Lil' Bobcat Parent Newsletter

Lakeview Elementary - We Know Every Child by Name & by Need

September 29, 2017

Hello Lakeview Families!

It is crazy to think that October is here and that we are 1/6 of the way through our school year. This morning it was overwhelming to see the number of dads and families who came to kick-off our Watch DOGS/Appreciation program. A HUGE thank you Mrs. Lowe, Mr. Reddell, and our PTA board who worked so hard to get ready for the morning.

Partners in Education

We are very excited for the opportunity to partner we Gateway Church. They will be supporting our teachers and students in anyway they can and we are very appreciative.
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Learner Qualities in the "Real World"

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We want to hear from you!

Here is a short video describing The Learning Pit.

We are always looking for ways we can bring in relevant lessons to our students. Each month we focus on a Lakeview Learner Quality - for October we are looking at the importance of The Learning Pit. If you "get stuck and problem solve" in your everyday lives or in your careers, please click HERE and enter a description of how you persist and grow why those skills are important. We will share your replies with our teachers so they can in turn share them with our students. Please include your name and your profession in your email. We can't wait to read them!

Many Thanks!

October Learner Quality - Going Through The Pit

I think that of all learner qualities we share at our school, having a sense of grit and determination is my favorite. Having grit means we don't give up when things are hard for us. Grit means that we believe, if we work hard enough, that we can accomplish any goal. In the classroom, grit means working your way through "the pit". You may hear your child say, "I was in the pit today". That means they struggled through a concept or new idea. Sometimes you may hear, "my teacher didn't help me today". It is true that we do want our students to have productive struggle as they stretch their thinking and learning. However, we do not want students to get so frustrated it makes learning impossible. Your child's teacher know your children well and work to make sure they stretch them just enough to let them feel success as they work themselves out of "the pit".
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Principal Book of the Month

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Ultimate Book Challenge - Formally Battle of the Books

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My name is Cailen Stuebe, and I am a second grade teacher and Lakeview’s UIL Campus Coordinator! I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing opportunity for our students. UIL is the University Interscholastic League, a battle of the wits and minds in different subject areas. Before we get students involved, I need you! This year, we are asking parents who have a special interest or skill in the events below to coach a team for UIL! Practices will be held at school, with a teacher sponsor, and all materials will be provided for you.

If you are interested in coaching a team, please complete this google form by Wednesday, October 4 at 3:30 PM. Here are a list of the events that are linked to the UIL website if you would like more information about the event, that our awesome students can compete in!

You must have a current 2017-2018 background check before you complete the form.

Lakeview UIL Coaches 17-18

· A+ Chess Puzzle - Grades 2-5

· A+ Music Memory - Grades 2-5

· A+ Ready Writing - Grades 3-5

· A+ Social Studies - Grade 5

Thank you in advance for your time and dedication! Please contact me at if you have any questions about UIL!


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Yearbook Photos

The yearbook design for the 2017-2018 yearbook is underway and we need yours now!!!

Two ways to upload your photos:

1.) PC: go to the Herff Jones eShare site at and enter the school code: Lakeview.

2.) Smartphone: Install the Herff Jones eShare app for Android or iPhone to upload pictures directly from your smartphone. School code: Lakeview

Uploading tips:

· If you take a series, or burst, of photos, please pick the BEST of the series and upload that one photo.

· Please double-check to make sure you are not adding blurry, out of focus, or underexposed pictures.

· Label each picture with the grade and student name(s).

· Please upload pictures of groups of students…can be 2 or more.

Deadlines: Upload pictures within two weeks after an event. So far, we have had Meet the Teacher, Back to School Pool Party, and First Day of School. For these three events, please upload pictures by Sep 30, 2017. Our goal is to complete pages within two weeks after each event. We will send out reminders, just please keep these time frames in mind.

Contact: Ann DeCapite, Lakeview PTA Historian at or 817-676-1405 with questions.

