Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ Sept 30

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October Conferences - Last Call!

This year, they are from 4-8 p.m. on October 12 and 13. Sign up on our Sign-up Genius. Conferences can be in-person or virtual. Please be sure you are signing up on the correct teacher's list - the first page that opens is Ms. Lund's 5K class. Scroll across the top for the other classrooms.

Dates in October

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

October 12 & 13 - Conferences from 4-8 p.m.

October 14 - No school

October 19 - 2:05 dismissal Wednesday & picture retake day

October 20 - PTO meeting 7-8 p.m. in the library

October 27 - PTO Dance 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the gym

October 28 - No school

New Teachers at Lakeview!

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The following teachers were all new to the School District of South Milwaukee this year, and we are so excited to have them at Lakeview.

Ms. Joyce (School Social Worker, seated left) - My name is Easton Joyce, and I'm the new school social worker at Lakeview. Before I came to Lakeview I was a social worker in Chicago for three years (but don't worry, I'm not a Bears fan!) One of my favorite things about Lakeview is our school's strong commitment to Social Emotional Learning. I love going into each classroom to support this important learning using the Second Step curriculum.

Mrs. Henneberry (5K, seated right) - Hi my name is Christine Henneberry and I am one of the new 5K teachers at Lakeview. Prior to starting at Lakeview, I taught English at the high school level in an alternative school. With over 18 years of teaching experience, one thing that I have noticed about Lakeview and South Milwaukee is the strong commitment and support from families and staff. Being a part of such a strong community that values the partnership that is needed when it comes to providing opportunities for academic and social growth is amazing! I look forward to getting to know all of you and working together to provide the best learning experiences possible for your child.

Mrs. Bugalski (4th grade, back row left) - My name is Erica Bugalski, and I'm the new 4th grade teacher at Lakeview. Before I came to Lakeview I was a teacher in the Racine Unified School District for 6 years. Even farther back I was a Kindergarten teacher at a private school in Milwaukee for 12 years. One of the things I've noticed about Lakeview so far is that all of the staff and students have been very welcoming.

A little bit about me; I am a South Milwaukee Alumni. I'm married and have an 11 year old daughter that goes to South Milwaukee Middle School. I am a huge Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Admirals fan.

Mrs. Edge (Special Education, back row middle) - My name is Morgan Edge, and I'm a new special education teacher at Lakeview. Before I came to Lakeview, I taught two years at an elementary school in Milwaukee. One of the things I love about working at Lakeview is how collaborative the staff and families have been! Outside of school, I love watching and playing sports with my husband!

Ms. Lund (5K, back row right) - My name is Alayna Lund, and I'm one of the new kindergarten teachers at Lakeview. Before I came to Lakeview I was a building substitute for the District of South Milwaukee. One of the things I've noticed about Lakeview so far is the welcoming staff. They are truly amazing and focus so much of their time on creating strong, positive relationships with their students, colleagues and community. I am blessed to be a part of the Lakeview team and I am excited to see what the future holds.

What to do when students tell you something happened

We have great days here at Lakeview. We actually have a school full of students who live up to our expectations day after day. In fact, we keep track of when things happen and I can tell you that 89% of our students have not done a single thing in the first month of school that would cause reporting. Another 7% have only had one incident. That means that 96% of our students are absolutely following the Lakeview expectations of "Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Engaged" all day, every day.

But things happen in a school, and we use them as learning experiences (along with a variety of consequences). Here are some things to know and do when your student says, "____ happened to me at school today."

• Take the time to really ask your child questions about what happened. Be a detective. Ask "What happened before the person said/did that?" and "Have there been problems before, or is this the first time?" Calling school or emailing the teacher right away is not as helpful as truly listening to your child and hearing the entire story.

• Ask your child "Who did you tell about this?" Sometimes, students do not tell anyone at school. I promise you that teachers at Lakeview would never ignore any issue that a student brings to them. Yes, teachers do see and hear a lot and step in whenever something happens. But we can't be next to every student all the time and we don't know about things that do not get reported.

• Know the difference between "bullying" and a "mean moment". Bullying is an ongoing, deliberate pattern of behavior. Most of what happens to students are actually mean moments - not acceptable at all to us and are dealt with - instances that happen once (or twice) and are over.

• Contact your child's teacher and inquire if the teacher has noticed anything between your student and other(s). Teachers have direct knowledge of so much that is happening all day long.

• Remind your child(ren) to keep hands to self. Hitting, slapping, and kicking are never an acceptable action or response.

• We can make anything stop in a school. Because we are dealing with children, it does not always happen as fast as we would all like, but we can definitely make it stop.

