As a speech/language pathologist, Mrs. Meinecke has the unique opportunity to support many of the classrooms at Jefferson. Before winter break, as she supported in classes, the theme seemed to be "gratitude." Students shared their gratitude during morning meetings. They wrote holiday gratitude letters to their parents, made Wisconsin-themed ornaments, created wreaths and stocking as gifts, and wrote about what they are thankful for. The holiday season is a good time to count our blessings.
Lincoln student artists are working on large collaborative pieces for Gallery Night/Open House on Thursday, Jan. 19. The artwork will be auctioned off and each student will choose their favorite piece of art that they've made so far this year to display in the hallways.
Senior Kindergarten (5K) students at Madison Elementary have been working on identifying character, setting and major events of a story. Students are accessing text both on Chromebooks and in small groups to practice this skill and help them develop into proficient readers. We continue to see our students progress towards meeting their short-term and end of the year reading goals. We are excited about their achievements and being able to read texts.
McKinley students will be collecting toys for the Ronald McDonald house in a school Toy Drive in February. The Ronald McDonald House accepts new toys throughout the year to distribute to its guest families who are receiving medical care at Children's Hospital. Toys in need include basketballs, footballs, Legos for older children, books for older readers, baby dolls, and Dory things. Toys to avoid are Barbies, Hot Wheel Cars, Star Wars figures and Frozen figures. Donations can be dropped off at McKinley Elementary School's main office Feb. 1-10.
Our Redeemer Lutheran
-The ORLS 49th Annual Basketball Tournament (16 teams) will be held Jan. 12-15. Special dress days, events and celebrations are scheduled for students throughout the week as well.
-Area students and parents are invited to the open houses called “Step Up” programs for their prospective students of 3K, 4K or 5K for the 2017-18 school year. The open houses at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, 10025 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, are scheduled by age level:
4-year-old kindergarten-eligible students and parents: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.
5-year-old kindergarten-eligible students and parents: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.
3-year-old kindergarten-eligible students and parents: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.
Join us as your child and you experience what a day in 3K, 4K or 5K is really like. See for yourself what a quality Christian academic education looks like in our family atmosphere.
Pre-registration for the open house is required; please reserve your spot today. Call the school office at 414-258-4558. Questions? Contact Mary Irish at ext. 212.
In Social Studies, third-grade students have been learning about how and why people come to live in America. We've also been learning about the diverse cultures that make up our community, with a focus on food, language, holidays, and traditions. We recently had a Polish immigrant come to speak about her family's experience of immigrating to America. We are currently working on a project that involved interviewing a family member about our own family histories and traditions, to celebrate our similarities and differences.
St. Joseph Catholic
Our pastor, Father Dennis, visited Mrs. Chadek’s third grade students for a special Epiphany celebration. Father Dennis shared interesting details about the history of Epiphany with the students. He also explained the tradition of blessing the home that is associated with the Feast day. Father Dennis then blessed their classroom – their “home” during the school day. Mrs. Chadek then shared freshly-baked Gift of the Magi bread that she had prepared for her students to enjoy.
Students at Underwood have been very engaged in art making during the first trimester. Through experimenting with a variety of materials and art making techniques, students are developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills. They have been learning basic art concepts including the Elements and Principles of Art and how to create an interesting composition by applying these concepts in their work. While creating art, students focus on expressing ideas, ways to communicate visually and making art that has meaning, all of which support the development of their own artistic voice. These experiences in the art studio help students make connections, and gain knowledge and appreciation of the arts.
Wauwatosa Catholic School is very busy preparing for the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This very special week will begin on Sunday, Jan. 29 and last through Friday, Feb. 3. On Sunday, Jan. 29 students, parents and staff members will represent WCS at either the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Bernard or the 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Pius X church. This will be followed by an Open House at the school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to visit our school. Parents will be available to conduct tours of the building. Students, parents and staff members will be available to answer questions and speak of our very special International Baccalaureate program. Please join us as we celebrate Wauwatosa Catholic School at our Open House Sunday, Jan. 29.
Upper elementary students led the school in a winter culture fair just prior to break. Students collaborated in small groups to learn about winter traditions and celebrations in different cultures around the world and then presented on them in the format of a culture fair. All students in the school rotated through the presentations, learning about the broader global community.
The entire WSTEM school will begin a skiing unit to coincide with learning about force and motion. For four Fridays, WSTEM will travel to the Little Switzerland ski site to learn the ropes about skiing and how that relates to physics, and how different variables weigh in, i.e. drag force, snow resistance, and the weight of the skier. They also participate in timed trials and graph the results of each skier.