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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


I want to take this opportunity to thank the North Lake School Board for their strong support of our GREAT K-8.  The Board consistently makes decisions with your child’s best interests in mind.  There is a tangible trust among board members, school staff, and families.  This trust is evident in the staff’s years of service.  North Lake School staff has approximately 569 years of combined service to North Lake School.

Sue Schultz – President

Debra Schaber – Vice President

Marty Iverson – Clerk

Bob Gatchel – Treasurer

John Marchek – Member


North Lake School is so lucky to have hired Mrs. Allie Bickel.  Mrs. Bickel is working in the special education department and has two elementary aged children of her own.  Don’t blame her, but Mrs. Bickel comes from Chicago and roots for the Bears!  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and coaching basketball.  It is a pleasure to have Mrs. Bickel join the Lakers’ team.

Bickel Family


It was a beautiful day for outdoor education on Monday.  Mr. McConville and Ms. Mays chaperoned the 7th grade to Camp Whitcomb for middle school team building.  North Lake School enjoys its partnership with Camp Whitcomb because it is such a treasure in our very own backyard.  

Student Quotes:

“Archery was so great!”… Bailey

“Splashing around in the canoes was cool!”… Everybody

“I would definitely come here next summer!”… Charlie

7th Grade Camp Whitcomb


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 have received 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.


This week the student spotlight is on Charlee Malosh.  Charlee plays the role of Mayor of Munchkin City in Lake Country Playhouse’s production of The Wizard of Oz.  You can experience the magic October 12-16 and October 19-22.  Show details and times can be found here or the Lake Country Playhouse website.

Charlee Malosh

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.
  • Classroom communication tools like Dojo or Google Classroom should NOT be used for reporting absences.  The office will let your child’s teacher know they are absent.
  • Preplanned absences should be reported to the office as soon as you know your dates.

What to do if my child is late?

  • ALWAYS call the office to let Mrs. Apel know that your child will be late.
  • Call 262-966-2033 and speak with Mrs. Apel or leave a message.
  • When arriving late, students MUST CHECK IN at the office for a late pass and lunch choice before going to class.
  • Reminder – school beings at 7:25 a.m.

What to do if my child is leaving early?

  • ALWAYS call the office to let Mrs. Apel know that your child will be leaving early. 
  • Call 262-966-2033 and speak with Mrs. Apel or leave a message.
  • When picking up your child early, please come to the office to meet your child and escort them to your vehicle.
  • We will try to have your child in the office when you arrive based on the times provided when you called.
  • Also, please direct any after school pickup/bus changes through the office.


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!

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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


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’ve been spending some time talking about bullying prevention in all grades recently.  We focus primarily on how to be an upstander and all of the different ways someone can help. 

Here are the things we talk about:

Be a buddy:  Show support for the target.  This could even be after the situation is over.

Speak up:  This is a brave one!  Tell the person bullying to STOP in an assertive way.

Interrupt:  Change the subject or invite the target away from the situation.

Tell an adult:  If you’ve tried a strategy and the problem continues, talk to an adult about it.

Practice is so helpful!  Although your middle schoolers may roll their eyes, they still REALLY benefit from talking through and practicing how they are going to show these upstander behaviors.

This is a great website you can use as a prompt for some discussion.

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center

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

Take care-

Jill Lesch

A Note from Ms. Meister...

parent conferences

Come together!  The partnership we build together between school and family is important for student success.  Parent/Guardian and Teacher Conferences are a great way to share information about your child and get information from teachers about their academic performance and progress. 

North Lake School conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm with a teacher dinner break from 4:30 to 5:00pm.  Click on the names below to sign up.  We look forward to seeing you at school. 

Kindergarten:          Mrs. Giesie                               Mrs. Toczyski (Restock)

1st Grade:                  Mrs. Tarkowski                       Miss Wartman

2nd Grade:                 Mrs. Brittnacher                    Mr. Ray

3rd Grade:                  Mr. Budde and Mrs. Kudis

4th Grade:                   Mr. Byrne and Mrs. Flannery

5th and 6th grade:  Mrs. Andorfer, Mr. Kaczor, Mrs. Richman, Mrs. Ruck

7th and 8th grade:   Miss Mays, Mr. McConville, Mrs. Minor, Mrs. Wagner

Specials and elective teachers: Mrs. Clauer (Phy. Ed.), Mr. Krieger (Music), Mrs. Lesch (School Counselor), Mrs. Lyons (Art), will all be available for drop-in visits. Feel free to stop by their classroom or office.

NLEF Family Directory Ads

Are you a small business owner?  Would you like to possible reach over 200 new potential clients?  Consider advertising in the North Lake School Family Directory.  Please see the attached form for all details.  If you are in need of a form to fill out or have questions, please contact Mia Stremcha at  Thank you!

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Community fellowship
Book Fair
Fall Fest
MA Open House
Women Center program
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