The high school play, "Chekhov's Shorts," was held Nov. 2 and 3. In the production, larger-than-life characters collided and exploded in a circus of love, loss, duels and derangement. This collection of comic short plays by Anton Chekhov includes "The Bear," "The Proposal," "The Dangers of Tobacco," "The Man in a Case" and "The Festivities." A marriage proposal goes horribly wrong, a man and a woman duel to the death, and ruffians make a run on the bank, in this humorous, modern adaptation.
The Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council will present "The Emotional Life of a Teen: The Trials & Tribulations of Parenting Today's Teen" from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the cafeteria. The discussion will address the following questions: What is "normal" for teens? How do teens cope with stress? How do I know when a teen's stress is too high? Where can my teen and I get help?
Students are collecting nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army of Waukesha County on Nov. 14. Donations can be sent with a student or dropped off during school hours. Brookfield Christian School pre-kindergartners will celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing and sharing a "feast" for parents and grandparents on Nov. 20. The students also have written "recipes" for how to cook a Thanksgiving Day turkey to share.
This year's fall musical will be "The Wizard of Oz." Parents and other members of the public are invited to attend the show, which will be run Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at the Wilson Center. Tickets are being sold at the school during the lunch hours and at the Wilson Center Box Office, which can be reached by calling (262) 781-9520. Hours for in-person and phone sales are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Last week, physical education teachers Michelle Bond and Anne Brennan turned the lights off on physical education. The gym glowed with activities. This is one of many events that the Bobcats look forward to throughout the year in physical education.
First-graders in Lisa Mattes' class celebrated the culmination of their science unit on insects. The students studied insect structures and behaviors. They then studied the lifecycle of butterflies, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
Christ the Lord Lutheran
The seventh- and eighth-grade classes attended the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. In preparation, they read Anne Frank's diary and studied the Holocaust. Holocaust survivor Raye David came to the school to share her amazing story of survival. The students will celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 9 with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Veterans and guests are welcome to attend.
"Save the date" fliers were sent home regarding the Nov. 14 Empty Bowls dinner. Amy Jacobson is planning this event in lieu of the Artist-in-Residence. All students will be making ceramic bowls in class. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase bowls that their children have made and enjoy a warm meal; proceeds will benefit The Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The art department is looking for volunteers for the event. They will need help setting up, cleaning up and serving soup.
On Nov. 15, the sixth- through eighth-grade band will participate in a concert at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland. The concert will include performances by the EGL school band, the Divine Redeemer school band and the Lake Country Lutheran High School Jazz Ensemble, all under the direction of Scott Paukner.
Teachers are meeting the parents this week for conferences and then heading to Wisconsin Dells for the Lutheran Schools Teacher's Convention.
The 5-year-old kindergarten classes visited the School Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Home on Nov. 6. The students performed Thanksgiving songs, played bingo and presented the nuns with special Thanksgiving crafts they made.
St. John Vianney
The open house last week offered customized tours for each family and gave them a chance to talk with teachers about the curriculum while their children enjoyed classroom-to-classroom trick-or-treating. The school's technology and religious environment were especially appealing to the families. Following the open house, the St. John Vianney band and string orchestra, as well as some parents and alumni, performed in the school's activity center.
St. Mary's Visitation
Students are "going green" with the Hunger Task Force, taking part in a holiday food drive. Led by eighth-graders and teacher Burke Seeberg, students were challenged to help the Hunger Task Force collect 3,200 cans of green beans to use in their holiday meals for those in need. The students helped fill three large collection bins in the school entryway. The food will be used in Thanksgiving and Christmas meals delivered to local families before the holidays.
The school's theme focus for the month is "What I am is Thankful." Student Senate members are leading the charge, gathering input from their classrooms and buddy classrooms on how best to celebrate this focus. The school also is listening to poems and stories about gratitude on morning announcements. In other news, an annual Veterans Day Assembly will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 12. Family members who serve or have served in the U.S. military are invited to join the school for this event. If anyone would be willing to join the "panel" up front and say a few words to the kids (messages of respect, gratitude, freedom, etc.), they can call Principal Alexis Kasmarick at (262) 785-3950.
Wisconsin Hills Middle School
Hills Pride winners were chosen for the month of October. They are Hema Gharia, Samantha Jensen, Tyler Meulemans, Daisy Chen, Christian Larsen, Maddie Diehl, Brittany Powers, Michael Lawlor, Mike Stocke, Abigail Paris and Daniel Berger The school thanks Cookies By Design, Boston Store and Marcus Movie Theaters for the prizes awarded through PBIS at Wisconsin Hills.
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