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Halloween brought lots of fun to SJV.  Thank you to all the parents who helped with the classroom parties.  The Fall Fest Concert was awesome, too!  The band, orchestra, shamrock choir and 4th grade choir provided great musical entertainment!
The seven students from Mrs. Schmitt's Discipleship class made 135 sandwiches and then boarded a bus to deliver them to The Guest House of Milwaukee.  The students were given a tour of The Guest House and told of the many programs it provides men in the inner city of Milwaukee.  Some things the students learned were that there are 86 men who stay there at any given day from 30 days to up to two years. There are counseling, medical, and educational opportunities as well as job training skills for the men.  The guests receive a hot meal every night and clothing and other necessities as needed thanks to over 600 volunteers. There are 50 paid staff, including case managers who support the men as they transition from life on the streets to independent living. The SJV students learned much from their experience and plan to keep up a relationship with The Guest House at least through the rest of their semester class.
November 4, 2014

Please come to school on Wednesday, November 12th to learn more about the three major initiatives we have undertaken for continuous growth and improvement at St. John Vianney School. We will share information about these initiatives in room 11, the Staff Room, at 9:00am after the All School Liturgy, and again at 7:00pm. We are having two sessions in order to reach the greatest number of interested individuals. At both sessions we will provide information about our initiatives in Catholic Identity, Differentiation and Writing. The sessions are only one hour long. Coffee, water and light refreshments will be served.



St. John Vianney Home and School Presents

Coffee with the Principal


Wednesday, November 12th

9:00-10:00am or 7:00-8:00pm


Learn about our initiatives in:  

Catholic Identity, Differentiation and Writing 

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All School Liturgy
All are invited to pray with us at the next all-school liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 5 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Yankala's fifth grade class.
School News

Report Cards 

First quarter report cards will be sent home with your child on Wednesday, November 5. The report card is aligned with the curriculum of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. You will notice that instead of receiving one English/Language Arts (ELA) grade, the students will receive achievement grades in Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Language. (Speaking/Listening is only graded at semester in K-5th grade.) If a single ELA grade was reported it would not provide students and parents with valuable feedback on strengths and challenges in areas requiring a very different skill set-a student may write well, but struggle with discussions or oral presentations. Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Language are also unique in that they are important in content areas. While these ELA skills are primarily taught in reading and language arts classes, the goal is that they transfer to all areas.

Middle School Spelling News

Once the fundamentals of spelling are learned in the elementary and intermediate grades, it is considered best practice to continue to expand spelling skills within the context of disciplinary studies. Students learn the meaning and spelling of new words in their studies of religion, math, social studies, science, and literature. At St. John Vianney School, we are supplementing this effort by monitoring this skill to make sure that every student masters the spelling of words routinely used at the middle school level. Our middle school students are currently completing a pre-assessment that will allow us to gauge each student's current level of proficiency in spelling. For more information, please talk with Ms. Knippel, Mrs. Schroeder, Mrs. Goss, Mrs. Albright or Ms. Gordon at conferences later this month.

School Conferences
School conferences will be held for K4 students on Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25.  Conferences for grades K5-8 will be held only on Tuesday, November 25.  Parents with students in grades K5-5 should have received an invitation to select a conference time through Sign Up Genius.  You may also follow the conference sign up link from here.  Parents with middle school students do not need an appointment time for conferences.  All middle school teachers will be in the cafeteria and will see parents on a first-come basis. This is counted as a school day so student attendance will be taken.  Primary students, check with your teacher regarding student attendance at conferences.
2015-2016 Registration
Please keep an eye on your "snail mail" for your 2015-2016 registration papers.   Registration papers for the next school year were mailed and need to be returned by Monday, November 17.  Thank you for returning the form and fee so we can begin the budget planning process for the next school year.

School Annual Fund

Every school family counts!  Please return your Letter of Intent!  Your contribution can be prayer, time and talent, or financial.  Click here if you need a new Letter of Intent. You can return your Letter of Intent to SJV or make your commitment at the Online Giving page of our school website.  Click here for further information.  

