Eighth-grade students attended the school's annual "Final Four" event Oct. 10. This informative first look at life in the high school at Patriots Hall helps the soon-to-be-freshmen learn about academics, athletics, clubs, activities and student life. Students took a tour, attended mini-classes and enjoyed dinner, after which they went to a dance. Their parents joined in after work, attending their own mini-classes and meeting with Head of School Robert Solsrud and other administrators, teachers and coaches at a club fair. Students and parents ended the evening together, sharing highlights of the day over refreshments.
Popular storybook characters visited the school's book fair Oct. 10. Also, students from grades three through eight attended a special event for students at the Milwaukee Symphony.
On Oct. 14, students competed with peers from 29 other schools - totaling more than 350 students - at the 2012 Marquette Fall Math Meet. East tied for first with Marquette in the team portion; however, due to work on the last problem, which was the tie-breaker, East took second place - its highest finish at this meet to date. Team members were Katy Charnesky, Ling Shi, Robbie Szabo, Mihir Trivedi, Akshaya Trivedi, Alex Wang, Sean Wei and Hantao Jing. Alternates, who also scored high in the team round on a team with Prairie School and Greendale students, were Katy Charnesky and Sean Wei. Individual competition awards went to Mihir Trivedi, tie for seventh place; Ling Shi and Hantao Jing, tie for fifth place; and Alex Wang, second place.
Local veterans are invited to participate in the school's annual Veteran's Day recognition Nov. 9. Assemblies will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Veterans are asked to reserve a spot by contacting the school no later than Oct. 26. In other news, the Brookfield Elementary Bobcats are "Band-anna-ing" Together in the Fight Against Breast Cancer. On Oct. 19, students and staff will wear pink bandannas in support of breast cancer research. Pink bandannas were purchased for $2 by students and staff with all proceeds going to breast cancer research in memory of a third-grade teacher's mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year.
Fifth-graders next week will spend three days and two nights at Camp Minikani for the annual Earth Explorers Camp. The students will spend their time exploring, creating maps, keeping journals, studying the stars and learning how to read a compass. They also will learn about teamwork and sharing. These active, hands-on Earth Explorer lessons, along with a bonfire, sing-along, cozy cabins and an adventurous night hike will be experiences the kids will always remember.
Kindergarten teacher Laurel Leahy was named the winner of "A Day Made Better" by OfficeMax. The company recognizes teachers who spend more than $1,000 out of their own pockets.
The school's Fall Festival on Oct. 19 will feature Trunk or Treat, during which the faculty, parents and others will arrange their cars in a circle on the school parking lot with their trunks open. The children can go from trunk to trunk to collect the Halloween treats piled inside each car. The next stop will be a chili dinner for all, with a dance to follow.
The school thanks the Kiwanis Club of Brookfield for holding a fundraiser that benefited Fairview South. The funds will be used to purchase something for the recreation area. Fairview also thanks those students from Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools who recently worked on the school's garden and will work on the school grounds throughout the year.
Children are preparing songs to perform at the 100th Anniversary Celebration Service of the church Oct. 28. Students will be singing songs with a mass vocal and hand-bell choir. The student choir is directed by Lisa Krug.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Eighth-graders learned about the Diversity Retreat to be held Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. The Diversity Retreat is open to any eighth-grader interested (who didn't attend last spring). The selected eighth-grade students will participate in challenge activities, learn about each other and set goals that will impact their peers and extend beyond the retreat throughout their eighth-grade year. They will have the opportunity to analyze the origin of social judgment in middle school, learn about the cure and realize their power to impact the culture at PPMS.
St. John Vianney
The school joined FOX 6 and The Salvation Army in the Coats for Kids campaign, a program that collects winter coats and snow pants and distributes them to children in need in Wisconsin. The school's third-graders coordinated the program, which generated a contribution of 107 snow pants and coats. The school has been part of the program for nearly two decades, contributing thousands of winter items. The Coats for Kids campaign underscores the school's commitment to Works of Mercy - helping those in need. It's only one of several drives the students conduct aimed at helping others.
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