Wave 9-22-23

Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


Honoring grandparents is a long standing tradition at North Lake School.  Thank you to everyone for patience and flexibility at this busy event.  Over 450 Salisbury steak lunches were served with pleasure.  Mrs. Cull’s farm kitchen ran smoothly with the help of Grandma Gail Shine.  

Grandparent Day 1
Grandparent Day 2
Grandparent Day 3
Grandparents Day 5
Crosswalk broken


Parents, please SLOW down in our parking lot when dropping off in the morning and picking up in the afternoon.  The crosswalk sign was recently run over in the parking lot!  Children must be escorted to and from your vehicle!   We do not want parents standing by their vehicles or in the parking lot at pick up.  Students are easily unseen at this busy time of day.  

Let’s all COME TOGETHER around this important safety issue.


Cindy Lofy

Mrs. Lofy lives in the Lake Country area and is excited to serve as North Lake School’s Speech Pathologist.  She enjoys reading, walking, and experiencing the fall colors.  Mrs. Lofy has a husband, two daughters, one dog, and one rabbit, named Cake Pop.  Please welcome Mrs. Lofy to our North Lake School family.



The North Lake School Board is conducting an online survey to hear from district residents.  The Board is seeking input on the April 2024 referendum question.  District residents will receive an informational postcard regarding the online survey with a QR code.  Paper copies are also available at North Lake School, Town Hall Library, and Town of Merton Town Hall.  Please encourage your neighbors to take advantage of this important opportunity to be heard.


The Women’s Center Inc. of Waukesha is hosting a community event in the Lakers’ Library on October 25th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. during Parent Teacher Conferences  The title of the event is Sex Trafficking and the following topics will be highlighted including  definition of human trafficking, prevalence in our community, myths vs. facts, and risk factors.  Content is geared toward parents, and childcare will be provided.  RSVP to the North Lake School office for childcare.

What to do if my child is absent?

  • Always call the office to let Mrs. Apel know if your child is absent, tardy, or leaving early. 
  • Call 262-966-2033 and speak to Mrs. Apel or leave a message.
  • You may also contact your child’s teachers to let them know about the absence.
  • Classroom communication tools like Dojo or Google Classroom should not be used for reporting absences.
  • Preplanned absences should be reported to the office as soon as you know your dates.

Forensics Club Coach Needed

Do you love public speaking and mentoring the youth?  Then, we need you!  Ms. Mays is focusing on her book club and seeking a new leader for the Forensics Club.  Please reach out directly to Ms. Mays at maylau@northlakeschool.org.

Picture Retake Day - September 26th

Empire Photography will be at North Lake School for Picture Retake Day on Tuesday, September 26th. 

Pictures will be taken of students who missed picture day, retake pictures, and Lake Country Kindergarten 3K and 4K.  

Please see that attached flier at the end of the WAVE for information on picture retakes.

Picture Day

Cross Country Run Accolades

Congratulations to all students who ran in last Friday’s Cross Country Run.  North Lake had a wonderfully large number of participants.  Mrs. Clauer is very proud of every participant.  They showed up and tried their hardest.  Listed below are overall team placings.  A huge shout out to the Girls and Boys 7-8 grade teams for bringing back the championship trophies!  Great job to everyone!

1st/2nd Girls

4th Place Team


3rd/4th Girls

3rd Place Team


5th/6th Girls

3rd Place Team


7th/8th Girls

1st Place Team

Ellie Nies 5th

Ava Haase 7th

Taylyn Curci 9th

Grace Robinson 11th

1st/2nd Boys

2nd Place Team


3rd/4th Boys

3rd Place Team


5th/6th Boys

2nd Place Team


7th/8th Boys

1st Place Team

Keegan Foerch 3rd

Lewis Wetzel 4th

Quinn Fulton 8th

Nolan Feltz 10th

Davis Murray 11th

Starting LIne Run
cross country run
cross country run


busSchool safety is always a priority at North Lake School, and this priority includes bus transportation.  MyView is real time, map based bus locator and available as an app on your smartphone or tablet.  Parents can create alert zones around drop off and pick up points. When your child’s bus enters an alert zone, you will receive a notification.  No more worries about where your child’s bus is located! 

Please see the attached instructions at the end of the WAVE for detailed information.  If you need even more specific instructions to download and set up the app, please contact the office.

NLS Spirit Wear...Coming Soon!

North Lake Logo

Wisconsin Day - 4th Grade!

Wisconsin Day

October Dates to Remember


7th Grade Camp Whitcomb Field Trip 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball Practice Begins


Tie Dye Day


Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.


7th & 8th Grade Waukesha Expo Center Field Trip 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Kindergarten Glacier Rock Farms Field Trip 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Book Fair Begins
School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. – Library


Staff Meeting  2:30 p.m. – No Learning Lab


NLEF Fall Fest (formerly Pumpkin Chill)


Red Ribbon Day


Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:30 a.m. Dismissal – 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Conferences)
Women’s Center Presentation Library – 4:30-6:00 p.m.


NO School for Students


NO School


Halloween Celebrations and Parade

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!  

It’s been a great start to the school year. 

