- Early Learning Family Association
- Supply List
When your child is absent due to illness, please contact the office and report the
absence on the message line. Please leave the following information:
- say and spell your child’s first and last name
- program in which your child is enrolled
- teacher’s name
- reason for the absence
Please call in by 8:30a.m. If absences are not called in, families will be contacted.
The health of your child is important to us. The MSD of Lawrence Township recognizes that good health is essential to effective learning. Each of our schools is staffed with a registered nurse equipped to meet the needs of our students.
What is ELFA?
MSD Lawrence Township supports young children by providing 4 Early Learning Centers located on the campuses of 4 elementary schools. The Early Learning Centers operate as one school with four sites, and are not directly connected to the elementary schools. Unique to Lawrence is our structure of housing preschool and kindergarten grade levels for the entire district at these 4 centers. The kindergarten students then attend the elementary schools for first through sixth grade. The staff of the Early Learning Centers specialize in the education of young children and therefore have designed the structure of the family organization to be one of information and advocacy in the area of early childhood. Our family association does not operate as a typical PFO/PTA; We come together for informational meetings on how to support and advocate for the needs of young learners.
Where is ELFA located?
Each ELC will offer opportunities for families to come together a few times a year for information and advocacy. The ELCs have one ELFA Advisory Board that consists of 1-2 families from each ELC, and the principals of the ELCs. This group manages the structure of ELFA with equal participation from each of the 4 ELCs.
Why is ELFA needed?
Research has shown that when families are involved in their child’s education, the child is more successful in school. Family associations help to foster closer relationships between home and school, building a positive sense of community.
What can I do to join ELFA?
- All families are already considered a member of ELFA! You are welcome to attend any events at the Early Learning Centers, including specific events focused on information and advocacy for young learners. If you would like to be a member of the advisory board, please contact the principal of your ELC.
Stay Connected with ParentSquare
MSD of Lawrence Township uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.
We promise to only send you information closely related to school. You can opt-out at anytime. Contact your child's school for more information about opting-out from our communications.
After the first two weeks of school, we welcome your visit to your child's classroom. Pre-arranged classroom visits by parents are encouraged and welcomed.
We also welcome parents to come and eat lunch with their student in the All Star Cafe. Parents may either eat hot lunch from the cafeteria or bring a sack lunch from home. Please do not bring in food from a restaurant for you and your child.
All visitors should sign in at the office and wear a guest or volunteer badge.
For your child's safety and education, we cannot allow parents to just walk into the classroom unexpectedly. Thank you for your support in providing a safe environment for our children.
All visitors to school buildings are required to complete a SafeSolutions background check upon entry.
- All visitors must report to the school office to provide identification, sign in, and receive a visitor’s badge before entering the school.
- Visitors should not park in the bus lanes. Visitors are welcome for lunch, but a reservation must be made by 9 a.m. on the morning of the visit.
- Although classroom visits are encouraged, mutually agreed upon times must be coordinated between the teacher and the visitor.
- Volunteers should not use the visit as a time to meet or talk with the teacher about a student’s progress. The teacher must keep his/her attention focused on the entire class. Appointments should be scheduled for family / teacher conferences.
- Volunteers are welcomed and appreciated. A wide variety of opportunities are available at your child’s school. Please check with your child’s school or teacher to learn more about the volunteering opportunities.
- Volunteers are at school to complete a certain task within a predetermined time limit. Volunteers must only participate in what was arranged with the teacher or school.
- Volunteers who work with students will be required to complete and have an approved criminal history background check prior to working in the school.
Volunteer forms are accessible by clicking the links MSDLT Volunteer Forms in the Quick Links to the right.
*A NEW Volunteer from will need to be completed EVERY Year
If you have questions, please contact your child's school.