Westside schools:
Bristol ‘Night of Excellence’ Feb. 10

       Bristol Elementary's fourth annual “Night of Excellence” will be “A Night Under the Big Top” Thursday, Feb. 10.
       Sponsored by the school's PTA, the free event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will be an opportunity for parents and the public to view Bristol students' development in the arts, according to Michelle Stellick of the PTA.
       The District 11 arts magnet school is at 890 N. Walnut St.
       Along with grades K-5 student artwork on the walls, Suzuki violin music and choir singing, a feature of the evening will be a circus-themed “big top” show in the school gym until about 7:15 p.m., she said. Students in grades 3-5 will perform skills they've been learning in the school's Artist in Residence program with the Westside-based Manitou Arts Theatre (MAT), whose co-owner, Jim Jackson, is a former circus clown.
       Bristol Elementary began its special arts emphasis in the 2005-06 school year, with the start of the Suzuki program for its younger students.
       The first Night of Excellence four years ago was at a neutral site, in conjunction with other D-11 schools that focus on the arts, said Stellick, who has two children at the school. This will be the third straight year the night has been at Bristol itself. Having it on site helps people “see the different talents we have in our school,” she summarized.
       Chili cooking at West
       West Elementary is looking for Westside organizations that want to come to the school March 11 to share their flyers and programs… and enter a chili competition.
       For more information about participating, call Principal Terry Martinez at 328-4900.

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