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Mrs. Okruhlica's class and the 8th grade red religion group walked to Pick and Save with their buddies to buy cans and boxes of food. They were happy and proud to help each other "pack the pantry". 

After Friday's final collection, we have achieved our goal- and gone beyond- breaking a new school record of 3827 items! Many local families in need will benefit from our efforts. Thank you to  all of our students and families for your contributions! 

Middle school students in Mr. D's social studies classes held their Fantasy Geopolitics country draft recently.  The students researched what countries were in the news and drafted five world countries onto their teams.  The more the teams show up in the news, the more points the students get. By doing this, the students have learned valuable geography and current events skills. 

Congratulations to all of the FIRST Lego League and Junior FIRST Lego League teams of SJV students who competed at Marquette High this past weekend.  You are world class thinkers, builders and programmers!  Way to go Technology Titans, EngiNerds, Mini Titans, Got Bots?, Chocolate Einstein Lightning Builders and Brainy Bots!
November 24, 2014

We welcome you to school on Tuesday, November 25th for conferences. During your visit, please stop by the library to say hello and learn about opportunities to support our very busy school library. Keep reading to learn more about just a few of the services we are proud to offer.


Small group literacy instruction - Students at the primary levels come to the library for small group instruction to expand their skills in reading and writing. This engaging instruction has given our humble library the nickname, Literacy Hub.


Homeroom library time - On a weekly basis, each homeroom in K4 through 5th grade comes to the library for story time, book talks, leisure reading, and to check out books. We are grateful to the many volunteers who facilitate this special time.


Raz-Kids - Each morning, our students in K5 through 2nd grade use this interactive internet resource to access over 400 books that promote development of reading skills. Learn more at .


Resource study time and computer use - Middle school students can elect to use the library during the midday for quiet study or to access computers. This new program has been enthusiastically embraced by the students who are using the time and resources to their best advantage.


Home and School Committee - The Library Committee is a new feature of our Home and School Association. Mrs. Debbie Karalis and Mrs. Rebecca Wilson are the chairs. Mrs. Courtney Albright and Ms. Chris Gordon also sit on the committee. Please consider joining us.


Volunteer Training - On Wednesday, December 3, all library volunteers and those interested in learning more about the library are invited to a brief training and thank you at 9:00am following the All School Liturgy. Come to celebrate the beginning of the season of Advent and learn how things work at the St. John Vianney School Library.



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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, December 3 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Novy's third grade class.
School News
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 members have been missing. Lost and found tables will be set up outside the cafeteria.  All unclaimed items will be donated. 

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.  

Accelerated Math Elective 

St. John Vianney School offers an Accelerated Math Elective for our 8th grade students.  Please click here to learn more about our expanded 8th grade math program.

Middle School Forensics 

If any child in 6th, 7th,or 8th grade is interested in participating in Forensics this year, but was not able to attend the information session, please email either Mrs. McRae at [email protected]  or Mrs.Schroeder at [email protected]. Information will be going out to all participants the week of December 1. Our first official meeting will be Wednesday, December 17 from 2:50-4:00pm. More information to come.  Thank you and we look forward to an exciting  season!

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.  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.

Home & School News
Book Fair:  Parent Helpers Needed 

The SJV book fair at Barnes and Noble is a wonderful school and community event, however, we would like to help parents with small children by having an extra set of eyes looking out for their safety.  Please contact Camille Fernandes at [email protected] if you would be willing and able to stand at the bottom of the escalator by the front entrance for a half-hour shift during the book fair. Shifts will start at 3:30 pm and go until 7:30 pm.  Parents who volunteer will be responsible to make sure young children are not lost from their parents and are not playing on the escalator.  Thank you for your valuable assistance!  Volunteers will be contacted no later than the Tuesday before the book fair with your assigned time.

Gratefully yours,  

Camille Fernandes and Mary Claire Barker

Bookfair Chairs


Scrip Raffle Opportunity: Don't forget to purchase your Barnes and Noble SCRIP cards on12/1. For all gift cards purchased by 12/1/14, you will be entered into a Book Fair raffle to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. Winners will be announced at school during the morning announcements on Thursday, December 4.   

