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Brookfield Academy   

Free Art Program for 3- and 4-year-olds and a parent! Fridays 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Give your child the wonderful opportunity to play, draw, create, and get messy! For more information or to register for this fun, free event (RSVP required), please contact Mary Ricci at 262-783-3217, ext. 143 or mary.ricci@brookfieldacademy.org.

Free afternoon enrichment event for students in grades 6-8, Thursday, Feb. 9 and/or Thursday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Middle School in Freedom Hall. On both days, join us at 2 p.m. for snacks and a guided tour, and at 2:30 p.m. shop Brookfield Academy Mini-Economy’s vibrant student marketplace of food and gifts; “currency” provided along with a student guide. On Feb. 9 at 3:15 p.m. join a Service Club Project to make the world a better place – and/or on Feb. 23 enjoy a Language Club Experience; explore Spanish, French, and Latin through a high-energy, interactive game and treats from each culture. From 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. parents will pick up their students; parent tours available. For more information or to register for these free events (RSVP required), please contact Jennifer Wareham at 262-783-3200 x141 or jennifer.wareham@brookfieldacademy.org.

St. Dominic   

The SMART team at St. Dominic Catholic School, the only middle school SMART team in the United States and Canada, spent the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 12, with their partner scientist, Dr. Matthew Scaglione. The students are learning about Dr. Scaglione’s research as part of their SMART team experience. Dr. Scaglione and his team are teaching the students about the structure and function of the CHIP protein and its role in Gordon Holmes Syndrome (GHS).

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, St. Dominic Catholic School blessed their doors in the tradition of the Epiphany following their weekly All School Mass. Pastor Very Rev. Fr. Dave Reith and Associate Pastor Fr. John Gibson blessed the new school entrance doors marking 20+C+M+B+17 stating: “May we who enter through these doors also make manifest Christ to our world! We stand here on holy ground. Let us now sign these doors with the ancient words of blessing: Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house).”

On Friday, Jan. 13, students were encouraged to dress in Packers or green and gold clothing to help cheer on the Green Bay Packers to a win! Mrs. LaFond’s K5 class was all decked out in their Packers clothing showing us that the Packers are number 1!

St. John Vianney    

First-graders in Mrs. Klement's class played Add to Subtract Bingo. This game helps students learn more about Fact Families.

The fourth-graders love learning about our state of Wisconsin!

Middle School Exchange: Mrs. Scaffidi's fifth-grade class had the exciting opportunity to have Mr. Dempsey as their guest teacher in social studies. Students learned about our government, American politics, and topped it off with a fun quiz using the iPads.

The middle school Executive Skills elective class had two guest speakers recently. Mrs. Albright, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, spoke about how she used executive skills in college and throughout her multiple graduate degrees. Also, one of our St. John Vianney alumna, a sophomore at Brookfield Central, gave a speech on how she uses executive skills in high school. The students were fully engaged in the presentations and interested in how the skills they are learning about will be helpful as they move on to high school and beyond.

Students in sixth-grade social studies began building their Greek Temples. Each group created a detailed blueprint they will utilize throughout the creation. Once built, they will be on display outside the school and will have to survive the elements and various natural disasters that will come their way. 

Would you know the answer to this question? "Bordering the Gulf of Bothnia, shipbuilding is an important economic activity in which country whose capital is Helsinki?" Fourth- through eighth-graders participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee and had to answer questions such as that one. All of the students did a fantastic job in not only preparing for the bee, but in being knowledgeable about the world in which they live. (The answer is Finland!)

The sixth-grade girls took second place in the Christ King Reindeer Games tourney.

St. Joseph Catholic   

The second-graders invited their fifth-grade buddies to take part in their recent STEM workshop. STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes and applies that knowledge to real-life situations. This STEM challenge involved building a spaghetti tower. All teams had the same types of supplies and were given a time limit of 18 minutes to build the tallest free-standing tower. The teams worked very well together as they faced and overcame many challenges. The second- and fifth-graders look forward to more workshops in the future!

St. Mary’s Visitation   

St. Mary's Visitation will be adding an afternoon K4 class for the 2017-18 school year, beginning in September 2017. This will be in addition to SMV's current K4 full-day and half-day morning program options. Prospective families are invited to come see all the great things SMV has to offer in all grades (K3-8) at St. Mary's Visitation's Open House from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Families are invited to tour the school and enjoy a pancake breakfast hosted by SMV Boy Scouts. Call 262-782-7057 for more information.

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