Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ Summer 2022

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Last Week of School Activities

Yearbook distribution will happen on the last days of school. Please talk to your child about how to treat their own yearbook with respect as well as that of other students. We do not have extra yearbooks on hand to replace damaged or vandalized copies. Our teachers talk extensively with students about showing respect to each other's yearbooks prior to distribution.


Field Day is on Thursday afternoon, June 9th. Mr. Walters and his volunteers have organized several Olympic events to celebrate the end of the 2021-22 school year. Be sure your student(s) wear running shoes that day.


Last Day of School is 11:45 Dismissal - Students will be dismissed at 11:45 on Friday, June 10. Report cards will come home this day. There is no lunch or bag lunch provided on June 10.


Chromebooks will be collected from all students the last week of school. All students will receive new Chromebooks in September. No students will have Chromebooks at home this summer. Please be sure that Chromebooks and chargers are all at school the week of June 6.

Looking Ahead ~ Thank You!

It's been quite a year, but since this is the final Lakeview family newsletter for the 2021-22 school year, it contains many important items for next school year. Please read carefully. We will leave this newsletter linked on the Lakeview homepage for the summer until we send another update, in case you need to find this information again in the coming months.


THANK YOU! The end of this school year seems so different than the end of the last two years. It sure feels good to complete a full year together and to celebrate the return of PTO dances, 5th grade camp and recognition, as well as the personal approach to learning face-to-face for a full school year. We had 893 Golden Lions, as well as incredible academic growth as measured by our MAP testing and other internal assessments. We are excited for the 2022-2023 school year. All of us at Lakeview wish you a restful and fun summer!

School Supply List for 2021-22

Here is a link to the school supply list for next year. It is posted on the Lakeview website in case you need to find it while you are at the store this summer. Please note that we are sending home all of our student's headphones this summer and students will need headphones again next school year.

Calendar for 2022-23 School Year

Please print and/or mark the dates in next school year's calendar in your home calendar now. Here is the link to the calendar and you can always find it on the district website. We depend on you to know these dates and times, including early dismissal dates in 2022-23.


Open House for all SM elementary schools is Tuesday, August 30th from 5-7 p.m.

The first day of school for 5K-12th grade is Wednesday, September 1st.

Incoming 4K families will receive more info about the start of the school year.


The school hours remain the same next year:

5K through 5th grade is 8:30-3:35

All-day 4K is also 8:30-3:35, but only Monday through Thursday

Need to get in touch with us this summer?

The best way to reach the office at Lakeview over the summer is to send an email. Our emails are found on the Lakeview homepage. The office is closed until early August, so if you call and leave a voicemail, it will probably take at least a week to return the call, but someone will get back to you.

Keep Reading!

We have one favor to ask you this summer: Please make reading a daily habit throughout the summer!

What happens when you stop exercising? Not only do we get out of shape, it gets harder to restart our exercise routines. The same thing happens to our learners. They lose some of the learning they have built up this year and we need to spend more time building up positive reading habits in September.

The good news is that it doesn't take much to maintain those reading skills in June, July, and August! 30 minutes a day for young students (4K-1st) and 45 minutes a day for older students (2nd-5th) would allow your child to start the next school year well and learn even more next year! Here is a link to the South Milwaukee Public Library summer reading program if you need some incentives. Don't forget that reading aloud to your child counts as well!


Do you have a preschool age child at home? The four best things you can do for them are:

1. Read to your child

2. Talk to your child

3. Sing to your child

4. Give your child social experiences

The more you can do of each of these, the better. If you do those four things very well from birth to age 4, your child will be on the right track for school, college, and beyond!

Goodbye & Hello

Each year, we have a few staff leaving and joining.

As 2021-22 comes to a close, we bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Brever. Mary Beth Brever is retiring after 34 years as an educator! So many families have been touched by Mrs. Brever's wisdom and kindness, and we are going to miss her at Lakeview!

Mrs. Hetzer is not really saying goodbye, but she is moving from her current 5K teaching position into a district-wide role supporting Gifted & Talented learners full time. She has been preparing for this change for many months, and we wish her the very best!


Coming to Lakeview next year:

Christine Henneberry is our new 5K teacher, replacing Mrs. Hetzer.

Laurie Nicholson is coming to us from Rawson Elementary to teach 1st grade, replacing Mrs. Brever.

