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Lakeview Family Newsletter - October 19

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Grandparent's Day

Friday morning at Lakeview was grandparent's day. We had grandparents and special relatives with us from 8:30-10:00 for a celebration of food, song, and learning. There are a few pictures below. But first, let me share with you the message I gave to the students and relatives that were present:

The Brewers are in a "must win" situation tonight.

We are in a "must win" situation for our children in this building and across SM every day.

You see, when I put this Brewer's sweatshirt on today, I HOPE that I get to wear it again during the World Series. I HOPE I'm not going to put it away until next Spring. But that's all I have - hope. I'm not on the field, I'm not on the Brewer's staff, I'm not a talent scout - nothing. All I can do is hope.

You are here today because you realize that our students need more than just "hope".

You are here today because none of us are spectators just watching this game play out.

You are here today because you are players - valuable players - on this team that we call Lakeview.

We have incredible players on our team, and you're going to meet them in our classrooms today. The teachers we have here are the very best. And they play like every day is a "must win" for our students. Why? Because 86% of our high school students tell us that they want to go to a 4-year college or university, and we want to keep every door possible open for 100% of our Lakeview students.

So here's where you come in. Don't be a spectator in this game. All of you are here because you love a kid in our school. Make sure they are reading. Buy them books and games that make them think. Talk to them. Take them to the library - any library - when they come over. Don't waste a minute with them! Our students are up to bat and every "at bat" we have is a chance to score.

If you still have pre-school aged kids in your family, please make sure your family is doing four things:

• Talk to them

• Read to them

• Sing to them

• Make sure they have social experiences outside of home

If our youngest "batters" had those four experiences, they would be in great shape when they get to the major leagues here at Lakeview.

Hope is great for the Brewers tonight, but it's not enough for our students.

Thank you for coming today - I hope you enjoy your visit!

Upcoming Events

October 29 - A Milwaukee Admiral's player comes to read to our 5th grade students.

ADMIRAL'S SHIRT DAY - everyone (5K through 5th grade) please wear the blue Admiral's shirt you received for free on this day!

November 6 - No School for students - this is a Tuesday, so it's a little different. Voting will take place in schools and our teachers will have a professional development day on November 6.

November 7 - Picture make-up day

November 8 - PTO meeting in the Lakeview library from 7-8 p.m.

November 15 - mark your calendars for Lakeview Movie Evening. This is a Thursday dinner-time event. More information will follow, and students will vote on the movie in November. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event!


We all know how important mindset is to completing a task. For example, everyone knows how important exercise is, but we say we need to be in the "right mindset" to exercise. Likewise, students know that learning is important, but sometimes are stuck in a fixed mindset. When a student says "I can't do it" or "It's too hard," we're dealing with a mindset issue. So how do you help a student move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?

• Praise effort (not talent)

• Look at failures as chances to learn

• Recognize that the way we talk as adults is a model for our students' mindsets

Please see this link for even more ways to help students have a growth mindset in school.

Spirit Wear

The form below was sent home in Tuesday folders on October 16. If you are interested in ordering Lakeview spirit wear, please print the order form and return it by Friday, October 26. Checks may be made out to Lakeview PTO.

Early Childhood Screenings

Every year, the school district of South Milwaukee hosts opportunities for children between the ages of 3-5 who are not enrolled to be assessed for developmental issues. The screenings help to identify possible delays that may warrant further evaluation. The first opportunity is on Friday, November 16th from 9 a.m. to noon. You need to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Please see this flyer for more information and the phone number for appointments.

Are you interested in being a substitute in our schools?

We've got information for any adult that may be interested in serving as either a substitute teacher or substitute aide. Click here to read more about this opportunity. Feel free to pass this information to others you know who might be interested!

Annual Notices for October

Throughout the year, the school district provides required annual notices to families. You may read these notices by clicking this link. You may also view them or pick up a copy in the office at Lakeview. October's topics include annual notices on asbestos management, educational options, and student bullying.

Information on the Upcoming Referendum

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