Writing the May message is a happy time for me to reflect on the year that is almost gone. I look back and am reminded of the great things we have been part of. Once again our sixth grade students with the help of their teachers have shown leadership and school pride as they set the example. Our school PTA has been terrific. Everyone’s contribution of time makes such a difference. Those that are able to serve on the PTA board and the time they put in for their children and yours is amazing. We all owe them a debt of gratitude. Mrs. Gray our art teacher was recognized as one of the best in the state. Our Music teachers Mr. Mckinney and Mrs. Frame continue to enrich the experience the students have through music. The arts are alive and well at Lakeview. I am happy as a school community we continue to have a commitment to social responsibility. The weekly social lessons are important and one week each month parent volunteers teach those lessons. I appreciate our teachers and staff. They work hard to meet the need of each student. Our school Community Council has been involved in helping us keep a focus on academic excellence. I appreciate their effort to be engaged and informed with issues that can help our students learning experience be better. We are hopeful as the end of year test results return that we see growth and high achievement. This summer we encourage all the students to continue learning. We have placed grade level suggestions on the school web page at lakeview.provo.edu that will help families support learning while school is out. Our Library and school office will be open each Tuesday until 12:30 throughout the summer. Take advantage of the opportunity to keep books in your student’s hands. Our students benefit as we all work together to make each day at Lakeview a positive experience. As we work together we can look to the future with enthusiasm.
I’m hoping to motivate or encourage parents to be more engaged if possible with our school PTA. We are seeing a decline in involvement and several of the opportunities our students are able to do are at risk of being removed from the calendar for next year. Please think about the time you are able to offer and contact the PTA or the school office and we’ll have them call you. Programs that are supported by our parents enrich the school experience for students. They often cannot run without the wonderful parents that are willing to help. We just completed Battle of the Books, which is a great example. We have talked about robotics, chess club, spelling bee, coding club and other things that are really out of class opportunities for different students to shine based on differing talents.
This time of year we really try to focus on the end of year tests. Each year student performance becomes more and more critical. Please remember the usual reminder about helping the students get a good night sleep and start the day off with a healthy breakfast. I would ask that along with those things families have a conversation about doing the best they possibly can. We find that some times poor performance is a result of the lack of application. Testing can be boring and the environment is strict. We hope each student will understand the test results are a reflection of their own growth and the information is helpful for us to determine how to improve instruction. We appreciate your help at home with having each student do his/her very best.
Everyone have a Great April!
March is a great month. It is especially important because it is full of learning time with few interruptions and no long weekends. We hope parent conferences helped everyone know what needs to be done to finish this year strong. The “Battle of the Books has been a fun way to watch enthusiasm build for reading. We know our students are talented and smart. We hope to bring that out in the assessments that are soon coming. Please help by emphasizing the importance of doing well to your students. We appreciate the efforts to have students here everyday and on time. There is often a correlation between being behind and having attendance problems. The month of March marks the beginning of the last term of the school year. It is the last push as we look over the year and consider things that need to be taught and learned. We are always concerned about the school climate and atmosphere. We want each student to feel safe and cared for here at school. Our Lion Pride Pledge says we should “Respond appropriately to others”. Our March social skill is “How to Resolve Differences” Being proactive in teaching at home and at school can make a difference. I would ask that each parent have a discussion about good manners and proper, kind interaction. Young people are exposed to so much bad behavior in the media. We need your help at home to teach and encourage kindness. Manners and kind actions can never be over emphasized. Please help us as we strive to maintain a great environment where students look forward to coming. Let’s work together to make the last 3 months of this school year the best ever.
February is the month when we know every day is a little warmer, and stays light longer, and we are getting closer each day to spring. This is the time of year when we start looking toward the end of the school year and evaluate if the students are making the progress required to finish strong. We appreciate what you do at home to help get assignments complete and emphasize the importance of learning and getting an education. For our students to have someone sit down and read with them each day at home makes all the difference. We have appreciated the efforts by parents to get their students here on time. It is so important to develop that habit at a young age. I’m optimistic that we are headed in the right direction.
As we think about the end of year proficiency tests we are all working hard to help students do well. We appreciate the opportunity to meet and hold parent conferences. We know that working together will help each student do better and increase the chance for success. This is a great time of year to be optimistic. I like the following quote from Jimmy Dean, “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Our February social skill is “How to Accept Consequences”. Talk to your student about this skill and the steps taught to learn how to do it. I hope you saw the Buzzing Bee and it’s trail of pink praise notes. We value the benefit of giving praise and recognizing the student’s effort to choose good. We are lucky to have the PTA support our efforts to teach social skills and for the great parents that take a turn teaching these skills in the classrooms. Thanks for all the things that are done in your home and families to support the efforts of the school. We recognize and appreciate what you do.
I would like to review and explain the air quality flags we have on our entry pillar and you will see on many public buildings in Provo. There are 5 colors of flags. They are based on a scale that measures the particulate matter in the air. Green is the best air and purple is bad enough we should never need to hang it. Yellow is moderate and at school we will encourage those with respiratory issues to choose to stay in. Orange means “unhealthy for sensitive groups”. We will ask all students with breathing issues to stay in. This could mean a student with asthma that always has trouble or someone with a cold that has a hard time breathing temporarily. Please make sure your child’s teacher knows if there are issues or concerns. A red flag means the air is unhealthy for everyone and all outside recess will be cancelled. Everyone dislikes these days. We hope a greater awareness helps everyone think about what can be done to reduce bad air. At school we ask that you turn off your car as you wait to pick students up (be idle free) and have them walk more often if possible.
As we begin a new year it is a wonderful opportunity to set new goals and plan to do better.
