Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - January 18

Trauma Sensitive

It seems like it's been an especially trauma-sensitive week. Let me explain:

• The district level Character Ed Team met this week to do some evaluation and big picture planning of the character ed practices in our community.

• The district level Trauma Sensitive Team met this week. We focused on how trauma impacts neurological development and also how our Character Ed and Trauma Sensitive initiatives are alike and different (I'd throw PBIS into that mix as well).

• I've had several meetings with parents in the last week about particular student situations. There is nothing better than sitting face-to-face with a family to problem solve towards student success.

• We've had some student incidents in the last week that tested our trauma-sensitive response-abilities.

• We've tried to be proactive with issues that are emerging across a grade level by going into classrooms and tackling the issue with students head-on.

• We are working with some families that have significant attendance issues.

Here's what I see in response to all of these:

• Families who genuinely care and love their kids.

• Teachers who will drop everything to surround a student with support at the moment he/she needs it most.

• Staff who do not shy away from dealing with problems head-on with persistence.

Thank you, all. Somewhere in all that you even managed to MAP test ...

Never - not even once - have I ever seen a teacher at Lakeview "mad" at a student. Nobody here even thinks to talk that way about students, and we never will. We don't get mad, and we never argue with students. If "mad" is the response students are used to getting at home, we need to consistently show students that there is another response. We define expectations, we expect students to live up to them, and we deal with them as learners when they don't.

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Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 23

Staff Meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Please be sure you continue to collect learning targets and bring them on Wednesday

Thursday, January 24

Admirals Reader for 2nd grade 2-2:30 p.m.

Admirals shirt spirit day

McTeacher Night 4:30-7:30 at the SM McDonald's

Friday, January 25

Assembly 11-11:30 to kickoff Kindness Week

11:45 a.m. dismissal

Afternoon teacher work time

Sunshine Gathering at Bel Aire Cantina after school (Oak Creek Town Center)

Monday, January 28

PD Day - No students

Tuesday Jan 29 through Monday February 4

Kindness week (see below)

SLO's and Illuminate

In a few weeks, we will be in the thick of report card season. Before that fully descends upon us, I would like to be sure we all have two things completed first:

#1 - Illuminate by end of day on January 25 - Please ensure Illuminate is completely up to date for every student. This data is used by myself and coaches. See me or a coach if you have questions.

#2 - SLO mid-interval reviews - For most people, this is the time to complete your midway checkpoint and submit. If this is you, please submit by February 8.

Kindness Week

Kindness week will be Tuesday, January 29 through Monday, February 4 (to account for the PD day on January 28). Please read these two links to understand our activities:

Agenda of activities for the week

Explanation of the coin/money war

There will be an assembly on Friday, January 25 from 11-11:30 a.m. to kickoff kindness week. No closing assembly is set at this time - we'll see if that is necessary. More info and specific directions will come out next week. Many thanks to Heather, Sarah, and student council for leading the kindness week efforts.

(P.S. - If you put together Admiral's/McTeacher shirt day on 1/24, a Lakeview/SM spirit day on 1/25, Kindness spirit days from 1/29-2/4, and another Admiral's shirt day on 2/5, that means about 2 weeks of NO ironing! Might as well be Spring break ... well, almost.)

Structural Items

Family newsletter - Here is the link to this week's family newsletter.

MAP Testing schedule - Link to the document for all grade levels

Elementary Blackout Dates - Here is a link to the calendar

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

Here is the character dare for next week. This would be interesting to see what students bring in as well.
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