalk. Pricing:
      • $2 T-shirts
      • $3 Uniform tops and bottoms.
      • $4 outerwear - Jackets sweatshirts, vests, etc.
      Who? Anyone with a child at Lakeview
    • 4:30 -5:30 PM: New Family Orientation - Student Center
      Who? All K3 and all new-to-Lakeview K4 through 12th grade famlies.
    • 5:30 - 6:30 PM: Back-to-School Open House for returing students - In front of the Lower School and in all classrooms.
      Who? All returning students and their parents in K4 through 12th grade who wish to meet their teachers, get their schedules, setup their lockers, and learn about transportation, Extended Learning, music lessons, LAG, the Booster Club, and food services.
    • 6:30 - 6:50 PM: Board of Trustees Annual Meeting - Student Center.  During this annual meeting, the Board of Tustees delivers a report on the state of the school and votes into office new board members.
      Who? All families are invited to attend.

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    First day of school.  Special parking for faculty & staff
    • 7:30 - 8:00 AM: Early arrival Lower School students to Room 102 (HollyAnn Pratt's K4 room).
    • 7:45 - 8:15 AM: Carpool for Lower School students
    • 8:15 AM: School begins for Lower School.  Regular uniforms - all students.  Lower School students report to their classrooms.
    • 9:10 AM: Convocation  - Interim Head of School, John Simpson, welcomes 6th - 12th grade students, parents, faculty and staff to a new school year.  Afterwards, new Upper School students sign the Honor Code.  Convocation ends with faculty greeting their Middle and Upper School students and students in 6th grade ring the bell at the Bell Tower marking their entry to Middle School.  Parents welcome to attend.
    • 2:15 PM: K3, K4 and Kindergarten dismissed under canopy/walkway of Lower School
    • 2:15 - 5:30 PM: Extended Learning available in the Lower School.
    • 2:30 AM: 1st grade rings the bell marking entry to grade school - Parents welcome to attend.
    • 3:00 PM: 1st - 2nd grades dismissed - 1st grade at breezeway between Lower/Middle Schools; 2nd grade under canopy/walkway of Lower School.
    • 3:10 PM: Grades 3 -5 dismissed - 3rd grade under canopy/walkway of Lower School; 4th/5th grade dismissal at corner of Student Center breezeway.
    • 3:35 PM: Buses depart
    • 3:45 PM: The doors to the Lower School Building will be locked. Parents arriving after 3:45 PM should pick up their child in Extended Learning at the back corner of the Lower School building (the side closest to the deck).

    Friday, August 23, 2019

    • 10:00 AM: Welcome Back Parade - all grades participate in the annual parade which begins at the start of the driveway and will end on the football field.
  • Q: When is Lakeview's back-to-school open house?

    Lakeview's back-to-school open house is Monday, August 19, 2019

    New families are encouraged to attend the 
    New Family Orientation on Monday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Afterwards, new families will have the opportunity to meet their teachers.

    The back-to-school open house for returning students is Monday, August 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the sidewalk leading to Singleton Hall (MS building) and between the Ramsey/Hill Hall (LS building) and the Student Center. Open house is an opportunity for students and parents to visit their new classrooms, meet their teachers, setup lockers, purchase used uniforms and P.E. attire and register for various school programs, such as transportation, food service, Extended Learning (for Lower School students), and private lessons offered at Lakeview.

    On this same day, all families are invited to the Board of Trustees Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center.
  • Q: When does school begin?

    The first day of school is Wednesday, August 21, and it is a whole day. The regular morning drop-off will be in place August 21. Some families choose to walk their children into school on the first day, though this isn’t necessary. Children should arrive on time, by 8:15 a.m. and will be dismissed at the times below. Buses will leave by 3:35 p.m. 
    2:15 AM - K3, K4, and Kindergarten
    3:00 PM - 1st and 2nd grades
    3:10 PM - 3rd through 5th grade
  • Q: What about breakfast and lunch?

