Jason Tan and Jonathan Lee performed with the Wisconsin School Music Association Middle Level Honors Chorus and Band, respectively. Emily Krusche-Bruck performed with the WSMA High School State Honors Choir. Tan and Margot Armbruster were accepted into a vocal performance master class run by artistic staff at the Florentine Opera. Julian Rhee will perform the first movement of Dvorak's "Violin Concerto in A Minor" with the Madison Symphony on Nov. 26.
The PTO will sponsor a holiday gift card raffle for the staff the week of Dec. 16. Each staff member will receive four tickets with the hope of winning gift cards when they place each ticket in its assigned raffle bag. Cards will be accepted through the front office through Dec. 16.
Fourth-graders at Brookfield Christian School are hosting a Bon Voyage Party for their "travelmates." The small stuffed animals and characters will be traveling all over the country, and even the world, for the next few months. Students in all grades are studying Christmas traditions throughout the world. The first-grade class, which studies the Netherlands, will be visited by Sinterklaas this week.
The girls soccer team has again been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a recipient of its High School Team Academic Award. The Spartans are one of 230 high school girls teams in the nation to be recognized. To qualify for the award, a team must maintain a grade-point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. East's team GPA for the year was 3.80.
Last week, the school welcomed its newest third-grade teacher, Christina Cohen, who formerly served as a long-term substitute and learning support teacher. Prior to her time at Swanson, she served as a third-grade teacher at Urban Day School in Milwaukee.
A class of fourth-grade students received an ACE (Arts in Community Education) performance by Stas Vanglevski from Russia. He introduced the class to the accordion and all the sounds it makes.
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The schoolchildren collected food in their classrooms during the month of November and placed it in the church Nov. 27, where it joined the congregation's food offerings. The entire Food Ingathering was taken to inner-city food pantries for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The school will host its annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6. Proceeds will be used to purchase adaptive physical equipment that can address student needs. The silent auction will feature gift certificates, household items and autographed Brewers and Packers items. There will be a raffle with prizes including $1,000 cash, a Chicago getaway and an iPad Air. Admission is free.
All families of 3-year-old children are encouraged to attend a Family Devotions Class on Jan. 19. The class is designed to encourage families in home Bible study and provide them with a devotional resource and other books to foster faith.
The Ravenous Readers Book Club held its first meeting Dec. 4. Students and staff members are reading and discussing Marie Lu's "Legend."
Children in grades 4-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade will attend Santa's Secret Workshop with their classes Dec. 10. This program makes it possible for children to experience the joy of choosing their own gifts for family and friends. There will be a variety of gift items with prices ranging from $0.25 to $11.
St. John Vianney
All are invited to Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square Mall from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday to enjoy the St. John Vianney book fair. Several "celebrity" guest readers will entertain kids with stories. The Shamrock Choir, strings and flute groups will perform. Visit BN.com/bookfairs to support St. John Vianney online between Dec. 5 and Dec. 10. Enter book fair ID 11243623 at checkout. A percentage of your purchase benefits the school.
St. Mary's Visitation
The third-graders are taking part in Fluency Idol. Modeled after the popular "American Idol" television show, Fluency Idol offers students a chance to practice reading with expression and fluency in front of their classmates. Each student receives a poem, which they practice reading to family and friends. Then, students are randomly chosen to read their poem in front of the class. The class secretly votes for the "contestant" they feel used the most expression while reading fluently.
Cub Scout Pack 23 will collect donations for its toy drive until Dec. 19. Donations will be given to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Drop boxes are located at Crossover Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, 11931 W. Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa, Lyle Husar Designs, 17395 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield, and Quest Home Loan Center, 21075 Swenson Drive, Suite 250, in Waukesha.
Kids' Night, a complimentary child sitting service, is being hosted by Brookfield East's Student Council for children in preschool through grade five from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. The night will be filled with fun activities for children, such as decorating cookies, a movie, games, crafts and more.
Students are encouraged to create a design for this year's Run for the Hills fundraiser, a 5-kilometer run in April. Students who compete in the art contest will receive commemorative T-shirts. Submissions for the design contest will be accepted until Dec. 16.
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