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

LDMS Principals

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.

Seating Charts

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

We have a tradition of a 5th grade welcome parade. Our plan is to move the parade outside - weather permitting. This will allow us to physically distance while still welcoming our 5th grade students. On the first day, 5th graders should come in the main doors, go immediately to your right, and find your class in the gym. Your teachers will have a sign showing where to line up, 6 feet apart. As always, there will be many people in the hall to help you find your way.

Outdoor Learning

One of our practices will be to hold classes outside when the weather permits and the setting fits our learning. As stated in our Parent FAQ document: Students may not be required to wear a face covering when in outdoor learning environments when physical distancing is maintained. We are lucky enough to have a great resource right next door - a city park. Please know that we will be using this space for Phy Ed and other classes. Being outside is another risk mitigation measure.

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

"Thank you to all of our students and families who have spent time reviewing our 2020-21 student/parent handbook in preparation for a new year. Attached HERE, you will find several additions to our 2020-21 handbook that were recently shared and reviewed with the Muskego-Norway School Board. As always, we appreciate your strong partnership in continuing to advance our work with your student(s)."

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.

Video #1: Getting Oriented

This video shows:

  • What’s in a course

  • How to get started

  • How to stay on track

Video #2: The Learning Experience

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

Video #3: Keys to Success

This video outlines three keys to success:

  • Stay on pace with your work

  • Complete and understand your assignments

  • Communicate with your teacher

Course Guide (PDF)

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

5th Graders

Google Classroom Code: p4x5k64

Schedule for September 1st

6th Graders

Google Classroom Code: ttw2vd6

Schedule for September 1st

7th Graders

Google Classroom Code: oap6hft

Schedule for September 1st

8th Graders

Google Classroom Code: 4fs2cow

Schedule for September 1st

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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