school hours

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Student Arrival Time: 8:40am-9:00 am

Student Breakfast: 9:00am-9:15am

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Student Dismissal Time: 3:20pm

Early Release Days Dismissal Time: 12:50pm

news & announcements

  • ELO Summer School
    The ELO Summer School program at WMES will be from 8:45am-1:15pm starting on July 6 and ending on July 28. If you would like to register your student for the FREE after-school summer program available in partnership with Montgomery County Department of Recreation, please contact the school.
  • June Parent Newsletter
    Click here to view our June Wolf Howl newsletter for lots of   useful information!


Student Arrival & Dismissal

Students may begin entering the building at 8:40am and should be in their classrooms by 9:00am. Breakfast will be available to all students in their classrooms from 9:00am-9:15am. Classes begin at 9:15am. If your child arrives to school after 9:00, a parent must come into the office to sign them in late.

If your child must leave early for an appointment, we ask that you sign your child out prior to 3:00pm. In order to ensure a safe dismissal for all students beginning promptly at 3:15pm, students will not be called out of class after 3:00pm. Please be prepared to show identification when picking a child up early.

If for any reason your child will have a change in the way they are dismissed from school, please complete our Change In Dismissal Form and let the main office know as soon as possible.

Student Absences

If your child is absent for any reason, please complete our Student Absence Form and/or call the school office at 240-740-5280 before 10:00am to notify us of the absence. When he or she returns to school, a note explaining the absence should be sent to his/her teacher. Late arrivals/early dismissals are processed in the office. Parents must accompany students into the office to sign in when arriving after 9:00am and/or leaving before 3:00pm. 

Student absences and tardiness will be unexcused if a parent does not sign the child in late and/or send an explanation note upon the students return to school.

Parking Lot/Car Circle Safety

Please help us to keep our students safe in the parking lot and the carpool circle. When dropping off students in the car circle in front of the school, please follow the directions of the staff on duty. Please let your students out of the car from the passenger's side of your vehicle. Adults MUST remain in their vehicles in the carpool circle at all times to keep traffic moving. If you choose to drop off your student in the parking lot, cars must be parked in an empty parking space and adults are requested to walk their student to the sidewalk area. Children who walk through the parking lot alone are at risk of stepping out in front of a moving vehicle, or of not being seen by a vehicle backing out of a parking space. Families that cannot find an open parking space must exit the lot and park on the street.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Handicapped parking spaces are meant only for those vehicles who have appropriate passes. Please do not park in these spaces without a Handicap permit. Thank you for adhering to these guidelines in the interest of the safety of all of our children.

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open on March 27, 2023! To ensure a smooth enrollment process, please be sure your MCPS ParentVue account is activated and accessible. If you would like support with kindergarten registration, please call the school to schedule an appointment.

Watkins Mill Elementary School's Kindergarten Orientation dates will be Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1. Please call the school at (240) 740-5280 to sign up for a time slot if you have an upcoming kindergartener at WMES.

Click HERE to view our Kindergarten Orientation presentation!

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