Lake Denoon Timberwolves

February 5, 2021

A Message from Our Principals

We started the year with envisioning the kind of person we wanted our children to be as an adult. This week’s gift you can give your child is to teach them to be empathetic. This has probably never been more important for two reasons:

  • Students spend time on social media, which not only allows, but even encourages, students to be compassionless.

  • When we can’t put ourselves in another’s shoes, it leads to dehumanization, and dehumanization is always at the core of violence against individuals or groups. Let that sink in.

As with all gifts, the adults go first with modeling. That can be hard when we are all feeling the stress of pandemic life. Even in the best of times, it’s very easy to slide into dehumanizing those with a different point of view or life circumstances which brings us to the next strategy: perspective taking.

A good question to pose to your child is: How would a reasonable person think the opposite of you? … and the answer can’t be “Because they’re stupid” (dehumanizing). Help your child see the importance of this by having them recall a time when they wished that someone else understood how he or she felt. Ask them if they don’t make fun of others because they can imagine what it feels like to be in that other person’s shoes. Have they ever stopped someone from making fun of others?

In each of these cases, we hope that students make the right choice because they have a good heart, but then there’s the consequence side of not being empathetic. As an adult, it might be losing a dream job because of harassment. For students, it might take the form of significant disciplinary action (see Board Policy on Anti-Harassment and Anti-Bullying)

In partnership,

Your principals - Linda O’Bryan and John McEwing

Important Dates, Events and Activities

Feb 8: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball try-outs 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Feb 9: 8th Grade Girls Volleyball try-outs 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Feb 10: 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball call backs 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Feb 18: 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 1: Lesson 3

Quarter 2 Grades

Grades for Quarter 2 are available for your viewing. You can access your students grades through Infinite Campus. Also, if interested, you are able to print a copy of your child's report card.

Access grades

1. Go to Infinite Campus.

2. On the upper left corner, you will see a drop down menu. Click here.

3. Next scroll down to grades.

4. Once that is complete, you can select term 2.

5. If you have more than one student, you may select the correct student at the top right hand corner.

Printing a copy of Report Card

1.Go to Infinite Campus.

2.On the upper left corner, you will see a drop down menu. Click here.

3.Next, scroll down to Documents

4.Here you will see Quarter 2 Report Card. Click here

5.The print screen will pop up and click print.

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:

Optional Parent Insight Sheet

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:

  1. Candidate Information Packets due Thursday, February 25th at 3:15PM

  2. Selection / Non-Selection Letters mailed home week of March 15th

  3. 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 or 262-971-1820 ext. 7218.

A Cause for Paws Fundraiser

Don't for get to bring in your donations! Our fundraiser runs from now until Feb. 19

Every little bit counts and will matter to an animal in need!!

Thanks in advance for all of your donations!

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

From the Desk of your School Psychologist

In my home, we make every effort to eat dinner as a family (if interested in why this is important, please read this article). On some nights it feels more chaotic than others due to after school activities, tae kwon do, etc., but we still manage to sit down, eat together, and I attempt to learn about my kids’ days (9th grade son, 6th grade daughter, 3 year old son). As typical, when asked about school, everything is “good” or “I didn’t learn anything new.” So I purchased one of those family-based dinner question games a couple years ago. This week, my 3 year old has been really excited to use this game at dinner. We each picked a card and proceeded to answer. I find that these questions, for whatever reason, result in great discussions with my kids--not just the “goods” and “fines” I typically hear. One question this week was “What rule in your house do you not think is fair?” Surprisingly, both my older kids said their bedtimes. I acknowledged that when I was their age, I hated my 9:00 pm bedtime (that I had even through high school). I can never take off my school psychologist’s hat, so I did have to plug into the conversation information about their growing bodies and minds needing 8-10 hours of sleep at night. But, I took the opportunity that evening to ask what they would like their bedtimes to be and both said “later.” I compromised and said, how about we trial this for a couple weeks--I’ll extend your bedtime by a half hour. If you’re able to be pleasant in the mornings, nice to each other, respectful to us, and complete your school work, that shows that putting your bedtime later does not negatively affect how you go about your day. You may wonder what their bedtimes are--and I do tend to go more conservatively knowing that my kids definitely need their sleep--they need to be rested or they are sassier, or they are less engaged in school. My 9th grader’s bedtime has been 9:00 this year, but our trial for him is 9:30 pm. My 6th grader’s bedtime has been 8:30, but is now pushed to 9:00.

Giving my kids that opportunity to express their dislike with a rule, provide them the opportunity to explain why, and then have them part of a solution gives them voice and helps them feel respected. I wouldn’t do this for every rule, but it is important for kids to learn how and why parents make certain rules/decisions. So far...they’ve been doing pretty well with the extended bedtimes. (And interestingly, my daughter put herself to bed earlier than 8:30 last night because she seems more willing to notice when her body needs sleep.)

In parenting solidarity,

~Dr. R

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.

PTO News

PTO Minutes from January 25, 2021

Click Here to review the minutes from the last PTO meeting

Are you interested in being part of the Lake Denoon PTO?

PTO looking for officers for next year:

Co-President, Co-Treasurer, and Co-Secretary!

If interested please email

What's Happening at Lake Denoon

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We have just finished another successful year of our Ski/Ride Club. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!!

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Outdoor Club

Our Outdoor Club had a great time enjoying the snow at their meeting this week!!

Community Resources

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:

Honoring your Grieving Heart

Family Grief Support Group

Young Adult Virtual Peer Grief Support Group

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