Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The annual sale is set for Saturday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Atwater Elementary Cafetorium.
Looking for a great deal? Well, you might find what you're looking for this Saturday at the fifth annual Boutique Blowout at Atwater Elementary School Cafetorium, 2100 E. Capitol Dr. Local shops like SHOP, Boutique B'Lou, Min's, Swanky Seconds, Boutique Larrieux, Patricia Shoppe, Ma Jolie and others will offer, "deep discounts" on merchandise from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Miss Cupcake will be on hand selling sweets and coffee. There is a $5 admission charge; proceeds go to benefit Round Up for Recreation, which provides financial assistance to families to participate in recreation programs. Get there early for the best deals and bring cash, as not all vendors will accept credit cards.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thanks to an $8,280 donation from the school’s parent teacher organization, Atwater will convert a third-floor science lab into a recording studio, outfitted with video and sound recording equipment and recording software.
Atwater Elementary is taking another step into the digital age, with installation of a recording studio in the school to get underway in a few weeks. Thanks to an $8,280 donation from the school’s parent teacher organization, Atwater will convert a third-floor science lab into a recording studio, outfitted with video and sound recording equipment and recording software. Atwater Principal Tim Kenney said three teachers wrote a proposal for the studio and the first project will be taken up by a group of sixth grade students who will be tasked with creating some community service messages that focus on the district’s character education program. “The students will learn the skill of putting together the media productions,” Kenney said. “We …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Ice skating opportunities abound, and with indoor and outdoor rinks, there's something for every person — and all weather.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The temperatures are dropping and you’re already peering outside your window, looking for the first signs of spring. Not so fast. True, winter means snow storms, bone-chilling winds, shoveling, icy roads, hazardous driving and a lot of other things we’d all rather forget. But winter also brings opportunities for a wide array of great outdoor activities, including a traditional favorite — ice skating. As soon as the temperature drops a bit more, Atwater and Lake Bluff Elementary will pull out the water hoses and create patches of ice on their playgrounds. Contact the main office at either school for more details. Just across the village's borders, Lake Park offers up public skating at 2975 N. Lake Park Rd. on weekdays 3 to 8 p.m. and …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The boilers at Shorewood High School and Atwater are leaking water and have surpassed their life span, so officials say the should be replaced. However, some residents say the district shouldn't spend millions without a referendum.
The Shorewood School Board voted not to fund replacement of boiler systems at two district schools just two months ago. Problems with the boilers were known, but after taking a tour of the systems, Shorewood School Board President Rob Reinhoffer said he was convinced the project needed to move forward now. Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to put $3 million toward replacing two steam boiler systems at Atwater Elementary and three boilers at Shorewood High School. The money will be borrowed. The boiler systems have significant water leaks and have far surpassed their life span, officials say. “I’m convinced after going on a tour...,” Reinhoffer said. “Not doing it is unconscionable; not doing it is irresponsible right now.” …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Principal Tim Kenney has organized a donation drive for a family who lost almost all their belongings when their Milwaukee home went up in flames over the weekend.
They were able to escape safely, but D’Travia Heard, Dajuan Love and their mother Deanna Gainer lost nearly everything they own when the family's Milwaukee home went up in a blaze over the weekend. But, another family at Atwater Elementary, which the two children attend, is rallying around them and launching a donation drive to help the family get back on its feet. Atwater Principal Tim Kenney, who is organizing the drive, said the school is accepting cash donations and other items including gently-used clothing and furniture. The school is also accepting checks made payable to Atwater School. Cash donations will be used to purchase gift cards for the family to purchase replacement items. "I would do it for any family that had their house …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The increasingly popular annual talent competition gave 44 contestants and hundreds of voters a thrill on Friday night, and ended in a tie for first place.
This year's "Atwater Idol" — a mix of performances varying from solo singers and acts to groups, from singing, violin playing, dancing, Tae Kwon Do moves and a puppet show comedy act. Since it started seven years ago, the annual event has been enthusiastically embraced by the Atwater Elementary School community, both in number of contestants and audience. "Atwater Idol" is an opportunity for any student of Atwater to thrill hundreds of parents and fans with a special talent on stage. This year, 44 students entertained about 270 people Friday night. Walt Boyer, music director at Atwater Elementary, provided his expertise and helped produce the show. This year, Boyer did the show despite facing a dissertation defense the following morning. …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Over a week-long fundraising campaign, the elementary school raised more than $1,300 to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
People typically don't make a game out of giving others their money, but at Atwater Elementary it became an outright battle, during the school's annual penny wars. The fundraiser, this year for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, generated $1,352 in just five days. The effort led by second grade teacher Dan Zimmermann and the Atwater Student Council generated the money from pocket change, with the highest bill being a $20 “which caused quite a stir,” said Zimmermann. The wars are unique in that it does not require a big event, and carries no expense or risk to hold. Each child had a little cardboard box to collect pennies. Every class also had a clear glass jar. The goal was to get the most pennies per class, while "sabotaging" other classes by…
Monday, November 7, 2011
As one of the first school districts to develop a robust English as a Second Language program, Shorewood attracted many immigrating families in the 1990s.
When Vladimir Shteyn moved to Shorewood from Ukraine in 1997 at 9 years old, the only English word he knew was "apple." "In fourth grade, everyone thought my name was apple, and I never really went hungry because everyone gave me apples," Shteyn, who attended Atwater Elementary School, said. Shteyn's family was one of hundreds who immigrated to the Milwaukee area from the former Soveit Union during the 1990s, a peak immigration period for Russian-speaking families as many fled anti-Semitism after the collapse of the USSR. Since 1976, with the busiest years between 1889 and 1997, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services helped 3,582 families resettle in the Milwaukee area, according to Gina Botshtein, vice president of …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
With an especially high number of retirements and some faculty restructuring, Shorewood welcomes many new teachers to the district.
Twenty-two new teachers will climb district steps Thursday, a number that reflects an anomalous 10 retirements and a strengthened commitment to support struggling students. Most teachers are replacements, filling positions vacated by retirements, resignations and teachers reducing time. But the Shorewood School District also allocated $100,000 to hire new teachers to aid at-risk students, and some advanced students. Classified as Tier 2 interventions, the teachers will offer supplemental support that keeps students in regular classes but offers more personal instruction outside of class. Kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders will be pulled out for extra help in math; seventh- and eighth-graders will get academic attention at …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
When students head out for the first day of school in less than a week, they might see a few changes in the Shorewood School District.
Enjoy those last days of summer while you still can because fall is right around the corner and that means classes are to resume in the Shorewood School District. Sept. 1 marks the first day of school and when children gather on district playgrounds and pile into classrooms, they might notice a few changes. New to Lake Bluff Elementary Students at Lake Bluff will start the first day of school with a brand-new field, which the district has worked on renovating over the summer months. The improvements were scheduled to wrap up by Sept. 1, but were pushed back a couple weeks. About $500,000 in improvements includes two new softball fields, one youth soccer field and new fencing. A drainage system built into the fields will allow them to be …