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Welcome Letter


Lake Ridge Elementary opened in the fall of 2008. Our beautiful school is located on 15 acres on Burke Lane just west of 12th Ave. South/Highway 45. Our school mascot is the Leopard, and our school colors are gold and black. We have a large playground in the back of the school with an expansive, fenced lawn area for additional recreational Kindergarten children enjoy their own playground with a climbing wall and turf area for painting and other outdoor activities. Lake Ridge is a welcoming and nurturing place where families and children work in partnership with the educational staff.
At Lake Ridge, it is our goal to create a safe, secure, and inviting atmosphere. We work to create an environment in which students take academic risks, work through challenges, and know that it is okay to make mistakes- that is how we learn! We have four core character traits at Lake Ridge. In every area of the school, whether it is the classroom or playground, we all work to be trustworthy, be responsible, show kindness, and show respect. As Lake Ridge Leopards we are all responsible for contributing to our community in a positive way.
Learning is one of the most important things we do at school every day. It is important for your child to be here and arrive at school on time. Creating a consistent and predictable schedule for students helps them to reach their full potential during their school day. Within our classrooms, we work to create rich learning experiences in all subject areas for students. One special thing we do at Lake Ridge is Project-Based Learning. We work towards creating project experiences each year where students are placed in the driver's seat and asked to solve problems, ask and answer questions, and share their learning through an exhibition night.
I believe that the partnership between school and home is a very important one. Together as a team we can create the best learning opportunity for our students. Please always know that I have an open door at my office.
Lake Ridge is a very special community, and we are excited to have you and your student here with us. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or would like to connect.
Dr. Van Beek