FAQs

How do I enroll my child?

Whether you are enrolling your child school for the first time or switching schools, the registration process is relatively simple and can be completed by visiting the Natomas Unified School District Enrollment website.

What time does school start and end?

American Lakes School starts at 7:45 a.m. 

TK/K students are dismissed at 1:38 p.m.
Elementary students are dismissed at 1:55 p.m.
7th graders are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

Where are the lost and found items kept on campus?

If your student has lost or misplaced an item, ALS lost and found is located in the Cafeteria next to classroom B5.

How do I inform the school when my student is absent?

Parents are requested to phone the school office at (916) 567-5500 when a student is absent. Please notify the secretary and give the reason for the student’s absence. Even though the parent calls the school office, the student is still required by law to bring a note from the parent on his/her return to school. The note must include the student’s name, date of absence, specific cause of the absence, and a complete signature of the parent or guardian. (This information is essential for our attendance accounting records). If you know in advance that your child will be absent for five or more days for any reason, please advise the teacher so that an Independent Study Packet can be prepared for your child.

What do I do if I am concerned about something involving my child?

From time to time concerns arise regarding a student’s performance, or a specific event, which occurred at school. If you have a concern please follow this process:

1. Talk to the teacher first. After you, the teacher has the most direct contact with your child. (When it is appropriate, schedule a conference with the teacher, you and the student.)
2. Talk with the Principal.
3. The parent may contact a District Office official.

How do I visit my child’s classroom?

We welcome visiting parents and guardians. Please contact the office to schedule a convenient time for a visit.

Per Ed Code: No visitations to classrooms without 24-hour notice. We appreciate your support as we watch out for your child’s safety.

Does American Lakes have an After School Program?

Yes – we have selected The Center as our After School Program. The After School Safety and Education (ASES) program provides a safe and supportive place for students after school. This program is designed for students to receive academic support and an engaging enrichment program. ASES begins immediately after school is dismissed and you may begin picking up your student(s) at 5:30 p.m. with the program ending at 6 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Bonton, Program Manager of The Center at (916) 288-7623 or at [email protected].

When can I bring my child cupcakes for his/her birthday?

Please arrange this with your child’s teacher. Generally, this is allowed during lunchtime or the last 30 minutes of school.

How can I get involved?

Parents and guardians are encouraged to volunteer at American Lakes. Opportunities include: helping out in your child’s classroom, volunteering on field trips, etc. Please be aware that if a volunteer is going to be with an American Lakes student, including on field trips, you must have the necessary fingerprint clearance and TB certificate on file. Once your information is one file with NUSD, you can volunteer for the entire time your child attends school in our district, as long as the TB test is up-to-date. You can find this information on our website and we have packets in our office as well. Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting the Natomas Unified School District Volunteer page.