In Our Schools: Oct. 10

Oct. 10, 2011

Eisenhower Elementary

The senior kindergartners visited Nieman Markets in Cedarburg to learn about bee pollination, the lifecycle of apples and Johnny Appleseed.

Jefferson Elementary

The Harvest Party on Friday will include free activities such as the Adventure Rock 25-foot climbing wall and bounce tents. Party-goers will have an opportunity to test their skills in various pumpkin games, the bean bag toss and more.

Lincoln Elementary

The PTO's annual book fair is being held this week.

Longfellow Middle

The Spooktacular Halloween event took place Friday at the school. There was pumpkin carving, Halloween treats and spooky surprises. Students dressed in costume and had opportunities to win prizes.

Madison Elementary

A principal's coffee will be held from 8:10 to 9 a.m. Oct. 18 for parents of students in kindergarten and first grade.

McKinley Elementary

The school is wrapping up its Brain Food Drive, which began Oct. 3. School social workers coordinated the communitywide snack drive to assist children in learning as attempting to work, learn or focus on an empty stomach can be difficult and the state of the economy is challenging for some families. Throughout the entire school year the snacks will ensure that every child who comes to school without breakfast or an adequate snack will have something to eat to tide them over until lunch.

Mercy Academy

Karen Waldkirch, who writes the Grab A Bite restaurant column for Wauwatosa NOW, spoke with the middle school students about professional writing. Waldkirch also writes a blog, as well as articles for a music magazine. After discussing her career and presenting helpful advice about writing, Waldkirch conducted a writing workshop with the seventh- and eighth-graders in creative writing class. Each student wrote and shared the opening paragraph to a restaurant review. The focus was on creating a "good hook" to draw in the reader. Fifth- and sixth-graders attended Waldkirch's presentation in preparation for their work on the Mercy Messenger, the school's newspaper, which is produced under the direction of Deb Erdmann, the fifth- and sixth-grade teacher.

Our Redeemer Lutheran

The sixth-graders spent two days at LuWiSoMo in Wild Rose for a two-day intensive outdoor education program. Orienteering, archery, canoeing, a trip to the fish hatchery and a historical cemetery tour were among the activities students experienced. Twelve adults and school staff members accompanied the sixth-graders.

St. Joseph

The school will hold its annual Cribbage Frenzy on Oct. 12 in the school hall. Community volunteers spend 90 minutes with the sixth-grade students, teaching them the game of cribbage.

St. Jude the Apostle

Third-grade students stepped back in time last week, as they visited the Kneeland-Walker House to experience a typical school day for students in the 1800s. Dressed in period costumes, the children immersed themselves in the customs of the day, and enjoyed their use of the "high-tech" tools available to children at the time - slate tablets and chalk for lessons.

Underwood Elementary

Junior kindergartners will take a field trip to Swan's Pumpkin Farm in Franksville on Oct. 13. The students will attend a puppet show and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Washington Elementary

The annual school book fair will be held Oct. 17 through Oct. 21.

Wauwatosa Catholic

Families are getting ready for a "witching" good family time from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23. The Halloween party is being held for students in 3-year-old kindergarten through fourth grade and their families. The event is in the Wauwatosa Catholic School gym.

Wauwatosa East High

The fifth annual Red Raider Basketball Golf Outing is being held at New Berlin Hills golf course, 13175 W. Graham St. today. A raffle and auction will follow the golf outing at Lee's Cleveland Bar & Grill, 14000 W. Cleveland Ave. Proceeds benefit the East High School boys' basketball program.

Wauwatosa West High

Wauwatosa residents with children attending parochial schools will have an opportunity to shadow West students Oct. 13 to learn about the school firsthand.

Wilson Elementary/STEM

A principal's coffee on Oct. 11 gave parents an opportunity to discuss school issues in an informal setting with Principal Mike Leach.

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