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Walk & Roll to School Day: Wednesday Oct 4th

Help celebrate physical fitness & care for the environment!

Every student who participates earns a charm!

See the flyer for full details

  • Be sure to enter the school through the SJLES “Art Door” at the rear of the building! PTA volunteers will be on-site to distribute charms to students who participate.
  • School begins at 9:25 a.m. and ends at 3:55 p.m. The building opens for students at 9:10 a.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult until the school day begins. 
  • Contact a friend who lives within walking distance of the school to see if your parent can park at his/her house and you can walk from there. Better yet, walk with your friend!
  • If you choose to park on a side street and walk, please be sure that your vehicle is on the road and not on someone’s property. Please do not park on residential lawns.
  • Bikers and scooters count too! A bike rack is located just off the blacktop at the rear of the school. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HAVE A CROSSING GUARD FOR THIS EVENT, so if you live across the street from the school or wish to park in that neighborhood and walk over, please use the crosswalks.

Remember to snap a few photos of
your Jaguars for the yearbook!

PTA of Howard County Updates

The PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) hosts monthly General Meetings as an opportunity for local PTA delegates to present ideas, debate issues, become better informed and vote on PTACHC business. At each meeting, SJLES will be represented by one of our delegates, Sarah Sherry or Seba Kurian, who will share our collective voice and bring back information to share with our community. 

Notable updates from the first PTACHC General Meeting (Aug 28) are as follows:

  • The Maryland State Legislative Delegates will be in attendance at the PTACHC General Meeting on Monday, Oct. 2 for their annual visit to listen to and understand the priorities of the PTA. What feedback, questions, and concerns do you want our state lawmakers to know? Please share your input to the Google Form by Friday, Sept. 29, so we can make sure the voice of SJLES is heard.
  • The Howard County General Plan – a document that guides land use, growth and development decisions in Howard County and is only updated once every ten years – is in its final review. The last Public Hearing on this document is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7PM – this is the last opportunity to provide input. For more information, visit
  • For more information on PTACHC business, including monthly meeting notes and legislation, please visit

SJLES is a strong voice in our community because we have informed parents who can impact decisions and policies which will affect our children. USE YOUR VOICE TODAY to make a difference on these and other issues that shape the future of our county! If you have general opinions and input you would like shared to the PTACHC or Maryland’s State Delegates, please share it with us through the Google Form, here.

PTA Kickoff Meeting: IN-PERSON, Wed 9/6 @ 6:30 PM

Our first PTA meeting of the year will be held IN-PERSON on Wednesday 9/6 @ 6:30 PM in the school’s Media Center!

Pop in to meet this year’s Board and see what we have in store for this year! If you’ve never attended a PTA meeting before, this is a great way to get a look inside what’s going on SJLES and connect with other parents. Principal Dan Notari or Assistant Principal Erin Coleman will speak at every meeting and answer questions. Hope to see you there!

What is the PTA?

Welcome to a new school year (almost)! Every week you’ll receive an email from the PTA with updates on how you and your Jaguars can get involved at SJLES this year. The PTA is a nonprofit organization run by parent volunteers. The goal of everything we do is to help support SJLES teachers and staff, provide fun and enriching experiences for the kids, and to build a sense of community among parents. Becoming a member of the PTA means that you are donating to help enhance the school experience for all of the students. There is never any obligation to volunteer!

The PTA funds school-wide assemblies, family fun events, teacher appreciation activities, teacher-requested classroom supplies, and so much more. Without a PTA these events would not be possible.  Visit our online Membership site to make your tax-deductible donation. 

All membership dues and donations go directly into funding school-wide assemblies, family fun events, teacher appreciation activities, and to buy items needed by the teachers for their classrooms.Thank you so much – your support makes it all happen!

Ready to Get Involved Now?

If you are ready to dive in to help, there are two immediate opportunities:

*Important Reminder for Volunteer Requirements

All volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools, and the Child Abuse and Neglect Training about reporting any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Howard County Department of Social Services. Once you complete the courses, which take 10 or so minutes, please print out the certificates and give them to the front office prior to your volunteer shift. These need to be completed every year, before any volunteer shift at SJLES.