Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ April 8

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No School April 15 or 18

Summer School Info - Act Now!

This is no April Fool's joke - summer is coming!

Summer School registration forms were sent home today (Friday, April 8).

Registration is "first come, first served" so it is a good idea to return your form(s) right away the week of April 11. Some of the more requested classes (such as Lego) fill up quickly. Registration closes on April 29. South Milwaukee does not accept late registrations for summer school. If you have questions about Summer School, call the office at Lakeview.

Summer School is:

• Monday through Thursday, June 21 to July 28

• At South Milwaukee High School

• 4 hour-long classes from 8:00 a.m. to noon

• Free!

• Students will be registered for any teacher-recommended classes first, followed by family-selected enrichment classes

• Anyone can sign up for summer school - many students that were not recommended for summer school take four hours of enrichment classes

District Elementary Art Show

When? Wednesday, April 27 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where? South Milwaukee High School - enter through Door 9


Come see the work your students have created this year in art class! This is for all South Milwaukee 5K-5th grade student artists and their families and friends. It is free. Students must attend with an adult. You do not need to come the entire time; join for any part of the evening to enjoy and learn! Student art will be displayed, there will be light refreshments provided, as well as art activities to do!

Dance & Donations

The Lakeview PTO will host our first dance in over two years on April 28 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Lakeview gym. Mark your calendar to join us that night! The dance itself is free to attend (an adult must come with the students) and there will be food to purchase and 50/50 raffle tickets available.

We will have raffle baskets and we need your help to create the baskets. Each grade level has a theme. If you are able to donate something that fits the categories below, please send it to school. Here are the themes:

4K--Arts and Crafts (small projects, coloring/painting items)
5K--Books and Puzzles
1st--Outdoor Fun (balls, jump rope, sidewalk chalk)
2nd--Baking Fun (recipes, frosting, cupcake tins, cake mix)
3rd--STEM (anything to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
4th--Game Night (board games, popcorn, card games)

5th--Sports (balls, glove, gift card for sporting event)

Smart Smiles is Back

This is a reminder that the Smart Smiles program is returning to Lakeview April 25-29. Your child can receive a preventative dental checkup right here at school for free. Please complete the paperwork that was sent home this week OR sign up online using this website. We are really happy to be able to provide this free service to families.

Volunteers & Chaperones

Lakeview is happy to announce that, because of the very low incidence of COVID in our community and schools, volunteers are once again welcome inside the school building. All of our volunteers need to complete a background check to serve in the school, but that process is online and only takes a few days to process. Click here to complete your background check (most previous background checks have expired at this point since it has been 2 years since volunteers were in the building). Teachers are brainstorming ideas to take advantage of volunteers. If you have an interest, please reach out to your student’s teacher to let him or her know, and feel free to suggest specific ways you’d like to help. We’re excited for the opportunity to have volunteers back in the school – not only for your help but for you to see the excellent education your student receives!

Forward Exam Info

Statewide Forward Exams were given to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students this week. 5th grade is finished, while 3rd and 4th still have a few more tests on Monday and Tuesday. Students that were absent any day this week or did not finish a portion of the test will be completing makeup testing the week of April 11. Please continue to have your students in school so we can complete our required testing.

Here is information from the State of Wisconsin about Forward testing in English and in Spanish.

Upcoming Dates

District-wide Elementary Art Show - April 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the high school

Lakeview PTO Spring Dance - April 28 from 6:00-7:30

SM Literacy Night at the high school - May 12 from 5:00-7:30

Absence Reporting

If your child has any symptoms (including non-Covid symptoms), the only way to report the student's absence is by using this link. You will need to complete this by 8:30 a.m. anytime your student will be absent because of illness. If multiple students from your household will be absent due to illness, you will need to complete it once for each student. This link is available on the Lakeview website as well as in this family newsletters. This will help us be more responsive to you, our families, with our Covid protocols.


The link for absence reporting will stay on the Lakeview homepage as well as in the family newsletter each week.


If your student is not missing school due to symptoms (for example, a dentist appointment or a family vacation), please continue to call the Lakeview office directly.

4K Registration for 22-23 is now open

If you have a child that is eligible for 4K next year, it is time to register! And if you know a family member, friend, or neighbor that has a child that could be in 4K next year, please let them know.


