Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ January 27

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Cold and Snow

Well we finally have cold and snow ... that means people wonder about our recess guidelines. Here are some important things to know:

• We are outside whenever the "feels like" temperature is above 0 degrees.

• In order to leave the blacktop, students must have both boots AND snowpants.

Please remember that the weather changes quickly. It may be below zero at 8:30 in the morning, but 5 degrees by lunch. If it is below 0 in the morning, students will be allowed to come into the building at 8:15 a.m. Students need to bring everything every day, just in case we will be going outside. Be sure that hats/mittens, scarves, and everything else are here at school. It is a good idea to label these items with your child's name because we lose a lot of hats and mittens at school. Finally, we do not have boots and snowpants that students can borrow.

February Conferences

Each year, we have two "official" chances for families to meet with teachers to talk about your student(s). The next dates are February 22 and 23. Please sign up for a conference with each child's teacher by clicking this link.

The link takes you to a Sign-up Genius (same as in the past), but please notice that the first page that opens is Mrs. Henneberry's 5K class. For all other classes, you must scroll across the tabs at the top to find your child's homeroom teacher.

Our goal is to meet with EVERY family. You can help us meet our goal and get valuable information about your child's growth by signing up right away. Thank you!

PTO Dance

The next PTO Dance is on Thursday, February 2nd in the Lakeview gym from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The theme is "Glow Dance" and everyone will get a glow bracelet. This flyer from the PTO gives more information about the dance. A few reminders:

• Students must be accompanied by an adult who stays the entire time

• Only Lakeview students may participate. This is not for older siblings or students.

• Students must stay in the gym (not in the hallway and not outside the building)

• School cell phone rules apply (students are not allowed to be using cell phones during dance)

The dance itself is free, and there will be food available for purchase as well as a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle. We need your help to provide donations for the basket raffle. The basket themes are:

4K basket - arts and crafts

5K basket - books & stuffed animals (Snuggle Up and Read)

1st basket - baking

2nd basket - outdoor

3rd basket - lego

4th basket - family game night

5th basket - sports

Please come to enjoy the community and support our Lakeview PTO!

Admiral's Game Field Trip

For those of you who have been at Lakeview for many years, you might remember that Lakeview went to a special Admiral's hockey game for an all-school field trip. We have not gone since pre-Covid, but this year, we are going! All 5K through 5th grade students will go to a daytime Admiral's hockey game on Wednesday, March 1. Permission slips were sent home already - there are two forms to return to school along with the $10 cost. One of the papers (this one) gives information about lunch and chaperones. Please check your student's folder and return these forms and payment as soon as possible.

Lakeview Concert

Dear Families,

We have begun preparing for Lakeview’s Annual Spring Concert! This year’s concert theme is “Change Sings.” All of our songs connect to the themes in Amanda Gorman’s poem “Change Sings,” like kindness, tolerance, hope, and love!

This special event will take place on Wednesday, March 22 , 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (High School). Save the date! All students from 5K through 5th grade are in the concert.

You can find more information about our concert and the songs your student(s) is preparing by visiting this webpage.

Thank you!

Mrs. Tinsen

State Testing Dates

If you have a student in grades 3, 4, or 5, please be aware that our state test (the Forward test) will be given between April 3rd through April 14th. This is right after spring break. Students in grades 3-5 have several hours of testing to complete, and we do a little bit of testing each day. It helps if students are in school those days so we do not need to schedule make-up testing. Please avoid appointments and vacations between April 3-14 if at all possible. Thank you!

Help the SMPD get a Police Dog with a Coin War

We've collect 50 pounds of coins so far! If you are wondering, that is about half of a 5-gallon bucket of coins. The school that collects the most coins (by weight) before February 9 wins a pizza party courtesy of our local heroes in the South Milwaukee Police Department! PLUS ... our police department can get a police dog, so the entire community wins when you donate coins.

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5th Grade Camp Information

Every year, 5th grade students go to camp for 3 days (2 nights). We sent this letter to all 5th grade families in September. This year, camp is on May 3, 4, and 5 at Camp Anokijig in Plymouth, WI. There is a lot of information about camp that we need to communicate to families as we prepare for this great experience. Someone from every 5th grade family should plan to join a virtual information meeting on Monday, February 13 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. using your student's Chromebook. The 5th grade teachers will provide a link to the Google Meet - all you need to do is mark your calendar and listen to the meeting.

4K Registration for 2023-24 is open

Do you have a student who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2024? If so, then register him/her for 4K right now. Families that register now have a better chance of getting one of the all-day 4K spot in South Milwaukee. If you have a relative or neighbor that might have an eligible child, share this information with them.

