Third-graders have been studying communities in social studies. This week the students completed their museum walk where each child researched a tradition, holiday, game, food, art or clothing item. These items originally came from a culture different than their own, but are associated with the many diverse cultures within Wauwatosa.
Do you know where Wauwatosa's name comes from? Second-graders at McKinley do. We are learning about the history of Wauwatosa. In art class, students created drawings based upon historical buildings in our community. As we discover Wauwatosa's past, and analyze the ways Wauwatosa has changed, we will learn more about these historical places and the people who settled here. We will complete this unit by going back in time with a visit to the Wauwatosa Historical Society's Kneeland-Walker house.
Parents from the community are invited to a special Adult Education Night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1 in the cafeteria. National Speaker and Aurora Healthcare provider Dr. Felicia Robertson will present a program titled "Caring for You and Those You Love: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes." Free babysitting is provided during the program by calling the school office to reserve a spot for your child. The program is free and community members are invited, too.
To encourage random acts of kindness, Roosevelt celebrated a month filled with different activities promoting kindness, caring and friendship. Activities included class secret kindness missions, writing kindness postcards to peers and completing a family kindness matters project. The school is filled with representations of how much kindness matters in our Roosevelt community. Students love the display of photographs on the “Kindness Matters Wall” (showing ways families demonstrate kindness), as well as our “Kindness is Golden” bulletin board (including a rainbow of paper chains where each link represents a random act of kindness completed at school and a pot of gold, where each coin indicates a kind act done at home). Students plan to continue spreading kindness and performing good deeds throughout the year.
The Underwood Fireflies have been hard at work in the art room this year. Students have created many beautiful pieces of art throughout the school year. In doing so they have been experimenting with new art materials and have started expressing their artistic voice. Many artists have had their work showcased in the Metcalfe Art Show (Feb. 23 - March 22) as well as the Wauwatosa Library Art Show (April 4 - May 3). The artists at Underwood are now diving into the world of 3D art and have started sculpting clay, molding papier-mache and painting their wonderful creations. It will be exciting to see what these creative minds make next.
Washington Elementary fifth-grade students are traveling to JA BizTown on April 13. Students operate a bank, restaurant, city hall, newspaper, retail store and 10 other businesses. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. Students leave understanding the relationship between what they learn in school and their participation in a local economy. JA BizTown is correlated to Common Core Standards and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and is proven to advance students' knowledge, skill, attitude and achievement.
The first- through eighth-graders at Wauwatosa Catholic participated in Weather Day at Miller Park on Thursday, April 6. Meteorologists from Storm Team 4 gave a lesson on weather, featuring interactive weather trivia and weather experiments. Students visited the Science Fair with exhibits from the Milwaukee Public Museum, National Weather Service, Discovery World and MATC. They were then able to enjoy a baseball game, where the Milwaukee Brewers played the Colorado Rockies.
Wauwatosa STEM & Wilson Elementary
This week, as we prepared for spring break, both Wilson and WSTEM came together for a Spring into Break Spirit Week. We had everything from PJ day to Brewers apparel to travel and vacation wear, and ended our week with a Color by Classroom to cover the colors of the rainbow. It was a fun way to bring both schools together and you could feel the excitement in the hallways and classrooms. The Beehive hopes everyone has a fun and safe break and we cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces when we come back.