Wave 11-18-22

Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

Kapco Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive will be held once again this year!  Please send in unwrapped & new toys beginning the week of November 28 through December 7th.

Thank you in advance for participating in our school community service project for the eighth year in a row. 

Dr. Ackley:  You have been ahead of the curve with the pickleball craze. When did you start teaching pickleball?
Mrs. Clauer:  Gosh, I have to think. I remember teaching pickleball at Swallow before I came here. So, it has to be 27 years.
Dr. Ackley:  WOW! 27 years is a long time. What inspired you to start pickleball back in the day?
Mrs. Clauer:  I wanted the kids to learn a different racquet sport and every kid can do it!
Dr. Ackley:  What grade does pickleball begin at NLS and what skills are needed?
Mrs. Clauer:  I start teaching pickleball in 4th grade. Hand-eye coordination is an important skill and finesse!
Dr. Ackley:  Do the kids like it?
Mrs. Clauer:  Yes! It is funny though because the kids used to call pickleball “an old person” sport but now everyone is playing it! It is very popular and can be extremely competitive.  

Cleo the bearded dragon that reads


Miss Mays has a classroom pet who reads. Does Cleo prefer the classics? I know that Miss Mays likes the classics and started a book club after school on Mondays. Four 7th/8th graders are currently reading C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe while enjoying “teatime.”

We have entered the second quarter and notice that families are adjusting to Skyward. We hope that you find Skyward & the new NLS website user friendly and relevant to your world.  Our 2022-2023 school theme is TOGETHER WE CAN!  The North Lake School staff thanks you for trusting us to educate your child and remembers that we are all on this journey together. Parents, you share responsibility for our educational goals and expectations so please keep the communication open with your child, your child’s teachers and with me, your child’s principal.

November/December Dates to Remember


“A” Friday


Girls Basketball
7th:  North Lake at Stone Bank 4:30


NLS & Arrowhead Spirit Day


No School – Thanksgiving Recess


NLEF Holiday Fundraiser
AMSAC 5-6 Girls Basketball Tournaments Nov. 28-Dec. 3
     5th Grade at Richmond
      6th Grade at North Lake


Girls Basketball – 7th:  North Lake at Lake Country 4:30

Dec. 2

“B” Friday

Gr. K-4 Holiday Concert 5:00 p.m. followed by the North Lake Community Annual Santa Visit


Red Cross Blood Drive 2:00-6:00 p.m. Multi-Purpose Room
AMSAC 7-8 Girls Basketball Tournaments Dec. 5-10
     7th Grade at Lake Country
     8th Grade at Erin


“A” Friday
PJ Day


Gr. 5-8 Holiday Concert 6:00 p.m.

Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m. Hartland Location


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m.  No after-school learning lab


“B” Friday
NLEF Holiday Lights Contest Voting Opens; Voting Ends Dec. 31st


Ugly Sweater Day
School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Conference Room

Dec. 23-Jan. 2

No School – Winter Break 
School Resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd

Next Wave:  December 2nd

A Note from Ms. Meister . . .

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) school and district report cards for 2021-22 are now available on the DPI website. I am very happy and proud to report that North Lake School significantly exceeds expectations with an overall score of 91.2. 

What are the School and District Report Cards?

As part of the state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every publicly funded school and district in Wisconsin. These report cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas (Achievement, Growth, Target Group Outcomes, and On-track to Graduation). A school or district’s overall accountability score places the school/district into one of five overall accountability ratings:

* from: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

I’ve been spending time in classrooms this week talking about the SCIENCE of gratitude. Gratitude isn’t just a “feel good” thing – the positive impacts of gratitude have been well researched. The documented benefits of it range from better sleep, reduction in depression and blood pressure, improvement in relationships and less turnover in the workplace.

It’s exciting to think of the difference that we could make with our families if we instill a little gratitude practice in our routines. This could be as simple as discussion at the dinner table, openly expressing things that we are grateful for (big and small) or writing letters of gratitude and appreciation for others.  I had a third grader express gratitude for mistakes and obstacles during our lesson. WOW!  Now that is an attitude of gratitude!

In other news, stay tuned for information about our Kapco Toy Drive coming soon! Also, our next spirit day is on November 22nd.  Wear Arrowhead and North Lake spirit wear or colors!

As always, please let me know if there are any ways that I can support your child!  THANK YOU for sharing your child with us.

Take care-

Jill Lesch

Kapco Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive

Join us in helping others!  

We’ll be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 7th.

Kapco Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive
North Lake's Annual Santa Visit

Join us at the old North Lake Fire Station just west of North Lake School as we kick off the Christmas season with Santa and friends! Get your photo taken with Santa and his friends, write a letter to the North Pole, enjoy some hot cocoa & cookies and take home some reindeer food! This event will be held outdoors and indoors, so please dress accordingly. *Non-perishable food items and donations will be collected for the North Lake Food Pantry.

