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Laurel Ridge Elementary

Dekalb County Schools

Weekly Update 4/24/2023

Week of April 24, 2023

Greetings Parents, 

This year is rapidly winding down, and we still have so many great things to celebrate. There will be the final PTA Meeting with elections for next year on Tuesday. We will also be celebrating our wonderful front office staff on Wednesday, April 26. Ms. Bell and Ms. King make sure that our school runs smoothly! 

At a Called Board Meeting on April 19, the DeKalb County Board of Education selected Dr. Devon Horton as the next superintendent.

Our third, fourth, and fifth-grade students will finish up taking the GA Milestones, and MAP testing will begin. During this last bit of state and district testing, remember that our students have worked all year and are ready to show what they know.

As a reminder, an individual test can’t measure the whole of a student. This past week Laurel Ridge came together in a celebration of culture and art and I hope that it reminded everyone that school is about exploring new opportunities and learning from each other. It is important that we remember to value all of our students’ strengths. Standardized testing will never be able to measure your student’s curiosity, their ability to be a leader or their love for learning. 


The weekly messages can be found on the Principal’s Page: 

Have a great week, 

Ms. Hartman



Milestones Dates for Grades 3-5

April 24 Science Sections 1 & 2 (5th Grade only)

April 25 Math Section 1

April 26 Math Section 2

GA Milestones Resources:   

April 27th -28th- MAP Testing Lower Grades (K-2)

This schedule may be changed to better align with grade-level schedules.  

May 4th- STEM Night and Science EXPO- 

Laurel Ridge will celebrate STEM learning together. We will have STEM leaders from local organizations, universities, and businesses to share the many ways Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are in the world around us. Laurel Ridge students can participate in the Science EXPO. 

May 7th- 12th- Staff Appreciation Week

Please check with your room parent or the PTA on LRES is going to celebrate our staff. 

May 12th- Field Day

More information to come, but I know Coach Ellington is going to make this event great.  We will need parent volunteers to help support. 

Honor’s Day:

Please be advised of the Honor's Day times for the end of the year. Each grade level will have a short performance, and all students will receive an award. Please make sure to mark your calendars to celebrate with your student. 

May 22nd Honor’s Day: Grade 1-9:30am, Grade 2-10:20 am, Grade 3-11:10 am, and Grade 4 12:45 pm

May 23rd Honor’s Day: PreK 12:30 pm (in the classroom), K 8:30 am, and 5th Grade 10:00 am



This week a few small projects were completed at Laurel Ridge. The county was able to remove a dead tree from the playground, the debris in the wooded area was removed, and an old electrical pole that supported previous trailers was removed. 


At a Called Board Meeting on April 19, the DeKalb County Board of Education overwhelmingly selected Dr. Devon Horton as the next superintendent of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) by a vote of 6-1.