Morgan Edge is an additional Special Education teacher for Lakeview next year.

We look forward to you meeting all of them!

Staff for 2022-23

This is our staff list at Lakeview, as of June 3rd. This list includes teaching staff only (not our valued paraprofessionals and other staff members).

All-day 4K - Ms. Maes

5K - Ms. DeBruin and Ms. Henneberry

1st grade - Ms. Nicholson and Ms. Zoellner

4K/5K/1st Special Ed - Ms. Scales

2nd grade - Ms. Benn, Ms. Busalacci

3rd grade - Ms. Manthe, Ms. Sodemann, and Mr. Tinsen

2nd/3rd Special Ed - Ms. Grossman

4th grade - Ms. Carrier and Ms. Mortier

5th grade - Ms. Paul and Ms. Wilke

4th/5th Special Ed - Ms. Hartung

Special Education (ID focus) - Ms. Edge

Instructional Coaches - Ms. Swick and Ms. Sterbin

Reading Teachers - Ms. Hanneman and Ms. Passentino

Specials - Ms. Drake-Hames (art), Ms. Tinsen (music), Mr. Walters (PE), Mr. Franecki (library)

Pupil Services - Ms. Nillissen (social worker), Ms. Markosen & Ms. Haaning (Speech and Language), Ms. Fox (SEL), Ms. Beckett (school psychologist), Ms. Giera (OT), Ms. Ganske (PT), Ms. Molinski (EL)

Class Lists

• We will follow the same procedure as recent school years. If you have registered in Infinite Campus online by August 19, you will receive a postcard in the mail with your classroom teacher before Open House. If you do not complete online registration, you will not receive a postcard. Online registration opens in mid-June (watch your email). We will not post class lists on the front doors anymore to ensure student privacy & security.

• Please note that we do not take family requests for particular teachers. All of our teachers are excellent at Lakeview!

• Families should not assume that because they had a particular teacher in the past that their next child will have the same teacher. With only two sections per grade level, this may have happened by chance over the years, but it is not something we will take into account.

• If you are not returning to Lakeview, please let us know and register with your new school as soon as possible so the new school can request your child(ren)'s records.

5th Grade Recognition

As another year comes to a close, we are excited to celebrate our 5th graders who are closing the "Lakeview chapter" of their stories. After the last two years, we are excited to return to an in-person 5th grade Recognition ceremony. It will be in the Lakeview gym on Tuesday, June 7 starting at 6:00 p.m. It is usually well-attended, so arrive early. The event is less than 30 minutes and will have simple refreshments.

Summer School

This letter was sent to all families with schedules - please read carefully.

• The first day of Summer School is on Tuesday, June 21.

• No summer school on July 4, but there is school on July 5.

• The last day of Summer School is on Thursday, July 28.


Summer School is Monday through Thursday at the high school. All student drop off and pickup is at the gym doors. Doors open at 7:55 a.m. and the first class starts at 8:00 a.m. If your child has signed up for four hours of classes, they are done at noon and must be picked up promptly. If students start later than 8:00 or are done before noon, they may not wait at the high school - students may only be in the building for the times when they are enrolled in a class. Lunch will be served starting at noon in the HS commons each day.


Please note: There are absolutely no registrations being accepted for Summer School at this time and there will not be any registrations taken in-person at Summer School in June. Registration needed to be returned by April 29.

School Meals in 2022-23

Next school year, meals will no longer be free for everyone (this was a program funded by the federal government during the pandemic and the funding has now ended). If you receive direct certification for free & reduced lunch, you will automatically receive your free & reduced status for the 22-23 school year. If you need to apply for free & reduced lunch status, please see this page on our district's website for info and the application.

4K Registration

To be in 4K next year, the child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st. All day 4K is available at all four elementary schools and half day 4K is available at Blakewood.

Here is a link to the information about 4K registration.

Contact Lakeview if you have any questions about 4K registration for 2022-2023.

Help Your Child Stay Safe

The South Milwaukee Police Department offers a program that, if your child or loved one is ever lost, could help the reunification process. If you have heard of times where someone is found wandering, especially a young child or an older adult who may not know who they are or where they live, this program helps address that issue. Please see this flyer from SMPD and register loved ones in your family if you think it could help.