Lake Denoon Timberwolves

January 15, 2021

A Message from Our Principals

Last week, we asked you to consider what your parenting “vision” is for your child. Over the next few weeks, we’ll consider how we shape young people and in particular, we’ll be sharing some “gifts” for you to give to your child. When you think back to gifts you received as a child, there are probably a few that stood out. But what about the gifts that last a lifetime? The ones you carry with you every day? Here’s the first gift to consider - the gift of optimism.

It’s been said, “Pessimists don’t change the world. Throughout history we see that it’s the optimists, the believers, the dreamers, the doers, the positive leaders and the teams who make the greatest impact.” (Jon Gordon). Help your child be that dreamer. Sure, there will be setbacks. It’s easy for students to see a temporary, single incident as their permanent reality. That’s when we need to help children switch from negative self-talk to a hopeful outlook. What actions can they take to mitigate the situation? Are there specific reasons that something went badly and can our students influence those reasons? Help them feel empowered to impact an outcome or at least know that better days are ahead.

Also, we need to pay attention to what we are modeling. Yes, the grown ups need to go first! Let’s watch for those pessimistic moments (“I’ll never find a parking spot”) and flip them to send an optimistic message for our students.


Linda O'Bryan and John McEwing

Your Principals

Important Dates, Events and Activities

Jan 19: 2021-22 Registration Sheets Due

Jan 19: Virtual Students Returning to In-person Locker Set-up 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Jan 21: 2nd Quarter Ends

Jan 22: No School

Jan 25: Remote Learning for all Students - Deep cleaning completed in classrooms. Students will receive their virtual learning plans for this day via email.

Jan 25: PTO Meeting Virtual 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Google Meet

Feb 5 - 12: Registration for Summer School Opens

News and Announcements

Registration 2021-22 School Year

Last week your student received the information packet for registering for the the 2021-22 school year. Please take the time, for you and your child to review class choices and enter their selection online through Infinite Campus. Once this step is completed, make sure to sign the registration (program) cards and return it to the homeroom teachers no later than January 19. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Student Services at 262-971-1820 x 7011.

Water Bottles

We wanted to send out a friendly reminder that students are expected to bring their own water bottle from home. Water fountains will not be available, however bottle fillers will remain active. A thirsty student without a water bottle, may request a cup from their classroom teacher or receive a cup of water from the health room. We do not have water bottles to hand out to the students.

Don't Forget to order your LDMS Yearbook!!

If you are interested in ordering a Lake Denoon Middle School Yearbook for the 2020-21 school year visit: JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM.

Orders can only be placed online or by calling 1-877-767-5217.


Last Day to order is Feb. 28. Don’t delay, order today!

Cost: $25.00

Free Lunch Available Friday, January 22nd & Monday, January 25th.

Virtual meals will be available for all students on Friday, January 22nd and Monday, January 25th. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Thursday, January 21st. Meals will be available for pickup at Door 16 at Muskego High School from 9:30am-11:00am on Friday, January 22nd for both days. For more information, please visit the food service website.

Weather and Emergency Closing

Living in Wisconsin you know our weather can be unpredictable! The MNSD has established guidelines for decisions related to inclement weather. You can follow the School Closing Procedures link to see our decision making process. We would like to point out a few important facts that hopefully will make the process run smoothly.

  • Anytime the National Weather Service feels that our area is in a WARNING level school will be closed. A WARNING level is a sustained minus 35 degrees wind chill or lower with winds at least 4 mph for 3 hours or more. Cancellations for snow are based on the amount and timing of the snowfall, as well as compounding factors such as wind or ice layers.

  • Decisions to close school are made as soon as practicable, typically no later than 5:00 a.m. and sometimes as early as 4:15 a.m. Area superintendents remain in close contact as soon as we hear a prediction of inclement weather. We try to keep decisions consistent across the region, each of us must weigh the many factors unique to our district. Therefore, there may be some times that another district is open and we are closed, or vice versa.

  • Provided we have a current telephone number on file , families will receive a phone call if school is cancelled. You can also find information on our district website, through local media, or by following us on Twitter.

School closing decisions are not easy. Your child’s education is important and we want to provide learning opportunities on as many days as possible. Almost always, some people will agree with the decision, and some will not. Please know that we use our best judgment with the information we have available at the time.

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...

  1. Experienced the symptoms of COVID-19
  2. Diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19
  3. 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:
  1. If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person receives a positive test
  2. If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person experiences symptoms
  3. If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation becomes symptomatic
  4. If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation receives a positive test

COVID-19 Symptom or Status Notification Form

Student Services

Appointments/Early Pick-ups for Students

Students who need to leave school during the school day must have written parental permission. Please have your student drop off the written excuse at the Student Services window first thing in the morning. By late morning, your child should stop back and a pass will be on the window ready for them. With this pass, the student can leave the classroom at the time they are to be picked up, and the office staff can avoid interrupting learning by calling into the rooms. Please do not email teachers with attendance. All attendance goes through Student Services.

A Message From Dr. R

As we just rounded the corner of New Years Day, many of you partake in the practice of New Year's resolutions. Others just decide to keep on truckin. I don’t necessarily engage in an intentional New Year’s resolution process, but I came across an infographic written way back in 2013 (before the “unprecedented” times we have been living in). Despite its age, the article had some good points. “15 things to give up if you want to be happy” sounded like something I could probably review and perhaps even adopt for myself--not in a formal New Year’s resolution way, but as a means to promote inner health and well-being.

  1. Give up your need to always be right. (Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind? ~Wayne Dyer)

  2. Give up your need for control. (Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it ~Kahlil Gibran)

  3. Give up on blaming others. (A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else ~John Burroughs)

  4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. (The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive ~Eckhart Tolle)

  5. Give up your limiting beliefs.

  6. Give up complaining. (You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses ~Ziggy)

  7. Give up the luxury of criticism.

  8. Give up your need to impress others.

  9. Give up your resistance to change.

  10. Give up labels. (The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about ~Wayne Dyer)

  11. Give up on your fears.

  12. Give up your excuses.

  13. Give up the past. (Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future ~Christian D. Larsen)

  14. Give up attachment. (Accept what comes and allow it to leave when it’s time ~Anonymous)

  15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations.

After the last year, with the pandemic, political and social unrest, and economic challenges, be kind to yourself. Giving up on some of the aforementioned negative habits may help us find the clarity we need to rejuvenate ourselves to take on 2021.

In solidarity, ~Dr. R

PTO Information

On Monday, January 25, we invite you to join the PTO Virtual Meeting. It will run from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. To join the meeting please click on the Google Meet link below.

Hope to see you all there!

Google Meet

What's Happening at Lake Denoon

Our LDMS scientists at work, looking a cell structure. They are looking at a celery leaf that has been in blue dye. Thanks to these students who helped me get a picture through their microscope!

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