Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome Back!
Fall, 2014

Dear Lakeview Families:

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Lakeview Elementary School!  The staff has prepared for another excellent year.

As a school, one of our goals is to promote the academic and social development of your child(ren).  Progress in this endeavor depends greatly upon the cooperation and communication between school and home.  We begin this process by sharing this handbook to assist you in becoming familiar with our policies and procedures. We will all need to work together to see that your children have a successful school year. Thank you for your continued support!

Character Education is about teaching our young children to know, accept, and live up to their moral duties and obligations.  Our Lakeview staff will focus on "The Six Pillars of Character" in various settings as the year unfolds.  The pillars are:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, and Caring.  Building-wide implementation of common behavior expectations related to “The Six Pillars of Character” will also be a focus. We will blend "The Six Pillars of Character" with the establishment of clear behavior routines throughout Lakeview.

For our staff development, Lakeview teachers will be involved in the critical elements of the Iowa Core Curriculum, as stipulated by the Iowa Department of Education.  All SCSD teachers will be working diligently this year in our collaborative work teams to align our course content with the essential concepts and skills outlined in the Iowa Core.  Lakeview teachers will also continue discussing and developing ways to convey our students’ progress on those essential concepts and skills in report cards to parents.  Lastly, we will be implementing new math materials.  Another busy year!

We hope this is a very enjoyable and productive year for you and your child(ren).  Please feel free to stop in, call, or email us any time if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments.  Be sure to utilize our website for up-to-date information on our school and our school district (    Let’s Sail!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Just in case you haven't heard . . . . . Win with Reading is taking place during the month of April.  The PTO always graciously sponsors the month which is full of fun incentives to help our students log minutes of reading.  This year's theme is "Hog Wild for Reading."

Please check your child's Friday Folder for the chart to track their reading.  The chart is in the shape of a pig / hog and has multiple ideas for logging your child's time.  

Today, during an assembly at school, the children learned that we have a TOTAL SCHOOL goal of every student returning a completed form.  If that happens, I will be giving a cute, little, pink, adorable, stuffed piglet a kiss.   WHAT!!!!  I think the joke may be on me - - - rumor has it that PTO has a live, dirty, huge, sow waiting for my smack!  The students are very motivated to see that happen!!

Parents and families can help by encouraging students to read (always!), by tracking the minutes on the pig form, and then returning the form to school.  It will be a fun and very rewarding month of reading that will probably end with the principal all puckered up!  Let's hope so . . . . . . 

Friday, December 20, 2013

As we near the end of 2013, I would like to pause and ask that we celebrate all of the wonderful strengths and gifts of our school.

The Lakeview teachers and staff:  I am so proud to work every day with this amazing group of professionals.  The teamwork and dedication are never-ending.  They take charge of their own learning so that each and every day can be focused on the children.

The Parents and Community:  Thank you for making school a priority in your life.  You serve on committees, attend PTO meetings, participate in parent/teacher conferences, donate time and resources, communicate, collaborate, and work with us to keep positive energy flowing between home and school.  You expand the possibilities and help us accomplish things we couldn't do alone.

The Students:  You are the reason we are here!  Thank you for sharing and learning and working each day.  It is a joy to watch you grow and it is a great privilege to be your principal.

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!  Enjoy the break and we'll see you back at Lakeview on January 2, 2014.

~  Mrs. Rickels

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips for successful Parent / Teacher conferences

Parent / Teacher conferences are approaching with most being scheduled within the next week.  We are lucky at Lakeview to almost always have 100% of our parents' participation.  I recently read a short article from the National Education Association that included some great suggestions for making conferences even more successful.  Thinking you may appreciate it too, the article is shared below:

A key ingredient for educational achievement is the parent-teacher conference, and to make sure they're successful for both parents and teachers, we've come up with a list of what educators would like parents to know.
The first on the list: Show up, please!
“We know parents are busy, but it is important to carve out time to invest in your child’s education and ensure success at school,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “To get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role in their child’s education year-round and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.”
Here are the rest of our tips for parents:
Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:
  • Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
  • Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
  • Questions about your child’s progress.

Ask Important Questions

Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:
  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • How does my child get along with classmates?
  • Is my child working up to her ability? Where could she use improvement?
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?

Initiate the Action Plan

Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year with regularly scheduled “report card” conferences that can keep the communication lines open.
“Parents are the best resource for a child to make the grade,” said Van Roekel. “When teachers and parents work together, we can help a child have a successful school year.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lakeview Artists' Work on Display

     If you are in the building to visit, for a parent / teacher conference, for a volunteering opportunity, to attend a meeting, or any other reason, make sure to allow extra time to stroll through the halls and enjoy the over 500 pieces of student artwork on display.