Job Posting:  Playground Supervision  

Do you wish to care for God's children at St. John Vianney School? Please consider joining us as a playground supervisor.



  • Playground supervision, 1 hour per full school day
  • Collaborate with faculty and administration in supporting mission and goals of school.
  • Provide outdoor supervision for safe play during lunchtime recess.
  • Provide hallway supervision to promote safe and orderly transitions.
  • Provide indoor supervision during inclement during lunchtime recess
Please click here to find out further information about this position and how to apply.
Wanted:  Empty Paper Towel Rolls
Mrs. McRae's class is collecting empty paper towel rolls.  If you have any, please send them to the school office and we will be sure she gets them.
Halloween Candy Collection
St. John Vianney School will again collect unwanted Halloween candy.  Collected candy will be distributed to Prince of Peace, St. Ben's Meal Program and Operation Gratitude.  Candy will be collected until November 14.
Home & School News

Spirit Wear- Place Your Orders

October 31- November 13 

The SJV spirit wear website is now OPEN!    

It's time to start thinking about your holiday shopping!  And SJV spirit wear has something for everyone on your list!     

This will be the one and only spirit wear order between now and the holidays, so stock up now!   


This is a great time to order your basketball coaches' shirts, team warm-up shirts, jackets, hats and so much more!  Check out our new selection of special winter items available only for the holidays!     

Click on the Spirit Wear link and start shopping!!


Orders will be taken now through Thursday, November 13. Delivery is anticipated for the first week in December.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Doyle at [email protected] or Allison Rusch at [email protected]

Dine Out with SJV 

Would you like a little more flexibility? Here you have it! SJV Dine-Out is going to Chili's on Bluemound for 4 days. Come to Chili's anytime November 10th - November 14th, print a flyer or show it on your smartphone and SJV will receive 15% of your purchases. Order your Chili's scrip today so you'll be ready on whichever day you decide to use it!

Holiday SCRIP Time is Here!

Five SCRIP order days before Christmas: November 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15. Check backpacks this week! You will be receiving a flyer about Holiday SCRIP ordering, a list of participating vendors, and an order form. Make your lists today! Please note: No orders will be processed on November 24, due to Thanksgiving. In December, no orders will be processed on the 22nd or 29th during Christmas break.


Must Read!   Great ways to use SCRIP!

SJV's Dine out at Chili's Restaurant: Next week, Monday-Thursday evenings, November 10-13th. Make sure you order your SCRIP cards. They are available as physical cards and online as ScripNow, ones that can be printed from home if paid with PrestoPay.

Looking ahead: Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Dine Out at Red Robin or Stir Crazy, Thursday, December 4th. B & N and Red Robin SCRIP cards are available as physical cards or as ScripNow if ordered online and paid with PrestoPay.  


Small SCRIP Denominations Available for Holidays

Starting November 1, cards with small denominations will be available until supplies last., $10; AMC Theatres, $10; Barnes & Noble, $5; CVS/pharmacy, $10; Groupon, $10; Outback Steakhouse, $10; Panera Bread, $5; Pizza Hut, $5; Regal Entertainment Group, $10; Starbucks, $5; Target, $5; Walmart, $10.


Big SCRIP Rebates on Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday

Big promotions are offered on Thanksgiving Day for online customers. For 24 hours, awesome bonuses can be earned on ScripNow just in time for Black Friday shopping. If crazy early morning shopping runs aren't your idea of fun, then make sure you get your SCRIP for Cyber Monday! They won't reveal the participating retailers until November 27 but promise it will be worth a look. If you want in on the action, make sure you have signed up for PrestoPay in advance.

Parish News

First Reconciliation Preparation

First Reconciliation Family Retreat is Friday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the Church.  All members of the family are welcome to attend this wonderful evening of reflection. If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a treat to share. 


