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 Strawberry Knoll Elementary School, fondly known as "The Knoll", is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  SKES serves approximately 600 students from Pre-K through 5th grade. 

In addition to our general education program, we also house one Head Start Learning Center, one Pre Kindergarten, two Autism classes, and seven Preschool Education Program (PEP) classes. 

Strawberry Knoll is part of the Gaithersburg Cluster of schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Students who graduate from Strawberry Knoll will attend Gaithersburg Middle School and Gaithersburg High School.

School Hours   

Updated Sept. 2017

Grades K-5    9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Class  Mrs. Rago 12:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Autism Classes   9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Head Start Mrs. Mollet 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
PEP Pilot A.M. (T/Th) (W/F) Mrs. Van Housen 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
PEP Class P.M. Mrs. Wang 12:55-p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
PEP Classic A.M. Mrs.Janney 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
PEP Collaborative P.M.  Mrs. Janney 12:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
PEP INC. A.M. Mrs. Wang 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
PEP INC. P.M. Mrs. Van Housen 12:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. 
PEP Beginnings Mrs. Ang 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


 8:40 a.m. Students enter the building and sit outside their classroom. Fourth and Fifth grade students and Mrs. Alicia Slocum's students (2nd. grade) report to the gym. 

8:50 a.m. Teachers welcome students into their classrooms and students eat breakfast.

9:00 a.m.  Morning announcements begin.  

9:00 am. Instruction begins.

Lunch and Recess Schedule  

Updated July 2017  

Grade      Lunch           Recess              
Kindergarten 11:25 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
First 12:00 p.m. 11:25 a.m.
Second      11:25 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Third 12:05 p.m. 12:35 p.m.
Fourth 12:45 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Fifth 1:15 p.m. 12:35 p.m.
12:35 p.m. 1:10 p.m.


3:20 p.m.  Dismissal begins Afternoon announcements are made to dismiss students beginning at 3:20 p.m.  To ensure a smooth dismissal, we kindly ask that you wait outdoors.  We also request that you not ask for your child to be dismissed from his/her classroom after 3:05 p.m.  Thanks in advance for honoring this request.


Walker Exit: All students (K-5) who walk home will exit through the main doors by the gym. Students will then use the crosswalk at the front parking lot/bus loop to exit to the sidewalk on Strawberry Knoll Road.


Car Rider Exit: All students (K-5) will exit the building through the doors by the gym and will move to the car loop located at the side of the school.


Bus Riders: Bus riders will be dismissed from their classrooms and will exit the building through the main doors by the cafeteria. Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be escorted to the appropriate bus by a patrol assigned to them or an older sibling. 


12:55 p.m. dismissal  

Updated October 2017
10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. First , Fourth Grade, & Primary Autism Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kindergarten & Third Grade Lunch
12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Second & Fifth Grade Lunch & Intermediate Autism Lunch
12:45 p.m. 

Kindergarten is escorted to gym
Patrols report to post

 12:50 p.m.   Grades 3,4 & 5, walkers, car riders, daycare and KIDSCO INC dismissed
 12:55 p.m.   Grades 1 & 2, walkers, car riders, daycare and KIDSCO INC dismissed



 11:00 a.m.  First Bell
 11:10 a.m.  Morning announcements begin
 11:25 a.m - 11:55 a.m. Kindergarten & Second Grade Lunch
 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  First Grade Lunch
12:05 p.m.-12:35 p.m. Third Grade Lunch
12:35 p.m. Autism Lunch
 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Fourth Grade  Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Fifth Grade Lunch




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