  Congratulations to Patriots Pen Essay
  Contest winner, Allison Guiser, 7th
  Teachers do homework, too!
  Reminder:  After-school  learning lab
  is closed on the 3rd Thursday of each
  month for a staff meeting.
                                                                     3rd Grade Science on Scooters
                                                         Concept:  Newton’s 3rd Law of MOTION                
Community Fellowship Corner

Wave 11-4-22

Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

It’s here! The new and improved North Lake School website is ready for your visit. It reflects all the elements that you asked for and more . . . The school website works especially well in your mobile device and we welcome your input. Please let us know what you think today with an email to me:  acklie@northlakeschool.org

An interventionist teacher supports student learning by providing targeted instruction. This instruction supports regular education classes in the content areas of literacy and mathematics. Mrs. Haase is providing intervention in grades K-4 and Mrs. Minor works with grades 5-8. Mrs. Haase likes to go for long walks, paddleboard, read romantic comedies, play pickleball, and watch sports (especially basketball coached by her husband and played by her children). Mrs. Minor’s favorite season is winter and she loves to downhill ski. She is active with the ski patrol and can be recognized by her snowflake necklace!

The middle school schedule is a work of art and contains many complexities. With that said, switching of electives is not an option this school year. Seventh and eighth grade students need to stay in the course with their selected electives. Please let me know how I can help if challenges or concerns arise in any classes. Enjoy!

Markus Hull, 4th grade, joined a fencing club over the summer and has been enjoying the opportunity of taking lessons from 3-time Olympian Abbas Fadel. Keep up the good work, Markus, get more touches and ring that bell!

Markus in fencing gear

See you at the STEAM Fair tonight (5:00 p.m.) and at the Veterans Day Celebration (9:00 a.m.) on Wednesday. Thank you to all the NLEF volunteers for every event at NLS!

Have a great weekend!

November Dates to Remember


Girls Basketball

6th:  Erin at North Lake 5:30

7th:  Richmond at North Lake 4:30


Gr. K-2 to Schoolhouse Players Production at Arrowhead 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Girls Basketball – 7th:  North Lake at Richmond 6:30


Veterans Day Celebration:  Program 9:00 a.m., Brunch 10:00 a.m.

Girls Basketball
6th:  Swallow Gold at North Lake 4:30

7th:  Stone Bank at North Lake 5:30


Girls Basketball – 6th:  North Lake at Swallow Black 5:30


“B” Friday


Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m. Hartland Location


Girls Basketball

6th:  North Lake at Erin 4:30

7th:  North Lake at North Shore 4:30


Girls Basketball

6th:  Merton at North Lake 4:30

7th:  Lake Country at North Lake 5:30


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m. No after-school learning lab


“A” Friday


Girls Basketball – 7th:  North Lake at Stone Bank 4:30

School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Conference Room


NLS & Arrowhead Spirit Day


No School-Thanksgiving Recess

Next Wave:  November 18th

A Note from Ms. Meister . . .

It’s that time of the school year again. First quarter ends today. Grades will be posted and *new* at North Lake School, report cards will be made available in Skyward. Look for an email when the report cards are ready to view. 

Also *new* this school year, students in kindergarten to 4th grade will receive marks from the following scale:

4 – consistently exceeds expectations; demonstrates in-depth understanding
3 – consistently meets expectations; demonstrates grade level understanding
2 – partially meets expectations; demonstrates some understanding
1 – does not meet expectations; demonstrates limited understanding

Please reach out to me or your student’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

PARENTS! Connect to North Lake School using Artsonia to receive important updates on your child’s art classroom activity. You can also visit the gift shop and purchase items featuring your child’s artwork. All purchases help fund supplies for North Lake artists.

Use your camera to scan this code.

You can also browse to www.artsonia.com/parents and enter this Parent Code:  Y3BRCKYK.

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!
I wanted to share some of my favorite resources with you. Bookmark this one and keep it for when and if you need it!

Gals Institute:  Mental health clinic that will do appointments here at school. This is convenient and allows for kids to get the support they need in a convenient way that minimizes the need to miss school for an appointment (262-337-9770).

Healing Hearts:  FREE support groups for children and teens who are navigating their grief journey after a loss. 

Common Sense Media:  Provides reviews for games, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts. If your child is wanting to watch something, check it out here for recommendations about appropriateness or what to be aware of.

Screenagers:  Provides so many parent resources centered around technology use.

As always, please let me know if there are any ways that I can support your child!

Take care-
Jill Lesch

Leadership News

It was fun to see everyone get in the spirit and support the message taught during Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week

Spirit Wear:  Please let Mrs. Lesch know if you bought your spirit wear as a gift for your child. We’ll get in touch with you to deliver it straight to you instead of sending it home with your child.

Next Spirit Day:  North Lake and Arrowhead Spirit Wear on November 22nd.

MSO Arts in Community Education Program presents
The Musical Family – Audience, Composer, Conductor, and Orchestra 

MSO ACE Program
MSO ACE Program

Made possible for kindergarten through a NLEF mini-grant. 

