Clubs and Activities
Bulldog Pals is a peer buddy program where students from the general education classes volunteer their time at lunch, recess or dismissal to support students in our special education School Community Based (SCB) classes. This program is a “win-win situation” for all those involved. Our SCB students will learn new social and life skills while expanding friendships with their general education peers. General education students will enhance their social emotional learning by building relationships, developing social awareness, and applying leadership/role model skills. We believe that when students are provided meaningful opportunities to use their strengths to serve others, they experience a deepened sense of responsibility and purpose.
Bulldog Bank and Wal-Bark School Store
Our Bulldog bank and school store, Wal-Bark, offer authentic learning opportunities for our students. Each month approximately 350 students (customers) visit and spend thousands of Bulldog Bucks on merchandise at our school store, Wal-Bark. Our customers in grades 1-5 shop during their lunch or recess periods and purchase a variety of items ranging from pencils, notepads, and sticky notes to wallets, necklaces, craft items and kites. Students can also purchase "Lunch bunches" with their favorite staff members. Our customers are “affluent” as they work hard to earn their Bulldog Bucks for being safe, respectful and responsible. At Wal-Bark customers can pay by “cash” (Bulldog Bucks) or check.
Our Bulldog Bank is operated by fourth and fifth-grade students under the direction of our school counselor and our parent volunteers. Students in grades 1-5 visit the bank monthly to make deposits. Our student bank tellers provide excellent customer service as they interact with peers and apply their math and computer skills. After shopping at Wal-Bark, students deduct checks from their individual accounts. After visiting the bank, students record their deposits. They maintain these records in their bank account books. Our student accountants deduct the checks from the books of students in grades 1 and 2. Electronic records are also kept by our parent volunteers. All students are given paper statements each month.
It’s an honor to be selected as a School Safety Patrol. Patrols are a very important part of our school. Patrols are trained to perform many duties. They help keep the students safe at bus stops, on buses, and in the school hallways. To be selected as a patrol, a student must fill out the required paper work and write an essay on why he/she wants to be a patrol. Staff members then make recommendations of students with good character to the patrol committee (made up of staff members). Finally, the bus routes and the buses the students ride are considered. It is important to have at least two patrols on a bus. We also try to spread out patrols at different bus stops as much as possible. Patrol meet with Officer Johnson (MCPD) once a month during recess time. The Patrol Sponsors are Mrs. Cherie Ward and Ms. Sarah Cooper.
The Green Team
The Green Team promotes Laytonsville’s efforts to save energy and recycle by raising awareness for environmental issues. Our energy monitors collect data and track when classes are turning lights on and off to save energy. Our recyclers collect paper and plastic for recycling to support our building service staff efforts. Green Team students are leaders in setting an example to promote awareness of environmental issues and their impact on our community. The Green Team Sponsors is Ms. Diane Hudson.
P.A.L. Reading Program
Laytonsville Elementary School collaborates with P.A.L. (People Animals Love), a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of the human-animal bond. LES and P.A.L. have implement a reading program that is dedicated to improving the literacy skills of children using registered pet partner therapy teams as literacy mentors. Handlers and their dogs will work with students during set dates and times (Thursday afternoons, twice a month during recess) on a one-on-one or two-to-one basis for approximately 25-30 minutes per visit. The P.A.L sponsors is Ms. Olivia K. Bailey.
Student Government Association
The mission of the Laytonville Elementary School SGA is “to strive to build responsible leaders within our school community, who represent the voice of our students!” We focus on promoting values that represent good character in all students. The SGA is helps to organize school service learning projects such as food drives, sock drives, and other opportunities to support the community. This year, our students have also been developing a growth mindset, reading, math, and writing, as well as working on public speaking skills. We lead by example in our classrooms, and in the community, by being respectful and responsible. The SGA sponsors are Mrs. Caitlin Faunce and Ms. Haleigh Powell.