Lakeview Elementary Family Newsletter - June 5
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88 days until School Starts
Please be sure you have looked at the district calendar for the 2020-21 school year and marked dates on your home calendar. It is always available on the district website and you can access it directly at this link.
Meals will continue to be available this summer - stay tuned for updates to distribution times or locations for the summer months. And, of course, be sure students are reading every day all summer - it is the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.
"It is easier to build strong children than fix broken adults" ~attributed to Frederick Douglass
The murder of George Floyd is impacting a nation already in crisis. Not only are we seeing the results, but so are our children. At Lakeview and in South Milwaukee, we are committed to equity - it is one of our three priority areas as a district. Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it does not affect you personally. Racism is affecting all of us, whether we realize it or not, and we need to talk with our children. They are watching us and waiting for the conversation. Here are some ideas:
As parents we may question how to talk to kids about what is happening in the world around us. In response to the protests following the death of George Floyd, parents can play an essential role in helping kids learn about and fight racism. Although the conversation may be difficult and we do not always have all the answers, these courageous conversations can have a huge impact. For guidance on how to approach conversations about race in an honest and developmentally appropriate way, see this GMA video clip and read this Aha Parenting article. Teaching Tolerance also reminds us that kids learn about acceptance of others by copying adult actions and words. This book titled Something Happened In Our Town discusses racial injustice and ways for kids to respond. As Lakeview staff, we are engaging in tough conversations in working towards racial justice, we remain committed to supporting students of color, and as always, we are here for you.
End of this school year
School will continue until the original end date of June 11. Please continue to make sure you and your child(ren) are connecting with teachers right up until June 11 (except for 4K which would have ended on June 10).
Student personal item & Yearbook pickup - Read this information carefully to learn about pickup times and procedures.
Another Lakeview staff procession is coming to you! On what would have been our last day of school, the teachers and staff of Lakeview will drive through neighborhoods to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. It will be on Thursday, June 11 starting at 4:00 p.m. We will follow the same route as last time (click below for a map of our route).
We are excited to have the opportunity to drive past student homes and wave to them and their families to show our care and support for everyone. During this event we need to continue to keep our families, students, and staff safe by following social distancing. If you are available during the procession, a wave from your front window, porch, driveway, or parking lot would be great! If you live in an apartment complex that does not have a road that goes in front of your home, please come to the nearest sidewalk, while still respecting social distancing guidelines. If you would like to, you are welcome to wear Lakeview attire (blue/white) or make signs to hold.
Staff we say "thank you" and "farewell" to:
Mrs. Zientara - Mrs. Z, our Speech and Language teacher is retiring after an incredible 34 year career, all of it in SDSM. Thank you, Mrs. Z. for your dedication to students!
Mr. Frasch (Mr. Jeff, our custodian) retired in the midst of the school closure after 19 years serving the school district.
Mrs. Krohn (5th grade) and Mrs. Spangler (Reading teacher) are both leaving Lakeview at the end of this school year - thank you both!
Mrs. Chmielewski (5K) is taking a leave of absence next school year, so we say a temporary farewell!
Mrs. Susedik (paraprofessional) will be working at Rawson Elementary next school year.
Staff we say "welcome" to:
Ms. Sanfelippo - our new Speech and Language teacher
Mrs. Zoellner - our new 1st grade teacher (next year, we will have 3 classes of first grade and only two classes of 5K due to class sizes)
Mrs. Paul - our new 5th grade teacher
Mr. Steiner - our new lead custodian. Mr. Steiner knows Lakeview well!
Ms. Mathes - our new paraprofessional joining us from Blakewood
Not returning to Lakeview in Fall?
4K Registration for 2020-21
4K registration is open for the 2020-21 school year! If you or anyone you know needs to register for 4K, please use this link for more information and the online registration form.