Children's Liturgy of the Word       

Meets every Saturday at the Saturday 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 or until they feel more comfortable.  Let's break open the Word of God together.

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 102 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sponsorship and Item Donations

 Successful auctions rely on the generosity of many individuals and businesses.  There are several levels of Sponsorship opportunities with a couple including a Masters Golf Tournament raffle ticket.  Financial contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.  Item donations in all shapes and sizes are also needed for an effective auction.  Our committee can arrange pick-up of your donation.  Please consider a Sponsorship or Item Donation to benefit the long term success of St. John Vianney School.  This year's proceeds will be directed towards technology and school improvements.  

Visit our auction website for more information and donation forms.  Contact Amy Lodes at 414-333-9963 with Sponsorship questions or Karen Parks at 262-649-3745 for item donations.


Volunteers Needed  

Several committees need additional volunteer support in many different capacities from now until the auction.  Check this committee document to see where you can lend a hand with your talents.  Some jobs can be done from home and are small child friendly, we have indicated that with an asterisk next to the dates for each committee.  Contact the chair directly if you are able to volunteer.  Not sure where your talents lie?  Contact Kim Tallmadge at 262-789-9392 and she can offer some guidance.

Bids Decorations

The Bids decoration committee needs your help!
We are looking for lanterns of all shapes and sizes to help transport our auction guests to Morocco on Saturday, February 14th.  Please email or call us if you might have some lanterns we could borrow.  We will coordinate their pick-up and return.  Thanks in advance for your help!
Cara Taticek & Trish Wollersheim
Decorations Committee
[email protected] or 414-507-4250

Amazing Race at Pius XI
6th-8th graders are invited to an Amazing Race-themed night of fun at Pius High School.  See the Amazing Pius XI flyer for further info on this free event.
BC Dance Clinic
Students in grades K-8 have the opportunity to share a fun evening with the Brookfield Central Lancerettes including a halftime performance of the BC Boys Varsity Basketball game versus Mukwonago.  See the BC Dance Clinic Flyer for details.

CMH Dance Clinic 

Girls in grades K-8 are invited to join the CMH Dance Team for a session of dancing and fun. The dancers will take part in a technique session, learn a pom routine, enjoy some fun and snacks, and put on a show!  See the CMH Dance Clinic Flyer for all the details. 

CMH Musical

Catholic Memorial will be performing The Pajama Game in 2015. Auditions for the grade school cast will be held Saturday December 6 at 8:00am in the CMH Auditorium. (601 E. College Ave. Waukesha).  There will be a parent meeting at 8:00am.  Students will be released at noon.

The Musical is performed the last three weekends in February.  Grade school rehearsals are on Saturdays, with some weeknight rehearsals closer to the production date.  Call 262-542-7101 for more information. 

DSHA Musical
OH-gre My!  I still haven't gotten my Shrek Tickets!

This fall, the DSHA Theatre Department will produce the new Broadway musical sweeping the nation, Shrek. Based off the critically acclaimed Dreamworks animated film, the musical follows Shrek, Fiona and Donkey as they journey from the swamp to the kingdom of Duloc. It's a witty comedy for all ages filled with warm messages of hope, acceptance and love.  Performances run back-to-back weekends from November 7-9 and 13-15. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  All performances are located in The Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre. Please call 414-616-2813 for more information or purchase them online.  The Box Office is open for walk-up sales on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you love musical comedy then this show is a must see for your entire family!

Elmbrook Church Presents His Gifts
Come and embrace His Gift as we celebrate through ballet dance, the precious gift of the Christ Child and Savior of the World.  Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm and Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm.  Admission is $5.00.  Tickets are available online at or at the elmbrook bookstore located at 777 S. Barker Road
Elmbrook Hockey

Looking for a great Family Activity for this fall and winter? How about hockey? Join Elmbrook Hockey on Saturday, November 8th from 6:50-8:10pm to give hockey a try. See our hockey flyer for details.

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