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Lakeview Family Newsletter - July 31

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I hope that all of our Lakeview families are enjoying the summer! A school is just an empty building without the faces of our students, teachers, and families. We look forward to seeing everyone soon enough. This newsletter contains a few reminders as we get closer to the 2019-20 school year.

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!

I hope everyone has been reading this summer. We all want the best for our children. As you are buying school supplies and new clothes or shoes, please think about how you are preparing their mind to return to school as well. Your child will learn more this school year if they start the first day with a positive attitude about reading and the ability to read for at least 20 minutes uninterrupted. For our younger students, that could mean looking at a variety of books or listening to you read. Older students should be able to read more than 20 minutes straight, even on the first day of school.

School Supply Lists

New for 2019-2020 school year! All four elementary schools in SM have the same supply list. Please see this link for our new SM supply list. This same list is available on the Lakeview website in case you find yourself at the store browsing the sales.

Do you have a child in 5K this year?

We will have a back-to-school event just for incoming Lakeview 5K families. Please mark your calendar for "Popsicles on the Playground". This will be a chance for 5K students to play together on our playground while parents and families have a chance to meet our 5K teachers and each other before school starts. Here is a link to the flyer. The date is August 13th from 4-5 p.m.

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

Do you have a younger student who could be in 4K this year? Do you have a neighbor, friend, or family member that could be in 4K this year? Registration for South Milwaukee's 4K program is still open for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is a link to the flyer with information - feel free to share this link. The most important thing to do is register soon by completing the online information and then bringing the required documents to the school office.

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.