Volume U Number 23 February 15, 2023

2022-23 School Theme: 60 Years - A Tradition of Excellence

The Class of 2023 is in the midst of receiving all their admission decisions. The culmination of the herculean task of applying to colleges is often the hardest part: picking the one school that they will attend this Fall. Students rarely believe us when we tell them that making this final choice is often the most difficult step. They will argue emphatically that waiting to find out is the hardest part. Others will argue that brevity is the real challenge. Writing a response to some perplexing essay prompt, confined by a short word count, truly is difficult. Convincingly arguing that a hotdog is not a sandwich is tricky to do in just 50 words! Brevity is hard for even the most educated among us.

The excellence of the College Placement Program at Brookfield Academy is best exemplified by this challenge of picking the one college they will attend because our students have multiple schools wanting them! Landing on the final one, the one that gets to reap the reward of having a BA graduate on its campus...that choice is tough. This struggle, which can fortify their character, is yet another piece of the preparation the College Placement Program provides them. It serves our graduates well in the next chapter of their lives. We are excited by the good news the Class of 2023 has already received, and there is a lot more to come! 

~ Nick Spaeth, Director of College Counseling


Spring Break

March 13-24


February 16

3:40-7:00 pm

Middle School Conferences


February 17

Primary School and Lower School

Review & Exams End

Level 5 Egypt Day

7-9 pm

Middle School Social


February 18

7 pm

Patriots Heritage Fund Wine & Bourbon Tasting

Patriots Hall


February 24

8:30-9:30 am

Classical Heritage Series with speaker

Dr. Angel Parham

RSVP to Linda Pryor

7 pm

Upper School Musical


Hamilton Fine Arts Center


February 25

2 pm and 7 pm

Upper School Musical


Hamilton Fine Arts Center


February 26

Upper School Musical


Hamilton Fine Arts Center


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Congratulations National Merit Finalists! Seniors Alexander Li, Charles Hieb, Leah Johnson, Hena Allaqaband, Maximilian Hong, Caden Holcomb, and David Roessler have advanced and been named National Merit Finalists. After being named Semifinalists in September, they have met the requirements to advance to Finalist standing -- and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered later this spring. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations! Tyler Riederer was selected by a panel of judges as the winner of the Chicago Branch of the National Shakespeare Competition. He will go on to compete with 60 finalists from across the United States at Lincoln Center in New York City in April.

Congratulations! Krish Sharma was selected as a finalist in the statewide Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur Live Competition. On Wednesday, February 22, at 3:30 pm, he'll be competing against three other students presenting their business ideas to a panel of local celebrity judges. Our BA community can help by using this LINK to register to attend the Zoom presentation and then voting for Krish for the Viewer's Choice Award.

Congratulations BA Athletes! The coed ski team had a remarkable regular season with both the boys and girls teams qualifying for the State ski championships. Congratulations and best of luck to our individual qualifiers: William Morgan, Kamron Kaiser, Brynn Jeide, Meghan Jeide, Cossette Holley, and Marilee Nygro. Our qualifiers will race on Sunday and Monday in La Crosse.

Our boys swim team looks to make history on Friday evening at Waukesha South in the WIAA Division 2 State Championships. Individual qualifiers include Niall Parkins in the 100 backstroke and Adrian Bellido in the 50 freestyle and 100 fly. BA also qualified two relay teams for the first time in school history: 200 medley and 200 freestyle. Relay competitors include: Adrian Bellido, Niall Parkins, Rishi Guntur, and Andrew Li. 

Electronic tickets purchased in advance will be required to attend this event starting at 5:30 pm (the link says 1:30 pm because of diving prior to the swimming part of the meet). Here is the link to purchase tickets.

Tuition deposits are due TODAY! Secure a spot for your student(s) for the 2023-24 school year by submitting your deposit, along with the enrollment commitment online through the MyBA portal. Space is guaranteed in class for all students whose deposits are received today, February 15. Please contact Joan Doble in Admissions or email tuitionhelp@brookfieldacademy.org if you have questions.

Bring a friend to BA! If you know someone who is interested in sending their students to BA, please invite them to our Open House on Wednesday, March 1, from 4-6 pm. The new, BA After Hours, format will give students an opportunity to experience the BA community, teachers, and students through a range of engaging and fun activities.

All-School Parent Presentations 2023: Join us for the final presentation in The Classical Heritage Series:

  • Friday, February 24, 8:30 am, featuring Dr. Angel Parham, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

More information on these presentations can be found HERE. Contact Linda Pryor to RSVP.

Upper School Musical - Cinderella: Upper School Theatre students will present Cinderella at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex) on Friday, February 24, at 7 pm; on Saturday, February 25, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and on Sunday, February 26, at 2 pm. Tickets are available HERE. We hope you can join us!

Yearbook Order Deadline - The deadline for ordering yearbooks is Sunday, February 26, and the cost is $75. Visit jostens.com to place your order if you haven't done so already.

Summer Days 2023: The Summer Days 2023 catalog was sent home last week and is available online. Registration opened TODAY for BA families. Get the classes you want before registration opens to the general public on Wednesday, March 1.

Student Directory Updates: For the most up-to-date information, please use our online directory in the MyBA portal.


Congratulations! Two students earned additional awards in celebration of their achievements in the 2023 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Mira Santo-Tomas received the Wisconsin Art Education Association Award, which includes a $250 cash award.

A fashion piece by Ava Denman was selected to receive the Sycamore Award - Offered by Sue and Ray Kehm and a $100 cash award.

Patriots Heritage Society Wine & Bourbon Tasting - Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm: The Patriots Heritage Society will be hosting its annual Wine & Bourbon Tasting in the Patriots Hall Library. Parents of juniors and seniors - this event is for you! Come celebrate Patriots Hall with alumni parents from the Classes of 2010-2022. Register HERE to enjoy the wine and bourbon tasting, mocktails, and hors d’oeuvres! If you have any questions or have an interest in becoming a member of the Patriots Heritage Society, please contact Susan Jeide in the Advancement Office.

Thank you to BA family-owned businesses for sponsoring: The Explorium BrewpubVino Veritas Artisan Wines, and Hometown Sausage Kitchen.

Thank you to the committee members - Matt & Susan Jeide, Jason & Heather Smith, Scott & Lisa Stowell,Wil & Meagan Lombardi, Joel & Noelle Przybilla, Mary Mitchell, and Joel & Donna Nettesheim. 

Scholarships and Awards: Recently, we announced to all Upper School students that the annual Essay Competition is underway from now until the deadline on March 27, 2023. All freshmen, sophomore, and junior students are eligible to submit essays. As mentioned, some of the funds will help with tuition; other funds will support service projects, adventures, and field hockey camps. You are encouraged to ask your son or daughter to participate in this competition. Additionally, specific departments are selecting recipients for their awards. Recipients of scholarships and awards will be announced in early April. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Pesch.

Career Exploration Series: Monday, February 20, during periods 5 and 6, students can come to the College Room to meet our speaker, Mr. Paul Dieck, and learn about a career in engineering. Students should bring their lunch.

College Admission Speaker: The College Office is pleased to welcome Mary Beth Petrie, Vice President for Enrollment Management at DePauw University, as this year's College Admission Speaker. She will be visiting BA on Thursday, March 2. Mrs. Petrie will share insights and perspectives with the students in order to best prepare them for success in their college search work.

US Athletics: Our spring sports registration is now available for all Upper School students. If your child did not sign up at the in-person meeting with their respective spring coach, please click this link for information and registration. Registration is open until Friday, March 3.

Congratulations! The Level 8 boys gold and Level 8 girls basketball teams have both received an invitation to play in The Padre Serra Tournament at St. Thomas More. Schedules and more details will be coming soon. You can follow the tournament using this link. For these and more great photos of all student athletes playing winter sports, click the photos above or visit: frophoto.com/bawintersports2223.

Spring Sports Registration is Now OPEN: This is the last week to register for MS spring sports. Please click this LINK to register your child for a spring sport. All pertinent information for each sport can be found within the registration link.

