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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


It has come to my attention that some items attached to books have gone missing during the current book fair. We cannot sell books that are missing the toy such as the Ninja Lego Lloyd mini figure. This reality results in less fundraising dollars for the school. 

I was reluctant to mention this issue to our North Lake School Community; however, we experienced stealing at the spring book fair as well.

Please talk as a family about this inappropriate conduct. It is the North Lake Wave Way to not take things that belong to others or are not paid for at a store.

Let’s COME TOGETHER and raise our little North Lakers with integrity, honesty, and respect.



As a reminder there is half day of school on Wednesday, October 25th.  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from noon until 8:00 p.m.  If you need to schedule a conference, please contact your child’s teacher and every accommodation will be made to meet your family’s needs.  

Parents of 5th and 6th graders will still receive a private conference in the classrooms with teachers.  The conference format is unchanged.  It is simply, come when it works for you to meet individually with your child’s teachers.

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.


Mrs. Heather Apel has enjoyed getting to know the North Lake School families.  She lives in Hartford with her husband, Jared, and young son, Aiden, and Rowdy, the family’s Golden Retriever.  Mrs. Apel studied nursing at Concordia University and recently worked as a school secretary in the Wauwatosa School District.  The Apel family enjoys going up north and racing at Slinger Speedway.  Mrs. Apel has been a perfect fit at North Lake School and her favorite color is teal.  Stop by the office and say hello to Mrs. Apel! 

Gail Shine


Mrs. Gail Shine is working alongside Mrs. Diane Cull in the NLS Farm Kitchen.  Her favorite foods are pizza, soups, and salads.  Mrs. Shine and her husband, Bruce, have two children, one grandchild, and two black labs.  Mrs. Shine’s happy place is her cabin on the Wolf River.  Stop by for a hot lunch and say hello to Mrs. Shine!


The upper school, 5-8, will have Halloween celebrations on Wednesday, October 25th.  The lower school, K-4, will have Halloween celebrations on Tuesday, October 31st.  K-4 families are invited to attend the parade at 8:00 a.m. in the MPR.

Happy Halloween


Thank you to the Center Oak 4-H for constructing the beautiful fall decorations for this evening’s NLEF Fall Fest which runs from 6-8 p.m. tonight.  Members collected pumpkins, corn stalks, and even painted carved pumpkins and ghosts on hay bales to create a festive atmosphere for this event.  Great job!


Don’t forget the NLEF Fall Fest is tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Check out the map for all of the fun activities.  If you would like to attend and did not prepay, you can still come and pay at the door.  Reminder – children must be chaperoned by parents.  

Fall Fest Map


Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy Culver’s and support NLS.  Next month, Culver’s night will be November 13th.

“There were lots of families, and it was a great event!!!!”    –   Ms. Mays

“It was wonderful to see so many North Lake families come to Culver’s and help raise money for our school.”   –   Mr. Budde

Culvers workers
Culvers Mr. Budde


Special thank you to Captain Shawn Hofstetter and the Merton Community Fire Department for their commitment to fire prevention education in our community.  The programming that your child experienced today would not happen without Shawn and Jen Hofstetter.  This former North Lake family continues to care about keeping children safe in the event of a fire.  The rescheduled event today is appreciated by students and staff.

Fire Dept
Fire Dept Visit
Fire Dept Visit

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.


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.

Merton Community Fire Department  Visit to NLS


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 – Wear RED!


5th-8th Grade Halloween Parties


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


K-4th Grade Halloween Celebrations and Parade at 8:00 am

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake Families! 

We are getting ready to celebrate Red Ribbon Week here at North Lake during the week of October 23 – October 25.  Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States.  Here at North Lake School, we focus on healthy choices and decision making with the younger students.  The older students also talk about decision making, refusal skills, and drug/alcohol facts.

Activities will take place in Guidance class, Health class, announcements, and discussions in homerooms.   We will also have a Wear Red Day on October 24th. Please join us in wearing red that day – it will let your children know that you support healthy choices, also!

Stay tuned for an opportunity to buy North Lake spirit wear VERY soon!

As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to support your child!

Jill Lesch

School Counselor

A Note from Ms. Meister...

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Parents and Guardians:

You will receive your child’s Individual Student Report (ISR)for the Spring 2023 Forward exam at parent teacher conferences on October 25th, or it will be sent home with your child on Monday, October 30th. The ISR provides information about your child’s performance on the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Forward Exam was administered during the spring of 2023 in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, science for grades 4 and 8, and social studies for grades 4, 8, and 10. As part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System, the Forward Exam is a large-scale, standardized achievement test designed to assess what students know in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.

Remember that the ISR is just one of many indicators of your child’s academic performance. In order to obtain a more complete picture of your child’s areas of strength and growth, it is important to consider information from a variety of sources.

For more information on ISRs, please review the “What is an Individual Student Report” document. Please also feel free to contact your child’s teacher/s or me with any questions.

Nancy Meister

(262) 966-2033 Ext. 134

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