Bay Lane Newsletter

November 2017

Message from the Principals

October is behind us and we started Quarter 2 on Tuesday, October 31st. We have so much to be proud of at Bay Lane. The students demonstrate on a daily basis their engagement in learning and how they contribute to our school being a respectful and responsible community!


The new middle school continues to make progress. As you will see in the images below a lot has been accomplished. The cement for the gymnasium has been poured. The plan is to have the building enclosed before the cold weather sets in so crews can continue the interior work. Each month I will provide you an update of this new building in our District.


As a staff at Bay Lane, we are committed to student learning and helping you to understand how your child is doing in regards to their learning. Here are a few ways you can be sure to know exactly how child is progressing:

  • Review information sent from teachers in IC (Infinite Campus) about assignment completion, due dates, and assessments.
  • Reach out to your child's teacher.
  • Midterm progress reports - These reports are completed four times a year, half way through the quarter. This is for teachers to alert a parent if a student is at risk of a D or F AND an opportunity to turn the grade around prior to the end of the quarter.
  • Quarterly report cards - We made a significant change this year to ensure parents are well informed. Quarter 1 (Nov 8) and Quarter 3 (Mar ?) students will carry home a copy of the progress report. Quarter 2 (Jan ?) and Quarter 4 (June ?) these reports card will be mailed home. We hope this shift will help you to truly understand your child's learning progress.


As this newsletter was being drafted, the lower level gymnasium experienced a faulty water fountain. The floor did have some water damage that is being quickly remedied due to a vapor barrier that was previously placed under the wood floor and only 1/2 of the floor is being redone. On Wednesday, November 1st they will begin sanding and refinishing the entire floor to be reopened on Monday, November 20. We are grateful for the quick action of our custodial crew and will remain optimistic that the weather will cooperate for outdoor PE classes. Our PE teachers have been amazing during this repair work!


Both Mrs. Zandt, Principal, and Associate Principal Ms. Rydzewski, invite you to our "Coffee with the Principal" chats over the course of this year. If one of these dates and times works for you, please join us in the Bay Lane Library. We would love an opportunity to talk with you and allow you to ask questions. Here are the dates:

  • Thursday, November 2, 1:00-1:45 pm
  • Friday, December 1, 9:30-10:15 am
  • Wednesday, January 17, 1:00-1:45 pm
  • Tuesday, February 27, 8:15-9:00 am
  • Friday, April 20, 8:15-9:00 am


Warm regards and in appreciation of your partnership, we wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Mrs. Dawn Zandt, Principal, and Ms. Rachel Rydzewski, Associate Principal

Important Dates - Report Cards go home with students on Wed, Nov 8th

  • Monday, October 30 - Quarter 1 ends
  • Friday, November 3, 8:50-11:10am - 8th grade Band to MHS PAC
  • Wednesday, November 8 - Report Cards sent home with students
  • Monday, November 13, 6-7 pm - Bay Lane PTO Meeting, please join us
  • Thursday, November 16, 9:15-1:15pm - 6-8th grade- Art Around the World
  • Tuesday, November 21, 8:45-11:50am - 5th grade Ridge Cinemas to see Wonder
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Break No School
  • Thursday, November 29, 3:30-6:30 pm - Magazine Sales & Pick Up in the commons

Emergency Protocol

Muskego-Norway Schools, in partnership with the Muskego Police Department has continued to study best practices in school safety regarding "​l​ock down" procedures. All Wisconsin public schools are required to facilitate two lock down drills a school year, in order to be better prepared to respond if an intruder were to enter a school building. This year we will be changing our customary lockdown (shelter silently in place) and promoting discussion in the classroom during the drills. The content and discussion will be facilitated differently at each school level, but will focus on alerting others, ​determining ​escape routes, blocking doorways and shielding ​students and staff ​in the event of an intruder. These practices have been deployed throughout the nation and are very common to Waukesha County Schools. Should you have any questions about MNS's "Lockdown" procedure​s​, please contact Jeremiah Johnson, 262.971.1807

Muskego Lakes Middle School - Progress Continues

Muskego Lakes Middle School - Mascot Identified - Students and staff generated ideas and final vote landed the Muskies!

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Bay Lane Middle School

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PBIS at Bay Lane Middle School


October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this past Wednesday, October 25, was National Unity Day. On National Unity Day, communities stand together against bullying and are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing the color orange. Here at Bay Lane, it is our goal for all students to have a safe and nurturing school environment with Every Student Learning, Growing…Succeeding! One of the key elements to create this environment is to stand up against any bullying behavior. The PBIS committee at Bay Lane recognizes that bullying behavior does exist in our school and community, and it is our job, in collaboration with parents and guardians, to teach all students how to react if students are victim to bullying or may witness bullying. In the coming months, students will be learning strategies for conflict resolution in their resource classes. Additionally, they have already had several lessons promoting how to become a united community where kindness, acceptance and caring are the pillars for an anti-bullying community.


If your child witnesses or becomes victim to bullying in school, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has some excellent resources for both students and families. Additionally, we encourage students and parents to check out the Bullying 101: Guide for Middle and High School Students. And as always, please encourage your child to speak up against bullying by reaching out to an adult for support.


Thanks for your continued partnership in making Bay Lane a Respectful, Responsible Community!

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Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County


The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County has been providing Christmas toys and/or clothing for the children of families in need since 1949. Families who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch may apply. The deadline to submit applications is November 22, 2017. Please contact, Jen Gigl, School Social Worker, at 262.971.1790 ext. 4560 if you would like an application or have questions.

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Technology Safety for Students and Parents

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Behavior Rating Scales

Parents, if you are requesting teachers to complete Behavior Rating Scales on your student, you will need to complete an “Authorization to Obtain and Disclose Information” form either at the doctor’s office or at Bay Lane. Please send all of the paperwork to the Student Services office so that we can forward it to the proper teachers. Also, please note that we cannot give the rating scales directly back to you. We mail the forms to the doctor’s office directly in order to maintain the fidelity of the rating scales.


If you have any questions, please contact: Janine Hake, School Counselor ext 6218; Stacey Malek, School Psychologist ext 6217 or Jen Gigl, School Social Worker ext 6216

Turkey Feathers All School Event

Monday-Friday, November 13-17 - Send non-perishable items with your child! The Muskego Food Pantry is in GREAT need of the following items:

  • Cereal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Tomato Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Canned Fruit
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Spaghetti
  • Ramen Noodls
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Chili

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Lost & Found

With the change of season, we find that the Lost and Found fills up quickly. Please remind students to check for coats, sweatshirts, hats and mittens and school supplies. Also, lunchboxes left behind should also be picked up. When items are not picked up, they are donated or thrown out monthly.

Students Earn Red Tickets to Determine How Teachers Would Dress