The upper grades are learning folk songs in music class at Jefferson. Third-grade students are learning how to play instruments like xylophones and will learn to perform British folk songs on them in the coming weeks. In fourth grade, students are learning a folk song from China and will be singing it and playing it on their recorders. Finally, fifth-grade students are exploring the link between the music of Africa and the spiritual music written by slaves in the 1800s, with the goal being to connect these songs to the music of today.
Check it out. Roughly 40 McKinley students will have their art displayed in the annual Wauwatosa School District Art Show starting Feb. 22. This display is a representation of artwork from every elementary, middle and high school in the Wauwatosa School District. The art will be hanging in the Metcalfe's Market on State Street until March 22. (See more information under the “Wauwatosa School District” entry.)
The eighth annual Dinner Auction for Our Redeemer Lutheran School was held Feb. 4 at the New Berlin Ale House. Record attendance by parents, ORLS members and friends of Our Redeemer also brought record receipts, making it a fabulous night to benefit the grades 1-8 STEM Program in the amount of over $25,000. Fellowship, fun, great food and awesome auction items added to the enjoyment of the evening. ORLS thanks all of the local sponsors who contributed to the event's success.
Opera for the Young is coming to Wauwatosa. The company will present an adaptation of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” at Roosevelt School at 9:30 a.m. March 2. A chorus of students from Roosevelt School will appear onstage, performing right alongside Opera for the Young’s professional artists. Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for children. The “Elixir of Love” is a fun comedy set in the Old West. Already the students are familiar with the characters.
Through this story the audience will learn a lesson about honest communication and being true to one’s own feelings. Together they realize that the human heart, in its pursuit and expression of love, needs no magic potions. Further information about Opera for the Young is available at www.operafortheyoung.org.
Our schoolwide character trait for February is self-control. Self-control means I remain calm in stressful or emotional situations (take deep breaths), I allow others to speak without interrupting, and my body is doing what is expected. During classroom lessons we will be finishing our bully prevention lessons and then learning to use the peace bridge to help resolve conflicts with our peers.
Fifth-grade students engaged in student-led group discussions about character traits found within literature. Students were challenged to provide evidence from the text to support their inferential thinking about each character. While discussing, they found some traits were shown often and easy to infer while other traits were more subtle. Finally, the class was able to reflect on some of their own personality traits and make connections about themselves to other characters.
On Tuesday, Feb. 21 WCS held its quarterly Awards Program. Twenty-three students were honored for exemplifying the IB Learner Profile attribute “Open-minded.” These students have shown that they are receptive to differences, new ideas, new people and experiences. They try to learn about new things and accept them, even if they don’t like them. They are tolerant and understanding.
We also recognized the students from grades 5-8 who attained honor roll grades. Forty-two students are on the honor roll for the second quarter. Eight of these students received A’s in every subject.
Wauwatosa School District
Wauwatosa School District students will have their art on public display again this year in Metcalfe’s Art Show.
All K-12 schools in the district will participate in the show, which will feature approximately 380 to 400 pieces of student artwork hung throughout Metcalfe’s store at 6700 W. State St. in Wauwatosa.
Artwork will be on display from Feb. 22 to March 22 and will be located in the produce section, the cafe area, and by the registers in the front of the store. “Students take such pride in their work and a community show like this is a great way to showcase their hard work and talent,” said Sherrill Knezel, art teacher at Lincoln Elementary.
Metcalfe’s will host an “Opening Night” for the community, parents and student artists from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Metcalfe's will be providing cookies, coffee and sample tastings the night of the event.
Wilson Elementary & Wauwatosa STEM
Last week, Wilson and WSTEM held its annual Scholastic Book Fair. In conjunction with that event, we had a schoolwide read-in. Older students in WSTEM read to younger students in Wilson and vice versa. It was a great way to combine both schools and share our students' love of reading.