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Brookfield Academy

Welcome to Brookfield Academy’s “Tuesday Tales!” Come to the Primary School with your 3- to 5-year-olds and listen to a children’s story, enjoy a thematic activity and take home a special surprise. Jan. 17, Jan. 31 and Feb. 14 from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

“Spanish Movement & Music!” Bring your 3- to 5-year-olds and enjoy Spanish songs, games and activities. Take home a special surprise. Jan. 27, Feb. 24, April 21 and May 12 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

And “Lower School Visit Day,” Monday, Jan. 23, Half-day or full-day visits available; give your child the opportunity to spend a half day or full day shadowing a Brookfield Academy student in grades 3, 4 or 5. A snack and lunch are provided. For more information or to register for these free events (RSVP required), please contact Mary Ricci at 262-783-3217, ext. 143 or mary.ricci@brookfieldacademy.org.

St. John Vianney   

First-graders in Mrs. Melissa Klement's class used whisper phones to share a reading experience. The whisper phones allowed each student to clearly hear how words are pronounced. They also help with fluency.

The second-graders explored energy with a visit from Mad Science's Doctor Maria. They learned about static electricity and saw its effects. They watched gases expand and contract. Even though there was plenty of snow outside, they made snow inside. The snow was really plastic pieces called 'Hollywood' snow. They students got to touch it. It was much warmer than the real thing.

This week at St. John Vianney, the fifth-grade students have begun their journey to transition to the middle school. One way this is accomplished is through the "Middle School Exchange Program." Over the next two weeks, the fifth-grade students and the middle school teachers will have the opportunity to get to know each other. This week, middle school teachers visited fifth-grade classrooms to serve as guest instructors of fifth-grade content area curriculum. Next week, the fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to receive instruction during visits to middle school classrooms.

St. Joseph Catholic   

Our pastor, Father Dennis, visited Mrs. Chadek’s third-grade students for a special Epiphany celebration. Father Dennis shared interesting details about the history of Epiphany with the students. He also explained the tradition of blessing the home that is associated with the Feast day. Father Dennis then blessed their classroom, their “home” during the school day. Mrs. Chadek then shared a freshly-baked Gift of the Magi bread that she had prepared for her students to enjoy.

St. Mary’s Visitation    

St. Mary's Visitation seventh-graders recently Skyped with Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator and Ted Melfi, director of the new movie, Hidden Figures. The students listened to presentations and asked questions of Bolden and Melfi. The movie, due out this month, tells the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These three African American women worked at NASA at a time when few women and even fewer people of color where employed in these types of positions. The work of these women was pivotal in allowing John Glenn to be launched into orbit and return safely. It was a great way for SMV students to talk not only about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math but about the important contributions these women, mostly ignored for history, made to our journey to space.

Ben Schneider, a St. Mary's Visitation sixth-grader, was selected as the Wisconsin DARE Association state essay winner. Officer Sandra Brown from the Elm Grove Police Department surprised Ben with his award at a recent all-school assembly. Ben's essay can be found on the DARE Wisconsin website, darewisconsin.org/DARE-Essay-Winner-2016.

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