Dine Out with SJV After the Book Fair 

One Big Night! Two Great Choices!

Before or after you've done your shopping at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair, dine-out (or carry-out) at either Red Robin or Stir Crazy. Be sure to bring your flyer or use your smartphone to show it to your server. A percentage of the sales will be donated to SJV. If you choose Red Robin, order your scrip by Monday morning!

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 


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

Heartfelt Gratitude

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who give so generously of their time and talents to make our adult, youth and child ministries possible.  God Bless you in all that you do.  Happy Thanksgiving from the Christian Formation Office of Martha Malloy, Sr. Nelda Hernandez, John Thompson, Claire Hoffmeyer, Dawn Van Dorf, and Janlyn Carvalho.


First Reconciliation Preparation

Parents of second grade children receiving their First Reconciliation in January are asked to attend a second parent/child session on Monday, December 1st from 6:30-7:45pm in the Church.  Reminder, the second family sharing experience is also due Monday, December 1st. 


St. Nick at Night

Join us on Friday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the Church Hall for a wonderful evening for families as we gather together for prayer, song, and activities.  We will learn more about our Catholic traditions and hear the story of St. Nick in the VeggieTales movie "Saint Nicholas - A Story of Joyful Giving."  Admission is a plate of cookies and/or cans of "veggies" for the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.  Please register by December 4th at the Christian Formation Office or by calling 796-3944 with the number of adults and children attending.      


Please Share Your Faith

Is God calling you to serve His children?  We are looking for people to break open the Word as Children's Liturgy of the Word presiders and assistants at the Saturday 4:30pm Mass or on Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  This is a once a month commitment at the Mass of your choice.  Please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117, for more information or to volunteer.  Training and materials are provided.  Remember it is in giving that we truly receive. 

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 81 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015

Christmas is coming, but it is not too early to think about our school auction.  You can donate an item, send a telegram, volunteer in so many places and start getting your table together.  Check out the details below and don't forget to lend a lantern for our fabulous decorations.


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 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.

Sponsorship - Telegrams from Morocco

Send a personal note, thank you, or shout out to your favorite shamrock teacher, coach or team with a Telegram from Morocco and help support our auction.  Your personal message will be in the Bids for Kids auction catalog.  You can place your order online on the Bids for Kids Website or download the Telegrams from Morocco form

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

Now is the time to think about getting a table together for Bids.  Talk amongst friends as you drop off for K4, at the end of the day at pick-up, or at basketball games. Tables seat 10 people and invitations will come home in early January.  You can always have a smaller group and ask to be seated with others from a specific grade.
Culture of Life Essay Contest
Eighth grader, Aidan Tegge, entered an essay contest sponsored by the Wisconsin State Council of Knights of Columbus.  The essay topic was, "How Would a Culture of Life Change Our Society?".  Aidan's essay was chosen as the winner and his essay will move to the next level of competition.  Click to read Aidan's winning essay.

Boy Scout Troop 71 Annual Blood Drive

Your blood donations are needed, so sign up to donate on Saturday, December 6 from 8:30am-1:30pm.  The drive will be held in the  

Saint John Vianney School Cafeteria and child care will be available.   Sign up to donate at the Red Cross website or dial 1-800-Red-Cross and enter zip code 53045.

CMH Kids Cast Auditions

Attention students of all ages!  Please come to audition to be a part of our Kids Cast for the Winter Musical, "The Pajama Game".  Auditions will be held at Catholic Memorial High School in the Auditorium from 8am-12pm on December 6th.  For any questions, contact Chris Andacht at [email protected].
The Milwaukee Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
SJV Student, Anne Naumann, will be performing in The Nutcracker at the Milwaukee Ballet.  The Nutcracker will run December 13-27 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Elmbrook Church Presents His Gifts

Come and embrace His Gift as we (and members of the Fricker family) 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.
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