Family Fun Night at the primary school was held Nov. 30. Students and parents danced through the decades at this 50th Birthday Bash for the Academy. They enjoyed music from past generations, and the kids learned some of the dances that were popular at the time.
The holiday band concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Wilson Center. The concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and various chamber groups will perform. Admission is free.
Sinterklaas will visit the first-grade classroom Dec. 6. The class is studying the Christmas traditions of the Netherlands. Each grade studies the Christmas traditions of a different country leading up to Christmas. The third-graders are learning about German Christmas traditions, and decorating a class tree with ornaments brought in by the students.
BCS also is collecting new toys for Joy House, the Women & Children's Shelter at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, through Dec. 14.
In other news, the seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball team won the 13th annual Eagle Invite Basketball Tournament hosted by BCS, beating Delavan Christian, 47-42. Brookfield Academy, Racine Christian, Lake Country Christian Academy, Heritage Christian, Calvary Baptist and Prairie Hill Waldorf also took part in the tournament.
Senior Jakob Brecheisen will be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 13. His Eagle project was to revitalize a trail in Mound Zion Park in Brookfield by adding erosion control logs, a bench and spreading mulch over one of the trails in the 47-acre park. Jakob is a member of Boy Scout Troop 21, Potawatomi Council. This achievement is a reflection of Jakob's character, concern for his community and overall dedication to service and to Scouting.
Third-graders participated in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's Trim-A-Tree project. Each class created a orange animal ornament in art class. Decorated with orangutans, goldfish, tigers, starfish, chameleons and monarch butterflies, the tree is located in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place.
As a culminating activity to the air and weather science unit, second-graders welcomed Dr. Thunderhead. They learned about tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightening and how to stay safe during those weather conditions.
Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran
The fifth grade was privileged to plan and present the Thanksgiving chapel service to parents, friends and students, in which they talked about three Fs to be thankful for: faith, forgiveness and forever. They stood in the chancel of the church amid the hundreds of food items collected, a reminder of something else to be thankful for.
The craft fair and silent auction will be held Dec. 7 in the gym and cafeteria. Each classroom will make and sell crafts with proceeds benefiting their classroom. The silent auction theme for 2012 is "Small Steps ... Big Difference" with all proceeds going to purchase recreational equipment for the school's outdoor recreational area. The second phase of the outdoor recreational area will cost $40,000.
The third and fourth grades spent the entire day outdoors Nov. 29 during a Schlitz Audubon Nature Center presentation to learn about the Great Lakes. They learned about the water cycle, pollution and invasive species in Lake Michigan. The field trip was a part of the classroom study of Wisconsin.
St. John Vianney
The school held a series of events Nov. 29 at Barnes and Noble in Brookfield Square. Events included story times with readers from the church and school, a scavenger hunt and music provided by students from the strings, band and choir. In other news, students are sponsoring families in need, providing gifts and gift cards to families to help them make the holidays brighter. Understanding their responsibility to help others in need in celebration of Jesus' birth, each class of third- through eighth-graders is sponsoring a family. They are collecting donations of money as well as gift cards and gifts.
Fourth-graders recently traveled to Madison to visit our Wisconsin state Capitol as well as tour Camp Randall Stadium. They studied government to prepare for the visit and the discussion of the three branches of government. At Camp Randall, they learned about the history of the stadium.
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra holiday concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Wilson Center. The WHMS Gym Winter Choral Concert featuring the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade chorus will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and the WHMS Gym All School Assembly featuring the seventh-grade band, orchestra, chorus and jazz band will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
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