Teacher at Desk

Principal's Message

April 2018

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams. Our 5th/6th grade team is the district champion. Our 3rd/4th grade team took third place. Both teams are so impressive. I appreciate the parents that volunteer so we can offer programs like this. 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. Battle of the Books, is a great example. We have talked about robotics, chess club, spelling bee, coding club, talent shows and other things that are 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 2018

March is a month that 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 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 2018

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 noticed the “Good Character is Golden” display in the entry foyer as you attended parent conferences. 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 homes and families to support the efforts of the school. We recognize and appreciate what you do.

January 2018

As we begin a new year it is a wonderful opportunity to set new goals and plan to do better. This is the mid-year point where we have a good idea how the students are each doing academically. Please plan to come in for parent conferences on February 7 and 8.

Our January social skill is “How to Make Good Choices”. This is a great time to resolve to do a little better.

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.

December 2017

Our family Art Night was terrific. We are lucky to have such great teachers working with the students at Lakeview. I appreciate the families that came and the teachers and staff that helped organize the event. Our PTA is working hard to involve more parents. Please consider what you can do and realize we do need your help. I feel so fortunate that I work in a place where I get to watch and listen to the songs that celebrate our country and the holidays of the year. I do occasionally take for granted how enjoyable it is to be around the boys and girls and see their enthusiasm towards things. I especially enjoy the sounds that flow through the halls here at school as classes learn and practice Christmas songs. I really like this quote by 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. I hope everyone has a terrific holiday season.

November 2017

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. Having parent support and involvement is so important for a school to be successful. We appreciated 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 put it together so we can send the newsletter out 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.

I look forward to our first “Arts Night” on Monday the 13th. There are so many talented young people here at Lakeview. This will give the opportunity to showcase some of that talent.

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.

October 2017

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. 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 Silver Brown, David Gilliland, Katie Lott, Jamie Green, Rachel Luke, and Lavdie Huff representing parents. Mrs. Rose, Mrs. Hyden, Mrs. Snyder and myself represent 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 opportunities 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 well as many hours of teacher’s assistants as a result of the Community Council and Trust land funds.

I am excited to have this new format for our newsletter. The 2-question survey is a great way for us to get a simple opinion about how parents feel. We want to work at continual growth and getting information about areas to improve will be very helpful. We also hope to see the good things that are happening validated by your response to those questions when they come.

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 on lunch boxes and we can return them. We send boxes of lost coats and jackets to D.I. each summer.

The first week of October is our school Kindness Week. Students in the Kindness club have planned fun activities. Jeffrey R. Holland said, “What we say or don’t say, how we say it and when, is so very, very important in shaping a child’s view of himself or herself.” This is true of what students say to each other as well. We want to constantly encourage thoughtfulness in the way students interact with each other and hope the same is reinforced in the homes.

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. As always, thanks for your interest and support. It is a pleasure to work with such fine students and families!

September 2017

 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 appreciate the great attitude that we have felt from students and parents. I have enjoyed the school open house and the first days of school. I would like to extend an invitation to join the PTA. On September 18 we will have a family picnic. Data about our students and their success in school will be shared. 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 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. We pledge as a school staff to create a nurturing environment where the students feel important and learn to treat each other in kind ways. 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.