A Leader in Me School

Student/Parent Handbook 2018-19



Lake Myra Elementary School                                                         Tina Zarzecki, Principal

1300 Elk Falls Drive Wendell, NC 27591                                                                              Michele Bethel, AP

PHONE: 919.365-8990 FAX: 919.365-8968


July 31, 2018

Dear Lake Myra Families:

Welcome to all of our students and families as we begin the 2018-19 journey. This is an especially exciting beginning to a school year as we welcome many new friends to our school community. We are thrilled to have everyone join the best elementary school in the nation! This time of year brings many opportunities to develop strong relationships and friendships with staff, students and parents. We look forward to strengthening these bonds and creating more as this school year starts!

The staff has been diligently preparing for the start of school and is truly excited to open the tenth year at Lake Myra Elementary School. We are all striving towards continuous improvement for ourselves and the students. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated and strong group of educators to meet the needs of all Lake Myra students. Our teachers truly believe and strive to ensure that all students can be successful! Through our staff and wonderful community and parent support, we will accomplish all of our goals for the Lake Myra students.

Thank you for all of your support and help in celebrating the start of Lake Myra’s tenth school year. We challenge all students and parents to join us in our journey of continuous improvement throughout the school year. All Belong, All Learn, All Lead to Succeed! #allmeansall


Tina Zarzecki                                        Michele Bethel

Tina Zarzecki                                         Michele Bethel

Principal                                                    Assistant Principal

Escuela Elemental Lake Myra                                                                    DIRECTOR Tina Zarzecki 

1300 Elk Falls Drive Wendell, NC 27591

TELEFONO: 919.365-8990 FAX: 919.365-8969 CORREO


Estimadas Familias de Lake Myra:

Bienvenidos estudiantes y familiares al principio del año escolar 2018-19. Este es un comienzo muy emocionante. Este año escolar le hemos dado la bienvenida a muchos amigos nuevos a nuestra comunidad escolar. Estamos encantados de formar parte de la mejor escuela primaria en la nación! Durante esta época del año hay muchas oportunidades para desarrollar amistades sólidas con el personal de la escuela, los estudiantes y con los padres y familiares. Esperamos poder fortalecer los vínculos ya formados y crear más amistades durante el progreso del año escolar!

El personal de la escuela se ha esforzado mucho en la preparación del año 10th de Lake Myra. Todos estamos luchando por continuar mejorando nuestra escuela para nuestros estudiantes. Somos muy afortunados de tener un grupo de educadores dedicados a cumplir con las necesidades educativas de los estudiantes de Lake Myra. Nuestros maestros creen que ellos se deben esforzar para garantizar que todos los estudiantes sean exitosos! Con la cooperación de nuestro personal y de la comunidad así como también el apoyo de nuestros padres, vamos a lograr todos nuestros objetivos para los estudiantes de Lake Myra.

Gracias por su apoyo y ayuda durante la celebración del 10th año escolar de Lake Myra. Exhortamos a nuestros estudiantes y padres de familia a unirse a nosotros en nuestro camino hacia la continuación mejor de nuestra escuela durante el año escolar.


Tina Zarzecki                                 Michele Bethel

Tina Zarzecki                                 Michele Bethel

Principal                                          Assistant Principal


Lake Myra Elementary School Student Handbook 2018-19 

1300 Elk Falls Drive, Wendell, NC 27591 (919) 365-8990

Principal – Tina Zarzecki                                                Assistant Principal- Michele Bethel

School Hours 9:15 am – 3:45 pm                                    Single Track – Track 4 Year Round School

Absences and Health Policies


When a student is unable to attend school, please call 365-8990 by 9:15 am. Tell the student’s name, teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence to office personnel or voice mail.You may also send a written note to your child’s teacher regarding their absence.

Absences are excused for the following reasons:

❖ Illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school

❖ Isolation ordered by the State or County Board of Health

❖ Death in the family

❖ Medical, dental or other appointment with a health care provider

❖ Religious observance, as suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parents, with prior written approval. (Please get a Request for Excused Absence for Religious Reasons from office personnel and give it to your child’s teacher or the principal’s office)

❖ Participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel, with prior approval. (Please get a Request for Excused Absence for Educational Reasons from office personnel and give it to your child’s teacher or the principal’s office.)


Parents must bring any medications to school. Do not send with your child.

Prescription medications will not be administered to students without having the proper form on file (Parent Request and Physician's Order Form – Form 1702) signed by the parent and physician, as required by Wake County school policy. This form must be submitted each school year.

Over-the-Counter medications must also be accompanied by a Parent Request and Physician’s Order Form, signed by a parent and physician. Elementary students may not self-medicate. This includes over-the-counter drugs.

Student Health

Students who become ill during school hours will be asked to call their parents. Please ensure that we have an emergency contact person (other than you) listed on your child’s office Locator Card in the event that we cannot get in touch with you.

