Lake Denoon Timberwolves
March 26, 2021
A Message from Our Principals
As we approach spring break, let’s consider the gift of imagination. Our world is changing quickly. Just think of how different your child’s life is compared to your childhood. The people who are creating our world are the people with imaginations. Tomorrow’s virtual learning activities have students investigating a large variety of careers to get them to begin to imagine their futures. Here are some other ideas to encourage imagination during spring break:
Together, make a collaborative story. You start the story with one sentence, they add the next sentence and continue to alternate. For extra credit… try to do this with questions only.
Have your child schedule their time. What do they want to delve into over break? What do they wish they had time to do?
Encourage doodling. There are some surprising mental benefits as well as building imagination.
Try some family improv. A Google search will give you lots of ideas. Improv encourages imagination with the added bonus of laughing together as a family. (Priceless!)
Looking forward to everyone coming back refreshed and ready to finish strong!
Your principals, Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing
Important Dates, Events and Activities
March 26: SLA registration closes for K - 8
March 26: 3rd Quarter Ends
March 26:Remote Learning - Deep Cleaning Day
March 29 - April 5: No School - Spring Break
More details to come, but here’s a head’s up from some of our current planning.
April 20: Forward Exam for English Language Arts for In Person and Virtual School Students (approximately 8:10 to 10:00)
April 21: Forward Exam for Math for In Person and Virtual School Students (approximately 8:10 to 10:00)
April 22: Forward Exam for Science and Social Studies for 8th grade In Person and Virtual School Students (approximately 9:00 to 2:15)
June 10: 8th grade promotion - We will have rolling promotions during the school in order to allow for two people from every family to attend the ceremonies. More information will be coming.
News and Announcements
Virtual Career Fair - March 26
On our district Blue Day, Friday March 26th, students will learn about different careers and hopefully learn more about themselves in the process. 5th and 6th grade students will explore high interest activities and different career videos. 7th and 8th grade students will also access different career video segments, access careers from 16 different career clusters and participate in activities to support their career exploration. There are several assignments & reflection sheets that all grade levels are asked to complete.
Your student received an email from Lake Denoon that they will need to open up to access the PowerPoint with the interactive information that they will be working on during their March 26th school day.
We hope that students will fully engage in this Virtual Career Fair experience and enjoy learning about careers of interest as well as career opportunities they had not thought of before.!!
Hot Lunch Friendly Reminder
If your child would like to purchase hot lunch or other items from the lunch line, we ask that they have the finger scan permission slip signed. If they don't have this form signed please stop in the main office and pick one up. If you prefer not to do the finger scan, then we ask that students have their ID card with them.
If students don't use these payment options, our lunch lines get backed up. We want to ensure students have enough time to finish their lunches. We would like to thank you in helping us make our lunches run smoothly!
Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Promotion
Thanks to everyone who attended Monday's PTO meeting and helped with the early planning for 8th grade promotion. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jess Shaw at email@example.com or via her cell phone at 262-221-0369. We are looking for volunteers in two areas: Decorations and organizing the 8th grade breakfast.
Attention Parents of 8th grade students
ACT Research Team is looking for help!!
Information was shared with educators from the ACT Research Team. Here is what was sent:
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), ACT research team is conducting virtual interviews on science assessments. We are looking for 8th grade students to participate in a Zoom-based virtual interview from their home. Participating students will be compensated with an electronic gift card ($25 for up to a 75-minute session). Students will answer questions and share their feedback on ways to improve innovative assessments. The study is running from March through April.
If you have any questions about the interviews, please feel free to contact the lead researcher, Kristin Stoeffler via email at NAEP.Virtual.Interviews@act.org.
ACT Research Team
RESET MindBody: Mindfulness
Here is the weekly lesson for students to help students focus and manage stress to support achieve and other goals in our Vision of a Graduate.
Week of March 22: Lesson 10
Muskego-Norway School District Covid-19 FAQs & Resources
Please make sure to review the Parent FAQ frequently to find answers to the most commonly asked questions. Updates are highlighted in blue. Our school psychologists have also created a presentation to provide resources on how to help your children cope with mental health during these challenging times.
Please complete the COVID form below if your child...
- Experienced the symptoms of COVID-19
- Diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19
- Had CLOSE CONTACT with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19
Please submit additional notifications using the same form if a change in circumstance occurs. This may include but is not limited to the following:
- If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person receives a positive test
- If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person experiences symptoms
- If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation becomes symptomatic
- If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation receives a positive test
From the Desk of your School Psychologist
Today I was speaking with a student who was lamenting about not being able to go anywhere for spring break. I shared with her that sometimes “staycations” are exactly what we need to rejuvenate ourselves. She had never heard of that word before and liked the sound of it and the meaning behind it. Not everyone has an opportunity to travel somewhere for a getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to find happiness, relax, and appreciate what you do have around you. Alexander de Heijer said once, “You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.” In the bustle of our lives, it can be hard to remember to care for ourselves--and how to teach our children how to nurture themselves as well. Over the break, whether you are far away or staying near, I hope you find some time to refresh yourself with activities, music, food, and/or people that spark a light in you.
CELL PHONE REMINDER
- 1st Offense - Phone held in Student Services until 3:05 pm
- 2nd Offense - Phone held in Student Services for parent pick up
- 3rd Offense - Phone held in Student Services for parent pick up. Detention assigned.
PER SCHOOL BOARD/DISTRICT POLICY:
While middle school students may possess personal communication devices (PCDs) in school, on school property, during after school activities (e.g., extra-curricular activities), and at school-related functions, they must be kept out of sight and silent during the instructional day (from the bell at the beginning of the day until the dismissal bell at the end of the day).
What's Happening at Lake Denoon
Book Club Presentations
Our 5th graders have done Amazing on their presentations. It shows they have put a lot of thought, time and creativeness into their work.
Recess Opportunity for our Virtual Students
Muskego Lakes hosted a recess period for all virtual students (Muskego Lakes & Lake Denoon students). Our goal was to give virtual students an opportunity to connect with other virtual students. This was an outdoor recess where face coverings were required at all times.