Jackie Myszkowski will tell you that her favorite part of teaching is working with her students and co-workers. After 24 years of teaching at Kradwell School in Wauwatosa, Jackie, proud grandmother of four, plans on spending more time with her family. She believes “patience” is one of her greatest virtues and that looking for the good in others is something she has always valued. When we asked her if she could do any other job for just one day, what would it be? Jackie proudly stated, “I never really thought about it because I always just wanted to be a teacher.”
First grade will be starting animal research projects next week. Students will organize information in graphic organizers and use that information to write a report, which will include a diagram with labels.
Our Redeemer Lutheran
An Early Childhood Information Night will be held for prospective parents of 3K, 4K and 5K students for the 2017-18 school year at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. Programming will be explained, classrooms will be open and teachers will be available for questions and discussion.
Also, the STEP UP to 5K Open House will occur from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Our Redeemer. Students and parents are invited to spend a morning learning firsthand what 5K will look like for next year.
Please call the school office at 414-258-4558 to register your attendance for these events.
The Junior Kindergarten classes invited School Resource Officer Tracy Burbach to come to our classroom. This supported our Treasures Unit, "Our Neighborhood." Officer Tracy was able to provide a real life example of a community helper. She also wore her uniform so all children got to see and touch parts of her uniform. This helped provide a common learning experience for all students. Seeing real things and a real police officer helped to make the curriculum come alive. Now we are able to compare and contrast Officer Tracy and Kimberly Maddox (a police officer we read about in a nonfiction book in our Treasures unit).
St. Joseph Catholic
Last week, second-grade students worked on their second STEM project. They created circuits, including squishy circuits. The students then used their circuits to build “wobblebots” with parts they made using the 3D printer. Our second graders tested their wobblebots’ ability to create art. They were please to find out that, indeed, the wobblebots could draw on their own, proving they could indeed create their own art projects!
The students in first- through fifth-grade Spanish classes recently began a new unit about travel and transportation. In this unit first-graders will be taking virtual field trips. They will create a story about what they see and do on their ideal field trip. Second graders will be taking a “trip” around the city to gather supplies for an imaginary party they are planning. Third grade will be using various modes of transportation to “visit” cities in the state of Wisconsin. They will be planning a trip based on things they like to do. Fourth-grade students will be taking a “road trip” throughout the United States. They will discuss in the past tense how they got there, what they needed, what they did, and what they saw on their trip. Fifth-graders with be taking a “trip” to Costa Rica. They will use travel brochures and maps to discuss and negotiate with a friend about where they should go and what they should do while visiting Costa Rica.
The second-graders at Washington have been investigating various aspects of sound, including production, perception, properties and characteristics. Our hands-on experiments have involved the children with different sound equipment used in communication and the operation of musical instruments.
Washington students are also preparing to host their fifth annual Science Fair! Students voluntarily participate and complete their projects after school hours. This year there are a record number of 125 students – grades JK to 5 – showcasing more than 86 projects. Washington's Science Fair is a parent-run event supported by the science faculty and the PTA. The public is invited to attend the fair from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Washington Elementary School gymnasium.
The annual Abby Bunzel Memorial Skate Night will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the St. Pius X gym/roller rink. The Skate Night runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., offering plate dinners by the Pizza Pops and Bunzel catering. Skating is open from 7 to 9 p.m. A variety of activities will be offered in addition to the skating, including a Bake Sale, a Silent Auction, Ice Cream, Raffles, Beanie Baby Bingo and Face Painting. The Abby Bunzel Memorial Skate Night supports tuition assistance at Wauwatosa Catholic School and St. Jude School. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun event.
Wauwatosa Montessori has been busy partnering with our community members and their various skills and talents to expose students to new opportunities and real world learning. Recently, students were able to see one of their Montessori lessons of the water cycle come to life on their walls through a creatively-placed mural above one of the drinking fountains that was designed by a parent who is an artist. Students were able to be a part of the painting and grow in their knowledge of art and painting.
Wilson Elementary & Wauwatosa STEM
Our latest Box Tops Initiative at Wilson and WSTEM is to Duct Tape the Principal. Each student that turns in a sheet of 25 box tops will be given a piece of duct tape to help tape Mr. Heun to the gym wall during an assembly. There is no limit to the amount of sheets to be turned in! We are one week in and have already received 48 completed sheets! Deadline and taping is March 1!