Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter - December 6

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All is calm, All is bright

There are many holiday songs about the peacefulness of this time of year. As a parent of three children and as an educator, I'm not always sure that this is the most peaceful time of year - and I'm sure many of you agree! Yet, we also know how important it is to help our students find peace and calm in this - and every - season. But how? Here are some ideas:

Have routines and stick to them - If you want calm and peace, then make your children's lives predictable. Morning routines, nighttime routines, homework routines, dinner routines, cleanup routines, etc. Have kids do their work in the same order each time so that it becomes a habit. Even a busy household can have predictable routines.

Make sure to give them your attention - Kids crave adult attention and they will get it from you one way or another. Be proactive and give it to them first before they demand it of you. Try playing a game, talking, cooking, or another activity together.

Give calmness a purpose - Choose activities at various times during the day that are calm. On the top of that list should be reading. Every student in 1st through 5th grade should be able to read for 45 minutes without stopping (they do it at school). Younger students should be able to go 20 minutes by now. Technology time is ok in moderation.

When tensions get high, disengage - If a child is not following directions, trying writing it down and walking away. Resist the natural urge to "have the last word". Sometimes as adults, we actually make the problem worse instead of better when we have a hard time keeping ourselves calm.

Practice mindfulness - Our students all know to take breaths to find a calm place. Take moments when things are going well to close your eyes with your child, feel your heartbeat, take three silent breaths, and be still. The key is for students to practice this before they need to use it for real.

We hope these tips help make the season merry and bright!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Dec 12 - PTO Meeting from 7-8 p.m. in the library

Friday, Dec 13 - 4K is in session this day

December 16-20 - Spirit dress up days (see below)

Thursday, Dec 19 - Kohl's Wild Theater comes to Lakeview for grades 2-5

Friday, Dec 20 - Last day of school before Winter Break!

No school December 23 through January 3

Monday, January 6, 2020 (!) - First day of school after Winter Break

Spirit Dress up Days for Dec 16-20

Our student council has chosen spirit dress-up days for the week before Winter break.

We would love to see everyone celebrate the season by wearing the following each day:

Monday, Dec 16 - Red and Green day (wear as much red & green as possible)

Tuesday, Dec 17 - Pajama day

Wednesday, Dec 18 - Flannel shirt day

Thursday, Dec 19 - Holiday Headwear day (Santa hat, reindeer antlers, etc.)

Friday, Dec 20 - Ugly sweater day

Grade Level Newletters

New Front Door Button

When you come to Lakeview, the entry button is now located on the short post that is next to the front door. You have to push the button before we can open the door for you. The button for the YMCA before and after care program is still located in the same place.

From the PTO:

We would like to introduce a new fundraiser from the one and only frozen pastry dough Butter Braid. This delicious bakery made from flakey Danish dough is a delightful treat for your holiday gatherings or even breakfast for the kiddos! Additional tasty recipes can be found on-line at

Order forms will be due back on Friday December 13. Pick up will be after school until 6pm on Thursday December 19th. Thank you for helping raise money for our Lakeview Lions playground equipment! We truly appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

If you need another order form, click the PDF document below.

~Lakeview PTO

Holiday Sing-along

Every year, the students and staff gather before going home for Winter break for a holiday sing-along. Sometimes our students get confused and think that it is a concert - it is not. It is just a chance for the Lakeview family to share some holiday cheer in song. Therefore, we ask kindly that families do not attend the sing-along.

Be on Time & Stay all Day!

This week, 27 students were tardy (arrived late) at least once. Six students were tardy more than once this week. Remember that we only had four days of school this week. Students need to be at school before 8:30 a.m. and can arrive on the playground as early as 8:15 a.m. Also, four students left school early this week. Help your child achieve their dreams - Be on Time and Stay all Day!

How to talk about School Safety with your child

The recent spike in school safety incidents is on every parent and every educator's mind. But it can be hard to find the right words to say when talking to a child - especially an elementary school student - about school safety. This article from the National Association of School Psychologists offers some great advice for those tough, but important conversations. Some points to help children remember:

• If you see something, say something

• Reinforce that schools are safe places with adults that can be trusted

• Teach children that violence is never the answer to personal problems

Smart Smiles

Each year, Lakeview participates in the Smart Smiles program, a school-based oral health program that focuses on dental disease prevention. Smart Smiles will be here the week of December 16, and permission forms were sent home before Thanksgiving.

Lions ROAR! Recognize a staff member at Lakeview

Is there a staff member at Lakeview that you would like to recognize? Our PTO has set up an easy way for you to recognize anyone at Lakeview that is making a difference for your child. That could be a teacher, paraprofessional aide, secretary, food service, or custodian. There are so many people working together for our students! We encourage you to let the PTO know so they can pass on your compliments! Here is the link to the survey. (You are welcome to submit more than one!)