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Lakeview Family Newsletter - October 11

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Grandparent's Day

We are excited for our annual Grandparent's Day at Lakeview. Grandparents and special relatives will be admitted through the front door starting at 8:45 a.m. There is a short assembly at 9:00 a.m. in the gym, followed by activities in classrooms that end at 10:30. We would like to thank our PTO for providing food for the event, Mrs. Tinsen for a musical tribute to grandparents, and our classroom teachers for hosting all of these special relatives! Don't forget that grandparents can also bring non-perishable food items for our food drive next week.

Did you know?

I am surprised that many families do not realize that we have morning playground supervision starting at 8:15 a.m. Every school day, there are two teachers (usually Ms. Carrier and Ms. DeBruin) outside from 8:15-8:30 to supervise. Students should all be coming to the playground starting at this time every morning. This has two great benefits:

1. Your child gets some playtime with friends before the school day starts

2. Your child is automatically on time to school (this is really important to us!)


A question some families have at this time of year is "Does my child have homework?" The answer is absolutely YES! Here are three homework areas for everyone:

Reading - All of our students (4K through 5th grade) should be reading every night. All students need 30 minutes of reading every night. For our youngest learners, that could be a combination of looking at books, reading with family members, or listening to audiobooks. For older learners (2nd grade and above), 30 minutes of independent reading time is everyone's most important homework. Practicing sight words is also an essential skill.

Math - Practicing math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) is great. Fact fluency (knowing facts really fast) and knowing your "doubles" really helps. Get some flash cards, make some flash cards, or ask your child's teacher for help. Please see this document for more information about math work at home.

Family time - Play a board game and talk together. Playing Yahtzee develops a math skill we call subitizing (instantly recognizing quantities such as dot patterns on dice). Playing Clue develops a literary skill called inferring (being able to make predictions). Playing a game like Candy Land or Sorry develops 1-to-1 correspondence (counting and pointing to one space at a time).

4th and 5th grade families

New this year! We have a math tool called Dreambox that we really want all 4th and 5th grade students to use on a consistent basis. We provide some time for students to work on Dreambox at school, but we would love it if you would please encourage it at home as well! Our 5th grade students can log in on their Chromebooks. Since our 4th grade students do not bring home their Chromebooks, we encourage families to bookmark the website on a device at home. Click here for the website to bookmark and students know their username and password. Even if students can just complete 1 lesson each night, they will benefit greatly.

Grade Level Newletters

Upcoming Events

October 14-18 is Food Drive Week (see below) - bring items each day!

Monday, October 14 - 1st Grade Pedestrian Safety presentation

Thursday, October 17 - Picture Retake Day

Thursday, October 17 - PTO meeting and set-up for Grandparent's Day from 6-7 p.m.

Friday, October 18 - Grandparent's Day starting at 9 a.m.

Monday, October 21 - 1st Grade Firefighter presentation

Friday, October 25 - No school for students

Lakeview Food Drive

The week of October 14-18 will be our annual Food Drive week at Lakeview.

Here is a link to the document with our themed food donation days.

The food drive week ends with Grandparent's Day, so please encourage those grandparents to bring items as well on Friday, October 18. Thank you to our student council leaders and Ms. Wilke for organizing this great event!

Tuesday folders

At Lakeview, we send home important papers on Tuesdays in a blue folder. These are things that come directly from your child's teacher or papers that cannot go in the electronic newsletter. Please check your child's backpack and planner (if they have one) every day, but look for the blue folder every Tuesday.


In South Milwaukee, none of our elementary schools allow Halloween costumes. Please do not send students to school in costume for Halloween. Thank you for understanding!

PTO News

The PTO needs your help! Grandparent's Day is this week - click here for the list of items we need. Grandparent's day is Friday, October 18th, but donations would need to be dropped off by October 17th.

Eat at the South Milwaukee Cousins Subs on Monday, October 21st between 4-7 p.m. and Cousins will donate 15% of sales to Lakeview. Mark your calendar and your family menu!

This year, the PTO is putting together a family directory. Families that volunteer their information would get a copy of the directory. Please click here to submit your information.