Newsletter - February 17, 2023
Black Wolf Bulletin
February 17, 2023; Issue 12
Dear Lakeside Families,
February has been a busy month at Lakeside! This week, we've enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day and a spirit week for the 100th Day of School! Next week, we will have a special visit and presentation from Dean Robbins, author of many amazing children's picture books about real life superheroes. Mr. Robbins will be sharing his presentation with the entire school at 1pm on Friday, February 24th. Families are encouraged to join us for the presentation! Please arrive early, so that you can be checked in at the front office. A book signing will follow the presentation, so please bring your own copy of one of Mr. Robbins' books to have signed!
Mid-year data is in and we are seeing great successes! Here are some recent Lakeside student data celebrations:
At the beginning of the school year, we had 82% students who indicated they had a trusted adult at school. We now have 98% of students with a trusted adult! The students still in need of an adult connection have been paired with an adult (of their choice) to build a deeper connection.
We also started the school year with 98% students who felt safe at school. That number is now 100%!!
In literacy, we are seeing great growth from students. Across grades 3-5 in literacy, we have already made 88% progress toward typical growth in our mid year data! 45% of Lakeside’s 3rd-5th graders are meeting grade level expectations. We look forward to seeing this continue to grow! We are seeing students that are making 200%, 300% or more progress in half of a year.
Spelling is improving according to PALS data and teachers are using blending, segmenting, and orthographic mapping. We are seeing progress!!
Our math data from grades 3-5 shows that students have made 56% progress toward typical growth in mid year data.
As we continue to keep our eye on data measures, we also look at student's progress anecdotally. Multiple measures help us recognize next steps for growth for each child. We look forward to all the growth we'll continue to see in learners as the spring semester continues!
Meet the Author - Dean Robbins
On Friday, February 24th from 1-2pm, award-winning children's author Dean Robbins will visit us for a special event! Mr. Robbins' books for elementary school students have been praised in the New York Times, USA Today, Smithsonian Magazine and Forbes; featured on National Public Radio; chosen for best-of-the-year honors; and adapted for film.
Along with offering presentations on his nonfiction picture books, Dean will sign and personalize copies for any students who bring copies to the event. For a list of the books that Dean has authored, click HERE. All titles are available on Amazon.com or at your local book store.
We'll also have some special dress up days leading up to the event, and parents are welcome to join us for Mr. Robbins' presentation. You can learn more HERE.
Yearbook ordering is available online now! Click HERE to be taken to the prepay link. Yearbooks will be delivered to school sometime in the spring and distributed to the students who ordered. Online ordering is only available until March 1st, so act now!
Donations Needed - Lakeside Family Beach Day Dance!
REMINDER - Lakeside's annual family dance event is coming soon! We need your help! The raffle baskets are still pretty empty, so please consider sending in items or money for the baskets. Any and all donations help! Click HERE for more information.
This year's dance will be held on Friday, March 3rd from 6 - 7:30pm in the Lakeside gym and has a "Beach Day" theme. Sign up HERE to volunteer at the dance, or to provide snacks! Thank you to all who have donated and signed up already!
For those of you new to Lakeside, or just new to the dance, this is an annual dance and fundraiser put on by our PTO. Some amazing raffle baskets are put together with donations from Lakeside families, as well as the wider community. Students (and families!) can purchase tickets for an opportunity win a raffle basket at the end of the night. There are also some silent auction items for families to bid on during the evening. Each class has a "theme" for their class-sponsored basket, and families are encouraged to donate items or money for their child's class basket, or just for the baskets overall.
This has been one of the PTO's biggest fundraisers of the year, and has allowed them to generously support our students and staff with donations for classroom materials, providing field trip busing, and much, much more. Of course, it's also just a really great time! So even if you're unable to donate or purchase tickets at this time, don't miss the dance! We appreciate your support in making this fun family event a success!
Staff Introductions - Welcome (back) to Lakeside!
Staff Member: Jodi Jari
Role at Lakeside: Part-time ESOL (English Speakers of Language) teacher
Experience: I recently retired from OASD after teaching for 30+ years. My last teaching assignment was 1st grade at Lakeside for 6 years. I am now back to my roots, as I taught ELL (English Language Learners) students when I first began my career in teaching.
Family/Hobbies: I have been married to my husband for 30+ years. We have two sons, Spencer and Brady. Spencer married Bailee and they own the Piggly Wiggly stores in Omro and Oshkosh. Brady is finishing his undergraduate work at UWO before continuing on to his doctorate degree. My family is the most important thing in my life. I do enjoy reading, sewing, hiking, and spending time at our cabin.
Oshkosh Youth Baseball - 9U Team
Oshkosh Youth Baseball (OYB) is looking to add 4-6 players to the 9U team. If your child is interested, click HERE for more information!
Give-Education Day on March 1st
On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, the Oshkosh community will come together for 24 hours of giving to support the incredible work of teachers, staff, and students in the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD). All funds raised will be used to make the following projects a reality in the next school year:
Materials and supplies for OASD classrooms that are beyond the building budget via our Donors Choose Partnership.
Grants supporting new and innovative classroom projects.
Basic needs items for our most vulnerable students, including clothing, hygiene items, and school supplies.
Click HERE to see a video of Mrs. Homman bowling with some of our 3rd grade students, talking about the impact of these donations, and to make your contribution now!
Event RemindersAre you coming to school for an event during the school day? If you know you will be attending an event at school and you've already been scanned using our "Raptor" security system (this year or any prior year), call the office or send me an email ahead of time. I'll have your visitor badge printed and ready to go, and you can skip the line!
Not "Raptored" yet? Please remember to bring your photo ID the first time you come to school for an event during the day. After that first time, we can look you up by name.
Thank you for helping us keep our school and your children safe!
As a reminder, if you are interested in volunteering by helping in your child's classroom or chaperoning a field trip, you must have a pre-approved volunteer application on file before the volunteering event. These applications are to be filled out each school year, but then are good for the remainder of the year, and are effective for all OASD schools. You can find the application HERE.
Important!: Once you have completed your application, let the office know so that we can request that the application be processed; this does not happen automatically, and can take up to 48 hours, so please plan accordingly!
Check out our Community Events page on our website for information about events happening throughout the Oshkosh community!
Upcoming Lakeside Events
- February 20th - No school for students; professional development for staff
- February 21st - 24th - Spirit week for author visit (see above for more info)
- February 22nd - 5th Grade field trip to Barlow Planetarium
- February 24th - Author visit by Dean Robbins, 1-2pm (see above for more info)
- March 3rd - Lakeside School Dance, 6-7:30pm
- March 10th - No school for students; professional development for staff
- March 20th - 24th - Spring break