Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ March 3

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11:45 Dismissal on Friday, March 10

Vibrant Schools Survey

We encourage families to take this survey, which collects information about the positive aspects of school climate and learning. This short survey collects information from many stakeholders as part a grant that is helping move South Milwaukee forward.

Admiral's Game Field Trip

Lakeview students had a great time on our field trip to the Admirals game on Wednesday. For some students, this was their first field trip ever! If you haven't seen the Facebook video of our librarian, Mr. Franecki, as the "Human Hockey Puck," be sure to find it on SM's Facebook page.

Good news! The Admirals won the game and it was a "Winning Weekday Game" - that means you can get free tickets to the Admirals game on Tuesday evening. Here is the information from the Admirals:

Your group or school was in attendance so you can access this offer -

That link can be shared with the everyone in attendance today and they can all get up to 4 free tickets for our Tuesday, March 7th game!

Thank you to our chaperones who went with us - we couldn't have done it without you!

Coin War is Coming

Last year, Lakeview raised $2000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma society, an organization that is dear to the heart of a Lakeview staff member. We will have an assembly this week to kickoff the coin war that will run from from now until Spring Break. All funds will be donated to the LLS cause. Please support the effort by bringing your spare change (or maybe a few bigger donations as well). There will be prizes for winning grade levels in this coin war.

Data from Conferences

As part of our school goals, we collect data for each demographic group on conference attendance. We would love 100% attendance at conferences, and we are happy to see the high percentages that did attend conferences in February. Here are the statistics:

All students ... 78% attendance at conferences

Families of students with disabilities (IEP's) ... 87%

Families of students identified as emerging bilinguals (EL) ... 74%

Families of students identifying as African-American ... 85%

Families of students identifying as Hispanic ... 75%

Families of students identifying as White ... 78%

Families of students identifying as Two or more races ... 74%

Families of students identifying as Native American ... 100%

Families of students identifying as Asian ... 100%

National School Social Worker Week

This week is National School Social Worker week. We take time to recognize Ms. Joyce, our school social worker at Lakeview, for the many ways she works with students, staff, and families. At Lakeview, Ms. Joyce coordinates many of our Social and Emotional Learning efforts. This includes teaching our Second Step lessons (the lessons all student get about Social-Emotional learning), being a leader of our Positive Behavior (PBIS) team, working with families of students that are frequently absent, coordinating with families experiencing homelessness, doing assessments for some initial IEPs for students that are being considered for a disability, and so many other services. One of Ms. Joyce's biggest roles is being available for students and families with the many things that come up in our their lives. School social workers like Ms. Joyce are true experts at helping connect families with services, so please reach out to her if there is ever a need!

Smart Smiles

Lakeview will again be participating in the Smart Smiles program, a free dental wellness checkup program. Checkups will be the week of March 20, but families must register in advance. Paper forms were sent home or you can sign up online by clicking this link or by using the QR codes below. This is a great program - we encourage everyone to sign up.

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament

The Lakeview PTO will be hosting a fun, new event called a "Rock Paper Scissors Tournament."

Thursday, April 13

5:30 p.m. in the Lakeview gym

$5 per competitor (to pay for prizes) plus there is a T-shirt available for an additional fee (must order ahead of time)

This week, all students received a flyer about the event. Click the PDF below for the flyer and return it to school. T-shirt orders must be received by Monday, March 13.

February Attendance

At Lakeview in February ...


116 of our students did not miss any days of school in February!

125 students missed 1 or 2 days of school

23 students missed 3 or 4 days of school

5 students missed 5 or more days of school

Tardy (on time to school)

214 students were never late to school in February!

54 students were late to school 1 or 2 times

17 students were late to school 3 or 4 times

5 students were late to school 5 or more times

Families will get an official letter from school when your child has missed all or part of 5 days of school, then again at 10 days of school, and then again at 18 days of school. 18 days means your child is chronically truant in the eyes of the law and school board policy, which can lead to a citation (ticket) soon after. Many elementary school families do not realize that is the law that students need to be in school and it is the responsibility of the school to enforce attendance laws and policies.

