Lane Intermediate Community Message

March 25, 2019 Patriot Pride @LaneWAWM

Parent Connection

Student Services News

Spring 2019

Christine Piotrowski

School Counselor

Last names A-L

(414) 329-6614

Kyle Malin

School Counselor

Last names M-Z

(414) 329-7438


During the month of March, Lane counselors delivered a lesson on Mindfulness to all 6, 7 & 8th grade students. Students watched a video called Flipping Your Lid to understand how the brain functions in times of stress. When we flip our lid, it means to have lost control or the inability to no longer think or act clearly. Mindfulness practice helps to be present in the moment and tap into our thinking part of the brain so there is more control of emotions and more reasoning. Some of the strategies students learned are the following:

Mindful Waiting

While waiting in line, encourage students to find one thing to focus on in the hallway or classroom and try to remember everything they notice. They can also look for something new they’ve never noticed before.

Drop in/ Grounding

This can be done sitting or standing. Encourage students to be still and bring all their attention to their feet, shoulders, arms or other part of their body. Try to remove tension and bring all of the focus to the body and not on their thoughts or what is going on around them. Encourage students to take deep breaths.

7 Shakes

Students stand and complete seven shakes each in the right arm then left arm, right leg then left leg. Repeat this six times, five times, four times, three times, two times and then once.

Through base groups and within the classroom, teachers are further encouraging and engaging students in these strategies to enhance the learning environment.

Future Social Emotional Learning Lessons

Peers with Purpose

Peers with Purpose is comprised of high school students in the district who have pledged to be alcohol and drug free. In April, Peers with Purpose student leaders will present to all 7th graders a lesson designed to encourage students to resist peer pressure and avoid unsafe choices. We are grateful for these peer leaders in our district who are willing to share of their time and commitment with Lane students.

AODA (Alcohol & other Drug Abuse)

Students in grades 6 and 8 will receive a lesson in April about alcohol and other drug abuse. Current drug trends and the effects drugs have on the human brain and body will be discussed. One key to helping young adults avoid alcohol and drug use is to let them know how much the risks outweigh the benefits. When students know that drugs are more harmful than they are good, studies have shown they will be more willing to say no to these unhealthy choices. Lane counselors will be delivering these lessons.

College for Kids & Teens/UW-Milwaukee campus

Looking to keep your child busy over summer? Want to keep their learning processes sharp? They can do both through UW-Milwaukee College for Kids and Teens. Classes include such courses as foreign language, theater, mythology, American Sign Language, weather and nature, and so much more. Google College for Kids & Teens. Registration for Summer 2019 is now open. Some tuition waivers are available for eligible families. You may also Google pre-college programs for other opportunities.

Youth Frontiers

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

Our school believes that to do well in school, students need to feel physically and emotionally safe. In our ongoing effort to create a safe and caring culture, we are having a Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat® .

Youth Frontiers (YF) is a nonprofit organization that has been delivering retreats to schools since 1987. They provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility and community so that our next generation of leaders is grounded in character. Last year, YF worked with nearly 124,000 students and educators throughout the country.

On the Courage Retreat, the YF Retreat Staff will focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that enhance self-confidence, empathy and connectedness. This high-energy, interactive retreat is scheduled for for the grade class and will be held at . To reinforce the positive effects of the retreat, we believe it’s important for the entire community to be involved in supporting and communicating the messages delivered on the retreat.

Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to inquire about their retreat experience once the student returns home by asking the following questions:

1. What activities did you find fun?

2. What were the small-group leaders like?

3. What were some of the social fears that you discussed during the small-group conversations? 4. What’s a fear you really struggle with?

5. What is one thing you can do tomorrow at school to show more courage?

Visit for more information on Youth Frontiers and to watch a video about the Courage Retreat.

Principal Message

Dear Lane Families,

The Forward Exam tests all students in the areas of reading and math and select grade levels in science and social studies. One or more subtests may be administered daily during the identified time frame and it is very important that your son or daughter be in school during this time. Students not in school on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window.

