Students in the Middle School Service Club worked with Simple-Hope, a meal-packing program feeding the hungry in Tanzania. More than 645 meals were packed, which will serve 3,876 people. Members of this club also serve meals at the Salvation Army each month. High school students held a clothing drive to support the Guest House which cares for the homeless in Milwaukee. In other news, kindergarten through second-grade students celebrated Colonial Days on Nov. 20 by making candles, doing tin-punching, making horn books and stitching. This is an annual educational hands-on lesson that helps them learn about the early days and ways of the country.
The holiday band concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Wilson Center. The concert will feature the concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and various chamber groups. Admission is free.
The eighth-grade class visited Madison last week. Students met with state Rep. Dale Kooyenga and toured the Capitol and Veterans Museum. In other news, the school held a pep rally Nov. 15 to kick off the basketball season. The third-grade class wrote letters to their great-grandchildren from the perspective of themselves at age 90. They wrote about what school was like when they were young. For fun, they uploaded photos of themselves, and then aged them on the computer to see what they might look like years from now. Classes prepared for Thanksgiving in various ways, including writing Thanksgiving prayers, talking about gratitude in morning devotions and learning about the historical events that led to Thanksgiving Day. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving with "feasts" shared with parents and grandparents.
Kids' Night, an opportunity for parents to take advantage of free babysitting while taking care of holiday duties or getting in some rest and relaxation, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 in the school cafeteria. Kids from preschool (potty-trained children only) through fifth grade will be kept busy with activities. This is sponsored by the Student Council. This is a free service, though donations will be accepted.
Children's book author and national writing consultant Lois M. Schaefer visited the school Nov. 14. She spent the day working with fourth- and fifth-graders, sharing her writing expertise and introducing samples of her own books.
The Dixon artists raised more than $4,700 to help the Milwaukee Rescue Mission at the school's first Empty Bowls Night.
Elm Grove evangelical Lutheran
Several school choirs and the school band are revving up their practice sessions in preparation for joining the adult choir and hand-bell ringers for the fourth annual Carol Fest, to be held Dec. 9 in the church. They will sing many favorite Christmas carols as well as learning a few new ones. They are set to enjoy an old-fashioned potluck supper afterward. A quick cleanup should allow everyone to be home in time to watch the Packers play the Detroit Lions.
A movie night will be held at the school from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30. The eighth-graders host this night to give parents a chance to drop their children off and get some Christmas preparation done. This year's movies include "Night at the Museum" One and Two.
Pilgrim Park Middle School
Students competed in Battle of the Books on Nov. 19 in conjunction with a visit from author Gordon Korman.
St. John Vianney
Every year, as part of the school's emphasis on Corporal Acts of Mercy, families donate nonperishable food and toiletry items as part of the Pack the Pantry food drive. The items help stock local pantries, including those at St. John Vianney, St. Joseph's in Waukesha and St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, in time for Thanksgiving. The eighth-graders who spearheaded the drive counted a total of 3,494 items brought in by all the students, surpassing this year's goal of 3,000 items. "The Pack the Pantry service activity provides our students with the opportunity to turn learning into reality as they join together as a faith-filled learning community to feed the hungry," Principal Pam Pyzyk said.
St. Mary's Visitation
Students held a Thanks-for-Giving food drive this week. Each student in kindergarten through grade eight was asked to bring in a specific food item that was then used to make Thanksgiving food baskets for other SMV parish families in need. When students brought in their item, they added a feather to the tail of the giant Tom Turkey in the school entryway. The students were proud to receive their feather and to share their blessings with those in need this Thanksgiving.
Students in Angela Patterson's second-grade class have been finalizing their first independent podcast for the "Patterson Radio Network." The "Patterson Radio Network" is a fictional radio station that Patterson hosts on her classroom web page. All students throughout the year will be given the opportunity to write and record their own podcast, which will inform their families about great things they have learned in their classroom.
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
Twenty-one students are nominated each month for the Stir Crazy Students of the Month award, and from those nominees, one name is drawn to win the Stir Crazy prize. Students are nominated for being good school citizens, doing their best work and living up to Hills Pride standards. Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to Stir Crazy and $100 in American Express money to use as they wish. In other news, students competed in Battle of the Books on Nov. 19 in conjunction with a visit from author Gordon Korman.
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