Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ December 2

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11:45 Dismissal on Fri, Dec 9

Bucks Attendance Challenge

Be where it counts! We need students in school all day, every day whenever possible. Part of that includes being on time to school every day (arriving by 8:30). We have a surprise challenge for our families to celebrate students and families that work hard to make it by 8:30 every day.


Any student that is on time to school every day from December 5 through December 22 will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to the Bucks game on January 16. This means a student would need to have 0 tardies starting Monday until Winter Break. The drawing will be on the afternoon of December 22nd and the winning family will be contacted before Winter Break.


Please read on for more information about attendance at Lakeview.

Be Where it Counts! In School Every Day!

Each month, I am sharing attendance information with families because consistent attendance at Lakeview has become a significant problem post-Covid, and we are going to be following up more with families that are missing too many days . It hurts the learning of your student and it also hurts Lakeview's school report card to have so many students missing regularly. Children need to be in school every day, all day whenever possible and parents/guardians may only legally have a child miss 10 days of school in an entire school year.


At Lakeview in November ...


Attendance

110 students did not miss any days of school in November!

98 students missed 1 or 2 days of school

24 students missed 3 or 4 days of school

8 students missed 5 or more days of school


Tardy (on time to school)

210 students were never late to school in November!

42 students were late to school 1 or 2 times

4 students were late to school 3 or 4 times

10 students were late to school 5 or more times


78 students did not miss any days of school, were never late to school, and never left school early! That is great, but it is only about 1/4th of the students at Lakeview.


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.

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.

PTO Newsletter

Our Lakeview PTO has created a newsletter for our families. Please click the link below it to read about:

• Upcoming family events

• Current fundraisers

1st Trimester Report Cards

Our elementary schools will not be sending home paper copies of the report cards anymore. Instead, the report card for your child(ren) will be available in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal on December 16. We will send instructions about how to access the report card, but you should make sure you can access your Parent Portal before December 16. Please contact the office at Lakeview if you need assistance. Our goal is to use the IC Parent Portal more in the future, and this is another step in that direction.

BreakoutEDU

The pictures below are from November 22nd. That day, all of our students got to play BreakoutEDU, which is an "escape room" type of game that includes learning and team building. BreakoutEDU makes students think deeply and creatively to solve problems together. It is an engineering or design-thinking challenge because of the "out of the box" thinking students need to do together to solve the clues and open all of the locks.


We are very grateful to PPG in Oak Creek for a $1000 grant that allowed us to purchase the BreakoutEDU kits and subscriptions. Our students will be using these on a regular basis because they really engage students in creative, engineering-type thinking about academic concepts. Thank you, PPG (as well as the Lakeview parent connection that helped bring us the funding!)

Article on "Gentle Parenting"

This recent article on "Gentle Parenting" caught my eye, mostly as a parent. I was cautious at first when I saw the title, but as I read it, I realized this is EXACTLY how teachers work with students at school! If you want to know how a teacher can handle a classroom of 25 students and make it look easy (it isn't easy, but a good teacher makes it look that way), read the article. Here are a few quotes:

• "The main path to practicing gentle parenting, she said, is treating your child with respect while making sure your expectations are age-appropriate and realistic."

• "It refers to a “parenting style that acknowledges children need both connection (warmth, responsiveness, kindness, gentleness) and structure (routines, expectations, skill-building)”

• "When a child needs to be taught a lesson, Ockwell-Smith suggests calming them down first, because no one can learn when emotions are high."

• “We still have boundaries and limits. We still say no. We will stop unsafe and hurtful behavior.”

Golden Lions this week

Here are the Lakeview Golden Lions for this week. We had 15 examples of being safe, respectful, and engaged!


• John worked really hard to stay engaged and meet his writing deadline. I know this was not easy John but I am so proud at the growth and self control you demonstrated to make this goal happen. Keep it up!

• Mannie is a respectful student. He is very polite and uses kind words like “excuse me” and “thank you.” We are so glad you joined our class this year Mannie. Keep up the good work!

• Ariella is a safe and respectful student. I am happy to say she has also been more engaged in her learning. She has been trying her best and raising her hand more to participate! Way to go, Ariella!

• Hudson is a safe and respectful student. Every day he tries to do his best!
Keep being awesome, Hudson!

• Kaeden consistently works hard and is engaged when I work with him. Awesome job!

• Ava is growing as a reader and is always engaged when I work with her! Super job Ava!

• Elizabeth is a kind, hardworking student! Keep up the great work!

• Jazmine is always engaged and eager to participate. Fantastic job!

• Oscar helped me out at recess and made sure to set a good example for a young friend. He made sure that they played safe games and made safe choices. Thanks for helping me out Oscar!

• Didi was so kind to another student who was upset. He tried to calm him down and talk to him. Thanks Didi for being a great friend! Ms. Fajardo

• Johanna was very kind and friendly. She helped a new student find her locker and start her day. Thank you Johanna for helping welcome a new student!

• [Name] was honest and admitted to a situation that he was involved in. He took ownership of his role in the situation and apologized. Mrs. Mortier and Mrs. Hartung were extremely impressed by how he handled this situation and how mature he was. What a great role model for others!!

• Oscar was very engaged during a phonics lesson with Mrs. Sodemann. He made connections to the rules and patterns he was practicing. Way to go!

• During lunch recess today, Kaidence and a friend found some money and lip gloss on the playground. They immediately turned it in to the office. Thank you, Kaidence, for demonstrating great character by being honest. That's the Lakeview way!

• During lunch recess today, Ellasyn and a friend found some money and lip gloss on the playground. They immediately turned it in to the office. Thank you, Ellasyn, for demonstrating great character by being honest. That's the Lakeview way!

Roar Awards for Teachers

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.