Lion's Den

Lakeview Family Newsletter ~ February 3

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2:05 early release on Wednesday, February 8

February Conferences

Each year, we have two "official" chances for families to meet with teachers to talk about your student(s). The next dates are February 22 and 23. Please sign up for a conference with each child's teacher by clicking this link.

The link takes you to a Sign-up Genius (same as in the past), but please notice that the first page that opens is Mrs. Henneberry's 5K class. For all other classes, you must scroll across the tabs at the top to find your child's homeroom teacher.

Our goal is to meet with EVERY family. You can help us meet our goal and get valuable information about your child's growth by signing up right away. Thank you!


Friday night is STEAM night in South Milwaukee. Join us at the high school for an evening of fun, food, and learning!

STEAM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math" and it will be on Friday, February 10th from 5-7 p.m.

There will be so many exciting activities that evening:

  • A Wacky Science Show

  • Bowling ball races

  • Science experiments that ooze, bubble and blast off

  • Counting collections

  • Electronic greeting card make & take

  • Library learning centers

  • Breakout EDU

  • The Fab Lab will be open

  • Food sampling

  • There will be lots of student work on display- including the 4th grade Invention Convention and 2nd grade nonfiction books.

  • The all-district elementary art show will be this night as well! Every student (5K-5th grade) will have a piece of artwork on display at STEAM night

We’ll even have a light dinner for your family to enjoy!

January Attendance

At Lakeview in January ...


135 of our students did not miss any days of school in January!

77 students missed 1 or 2 days of school

26 students missed 3 or 4 days of school

30 students missed 5 or more days of school

Tardy (on time to school)

200 students were never late to school in January!

56 students were late to school 1 or 2 times

7 students were late to school 3 or 4 times

5 students were late to school 5 or more times

89 students did not miss any days of school AND were never late to school or left school early in January. They were present the entire day from 8:35-3:35.

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). 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! The law says you can excuse up to 10 days in a school year (including illness and vacations). The only way to medically excuse a day of school 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. Kids can be in school with a headache or when tired the same as an adult goes to work.

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.

Help the SMPD get a Police Dog with a Coin War

This week is the last chance to bring coins to school. The school that collects the most coins (by weight) before February 9 wins a pizza party courtesy of our local heroes in the South Milwaukee Police Department! PLUS ... our police department can get a police dog, so the entire community wins when you donate coins.

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5th Grade Camp Information

Every year, 5th grade students go to camp for 3 days (2 nights). We sent this letter to all 5th grade families in September. This year, camp is on May 3, 4, and 5 at Camp Anokijig in Plymouth, WI. There is a lot of information about camp that we need to communicate to families as we prepare for this great experience. Someone from every 5th grade family should plan to join a virtual information meeting on Monday, February 13 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. using your student's Chromebook. The 5th grade teachers will provide a link to the Google Meet - all you need to do is mark your calendar and listen to the meeting. This link has more info about the virtual camp meeting.

Admiral's Game Field Trip

For those of you who have been at Lakeview for many years, you might remember that Lakeview went to a special Admiral's hockey game for an all-school field trip. We have not gone since pre-Covid, but this year, we are going! All 5K through 5th grade students will go to a daytime Admiral's hockey game on Wednesday, March 1. Permission slips were sent home already - there are two forms to return to school along with the $10 cost. One of the papers (this one) gives information about lunch and chaperones. Please check your student's folder and return these forms and payment as soon as possible.

Smart Smiles

Lakeview will again be participating in the Smart Smiles program, a free dental wellness checkup program. Checkups will be the week of March 20, but families must register in advance. Paper forms were sent home or you can sign up online by clicking this link.

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.

Golden Lions

This week at Lakeview, we gave out many Pride Perks coupons, but also 11 special Golden Lions to recognize our Be Safe ~ Be Respectful ~ Be Engaged expectations. Here are the Golden Lions for this week:

• During Writer's Workshop today, students exchanged papers to peer edit their work. Emma took this process so seriously. She took it upon herself to jot some notes for her partner to help her improve her work, and she used her editing checklist to improve her own work as well. Great job, Emma!

• Didi is so kind to everyone all the time. He uses polite words and gestures towards his friends and adults. Didi, thank you for being a role model for what "being respectful" looks like at Lakeview.

• Kobe worked so hard during Math workshop today. Being able to identify and categorize polygons based on their attributes, as well as finding the area of rectilinear shapes is challenging work. Kobe, you did a great job persevering!

• Mr. Tinsen noticed that Aliyah always comes in to our room in the morning and gets right to work. She is always respectful to those around her. Keep up the good work!

• Shout out to Carter! We notice how hard you have been working. We notice your engagement during carpet time discussions and during math activities. Keep it up - you can do it!

• Melody worked through her indoor recess time and tried to finish all of her math work. She did this all on her own and demonstrated independence and engagement. Way to go, Melody! Keep up the hard work!

• For Mrs. Nicholson's entire class: Our indoor recess have been great! Everyone has found activities to play with others. You play nicely together AND clean up when it's time! Awesome job:)

• During recess, Laila helped kindergarten students bundle themselves up before returning outside to play. Thank you Laila for showing your kindness and concern that they were kept warm.

• When I come to pick up the class from the lunch room, I noticed that if there is a mess at his table, Team will clean it up even if it is not his mess, and without being asked. Thank you for helping make Mr. Rob's job a bit easier.

• Kiyus has been working hard on reading and writing skills. Way to go! Keep up the great work!

• Karleigh comes to school, each day, ready to learn. She tries her hardest on every task and has a strong desire to learn. Thank you for being such a dedicated student Karleigh!

2023 Dates

Please see this link for the school calendar for the School District of South Milwaukee

February 8 - 2:05 early release

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

Feb 22 & 23 - Conferences and PTO Book fair

Feb 24 - No school

March 1 - Admiral's game field trip for 5K-5th grades

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

May 3-5 - 5th grade camp

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

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.