Countryside Elementary School

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115 Schoolhouse Lane, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-234-2750  |  F: 856-222-9755

Welcome to Countryside Elementary!

Ms. Lori Zataveski
The Countryside School is home to 335 students in Grades PK-4, and 70 staff members each school day. Here are just a few of the many opportunities our students have been given to encourage active learning:

Through our Buddy Program, each preschool child in our school is paired with a fourth-grade buddy. The buddies meet for one period a week and participate in a teacher-directed learning activity. Through our Student Announcer Program, the students in kindergarten through fourth-grade conduct the morning opening exercises, and announcements.

We have a very active and caring Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). In addition to raising funds for technology, assemblies, field trips, and playground equipment, the PTO consistently generates ideas for school improvement.

After-School Activities Canceled Today, March 20, 2018

All school-sponsored after-school activities (clubs/sports) for today, March 20, 2018, have been canceled due to weather concerns.

Low-Cost Preschool Program Offered for 2018-2019 School Year

Mount Laurel Township Schools offer a low-cost preschool program for a limited number of four to five-year-old children each year. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Classes will be held in our district elementary school buildings. These Preschool Inclusion classes will enroll preschoolers with disabilities along with their peers in order to provide public school opportunities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Registering Kindergarten and First-Grade Students for 2018-19

Save Time: Go Online Now to Begin The Registration Process
Students entering kindergarten next year and those coming to first-grade should be registered at the school they will attend based on the district's geographic attendance plan. Use this link to begin the Kindergarten and First-Grade Registration process online now. Please note that this link should only be used for new students entering Kindergarten and first-grades next September. Once you have begun the registration process online, you must visit your designated school during Roundup to provide verification of the required documents.

One-Week Courses in Computer Coding/Robotics This Summer

Looking for a fun new skill to learn? The following one-week courses are being offered this summer by Mount Laurel Community Education. They will be taught by Mount Laurel 6th-Grade STEM Teacher Nick Handley. All classes will be taught in the Hartford STEM lab... a room that is set up to maximize student learning and enjoyment. Classes fill quickly.

  • Because so many of our parents commute long distances to work each day, we send these calls out beginning at 5 a.m., so that childcare arrangements can be made.
We will not call you
earlier than 5 a.m.
  • Make sure to check our Facebook and Twitter Pages, and our district and school web pages for updates.
How Will I Be Advised of Winter Weather Changes?

If it snows … or other weather conditions cause us to close schools or announce a two-hour delayed opening, here’s how you will know:

Through School Messenger, we call your primary phone number as listed in our Power School Student Information System with a recorded message. If we have cell numbers for you, it goes to them also. We send an e-mail to any e-mail address listed in your account and we text the message to your cell numbers, as long as you have opted-in to receive those messages. To opt-in for texts, simply text the word subscribe to the number 68453 from your cell phone.

A Path to Success 2030: Next Steps
The Community Survey soliciting opinion on a new three-year plan for the Mount Laurel Schools has closed, and the data collected is being analyzed. The final step in our Strategic Planning Initiative is to form committees to begin drafting the action plans for each of the eight categories identified as priorities in the public sessions held in December and January. They are: Students, Special Needs, Curriculum & Instruction, Community, Teachers & Staff, Full-Day Kindergarten, Facilities and Communication.

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with the basics on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.
Registering Your Child
Contact Information

Student & Parent Info

School Hours:
Grades SLD K, 1-4: 8:30 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Preschool A.M.: 8:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Preschool P.M.: 12:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Kindergarten A.M.: 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kindergarten P.M.: 12:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Early dismissal grades SLD K, 1-4: 12:30 p.m.

*On half days, P.M. Kindergarten begins at 10 a.m. and dismisses at 12:30 p.m. A.M. Kindergarten remains the same. There will be no Preschool classes held on half days.

Countryside School Anti-Bullying Specialist is Claudia Horner,
115 School House Lane, 856-234-2750

School Performance Report

The New Jersey Department of Education compiles an annual performance report on every school utilizing a wealth of data collected throughout the year from state and national reporting systems. The performance report at the link below contains important information about the school, its staff and students. Since it is compiled through data collection, it contains information reported in the previous school year. This year, a summary report has been added, which can also be found at the link below.


NJ DOE Self-Assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899

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