To be in 4K next year, the child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st. All day 4K is available at all four elementary schools and half day 4K is available at Blakewood. Although it is not "first come, first served" our 4K programs will fill up quickly, especially the all-day 4K programs. So it is best to get your registration in right now instead of waiting.


Here is a link to the information about 4K registration. All incoming 4K students are registered as "new students" (rather than "adding a student to your family).


Contact Lakeview if you have any questions about 4K registration for 2022-2023.

This Week's Golden Lions!

There were 35 Golden Lions awarded to students since our last newsletter. Here are the descriptions for each of those Golden Lions. Our students demonstrate GREAT character at Lakeview!



• Peair was incredibly engaged in completing his word study packet on Wednesday. He sat at his desk and was focused the entire time period. Keep it up. Peair!

• Logan has been working hard this week in Writing to identify evidence from articles for our debate about chocolate milk. He has made great connections across texts and has even practiced some inferencing. Keep it up, Logan!

• Dante has shown strong engagement in his first weeks at Lakeview. Specifically, during writing this week, he has worked hard to type all of his evidence for our chocolate milk debate into his Jamboard organizer.

• Cooper has been working very hard in math to understand how decimals extend our number system. He is really getting the hang of comparing decimals. Keep up the great work, Cooper!

• Braelynn has been working hard to get ahead with her word study packet this week. Keep up the great, focused work, Brae!

• I was very impressed with Ahmed's good manners today during two different interactions! Keep up the great work, Ahmed!

• During Forward testing, I noticed Maddy using her scrap paper to help her plan our her essay response. What a great way to show your thinking and use your resources to help you. Keep up the great work, Maddy!

• During Forward testing, I noticed that Lorenzo used his scrap paper to help organize his thoughts for the essay response. What a great strategy, Lorenzo!

• During Forward testing, I noticed Scarlett using her scrap paper to help plan her essay response. What a great strategy, Scarlett!

• Braxton shows he is engaged by recognizing all the snap words on the pink cards! Super!

• Braxton shows he is engaged by recognizing all the snap words on the green cards! Fantastic!
• Madden has done a great job of be aware of the needs of others within our classroom. He is always willing to step in and lend a hand to help someone out without needing to be asked. Additionally, he is a great advocate for his classmates and lets me know when a classmate seems to be upset and asks me to check in with that person. Madden, thank you for having such a big heart! Your kindness helps make our classroom a great place to be!

• During a recent book club, Skyler began a book and after a few chapters, politely said he wasn't enjoying the book and asked if he could switch to a new book. When he was asked to try to stick with the book a little bit longer to see if his opinion might change, he kept a positive attitude and was willing to stick with it. It's a great thing he stuck with it because he quickly realized it was a good book! He recently finished it and said he was happy he didn't give up because he did enjoy reading it. Thanks for having such an open mind and a willingness to try new books!

• During Forward testing, Christine has demonstrated great patience. She has encountered many technology issues that are out of her control, but she continues to smile, remains calm and keeps a positive attitude. Her calmness helps remind me to take deep breaths and not get stressed out over things we can't control. I appreciate her flexibility and persistence, even when it's been challenging!

• During Forward testing, Madden has demonstrated a great amount of patience. She has dealt with many technology issues that are out of her control, but she continues to remain calm and keeps a positive attitude. Once we are able to solve the issue, she puts her best effort into take the test, even though other classmates might have already finished. Thank you for being so patient and remaining engaged, even when it might be challenging!

• Rainna did a great job advocating for herself today. During one of the Forward tests, she politely asked if she could work in a different room because she felt like she wasn't as distracted and was able to stay more engaged with the test. Thank you for being aware of what works best for you AND advocating for yourself! What a great life skill!

• During Forward testing, Leutrim was reminded to go back and double check his answers once he finished the test. He was not happy with this reminder and was hesitant to go back to the beginning, but he did! He took his time and really worked his way back through the assessment to be sure the answers he chose were accurate. Way to go, Leutrim!

• Karleigh has been working hard to stay focused and engaged during the Forward testing that we are taking. She works thoughtfully through each problem, using scrap paper when needed, and goes back to double check her answers when she is finished. Thank you for being so engaged and working so hard to show all that you know!

• Justyce did a great job using her rhythm stick the way they were meant to be used and keeping them quiet during when she shouldn't have been using them! Great job Justyce!