     Miss Jackie Meier, the Lakeview art instructor, has worked tirelessly to showcase her students' work throughout the building.  The halls and media center look fantastic!
     Come check it out when you have a chance!
 Congratulations to Miss Meier and our student artists!
Another reason to show our Lakeview pride - - - 

 See you soon!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Welcome Back!

Dear Lakeview Families,

We have completed our first few days of classes for the 2013-2014 school year.  Things have gone very well and we are off to a great start!  We hope that your children have shared some of their excitement with you!

First of all, THANK YOU for all that you do helping your children prepare for a new school year.  We are so grateful to our Lakeview families for the importance you place on education and for helping your children come ready and eager to learn.

Just a couple of reminders about arrival and dismissal time - - If you need to get out of your vehicle to help your child get out in the morning, please use a parking spot in Tier 2 or Tier 3 on the east side of the building.  Please do not stop the flow-through traffic in Tier 1. The parking and entrances / exits on the west (Racine Ave) side of the building are for staff and buses. Lastly, we are asking that parents and care givers who walk to the building to pick up students at the end of the day, please wait on the south side of the short fence to the left of the main entrance.  Students who are being picked up will be dismissed from the south entrance of the building by the playground and can meet you on the lawn between the sidewalk and butterfly garden.

Looking ahead, during the month of September, we will administer two different assessments to our students in order to monitor their literacy progress.  The first assessment is called the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills or DIBELS for short. The DIBELS are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills. DIBELS will be administered to every student in our school. The second assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment or DRA for short.  This assessment will be given to all students in kindergarten–fourth grade this fall. The DRA provides teachers with a method for assessing and documenting primary students' development as readers over time.  This data is vital to our staff as we work on student achievement goals and to Sail For Success For All!

Each year we publish our Lakeview School Family Handbook. We post the handbook on our website at  Click on the Lakeview link and then the link that says Information. There you will find a copy of our handbook for your family to read. If any family would like a paper copy of the handbook, please let your classroom teacher know or call the Lakeview office and we will get one home to you right away.

We are pleased to welcome many new staff members to our Lakeview team:  Jenn O’Hare is teaching second grade; Betsy Brown is teaching first grade; Amy Dolley is also teaching first grade;  Alla Dremlyuga is our English Language Learner (ELL) teacher; Brittanie Shah will be an Reading / Math Support Teacher; Keri Carls is the Begindergarten teacher;  Natalie Johnson and Stacy Sedlacek are special education associates; and Joyce Milliman is a lunchroom / recess supervisor.  We are thrilled all of these fine people are part of the Lakeview staff!

Along with the new staff, I would like to welcome the many new families that have moved to Solon or enrolled their children at Lakeview.  It has been a joy meeting you and we have loved getting to know your children.  Once again - - our warmest welcome to the Solon community!

We are looking forward to an outstanding 2013-2014 school year here at Lakeview.  We are all partners working side by side to ensure that each child has the very best learning experience at our school.


Jodi Rickels, principal

Friday, June 7, 2013

The halls are somewhat empty and the typical "hum" of the building is quieter.  The staff has stored away classroom items and the summer programs are underway.  How quickly another school year has flown by!  There isn't enough blog space to thank everyone that has dedicated time at Lakeview or contributed in one way or another, but I want to highlight some special people who helped make this past school year so happy and productive:

To the students:  you work hard, learn so much, and motivate all of the Lakeview adults each and every day to work hard and learn right along side you.  Thank you for your openness and the delight you show as you come to school each day.

To Lakeview PTO:  Thank you for your wonderful energy and all of your positive support that brings us together as a school.

To the volunteers:  What a wonderful year it has been!  Do you know that volunteers accumulated over 2100 hours at Lakeview this year?  Amazing!  Thank you!

To the Lakeview parents and families:  Thank you for the faith you place in us, which you demonstrate anew each day by entrusting us with your precious children.  I know I speak for the entire Lakeview staff when I say that our highest aspiration is to continue to do everything we can to be worthy of that trust.

To the Lakeview associates, food service, custodians, and secretaries:  your contribution to our building is immense!  Your kind and caring assistance each day makes everything run smoothly.  Thank you for helping our Lakeview family be stronger and better.

To our Facilitator and the Lakeview teachers:  It is inspiring to work with you each day, to see your dedication, your idealism, and the high standards you uphold for your work with our students.  Thank you for your continued dedication.

To all of you:  I will try to say "THANK YOU" more often because you certainly deserve to hear it more often.  I am so grateful for all of you and the contributions you make to Lakeview.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!