Some common questions or issues families have regarding attendance:

I didn't send my child to school because he had a runny nose and you are just going to send him home anyway. No, that was only in the toughest part of the Covid pandemic. We have returned to the policies that we had pre-Covid and will not send your child home unless he/she is truly sick.

I called the office and told them my child was sick! The law says you can excuse up to 10 days in a school year (including illness and vacations). The only way to medically excuse a day of school is with a letter from your child's provider (doctor, dentist, ER, etc.)

Do I need to call my child in if they are not going to be in school? Yes, the law says the school must resolve all attendance issues every day. Please help us by calling or emailing by 9:00 a.m. every day that your child will be absent. If we don't hear from you, then we attempt to contact the family to figure out why your child is not in school, but it is so much easier if you contact us.

My child has a chronic health concern and I refuse to send her when I don't want to. You still need to send your child to school. Our district nurse can work you and we can accommodate all kinds of health concerns.

My child tells me he doesn't feel well often. This is where a family needs to help your child understand that there is a difference between truly being sick and a touch of not feeling well, which we all encounter.

Does being late to school matter? Yes, under the law, being tardy enough could result in the same consequences as being chronically truant. Plus, the routines at the beginning of the school day are so important for students to experience every day.

Bad weather and attendance

Please remember that if school is open, your child is supposed to be at school. We had 21% of students absent on the most recent bad weather day. Some of those students were sick, but many families told us they were not coming because of bad roads and bad weather. Many of our students walk to school and the roads were better after a few hours. Please be sure your students come to school on bad weather days unless the district closes schools.

Golden Lions

We had 13 Golden Lions in the last two weeks. Golden Lions recognize students for special moments of demonstrating "Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Engaged" expectations. (We also recognize students with "Pride Perks" coupons throughout our day.) Here are the most recent Golden Lions:

• Annalissa completed 470 Lexia minutes and 103 units, last week!!! I am blown away by your engagement! Keep up the hard work!!

• I noticed that Josey went back to the lunch table and picked up all of the garbage that was left behind. Thank you, Josey, for pitching in even when it was not your own mess.

• Carter was very engaged during the phonics lesson today and did a fantastic job of participating. Way to go Carter!

• Eliezer is growing as a reader. He is blending sounds to make words and not giving up when reading gets hard. Super job! Keep it up!

• Kiyus was very engaged when I was reading with him today. Keep up the great work!

• Isai tries his best when reading with him. He is sounding out tricky works and persevering. Keep up the great work!

• Kassidy is a hardworking student. She tries her best when reading. Way to go Kassidy!

• Zeon is a hardworking student. We have been practice reading skills and he has been trying his best. Way to go, Zeon!

• Wilfred is growing as a reader. Way to go!

• Jensen is a hardworking student and is growing as a reader!

• After a long weekend, Jaliyah came back to school ready to learn. She was safe, respectful and engaged the whole day. Way to be a great example for your classmates! SUPER job, Jaliyah!

• Braydon had a great start to the week and was engaged on Monday when I worked with him. Way to go Braydon! Keep up the fantastic work!

• Tristan has been an absolutely outstanding model during our reading group. He is focused, participates, works hard and is learning. Tristan I am so proud of how you are leading our group! Keep up the great work!

4K Registration for 2023-24 is open

Do you have a student who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024? If so, then register him/her for 4K right now. Families that register now have a better chance of getting one of the all-day 4K spot in South Milwaukee. If you have a relative or neighbor that might have an eligible child, share this information with them.

Click here for information about South Milwaukee's 4K program. Contact the office if you have questions and register now.

2023 Dates

Please see this link for the school calendar for the School District of South Milwaukee

March 22 - Lakeview Concert (5K-5th grades), 6:30 p.m. at the high school

April 13 - PTO Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1-5

May 3-5 - 5th grade camp

June 6 - 5th grade recognition from 6-7 p.m. in the Lakeview gym

Roar Awards for Lakeview Staff

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.

Food Service Jobs in South Milwaukee

Our Food Service staff is looking for additional employees. Please see the PDF flyer below for more information. Come join a great group of employees at SDSM!