Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter - January 10

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New Year's Resolutions

Do you have any resolutions for 2020? Maybe 365 days (oops ... it's a leap year, make that 366 days) of keeping a resolution seems like too much? Experts tell us that if you do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit. So perhaps just start with a resolution for January, and then see what happens! Here are some ideas for habits or resolutions:

• Make 2020 the Year of the book - kids need to read every night and it helps if they see adults who also read. Find the biggest bag in your house and head to the library!

• Make 2020 the Year of activity - In winter, this could be more time playing board games or building with Legos. As soon as the weather warms up, spend time outside. Sign up your child for a rec department class, baseball, music lessons, dance, martial arts, or any other activity.

Make 2020 the Year of connecting - Attend a PTO event and meet more families. See the growing list of Lakeview PTO events further down this newsletter! We want to be a community that comes together for more than just learning.

Make 2020 the Year of the clock - School starts at 8:30 a.m. Resolve to arrive on the playground by 8:25 instead of coming to the front door at 8:30.

Make 2020 the Year of gratitude - Thank a Lakeview staff member - any staff member! You can send emails to our staff at any time or have your child write a quick note of appreciation. Plus, you can submit a "ROAR Award" for any staff member at Lakeview further down this newsletter. Gratitude costs nothing, but the value is priceless!

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 13 - Band, Orchestra, and Choir demonstrations at Lakeview - we welcome our middle school groups as they perform for us during the school day.

Friday, January 17 - PTO Family game night (new event!) from 6-8 p.m. in the gym

Be ready to play your favorite family board games - we'll have some set up already and you can bring one to share!

Friday, January 24 - Early dismissal. School ends at 11:45 a.m.

Grade Level Newletters

MAP Testing

In South Milwaukee, students take the MAP assessment three times each school year - September, January, and May. Most Lakeview students will be taking the computerized MAP test in the next two weeks, although a few classes will have completed the test before this newsletter is published. This is one of our valued measures of student growth and achievement because it (1) is comparable to students across the nation that take the MAP assessment and (2) has scores that align to the Wisconsin Forward Exam as well as the ACT and SAT. In October, you received the scores for your child's MAP test, and you will receive scores for the January session after all testing is complete. In order to be ready for testing, please ensure students get a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a positive attitude about examinations such as this to do his/her very best! Dates for each class are:

Ms. DeBruin - January 16 & 17

Ms. Chmielewski - Testing is complete

Ms. Hirthe - January 20 & 21

Ms. Logisz - January 13 & 14

Ms. Brever - January 15 & 16

All 2nd grade students - Testing is complete

Ms. Sodemann - January 14 & 15

Ms. Manthe - January 14 & 15

Mr. Tinsen - Testing is complete

All 4th grade students - January 20 & 21

Ms. Krohn - January 16 & 17

Ms. Wilke - January 15 & 16

McTeacher Night!

No need to make dinner plans for Thursday, January 23rd - we've got you covered! It is McTeacher night at McDonald's in South Milwaukee from 4:30-7:00 p.m. that evening. Would you like to see what it looks like when a teacher makes your ice cream cone? Or perhaps check our math and make sure you got 6 Chicken Nuggets? We'll be there, and our PTO receives funds when you join us for dinner. Click here for more information.

What is "too sick" for school?

As a parent, I know how hard it can be to make that decision. Here are some examples:

• My daughter is suddenly coughing or sniffling this morning ... should I keep her home?

• My son stayed home yesterday ... is he well enough to return today?

• My daughter had a runny nose last night but no fever ... should I send her?

• My son had a fever before bed last night that was 101, but seems better so far this morning.

So many decisions to make. Here is something that can help make your decision.

Especially as students get older, it is important to help them learn that coming to school when you are slightly "under the weather" is a life skill. Then there are other times when a student should absolutely stay home (see the link above). I also know that we do not take our children to the doctor for every cough and sniffle, but if you do see a provider (doctor, dentist, etc.) please get a medical excuse and bring it to school. Days that are excused by a provider do not count against the 10 allowable absences per school year. Please note - just calling us and telling us that your child is sick is not a medical excuse, and neither is the "after visit summary" letter you get from urgent care. You have to specifically ask the nurse or doctor to write a letter, which they are very used to writing.

Save the Date - 2020

Add our dates to your brand new 2020 calendar before it fills up with everything else that keeps your family busy:

PTO Family Game Night - Friday, January 17 from 6-8 p.m. in the gym

McTeacher Night at McDonald's - Thursday, January 23 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

SM Literacy Night - Friday, February 7 - click here for flyer

Scholastic Book Fair during conferences - February 19 & 20

PTO Snowball Dance - Thursday, February 27 from 5-7 p.m.

Lakeview art show - Wednesday, March 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the gym

Lakeview spring concert - Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school

Culver's Night - Thursday, March 19

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!)