District and School News & Upcoming Community Events

District and School News and Upcoming Community Events

Redistricting Sessions Provide Feedback
Following the Hillside Elementary closure decision for 2012-13, feedback sessions were held Nov. 2 to gather community feedback on redistricting scenarios. As a result new scenarios have been developed and will be discussed at the Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m. at the Elmbrook Schools Central Administrative Office. For more information visit www.elmbrookschools.org.

Concealed Carry Law & Schools
Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law went into effect Nov. 1. No one, including a concealed-carry licensee, can carry a firearm on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school property. This includes school buildings, athletic fields, recreation areas, and property owned, used or operated for school administration. For more information on the Concealed Carry Law, please visit http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/ConcealedCarry/ConcealedCarry.asp.

Central’s 2011 Legend Yearbook Receives Regional & National Awards
Brookfield Central's yearbook, the Legend, has been honored with a regional and a national award. In October, the Legend received an ALL KEMPA rating at the fall Journalism Conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) awards the ALL KEMPA designation to an elite group of books that score higher than the 800-899 points necessary to be awarded first place. The Legend scored 906 points, and was among the top ten yearbooks in Wisconsin and Illinois. Mr. Tom Juran, yearbook advisor, stated, "Most of the schools receiving any of these awards offer yearbook and newspaper as actual courses in the curriculum. What really makes these honors quite unique is that this student publication, Legend, is an extra-curricular activity and done entirely by a volunteer dedicated student staff outside of the school day." The Legend also received national recognition by being inducted into the Gallery of Excellence by yearbook publisher, Walsworth Publishing Company. This is awarded to a very small percentage of the thousands of books produced across the nation. "Gallery books demonstrate true mastery of a yearbook's purpose – to provide thorough coverage of the school year with interesting stories that highlight all types of students using well written copy, stunning photography and trendy design," said Don Walsworth, president, Walsworth Publishing. The 2011 Legend Yearbook editors include: Editor-in Chief: Meredith Dykehouse, Associate Editors: Becky Gwinn, Christian Dennik, Joel Ericsen, Emily Olson

Central’s Fall Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Nov. 10-13
Brookfield Central's fall musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will be performed at the Wilson Center for the Performing Arts, Nov. 10th – 13th. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Wilson Center Box Office at 262-781-9520. Show times and ticket prices are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 10th, 7:30 p.m., Ticketed Dress Rehearsal, all tickets $5.00, general admission
For all remaining shows:           
Adult Tickets $15.00 - $20.00
Senior Tickets $13.00 - $15.00
Student Tickets $10.00 - $15.00
Friday, Nov. 11th, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2 p.m.       

Turkey Trot
Be sure to register for the Annual Turkey Trot. This run/walk is a primary fundraiser for the Spartan Athletic Booster Club. The event is Saturday Nov. 19th at Wirth Park in Brookfield. Walk-up registrations are accepted but the fee is reduced for those who pre register. More details are available at http://www.elmbrookschools.org/brookfield-east-high-school/index.html.

Grease Musical Tickets Available
The musical "Grease" will be performed at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center on Friday, Dec. 2nd through Sunday, Dec. 4th. Please visit http://www.elmbrookschools.org/brookfield-east-high-school/index.html for details about the musical and how you can obtain tickets. New this year, tickets can be ordered at East from Nov. 8 - 14.

Veteran’s Day Celebration 2011
Pilgrim Park 6th graders will host their annual Veteran's Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 11. Each year military Veterans from Elm Grove Post #449, as well as other area veterans, are invited to participate in a morning program, which includes a continental breakfast, classroom Q&A, advancement of colors, the pledge of allegiance, singing of the National Anthem and several short presentations by students, staff and the commander of Post 449. The story of "Taps" will be told, followed by the playing of taps by student band members. This year's celebration will be extended to all three grade levels significant to the date, 11/11/11. Pilgrim Park Middle School is grateful to all the men and women who have served our country in the military. Thank you for helping to keep our Country safe!!!

PPMS Music Department News
The Pilgrim Park Middle School Music Department is proud to announce that 12 of their 7th & 8th grade band students have been chosen for the UW-Milwaukee Honors Band. PPMS has the largest number of students selected for this year's Honors Band than any other middle school in the State!!!

