A proud MCPS Community School!

Arcola ES

school hours

Office Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm

Student Arrival Time: 8:40am-9:00 am

Student Breakfast: 9:00am-9:15am

Student Dismissal Time: 3:20pm

Early Release Days Dismissal Time: 12:50pm

news & announcements

  • June Parent Newsletter
    Click the link above to view this month's parent newsletter!
  • Kindergarten Registration Open Now!
    Children age 5 by September 1 on the first day of school are eligible for Kindergarten enrollment in the 2024-2025 schol year. To register, sign-in to your MCPS ParentVue account and use the “Online Registration” tab to begin registration OR come to WMES during one of our registration open house dates OR call to schedule an appointment for a staff member to support you! Open house dates are on March 18, 20, 22 and April 8 and 12 from 9am-11am. See flyer below for more details! 


  • Pre-K & Head Start Registration Open Now!
    Children turning 3 or 4 by September 1, 2024 are eligible for Pre-K and/or Head Start enrollment in the 2024-2025 school year. To register, sign into your MCPS ParentVue account OR in-person registration is available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm at Rocking Horse Road Center - 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, MD 20852. See flyer below for more details! 
  • ELO Summer School Registration Open Now!
    This summer program will take place at Watkins Mill Elementary School from July 8-August 2 from 8:45am-1:15pm and is available for students entering grades K-5. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided. For more information, please visit the MCPS Title I website.

Student Arrival & Dismissal

Students may begin entering the building at 8:40am and should be in their classrooms by 9:00am. Breakfast will be available to all students in their classrooms from 9:00am-9:15am. Classes begin at 9:15am. If your child arrives to school after 9:00, a parent must come into the office to sign them in late.

If your child must leave early for an appointment, we ask that you sign your child out prior to 3:00pm. In order to ensure a safe dismissal for all students beginning promptly at 3:15pm, students will not be called out of class after 3:00pm. Please be prepared to show identification when picking a child up early.

If for any reason your child will have a change in the way they are dismissed from school, please complete our Change In Dismissal Form and let the main office know as soon as possible.

Student Absences

If your child is absent for any reason, please complete our Student Absence Form and before 10:00am to notify us of the absence. When he or she returns to school, a note explaining the absence should be sent to his/her teacher. Late arrivals/early dismissals are processed in the office. Parents must accompany students into the office to sign in when arriving after 9:00am and/or leaving before 3:00pm. 

Student absences and tardiness will be unexcused if a parent does not sign the child in late and/or send an explanation note upon the students return to school.

Parking Lot/Car Circle Safety

Please help us to keep our students safe in the parking lot and the carpool circle. When dropping off students in the car circle in front of the school, please follow the directions of the staff on duty. Please let your students out of the car from the passenger's side of your vehicle. Adults MUST remain in their vehicles in the carpool circle at all times to keep traffic moving. If you choose to drop off your student in the parking lot, cars must be parked in an empty parking space and adults are requested to walk their student to the sidewalk area. Children who walk through the parking lot alone are at risk of stepping out in front of a moving vehicle, or of not being seen by a vehicle backing out of a parking space. Families that cannot find an open parking space must exit the lot and park on the street.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Handicapped parking spaces are meant only for those vehicles who have appropriate passes. Please do not park in these spaces without a Handicap permit. Thank you for adhering to these guidelines in the interest of the safety of all of our children.

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