Woodside hosts book fair during registration

Woodside Elementary School will hold a Scholastic Book Fair Aug. 11 and 12 during registration. The book fair will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day in the school library.

With a safari theme, the book fair is a fun-filled book sale and literacy event geared to excite children about reading and learning. The Scholastic Book Fair will offer the most popular books and educational products for all ages, including the newest titles, award-winners, classics and interactive products from more than 150 publishers.

Woodside Elementary School is located at W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex.

Summer Opportunities students conduct food drive

Summer Opportunities students in Ric Ballin’s photography classes are learning how to truly see the world – both with and without their cameras. In addition to becoming skilled at making photographs, students are hoping to bring a new perspective to their fellow Summer Opportunities students about the need to keep the local food pantry stocked during the summer.

“The food pantry has little problem receiving food donations during holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but during the summer months, donations drop off even though the need is still there,” Ballin said.

With Ballin’s leadership, photography students in his Summer Opportunities photography classes organized a food drive to benefit the Sussex Food Pantry. Students were asked to contribute nonperishable food items so that people within the community will not go hungry during the summer. Ballin’s class was joined by students in Kathyrn Cluka’s special education class who have worked diligently to collect the food items from each classroom and deliver them to the photography students for sorting and packaging. In addition, this year Ballin asked students in his photography classes to photograph food that fellow Summer Opportunities students donated to the food drive.

“It has been a total team effort,” Ballin said.

As Ballin helps students capture the beauty within the community, his goal is to help them become aware of its needs.

“The consequence of being observant is to ultimately care about what you see,” he said, quoting the master photographer Dorthea Lang. According to Ballin, she also said, “The camera is an instrument to help us see without the camera.”

Host families needed for exchange students

Host families are needed for two 17-year-olds who will attend Hamilton High School as part of a foreign exchange program during the 2008-09 school year. One is a boy from German who speaks fluent English, French and German and loves all performance sports – especially basketball and football. The other is a girl from Indonesia, who in addition to her own native tongue, speaks English and Japanese. She enjoys swimming and playing the piano.

Foreign exchange students cover their personal expenses, including school lunches, and have their own medical coverage. For more information about being a host family, please contact Carrie Schulz at (262) 544-1183 or (414) 899-3890 or e-mail to

Screening slated for preschoolers not in district programs

The Hamilton School District will offer preschool screening Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 3- and 4-year-olds who are not already enrolled in a district program and whose parents are concerned about their speech and language development.

The screening will occur at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. Call Claudia Guditus to arrange a speech and language screening at (262) 255-6190.

The screening process includes evaluation of language, hearing and articulation development. Parents should park in the west parking lot at Willow Springs when they arrive for their appointments.