Forward Testing will start March 19th. Below are two links for families. I have included the Family Brochure that explains testing and Lane's testing schedule.

As 3rd quarter is coming to a close, continue to use the Skyward Portal is check grades. If there ever is a question, please contact the classroom teacher for clarification. We view the connection between school and family vital in student success.

In addition, we are planning events as we move into 4th quarter. We are creating opportunities to increase family engagement; we are building and improving our classroom libraries to increase access to literacy; and we continue to build the sense of belonging by working with the Peace Center.




On June 1st, I will ride Trek 100. This year I will be riding for Mackenzie, a student at Hoover. If you would like to ride, donate, or become involved just let me know. Otherwise, feel free to access the link.

  • A team has been created #mackenziestrong MACC

Peace Center @ Lane


Culture Club -- Ms. Gillitzer

Thursday after school

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Art Club -- see Ms. Sommer Bayer

Wednesday after school

Math Club -- see Mr. Kloiber

Wednesday during the day.

Chess Club -- Mr. Malin and Ms. Muyer

Monday after school 106

Book Club -- See Ms Duley /Ms Meyer

Tuesday - starting Oct.16

3:05 pm - 4:05 pm room 218


Starting Monday, October 1st

See Mr. Napoli with questions.

Cooking Club - See Ms. Merten

Wednesday, October 10th

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The form is in the office there is limited space.

Rock Stars -- See Mr. Simons and Mr. Stolpe

Tuesday, October 2

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Makerspace / Tech Club -- See Mrs. Smith

Wednesday, October 3

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Movie Club -- See Mr. Brown


Multicultural Fair

Lane Intermediate School will be hosting our second annual Multicultural Fair. An invitation is being extended to parents and guardians to participate with your child(ren) and house a table representing your culture. Many parents participated with their children last year making for awesome memories! Here are some details about this year’s fair:

  • Date of Event: Friday, May 17, 2019 1 to 3 pm.

  • Location: Lane Intermediate School/1300 S. 109th St. West Allis, WI 53214

Auxiliary Gym

  • Ethnic food samples are permissible but need to be labeled with all ingredients. Please NO NUTS OF ANY KIND AT THE FAIR OR IN ANY FOOD SAMPLES.

  • Any cultural artifacts, food, displays, flags, music, art, posters, dance, educational information, cultural dress, and the like would be welcome.

  • Tables will be set up in our auxiliary gym with representatives housing a table. Students will be able to walk through the gym and stop and talk to the representatives, sample food, play games, and learn.

  • Lane has approximately 530 students total in grades 6,7, 8.

  • The theme of Lane's Multicultural Fair is WE ARE ONE WORLD.

Would you please participate? Please call or email me. We want to make this a wonderful event for our students as they grow and learn about culture. Thank you in advance.

Note: Sixth grade students in Global Cultures classes (Ms. Calderon & Ms. Gillitzer) will be participating in the fair through projects assigned in Global Cultures.

Christine Piotrowski

Lane School Counselor

Multicultural Fair Coordinator

(414) 329-6614

Happenings at Lane!

March 4th - 29th -- Students and staff participating in Peace Learning Centers

March 19 - Forward Exam testing begins

March 29 -- Non contingent PBIS incentive

April 1 - April 5 -- Spring Break

April 8 -- Classes resume

Golf Clinic

Big picture

8th Grade Fundraiser

The 8th Grade students will be selling Butter Braids to help raise funds for their graduation festivities. All orders are due back to Lane by April 10th, checks should be made payable to Lane Intermediate PTA. Pick up will be at the school on April 17th - Just in time for Easter!

The order form is attached for your convenience and paper forms will be handed out to your student next week.

If you have any questions please contact Elly Gross at 414-627-0474 or

Parent Satisfaction Survey

As we have been working hard, we now have something to ask of you. In April, our annual Parent Satisfaction Survey will open. You will receive an email inviting you to complete the survey. I hope you will take the time to respond - your feedback is very important to us.