Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter - January 31

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Kindness Week

Great Kindness Challenge Week has been a blast at Lakeview, and there is still one more day to go! Don't forget that Monday, February 3rd is "Dream of Kindness" day which means pajama day. (Slippers are ok to bring, but please leave the stuffed animals and blankets at home.)

We have one more day of the Coin War, so send that spare change so we can donate it to build a school in Mexico. Last year, we raised about $1000. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! If you have not seen the video of our teacher Rock Band playing during lunch on Monday for "Kindness Rocks" day, check out the South Milwaukee School District Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb 3 - Great Kindness Week ends with "Dream of Kindness" - pajama day

Wednesday, Feb 5 - Music instrument demonstration day for 4th and 5th grade

Friday, Feb 7 - Literacy Night 5:00-7:30 at the high school

February 19 & 20 - Conferences from 4-8 p.m. each night

Friday, Feb 21 - No School

Grade Level Newletters

Teaching the Skill of Not Interrupting

Children are filled with joy and questions. That means they often have many things to tell their parents or have questions to ask. Is it ok for your child to interrupt you? I'm sure you agree that unless it is an emergency, the answer is "no". But how we, as adults, respond to interrupting is the secret. Here is an article from Parenting with Love and Logic about how to respond when your children interrupt.

Kids & Social Media

Did your child get a phone or other device for the holidays? Or maybe a hand-me-down device when a family member gets a new phone? Keep monitoring your child's activity by reading through their messages - and do it with them so there are no secrets.

Here is something many families do not realize - all social media sites require users to be at least 13 years old to have an account. That means no student at Lakeview is actually old enough to have a Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or other account (really - check the terms of use and you will see it in the small print). If your child has been asking to get on social media, feel free to use that as a true reason why it is not necessary at this age. In particular, here is a list of apps to watch out for, thanks to the Neenah Police Department.

Be on time & Stay all day

This week, 91% of students at Lakeview were on time (arrived before 8:30 a.m.) every day. 29 students were tardy this week. Most students who are tardy are arriving 2 or 3 minutes late - that should be an easy thing to fix. As a parent, I know how hard it can be to get everyone up and out in the morning, but I also know how important it is to teach the good habit of being on time. Daily notifications are going to families that are late. Thank you to everyone who is making it on time!

Lions ROAR! Recognize a staff member at Lakeview

Is there a staff member at Lakeview that you would like to recognize? Our PTO has set up an easy way for you to recognize anyone at Lakeview that is making a difference for your child. That could be a teacher, paraprofessional aide, secretary, food service, or custodian. There are so many people working together for our students! We encourage you to let the PTO know so they can pass on your compliments! Here is the link to the survey. (You are welcome to submit more than one!)