Beating the Odds

Lakeview Staff Newsletter - May 31

Sailing Away

What a great night at the retirement party! Congrats to Michelle and Laurie, and thank you to Jenny and Rachel for coordinating. I love hearing the stories from past retirees. Here's what hit me at the party: Jane Bonkowski was talking about the culture at Lakeview when she was teaching. Jane retired in 2007. The culture here today is the same positive culture that Jane experienced - 12 years later. That culture has been handed down through generations of educators to us. Nights like Thursday make us realize our place in the chain of handing that on to the next generation, all for the benefit of our students.

Of course ...

I was hoping the party at the yacht club might be something like my favorite scene from one of my favorite movies ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp7QoR8vMW8

EE Reflections

Allow me a chance to reflect on YOUR reflections. Here are a few things I would like to highlight:

Lakeview teachers are very reflective. I am a firm believer that the more an educator learns to become a reflective practitioner, the more the students in their care grow. The reflections submitted in MLP are well done.

Don't underestimate the role of the PPG. I know it's the shortest part, but since it is tied to your SLO, it is the professional learning that ultimately determines if your students this year might achieve deeper learning. It is the "engine" of your EE.

The role of collaboration. So many people talked about the value of instructional collaboration. If there is one thing of which I am proudest at Lakeview this year, it is the idea that any adult can walk into any classroom at any time and collaborate to move students forward.

Celebrate growth. Student growth sometimes seems elusive, no matter our best efforts. Everyone can find growth to celebrate, even if it's not in the spot you hoped for. Data makes us wonder and ask questions. Don't forget to pat yourself on the back when you find those spots of growth. Schoolwide, we do have reason for some true celebrations.

Valuing the universal. Educators at Lakeview see great value in the universal curriculum (i.e., Units of Study and Investigations) and are reflecting on the ways we are learning to be responsive to student needs within the universal. There are also many reflections about how "pushing in" services within workshop time is having significant positive effects on both students and teachers.

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, June 5

AGR end-of-year School Board presentation 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 6

4th grade goes to Madison

5K walking field trip to SM Library


Friday, June 7

Color Run 2 p.m.


Monday, June 10

Report cards due at 8 a.m.


Tuesday, June 11

Cadet field trip to Classic Lanes 11 a.m.

5th grade Chromebook collection 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 12

Field day in the afternoon

5th grade Recognition 6 p.m.


Thursday, June 13

11:45 a.m. dismissal

Sunshine celebration @ The Rock after school

Joseph Baer

I was asked to pass along the obituary for Joseph Baer. As I understand, Mr. Baer was a great colleague and longtime volunteer. We wish his family peace.

Closing out the year

There are always questions about the end of the year, summertime, and start up in August. Here are a few notes:

• There will be a "check out" form for teachers this year at Lakeview (my understanding is that you did not have this in the past). It will list the typical things you would already do every year to close out and you will turn it in before leaving on the 13th. The form will be in next week's newsletter.

Summer hours - since there will be so much classroom movement this summer, you should not expect to be able to work in the building. However, you are always welcome to try if desired. Just be sure to email Jeff at least 24 hours in advance. Jeff will return around June 20th.

August 19 is the date when it would be safe to assume you could return to the building if desired without checking with Jeff. This is one week before the first all-staff day. If the building is ready prior to August 19, I promise we will send an email letting you know.

• If you need boxes, there are usually boxes outside the kitchen area.

Curricular Materials

Question: "What do I do with ______?"

• Old science & social studies books - recycle

• Science materials (things you can experiment with) - save, they might get reused

• Word Their Way (1st & 2nd grades only) - please put in 4K wrap room on the counter

• UoS or Investigations manuals that you do need next year - contact a coach

Staffing updates

I am pleased to announce that Katherine (Kashia) Drake-Hames has been approved by the school board as our next art teacher. Kashia is a Lakeview parent (Charlie is in Mrs. Benn's class) and coming to us from the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district.

Interviews for our 4th grade opening are scheduled for Monday, June 10th.

Family Newsletter

The June 7 family newsletter will be the last one for the year, so you will just need one more update.

Structural Items

School supply list for 2019-2020 - click here for link

Room map for next year - click here for link

Specials Rotation for 2019-2020 - click here for link

Furniture/Room concerns - this document


Family newsletter - Link to this week's family newsletter


Elementary Blackout Dates - Here is a link to the calendar

Character Dares & Trauma Sensitive Schools

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