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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:

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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