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Here are answers to some of the most common questions:

(Last update Aug, 2023)

  1. What are the school hours?
    • Instructional day is 9:15 am- 3:45 pm
  2. What is the difference between Orientation/Open House, Back to School Night, and Back to School Picnic?
    • Orientation/Open House: This is a chance for parents and students to come to the school together, see their classroom, meet their teacher, and usually drop off some school supplies. This year it will be on Friday, August 25.  
      • 1:00-1:45 PM – New Student Orientation 
      • 2:00-3:00 PM – Open House 
    • Back to School Night: This is an information session intended just for parents/guardians. 
    • Please note: The Kindergarten session is held before the school year begins. This year there are three dates to know:
      • Kindergarten Back to School Night: Thursday, 8/24, 4:00 PM 
      • Back to School Night for Grades 1 & 2: Wednesday, 9/13, 6:30-8:00 PM
      • Gifted & Talented Program Information: Thursday, 9/14, 5:15-6 PM
      • Back to School Night for Grades 3-5: Thursday 9/14, 6:30-8:00 PM
    • Back to School Picnic: This is a fun, free event put on by the PTA. Families are invited to bring their own picnic dinner and blankets/chairs, come to the SJLES playground, and enjoy music from a DJ. This year it is scheduled for:
      • Friday, September 8, 6:00-8:00 PM
  3. What School Supplies are needed?
  • They can be hard to find sometimes (try Target or Staples), but a regular marble notebook will work fine.
  • The Portfolio style folders look like this:
  1. How does the car loop work?
  2. Where should walkers be dropped off?
    • Art Door Entrance (back of building)
  1. How do I find my child’s bus stop and time?
  2. What should I know about lunch time?
    • The lunch period is 30 minutes long – so it is a good idea to make sure your child can finish eating in that time frame (or maybe can finish within 20-25 minutes so they have time to get seated/clean up)
    • Practice with younger children to make sure they know how to open their lunch containers, juice box straws, etc. There will be adults available to help, but since lunch time is fairly short, the more they can do independently, the better.
    • School meals: Menu and other information can be found here 
  3. How can I find the School Directory?
    • Login to Synergy using your parent credentials.  
    • Choose “More Options” from the left menu
    • Then select “School Directory”
      • If you don’t see this as an option, it may be that the student credentials are still entered. Log out, and log back in as a parent.
    • Then you can search by any field, and then click “filter”:
      • If searching by teacher, only type the last name “Shoff” (not “Mrs. Shoff”) into the “homeroom” field
      • If searching by grade, type “K” (not “Kindergarten”); type “01” (not “1” or “first”); type “02” (not “2” or “second”); etc
      • If searching by student name, type “last, first” (including the comma) or simply type only the first or only the last (it will not appear if you type “first last”)
    • If you want to do a new search, click “clear filter” to start over
  4. What is the Family File?
    • Every family must visit HCPSS Connect to update your Family File for the 2023-2024 school year today! Parents must complete the Family File every year to ensure that SJLES has the most current and accurate information for each and every Jaguar. This will ensure your student is able to receive their teacher assignment the week of 8/21.
  5. Where can I find more answers?
    • E-mail the PTA president at with any additional questions and we will be happy to help you!