In addition to their classroom studies, our youngest scholars welcomed visiting author Toni Buzzeo to the Primary School this month. Second-graders toured Palermo’s Pizza, learning about the free market in action and how the Palermo family immigrated to America. When visited by educators from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, first-graders discovered that mammals have fur. Kindergarten students were filled with a spirit of wonder during a trip to the Horwitz Planetarium at the Retzer Nature Center. K4 students showed how much they had grown as they recited their seventh poem of the year, “Let's Go Kiting," to an enthusiastic audience at assembly. All of these special learning activities and adventures are an extension of the Primary School curriculum in reading, writing, science, math, history, art, etc. Visit our Primary School and see our students and teachers in action, call Mary Ricci at 262-783-3200.
St. John Vianney
Last week the fifth grade had a seminarian connection when Edward (E.J.) Sanchez came to teach them about life in the seminary. The students really made a great connection with Mr. Sanchez as he spoke to them about his life at Notre Dame and how he was called by Jesus to follow him. Mr. Sanchez shared that one of his favorite parts of studying for the priesthood is being a member of an accountable group. His accountable group meets to keep each other focused on helping others. The students gained a lot of understanding from his visit.
K5 and fifth grade buddies enjoyed reading with one another.
Students in third grade learned about the rosary during religion class. They each were able to bring in a rosary from home, many of which had a lot of significance and meaning to them. Then we learned step by step how to pray the rosary and the prayers that went along with it. It was a great way to begin our Lenten season by growing closer to God through prayer and devotion.
The fourth- and fifth-graders had a fabulous visit to BizTown. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
Currently, the eighth-graders are furthering their understanding of the Ten Commandments and are learning how to apply them in their daily lives. To learn more about the fifth commandment, the students became experts on a specific topic related to the respect for life. Students then presented their researched information to their peers.
Our fifth-grade Lady Shamrocks had another amazing tournament at Saint Anthony on the Lake. They took second place. Way to go, ladies.
The sixth-grade boys basketball team, coached by Mr. Swiderski, Mr. Fessler and Mr. Weitzer, completed a fantastic season and tournament run by winning second place in the St. Matthias boys basketball tournament. Great season, boys.
St. Mary’s Visitation
St. Mary's Visitation students in third through fifth grades took part in SMV's annual Elementary Forensics Fest last week. Over the last several weeks, the students have been busy preparing their pieces, choosing from categories that include prose and poetry, demonstration, infomercial, group interpretation, and group or solo acting. The students presented their pieces before judges, most of whom are high school and college SMV forensics alumni. St. Mary's Visitation has been celebrating the art of public speaking through its elementary and junior high forensics programs for more than 20 years.