Lakeview Family Newsletter - July 31
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Coming soon ...
Who will my teacher be? Online Registration needed first!
Class lists - We will follow the same procedure as the 2018-19 school year. If you have registered online by August 19, you will receive a postcard in the mail with your classroom teacher before Open House. If you do not complete online registration, you will not receive a postcard. We will not post class lists on the front doors anymore to ensure student privacy & security. Every student and every family - including returning families - must register every August.
Online registration opens on August 1st. This letter (which should also be arriving in the mail this week) explains the process for online registration, as well as the dates and times for in-person registration, which are:
Thursday, August 8th from 1-6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14th from 8-Noon
If you register online, you do not need to come to in-person registration.
Important Dates and Times
2019-20 calendar - Click here for the link to the South Milwaukee School District calendar for this year. You will find the calendar for 4K at this link. Take the time now to go through the entire school calendar and mark dates on your family calendar.
Open House for all SM elementary schools is Wednesday, August 28th from 5-7 p.m.
The first day of school for 5K-12th grade is Tuesday, September 3rd.
4K visitation day (parent attends with child) is September 3 and the first regular day of 4K is on September 4.
The school hours will remain the same next year:
5K through 5th grade is 8:30-3:35
4K AM session is 8:30-11:40
4K PM session is 12:25-3:35
Read, Read, Read!
Do you have a child in 5K this year?
Staff List for 2019-2020
Teachers for next year:
4K - Ms. Maes
5K - Ms. DeBruin, Ms. Chmeliewski, Ms. Hirthe
1st - Ms. Brever, Ms. Logisz
2nd - Ms. Benn, Ms. Busalacchi
3rd - Ms. Manthe, Ms. Sodemann, Mr. Tinsen
4th - Ms. Carrier & Ms. Mortier (new to Lakeview!)
5th - Ms. Wilke & Ms. Smith (new to Lakeview!)
AGR Instructional Coach - Ms. Swick
School Social Worker - Ms. Nihillisen-Mah (new to Lakeview!)
Specials - Ms. Tinsen (music), Mr. Walters (PE), Ms. Jastrow (library), Ms. Drake-Hames (art & new to Lakeview staff!)
Special Ed staff - Ms. Scales, Ms. Hartung (new to Lakeview staff!), Ms. Zientara, and Ms. Knapp (new to Lakeview!)
Title I reading intervention - Ms. Spangler and Ms. Hanneman
You will notice there are six new staff members in the list above. I am absolutely thrilled about the expertise that each of these teachers brings to Lakeview. I can't wait for you to meet them - look for more info about each of them in an upcoming newsletter. We have hired the very best staff to join our already incredible team at Lakeview.
New Schedule for Specials Classes This Year
A reminder for you - this was in our June newsletter:
For years, your students have been used to having music, art, PE, and library on a set day of the week (for example, art might have been every Tuesday). This caused an uneven number of classes, depending on the specials schedule for each individual classroom. For example, classrooms that had art on Monday or Friday had far fewer art classes than classrooms that had art on Wednesdays, due to holidays and Professional Development days. We have fixed this with a new schedule at all four elementary schools, but it is going to take time for all of us to get used to it.
This year, students will have specials on a 4-day rotation, without regard to the day of the week. Therefore, a class may have art on "Day 1" but day 1 could really be any calendar day of the week. We will count Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and then start over with Day 1 again (see the schedule example of September for a visual explanation). This is similar to a middle school or high school rotation schedule.
This means that all classrooms will have an equal number of art, music, PE, and library classes over the course of the school year (about 44 hours of each) and will have more of each special as well. Over the course of a school year, there will be approximately 7 additional hours of each special as compared to the previous schedule.
As a parent, the hardest part might be gym shoes ... it was easy to remember gym shoes using our old schedule, but since our new rotation schedule will put gym on any day of the week, I have two suggestions:
1. Keep a pair of gym shoes in your child's locker,
2. Wear gym shoes to school every day (really, there's no reason a student needs to wear anything but gym shoes to school every day).
We are excited to offer this for our students - let us know if you have any questions.
4K Registration for 2019-2020 is still open
Please note - families registering at this point are unlikely to be able to request a specific school or choose between am and pm sections of 4K. The people who registered first (starting back in spring) received first preference and have already been notified by mail.