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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

Because the operational referendum failed on April 4th, the district needs to increase revenue and decrease spending for the 2023-2024 school year. The school board is making decisions to best support all students while providing a quality K-8 education in the core subjects of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. Important changes for families to be aware of as of today include:

  • The fee for private pay transportation will no longer be waived.
  • Support staff positions in the area of special education will be reduced.
  • The part-time Tech Ed position in grades 5-8 will be eliminated.
  • Participation in the shared band education service agreement including consortium band will be terminated.
  • There are three retirements for the following positions:  District Secretary, Speech & Language Pathologist/ Special Education Director, and Lunchroom Supervisor.
  • NLEF fundraising will continue to support technology needs.

It was a pleasure to have Mr. Greg Budzien visit the primary grades to read aloud his recently published children’s book titled, Tea for Three. Mr. Budzien was my teacher when I was a student at Arrowhead Union High School. It was fun to see him again and celebrate his literary success. Bennett, a 5K student, told his mom that all the smart people have their own personal libraries and he wants to start his with Mr. Budzien’s book. Tea for Three is available on, Amazon, and where all fine books are sold.

Author Visit

Thank you, NLEF and President Hawkins, for a wonderful Casino Night. It was great to see such strong participation from our school community. The fun will continue thanks to our parent volunteers (Mrs. Liebenthal and Mrs. Felten) and we look forward to the Father/Daughter Dance and Book Fair (Mrs. Stremcha) kickoff tonight.  At this time of year, it is nice for the teachers to look forward to Staff Appreciation Week planned by Mrs. Said beginning May 1st. We appreciate the partnership with parents and collaboration with community.  


Let’s kick off your spring cleaning by bringing in any old documents that you would like shred to keep your information safe and secure! The event is free and will happen at Door A on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  

This past weekend, Myla Ruck (8th grade) competed in the Region 4 Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Level 10 gymnasts from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, and North Dakota competed for a chance to quality for The USA Gymnastics Developmental Team National Championships, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Myla finished 4th All-Around and 2nd on Vault, earning her one of the seven spots on the Region 4 National team. Good luck at Nationals, Myla!

Myla Ruck Gymnastics

Please submit your child’s recent accomplishments so we can include it in one of the last two Waves (May 5th and 26th).



Happy Earth Day! 

Earth Day

April/May Dates to Remember


Volleyball – 6th-7th Boys:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Lake Country


Kindergarten to the Bradley Symphony Center 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
6th Girls:  4:30 & 6:10 p.m. at North Lake
7th Girls:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Richmond
8th Girls:  5:20 & 6:10 p.m. at Lake Country


4th Grade to Capitol & Historical Museum 7:35 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
AMSAC Boys Volleyball Tournament at Arrowhead April 26 & 27
All Comers Track Meet at Arrowhead:  Field Events 5:00 p.m., Running Events 6:00 p.m.


5th Grade Band Rehearsal at Lake Country 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Volleyball – 8th Girls:  4:30 & 6:10 p.m. at North Lake


“A” Friday
Gr. 7-8 Dance at North Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Free Community Shred Event at North Lake School 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Door A

May 1

Staff Appreciation Week May 1-5
All Comers Track Meet at Arrowhead:  Field Events 5:00 p.m., Running Events 6:00 p.m.


5th Grade Band Spring Concert at Richmond School 6:00 p.m.


Volleyball – 8th Girls:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Erin


The Oasis Project Splash for Cash 3:00-9:00 p.m. at Springs Water Park


“B” Friday

Next Wave:  Friday, May 5th

Teacher Appreciation Week

Only 10 wake-ups until Teacher Appreciation Week!

Arrowhead Area Solo & Ensemble Festival

The Arrowhead Area Solo and Ensemble Festival was held Saturday, April 15th, at Stone Bank School. Participating schools included North Lake, Stone Bank, Swallow, North Shore, Richmond, and private music studio students. Ada Fischer, Taylor Van Slett, Lola Tarkowski, and Meira Taylor participated in the solo portion of the event.

* Ada Fischer played a flute solo, “Eine Kleine Nacht Music” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and
   she received a 1st Place rating in Class C.
* Taylor Van Slett played a snare drum solo, “Etude Number 185.” Taylor received a 2nd Place
   rating in Class C.
* Lola Tarkowski sang a solo entitled, “Gia il sole dal Gange” by Allessandro Scarlatti. Lola
  received a 1st Place rating in Class C.
* Meira Taylor played a snare drum solo, “Hungarian Dance” and she received a 1st Place rating         in Class B.

We are all very proud of the North Lake musicians!

Solo & Ensemble Festival
Meira Taylor 2

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

As part of the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling standards, one of the lessons that I do at each grade level is safety and protective behaviors. We talk a lot about who our trusted adults are, when it is time to tell them about something uncomfortable or scary, and how to be safe. 

We will be doing these lessons in most grade levels in early May.  We will also be doing our human growth and development lessons in grades 5, 6 and 8.  Stay tuned for more specific information and timing for human growth and development.

Here is how protective behaviors are addressed at each grade level:

Kindergarten:  Safe/unsafe secrets, identifying trusted adults
1st grade:       Safety rules and identifying a support network of trusted adults
2nd grade:     Privacy circles and identifying safe adults to talk to in various situations
3rd grade:      Assertive communication/saying “no” when situations make you uncomfortable
4th grade:      Identifying what is appropriate/safe to share with others digitally and in person
5th grade:      Support network – who to talk to and when
6th grade:      Healthy relationships, when to tell an adult
7th grade:      Healthy relationships, when to tell an adult
8th grade:      Healthy relationships, types of abuse, when to talk to an adult

If you have any questions about this part of the curriculum, please contact me so that we can talk about it. These are topics that are important to talk about at home, also!

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

Take care-

Jill Lesch

Book Fair