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School Notes: April 18

April 18, 2011

Foundation starts campaign for document cameras

The Elmbrook Education Foundation last month kicked off a new campaign to equip every kindergarten through fifth-grade classroom in the Elmbrook School District with a Smart document camera within the next three years.

This campaign is the next cycle of the foundation's Super Grant Program, which funded technology projects at the high schools in 2008 and the implementation of Smart Response assessment technology in every math classroom across both middle schools in 2009-10.

For information, refer to the Smart document camera video on the foundation's blog, "Investing in Community Education," at BrookfieldNOW.com/eef or ElmGroveNOW.com/eef. The video has a short introduction composed by a student and then continues to explain how Smart cameras are being used in select Elmbrook classrooms today.

Anyone interested in supporting this campaign can send a donation to the Elmbrook Education Foundation, P.O. Box 206, Brookfield, WI 53008. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged upon receipt.

A donation form can be found on the foundation's website, ElmbrookEducationFoundation.org.

Sylvan Learning looking for local 'Sylvan Stars'

The nearly 2 million graduates of Sylvan Learning programs nationwide can now use their experience at Sylvan to help make a difference in their communities.

Through a new "Sylvan Stars" alumni program, Sylvan is building a network that allows alumni to connect with each other and to share their personal success stories as a way of inspiring current students, including those in the Brookfield area, to achieve their own personal best.

Sylvan is asking these "Sylvan Stars" to come forward and share their stories at SylvanStars.com.

To join the "Sylvan Stars" alumni program or read testimonials, visit SylvanStars.com.

For information about Sylvan Learning in Brookfield, contact Kathleen Van Milligen at (262) 796-0808 or sylvan4903@tds.net.

Education foundation seeking nominees for board

The Elmbrook Education Foundation is seeking individuals to serve as part of its board of directors.

Eligible individuals include residents of the Elmbrook School District, graduates of any Elmbrook school, non-resident parents of students currently within the Elmbrook School District and current or retired Elmbrook staff members. Current areas of interest and expertise sought include alumni and retiree outreach, large-event planning, endowment campaigns and accounting.

The EEF Board of Directors comprises 12 to 18 community members with staggered terms. Accepted nominations are offered a term of one to three years based on the current openings for the area they represent. Board members are expected to attend one meeting a month, support foundation programs and events, and fill a leadership role on at least one committee.

Individuals interested in consideration should contact Kristin Urban at badgerpack@wi.rr.com or (262) 784-2863 for further information.

Applications are due May 6.

Summer camp registration starts May 7 in Brookfield

Online and mail-in registration for the city of Brookfield's summer camps begins May 7.

Summer camps are open to all city and Elmbrook School District residents. Non-residents may register for a camp one week prior to the camp start date if openings are available.

Participants must enroll for the appropriate grade group. Grade groups are determined by the grade of the child as of April, 2011.

Discovery Camp is open to children in kindergarten and first grade. Kindergarten students must be entering first grade this fall to be eligible. This camp is offered in full- or half-day sessions.

Day Camp is an all-day camp open to children currently in grades two to five. Adventure Camp is open to children currently in grades five to seven.

Activities at these camps will include swimming, crafts, nature activities, sports and games, and will be under the leadership of the camp director and staff members. Camps are offered throughout the summer, beginning on June 13 and running through Aug. 12.

Online registration is open to city and school district residents only. To register online, each family must complete a Household Information Form and submit the form to the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department by mail or fax. Once the form is received and entered into the system, the submitter will receive an email within 72 business hours that will include a user name and password. This will allow you to enter the online registration section of the city website, ci.brookfield.wi.us.

A downloadable registration form is available on the city website. The form also can be completed with a check and sent to the department office.

Mail-in registrations are processed randomly the day they are received.

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