Lake Denoon Timberwolves
August 28, 2020
Message from our Principals
The day we have all been waiting for is almost here - September 1st - our return to school. The staff has been busy preparing to make this a safe and welcoming environment. We’ve missed having your children in our building, and we are looking forward to having them back with us, as well as welcoming our new students.
Waukesha county has adopted the phrase: Stay safe to stay open. We couldn’t agree more. Earlier, the district shared the many mitigation measures that we have taken. In order to manage the exposure of students and teachers, we are not able to have guests in the building on the first day of school. If you are driving your child to school on the first day, please drop them off, as described in our last newsletter. We will take good care of them.
With much anticipation,
Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing
Important Dates, News and Events
Sept. 1 - School building opens at 7:55 a.m. Please do not drop off your child prior to 7:55. Classes resume at 8:05 a.m.
Sept. 9 & 10 - IReady testing in math classes
Sept. 15 & 16 - IReady testing in literacy classes
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 - Picture Days (optional portrait packages available)
News and Announcements
Bus Procedures for 2020-21
With an emphasis on Staying Safe to Stay Open, the procedures for riding the school bus have been adjusted. Please review these with your child if they ride the school bus.
To allow for contact tracing, seating charts will be created by bus drivers. On the first day, as students enter the bus, drivers will give them the number of their seat on the bus. Siblings will be seated together. The seating charts will be designed to load students from back to front in the order they are picked up. This will reduce student contact because students will not cross paths with other students when boarding. When returning home, the seating chart will have the opposite effect. Students dropped off first will exit without crossing paths because they will be seated at the front - the result of being picked up last in the morning.
Entering Lake Denoon
In past years, most students entered through the main entrance. To reduce the size of the group entering the building, we are using two different entrances for students.
5th and 6th Graders will enter through Door 2 and proceed to their homeroom hallways. (See map below. 5th grade is pink, 6th grade is green.)
7th & 8th graders will enter through Door 1 (main entrance)
7th grade (in blue) will immediately turn to the left and go down the hallway past our health room and past the 6th grade hall to the 7th grade hallway.
8th grade (in yellow) will go towards the Encore hall, turning left before Encore to go to the 8th grade hall.
Staff members will be on hand the first day to help direct students as they enter the building. We will also have signs to help students.
Here’s an illustration and photos of the doors:
Special Note for 5th Graders on the first day only
Please bring back textbooks, library books, teachers’ classroom library books
We are still missing some of our textbooks, library books and books from the teachers’ classroom library. Please have your child return these to their first hour teacher on Tuesday, and we will get the textbooks back to last year’s teachers. Thank you for your help in returning our resources.
2020-21 School Calendar
On Monday, August 17, the School Board took action on a revised 2020-21 calendar. Of particular note, you will see some days highlighted in blue. Those days are being designated for the following:
1. Planned remote learning days, where students will be at home and will have designated learning to complete (November 23, 24, March 26, April 30).
2. District custodial crews will engage in a thorough, deep cleaning of our respective buildings as well as reapply an antimicrobial protective product on high touch surfaces.
3. Staff will be participating in professional learning aligned to ensure our students in both the virtual and in-person learning platforms are keeping pace with essential standards and assessments measuring those identified standards.
One final change to note was made in February, where the red "No Student - Professional Day," was changed from February 26th to the 19th.
Click Here for updated School Calendar
Additions to the 2020-21 Student/Parent Handbook
News for our Virtual Learning Students
Edmentum Student Orientation
Edmentum is the digital learning platform virtual students will use this year. Linked below are four videos that serve as an orientation for students and families.
This video shows:
What’s in a course
How to get started
How to stay on track
This video covers:
What’s in a typical lesson
What you’ll do in a lesson
How to get the most out of each lesson
This video outlines three keys to success:
Stay on pace with your work
Complete and understand your assignments
Communicate with your teacher
Save a copy of this Guide! It covers things you need to know right now and throughout your course:
How to get started
What technology you need
What your teacher and school expect from you
What skills you need for an online course
Day 1 Schedule for Virtual Learners
Muskego-Norway School District Covid-19 FAQs & Resources
Make sure to review the Parent FAQ document frequently where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions during this time. Updates will be highlighted in blue throughout the upcoming weeks.
Masks are an important part of the mitigation measures to keep each other safe. Previously, we shared some strategies to support your child in preparing for mask wearing. Regarding mask wearing, part of our “Stay safe to stay open” measures includes a communication process, which will involve having staff contact you if your child is not meeting expectations for mask wearing.
Along with the Parent FAQ document, our school psychologists have created a presentation to provide resources on how to help your children cope with mental health. You will find fact sheets as well as age specific information in the presentation.
Job Opportunities at Lake Denoon
Muskego Norway Schools has been named a Top Workplace by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the fourth year in a row. If you are interested in joining a positive, high energy workplace, please consider some of our openings. You can find descriptions of the openings and apply on the WECAN website.
We have openings for a general aide and special education instructional assistant, both of which do not require a teaching license. Thanks for considering!
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