Specialty School Supplies
Available in-person ONLY @ LCK today!

The Wave Sept. 9

Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


It has been a happy, smooth start to the 2022-2023 school year. The students have settled in and seem to be enjoying themselves and their teachers. We are extremely lucky to have the high quality, experienced group of professionals serving our North Lake School Community. There is no obstacle that we cannot overcome. I encourage parents to reach out to me at any time to problem solve, provide support, and/or make a change in your child’s educational programming. I am here to listen and am happy to do so.


Karl Ashenfelter, Director of Buildings and Grounds, and I have spent time improving our school safety plan. We recently met with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and EMC Insurance Company to conduct school security assessments. It is crucial to review the response plan, inspect the physical building, and provide teacher training annually. The two top things we can do to keep our school safe are: #1 LOCK ALL DOORS (exterior & interior) and #2

IMPLEMENT VISITOR PROTOCOLS (know who is in the building). 

These priorities are part of maintaining a safe school setting for students. There are many other enhancements that we have implemented and I am happy to discuss those offline with parents. Parents…you are our partners in these priorities and “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!” We have to work together and keep all of our eyes open. Finally, we will conduct an announced school safety drill in September to remain compliant and to practice response to a threat.


Thank you families for your patience as we get closer to opening the family access portal for our new student information system – Skyward. We are currently transitioning from Tyler SIS to Skyward. In the near future, you will receive your login information via an email from Skyward. You will need to set up your access in the Skyward system. We know you will be pleased with all the bells and whistles with Skyward. Meanwhile, please continue to send cash or check for lunch payments to the office.


We experienced amazing generosity from the Brian & Jamie Rothe Family (new to NLS). They have donated mountains of Milwaukee Tools and universal batteries with a storage mount. The highlights include orbital sanders and routers which will enhance the ring toss games while teaching new skill sets. I invite any parent to call me and check out the LAKERS MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE up and running Monday-Friday in the mornings. You will be amazed! The next step in expansion includes improved storage solutions such as a garage cabinet system for tools and material donations such as wood, metal, and plastic for the laser engraver.


In June, North Lake School and Merton Primary School were the beneficiaries of a Silver Award Take Action Project. Congratulations on this achievement to the girls of North Lake/Merton Troop #6380: Breanna Reed, Emily Adams, Isabella Agnello, and Lilly Bennett. The school board was pleased to receive six beautiful benches built by the troop and installed in the courtyard. These benches will provide flexible workspace outside for students and staff. The school board is still surprised that cookie money paid for it all. Wow, wonderful work!

Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you to our fabulous farm kitchen for hosting all the grands today!

September Dates to Remember


Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m. Hartland Location


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m. (No learning lab)


“A” Friday

Arrowhead Grade School Cross Country Run


North Lake Harvest Fest


NLEF Fun Wisconsin Day
Budget Hearing 5:30 p.m. followed by Annual Meeting & September Board Meeting


“B” Friday
8th Gr. Marching Band Night at Arrowhead 4:30-8:30 p.m.


Picture Retake Day


“A” Friday

Learning Lab

Our school library and computer lab are now open Monday through Thursday from 7:00-7:30 a.m. and 2:35-4:00 pm. This is a community project and we welcome students, parents, and guardians to join us in the school library for homework help and computer usage. This program is not for childcare. It is open for specific study and research purposes. Students younger than 4th grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians are asked to pick up their children promptly at 4:00 p.m. at Door G.

Arrowhead Grade School Cross Country Run

Friday, Sept. 16

The link to register 1st through 8th grade students for the Cross Country run can be found on the “Student” page of the North Lake School website. Please register by Wednesday, September 14th. Details about the run can be found in the flyer that is being sent as an attachment to the Wave.

Please note: No registration is needed for students in 5K and younger. They just show up to the starting line.


Next time you clean out your child’s toy room, please send Legos our way.

We need Legos for the big Lego wall recently installed in the Lower Maker Space. Put a smile on little Lakers’ faces with Legos.

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

It’s been a great start to the school year. We’re seeing lots of smiles!

Each year, I like to remind families and students of my role here as School Counselor. I am here as an advocate for students and a support for families and teachers. I see all students throughout the year as I deliver Developmental Guidance and Health lessons. Students will also have opportunities to take part in small groups on various topics, as well as to request to see me individually. I am here to be a resource for you, also! If you have questions or concerns about your child socially or emotionally, please let me know! If you do NOT want your child to meet with me individually, please let me know that in writing as soon as possible.

We’ve been spending time this week as a school reviewing the expectations of the Wave Way. You can find these resources under the “PBIS” section of the North Lake website.

Our Leadership Group spent time together before school started planning for this year. I will update you more on that, but wanted you to know that we have planned our first spirit day already!

Wear your favorite Wisconsin-themed apparel!

We are excited for a great school year at North Lake! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your child find success academically, socially and emotionally. We are all in this together!

Take care-
Jill Lesch