Principal's Message

Dear Lake Hiawatha School Community,

On behalf of our entire staff, it is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable summer with your loved ones. It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I shared my first letter with the LHS family. I sincerely appreciate the warmth and welcome I have felt over the past twelve months. As I begin my second year at Lake Hiawatha School, I remain particularly grateful and privileged to serve our students, families, and faculty.

We look forward to continuing to build on the foundation set last year: Supporting the social, emotional, and academic growth of each child; fostering a school culture where students feel valued, appreciated, and (most importantly) loved; and galvanizing the partnership between school, home, and our community. It is through this work that children experience an education that is profound and lasting.

Like our community, our staff continues to grow! Please join me in welcoming some new faces to LHS: Ms. Stephanie Willis is our new Media Specialist, and Ms. Whitney Ellenberg is our new Preschool Extended Day teacher. We are thrilled to have them as part of our team!

At LHS, we believe every child has limitless potential and the capability of achieving great heights. The promise they hold is their superpower. It is with this in mind that we extend an open invitation for all children to come dressed as a hero on the first day of school! This could be an officer, firefighter, or doctor; a superhero; a family member...or YOU! (Since after all, you are your child’s first hero - the person they look up to, desire to emulate, learn from, and lean on!)

In closing, thank you for trusting us with your children. This is a responsibility we take very seriously and will work tirelessly to help your child experience success. Our talented and dedicated staff go to great lengths to make each classroom feel like a family. We are partners in this educational journey. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing support, and are proud that you have chosen to call Lake Hiawatha School home.


Steve Figurelli
Principal, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School

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