Click here for information about South Milwaukee's 4K program. Contact the office if you have questions and register now.


Mark your calendars for a really fun night of learning at South Milwaukee High School. If you attended literacy night in the past, this is similar, but this year it is STEAM night.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and it will be on Friday, February 10th from 5-7 p.m.

There will be so many exciting activities that evening:

  • A Wacky Science Show

  • Bowling ball races

  • Science experiments that ooze, bubble and blast off

  • Counting collections

  • Electronic greeting card make & take

  • Library learning centers

  • Breakout EDU

  • The Fab Lab will be open

  • Food sampling

  • There will be lots of student work on display- including the 4th grade Invention Convention and 2nd grade nonfiction books.

  • The all-district elementary art show will be this night as well! Every student (5K-5th grade) will have a piece of artwork on display at STEAM night

We’ll even have a light dinner for your family to enjoy!

A note came home recently for your family to sign and return to school or you can RSVP by clicking this link.

Golden Lions

This week at Lakeview, we gave out many Pride Perks coupons, but also 23 special Golden Lions to recognize our Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Engaged expectations. Here are the Golden Lions for this week:

• We were on our way outside when Mario noticed a big basket of sidewalk chalk spilled on the floor. Without being asked he stopped and cleaned it all up! Thanks for taking care of our school - that's respectful!

• [Name] has shown great improvement in staying engaged in his school work and making sure that he is always putting forth his best effort. Great job!

• Valicity always demonstrates respectful behavior when interacting with her peers and adults. Great job, Valicity!

• Caleb has demonstrated safe behavior in the classroom and on the playground. Keep up the good work, Caleb!

• Sophia has been making great progress in her literacy and math skills. Her engagement during lessons shows as she continues to grow as a learner.

• While at the carpet, Alena is engaged in the lesson and will often times participate. She helps set a good example of what being engaged looks like. Thanks Alena!

• During reading time, Mason was working so hard and staying engaged. Even when he didn't know how to pronounce a word, he didn't give up and he kept trying.

• When another student spilled something in the classroom, Shemar helped them clean up. He also made sure to encourage the student to ask for help in a kind manner to reinforce good social skills. Thanks for being a good role model Shemar!

• Daisy really worked hard on getting her ideas down for writing and making sure her "thought tornado" did not block her work. What great perseverance Daisy and it really helped your writing. Keep it up!

• Thank you, Eliezer for quietly putting away the computer log-in sticks. Doing something small like that makes a big difference. I appreciated your willingness to clean up where you see that it needed it. It helps me but also your classmate.

• Izzy noticed a classmate did not have mittens and kindly borrowed his second pair of mittens to them. Izzy thanks for being a kind and caring classmate!

• Today in reading group, Antonella really thought about what we have been learning about decoding words. She was breaking apart unknown words by syllables and thinking about what sounds letters made based on the word patterns. Then she would blend the word back together. Keep up the hard work Antonella!

• De'marea was completely engaged in her Lexia work and Math. Way to keep focused!

• Grayson was using 'pointer power' and engaged when reading today in a small group. Way to go!

• Enrique was using 'pointer power' and was engaged when reading in a small group today. Keep up the great work!

• Delloyd has been working hard when practicing reading and spelling skills in a small group. Super job!

• Mia is always engaged when working in a small group! Awesome Job!

• Ariella is a hard-working student who is engaged in her work daily. Fantastic Job!

• Ava is always engaged and motivated to learn. Super Job!

• Brett always tries his best and is engaged when working in a small group. Great Job!

• Matthew is a kind, motivated learner. He is always engaged during reading class.

• Team is engaged when working in a small reading group. He tries his best and uses different strategies.

• Eliezer has been working hard to grow as a reader. Keep it up!

2023 Dates

Please see this link for the school calendar for the School District of South Milwaukee

February 2 - PTO Dance at Lakeview featuring raffle baskets

February 10 - STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

Feb 22 & 23 - Conferences and PTO Book fair

March 1 - Admiral's game field trip for 5K-5th grades

March 22 - Lakeview Concert (5K-5th grades), 6:30 p.m. at the high school

April 13 - PTO Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1-5

May 3-5 - 5th grade camp

June 6 - 5th grade recognition from 6-7 p.m. in the Lakeview gym

Roar Awards for Lakeview Staff

Do you appreciate a staff member at Lakeview? Show them you care by submitting their name for a ROAR Award (the grown-up version of our Golden Lions for students). Here is the link to submit - you can submit as many as you want, every week! The staff member will get a certificate and his/her name will be entered in a monthly drawing for a gift card to the place of their choice. Our staff really appreciates the nice notes. ROAR Awards are sponsored by the Lakeview PTO.