About Us


"We Teach, We Model: Kindness, Respect, Responsibility and Be Ready"


A Letter from the Principal

Principal Melissa DeLoreto

Welcome to Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School!

If you are new to the Haynes School Family, you just entered into a very special school-to-home partnership!

Our mission at Haynes School is to create a warm and caring educational atmosphere where every child is valued and will experience continuous improvement in learning. Although we strongly believe in academic excellence, we also feel that learning must be fun and rewarding for each child. Please realize that the Haynes School staff will not be able to accomplish this task alone; we need your support.

Parents/Guardians are always welcome at our school. We view parents/guardians as equal partners in providing our children with meaningful educational experiences. Further, we encourage you to become active participants in school programs and classroom activities. There are many ways to support your child, such as volunteering to help in the classroom, lunchroom, library, or in one or more of our many school programs. We encourage everyone to join the PTA.

Among the most significant contributions parents/guardians can make to the educational progress of their children is to read to them at home, make sure there is an appropriate and quiet study space for them with sufficient time to do homework, as well as to be available to assist them with more difficult homework assignments when necessary. As a result of your involvement, your child will see you as a significant other who truly values the educational process. Subsequently, he or she will more than likely demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors toward school and learning.

By working together, students, parents/guardians, and staff can make Haynes School an exciting and enjoyable place to learn.

Melissa DeLoreto

Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School

29 Society Road
Niantic, CT 06357
Phone: (860) 739-2922
fax: (860) 739-1527

Melissa DeLoreto
(860) 739-2922


School Schedule:
9:05 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Early Closing:
9:05 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Delayed Opening:
11:05 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.


We are an elementary school with an enrollment of approximately 310 students K-4 and 60 Preschoolers.



We are a PBIS School:

We offer Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports (PBIS) an approach to teaching and learning that is safe, challenging, and joyful. PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that is needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.





This is the only school in the East Lyme school district which is named to honor a person. Lillie B. Haynes was a remarkable educator. Her spirit of service to other people inspires our teachers and students to work to make our school an excellent place to learn and grow.

This school is named for Lillie Bennett Haynes who served the children of East Lyme from September, 1922 until June of 1960. Mrs. Haynes symbolizes the dedication to teaching and the affection for pupils that is characteristic of all great teachers. Thus, in a larger sense, this building is a memorial to all instructors who have taught so successfully in the schools of East Lyme.

Lillie B. Haynes was born in Scarboro, Maine on January 22, 1896. She attended what was then the Gorham Normal School from 1917 to 1919, although her actual teaching career began in 1915 in Standish, Maine, in a one room school containing grades one through eight. Her subsequent teaching positions were in Wilton, Connecticut; Gorham, Maine; and Braintree, Massachusetts. In June of 1955, Mrs. Haynes was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Willimantic State College, Willimantic, Connecticut.

During her long and distinguished career, Mrs. Haynes, in her quietly efficient manner, instructed uncounted numbers of students in the fundamental skills, developed in them an understanding of good citizenship and virtuous behavior. A great and lasting influence for good, the name and work of Lillie Bennett Haynes is memorialized here with the hope that those who follow her will succeed in a similar fashion in the greatest service of all - the teaching of children.