A Wake County Public Health Nurse will visit our school one day per week. The Health Department stresses that children learn best when they are well and happy. Some suggestions about how to help prevent illness in your child are:

1. Ensure that your child has all required immunizations

2. Notify the teacher of health problems or disabilities

3. Ensure that your child gets plenty of sleep each night (8-9 hours are


4. Ensure that your child gets three good meals each day 5. Insist that s/he dresses appropriately for the weather

Arrival and Dismissal

Bus and Day Care Van Riders will arrive at the bus loop to the right of the main building and enter by the cafeteria. Staff members and student safety patrols will direct students to enter the building after 8:45 a.m.

Carpoolers may be dropped at the front of the main building between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. Staff members and student safety patrols will direct students to enter the building after 8:45 a.m. PLEASE DO NOT DROP STUDENTS OFF PRIOR TO THE 8:45 BELL.

Students arriving after 9:15 a.m. are tardy and must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the office. The student must obtain a Class Admission slip before going to class. We value punctual attendance. Dismissal

Please refrain from checking students out between 3:30 and 3:45. This is a huge instructional distraction and students will not be dismissed during that time, except in the case of an emergency.

Carpoolers will be dismissed from the assigned classroom when the adult on duty calls their carpool numbers. We will dismiss students from the assigned area from 3:45 until 4:00 pm. After 4:00, arrangements will need to be made for after school care for the student by the parent. If you are a carpool parent, we invite you to come in the building between 3:00 and 3:30 to volunteer for clerical work or in the media center.

We value student safety over everything else at Lake Myra. Please follow carpool procedures and do not pass cars in carpool. This

causes unsafe scenarios for students and staff. If there is an emergency, please let the staff member on duty know and we will assist. Also, please do not exit your car.

Students must be picked up by 4:00 pm. If it is after 4:00, the parent must come in the office to sign your student out.

*Parents, please register for carpool numbers in the school office prior to the first time you pick up your child/ren from carpool. Help your child to remember their number. This helps the carpool lane move faster. Also, please ensure that this number is displayed in the car that picks up your child. If you do not have your number or the teacher on duty does not know you, you will be asked to park and go to the office to sign your child out. Tags are to be returned to the school if you change schools and at the end of the year. Do not ask students to meet you at any place other than the carpool line.

Daycare Vans/After School Care students will be dismissed at 3:45 with carpool students. Students who ride day care vans will go directly to the bus loop. Students who are in After School Care will go directly to the cafeteria.

Bus riders will be dismissed as their buses arrive.  Students will be escorted to the bus loop by assigned line leader to the bus loop beginning at 3:48. If for any reason your child will not be riding the bus, please send a note to the teacher informing him/her of the change in transportation.


Students at all grade levels will participate in assessments. All students will receive mCLass Dibels Fluency assessments 3 times a year. Teachers will explain these assessment tools at Parent-Teacher conferences, which occur at least twice per year. They document above, at, or below grade level performance and are important to making promotion or retention decisions.

Breakfast and Lunch During 2017-18, students will use their student number as their lunch number. Students will learn their numbers at the beginning of the year. Any assistance in learning the numbers will be appreciated.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices for 2018-19


Full Price, K-5                 


Reduced Price, K-5                 


Adults                                 a la carte


Full Price, K-5                 $2. 

Reduced Price, K-5                 $0.

Milk                                 $0.50

Adults                                 a la carte

*Parents/Guardians are invited to have lunch with their children. You must be a registered volunteer if you chose to take your child to the special lunch table with other children. Please take no more than two other children to the special table.

Classroom Interruptions Policy

In an effort to make the most of the instructional time, WCPSS has adopted a policy to reduce interruptions during the regular class time. Students can learn best and teachers can teach best when announcements, unexpected visitors, or messages from the school’s main office do not interrupt instructional time.  We need your help as we work to give your children the best possible learning experience.

❖ You are always welcome to visit in your child’s class or to eat lunch with your child. Please notify your child’s teacher the day before your visit or before school starts that day so we will be expecting you. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom, but parents will not be allowed in the classroom for observation purposes.

❖ Please notify your child’s teacher at least one day in advance (except in an emergency) if you will need to pick up your child early for a doctor’s appointment or other excused absence.

❖ Except in an emergency, telephone messages to students and teachers will be

delivered during lunch or at the end of the instructional day.

❖ We value parent conferences, however, please do not attempt to have drop in conferences with the teacher during the school day. This includes 8:45-9:15 drop-off time.

❖ After the first week of school (the second week of school for kindergartners) we ask that parents refrain from walking their child(ren) to class. If there is an extenuating circumstance, please contact the administration.

Early Arrival and After School Programs

Early morning care is available from 6:45-8:45 am. Cost is approximately $115 a month per child. There is also a one-time $15 registration fee per child. Please contact the office if you need more


information or would like to enroll in this program. Please see the Lake Myra Elementary School Website for further information.

