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The Vianney Varieties talent show was a treat for the whole school.  There were many students who performed skits, sang, danced, and played musical instruments.   Many thanks to the students and parent volunteers for making this such a fun event!
November 11, 2014

The safety and well-being of your children, body and soul, is our number one priority. Routine safety drills of various kinds provide confidence that we can care for the students in an emergency. We must also have confidence that we can ensure safety for the students in our daily routines.


There is increasing concern about safety in the car line and school parking lot during student drop-off and pick-up. Please join with us in our efforts to ensure the safety of all. The following routines have been established and reviewed by local law enforcement.


Preferred option: Parents use the car line for drop-off and pick-up. Children get in or out on the passenger side of the car. This is the safest procedure and should be used regularly.


Secondary option: Parents park the car east of the car line and walk their children to or from the building following the white crosswalk. This is the appropriate procedure when the student needs assistance in carrying something.


Student rules:

  • Walk.
  • Look both ways.
  • Use the crosswalk.
  • Never walk between cars.
  • Assume that drivers do not know you are there.


Driver rules:

  • Use the car line.
  • Students always have the right of way.
  • Follow the lead of the teachers monitoring traffic.
  • Be patient.


These routines have been reviewed at school. Please review them at home as well. Let's all work together to keep the children safe.



St. John Vianney Home and School Presents

Coffee with the Principal


Wednesday, November 12th

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


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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 12 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Bremer's fourth grade class.
School News

Adoration Day Reflection
by Fr. Schumaker


 "When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?" Matthew 26:40


This is the question Jesus asks his disciples right before he is put on trial and subsequently crucified. Christ himself asks us to remain and pray with Him, and how many times in our lives have we, like the disciples, fallen asleep in our faith and forgotten who has asked us to be with Him and to pray. A day of adoration reminds us of what our Lord and God has asked of us. That is why we have decided to have a day of adoration specifically for all of the children in the school. Each class, starting with third grade, will spend about 20 minutes of adoration on Tuesday, November 11th. I will meet with each class prior to their adoration time to share a reflection on what adoration is and to teach each class a different type of prayer.  


One of the greatest gifts we have been given in our faith is the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist: body, blood, soul, and divinity. It is easy to take this for granted, especially as attending Mass can get routine. One of the great advantages of Eucharistic adoration is that it gives us specific time to pray to the Lord and remind ourselves of the importance of prayer, and of the real presence of Christ in the host. In the midst of the chaos of life, it is very easy to forget what is most important in life: our relationship with God. Sitting in silence and adoring our God gives us a moment to quiet our busy lives and reflect on what God wants of us. It is easy also for us to come to God and ask for many things, but rarely do we sit and listen to Him. Adoration gives us a chance to sit and listen while trying to refocus our lives and our schedules on the one who created and loves us beyond life itself. The least we can do is sit with him for a period of time and gaze upon the face of our Lord and Savior. Adoration gives us a moment, an intentional moment, which we may set aside and decide to adore our Lord; this is one of the greatest ways to praise God, and is His one simple request: "Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?" (Matthew 26:40)    


Pack the Pantry

From today until Friday morning, November 21st, we will be collecting non-perishable food items, tissues, coffee, detergent, dish soap,etc. to pack the SJV, and St Josaphat pantry in time for Thanksgiving. These pantries feed local families that have no food and are struggling to survive.  Our school goal is 200 items per classroom. If we reach that goal we can celebrate with a non-uniform day. Please help us PACK THE PANTRIES and feed the hungry.

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.
2015-2016 Registration
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

Only 27% of school families have returned their Letters of Intent.  We have a long way to go to reach our goal of 100% participation by school families, but every family counts!  The participation of school families is critical to the success of the Annual Fund because school families are the primary beneficiaries of the Annual Fund.  Even if you are unable to contribute financially this year, please commit to praying for the success of St. John Vianney School, check prayer, and return your Letter of Intent.  Click here if you need a new Letter of Intent.  

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.

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.  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.
Home & School News

Home & School Meeting:  Wednesday, November 19

Plan to attend the Home and School meeting, next Wednesday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. in P209.  Come hear the latest news about parking lot safety, discuss the structure of Home and School, and upcoming events in December, including the Home and School Christmas party.  Social time will follow the business meeting.  Hope to see you there!  Please click for the meeting agenda

Spirit Wear- Place Your Orders

Now- November 13 

Time is running out to order your SJV Spirit Wear!  The spiritwear website will close at midnight this Thursday, November 13.  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

  • Shirts for Basketball Coaches
  • Team Warm-Up Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Flannel Pants
  • Winter Hats
  • New Selection of Special Winter Items- 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 

SJV Dine-Out is at Chili's on Bluemound TODAY through Thursday, November 14. Please print a flyer or show it on your smartphone and SJV will receive 15% of your purchases. On Thursday, from 5:00-6:00pm, our very own Principal Chris Gordon and President Pam Pyzyk will be your hostesses!   

Mark your calendars for the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on 

Thursday, December 4

  • Hear your favorite holiday songs performed by our SJV strings, band and Shamrock choir students.
  • SJV celebrity readers will entertain us with a few holiday stories
  • Shop for St. Nick's Day and Christmas
  • Gift Wrapping provided by SJV Middle school students
  • Artwork by SJV students will be displayed
  • Dine out at Red Robin or StirCrazy
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt

SCRIP RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY: Don't forget to purchase your Barnes and Noble SCRIP cards on 11/17 and 12/1. For all gift cards purchased by 12/1/14, you will be entered into a Bookfair raffle to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. Winners will be announced at school during the morning announcements on Thursday, December 4.   

Mark your calendars for this exciting holiday event!

Holiday Shopping with SCRIP!

Four SCRIP order days before Christmas:  November 17; December 1, 8, 15.  If your family did not receive the Holiday SCRIP packet last week, you can print it from the link here.  The Holiday order form can be found here.  Make your lists today!   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.

Dine Out & Barnes & Noble Book Fair

SJV's Dine out at Chili's Restaurant:  This 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. 


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 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.


SCRIP Closed Over Holidays

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. 

Parish News
Love One Another
In honor of Veteran's Day, please click here to read an article written by Archbishop Listecki.

Tiny Tot Time

We will meet on Tuesday, November 18th at 10am in the Church Hall. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, please bring your little ones for an hour of story time, activities, and snack.  This month we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117. 

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 95 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.   


Item Donations

We are looking for individuals and businesses to donate items for our silent and live auction to be held that evening. Donors will receive recognition in the auction catalog, the school newsletter and the parish bulletin. If you would like more information you can contact Karen Parks at 262-490-4751 or [email protected]. You can also fill out an online donation form and drop off your item at the school or parish office.


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


FIRST Lego League (FLL) Upcoming Events
Come and see SJV students and friends show off their FIRST Lego League and Jr. FIRST Lego League accomplishments.  All teams will be showcasing their robots, models and projects at Brookfield East High School Tech Ed Room on Friday, November 14 from 5-6:30pm.  Also, come to Marquette University High School on November 22 (9 am - 4 pm) to see the 5-8th grade FLL teams compete, and November 23 (1-4 pm) to see the 3rd and 4th grade Jr. FLL teams showcase.  All events are free!  

Brookfield Central's Theater Department Presents Peter Pan

Enjoy the timeless Broadway Musical at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm. and Nov. 22 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.  "The production will be incredibly exciting as it will feature 'Flying by FOY,' the world-renown flight company known for their spectacular flight work in theater, video, film and other performance venues world wide.  The choreography, costumes and scenery promise to whisk you off to Neverland in a way you haven't experienced since childhood.  But be certain, this production is not for children alone; it is intended for dreamers of all ages!" said Tom Lueck, Director. 


Tickets are on sale now at the SLWC box office by calling (262) 781-9520 or online at Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office: M/W/Th/F 12-5pm and T 12-8 pm 

Shrek Matinee Added  

SJV alums Emma Nitschke, Olivia Rudek, Carolyn Tallmadge and Grace Tallmadge are part of the Shrek the Musical production at DSHA. The response to the show has been so tremendous that DSHA has added a special matinee and meet the cast performance on Saturday, November 15th at 1 pm.  Families can enjoy a shortened show and then meet Shrek, Fiona and a whole host of fairytale creatures.  Please see the website for more details.

The remaining full-length performances are November 13th-15th at 7 p.m. 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 at  The Box Office is open for walk-up sales on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 pm to 6 pm and one hour before curtain. If you love musical comedy then this show is a must see for your entire family! 

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