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Weekly Highlights

Last week, the middle school students met in their team community groups, which are a mix of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that work together to demonstrate our Catholic identity and school spirit. The students created unique and creative symbols that show our Catholic identity to others.   

Third grade students used cubes to create sums of ten. 

1st graders in 1K had some special visitors on Friday. Mr and Mrs. Webber came to teach us all about geodes and agates. They got to break open the geodes to see beautiful crystals. The class also got to make a necklace or a key chain with the agates.

The 6th grade boys took first place in the SJV tourney. Team members are Alex L., Jack O., Michael C., Kevin S., Erik D., Andy B., Dan N., Matt B., Evan C. and Logan K. 

The SJV 6th grade girls white team took second place in the SJV shamrock classic tournament this weekend. Emily B., Riley C., Claire C., Bella D., Grace G., Megan H., Ryan H., Emily P., Briana R. and Lauren R.. Go Shamrocks! 

Congrats to second grader, Drew K. for winning the "Why I Am the Most Passionate Brewers Fan" contest.  Click here to read his essay and see his artwork.
September 16, 2014

It won't be long now.  Our year of preparation will soon be put to the test.  For all of the 2013-2014 school year, the faculty of SJV participated in a year of self-study in preparation for the audit and site visit for re-accreditation by WRISA (Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association).  The WRISA re-accreditation process begins with the collection of documents, data, artifacts and additional evidence that provide verification that we meet a standard of performance across nine areas. These areas are:

  1. Foundational Statements: Vision, Mission, Core Values
  2. Communication and Community Relationships
  3. Environment for Teaching and Learning: Climate of the School and Classroom
  4. Leadership and Governance: Responsibility for the Educational and Organizational Effectiveness of the School
  5. Resources: Human; Financial, Physical
  6. Learning and Teaching: Curriculum; Assessment; Strategies
  7. Materials and Resources for Learning: Instructional Media and Technology
  8. Student Services to Support the Learner
  9. Long Range Planning: Strategies and Tools for Improving the School
A. Early Childhood
B. Extended Day
C. Catholic Identity
D. School Improvement


Following the collection of evidence, the school is required to identify self-study conclusions.  Having completed these two major activities, a visiting team of professional educators will visit our school to conduct a comprehensive review of the school, validate the findings of the self-study, and determine if the school is in substantial compliance with the WRISA standard quality indicators.  Our self-study and conclusions provide us with certainty that we are in substantial compliance with all quality indicators for every standard.  Our re-accreditation will stand for seven years, at which time the entire process is repeated.


The eleven member site visit team, led by two principals from Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools, will conduct our site visit on September 30th, October 1st, and October 2nd.  You are welcome to be part of the process.  The site team will be interviewing a range of role players and stakeholders associated with our school.  You may be contacted directly by a member of the team, or you may volunteer to be interviewed by a team member.  If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, please contact Mrs. Courtney Albright at [email protected]


Please watch the Shamrock Weekly and other information outlets for additional information regarding this exciting event.  As always, we ask for your prayers for St. John Vianney School, our students, the faculty, the staff, the families and all others associated with our mission of Faith, Excellence, Community. 



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All School Liturgy
All are invited to pray with us at the all-school liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 17 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Kaminski's seventh grade class.
School News
cure d'arsAnnual Fund Kick Off
Mark your calendars!  The 2014-2015 Curé D'Ars Annual Fund will kick off with a reception in the Church Hall following the 9:00am mass on Sunday, September 28. Bagels and fresh fruit will be served.  All are welcome!

Soles for Catholic Education Walk
Free Registration Extended to Friday, September 19

Selecting Books for Your Child

A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an "L" after it - 880L is 880 Lexile. If we know how well a student can read and how hard a specific book is to comprehend, we can predict how well that student will likely understand the book. The reader will likely encounter some level of difficulty with the text, but not enough to get frustrated. This is the best way to grow as a reader-with text that's not too hard but not too easy. Both Scholastic and Barnes and Noble have websites where you can search books by Lexile level.


Lexiles are only one factor in book selection. Student interest, age appropriate topics, text support (including illustrations, size of type, etc.), and quality of text are all additional considerations when selecting a text and books should not be selected on Lexiles alone.


Our primary students use an alfa-leveling system based on a similar premise. The alfa-leveling system is more accurate for our youngest readers because many of these books rely on illustrations, rhyme, repetition, etc. Lexile levels below second grade are generally not available, and don't account for these features.  