After school care is available from 3:45-6:00 pm. Cost is $114.58 a month per child. There is also a one-time $15 registration fee per child. The after school care program will be housed at Lake Myra Elementary School. Please see the Lake Myra Elementary School Website for more information.

These fee schedules include all Early Release days. A return check fee is $10.00. Late check fee is $10.00. Late pick-up fee is $5.00 per 15 minutes after 6:00pm, $10.00 per 15 minutes after 6:30pm. Excessive instances of late pick-up may result in termination of program participation by the principal.

Appropriate behavior is expected at all times. Students are expected to follow SWIM expectations, Lake Myra policies, and WCPSS policies while at Before and After School Care. Repeated instances of inappropriate behavior may result in a suspension or removal from the program for the student.

EOGs (End of Grade Tests)

The reading and math tests take place in June of each year for all third through fifth grade students. Fifth grade students also take a science EOG test. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Third grade students will take a Reading pre-test in the first 3 weeks of school.

Homework Plan

Homework is intended to enrich, reinforce, and extend the curriculum as well as to emphasize responsibility and good study habits. Homework will be given for skills that have been explained and practiced in class, as well as for enrichment. It may be part of a student’s effort and participation grade for the end of a grading period.

Kindergarten: Homework, when applicable, will be indicated in the weekly folder.

First Grade: Homework will require an average of twenty minutes per night. It will consist of about ten minutes of supplementary reading and about ten minutes for other subject areas.

Second Grade: Homework assignments might include independent reading, math facts, social studies and science, writing and should be completed in twenty minutes per night. Assignments in specific areas will be given as appropriate (i.e. Unit Study projects).

Third Grade: Daily assignments include independent reading, math facts, and spelling words and should be completed in thirty to fifty minutes.

Fourth Grade: Assignments, posted daily for each major subject area, should be completed between thirty minutes and fifty minutes. Students read 20 minutes each night.

Fifth Grade: Assignments, posted daily for each major subject area, should be completed between thirty minutes and fifty minutes. Students read 20 minutes each night.


Role of the Parents

Parents can do their part to improve homework by doing the following:

❖ Communicate with the teacher to help make homework effective.

❖ Provide children with suitable study conditions (desk or table, well lit, books

and supplies readily available).

❖ Schedule a time for homework, turn off the TV, and limit other distractions.

❖ Encourage children, but avoid undue pressure.

❖ Show interest in what the child is doing, but don’t do the work for the child.

❖ Understand the school expects homework to be completed and returned on


Role of the Students

❖ Bring paper, pencils, textbooks, and other necessary materials to class/school.

❖ Actively participate in the classroom by listening and taking part in discussions.

❖ Ask questions if you do not understand or if you have a problem.

❖ Schedule time for homework each day: make sure that you understand the

assignment before leaving class.

❖ Strive to do your best.

Lake Myra Family Contract

Lake Myra Elementary staff believes that family involvement in a child’s education is a necessity. We believe educating students is a group effort that includes students, families, and teachers. We are asking all parents/guardians to commit to at least 75 hours of service to the enrichment of your child’s education. Furthermore, attendance at school is vital to success. The contract will also ask parents to ensure that their child(ren) have appropriate attendance daily and that they arrive to school on time.

Some ways through which this contract can be fulfilled are:

❖ Volunteering in the classroom

❖ Eating lunch with your child/ren at school

❖ Reading to your child or having her/him read to you

❖ Helping with homework

❖ Serving on PTA committees

Please be sure to read the information sent home with your child on the first day of school.

Lake Myra Dress Code

Appropriate dress is necessary in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and safety. In support of the Board of Education’s adopted dress code, Lake Myra Elementary School is implementing the following dress code for all students.


Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of students or others is strictly prohibited.

Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, the following:

❖ Exposed undergarments

❖ Sagging pants

❖ Shoes with wheels in (wheels must be removed)

❖ Excessively long shirt tails must be tucked in

❖ Excessively short or tight garments

❖ Bare midriff shirts

❖ Strapless shirts

❖ Bathing suits

❖ Attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, distracting, indecent or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors

❖ Head covering of any kind, unless it is for a religious observation

❖ See-through clothing

❖ Attire that exposes cleavage

❖ Any adornment, such as chains or spikes, that reasonably could be perceived

as or used as a weapon

❖ Any gang affiliated or related clothing

❖ Any symbols, styles, or attire frequently associated with intimidation, violence, or violent groups about which students at Lake Myra Elementary have been notified

❖ Slippers or bedroom shoes

Monday Folders

Please be sure to look for your child’s folder each Monday. Sign and return the folder to the teacher. Important school information is inside each week. When there is no school on Monday, folders will come home on Tuesday.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Lake Myra parents and teachers are encouraged to join and actively participate in the PTA. Membership is $10.00 per person and when you join, you automatically become a member of both the North Carolina PTA and the National PTA. Checks may be made payable to Lake Myra PTA, and sent to the attention of “PTA Membership” at school.

Meetings will be communicated through newsletters and the website.