PPMS celebrated Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2
Three Pilgrim Park students planned this year's activities for Red Ribbon Week at Pilgrim Park. On Monday, we wore red shirts in honor of Red Ribbon Week (Theme — Don't let drugs twist your mind). On Tuesday, we wore crazy/mismatched socks (Theme — Smarties don't do drugs.). Finally, on Wednesday, many students participated in crazy hair day (Theme — Hair's to a drug free life). Each day during STP, a grade level took a healthy walk around the school grounds. The first Red Ribbon Week was proclaimed in 1988 by the U.S. Congress in support of combating drugs. The week is marked by the wearing of a red ribbon to send the message:  Live drug-free!!!

Latest and Greatest from Builder’s Club
Builder's Club is a year-round club open to all students. The intent of the Club is to provide service to WHMS and the community. During the week of Oct. 24th, the Club held a Peanut Butter and Jelly drive at school. Fifty pounds of peanut butter and jelly were collected. All items will be donated to the Waukesha County Food Pantry. The Club also collected change for Trick or Treat for UNICEF. This money will go to help mothers and babies get vaccines needed to stay healthy. Upcoming activities for the Club include making cards to send over seas to soldiers during the holidays, a school-wide fund raiser called Pennies for Patients to help people with blood cancer, as well as others to be announced throughout the year.

Veteran’s Day Assembly
Burleigh will be having an all-school Veterans Day assembly to celebrate and honor all those who served in the military. To make this special day even more meaningful, our students sent in the names of their family members who have served or currently are serving in the military. Each name will be written on a star and used as a decoration for the assembly. The assembly will take place in the main gym on Nov. 11, from 10:25 a.m. - 11:11 a.m. and will include performances by the 5th grade band and orchestra, two all-school patriotic songs, and visits from special honorary guests. Students are encouraged to wear red, white or blue on 11/11/11.

“Filling the Bus” Food Drive
Dixon students will be "FILLING THE BUS!" First Student Bus Company is donating a medium-sized bus from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18, to collect food. We will begin collecting food items the week of Nov. 13 - 18. All food will be donated to the Hunger Task Force. Anyone wishing to donate may drop off non-perishable food items up through noon on Nov. 18. Dixon third graders are sponsoring this service project as part of the school's theme, "Being Responsible, Being Respectful and Being Safe."

Stars & Stripes Parade
A Stars & Stripes Parade was held at Swanson in honor of Veteran's Day. Students invited friends and family members who are either currently serving or have served in the armed forces to walk our halls so that we could honor them. Students made signs and patriotic music played as the parade took place. Thank you to all who participated!

Community Service Projects
Tonawanda is working with the Council for the Spanish Speaking Inc. collecting nonperishable food items Nov. 1 - 18. Needed Items: Tomato Sauce; Bags of Pinto Beans; Bags of White Rice; Baby Food; Stuffing Mix; Boxed Potatoes; Canned Corn; Canned Green Beans; or a $20 contribution (checks payable to the Council for Spanish Speaking) could provide a whole Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.
Winter clothing drive for Cross Trainers Academy and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission: The Tonawanda Community Service committee will be collecting gently used winter coats, snow pants, boots, gloves, and scarves Nov. 7 - 30. We will be accepting all sizes for men, women, and children. We ask that you please wash any items you are donating. The collection bin will be located in the school front hallway. For your convenience, volunteers from the community service committee will be on hand during parent pick-up on Friday, Nov. 18th starting at 3:15 p.m. to receive donations. We will be happy to come to your car while in the parent pick-up line to collect donations. There is a great need for winter outerwear. All donations will be put to good use.

Craft Fair and Silent Auction Friday, Dec. 2,  9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Open to the public – Free admission
The craft fair will feature student created art and edible treats. It will be hosted separately in the gymnasium with merchandise available for immediate purchase. All of the monies from items sold in the craft fair will be banked in that classroom's budget for needs throughout the school year.
Silent Auction will have open bidding from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There are a wide range of items and services to choose from, including Disney Theme Park tickets and gift certificates to area businesses. All of the proceeds from the silent auction will be used to purchase communication devices and technology to be used in the classrooms at FVS. Snow date Monday, Dec. 5.  

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