Bookmaking Help 
There is a need to increase the number of reproducible leveled books available for teachers to use.  These books are used during our reading group time to offer reading material at the reading level of the group.  As a result, we would like to make many more sets of these downloaded reproducible readers.  Would you be willing to help?  You could volunteer once, weekly or monthly. It is a simple process that would involve copying the books, laminating the covers and then collating the books.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Nancy Arena at [email protected] if you would like to help. Thank you very much!


Basketball Registration Until September 26

Registration for SJV Shamrocks Basketball is open to parish youth members who are registered in Christian Formation and parish school students in grades 5 - 8.  Completed forms and checks are due Friday, September 26, to the parish or school office.   Please see the SJV Athletics web page for more information.

Basketball Training Session

Please click here for information on two basketball training sessions that will be available at the SJV gym.

The training sessions are available to 5th through 8th grade SJV athletes in preparation for the upcoming basketball season. Click here to register.  Note: when choosing a time on the registration page, please choose the time appropriate for the age group. 

Home & School News

Dine Out with SJV 

Dine out with SJV at Buffalo Wild Wings on Bluemound Rd. on Wednesday, September 24th.  Dine-in or carry-out from 3:00pm until close and they will give SJV 10% of purchases. Click on the BW3 Flyer to bring along with you.  

It's Trivia Time!

Come one, come all, for 10 times the fun!  It's time for SJV's annual trivia night. 10 categories, 10 questions per category, 10 people on a team

When: Saturday, October 18th in the school cafeteria 

Doors will open at 6:30pm and games start at 7:00pm.

Cost is $15/person.   

Click here for the registration form or contact  

Heather Kormanik at [email protected]

to register your team.  We are also in need of volunteers to assist at trivia night.  If you would like to help out please contact Heather Kormanik. 
Schwan's Fundraising


St. John Vianney School is partnering with Schwan's to offer you high-quality frozen foods and Schwan's will give back a percentage of the sales to SJV's Home and School Association.  Through October 6th, SJV will earn 20% of all sales. If you place another Schwan's order between October 6, 2014 and August 21, 2015 Schwan's will donate 5% of the order total to SJV. Purchases of eCertificates, sold in denominations of $25, earn 40% for SJV.  During the Campaign, click here to place your order:    Delivery is right to your door and you get to pick the date and time within a 2-hour window.  You do not need to be home because they will pack your order in high quality reusable freezer bags with gel packs and you can pay by credit card when you place your order.


Stock up on easy appetizers for the Brewer and Packer games. They have a recipe tab on their website with hundreds of recipes using Schwan's products like Queso Fajita Chicken Dip and Cajun Crab Dip. Try it today! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim Tallmadge at 262-789-9392 or [email protected]

Parish News

Praying the Rosary

Families are invited to pray the Rosary together on Wednesday, September 17th at 5:15pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  If you have never prayed the Rosary before and would like to learn, this is the perfect opportunity.  Rosaries are available for you if needed.  What a great way to begin the new school year!


Children's Liturgy of the Word

We meet every Saturday at the 4:30pm Mass and on Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  Children K4- 4th grade are invited to participate and no registration is needed.  Parents are welcome to visit anytime and we especially encourage you to bring your young child the first time so they feel more comfortable.  Please come and pray with us!   We still need of a few more presiders to lead the children in worship and adult or teen helpers to assist.  This is a once a month commitment and training is provided.  Please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117 for more information.  Please consider being a part of the wonderful ministry.  We need you!  


Parents of Second Graders

At St. John Vianney children in second grade receive both First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Parents of children who wish to receive these sacraments this year are asked to attend a parent/child meeting on Wednesday, October 1st from 5:00-6:15pm OR Sunday, October 5th from 9:30-10:45am in the Presentation Hall.  Children will have their own session during this time in the Church Hall.  

January 2015 Mission Trip

The adult mission trip to Santisimo Sacramento in Piura, Peru will be taking place from January 15-24, 2015. The cost of the trip is approximately $1,200 for flights (each person is responsible for making their own flight reservations) plus $250 for lodging, food and transportation in Piura. No previous mission experience is necessary! This is a wonderful opportunity to serve others, share our faith, meet and interact with sponsor families and work with the Peruvian people. Mission trip forms can be found on the SJV website. If interested in joining Fr. Ken and the mission trip group, contact Julie Beres at 262-349-9152, Robert Scott at 262-347-1376 or Doug & Camille Wildes at 262-879-0109 for more information.

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 151 Days Away

Study- Playing Music Sharpens Kids' Brains

Although we've known for years that playing instruments develops the brain in ways that nothing else can, a new study shows even more evidence on increased brain ability.  Northwestern University researchers, along with other institutions like the National Institutes of Health, have found amazing results.  Click here to read the article from the Sept. 9, 2014 edition of the Waukesha Freeman.  

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