LV Impact

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - October 10

Upcoming Dates

Oct 14-18 - Food Drive

Mon, Oct 14

Building meeting from 7:45-8:15 in the library (see last week's newsletter for info)

1st grade Pedestrian Safety presentation 3:00 p.m.

New-to-SDSM teachers meet from 3:45-4:15 p.m. in Mrs. Mortier's room

Wed, Oct 16 - Staff meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m. in library

We have two staff meetings in a row (Oct 16 and 23) where we will be looking at Lakeview data and making plans that will lead to SLO's and PPG's.

Thurs, Oct 17

Picture Retake day

Chris, Brianne & Amy at CESA1 all day for TSS training

Flu shots 2-5 p.m.

PTO meeting and Grandparent's day set up from 6-7 p.m.

Friday, Oct 18

Grandparent's Day 9:00-10:30 a.m. (assembly in gym followed by time in classrooms)

For Grandparent's day, please wear Lakeview or Rockets apparel.

Sunshine Oktoberfest Event at Water Street Brewery in Oak Creek after school

Mon, Oct 21 - 1st Grade Fire Safety presentation 2:30 p.m.

Wed, Oct 23 - Staff Meeting 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Thurs, Oct 24 - Jen Sielaff at Lakeview from 1-4 p.m (see below)

Bucks home opener day - Wear Bucks apparel today!

Fri, Oct 25 - No school for students ~ PD day

Literacy Coaching & Grade Level Plans

Here is the document that was emailed to those that attend LV staff meetings and lists all literacy grade level meetings and in-classroom coaching times from now until winter break for all four schools. Lakeview is on page 3. This is a follow-up to the email I sent on Wednesday with this letter.

Attendance Update

We are really staying on top of consistent attendance this year. This means students arriving on time and staying the full day. I am making a lot of phone calls to families who are arriving late, leaving early, or just not here. You would be amazed how many people do not realize:

#1 - School starts at 8:30 (we still have people who believe 8:35 is the start time),

#2 - We provide supervision on the playground at 8:15.

When I tell families that are consistently tardy about our before school supervision, they are truly shocked. Please take time on Monday to tell your whole class to come play with friends for a few minutes in the morning and they will automatically be on time for school. But don't have this conversation during nutrition break, since the student(s) that might need to hear this may not have arrived yet.

101 students have been tardy at least once this year (this includes 4K).

47 of those same students have been tardy more than once.

Anything you can do to help is truly appreciated - feel free to talk to specific families about tardiness and attendance at 3:35 pickup as well.

Jen's Building Hours

You noticed in the district update that Jen Sielaff, our director of HR, will be spending time at each building. You can invite her into your classroom for a specific purpose (please do!) or drop in to chat with Jen about HR-related issues. She will be at Lakeview from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th in a location TBD. This will happen a few times this year.

Homework & Newsletters

A big question from parents at conference time is "Does my child have homework?" I addressed this question in the family newsletter this week. Yes, we believe in homework here, especially setting aside 30 min/night for reading. When I hear a parent ask "Does my child have homework?" the question they are actually asking is "How can I help my child and be a partner with you?"

This is a great reminder that the content of our grade-level newsletters for families should mostly be future focused. Tell families what you are doing the upcoming week and what homework students should be doing. Consider including your most important learning target or teaching point from the upcoming week so that families can reinforce it at home.

From the Bookroom Committee

Thank you so much to everyone who has utilized and helped maintain the organization of the Bookroom. With the year starting out, the Bookroom Committee wanted to give a few quick reminders if books happen to get lost.

*If a book happens to get lost, there are slips on the table in the Bookroom to place in the pocket of the preview book to indicate how many are missing. (see pictures)

*If you know what student home the book may be lost in, there are slips that can be sent home to families. If the book never returns we can request a replacement.

*If you have any comments, questions or feedback there is a Lakeview Bookroom Feedback google doc available.

Thank you again for all your help in keeping these resources in great condition for students!

- The Bookroom Committee

Structural Items

Shredder - Our newest staff member is ill-tempered, tends to react negatively to any stimulus that gets near it, steals from people's hands, and destroys property. Please welcome the shredder that lives next to the copy machine. Please only shred confidential things and place non-confidential paper into the shredder's mortal enemy, the good-natured recycle bucket. We no longer have the big bucket that used to stand by the bathroom. It has gone to that big recycling center in the sky.

Link to this week's family newsletter

Golden Lions - Only send students to the office between the hours of 9-2 for Golden Lions, please.

Educator Effectiveness - those on summary year should complete their self-assessment forms by next Friday, October 18. Nobody should complete SLO's or PPG's yet. Wondering what year you are? Here you go!

Lakeview Lift-ups - When Christina left last year, our Lakeview lift-ups ended. I was missing them, and then another staff member mentioned the same thing to me the other day. If anyone wants to coordinate the weekly Lakeview Lift-up (a way to compliment colleagues in a public way), please let me know. I'd be happy to create the Google Form with you if needed.

Morning announcements - We will try to start earlier at 8:40. The mindfulness moments have been welcomed in many places, but I also know it is hard to finish breakfast in time. We will continue the mindfulness moments on most days, hopefully varying the script and getting students to lead it as well.

Halloween - This is the annual reminder that we do not do anything for Halloween. No costumes. We just keep it a normal day of learning as much as possible.

Personal Day Blackouts - As we did last year, here is a link to blackout days for elementary personal days. The principals do this proactively to be sure that we have enough subs on any given day. At this point, there are very few elementary-specific dates listed, but I will leave this link in the newsletter so you can check in advance of submitting personal days.

The Stamina King

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