    An optional breakfast will be available to students in the morning prior to the start of most school days.  Students may also bring their own breakfast and eat it in the Student Center prior to school.   
    Lunch service will begin on the first day of school, (Wednesday, August 21). Student accounts are billed for the breakfast and lunches served by our food service provider, and students may also bring their own lunches. To find out more about the food service plan, click here.
    Breakfast and lunch are not served on half days.
  • Q: Does Lakeview Academy provide after-school care?

    Yes, Extended Learning is Lakeview's after-school program for students in grades K3 through 5. Parents are billed a fee for this service and families should register ahead of time. Extended is located in room 105 in the Lower School building.

    By 3:45 p.m., the doors to the Lower School Building will be locked. Parents arriving after this time should pick up their child in Extended Learning at the exterior door of the classroom located at the back corner of the Lower School building (the side closest to the deck).

    As always, Extended Learning is not available on half-days:
    October 11
    December 20
    April 24
    May 22
  • Q: When will I get to talk with the teacher one-on-one?

    Lower School Classroom Visitation Night is Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. During this time, teachers will meet parents as a group and go over curriculum, expectations, and upcoming projects. The schedule is as follows:

    6:00-6:30 PM: 
    • K3-1st grades visit the classrooms
    • 2nd-5th grades visit enrichment teachers in the Student Ctr.
    6:30-7:00 PM:
    • K3-1st grades visit enrichment teachers in the Student Ctr.
    • 2nd-5th grades visit the classrooms
    In addition, Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 1 and 2 and again on March 4 and 5 after school. Sign-up information will be made available in October and March. Teacher conferences can also be scheduled throughout the year.
  • Q: How do 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students access their laptops?

    Classroom sets of laptops will be provided to students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Laptops will be assigned to each student for classroom use only. These laptops will be distribution during the first few weeks of school.
  • Q: How can I get other information about the school?

    The website is a wonderful resource to you, with calendars, information about special events, handbooks, and access to the Lion Portal. Parents also receive the bi-weekly, online newsletter, the Very Informed Parent.  You should, however, always feel comfortable calling the school to talk with the teacher or with someone in the office. General questions can also be directed to the Communication Department via email or by calling 770-531-2657 or 770-532-4383, ext. 411.
  • Q: What do I do if I have a concern?

    Your first line of communication should always be the classroom teacher as she works with your child directly every day. Lower School Director Brent Drury's office is open to you as well, if you’ve been unable to work things through with the teachers or to find the help you need. You can contact him by email or calling him at 770-532-4383, ext. 120.

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  • Important Health Information For The New School Year

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Need Help?

Admissions/Enrollment questions - Kim Cottrell
kim.cottrell@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-531-2641

Lion Portal/School Forms/General Information – Sondra Berry 
sondra.berry@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-531-2657

Medical/Health Questions – 
Scarlet Pendarvis 
scarlet.pendarvis@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-532-4383 ext. 144

Middle and Upper School: Marie Chandler 

Lower School: Megan White
Megan.white@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-532-4383 ext. 210

SMART Tuition -
Dorothy Price - dorothy.price@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-531-2619 OR
Angela Presley- angela.presley@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-531-2656

IT Help Desk (for students)

Additional Information

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  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

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  • Extended Learning

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  • Susannah Bearinger

    Teacher Assistant, First Grade (Mrs. Johnson)
  • Donna Callahan

  • Anita Cox

    Teacher Assistant, 1st Grade (Mrs. Mingo)
  • Stephanie Hager, Ed.S., L.P.C.

    School Counselor
  • Melanie Swift

    Inspire Coordinator
  • Wayne Vickery


Upcoming Events

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  • Back to School Bash

    Thursday, August 8, 2019
    7:30 p.m. on the Jock Hornor Football Field
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  • Convocation

    First Day of School

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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  • Welcome Back Parade

    Friday, August 23 @ 10 AM
    Parents are welcome to attend
  • Lower School Parent Classroom Visitation Night

    September 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Lower School classrooms and Student Center
796 Lakeview Drive  Gainesville, GA  30501 • (770) 532-4383
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, located in Gainesville, GA. 

Lakeview Academy is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family, and community.