New VP, new playground equipment, new daycare at Port Dover Lakewood Elementary

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New Lakewood Elementary Vice-Principal Rob Weber is pictured here with Principal Lori Rodgers by the new kindergarten playground equipment.

By Donna McMillan

ALMOST 400 students were scheduled to head back to school this week as Lakewood Elementary School welcomed a new Vice Principal, prepared to showcase new kindergarten playground equipment and finished construction work for the opening of a new daycare that is expected to be ready by the end of September.
Lori Rodgers, a 27 year veteran of the Grand Erie Board of Education and back at Lakewood Elementary as Principal for her second year, told the Maple Leaf last week she is looking forward to another exciting year.
Enrolment is up a bit this year, she said, from 384 to 398 so far, with the school seeing an increase in registration in kindergarten as well as new registrations in other grades. She noted new kindergarten playground equipment was installed during the summer thanks to the fundraising activities of the Lakewood Parent Council.
She also noted the opening of a daycare in the wing of the school opposite the Library will be an exciting addition once the project is completed.
Rob Weber, who has been with the Grand Erie Board of Education for the past 23 years, has moved from Delhi Public School to Port Dover to be Vice Principal at Lakewood Elementary for this coming academic year. He told the Maple Leaf last week that “Lakewood is a very unique school. It is very exciting to be involved in an elementary school that has been repurposed from a high school,” he said. He also thinks it is great to have the partnership with Norfolk County Library at the school.
Senior kindergarten to grade eight students started back to school on Tuesday of this week. Junior Kindergarten students have a staggered start over Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday, Lori said, all students will be attending classes.

Early Learning & Child Care Centre

Today’s Family Early Learning & Childcare, a non-profit, charitable organization based in Hamilton, has been serving more than 4000 children in the Hamilton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Halton areas.
By the end of September, they will be opening Lakewood Child Care Centre at Lakewood Elementary from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
This will be in addition to their before and after school programs that have already been running at Lakewood Elementary, Kayla Kucharzyk, Director and Krista Farley, Assistant Director told the Maple Leaf last week.
There will be a total of nine staff working at the centre, including a cook, daycare staff and before and after school staff. They have about 50 young people participating in the Before and After Program.
The Day Care will accept about 26 toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Kayla told the Maple Leaf the community is excited to have them and they are excited to be in Port Dover.

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Posted: September 9, 2015

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