PTA Reflections

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Notes from the Counselor - Mrs. Lowe

Watch DOGS Information

1. Background checks must be done before volunteering at school (each SCHOOL year):

2. Complete a WD form (attached)

3. Sign-up to volunteer at Lakeview:

College Fair

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Teens Can Survive

Medlin MS and BNHS PTAs are providing parents (and students) with the suicide awareness and prevention program, “Teens Can Survive,” on October 18th at 7pm in the Byron Nelson HS Student Union. Light refreshments will be available, and the event is open to all.

Learn more at

Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas

Career Day

It’s time for Lakeview Career Day!

Career Day will be Friday, November 17, 2017 with a morning rotation and an afternoon rotation. We would love for you to share your amazing career with our Lakeview students! We want our Bobcats to see a wide and varied assortment of possibilities for their future. Please RSVP to reserve your spot on the Career Day Calendar. It will be on a first come, first serve basis so RSVP quickly. Even if you’re not quite sure about it, return this form so I can send you more information that may help seal the deal! Thank you in advance for your commitment to helping our Bobcats grow and learn!

Please, click HERE to RSVP by Friday, October 27, 2017. Don’t forget, I will email more detailed information to all that are interested!

Reminder: No dogs are allowed on campus during arrival or dismissal

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NISD Community Folder

Click HERE to find programs approved for our district.

Save the Date!

10/2 - 10/6 - Parent Conference Week

10/6 - Early Release 11:40

10/9 - Student Holiday - No School

10/10 - PTA Meeting with guest speaker/PTA Reflections Night

10/13 - Bobcat Dash Kick-off Assembly

10/23 - 10/27- Red Ribbon Week

10/30 -11/3 Bobcat Dash Week

11/3 - Bobcat Dash

11/6 - All PTA Reflections Submissions Due

11/13 -11/17 - Generation Texas Week

11/17 Career Day

Compulsory Attendance

We understand students miss school for various reasons. However, please understand that if your child has missed more than 8 school days (excused or unexcused) you will receive a letter from Lakeview regarding attendance. As the state requires students to be in attendance 90% of the year, Lakeview will continue to follow state guidelines regarding this issue. If you have any questions we are happy to talk you through the process.

Absence notes are due no more than 3 days after the date of the absent. After 3 days, the absence will be marked as unexcused.

PTA Membership Toolkit

A huge thank you to our Lakeview PTA for all they do to support Lakeview! Remember anyone can join PTA...grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Lakeview students and staff benefit from the most AMAZING PTA. The support of our PTA provides to our Lakeview learning community with the tools and resources to help each child be successful. Thank you in advance to all of our PTA members and especially our PTA president and board members!

Join PTA Today!

Arrival and Dismissal

Please be patient with Arrival and Dismissal - the first couple of weeks are always busy but our arrival and dismissal procedures work well when parents follow the guidelines provided below. The length of time it takes for arrival and dismissal will decrease as we fall into our daily routines.

Also, please be aware, there are some exceptions to the arrival and dismissal procedures for some of our students.

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Ride Changes

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Parents please be sure to send an email to and your child's teacher by 1:00pm to communicate ride changes. We will not release students to ride changes without confirmation from parents regarding ride changes.

Birthday Treats

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We love celebrating birthdays with our students! When planning on bringing in birthday treats, only pre-packaged store bought products are allowed. To ensure there is time to distribute birthday treats to classrooms, please have them in the office no later than 2:00. We are unable to hold ice cream or popsicles so please do not send treats that will melt. Also, if a treat does not have a label of ingredients it will not be shared with the class. Due to allergies we must know the ingredients for ALL treats. Due to sensitivity no balloons are allowed in the building.

Facebook and Social Media

Social media is a great way to keep up with and in contact with friends and family. When you are posting regarding Lakeview, please keep a few things in mind:

1. Think before you post, your words have power.

2.Do not post pictures or information of children who are not yours. Privacy is important so do not post pictures or information about other students without parent permission.

3. If you have a question regarding events or information regarding Lakeview, your best bet is to always email your child's teacher or call the front office.

4. If you are unhappy with a situation or would like to share a concern, please always email your child's teacher or contact our front office.

5. Finally, stay positive. No one benefits when community members disagree on line.

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Lakeview's Vision, Beliefs, and Mission

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