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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

North Lake School continues to work closely with Deputy Dan Adrian of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Adrian is present for our announced school safety drills and meets with students on occasion. Recently, he spoke with 7th and 8th graders about respecting the property of others and being a good citizen. Students asked quality questions and are building a nice rapport with Deputy Adrian. As a reminder, our school theme is “Together We Can”.  Students, staff, and parents:      If you see something, say something. We all want the K8 school setting to be a safe place for academic learning and personal growth.

Thank you student leadership for the KM Sports spirit wear sale. Items will be arriving soon. We will be selling “dad hats” (baseball caps) once the shipment comes in. Look for more information in the next Wave.

Also, if you need more spirit wear ASAP, you can find North Lake items at A little birdie from LCK told me about this website. Check it out and represent!

The Kapco Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive will continue through December 7th.  Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy and add to the collection on the table across from the office. The kindergarten through 2nd graders really enjoy checking out the items as they pass by after lunch.

The school staff is looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at the lower school (grades K-4) holiday program at 5:00 p.m. I’m sure you will be impressed with Mr. Krieger’s preparation and stunning solos by students.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upper school (grades 5-8) band and choir holiday concert on Monday, December 12th, at 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Hoffman and Mr. Krieger will collaborate to make this performance extra special.

December Dates to Remember


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


Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Gr. 5-8 Holiday Concert 6:00 p.m.


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


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m.  There is no after-school learning lab.


“B” Friday
NLEF Holiday Lighting Contest Voting Opens; Voting Ends December 31st


North Lake Ski & Snowboard Club 4:00 p.m. Little Switzerland


Ugly Sweater Day

23-Jan. 2

No School – Winter Break
Classes Resume on Tuesday, January 3rd

Counseling Corner

Hello families!

ACP (Academic and Career Planning) is a process of exploration and self-assessment which culminates in a plan that our students take with them to high school as they prepare for their future. Starting in kindergarten, we do age-appropriate activities to explore different careers and learn about ourselves. In 6th, 7th and 8th grade, we work with Xello to document some of this learning for future reference.

At North Lake, a part of the ACP activities are supported by Junior Achievement. We are currently looking for some volunteers who would be willing to come into our classrooms to deliver this curriculum. It is a commitment of 5 lessons at about 45 minutes each. A teaching kit is provided and there is even a short training from JA if you would want it. This is a great chance to get into your child’s classroom! Please reach out to your child’s teacher or me if you are interested. A big thank you to Mr. Dibb, Mrs. Mecikalski, Mrs. Thieme, and Mrs. Van Slett for jumping in already to teach at the 5th and 6th grade levels!

In other news – our leadership spirit group has a few spirit days coming up this month AND spirit wear should be here very soon!

December 9th:      Pajama Day
December 21st:    Ugly Sweater Day

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

Take care-
Jill Lesch

Check out our new art fundraising website at Use the QR code below to connect with your child’s artwork. Artsonia is offering a holiday fundraiser for an extra 15% off one item. Use the promo code:  HolidayFunds22. You can purchase holiday cards, ornaments, mugs, magnets, art prints, t-shirts, and more. These keepsakes are perfect holiday gifts that celebrate your artist and raise funds for the North Lake art room.

February 9, 2023 
5:00-6:30 p.m.

 We are excited to begin preparations for the NLS “Literacy Lights the Night” event! This has been a popular and well attended event at NLS. We love the collaboration we’ve seen over the past number of years between teachers and parents in getting the students’ writing pieces ready to publish. For the new families who don’t know about Literacy Night, it is a voluntary outside of school activity where students in grades K-8 create a writing piece at home with parent support or with parent and teacher support at any or all of the four after-school writing workshops to be held after school on Tuesdays in January.  Parents should assist and provide guidance with illustrations and editing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling so that that piece showcases your child’s best work. Teachers will provide the final “OK” to say the piece is the student’s best work and it’s ready for everyone to see. Students then present their original writing piece in a group format at the Literacy Lights the Night event on Thursday, February 9th. Students will receive a t-shirt for participation in Literacy Night.

Literacy Night Writing Workshops for students in grades 1-8 will be on the following Tuesdays after school from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in the library:

January 3rd
focus on:
generating ideas 
and planning

January 10th
focus on:
writing a
rough draft

January 17th
focus on:
editing and

January 24th
focus on:
completing the 
final copy

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the writing workshop with your child, or they may come on their own. We look forward to seeing all of the creative writing pieces!

Questions?  Contact Kristi Peret ext. 122 or Kathleen Wartman ext. 104.


It looks like Mrs. Flannery’s 4th grade Lakers dove right in and helped to decorate the Wisconsin State Capitol Holiday Tree! The theme was, “Wisconsin Waters” and our students proudly displayed the state’s history and traditions taught in their social studies class. Families are invited to attend the Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 6th, at noon to see their children’s ornaments in action. Ride the wave and check out the display before January 1st.


Join us in helping others!
We’ll be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 7th.

Kapco Kids 2 Kids Toy Drive