Print this Page

Principal’s Message


Greetings Lakeside Families,

Welcome to the beginning of the 2018-19 school year! This year as Lakeside continues its pursuit of educational excellence, our theme transitions to ”T.E.A.M. Lakeside – Together Everyone Achieves More!”  I must caution you Educational Excitement is contagious and will cause you to feverously work towards outstanding Results!

As in the past, our doors will open and buses will begin unloading students at 7:50 a.m. Students choosing to eat breakfast must report directly to the cafeteria, while those opting not to eat at school will report to classrooms. (I would ask that you have a conversation with your child about our breakfast procedures and the importance of reporting directly to the cafeteria once entering the building, should your child want to eat breakfast at school.) It is important for parents who are dropping off students to know that the cafeteria doors for breakfast will close at 8:10 a.m. (Accommodations may be made for late buses).  Our goal is to start each day with positive and productive possibilities. We appreciate you helping the entire Lakeside Team prepare for teaching and learning in the mornings.

For a moment, just imagine an elementary school where:

The environment is nurturing, safe and caring…

*where your child is well known and celebrated by adults in the building

* where your child knows it cool  to be smart

* where respect for self, peers, property, and adults is promoted and expected!

Your child is intellectually challenged through a rigorous curriculum

* where your child gains an appreciation for thought provoking work

where your child learns to accept responsibility, challenges, and opportunities

* where your child’s academic growth is facilitated by faculty who share a sense of appreciation for utilizing data to improve instruction

* where your child is encouraged to never settle for good grades but to aspire for excellence!

Students learn in a manner that builds on prior knowledge through relevant/ related and high interest topics

*students are learning to peer mentor in a unique school setting

*where teachers will support and recognize individualized skills

*where students will learn by asking questions and solving real-world problems

*where students actively and joyously work

*where students, families, community, and educators value the preparation of life ready adults in elementary school

* where grades pk-5 set the stage for college, career, community, or global citizenship!

Faculty develop caring relationships with students…

* where you and your child build life-long positive relationships with a group of educators who have the child’s best interest at heart

* where faculty enhance the instructional program by continued professional development

* where faculty work collaboratively and collectively!

Families are committed to their child’s education…

* where families make sacrifices for their child

• where families support the school both individually and through the PTA

• where your child is inspired to learn from dedicated and highly skilled teachers, families, and our community

* where families value  and celebrate diversity!

By now you have probably realized you just envisioned …Lakeside Elementary!  Henrico County Public Schools, the Superintendent, the HCPS Central Office Staff, and Lakeside Elementary School Faculty/Staff, I welcome each of you to Lakeside Elementary School…Journey ’18-19.

Please do not hesitate to call (804. 261.5050) or email me ( if I can be of assistance. We consider it a privilege to have your child at Lakeside Elementary and look forward to teaching your child and working closely with you.

Kind Regards,

D. N. Samuel, M.Ed.

Our Mission

We Prepare for “College…Career…Citizenship”

The mission of Lakeside Elementary is to place student learning and quality instruction at our core.   Our families, students, staff, and the community are partners in creating and maintaining a safe, positive environment that ensures every child reaches a high level of social and academic achievement as determined by school, county, state, and national standards. We commit to a comprehensive instructional program that ensures learning and equality for all.

Team Lakeside together everyone achieves more Lakeside Elementary School picture of cartoon leopard

Permanent link to this article: