June 5, 2020
It is certainly feeling like summer these days. Thank you for all of your support in helping students finish strong. We have worked hard to strike the right balance between keeping the learning going so students are well-positioned for long term success, and being sensitive to the difficulties that some of our families have experienced during this challenging time in our world. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open so we can provide the “just right” support for your family.
Next week is always a very exciting week for our school. Please see the information below, especially information regarding the process for the 8th grade drive by and yearbook pick up for the rest of the students.
Through recent events, your child has likely become aware of the issues of racism and social injustice that exist in our communities and country. Since the first day that Lake Denoon opened in 1999, we have committed ourselves to the ideals of respect and responsibility, which means we must build a school community that is equitable and inclusive.
If you are unsure of how to have sensitive conversations about race, justice, and inequity with your child, you may find the following resources helpful:
National Geographic: Talking to kids about race
Dr. Howard Stevenson-Clinical Psychologist, Professor: Talking To Children After Racial Incidents
American Psychological Association: APA Talking To Children About Discrimination
Today’s Parent: 27 Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism
Parent ToolKit: How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism
Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture: “Talking about Race” Web Portal
Together and connected, we are committed to upholding our values of being a Respectful and Responsible Community. Thank you for joining us on this important journey!
Gratefully Your Principals,
Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing
Important Dates and Events
June 8 and 9 - Distance learning as usual
June 10 - Homeroom activities to bring closure to the year
June 11 - A virtual celebration of our 8th grade class involving all students. Videos to be shared by Mrs. O’Bryan on this morning
June 11 - 3:00 - 6:00 pm 8th grade family drive by See directions below.
June 12 - 9:00 - 12:00 pm and 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Yearbook pick up for Grades 5-7. See directions below.
July 6 - July 30 (No Friday classes) - Summer Learning Academy
TBD: Registration for 2020-21 school year will take place online this year. Watch for future communications regarding the process and opening of the online registration.
News and Announcements
8th Grade Drive By Instructions
The Drive By will be available from 3:00 to 6:00pm on Thursday, June 11th. The route will be to come into our school entrance driveway (Note that the other driveway is exit only). After entering, drive up to the front entrance where the buses park. Please have the student’s first and last name displayed on the front passenger side of the windshield so we can be sure to accurately and efficiently get his or her Warrior bag, yearbook, and t-shirt to him or her. If you have a younger student at Lake Denoon who also ordered a yearbook, we will have that student’s yearbook in the Warrior bag. In addition, you will be able to return any textbooks, library books, or personal classroom books that belong to the teachers. We appreciate getting these very expensive materials back! Some of your student’s teachers will be able to cheer the 8th graders on as they drive up to be handed your Warrior bag. Out of respect for the staff, all family members and students need to stay in the car throughout the drive by. Please take the time to explain to your child that some of their teachers may have medically fragile family members or may have medical conditions themselves that would make it unsafe for them to not socially distance themselves, which is why everyone needs to stay in the vehicles.
Warrior 101: Transition Program for Freshman
Each year, the Warriors 101 transition program helps support incoming freshmen by facilitating opportunities for them to meet upperclassmen, run through their class schedule, meet their teachers, tour the building, bond with peers, and learn about co-curricular opportunities at the high school. The program is planned for Wednesday, August 26th from 8:00 -12:00 pm. If the current situation prevents an in-person program, there will be an alternate virtual offering. Please click here to complete registration for your student so you are kept up-to-date with program plans.
We look forward to helping your son/daughter have a smooth transition to the high school. If you have already registered, you do not need to sign up again.
Thank you for your support. We found last year's program to be a great success, and we have been working throughout this year to make further improvements. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us.
Julia Hartig, Katie Van Ruden, Becca Hirtz, Kim Aide, and Erin Bittner
Yearbook Pick up Instructions (5th - 7th Grade, without 8th Grade Sibling)
On Friday, June 12th, there will be two options for yearbook pickup: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The route will be to come into our school entrance driveway (Note that the other driveway is exit only). After entering, drive up to the front entrance where the buses park. Please have the student’s first and last name displayed on the front passenger side of the windshield so we can be sure to get the right yearbook to you quickly.. With your help, we can keep the line of cars from backing up. In addition, you will be able to return any textbooks, library books, or personal classroom books that belong to the teachers. We appreciate getting these very expensive materials back! Please stay in your car for this entire process.
