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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


There are many benefits to the community partnership between North Lake School and Lake Country Kindergarten Preschool including communication.  LCK recently conducted a parent survey and received feedback about parking lot safety.  This message should serve as a reminder to all NLS and LCK parents.  Please adhere to the Parking Lot Rules.

  • SLOW DOWN as children are present
  • Highway VV is EXIT ONLY – Enter the parking lot via Park Road
  • STAND on the sidewalk to greet your child
  • WALK with your child to your parked vehicle
  • Students will meet parents in the carline in the CONE ZONE


I recently met with the 5th and 6th grade classes to discuss the basic safety rules of cell phones.  I held up a hammer to symbolize the many problems associated with cell phone and social media usage for this age group.  As a resource, I used Common Sense Media for our discussion and Q & A.

  Hammer clip art images illustrations photos | Clip art ...



  • All students should not use cell phones during the North Lake School day. 
  • Cell phone use is permitted on school buses but should be limited to music or games only. 


  • Students should always ask permission before snapping someone’s picture, taking a video, or sharing anything!


  • Students should think before posting something and not share private information.
  • Students should know that once something is posted online, anyone can share it. 
  • Youtube, as an example, could expose your child to unsafe content such as nudity, violence, and drugs. 


  • Taking pictures or videos (especially unflattering ones) can be used to publicly embarrass a classmate.
  • Poor cell phone choices at home can impact the educational learning environment at school.
  • Parents and North Lake School have different rules for cell phone use which causes confusion for kids. 
  • Cell phones are powerful devices which may cause damage and destruction in our students’ lives without proper social media boundaries/permissions.


It is that time of year to start planning for the 8th grade graduation ceremony on June 4th at 5:30 p.m.  For over two decades, the 8th grade class has planned their graduation ceremony with administration.  I am looking forward to hosting the first student planning session on Friday, March 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the conference room. 

The committee will meet every Friday during the lunch hour until graduation.  It is always a pleasure to work with the future graduates and their unique ideas that reflect their class.

graduation day
Fine Arts logo


The Visual & Vocal Art Shows are approaching on March 14 (5th-8th) at 6 p.m. and March 15 (K-4th) at 5 p.m. 

If you would like a sneak peak at your child’s artwork you may scan the QR code below.  Mrs. Lyons was able to include all 333 students’ artwork in this beautiful slideshow. 

The April 2nd operational referendum dollars will sustain exceptional educational programming like art and music at North Lake School. 

Art Show QR Code


The North Lake Track Club will once again partner with the Merton Area Running Club to offer an exceptional track and field experience for Kindergarten through 8th grade runners.  

The 2024 website and registration link below is now open.  Merton Area Running Club 

Come on out and meet Coach Jill Bradley!


Information for ordering the 2023-2024 North Lake School yearbook is now available.  Yearbooks are $14.50 each, and payment is made directly to Empire Photography via the yearbook store.  Orders may be placed through the yearbook store link below or QR code located at the end of the WAVE.  Students will also be bringing home the flyer today.

The last day to order your 2023-2024 yearbook is April 1st, but don’t let the date fool you.  April 1st is the first day back from Spring Break, so order prior to leaving for Spring Break.  If you are unsure if you ordered yearbooks in September with school photos, please contact the office. 

yearbook order


singing in the sunshine

March Dates to Remember


NLEF Casino Night – 6:30-10:30 p.m.


Casimir Pulaski Day

Read Across America – March 4-8

AMSAC 7-8 Boys Basketball Tournaments – March 4-9

   7th Grade at Swallow

   8th Grade at Richmond


Team/Group Photos – 9:30-2:30 p.m.


Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball Practice Begins

Culver’s Night – 5:00-8:00 p.m.


5-8 Spring Visual & Vocal Arts Concert – 6 p.m.


Green Day

K-4 Spring Visual & Vocal Arts Concert – 5 p.m.


The Great Hunger in Ireland Observance Day


School Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m. in Library

Referendum Meeting following Board meeting – 6:30 p.m. in Library

8th Boys’ Volleyball – Merton vs. NLS at NLS – 4:30 p.m.

8th Boys’ Volleyball – NLS vs. North Shore at NLS – 6:10 p.m.


6th Grade Girls’ Volleyball – NLS vs. Swallow at NLS – 4:30 p.m.

6th Grade Girls; Volleyball – North Shore vs. NLS at NLS – 6:10 p.m.


End of 3rd Quarter


NO School – Spring Break – March 25-29

Counseling Corner


Hello North Lake Families!  

During Guidance in the next couple of weeks we will be doing acts of kindness.  Random Acts of Kindness Day and the Great Kindness Challenge happened recently nationwide so we are going to join the fun!  We will be doing things internally here at school to spread smiles, and I’d love it if you would continue the efforts at home.  Students will be given the opportunity to complete a kindness checklist at home too.

Our next spirit day will be GREEN day on March 15th.  Spirit winners from 2nd quarter were Emery, Ellie and Landen.  Congratulations!

Please join us in spreading a little kindness!  I’d love to hear about it from you or your child!  Send a note or a picture and we’ll make sure to recognize the efforts to make the world a better place, one person at a time.

Take care-

Jill Lesch

Read Across America
Referendum Meeting Flyer
Silent Auction
NLEF 3-1
NLEF Presents
CFC flyer
Box Tops

The Wave Attachments

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