Lake Denoon Timberwolves
February 12, 2021
A Message from Our Principals
As winter marches on, it’s a good time to talk to your child about not letting up on what you expect from them in the area of school behavior.
The definition is as follows: “Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation, or harm. Bullying may be a repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power. Furthermore, it may be serious enough to negatively impact a student's educational, physical, or emotional well being. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to: age; national origin; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical attributes; physical or mental ability or disability; and social, economic, or family status; however this type of prohibited bullying behavior need not be based on any of those particular or other particular characteristics. It includes, but is not necessarily limited to such behaviors as stalking, cyberbullying, intimidating, menacing, coercing, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing.”
To help with you with your conversations about bullying, here are some examples to share with your child:
Physical - hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact.
Verbal - taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats.
Psychological - spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation.
""Cyberbullying" - the use of information and communication technologies to do any of the above.
Help them see the real world implications of these kinds of behaviors by talking about these same expectations in the workplace. All of this ties in well with last week’s information on empathy.
Help us build a kinder world.
Your partners in learning,
Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing
Important Dates, Events and Activities
Feb 17: Last Day to complete Parent Survey
Feb 18: Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45 - 8:00 p.m.
Feb 19: No School - Professional Day
Feb 19: A Cause for Paws Fundraiser ends
Feb 22: Remote Learning for all Students
News and Announcements
Parent/Teacher Virtual Conference Sign Ups
Click Here to sign up for your child’s virtual conference.
Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a spreadsheet. At the bottom of the spreadsheet, find your student's grade and click the tab. Next, find the teacher you wish to sign up with. Scroll over to the Sign Up Genius link and click on it. It will take you to the Sign Up Genius website, which shows times available for the conference. We are asking that your child also be included in the virtual conference, as we want them to feel ownership and support in their learning.
We recognize that there are many ways for parents and guardians to be strong partners in education, including using Infinite Campus, reading the parent newsletters, and keeping learning at the forefront of family conversations, so do not feel obligated to sign up for conferences if you believe you are already well-informed on your student’s learning.
RESET MindBody: Mindfulness
Here is the weekly lesson for students to help students focus and manage stress to support achieve and other goals in our Vision of a Graduate.
Week of February 8: Week 4
Did you order your Yearbook?
Yes, there is going to be a yearbook this year! Events may be cancelled, but we will still tell the story of this historic year through the voices of our students. It is going to be GREAT! Because of Covid, we will be ordering VERY FEW extra copies to sell at the end of the year. It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY there will be a book available for your child if you don’t order a book by February 26th. You can place your order online at jostensyearbooks.com. Don’t miss out on your last chance to guarantee and personalize a 2021 yearbook for your child. If you have already purchased a book, thank you! This year’s book is one you won’t want to miss!
Optional Parent Insight Sheet for 2021-22 School Year
Parents/Guardians please know we are unable to honor requests for specific teachers as many factors are considered in scheduling, including class size and balance, and working to provide as many of your child's course elective selections as possible.
If you would like to identify any specific information about your child's learning needs and information that would help your child's transition into the next school year, please feel free to complete the following form:
Please return this form to the Main Office at Lake Denoon Middle School in a sealed envelope marked "Office-Placement" by Friday March 5, 2021.
NJHS Selection Process
Lake Denoon’s National Junior Honor Society’s 2021 selection process is upon us. National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an organization that is focused on service to others, maintaining high academic standing, and being role model students with behavior and citizenship. Current seventh grade students with eligible academic and behavioral standing at school were invited to learn more about NJHS through an email in early February. In this email, all of those eligible students were given Google Classroom codes for Candidate Information Packets that they can complete and submit if they would like to be considered for NJHS membership for their eighth grade school year at Lake Denoon. Parents and guardians of these students were also emailed all of the information.
The timeline for the NJHS selection process is below:
Candidate Information Packets due Thursday, February 25th at 3:15PM
Selection / Non-Selection Letters mailed home week of March 15th
Virtual Spring 2021 NJHS Induction Ceremony: Thursday, April 15th at 7:00PM at Lake Denoon (no audience - it will be recorded)
Any current seventh grade students not invited this school year are encouraged to think about how they can better embody the five qualities of NJHS members (scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship) so that they can potentially be eligible to apply to National Honor Society (NHS) once they get to high school. Additionally, parents of fifth and sixth graders should help support and encourage their child to be role model citizens and students so that they may be eligible for NJHS when the time for them to apply in 7th grade comes. Please know that the academic requirement for NJHS at Lake Denoon is to have a 3.5 GPA for each quarter throughout 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
If you have any questions about Lake Denoon’s NJHS chapter, please contact Ms. Stephanie Fote at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-971-1820 ext. 7218.
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...
- Experienced the symptoms of COVID-19
- Diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19
- 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:
- If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person receives a positive test
- If already in Quarantine and the quarantined person experiences symptoms
- If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation becomes symptomatic
- If a household member of someone in Quarantine or Isolation receives a positive test
Appointments/ Leaving Early
To diminish the amount of class disruptions, when a student needs to leave school early we appreciate parents following the steps below.
1. On the morning that a student is leaving early, please send in a note that includes the date, time and reason for leaving.
2. This note should be dropped off to Student Services on their way to class upon arrival. Students will receive a pass. This pass is used to excuse the student from class at the time they are to be picked up.
3. Once they are excused from class (using their pass), students will wait in the main office to be picked up.
4. Upon your arrival at school (mask required), students may be signed out by a parent/guardian in the main office.
Thank you for taking the steps above to help minimize our calls into the classrooms throughout the learning day.
What's Happening at Lake Denoon
The 5th graders had so much fun playing the board games that they created for their explorer projects.
Healing Hearts of Waukesha
Healing Hearts of Waukesha County has enhanced our grief support programs with relevant issues our children and families are forced to deal with in our current times. In addition to our family support groups, we are offering a Young Adult and an Adult only grief support group. Children and adults now have a great opportunity to connect with others virtually to receive support and strengthen their resiliency.
Any family dealing with a life altering event is welcome to join us, because grief is a response to all types of loss, and it impacts our thoughts, emotions, and well-being.
Please follow the links below for more information: