Winter 2011

Friends of Wingra Quarterly eNewsletter

School News

Nest student at fairIndependent Projects in Pictures

Students have been hard at work researching history, people, science, art, and popular culture (among other things!). Here are pictures from the fairs where they presented their topics. Please note that the Pond will have its fair later this spring. Read more.

Wingra School

Exciting Future for Capital Campaign

If you're new to Wingra, you might be wondering what this campaign is all about, so here's a short history of how it started, what we've done so far, and what we have planned for the future. Read more.

Chart of money raised

Wings for Wingra Update

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has participated so far in the 2010–2011 Wings for Wingra Annual Fund. To date, we've received donations totaling $47,924! Read more.



Teacher Excellence

You can't have a great school without great teachers. Learn more about some of our teachers' awards, honors, research, professional development, and service. Read more.


Wayback Machine: "Some Thoughts From a Wingra Alum"

"Some Thoughts from a Wingra Alum" was published in the fall 1985 newsletter. Lisa Lawrence was a freshman at West High School when this article was written. "Looking back over my many years at Wingra, I realize how much I have learned." Read more.

David Hoffert

Profile: Alumnus David Hoffert

"I spent the last two years as a graduate researcher at Stanford University making cars drive themselves. My specific project was helping to write the computer code for a car that autonomously raced up the treacherous Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado last summer." Read more.

Leo Langheim

Alumni News

We have some sad news to share about Leo Langheim and an update about Matthew Thal.


Please email your news and updates to Friends of Wingra Editor Rebekah Bovenmyer at Read more.


Boy plays drums

Friends and Family Day Thankfulness

On November 24, 2010, Wingra School celebrated Friends and Family Day with a record turnout. In fine Wingra tradition, we welcomed more than 200 guests into our classrooms to get a glimpse of how we spend our days together. Read more.

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Slideshow of Aldo Leopold Nature Center Field Trips

Colleen Pardun, P.E. Teacher, organized winter field trips to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in January. According to one parent, "It was great inspiration and has renewed our appreciation for the winter season here! My daughter has talked about the trip and snowshoeing every day since the Nest's trip." See the slideshow Colleen created!

Current students at Alumni Night

Alumni Night

Twelve alumni and six alumni parents participated in a panel on Thursday, February 3, in the Wingra Library. Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences! Read more.


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Upcoming Events

All-School Unit Begins, April 4

Our two-week All-School Unit runs through April 15. The whole school takes time to explore the same topic in multi-age groups.

Spring Break Begins, April 18

Our spring break runs from Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22. School resumes on Monday, April 25.

Duck Day, May 1

We bought our building five years ago this day!

Kids' Night Out, May 12

Older students write, cast, direct, and perform skits at this annual event.

Spring All-School Concert, May 19

Every Wingra student has a role in this annual concert, held at Overture's Playhouse Theater.

Fun Day, June 7

It's one of the most beloved of Wingra School traditions, with the highlight of the day being a toss-up between the dunk tank and the hillside water slide.

Graduation, June 9

Graduation in the Olin Park Pavilion at 7:00 p.m. Congratulations! We're so proud of our graduates!