Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - January 11

Learning Targets

Thank you for the deep thinking on learning targets. No doubt about it - this is hard work. But it is both foundational and reinvigorating.

Foundational - Truly identifying the intended learning in every lesson will allow us to have more fruitful, future professional conversations around assessment, feedback, inquiry-based practices, etc.

Reinvigorating - As you focus on the intended learning in every lesson, you might start re-evaluating old practices. This is both scary and exciting. You may start seeing new possibilities to build understanding; you might let go of some things that no longer address the target; you might find yourself making more time for student discussion, etc. Be brave - be relentless!

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, January 15

Geo Bee for 4th and 5th grades from 9-11 a.m.

District Character Ed Committee 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16

Sunshine Appetizer Luncheon

District Trauma Sensitive Leadership Team 3:30-5:15 p.m.

Friday, January 18

Golden Lion assembly 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23

Staff Meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Thursday, January 24

Admirals Reader for 2nd grade 2-2:30 p.m.

Admirals shirt spirit day

McTeacher Night 4:30-7:30 at the SM McDonald's

Friday, January 25

Assembly 11-11:30 to kickoff Kindness Week

11:45 a.m. dismissal

Afternoon work time

Sunshine Gathering at Bel Aire Cantina after school (Oak Creek Town Center)

Monday, January 28

PD Day - No students - schedule coming out next week

Tuesday Jan 29 through Friday Feb 1

Kindness week - more info to follow

Structural Items

Family newsletter - Here is the link to this week's family newsletter.

Inclement weather mornings - There must be an adult stationed at door 5, 7, and 11 all the way up until the 8:30 bell rings. From a parent's perspective, it really is confusing to arrive at an empty playground on a cold or rainy morning and not know where to go. Staff on duty may need to open doors and wave students towards the school. Students can use any of the three doors (5, 7, or 11) on these mornings, plus the front door. For example, no need to send a 5th grade student through the rain to door 5 - just let them in with their younger sibling. Parents should not come in any door except the main door.

Fire Drills - On Thursday, I was at the district office when a fire alarm was triggered. Although it was not a real fire, we realized that since drills are usually announced, it caused confusion when the fire system functioned as intended. *** Whenever a fire alarm sounds, the teacher should be the first person to exit the room, look up and down the hallway, then exit the building with your class. Continue exiting and stay out until the person in charge gives the "all clear".

MAP Testing schedule - Link to the document for all grade levels

Elementary Blackout Dates - Here is a link to the calendar


On January 28th, we will be spending time discussing AdvancED, both as a district and at the school level. As we enter the final two months leading up to the AdvancED visit, I am asking for a small team of Lakeview staff members who will help compile the narratives about our school and help when/if the AdvancED visitors come to Lakeview in April. This is a short-term commitment, but an essential group to "tell Lakeview's story" as it relates to continuous improvement. Please let me know if you can help tell our story.

Raptor System

I mentioned the new Raptor Visitor Management system on Wednesday. This is fast becoming a standard system in schools (link). That system plus the change in entry doors to create a secure vestibule will be a big step forward. However, we are going to need to work together to secure the remaining entries and ensure that all visitors use only the front entry until after 3:45 every day. There will be a letter to families in the newsletter every Friday for the coming weeks, the same letter will be in Tuesday folders on January 15, and we will have an automated call in the final days before the February 4th start date for the Raptor system.

McTeacher Night

I never knew what I was missing until I volunteered for McTeacher night for the first time. For years, I always claimed the job of putting trays together and calling the numbers for families. Lori Sirianni would work right next to me making shakes, and she always had some problem with the shake machine, causing it to overflow all over the floor. We laughed so hard ... well, I did anyway.

Please consider volunteering to support the Lakeview PTO on the 24th.

Here is a link to the flyer.

Google Classroom Updates

For Google Classroom users, you may have noticed a few updates for the beginning of 2019. Here is a link to explain new features.

Literacy Night

The information for literacy night came out this week. We need help for this as well - it is always a fun night of celebrating literacy! Here is a link to the volunteer form and here is a link to the family RSVP form.

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

Here is the character dare for next week. Absolutely do this one - everyone deserves it!
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