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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

It has been an important tradition at North Lake School for interested 8th graders to plan their graduation ceremony. I always look forward to working with the future graduates and gaining their input on the exciting event.  Eighth grade student graduation committee meetings will commence on Friday, March 10th, during the lunch hour. As a reminder, 8th grade graduation is on Tuesday, June 6th, at 5:30 p.m.

Two studentsTRACK CLUB
North Lake School is pleased to partner with the Merton Area Running Club again this spring season. Registration is currently open on and there is a Meet & Greet on Wednesday, March 15th, at Performance Running Outfitters in Delafield. 

Being a small, rural K-8 school, it means a lot to our students when we can collaborate with other organizations. The Merton Area Running Club can provide a high-quality track experience for North Lakers grades 3-8. “It’s fun to meet people from other schools.” ~ Shane, grade 8. “This club is a good way to find more high jumpers.”
~ Anton, grade 8.

Students will receive a North Lake Track Club t-shirt as part of the registration fee.

It was nice to see those parents who attended the program on Monday. Mrs. Lesch is happy to meet with parents who want to learn more about this important topic. The key take-aways from the talk by GALS Institute included:
* A second calculator=Hidden apps
* Google the latest emoji slang
* Awesome Resource
* Consider a Gabb Watch for your tween
* It’s never too late for a phone use contract or use of parental controls

According to the Parent/Student Handbook:  If a student is caught using a cell phone without permission at school to talk, text, or play, it will be confiscated and be given to the office. Smart watches also fall under the category of electronic communication devices. The district encourages students to leave valuables at home and asks families to support this recom-  mendation. Confiscated devices can be picked up by parents in the office at the end of the school day. 

February was proclaimed as CTE month. Here at North Lake School, we have a lot to celebrate. The Lakers Manufacturing Experience prepares every student for success in high school and college as well as for a career of the student’s choice. Research shows that students in CTE programming like ours perform better academically and are more engaged educationally.

How can parents support CTE at North Lake School?  
1.  Ask your 5th through 8th grader about the Lakers Manufacturing Experience.
2.  Attend NLEF’s spring fundraiser on April 15th.
3.  Advocate for business partnerships and community connections.

See you at Mr. Krieger and Mrs. Lyons’ 5:00 p.m. show tonight. Let your eyes and ears come alive!

March Dates to Remember


“A” Friday
Visual Art Show & Vocal Concert 5:00 p.m.


AMSAC 7-8 Boys Basketball Tournaments March 6-11:
     7th Grade at Swallow
     8th Grade at Stone Bank


6th Grade Consortium Band Rehearsal at Lake Country 9:30-10:30 a.m.


“B” Friday

7th-8th Grade Consortium Band Rehearsal at Lake Country 9:30-10:30 a.m.


Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m. Hartland Location


6th Grade Consortium Band Rehearsal at Lake Country 9:30-10:30 a.m.


School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Library
Community Referendum Informational Meeting 6:30 p.m. Library


7th-8th Grade Consortium Band Rehearsal at Lake Country 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Team/Group Yearbook Photos (beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the commons)
Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m.  (No after-school learning lab)


“A” Friday
Green Day
3rd Grade to Milwaukee Public Museum 8:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.


6th Grade Consortium Band Rehearsal at North Lake 9:30-11:00 a.m.


7th-8th Grade Consortium Band Tour at Swallow (AM) and North Lake (PM)
Consortium Band Spring Concerts at North Lake:
     6th Grade – 6:00-6:30 p.m.
     7th-8th Grade – 7:00-7:30 p.m.


“B” Friday
End of 3rd Quarter


No School – Spring Break

Next Wave:  March 17th

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

We had an informative presentation about “Parenting in the Digital World” from GALS Institute.  I am going to supplement my regular articles each week with an “App Spotlight”.  I’ll give some general information about an app that students are using so that you can look into it and learn more about how your child may be interacting with it.  Students as young as 3rd grade are talking about some of these apps!  It’s never too early to be informed.  I have some extra handouts from the talk.  Let me know if you’d like one!

BeReal is a photo sharing app that prompts the user to take an unedited photo within 2 minutes of notification.  If they don’t share in that window, they are considered “late” and cannot view other people’s photos until they post.

Some points of discussion with your child:

  • Do you feel anxious about what you are doing or how you look when you are asked to post your picture? Does this app help with this or make it worse?
  • What are our family rules about posting pictures? How about rules regarding when you can be using technology?
  • How can you maintain privacy when using this app? (App defaults to private – keep it that way!)

Upcoming Spirit Days:
March 17:  Green Day
March 24:  Sports Day

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

Take care-

Jill Lesch

Culver's Night