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Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ January 6

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2:05 Dismissal on Wednesday, January 11

Pride Perks Pies

Students earned coupons in December when they demonstrated respect. About 1000 coupons were given out! This week, one coupon from each classroom was randomly selected to throw a pie in Mr. Sepersky's face. We had a great time celebrating RESPECT! We have the nicest, most respectful students at Lakeview, and that says a lot about the great work you do as families. If you haven't seen South Milwaukee's Facebook post about it, please view and share it.

5K students - one student "pies" Mr. Sepersky ... twice!

Lakeview Pies 1/3/2023 #2

Some pies missed the mark on the first attempt!

Lakeview pies 1/3/2023 #1

MAP Testing

All 1st-5th grade students will take 2 MAP tests in the coming days. One for reading and one for math. Please be sure your child is at school, gets a good night of sleep, and is ready for the day. Here is the schedule:

1st grade - Jan 10 & 12

2nd grade - Jan 10 & 11

3rd grade - Jan 10 & 12

4th grade - Jan 10 & 12

5th grade - Jan 11 & 12

Help the SMPD get a Police Dog with a Coin War

The South Milwaukee Police Department is getting a police dog and all of the schools in South Milwaukee are joining the effort! Bring your loose change (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) to school. The SMPD will give the school with the most coins by weight a pizza party. We love our officers and want to help them get a police dog. Send coins to school now through Feb 9.
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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.

December Attendance Data

Make 2023 a year of great attendance for your child(ren)! We are focusing heavily on consistent attendance. There was a lot of sickness going around in December and we had many students who needed to miss 3 or more days of school. Many families brought medical excuses from the pediatrician to the office at Lakeview - if you did not, you still can. Families that don't miss days for vacations or feeling just "slightly under the weather" are in a better place when big illness strikes, as it did for many families in December. Be where it counts - at school!

At Lakeview in December ...


118 of our students did not miss any days of school in December!

112 students missed 1 or 2 days of school

44 students missed 3 or 4 days of school

17 students missed 5 or more days of school

Tardy (on time to school)

228 students were never late to school in December!

51 students were late to school 1 or 2 times

9 students were late to school 3 or 4 times

3 students were late to school 5 or more times

Families will get an official letter from school when your child has missed all or part of 5 days of school, then again at 10 days of school, and then again at 18 days of school. 18 days means your child is chronically truant in the eyes of the law and school board policy, which can lead to a citation (ticket) soon after. Many elementary school families do not realize that is the law that students need to be in school and it is the responsibility of the school to enforce attendance laws and policies.

Some common questions or issues families have regarding attendance:

I didn't send my child to school because he had a runny nose and you are just going to send him home anyway. No, that was only in the toughest part of the Covid pandemic. We have returned to the policies that we had pre-Covid and will not send your child home unless he/she is truly sick.

I called the office and told them my child was sick! Yes, this counts as one of the 10 days the law says you can excuse in a school year (including illness where your child does not see a medical provider as well as vacations). The only way to medically excuse a day of school so that it does not count as one of the 10 allowable days is with a letter from your child's provider (doctor, dentist, ER, etc.)

Do I need to call my child in if they are not going to be in school? Yes, the law says the school must resolve all attendance issues every day. Please help us by calling or emailing by 9:00 a.m. every day that your child will be absent. If we don't hear from you, then we attempt to contact the family to figure out why your child is not in school, but it is so much easier if you contact us.

My child has a chronic health concern and I refuse to send her when I don't want to. You still need to send your child to school. Our district nurse can work you and we can accommodate all kinds of health concerns.

My child tells me he doesn't feel well often. This is where a family needs to help your child understand that there is a difference between truly being sick and a touch of not feeling well. Students can learn to be in school when they are slightly less than 100%.

Does being late to school matter? Yes, under the law, being tardy enough could result in the same consequences as being chronically truant. Plus, the routines at the beginning of the school day are so important for students to experience every day.

Golden Lions

This week at Lakeview, we gave out many Pride Perks coupons, but also 13 special Golden Lions to recognize our Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Engaged expectations. Here are the Golden Lions for this week:

• During our virtual day, Aiden was the first to complete his Seesaw assignment. I am so proud of how quickly he did his job! Great job!

• When another student in the class received a Golden Lion, Tristan congratulated her, saying, "Nice Job!" He was genuinely happy for the other student. Thank you for caring about others in the class, Tristan!

• Every morning, without prompting or even having anyone notice, Ava moves the white breakfast garbage bin to the center of the classroom. This small gesture makes breakfast cleanup so much easier. I never even noticed who had been moving it, until recently. It made my heart smile to see Ava doing something for the whole class without even thinking that she needed to be rewarded or noticed. Thank you for caring for our class in such a small but impactful way.

• Logan has had 2 days where he has earned all his points for the day. He has shown such great respectful, kind, and engaged behaviors. It was wonderful to see how proud Logan was of himself too. Keep up the amazing work. I know you can do it! There are so many people here at Lakeview that want the best for you every day!

• Alister was so respectful and engaged when I walked into Mrs. Carrier's room, even with others talking around him he stayed on task. He was so engaged in his work. I was so proud of him. GREAT JOB ALISTER!!!

• Karlie worked through an issue with another student during recess time. She did not stop there. She went a step further to suggest ideas to help their friendship going forward. I am proud that Karlie demonstrated the fortitude it took to be proactive to build their friendship.

• Asher follows directions the first time they are given and is always ready and prepared for class. Great job Asher!

• Raymond follows directions the first time they are given and is always ready and prepared for class. Great job Raymond!

• Jaliah follows directions the first time they are given and is always ready and prepared for class. Great job Jaliah!

• Mallory follows directions the first time they are given and is always ready and prepared for class. Great job Mallory!

• Romeo continually exhibits safe behavior while in the classroom. He does a great job of keeping his hands to himself and following classroom expectations.

• Luna has been working really hard to stay engaged during instruction while sitting at the carpet. Great job Luna! Keep up the hard work!

• Annalissa ran out of time to solve a few challenging math problems. She went home, got the materials she needed and worked until she found the solutions! I am SO proud of her endurance and determination to complete the tasks. Thank you, Annalissa!

January Calendar Reminders

Wednesday, January 11

2:05 dismissal

Monday, January 16

No School for staff or students - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day

Friday, January 20

11:45 dismissal

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More events in 2023

Mark your calendar!

January 16 - PTO Bucks game

February 2 - PTO Dance at Lakeview featuring raffle baskets

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

Feb 22 & 23 - PTO Book fair during conferences

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

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

PTO Newsletter

Our Lakeview PTO has created a newsletter for our families. Please click the link below it to read about:

• Upcoming family events

• Current fundraisers

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.