Lion's Den News
October 2020 Edition
Words from the Office
Mrs. Pounders and I would like to thank teachers, students and parents for working so well with us on this journey through Covid-19. We have had our ups and downs, but I hope you know we are working to make this a great experience for your child.
We would like to highlight some changes to our office staff. Mrs. Ruble has moved to Central Office and Mrs. Yvonne will now be our Principal’s secretary. We would like to welcome Laurie Bonds as our new general secretary. Both of these ladies are wonderful and you may reach them at our office number (501) 771-8270.
A BIG thank you to the Lakewood PTA for buying yard signs for all of the teachers. Each teacher received a sign and bucket of goodies for Professional Development at the beginning of the semester.
Remember- virtual families, you may pick up breakfast and lunches for each week every Monday between 11-1. Please pick up on Topf Road.
Wednesday, October 7th, is National Walk To School Day. This year we have planned something new! Each class will have a scheduled time to go outside and walk around our school and learn about the importance of physical activity.
Picture Day will be October 15th. It is for ALL Students –virtual AND face to face. More information will be sent out in the next few weeks.
We are so proud of all of our students! Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Student Council and The Pantry
Lakewood Elementary Student Council has created a way to serve our school community where there is a need. The Pantry is a solution to a local need for some of our students and their families. The Pantry facilitates students helping students, neighbors helping neighbors all while building a community of love. The Pantry is available for students with food insecurities. They may fill a bag with food and toiletries as needed. Whether you have a need to receive or a need to give- The Pantry will serve all. Please contact Ms. Frey or Mrs. Skarda if you have any questions or needs.
We will have 2020 Student Council Elections again this year on November 3rd!! Stay tuned for important dates and information. Contact Ms. Frey or Mrs. Skarda for any questions.
Words from the PTA President
Parents, Families, Friends of Lakewood Elementary,
This 20-21 school year is bound to be an exciting one! We need as many parents/guardians, grandparents, family, and friends to help make this school year run smooth. It only costs $5 (per person) when you sign up, then you can be involved as much as you would like by holding a board position, donation of any kind (money or supplies), chairing an event, and more. You can also simply join PTA to be informed as to what is going on at our school. Any reason to join PTA is a good one! Our Board is going to be working as much as they can to keep you informed and involved. Thank you in advance for joining Lakewood 20-21 PTA.
Already this year Lakewood PTA has purchased Walkie Talkies for every teacher, motivational yard signs for every teacher, and lunch for the staff on one of their PD days. We are planning several different fundraisers throughout the year. We are working on a spirit week for the students, so be on the lookout for details soon.
Click on this link to be taken directly to our Memberhub site. There you can purchase your membership(s) and snag one of our super cool 20-21 t-shirts.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Lakewood PTA.
Meet the Office Team!
This is Laurie's first year as the general secretary. Her birthday is November 6th and she enjoys Diet Coke and cupcakes. Raising two amazing Kids, Callie (22) and Cody (19) is her biggest accomplishment! Her favorite quote is "For I know the plans for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Yvonne has worked as Lakewood's general secretary for 5 years and this is her first year as a Principal's secretary. Her birthday is July 17 and she enjoys sweet tea and White Cheddar popcorn. Her proudest accomplishment is "being in a state of mind where I can say I am proud of myself as a wife, and mother. Her favorite quote is "Not all of us can do great things, we we can do small things with great love." Mother Teresa
Mental Health Matters: Control for Kids
In an election, we can do our part by voting. During the pandemic, we can do our part by following CDC guidelines. Ultimately, the results are beyond our control.
Other examples in which we have NO CONTROL:
Weather – storms, scorching heat, freezing rain; any and all of these things that can result in bad traffic, flight delays, ballgame cancellations, school closures
Arkansas Razorback Football
Other People – their thoughts, actions, treatment of you. *This is an important one for kids to know and understand. *
No matter what we do in our lives, we cannot change these things.
We can, however, control our reactions and responses to them. Becoming upset, angry, or frustrated when things do not go the way you would have hoped is a normal response. However, allowing this response to take control of you is a waste of time and energy. Feel the feelings, accept them, and release them.
Other things we CAN CONTROL:
Our Body- How we choose to fuel it (nutrition) and perform with it (exercise). One of my favorite sayings from the yoga/mindfulness community is “issues live in the tissues.” Things like anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma can set up shop in the tissues of our bodies if they are not spoken of/processed. Kids can hang on to these feelings for months to years before they begin to show signs of distress, both emotionally and physically. Encourage them to start fueling their bodies in a positive way through a healthy diet and exercise at a young age. Allow them to have this control.
-Sadie Blackwell, PMHNP-BC