Questions Answered

There have been many questions asked by families and the community as we plan this new school. While some do not have answers yet, we are answering as many as we can! Here are the questions asked and answered so far.

Where are the supply lists?

They are located under the Students/Families tab, here:  Supply Lists

What are the Baker Eight Traits?

Our goal at Ella Baker Elementary is to develop global citizens and one way that we will be working on that is by focusing on eight character traits with all students.  They are grit, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, optimism, empathy, and curiosity.  Students will be given regular opportunities to practice and grow these strengths.

What is the teacher to student ratio? How many students will be in Quest classes?

The average class size in grades L-5 (including Quest) are based on the following district student/teacher staffing ratios:

Grades K-1 at 20:1

Grades 2-3 at 23:1

Grades 4-5 at 27:1

What is the logo for the school?

We are very excited to share our logo! We can't wait to see it on spirit wear next year.


Will there be a Quest program at Ella Baker? How many classes will there be?

We are very excited that there will be a Quest program at Ella Baker Elementary. We will have a total of 3 Quest classrooms. There will be two 4/5 classes, and one 2/3 class. The teachers are Mrs. Stine in 2/3 Quest, and Ms. Conroy and Ms. Holliday in 4/5 Quest. Watch for their introduction videos coming soon!

What are the school day times at Ella Baker?

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9:00-9:15 Student drop-off

9:15 First Bell: All students in team lines

9:20 Second Bell: Instruction Starts

3:50 pm Student dismissal

4:00 All students off campus


Wednesdays: 9:00-9:15 Student Drop off


9:15 First Bell: All students in team lines

9:20 Second Bell: Instruction Starts

2:20 Student Dismissal

2:30All students off campus


Half-Day (for conferences/No Lunch served)


9:00-9:15 Student drop-off

9:15 First Bell: All students in team lines

9:20 Second Bell: Instruction Starts

12:20 Student Dismissal

12:30 All students off campus

Will the 5th graders go to camp?

We are currently in the process of securing camp and filling out the paperwork for us to go. We love camp, and are excited to have all of our 5th graders experience it. We are hoping to go to Cedar Springs Camp in October. More information will be coming in the spring when we have a camp parent information night.

Will you have safety patrol set up before school starts?

Yes, we will be setting up our safety patrol before school starts so that we are ready to go on the first day of school. Applications will be coming out in the spring to sign up. In order to be on safety patrol, you must be at least 10 years old. Once we have the applications, we will be setting up a training prior to the first day of school.

What is the criteria for buses from home to school?

The district provides transportation only to those students living outside a one-mile radius, unless the district has reviewed walk routes and determined no safe walk route is available. Within that boundary, our practice allows for elementary students to walk up to one and a half miles to school. Students with walk distances that exceed these limits are eligible for bus service.

What is the school's capacity?

Our new school will have 30 classrooms for a total capacity of 690 students.

How do I register my student who isn't already enrolled in a LWSD school?

Kindergarten Registration begins on February 7th from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks.

Registering for new students in any grade: Please go to your local elementary school to register your student. Any local LWSD school registrar will be able to help with paperwork and get your students enrolled at the new school. Please do this as soon as possible because enrollment numbers impact staffing.

To register, you will need to bring a few items. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate or passport, proof of residency (such as an energy bill with your current address, lease agreement, or mortgage statement), and records of immunizations. For more detailed information, check out the LWSD website:

How do I sign up to receive updates about the school?

If you are in the attendance area for our school and are not already receiving emails from Principal Bilanko, please email to receive the school newsletter.

Who are the 2nd Grade teachers?

Now that the school boundaries are set, we are in the process of selecting the remainder of our staff which will include 2nd grade teachers. We will announce staffing as we hire! Look for introduction videos!