New Student Committee:   Made signs to welcome our new students

School Community Committee:   Made plans for a school store

Service Committee:  Worked on a service project to provide school supplies for a school in need

Spirit Committee:   Planned our spirit days for the year


Spirit Day


Wisconsin Day


Tie Dye Day


Wear Red Day


Mismatch Day


DIsney Day


Ugly Sweater Day


Pajama Day


Spirit Day


Stuffy Day


Sports Day


Wear Green Day


Hawaiian Day


Color Day

3k&4k – Blue

K – Black

1 – Yellow

2 – Grey

3 – Purple

4 – White

5 – Pink

6 – Green

7 – Red

8 – Orange


North Lake Spirit Day


Neon Day

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


A Note from Ms. Meister...

perfect attendance

Welcome Back!

September is Attendance Awareness Month.  Our exceptional North Lake staff provides engaging instruction across the curriculum in the classroom every day.  So plan to arrive on time and attend every day.  I’ll look forward to seeing you learning in school.

To contact me, I am available at meinan@northlakeschool.org or (262)966-2033.

Nancy Meister

Director of Teaching and Learning

Retake day
CFC Meeting
MA Open House
Women Center program
Bus Drivers Needed

Wave 9-8-23

Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


It has been a wonderful first week back to school.  North Lake School is blessed to be 100 fully staffed by highly qualified professionals.  I am also pleased to report that Dousman Transport has secured bus drivers despite the significant shortage in Wisconsin.  Thank you to our North Lake School Community for helping to kick-off the 2023-2024 school year bright and early Tuesday morning.  Mr. Krieger’s rendition of the National Anthem was amazing and makes me want to add fireworks for next year!  


There have been some exciting updates in staffing in August.  Mrs. Gina Haase will continue her important work as support staff for the 2023-2024 school year.  Mrs. Renee Nies and Mr. Zach Berghouse presented the North Lake School Board with a significant monetary gift reinstating the Lakers Manufacturing Experience in grades 5 and 6.  This gift means that Mr. Dave Richman will work as an educational consultant for the 2023-2024 school year.  Finally, the North Lake School District is still in need of substitute teachers. Please contact Jenny Sellhausen at 262-966-2033 ext 156 or seljen@northlakeschool.org if you can help your school.


The North Lake School Board annually approves the District’s school safety and security plan.  Deputy Dan Adrian (school liaison officer) has updated the plan with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.  READ THIS:  There will be an announced school safety drill on Tuesday, September 12th to practice lockdown procedures.  These procedures include being quiet and hidden in classrooms.  Deputy Dan Adrian will be present to assist with this state mandated school safety drill.


The teaching staff worked many days in August to prepare for your child’s arrival at school.  Inservice training focused on the District’s new classroom management software, AristotleK12.  Teachers will use AristotleK12 to manage technology use in the classroom.  The K-2 teacher team was trained in Literacy Tasks.  The Literacy Tasks assessment tool will replace PALS for the 2023-2024 school year as the District’s phonological awareness and phonics screening device.

Student Leadership

Student Leadership Group

It was awesome to see so many student leaders return to school on August 21st!  Mrs. Lesch’s guidance with this group is truly appreciated.  Thank you to the following student leaders:

Emma Accola
Alejandro Alvarado
August Barke
Tommy Bartosz
Eva Berghouse
Fiona Berghouse
Bella Bielecki
Bentley Breidenbach
Elliot Daugs
Juliana Daugs
Hannah Dibb
Rylan Ecker
Reid Foerch
Reese Foerch
Keagan Foerch
Molly Geracie
Lena Geracie
Evie Gradel

Ava Hansen
Piper Hepp
Colton Herzog
Aubrey Hoffmann
Martin Hughes
Ruby Kujath
Elijah Lenling
Reese Millies
Maddie Nies
Ellie Nies
Xander Rivera
Grace Robinson
Elijah Rohlffs
Olivia Rohlffs
Charlotte Taylor
Meira Taylor
Violet Taylor
Kacey Van Slett
Kennedy Wesemann
Madelyn Westphal
Levi Wetzel
Parker Widenski
McKenzie Wood


Achieving Outside NLS

Eagle Scout Award

Former North Laker, Danielle Paddock of Scouts BSA Troop 90, recently earned her Eagle Scout Award.  Danielle emphasized her passion for band by designing and building instrumental band storage including a movable percussion cart and wall shelving.  It was a pleasure serving as Danielle’s advisor.  Congratulations Danielle!



Mini Donut Community Event

Come together logo




September Dates to Remember


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


Grandparents Lunch
AHS Cross Country Run
“B” Friday


North Lake Harvest Fest


Budget Hearing 5:30 p.m. followed by Annual Meeting & September Board Meeting


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m.


“A” Friday


Picture Retake Day including 3K and 4K


“B” 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 p.m. 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

The link to register 1st through 8th grade students for the Cross Country run can be found below or on the “Student” page of the North Lake School website.  Please register by Wednesday, September 13th. 

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


Lake Country Kindergarten Award Winners

2023 NLS Community Award Winner



Marvelous Mediterranean Meal

It is a pleasure when parents are our partners in the school community.  A special thank you to all of those who volunteered or donated items for the wellness Wednesday luncheon on August 30th. Mia Stremcha and Stephanie Eckstein coordinated this unique dining experience.

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!

WISCONSIN DAY  – Wednesday, September 20th

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


A Note from Ms. Meister...

Welcome Back

Welcome to a new school year! It is wonderful to see everyone “Come Together” ready to learn. 

Want to know more about what is happening at North Lake School? There are many ways to find out. This school newsletter, the Wave, is one place to start, it is published every other week.  And check out our school website at  www.northlakeschool.org

To contact me, I am available at meinan@northlakeschool.org or (262)966-2033.

Nancy Meister

Director of Teaching and Learning

Community Fellowship Corner
CFC Meeting