Algonquin Lakes Elementary School
Principal Ruthann Ryan
Algonquin Lakes Elementary School's mission is to provide a positive, supportive partnership between our children, families, staff and community. Although written in 2002 by the original School Improvement Team, this continues to be a real strength to make our school a special place to learn, grow and develop friendships. All staff members and parents work strongly to emphasize high learning expectations along with positive behaviors from our students. Our children continually respond with smiles and excitement in their new gained abilities. ALES is truly a special place where we all learn everyday!
Our school has been open for seven years and I had the privilege of opening the school with many excellent staff members, families and students. Many staff members have retired and families have already gone on to different schools yet the atmosphere of learning for excellence, building positive relationships and developing students with a strong character remain.
Algonquin Lakes Elementary School (ALES) was quickly built from the fall of 2001 to the summer of 2002 after approval of D300 Referendum money to add four elementary schools. After closing Lakewood Elementary School in June of 2002, 80% of the students and staff were transferred from Lakewood to ALES. It opened in July of 2002 for the custodial staff to clean, as well as the secretaries and principal to work out of boxes with several tables and a phone in the office area only. In the next six weeks it was amazing as the building was truly transformed. Pallets of teacher boxes were transferred from Lakewood School to each classroom in ALES. Boxes of desks and tables were delivered and each desk, cabinet, shelving unit were assembled on site. Teachers and staff had to wait until August to come into the building to quickly unpack and get ready for the first Back Pack Drop Off Day when parents and students came into the building with excitement and awe. A parent, Liz Miller, had assisted to select the building colors and actually designed the foyer and cafeteria floor tile arrangement. The building was and continues to be a beautiful, clean, safe, positive and strong learning environment!
The support from parents and the Algonquin community during the school year is outstanding! Hundreds of volunteer hours are donated by caring parents working to provide positive relationship development and social opportunities for children and families. Traditional events typical of ALES can be reviewed through our photos for your enjoyment. Please be sure to review our website for ongoing information.