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Dr. Ackley’s Message . . .


Ms. Kathy Rosine will retire after serving the North Lake School District for 45 years. Kathy will be dearly missed by the entire North Lake School community and we thank her for taking such good care of our families all these years. Kathy can be described as productive, organized, pleasant, respected, caring, efficient, accurate, thoughtful, competent, and conscientious. North Lake School has been a better place for students, parents, staff, and administration due to Kathy’s presence in the office. 

FIVE STAR SALUTE to Kathy Rosine! 

5 Stars

Mrs. Carrie Begalke has worked in our school building as the speech and language pathologist for 19 years.  She also served as the special education director for the past 3 years.  Mrs. Begalke is an outstanding speech and language teacher and has made a positive difference with every single student over her years. It is now time for her to enjoy more time with family and travel to Florida during the winter months for health and wellness. Congratulations, Carrie!


Ms. Lanette Kudis is moving into the classroom teacher role for third grade. She brings a wealth of specialized literacy knowledge to the regular education classroom and knows North Lake School well. We are excited to see Ms. Kudis continue to work magic with learning. 

Mrs. Janelle Osowski has retired from classroom teaching but was recently hired as the District Secretary. Mrs. Osowski is ready for challenges of a new kind and dimension in the office. Please welcome her to the position when you call or stop by. 

Mrs. Julie Westcott will continue as the lower school special education teacher and add the position of Special Education Director. Mrs. Westcott brings experience and TLC to our student services department.

Ms. Nancy Meister will be the Gifted & Talented Coordinator. Ms. Meister’s experience with student data and progress monitoring will lend itself well to these duties. She has served as the District Assessment Coordinator for the past 8 years making G/T a perfect fit.

Other staffing updates will happen over the summer and you will learn about these changes when your July registration packet arrives. Feel free to call or email me before then if you have concerns.

With recent donations from NLS families and NLEF, the North Lake School athletic department can finally purchase a pair of soccer goals for student use on our fields. This purchase will be very exciting and promote the skill set taught in our PE classes. A note of thanks to Mrs. Tarkowski, athletic director, for her leadership and love of soccer.

North Lake School has a long history of archery in PE classes. Mrs. Clauer continues the tradition and gets kids outside safely shooting. Students look forward to starting this special sport in 6th grade.



Silver Award Success
Congratulations to Emily Adams and Lilly Bennett for earning the highest achievement in their Girl Scout Troop #6830. Their project was the installation of benches in the North Lake School courtyard and refurbishing benches at Merton Elementary School.  Congratulations on the Silver Award!

Girl Scout Silver Award

Out of This World
In April, Ada Fischer attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Ada traveled with 160 4H youth from Wisconsin. They learned about the history of space travel and took in the beauty of the planetarium. They also rode simulators, built and launched rockets, and her team success-  fully completed a mission to the ISS. It was a great experience and many new friendships were made.

Space Camp

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Family Picnic on Thursday, June 8th. Have a great summer!

Check out the Father/Daughter Dance Gallery found here.  

May/June Dates to Remember


No School – Memorial Day

June 2

“B” Friday

Pajama Day

Grades 5-6 End-of-Year Backyard Games


7th Grade to Prairieville Park & Lisbon Park 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

8th Grade to Kalahari 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8th Grade Graduation 5:30 p.m. Gym


Field Day 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. (Families, please join us.)


Last Day of School

Milwaukee Jazz Experience Concert (Outside) 10:00-10:30 a.m.

North Lake School Band Concert (Outside) 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Family Picnic:  Grades 5-8 at 11:00 a.m. and Grades K-4 at 11:30 a.m.


Teacher Workday


Summer School Begins

School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Library

PLEASE NOTE:  Thursday, May 25th, was the final before and after-school learning lab for the school year.

A Note from Ms. Meister . . .

Hello end-of-the school year! Hello summer!

Everyone is looking forward to some fun in the sun. Be sure to include reading on the list of things to do. Research shows children who choose books that interest them and that are on their own level are more motivated and empowered to read and learn even more. 

The Town Hall Library invites all our North Lake School families to participate in their summer reading program, All Together Now! The librarians from THL will be at our school family picnic on June 8th with more information. Stop by, sign up, and visit the library to check out some good books.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer vacation! 


8th Grade VS Champs

Counseling Corner

Hello North Lake families!

As we wind down another school year, it is another time of transitions for parents and students. Our 8th graders are gearing up for the transition to high school, while we are looking forward to welcoming our next class of North Lake students in the fall. 

During these times, there are some important things for parents to remember.

  • Summer is a high risk time for kids. There is more unsupervised time and this can lead to risky behavior.  It’s an especially important time to know where your kids are and who they are with. They may not like you asking, but it’s an important part of our job as parents!
  • As students get ready for transitions, whether they are school related or home related, it’s important to talk through them and help them be prepared. Help them have adequate information and opportunity to ask questions to ease their anxiety.

Here is something that just came out recently – the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory on social media and youth mental health.  Wow! We have been talking about this for a long time – here is another reason to think about how we are talking about boundaries and expectations around social media use for our kids.  Here is a link to that advisory which includes some suggestions for parents.

As always, please continue to let me know if you’d like any more support for your child throughout the remainder of the year or looking into next year.  Enjoy your summer!

Jill Lesch
School Counselor

NLEF Mini Grants