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Lakeview Family Newsletter - May 3

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. We all agree on the important role that teachers have in the lives of our students, and I'm sure every adult reading this can think of at least one teacher that made a big impact on your own life. Lakeview is full of teachers like that - we have the best teachers around! I encourage you to take time this week to write a note to your child's teacher(s) expressing that appreciation. Take time at home to have your child write a note to his/her teacher as well. We would like to thank the Lakeview PTO for supporting Teacher Appreciation Week.

Lakeview Has "Heart"

I am proud to say that Lakeview raised $585 for the American Heart Association through the annual "Jump Rope for Heart" event. Many thanks go to Mr. Walters, our PE teacher, for coordinating this effort, our students for jumping, and to all who donated. There have been so many examples this year of Lakeview's generosity. This is another way to show that Lakeview really has "heart"!

Spelling Bee

On Tuesday, April 30th, Lakeview held its annual spelling bee for 2nd-4th grade students. Our spelling bee is coordinated by Mrs. Cosgrove, our gifted & talented coordinator, with assistance from our literacy coaches, Ms. Fischer and Ms. McKeith, along with our classroom teachers. Some pictures are below.

Arbor Day Celebration

Every year, the city of South Milwaukee partners with the school district to plant a tree at each elementary school. You can see our new Liberty Elm along 8th Avenue near the playground. We truly appreciate the support of Dan Ratajski, street superintendent, and his team for speaking at the ceremony and planting the tree. We also appreciate the support of Mayor Erik Brooks, aldermen Ray Navarro and Craig Maass, assistant city administrator Patrick Brever, and school district buildings & grounds director Bill King. Every 4th grade student also received a sapling to plant at home.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 7

4th grade Invention Convention from 1-3 p.m. in the gym

(Remember all visitors must present a driver's license for Raptor sign-in)

Wednesday, May 8

Bucks Spirit Day for game 5 - wear your Buck's gear or colors

Thursday, May 9

4th grade field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum

Friday, May 10

Girls on the Run practice 5K from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Lakeview Spirit Day - wear your Lakeview or Rockets clothing or colors

Monday, May 13

No school for students - staff professional development day

Tuesday, May 14

5th grade visits the middle school

May 16-17

5th grade Camp

Thursday, May 16

Lakeview PTO meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the library

Color Run

The 2nd annual Lakeview color run is on June 7th. Please learn more about this fundraiser by clicking this link. We are in the early stages of making improvements to our playground on the east side of the school (the 4th/5th grade playground) and donations to this year's Color Run will help this effort. Thank you to our Lakeview PTO for their coordination of this event!

PTO Nominations are Open

We value family leadership and the connection between school and home. We need your help! This year, our PTO drafted bylaws and is in the process of establishing itself as a formal 501(c)(3) organization. Part of that process means a nomination period leading to an annual election of officers. Nominations for PTO officers are now open, and the election will be at the May 16 PTO meeting. Executive board officers include the president, secretary, and treasurer. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these positions, you may send the nomination to the PTO's email address, which is:

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.

Digital Citizenship

Summer is just around the corner. That means students often have more time to interact with computers, gaming, and social media. Consider looking at this website: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Guardian and Children Interactive Safety Resource. This excellent resource is a great way to continue or start conversations with your children about internet safety. This resource focuses on teens ages 13-17, but the conversations are appropriate for all ages. Let’s keep our children safe with being comfortable with ongoing #DigCit conversations especially with possible awkward topics.