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News and Activities

What a Wisconsin National School of Character Looks Like

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2014 National School of Character
Fourth from left, CWA Executive Director Donna Niccolai-Weber, and staff Abigail Reese-Kelley, Kendra Thiel and Andrea Ervin accepting the National School of Character Award in Washington, DC.

For a list of upcoming events, view our current monthly newsletter.
For photos and info on some of our most recent events, go to the Wildcat Zone.

Regular Activities

CWA has many activities each year that enrich the student experience — and are fun! Some regulars:

Wildcat Paw

Adopt a classroomCWA board members “adopt a classroom” by getting involved in at least one activity with their adopted classroom each semester. The program helps board members experience the impact of their efforts.

Art show — Students submit their original artwork, which is displayed for several weeks.

Black History Month Program

Athletics — We have basketball, soccer and track teams for grades 1-8. The teams are part of the Milwaukee Recreation League. Practices are held at CWA and games at schools around the city. Athletic participation information and forms are located on the Resources page.

Black History Month program — Each February we have a special program in honor of Black History Month.

Diane's Dictionaries

Book fair — We have a Scholastic Book fair each October and March, at the same time as parent/teacher conferences. Proceeds benefit the school library. The spring book fair also encourages summer reading by offering buy-one-get-one-free.

Donuts for Dad

Brain fair — Students design simple tasks to demonstrate each of the constructs of the brain. Families and friends are invited to come and learn about the 7 habits and how they affect learning.

Diane’s Dictionaries — Elmbrook Rotarian Barry James created this event in memory of his wife, Diane, who died unexpectedly in 2009. The program provides dictionaries to help students increase their vocabulary and their interest in reading.

Events with parents — During the year, we have a Bagels with Beauties and Donuts with Dad mini-breakfast at the school. We also have a mother/son event and a father/daughter dance.

8th Grade Graduation

Graduations — We have graduation ceremonies for kindergarteners as well as eighth graders who are “moving on.”

Heartfelt Heroes Week — Students are allowed to dress for fun every day if they contribute $1 to charity. The goal is to teach them how to be a hero to someone else. The last day of the week is Heroes Day, when children invite an everyday a hero from their own lives to be honored in a ceremony and to help them with a service project.


Holiday program — Each December, we have a lively holiday program for all our students.

Vocabulary Parade

Run/Walk — All of the children and staff participate in our run/walk along with family, friends and guests.  Older students escort the younger kids along a one-mile route.  The event raises money for charity and aims to build community. 

Speak for Success — This innovative program, for grades 5-8, focuses on eliminating 25 common speaking errors and helping students quickly master basic grammar. Test results show dramatic improvement in basic grammar for speaking and writing.

Vocabulary parade — Students in grades K4 through fourth parade around creatively dressed as vocabulary words. The students chose their own words and a corresponding costume. The event promotes vocabulary enrichment and literacy.

Please visit our Resources section for information and documentation, such as our school handbook, calendar, forms and more.