• One of Mallory's peers was absent in the morning. When she returned to school, we were in the middle of Writer's Workshop. Without being asked, Mallory explained to her friend what she had missed and what the expectations were for the assignment. Thank you for helping a friend, Mallory!

• No matter what subject I am teaching, Londyn is almost always the first to raise her hand to engage in the discussion. Thanks for taking a risk and sharing your thinking with all of us, Londyn!

• Ben is always kind to his friends in the classroom. This week he offered a juice box to a friend that had nothing to drink, and tried to help another friend with a computer issue. Ben, it's nice for others to know that you are willing to help. Stay kind!

• Julio was kind and inviting to another student during word work. He welcomed the student to sit with him and then was making sure that, that student was okay. Thanks for being kind.

• Aiden was working so hard on his Forward Test. He had flagged some questions that he wanted to talk out loud his thinking because his thoughts were getting jumbled. Through slowing down and talking his ideas out loud, with no guidance, he then decided whether he felt his choice was the right choice or if he needed to change his answer. Aiden, I was so impressed with the responsibility you showed and the care to do your best.

• Asher and his math partner were completely engaged in their Math work. They engaged into their work immediately because they both listened very carefully to the instruction and directions. They then went above and beyond the requirements for their math poster, played the entire Math game, and then eagerly took on a challenge level of the game. The two of you are really furthering your understanding and flexibility with fractions because of your engagement. Way to go!

• Johnny and his math partner were completely engaged in their Math work. They engaged into their work immediately because they both listened very carefully to the instruction and directions. They then went above and beyond the requirements for their math poster, played the entire Math game, and then eagerly took on a challenge level of the game. The two of you are really furthering your understanding and flexibility with fractions because of your engagement. Way to go!

• Ben shows he is engaged by recognizing all the snap words on the white cards! Fantastic!

• Ben shows he is engaged by recognizing all the snap words on the green cards! Super!

• During Forward testing, Madalynn has demonstrated a great amount of patience. She has dealt with many technology issues that are out of her control, but she continues to remain calm and keeps a positive attitude. Once we are able to solve the issue, she puts her best effort into taking the test, even though other classmates might have already finished. Thank you for being so patient and remaining engaged, even when it might be challenging!

• Dora recognizes all the snap words on the blue cards! Super!

• Henry recognizes all the snap words on the blue cards! Super!

• During recess, Deondre was playing kickball and was a true example of what it means to have good sportsmanship. His team was in the outfield and was able to get three outs in a row. As his team went to home plate, Deondre looked at them and said he thought they should go back to the outfield and let the other team have a few more chances to kick. Thank you for having such empathy for the other team, Deondre! Your sportsmanship made it a fun game for EVERYONE!

• During kickball, Madden's team was doing very well and was able to catch three balls in a row. As his team ran to home plate to kick again, a teammate suggested that they should let the other team have more chances to kick since they were out so quickly. Madden looked at his teammate and immediately agreed and ran back onto the field. Thank you, Madden, for agreeing and encouraging the rest of your team to join you back out on the field. Thanks for displaying true sportsmanship; as a result of your choices, EVERYONE was able to have fun playing kickball!

• Idrees is always very respectful and engaged in Library. He remains polite and attentive during lessons and read alouds. Idrees, you are a role model for your classmates and I appreciate that. - Mr. Franecki

• Addie shows she is engaged by recognizing all the snap words on the white cards! Super!

Roar Awards!

Do you appreciate a staff member at Lakeview? Show them you care by submitting their name for a ROAR Award (the grown-up version of our Golden Lions for students). Here is the link to submit - you can submit as many as you want, every week! The staff member will get a certificate and his/her name will be entered in a monthly drawing for a gift card to the place of their choice. Our staff really appreciates the nice notes. ROAR Awards are sponsored by the Lakeview PTO.

Lakeview's Mission:

The mission of Lakeview Elementary is to ensure each and every learner GROWS the knowledge and skills essential to achieving their full potential.


Lakeview's Vision:

We will create a school where each and every learner will thrive in welcoming and inclusive learning communities.


Lakeview's Values:

• We value strong relationships between students, staff, and families.

• We value being responsive to student academic and social-emotional needs.

• We value staff collaboration that supports shared goals and actions for student success.