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Lakeview Staff Newsletter - November 22


I am thankful for many things, but I am especially thankful for the joy that all of you bring to Lakeview! We have created a wonderful place for children to learn and grow, and none of it happens by accident. It is due to your hard work. I only wish I could express my gratitude on a more regular basis for things like:

• The way you gently talk to students who are down

• The careful planning that you put into every lesson

• Your willingness to try new ideas

• The relationships you build with families

• The spark and life that you bring to learning

• The trust and respect you show to each other

"Thank you" are two small words, but they are all we have to express a range of heartfelt emotions. I wish you the best with your families next week! ~Chris

Photos from this week

Items for our short week

Monday, Nov 25 - The PTO wants to recognize all the hard work teachers do during report card season by providing lunch. Barbiere's will be catered in on Monday, thanks to our Lakeview PTO during our regular lunch hour.

Tuesday, Nov 26 - It is an official Lakeview Spirit Wear day for our Golden Lion assembly - no ironing! The assembly will be from 9:50-10:15 a.m. It is great that we needed to schedule another assembly so soon. Keep reinforcing our Lakeview Expectations of Be safe ~ Be respectful ~ Be engaged! We have 131 students receiving a total of 162 Golden Lion tickets!

There will be NO family or staff newsletter during Thanksgiving week. The next time you will need a grade level newsletter update is for December 6th.

Nov 27-29 - Thanksgiving break!


Thank you to the many people who have been flexible recently due to a lack of substitutes. Many of our building subs are currently in long-term assignments. If not for Sharon Hipp's generosity, we would be in an even tougher spot. Please know that on these mornings, I am calling every person listed as "available" in Aesop/Frontline and trying every option before arriving at a less-preferable option (splitting a class or "coverage by committee").

Here are three things that everyone can do to help:

• Sick calls need to be made before 6 a.m. and they must be made to Aesop/Frontline (not to Roxanne, Cortney, or Chris). If you are sick, put in the absence the night before - the more notice you provide, the more likely we are to find a sub.

• When we are without a sub, please continue your gracious flexibility. Nobody wants to be sick, and nobody wants to cause sub problems for colleagues. Someday someone might need to return the favor.

• If you know of someone who could sub, please put them in contact with us! Even if he/she can only help occasionally, we can tell them how to get set up with Teachers on Call.

Student data

As we enter T2, which is just around the corner, we have identified a need to utilize the previous electronic data grids, rather than Illuminate, for the remainder of this year. Beginning with T2, teachers will use the Math Benchmark sheets and electronic literacy grids that will be provided by coaches. For the purpose of sharing, collaborating and seeing the connections among and between benchmarks/expectations/data grids, the T2 and T3 data on the spreadsheets will be shared with coaches, administrators, etc. We are not asking you to go back and retroactively enter T1 data. Please continue to hold onto those assessment for now and we will let you know where to store them.

Celebrate Student Thinking!

Anytime we can make student thinking visible, we are doing the right work. Here is a great example shared by Sarah Wilke and Tammy Lind of a 5th grade student on SeeSaw! Click the link below for the video.

Looking ahead

Mon, Dec 2 - Amy, Brianne, and Chris out all day at CESA1 for TSS work

Wed, Dec 4 - Staff meeting from 7:15-8:15 a.m. in the library

Thurs, Dec 5 - Blaise Paul will be in our library from 4:05-4:50 to answer any questions about insurance and enrollment

Fri, Dec 6 - PD day (no students)

Fri, Dec 6 - Lakeview holiday party in the evening!

Mon, Dec 9 - Building meeting 7:45-8:15 (optional to talk about building-level items)

Fri, Dec 13 - 4K is in session today

Week of Dec 16 - Smart Smiles will be here for exams. They will be located on the stage.

Wed, Dec 18 - Staff meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m. in the library

Thurs, Dec 19 - Kohl's Wild Theater assembly for Grades 2-5 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. in the gym

Fri, Dec 20 - Sunshine Holiday luncheon

Fri, Dec 20 - Holiday Sing-along in the gym from 2:45-3:25 p.m.

Dec 18 staff meeting

For the December 18 staff meeting, I would appreciate if, in addition to regular staff meeting attendees, all paras and secretaries attend if able. Hourly staff that are able to attend will be paid for the hour. Our staff meetings are from 7:15-8:15 a.m. in the library. If you cannot attend, please let me know.

Looking WAY ahead

Here are some dates for your 2020 calendar:

• SDSM Literacy night - Friday, February 7 from 5-7:30 p.m.

• Lakeview concert - Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

All teachers attend the concert because adults help in various ways that evening.

• Lakeview art show - Wednesday, March 11 from 5-7 p.m.

Structural Items

Link to this week's family newsletter

Camp fundraiser for 5th grade - 5th grade is selling Marcus theater passes. There will be an order form for staff in the lounge for those interested. That way, if students ask you, you can respond "The staff has a form that benefits everyone."

Personal Day Blackouts - here is a link to blackout days for elementary personal days.

Movie Licensing

The district pays a licensing fee for all of us (including the PTO) to show movies. Remember that at Lakeview, any video that is more than 30 minutes in total length needs to be approved by Chris. Why? Because we value every minute of instruction and I am responsible for how that time is used. I also know that this is not an issue for us because we all value instructional time. Feature length films in the classroom at Lakeview? No. Something short before a holiday as a celebration or something short tied to the curriculum? Probably yes. Here is a district message to share:

Classroom instruction can take many forms. One of those methods could be motion pictures. In an effort to better grasp the nature of the videos, as well as comply with copyright and licensing, we need to begin collecting data around the movies being shown. Please complete this form whenever you will be showing a movie to students or families within the district. This includes during class, before and after school, during lunch, and even school-sponsored activities outside of school hours. Thank you for helping us collect this necessary information.

Here is a link to the form to submit after talking to Chris first when you are going to show a movie. The link is just for tracking purposes for the district license.