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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 August 2019

Grades K-5    9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Class  Mrs. Lindsley 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.Van Housen 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. Janney 12:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. 
PEP Beginnings Ms. Wisniewski 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


 8:40 a.m. Students enter the building and sit outside their classroom. Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students 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.  

9:05 am. Instruction begins.

Lunch and Recess Schedule  

Updated August 2019  

Grade      Lunch           Recess              
Kindergarten 11:25 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
First 12:00 p.m.      11:25 a.m.
Second      12:00 p.m. 
11:25 a.m.
Third 12:35 p.m. 12:00 p.m.
Fourth 12:40 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Fifth 1:15 p.m. 12:40 p.m.
Primary Autism 11:25 a.m.. 12:00 p.m.     
Intermediate Autism      1:15 p.m. 12:40 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 assemble in the gym. An adult will use a radio to call students out as their parents arrive in vehicles. Patrols will assist students in locating their vehicle. Drivers must stay in their vehicle. Upon leaving the parking lot, please follow the signs and turn RIGHT out of the parking lot to ensure a smooth and efficient dismissal. 


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 2019
10:55 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Kindergarten, First Grade, & Primary Autism Lunch
11:30 a.m. -12:05 p.m. Second Grade Autism Lunch, Fourth Grade, & Int. Autism Lunch
12:05 p.m.-12:40 p.m. Third and Fifth Grade Lunch
12:45 p.m. 

Kindergarten & Third Grade dismissed
Patrols report to post

 12:50 p.m.   Fourth & Fifth Grade, car riders, daycare and KIDSCO  dismissed
 12:55 p.m.   First & Second Grade walkers, car riders, daycare, and KIDSCO dismissed




Updated October 2019


 11:00 a.m. Morning announcements
 11:05 a.m. Instruction begins
 11:25 a.m - 11:55 a.m. Kindergarten & Primary Autism Lunch
 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  First & Second Grade Lunch
12:35 p.m.-1:05 p.m. Third Grade Lunch
12:40-1:10 p.m. Fourth Grade Lunch
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Fifth Grade & Int. Autism Lunch