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Seminarian Connections

As part of the Seminarian Connections Program, on November 7th, seminarian Adam Bradley visited the sixth grade students and thanked them for the letters they had recently written to him. This provided an opportunity for SJV students to ask questions about seminarian life and to get acquainted with Adam.  He was accompanied by seminarian Aaron Laskiewicz and Fr. Philip Schumaker.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie were not part of the fifth grade Thanksgiving celebration. The fifth graders celebrated as the Pilgrims did in 1621; their meal included items such as shrimp, venison, seeds, dried fruit, squash, corn, parsnips, berries, grapes, plums, and spinach. The students also wrote historical and modern Thanksgiving prayers, and they played a popular game of the early 1600's called Nine Men's Morris.

4B is learning long division with multiple strategies using manipulatives.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Dine with SJV. The 4-day event at Chili's on Bluemound Rd. raised money for SJV. Be sure to watch for the next dining destination!
November 18, 2014

Conferences for the first semester will be held next Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Traditionally, conferences are a wonderful time for students, parents, and teachers to sit down together and review a student's progress and goals. It is also a good time to discuss activities, accomplishments, and new interests that a child has outside of school so that all can collaborate in supporting the child's success. Conferences are always time for parents and teachers to come together as partners. This poem reflects this very important belief.




I dreamt I stood in a studio,

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child's mind,

And they fashioned it with care.


One was a teacher-the tools she used,

Were books, music, and art.

The other, a parent-working with a guiding hand,

And a gentle loving heart.


Day after day, the teacher toiled

With a touch that was deft and sure.

While the parent labored by her side,

And polished and smoothed it o'er.


And when at last, their task was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child,

Could neither be sold nor bought.


And each agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alone,

For behind the teacher stood the school,

And behind the parent, the home.


- Author Unknown


We are very blessed to work in partnership with the wider St. John Vianney School family in order to provide your children with Faith, Excellence, and Community.



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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 19 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Grzeszczak's fourth grade class.
School News

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.

Lost and Found 

Please take a few minutes during conferences to search the lost and found tables for items that your family have been missing. Lost and found tables will be set up by Thursday of this week. Contact Jane Rusch at  [email protected] to have any found items returned. Please include child's name, homeroom and detailed description of lost item. 

2015-2016 Registration
Registration papers and fees for the 2014-2015 school year were due yesterday. Thank you for completing this if you have not done so already.

School Annual Fund

Are you thankful for the education your child receives at St. John Vianney School? If so, please return your letter of intent before Thanksgiving.  

Short-term and Long-term Substitute Teachers

 St. John Vianney Catholic School, a K4-8th grade school with approximately 460 students, is recruiting short-term and long-term substitute teachers who are licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. St. John Vianney is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The students are in attendance from 7:50 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.


Applicants must possess the appropriate certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This teacher must have verification that they have completed the "Safeguarding All of God's Family" training or the willingness to obtain it. Please send application materials electronically to Principal Christine Gordon at [email protected]. Application materials should contain letter of interest, resume, Archdiocesan teacher application form, references, transcripts, copy of license and verification of "Safeguarding All of God's Family" training.

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

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!

Secret Santa Shoppe 

HO HO HO!  It's the most wonderful time of the year! Mark your calendars- SJV's Secret Santa Shoppe returns on Friday, December 12th!  This special day allows students the chance to shop for family and friends during the school day. The display cases in front of the office will soon be showcasing some of the fabulous items that will be available.  Lots of volunteers are needed to make this exciting event run smoothly.  Watch the Shamrock Weekly for more info and updates in the coming weeks!   

Scrip News 

No orders will be processed next Monday, November 24, due to Thanksgiving.  


Christmas SCRIP Order Form 


Three SCRIP order days before Christmas!

Holiday Shopping with SCRIP order dates: December 1, 8, 15.    Do your Christmas shopping the easy way with SCRIP cards.  Give them as gifts, use them yourself to purchase gifts for those on your list, and think about any traveling you might be doing.  Think about those nights when you don't have time to cook a hot meal and might need takeout.   Keep an extra card or two on hand for thank you gifts.  For a limited time only, cards with small denominations will be available:, $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; Target, $5; Walmart, $10.   Sadly, $5 Starbucks cards are no longer available.  


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.


Dine Out & Barnes & Noble Book Fair

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. 


In December, no orders will be processed on the 22nd or 29th during Christmas break. 

Parish News

Family Rosary

Everyone is invited to pray the Rosary on Wednesday, November 19th 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 time.  We have rosaries available for anyone who needs one.  Please come and prayer with us!  We have so much to be thankful for. 


First Reconciliation Preparation

Parents of second grade children receiving their First Reconciliation in January are asked to attend a second parent/child session Monday, December 1st from 6:30-7:45pm in the Church.  Reminder, the second family sharing experience is also due Monday, December 1st.  I hope these gatherings and at home family activities have been helpful to you and that they have made the journey to Reconciliation more meaningful.    


St. Nick at Night

Please join us on Friday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the Church Hall for a VeggieTales movie "Saint Nicholas - A Story of Joyful Giving."  We will celebrate the season of generosity with prayer, song, and activities.  Admission is a plate of cookies and/or cans of "veggies" for the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.  Please register by December 4th by calling the CF Office at 796-3944 with the number of family members attending.      


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.


Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

We are looking for additional people to break open the Word of God and teen helpers to assist with the children.  This is a once a month commitment at a Mass of your choice.  All materials and training are provided.  For more information, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.  Men and teens please consider this wonderful ministry.  We need your help! 

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 88 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015

How to get involved in this fun-filled auction benefiting our children......

  1. Clear your calendar for February 14, 2015
  2. Ask around to see who is attending....find four other couples to sit with, or, if you want to meet new people, contact Victoria Alberts to be placed at a table.
  3. What would you want to see at the auction? Put together an item of interest for you or your child and donate it!
  4. Create time to volunteer for one of our many committees.  Any time given is appreciated! Help is needed for decorations, sponsorship, invitations and set-up.  Much more awaits your helping hands!
  5. New this year- host a class parent party. Parties will have an auction theme such as "Sponsor the Puppy", "Swag Bag" or "Wine Pull".  All donations from the parties will help underwrite that part of the auction. 


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.  Please consider sponsoring our auction to benefit the long-term success of St. John Vainey 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

Table Seating at Bids

It's not too early to think about getting a table together for Bids.  Now is the perfect time to talk amongst friends as you drop off for K4, at the end of the day at pick-up, or at basketball.  Tables seat 10 people and invitations will come home in early January.


High School Musical 

Come see Spotlight Theater's production of High School Musical Jr.  In this show you will see 3rd graders Ella, Genevieve and Emily; 5th graders Luc and Erin; 6th grader Riley and 7th grader Ellen. The production runs November 21-December 7 at Thomas More High School.  For showtimes and further information, visit the Spotlight Theater website.  

Brookfield Central Presents Peter Pan 

The Brookfield Central Theatre Department is putting on the broadway musical Peter Pan this week.  Come and see a very talented cast perform, including SJV alumni Emma DiPiazza, Niki Kane and Kayla Weinberger. The performances are Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm, Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 22 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, November 23 at 2:00pm.  The shows are at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and tickets can be purchased at the box office in advance or at the door (box office 262-781-9520). 

Tacos and Trivia at DSHA
Taking place on Friday, November 21 from 6:00-8:00pm, Tacos and Trivia is open to girls in grades 6-8.  This is a free event, however registration is required and space is limited.  For further information or to register, email [email protected] or call 414-616-2805 before 5:00pm on November 19.
 (262) 796-3942 | [email protected] |
17500 W. Gebhardt Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045

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