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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .

What does it mean? The failed Spring 2023 referendum question means that the North Lake School District will face a significant budget deficit in the 2023-2024 school year. This budget deficit will affect educational programming for next year. The district would not have asked to increase the tax levy if the dollars were not needed. North Lake School residents will see another referendum question on the Spring 2024 ballot. Overall, the recent state results indicated that operational questions did not pass especially in rural areas. The broken school state funding model continues to punish the best performing school districts in the state. We will continue to adjust our sails and stay the course on behalf of the children.

Together We Can!

For your planning purposes, I do not anticipate any changes to the 2022-2023 school calendar for 4th quarter. The following dates are still non-student days:  April 7, April 10, and May 29 (Memorial Day).  June 8th will be the last day of school. 

The board-approved 2023-2024 school calendar is available here.  

Mrs. Tarkowski and I have been planning a fun, social middle school dance for 7th and 8th graders in the North Lake, Stone Bank, Richmond, and Lake Country School districts. Thank you, Olivia Rohlffs, for reminding me to bring back the middle school dances that her mother was fond of during her adolescence. The dance information can be found here and parent chaperones are welcome to join us on Friday, April 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

There is only one way to make a teacher request for the upcoming school year. You need to put your request in writing (e-mail is fine) to me. I am happy to honor requests whenever possible but it is important that the requests are received in a timely manner. Requests must be made by Friday, May 12th. It is very difficult to accommodate requests during the summer or at the start of the school year for many reasons. 

Bring out your shred! North Lake School is hosting a great opportunity to get rid of all your old documents in a safe and secure manner. This community shred event helps kick off your spring cleaning in the home. The format will be a drive-through just like parent drop-off and pick-up. You will find the shred station at Door A. We can shred your post tax day documents and any stapled items.  Mark your calendar for the shred event on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Culver's Lunch

Zoe in first grade saved up her Wave ticket rewards for a special takeout lunch with her friend, Addi, and me.  After lunch we enjoyed a round of Tea Party Game. 

Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Easter.

April Dates to Remember


No School – Easter Break 


No School – Easter Break
Culver’s Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.


6th girls:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Stone Bank
7th girls:  4:30 & 6:10 p.m. at North Lake


8th girls:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Erin
6th-7th boys:  4:30 & 6:10 p.m. at North Lake


Color Day
4K Screening (2023-2024)


“A” Friday
5th Grade to Biz Town 8:40 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.


Arrowhead Area Solo & Ensemble Festival at Stone Bank School
NLEF Casino Night at Oconomowoc Golf Club 6:30 -10:30 p.m.


Volleyball – 7th girls:  5:20 & 6:10 p.m. at North Shore
All Comers Track Meet at Arrowhead:  Field Events 5:00 p.m., Running Events 6:00 p.m.


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


6th girls:  4:30 & 5:20 p.m. at Swallow
6th-7th boys:  4:30 & 6:10 p.m. at North Lake


Staff Meeting 2:45 p.m. (No after-school learning lab)


“B” Friday
Book Fair April 21-27

NLEF Father/Daughter Dance 6:30-8:30 p.m. Multi-Purpose Room


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 State 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
Middle School (Gr. 7-8) Dance at North Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.


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

A Note from Ms. Meister . . .

FlowersFriendly reminder to look FORWARD to:

FORWARD Exam – Wisconsin statewide testing will take place in April for North Lake School students in grades 3-8:

       Grades 3, 4, 5, 6:   April 17th to April 21st
       Grade 7:   April 12th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 21st
       Grade 8:   April 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th 

The Informational Brochure for Families gives more information about the assessment including its purpose, what scores will be provided, and how the scores will be used.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher(s) or me at 262-966-2033, 

Laser Cutter

First Technologies makes a service call. 

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

We work in the classrooms and hallways throughout the year to encourage good choices.  This impacts many areas in the lives of our students. We know that you work on these things daily with your children, too.  We all know that it’s important to build confidence, good decision making skills and peer pressure resistance strategies in all of our kids. As students get into middle school, we continue this universal focus but also add in some information and guidance regarding alcohol and drugs.

We are utilizing a community resource to discuss these topics with our 8th graders. The Addiction Resource Council is here to do five lessons with the students about marketing, perception of risk and how to resist negative influences regarding vaping, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. These lessons are during health class and are an excellent opportunity for students to hear these important messages from another source!

App Spotlight:  BARK
This is an app that allows parents to monitor screen time, monitor content received/sent  and filter websites. It will alert parents to concerning issues. There are many parental control sites out there for you. What a great way to help guide your kids in using technology safely and appropriately!

Upcoming Spirit Day:   4/13 – Color Day

          3K/4K: Green          K: Yellow                 1st: Blue           2nd: Red          3rd: Purple 
          4th: Orange              5th: Teal/Gray      6th: White      7th: Black        8th: Pink

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

Take care-

Jill Lesch 


The state forensics meet was held on Saturday, March 18th, at Brookfield Central High School. Five 7th graders qualified this year:  Clayton Watkins, Mati Marlis, McKenzie Wood, Taylyn Curci, and Olivia Alvarado. Taylyn earned a 2nd place trophy for her humorous monologue, “Peanut Butter and Spider Sandwich,” and a good time was had by all! Thank you, Miss Mays, for coaching the team and parents for volunteering to judge.

Book Fair