Our January social skill is “How to Make Good Choices”. I always enjoy getting out the snow shovels at recess because the students are so busy helping they seem to be happier and are so enthused to have a project. January is usually a long, cold month and a great time to begin working on goals. I hope everyone sets a social goal to do something for another person. This is also the mid-year point where we have a good idea how the students are each doing academically. This is a great time to resolve to do a little better. Happy New Year.
I appreciate the efforts of our teachers to find the time to prepare a program with their students. Part of our school service standard indicates every grade level does some type of program to bring in parents during the year at some time. I enjoyed the fifth grade program and the focus on celebrating this great country we live in. As we enter December we enjoy the sounds that flow through the halls here at school as classes learn and practice Christmas songs. The school choir, band, and orchestra are sounding great. I like this quote from Norman Vincent Peale, “Nothing during the year is so impressively convincing as the vision Christmas brings of what the world would be if love became the daily practice of human beings.”
It seems like we are all more inclined to think of others at this time of year. I hope as we continue to focus on academic and student “cognitive growth” we will also remember the importance of living the Golden Rule and helping build the skills that will assure our students are contributing citizens in the future. We want to continue to work with the PTA and encourage the “Kindness is Contagious” campaign. Everyone has to do their part to show extra kindness and recognize kind acts they see. I hope everyone has a terrific holiday season.
The school costume parade was great. The weather was wonderful and we all enjoyed being outside. It is always nice to have so many visitors come to the school events. We appreciate all the involvement that parents are able to show for this fun activity. Family science night was also a great success. We appreciate Reggie and Holly Gardner for putting the centers together. It was fun for everyone that attended. Having parent support and involvement is so important for a school to be successful. We look forward to the chance to meet during parent conference as well. Hopefully you feel good about the communication from school and have seen your student progress academically. I hope everyone appreciates the weekly newsletter and recognizes the amount of effort it takes to gather the information, compile it, and print it so we can send the newsletter home each week. We have started to post regularly on the Lakeview Facebook page. Check it out and “friend” us. Communicating is important to us and we attempt to keep everyone informed through several formats. It is a constant challenge.
We appreciate the efforts to get your students here and on time. It does make a difference. Habits and patterns established in elementary school stay with students through their entire school experience. Please continue to emphasize the importance of punctuality and attendance. These next few weeks we have a great opportunity to reinforce the value of caring and sharing. I appreciate the PTA for sponsoring the food drive. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with those that need a helping hand. We are grateful to the PTA for working with us to provide support so the students have every opportunity to learn and succeed. We truly do have much to be thankful for.
I believe we have had a great start to this new school year. We appreciate the PTA for organizing the family picnic. Events like this are great for our school culture. If you were unable to attend the school presentation at the beginning it has been posted on our school web page. It is nice to have the Afterschool program going and I encourage any parents that would like a little extra help to have your students stay and participate. Our school community Council has been organized. Members are Lavdie Huff, Susy Cox, Audrey Mangum, David Gilliland, Rachel Luke, and Jamie Green representing parents. Mrs. Rose, Miss Jarvie, Mrs. Snyder and myself representing the school. The council meets throughout the year. We will post contact information, schedule, agendas, and minutes on the school web site. I hope we here at school are reflecting the kind of opportunity for the students that you as parents would like. The community council is a great forum for input from parents. Our students have additional technology and software licenses as a result of the Community Council and Trust land funds.
We are committed to using the school web page to keep families informed. Please check the school page, calendars and classroom pages to keep informed of current information.
With the change in weather we see an increase in lost and found jackets and coats. Students put them on for recess then get warm outside and take them off and leave them. Please put names inside the jackets and we can return them. We send boxes of lost coats and jackets to D.I. each summer.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the “Halloween Parade” on the 30th. More information will come home as we get closer. We hope to parade outside but that is weather permitting. It is one of the best-attended events of the year and it is always nice to see so much support from parents and family. The students really do feel special. The office has a “suggestion box” if you have any thoughts or opinions about how we can create a better situation for our students please let us know. As always, thanks for your interest and support. It is a pleasure to work with such fine students and families!
Welcome back to another great year at Lakeview Elementary. This school year we are all anxious to create a fantastic experience for the students. We are happy and gratified with the school’s “A” rating from the state. Only two elementary schools in Provo City received this. Only one of the 28 schools south of us in Nebo district earned an “A”. Our students are learning and growing. Our teachers and staff care about helping each student. I hope you recognize the fine school Lakeview is. I would like to extend an invitation to join the PTA. It was great to see everyone at the family picnic. This event and many more during the day and in the evenings are only possible because of the members of the PTA and the support they are to the school program. I want to continue to promote school spirit and encourage everyone to wear green or blue on Fridays. Please try to set aside a shirt for Friday that is our school colors. I would hope our students are proud to be part of Lakeview School and neighborhood. I appreciate the efforts of parents, PTA and our Community Council. We have great volunteer leadership at Lakeview. These parents spend a good amount of time helping our school be a great place. I encourage everyone to be involved in supporting these groups and the school activities they put together. We continue to add technology and software purchased with fundraising from last year and school trust land money. We feel we can better meet the needs of each student from re-teaching to enrichment with the help of technology. Several of the programs give license for you to use at home to reinforce the learning. We hope this year brings continued success for each student. I am sure we have many hopes as we have started a new school year. I hope we continue to create an environment where each child feels cared for and important. I hope parents have confidence in sending their children to us, knowing we will do whatever we can to enrich the student’s experiences. I hope each teacher has the support they need to truly make a difference. Thanks for all you each do to help the school be a positive place. Let’s each take responsibility to contribute any way we can.