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Lakeview Family Newsletter - April 5

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Got Stamina?

"Stamina" is a word that our teachers use all the time in the classroom. For us, it means "How long can you persist or continue doing one activity?" We need students to have stamina for several reasons in a school:

1. Persisting at a task for a longer period of time allows a student to go deeper into his/her thinking

2. Learning how to stay focused on one activity for a longer amount of time is a life skill.

3. When a classroom of students all demonstrate great stamina, teachers are able to spend more time working with individual students and small groups, ensuring progress for everyone!


In particular, reading stamina is really important. At this point in the school year:

• 5K-1st grade students should be able show 20 minutes of reading stamina

• 2nd grade students should be able to show 35 minutes of reading stamina

• 3rd-5th grade students should be able to show 40-45 minutes of reading stamina

This time of "getting lost in a book" is important, and families can reinforce this at home. Make sure your student has a "just right" book that is not too easy or too hard, set realistic goals for reading stamina at home, feel free to time it and celebrate progress, limit distractions (like electronics), and vary the way your child reads. That time could be a mix of you reading to your child, the child reading to you, reading to a sibling (or even a pet!), and independent reading time.

Forward Exams

This week, our 4th grade students took most of their Forward Exam, the standardized test that all students in grades 3-8 in Wisconsin take each year. We are proud of the persistence and determination our 4th grade students displayed during testing. 4th grade will finish on Monday. Testing dates for 3rd and 5th grades are:

3rd grade: April 8, 9, 10, 12, 15

5th grade: April 15, 17, 18

Note - this does not mean students are testing all day on these dates. Students might only test for 40 minutes on each day, but we spread the tests over several days.

Please be sure your child has a working pair of headphones at school for the test. You can also help by making sure your child gets plenty of sleep, a good breakfast on testing days, and some recreation outside each evening. Students who are absent on testing days need to make up tests, which can lead to them missing more instruction. Please have your students in school unless they are truly ill. Results of the Forward exam are not released until the following September.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 8

3rd grade Forward testing begins


Thursday, April 11

State tornado drill at 1 p.m.

Kohl's Wild Theater presentation for grades 1-3 at 2:30 p.m.

PTO Spring Luau Dance 5-7 p.m. (see below)


Monday, April 15

5th grade Forward testing begins


Thursday, April 18

4th grade field trip to Schlitz Audubon


April 19 through April 28

Spring Break - no school


Monday, April 29

School resumes at 8:30 a.m.

Spring Dance

Aloha Lakeview Families!

Mark your calendars for Lakeview's Luau dance on Thursday April 11th. The dance is free this year! There will be a photo prop area and food for purchase. The dance starts at 5 p.m. and all children need to be accompanied by an adult the entire time. Looking forward to seeing you then!

State Budget Decisions and the Impact on our South Milwaukee Students

The State of Wisconsin is working on the next two year budget and funding for public education is a hot topic. The Joint Finance Committee will hold a hearing at the Oak Creek Community Center on Wednesday, April 10th to hear from stakeholders. Blaise Paul, Director of Business for our Schools will be holding a half hour presentation to help our stakeholders find their voice and advocate for our students. Please join Mr. Paul on Monday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the District Board Room (at the high school - enter on 15th Avenue) where you can get information regarding the State Budget and on how to advocate for all of our South Milwaukee students.

Summer School Registration

South Milwaukee hosts a large and varied Summer School program each year. All Summer School sessions are held at the high school. Registration sheets were sent home to every student a few weeks ago, and the deadline for registration is Friday, May 3rd. If you need another registration form, click this link and find the page for your particular student(s).

Peanut Butter Drive

The South Milwaukee Fire Department is currently running a peanut butter drive. All collected peanut butter will be donated to the South Milwaukee Human Concerns. Please consider donating a jar of peanut butter to this drive - the donation bin is located near the office. You can send the peanut butter any time before April 12.

4K Registration for 2019-2020 is open

Do you have a younger student who will be in 4K next year? Do you have a neighbor, friend, or family member that will be in 4K next year? Registration for South Milwaukee's 4K program is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. Here is a link to the flyer with information - feel free to share this link. The most important thing to do is register soon by completing the online information and then bringing the required documents to the school office.