Advisor Conferences: Please take a moment to schedule your child's advisor conference. At this conference, you will meet one-on-one with the student and his or her advisor. Each conference is 20 minutes in length. During this time, students make a brief presentation of achievements and goals to the advisor and parents. Conference times are still available on Thursday, February 16, in Freedom Hall. Please contact Mrs. Monica Ostdick to schedule.

The Middle School Social is Friday, February 17, from 7-9 pm.

Pioneer Day was a HUGE Success for Level 3! Students began the day with a recitation and a song at assembly; and then, throughout the rest of the day, had opportunities to make and taste their own butter, sample other "new" foods, and play games from the time period.

Primary School and Lower School review and exams continue through Friday, February 17.

Level 5 Egypt Day is this Friday, February 17.

Spring Enrichment Classes: There is still some availability for the following LS Enrichment Classes: Math Challenge, Spanish, and Spy Academy. If your child is interested, register now to secure your spot!

Spring Sports Registration is Now OPEN: This is the last week to register for Level 5 spring sports. Please click this LINK to register your child for a spring sport. All pertinent information for each sport can be found within the registration link.

Term 2 Report Cards will go home on Monday, February 27.

Primary School and Lower School Art Gallery Night: Please join us on Thursday, March 2, from 4-6pm in Constitution Hall for Gallery Night. Student artwork will be displayed throughout the building for all to enjoy.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale: On Saturday, March 4, from 3:00-5:30 pm, the Level 4 and Level 5 Girl Scouts will be hosting a drive-through cookie sale at Liberty Hall parking/drop off loop. Cookies are $5 per box and are available for purchase or to donate.


Dinner Auction

Downtown Hoedown

Saturday, April 29

Recipients of the first “Pony Express Telegrams” got in the Wild West Spirit on Valentines Day with the delivery of a bandana and a special treat to set the mood for our upcoming Downtown Hoedown. A tip of the hat for your support!

There are two more ticket deliveries coming up - “There’s a New Sheriff in Town” on March 10 and “BA’s Most Wanted” on April 12. Order your “Pony Express Telegram” HERE for that special someone in the BA community.

And…..the Level Basket shopping list is live HERE through Amazon. Pick your item (or items) and help fill the basket for your grade level (or levels). OR…..we will gladly accept cash donations toward Level Baskets and do the shopping for you. Just call the Advancement Office at 262-783-3200, or click HERE to donate online.

Don’t forget about the Gold Rush 50/50 raffle. The jackpot is growing, so buy your chances today to participate! We can’t sell tickets online, BUT you can preorder tickets online, you can bring in your order to the Advancement Office, or we can take your order over the phone at 262-783-3200. We will also sell during other campus events as April 29 approaches.

Looking for more ways to support the Dinner Auction? Here’s how:

  • Buy an ad in the program!
  • Consider a sponsorship of part of the event - many levels to choose from.
  • Sponsor a table for eight!
  • Donate an item or experience to the Silent Auction!
  • Volunteer for the event for a few hours or longer. There’s something for everyone!

Questions? Email co-chairs Rory Foley or Stephanie Rushing.


Father/Daughter Dance Saturday, April 1, at Oconomowoc Lake Club. Dress in your finest and celebrate an unforgettable night with your daughter, including dinner, dancing, and a souvenir photo.

Register today! Space is limited.

Moms: Interested in witnessing the finery? Then check out VolunteerHub to help. PS/LS parents, the invitation and registration details will be in today’s folder. Or, click the image above to register via Eventbrite.

Teacher Appreciation: Wednesday, May 3, (breakfast) and Thursday, May 4 (lunch):

This special event shows our appreciation and gratitude to our BA teachers and staff. Help is needed coordinating the food list, drop-offs, and decorating. Join us for a planning meeting after Spring Break or register to attend on VolunteerHub.

US Taco Lunch Volunteers Needed March 10: Students are participating in a “Character and Opportunity” speaker seminar Friday and will be hungry before their talent show. Want to help prepare, serve, and/or clean up for this delicious lunch? If so, go to VolunteerHub to register. 

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