Lakeview News October 23, 2015

Welcome to the Lakeview News

The goal of the Lakeview News is to show the joy and learning that happens every day at Lakeview (including Ms. Hasty's students above enjoying fall leaves on the new field). You can access archives for the PTSA-produced Leopard Tales newsletter, as well as view an archive of both the Leopard Tales and the Lakeview News, at the links below:

The Joy of School

Here are a few of our favorite scenes since our last Lakeview News (tap/click to enlarge):

Three kinders in Ms. Lailey's class play Spot It!

Adrian sorts rocks by the property of size.

Kira, Peter, Elouise solve a puzzle together

Christian and Tyler partner reading Nate the Great in Ms. Coghlan's class (thanks to the generous book donations of many parents).

At Lakeview we believe in being a training school by opening our doors and classrooms to the best up-and-coming educators, including Ms. Liang in 3rd grade.

Riah, Levi, Ian, and Keira practicing subtraction with regrouping while playing Farkle in Ms. Douma/Llanes's class.

Madeline, Charlie, Oliver, Emma, and Tarek share writing ideas with their partners during a writing workshop in Ms. Ferries' class.

Thank You for an Incredible Jog-A-Thon

Kaden, Max, Rhea, Jianne, Zoe, and Mr. Thatcher ready for the Stache Dash!

We want to thank the PTSA and our community for an incredible Jog-A-Thon fundraiser! Before the donations were even counted we had a wonderful community activity in which our students hopped, danced, and skipped their way through a musical Jog-A-Thon. We will let the PTSA announce their preliminary fundraising results, but want to say how grateful we are to have such a generous community! Your donations will be used across the school in myriad ways, from student laptops to reading, math, and science programs, art instruction and supplies, student assemblies, drama, choir, field trips, additional materials for your child's classroom and teacher supplies, library support, fun-filled family events and much more! Thank you!

Reflections - "Let Your Imagination Fly"

Fourth grade Builders

The PTSA Art Reflections contest is an amazing opportunity for children to create (all kinds of art - photography, dance, writing, composing, painting, drawing etc.). We highly recommend looking into this and see if it is something your child might be interested in.

Entries are due Oct 28th by 3:30pm, click below for more information:

Fifth Grade Field Trip to Northwest Teambuilding

Emma, Isaiah, Eden, Savannah and other fifth graders at NWTB

Last Tuesday the fifth grade took an all-day field trip to Northwest Teambuiding in Bellevue where they participated in an outdoor, adventure-based learning activity. Students were immersed in outdoor activities where they worked together to solve progressively complex problems in a positive learning environment. Thank you to our teachers and chaperones for creating a memorable experience for our fifth graders!

Homework Club

LWHS Student tutor and Jacob working together

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:30 over 25 Lakeview students receive additional academic support in Homework Club. This year, through the diligent efforts of Homework Club advisors Ms. Davidson and Ms. Nease, we have over 20 Lake Washington High School students providing tutoring to Lakeview students. It is amazing to see the work being done and the support that is being provided!

Raising Kind Children

October 21st was Unity Day, a national bullying awareness day observed nationwide at all grade levels. All week students heard thoughts around kindness, friendship, and preventing bullying over the announcements. On Wednesday every one dressed in orange and students wrote how they could make the school a safer, happier place for others, which was string together into a 500+ link chain around the school.

Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd writes:

“Children are not born simply good or bad and we should never give up on them. They need adults who will help them become caring, respectful, and responsible for their communities at every stage of their childhood."

As families and educators, we can help our students improve in the skill of kindness by:

  1. Make caring for others a priority
  2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude
  3. Expand your child’s circle of concern.
  4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor.
  5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings

Read more in the Washington Post article below for additional examples and details on teaching your children how to be kind.

Seeking Costumes

One last item from Mr. Thatcher:

If you have any adult-sized costumes you no longer need I would love to put them to use at Lakeview. About once a week I try to add a little delight and surprise in your student's day by throwing on a silly costume before school and greeting students as they come off the bus and line up before school. I would love to add to the collection and increase the variety through donations of clean, adult-sized costumes appropriate for elementary school.

Thanks!

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