Lake Denoon Family Newsletter

November 22, 2019

Important Dates, Events and Activities

Nov. 25, 2019 - 2:20 p.m.: D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony

Nov. 26, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: LDMS (5th Grade Only) Vision Screen with Lions Club

Nov. 26, 2019 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: 1st Quarter Recognition Day

Nov. 27-29, 2019: Happy Thanksgiving! No School

Dec. 3, 2019 - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Tres Locos PTO Fundraiser

Dec. 4, 2019 - 2:10 - 8:10 p.m.: 7th & 8th Grade Choir Festival @ MHS PAC

Dec. 5, 2019 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: 7th & 8th Grade Winter Band Concert @ MHS PAC

Dec. 9, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: LDMS Hosts School Board Meeting

Dec. 12, 2019 - 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.: 7th Grade Fieldtrip to A Christmas Carol

Dec. 12, 2019 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: NJHS Induction Ceremony - LDMS Commons

Dec. 16, 2019 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: 6th Grade Band Winter Concert @ LDMS

Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020: Winter Break! No School

Jan. 2, 2020: School Resumes

Something to Ponder.......

As we head into the holiday season, here’s part of an article on reducing the stress of the season:

"A few years ago, I learned from a friend of mine that she and her family narrow down the Christmas wish list to just 4 gifts:

  • Something they want

  • Something they need

  • Something to wear

  • Something to read

Not only does it eliminate a lot of the “stuff” you accumulate, but it gives a useful framework for gift giving ideas. Now when my wife and I are out shopping for the kids, it’s easier to narrow down the list and make sure we are sticking to the budget and not going overboard. It also allows us to splurge on one or two big gifts that they will hopefully appreciate more than a bunch of small ones."

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Dear Lake Denoon Parents,

Our district is on a continuous journey to make our schools the best places for students to learn, staff to work, and parents to send their children for a good education. In this effort, we appreciate your support. It is important to gather feedback from you to celebrate successes and identify areas for growth. Please take a few minutes and complete this Parent Satisfaction Survey to help provide this feedback.

Once the survey is complete, the results will be analyzed by an outside organization. The data from the survey will be sent to each school and the Superintendent. Then, the results of the survey will be shared with parents and the community.

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of your child's education with us. Please feel free to contact us in the event you have any questions regarding the survey.


Linda O'Bryan, Principal

John McEwing, Associate Principal

Dressing for the Weather

Please send your child to school with the necessary winter clothing. Warm coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, and hats are all essential in order to enjoy a warm and dry recess in winter. Labeling your child’s clothing will aid in recovering lost articles. Only students who wear boots, gloves, and snow pants are allowed to play in the snow. We utilize to determine if the weather “feels like” 0 degrees or colder. When it is 0 degrees or colder, please note that students will remain inside the building for recess. For any day above 0 degrees, students will be going outside and need to come to lunch dressed accordingly.

Weather Related Closings

When schools close, it is important to avoid jamming school phone lines. Instead of calling the school, please check local television or radio stations that will announce/list school delays or closings.

Regular attendance is important to success in school and we expect that when school is in session, students are engaged in learning. However, because we live in Wisconsin and our winter weather is unpredictable, the Muskego-Norway School District has established the following guidelines for decisions related to inclement weather. Please refer to these guidelines when you have questions about possible school closings.

  • Our first priority is to ensure student and staff safety. We consider information from the National Weather Service, local road conditions (police department), transportation services (bus company), other Waukesha County school districts, and reports from our buildings and grounds department to make a decision about school closures.
  • Decisions regarding extreme cold or snow are based on the National Weather Service’s (NOAA) WARNING level. For extreme cold weather, the WARNING level is a sustained minus 35 degrees wind chill or lower with winds at least 4 mph for 3 hours or more. While exceptions are possible, you should plan on school being open if the forecast does not reach the WARNING level. Cancellations for snow are based on the amount and timing of the snowfall, as well as compounding factors such as wind or ice layers.
  • Decisions to close school are made as soon as practicable, typically no later than 5:00 a.m. and sometimes as early as 4:15 a.m. Area superintendents remain in close contact as soon as we hear a prediction of inclement weather, often having conversations the day before and again before 4:00 a.m. While we try to keep decisions consistent across the region, each of us must weigh the many factors unique to our district. Therefore, there may be times what another district is open and we are closed, or vice versa.
  • Sometimes the weather will surprise us after school is already in session. We will generally not close once school is in session due to transportation and/or supervision concerns.
  • Provided we have a current telephone number on file, families will receive a phone call if school is cancelled. You can also find information on our district website, through local media or by following us on Twitter.

If your child lacks warm clothing, please contact your child’s school for information about social service agencies.

As parents/guardians, you know your child’s circumstances best. Therefore, we respect your decision to not send your child to school when weather conditions are questionable. However, please understand that if school is in session and you decide to keep your child home, your child is missing instruction and will be required to make up any missing work.

School closing decisions are not easy. Your child’s education is important and we want to provide learning opportunities on as many days as possible. Almost always, some people will agree with the decision, and some will not. Please know that we use our best judgment with the information we have available at the time.

LDMS To Host December School Board Meeting

On Monday, December 9, 2019, you are welcome to join as we host the School Board meeting. We will have a light meal with the school board members at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the School Board meeting will begin in our library. Please email Linda O'Bryan, Principal, here if you would like to participate in the conversation and enjoy a light meal with the School Board members. Please RSVP by Friday, December 4, 2019 if you will be attending.

Yearbooks Make a Great Holiday Gift!

Need a fun holiday gift for your child? Why not purchase a 2019-2020 LDMS Yearbook for them?!? With your online purchase from November 18th through December 6th you will receive a code to receive 20 FREE Holiday Cards that is valid through January 31st! The Holiday Card promotional link will be provided in your email receipt. Yearbooks are $25 and are purchased at Happy Holidays from your LDMS Yearbook Club!!!

Band Concerts

The band concert for grades 7 and 8 will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Muskego High School PAC. Students must arrive by 6:30 p.m.

The band concert for grade 6 will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Denoon School. Students must arrive by 6:30 p.m.

CONCERT DRESS: Students must wear black pants, black dress shirt, black shoes, black socks. A pop of color is allowed with a colorful tie for the guys and an accessory for the ladies.

Community Events

Parenting and Community Resources