Not able to Pick up at your assigned times?
If you are unable to pick up your items during the times listed above, beginning June 15th, please contact Mrs. Henneberry at 262-971-1820 x 7011, and she will arrange a time for you to pick up.
Last Chance to buy a Yearbook!!!!
The last day to buy your 2020 LDMS Yearbook online is Monday, June 8 at 11:59 p.m. If your child would like a yearbook and has not placed an order, please go to http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01099030 to place your order.
Yearbooks are $25.00 each. When they are gone, they are gone!
Starting on Monday, June 15 you can purchase any remaining yearbooks for $25 either with cash or by check.
If you have any questions about the yearbook, please contact Kelly Brutlag or Michelle Ervin.
Need a Question Answered?
Please contact -
Danielle Mueller Administrative Assistant I - Main office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodie Henneberry Administrative Assistant II, AM - Student Services at email@example.com
Nicole Bitter Administrative Assistant II, PM- Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chromebook support will continue to be available Wednesdays from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Muskego High School main entrance (Door #1).
Visit this link for more details: bit.ly/PHE-TechSupport
If you or your child received an email from the tech department and would like to pick up your device, you may do so at the above time, at the high school's main entrance. If you are not comfortable venturing out, your child's device will be stored until further notice. Please email email@example.com and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
*****8th GRADE STUDENTS - LOANERS MUST BE RETURNED TO LDMS TO RECEIVE YOUR NEW HIGH SCHOOL DEVICE *
A Note from your School Psychologist:
With the political and social unrest happening in the last week, coupled with the continued challenges we are facing with COVID-19, I was hoping to come up with something profound to share. But honestly, I think the guidance or thought-provoking words we need come at unexpected times and from unanticipated places. My three year old occasionally has a fortune cookie for a snack. A while back, we purchased a container of 100 individually wrapped fortune cookies to disperse to him for his random snack requests. After working a full day, and then watching the news, reading articles, and maintaining dialogue with my brother and others about what’s happening in our country/world, I needed some peace. I needed some insight. After his bath tonight, my son wanted a snack. I offered a fortune cookie and he was ecstatic (remember when we would get so excited at the small things in life?). I opened up the wrapper, cracked the cookie in several pieces and sent him off to play. I then read the fortune…..”Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish others.” Whoever typed up that fortune and sent it on it’s way probably didn’t realize the impact it would have on its reader. Regardless of what your beliefs may be or where you stand on the political continuum, my hope is that as parents/guardians--but more importantly as people--we can all agree on doing what’s right. Every day the opportunity is there to teach our child(ren) how to make the best choice. Over the last few years, I’ve shared a certain sentiment with some of our Lake Denoon parents/guardians. When a parent/guardian has had crippling guilt or sadness or fear or anger over something that’s happened with their child(ren), and they were forced to make a decision but worried about the ramifications of that decision, I’ve said, “You had to make a decision, and the decision you made was based on the information you had at the time. You may know more now and your decision may be different if presented with the same opportunity, but you can never forget that in the moment, you did what was right and best at the time.” Let’s promote that in our child(ren).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, MNS is aware that you may have difficulty obtaining an appointment with your healthcare provider to obtain necessary immunizations for your student. We anticipate the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will provide additional immunization guidance for the 2020-2021 school year. The current immunization laws remain in effect until such guidance is provided. Please see the Family Immunization Guidance for 2020-2021 for more information:
Tracy Staudacher JD, BSN, RN
Muskego-Norway School District
Office: 262-971-1790 ext. 4535
MNS Health Services
Helping Hearts of Waukesha -
Grief Support for Children and Family Click Here
Summer Virtual Grief Support Group - Click Here
The Advocate- Addiction Resources- Click Here
NAMI Waukesha - Click Here
Mental Health Awareness - Follow the link, then click on the 'education' link for additional information on upcoming training, classes and supports.
Finding Your Strength: Wellness Day for Women and Girls (Youth) - Follow the above link, then click on the ‘events’ link for registration
Family Connection Newsletter is created by the Waukesha County Foster Care Program - Click Here
The Women’s Center If you or anyone you know needs help please contact the Women's Center right away
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