We talk to our older students (4th and 5th) grade about all sorts of things we've learned over our time as educators, in hopes that they learn from anonymous mistakes of the past. It's not easy for our children today to learn everything they are not supposed to do ... especially with the presence of social media. Still, we truly expect great character and leadership from our older students.

Speak Up, Speak Out!

This week at Lakeview, students were re-introduced to the Speak Up, Speak Out online platform. If, for some reason, a student is uncomfortable telling anyone else - or if there is a threat that requires immediate reporting - the state of Wisconsin created the Speak Up, Speak Out program that is available 24/7. This letter explains more about the program, and you can always find it on the Lakeview homepage (students also have it on their Chromebooks).

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day will be Wednesday, October 19. This is for students who either did not get a picture taken previously or want a new picture taken. Students need to bring the old pictures back. Click the link below for information from the photographer.

5th Grade Camp

This information was given to 5th grade families about camp in May. Please be sure you have read it and talk about it at home. All 5th graders go to camp each year. (If you are a family of a 4th grader, it might help to read it to know what to expect next year.)

Golden Lions this week

Here are the Lakeview Golden Lions for this week. We had 21 examples of being safe, respectful, and engaged!

• Narisah made friends with a fourth grader at recess time. She shared the chalk so they could do chalk drawings together and outline each other on the blacktop. Narisah was also so appreciative of the kindness from her new friend using her words and smiles!

• Landen found a kindergarten friend who needed help on the swings and helped her. The next day, he continued to make sure his new friend was taken care of by following up with her and took his recess time to do chalk drawings on the blacktop. His care and follow up are admirable. • Landen is an example of the care we have for each other at Lakeview! Thank you, Landen!

• Conor is doing a great job learning to use his singing voice instead of a speaking voice in music class! Great job Conor!

• During our morning math lesson Maliah said "good job" to another student who came up to the board to work on counting. It was a small gesture, but it was so kind to say. I thank you for being encouraging to your classmates. That shows great character.

• CeCe demonstrates engagement during reading workshop time. She reads quietly and focuses on her books. Keep up the good work, CeCe!

• Harmony has been working hard during reading workshop time. She has already built her reading stamina since the beginning of the year. Way to stay engaged in your work, Harmony!

• Austin noticed that someone spilled their dry cereal all over the floor. He jumped up and went to get the little dustpan and broom. He got down on his knees and helped the student clean up the mess. Thanks for taking care of our classmates, Austin!

• Jackson does a great job making sure all the fans in our room are on whenever we have a really hot day. He is super responsible about this job. He even makes sure they all get turned off at the end of the day. I appreciate you Jackson.

• Cameron was such an excellent singer in the music room today! He showed "being engaged" by having his eyes on the performer, and echo singing with confidence when asked.

• [Name] showed that she is very engaged during Zones of Regulation lessons. She was able to self-identify when she was in the Yellow zone and used her calm down strategies to get back to the Green zone. When she was ready, she said "I'm back in the Green Zone now and ready to learn!" Way to be engaged and in control of your feelings!

• Kiyus is always eager to read with me. He has been super engaged when we read and practice letter and sound knowledge. Keep up the fantastic work!

• Ava is growing as a reader. She has been very engaged when I have been reading with her. Awesome job!

• Brett is a very kind and polite student. He has been engaged when we have been practicing letter and sound knowledge as well as when we read books together. Keep up the fantastic work!

• Eliezer has been engaged when we have been reading books together! Fantastic job!

During writing, Urijah felt challenged about how to elaborate the "heart" of his small moment story. When he asked for help, I asked him to try by himself first. Urijah felt like giving up, but he used his calm down strategies, and moments later, he was writing up a storm. Believe in yourself, Urijah. You have great potential!

• During Math this week, we have been working on using strategies to find the product of our multiplication facts. Some of our facts have big numbers and are tricky. Kaelen persevered, used her strategies, and found the products to write on the back of her flashcards. Wow! What a great mathematician you are developing into.

• Sophie volunteered to catch a classmate up with their math work in class. She recognized the student needed some help and graciously volunteered to help the person. Sophie thank you for being such a great classmate.

• Lincoln listened to an entire piece of music played by an orchestra without any talking. He is really building his listening stamina! Great job Lincoln!

• Idrees has been working really hard to continually improve his writing. He listens attentively during instruction and uses the learning target to improve his work on a daily basis. I am so proud of your hard work and at how much you are growing.

• Alex has been engaged in his writing. He has been taking the lesson targets and implementing straight in his work. Keep working hard Alex!

• I saw Brooklynn at the homecoming parade. I was walking in the parade and I threw her candy! The next morning, she came into school and handed me $5.00 and said, "thank you for the candy, I want to pay you back." That was so thoughtful! (I told Brooklynn that was very kind, but she should keep the money.)

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.