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Ms. Yankala's fifth grade and Ms. Rittger's kindergarten buddies met before Thanksgiving break to make bracelets symbolizing the meaning of Thanksgiving.

The SJV 6th Grade Boys Green Team took 1st Place in the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Thanksgiving Tournament.  The players are Hayden N., Danny N., Matt B., Ben P., Connor R., Evan N., Bobby B., Sam A. and Xolan B.  They are coached by Brian Nelson and Chris Rusch.  Congratulations! 

December 2, 2014

At last week's conferences it is likely that you learned more about how and why we differentiate instruction at SJV.  Essentially, St. John Vianney School differentiates instruction to challenge and support all God's children. To this end we have developed a long range plan for school improvement. This plan includes action research that will help us determine if we are in fact achieving our goals. This link will take you to a very brief parent survey. The purpose of this survey is to help us ascertain if we are effectively communicating with our constituent groups. Without question, our school parents are one of our most important constituents. We invite you to complete this survey and return it to school. Results of the survey will be shared in a future edition of the Shamrock Weekly. For the convenience of those who do not have ready access to a printer, a hard copy of the survey will be sent home with students today. 



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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.

Please note there will be an all-school liturgy on Monday, December 8 to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There will not be an all-school liturgy on Wednesday, December 10.
School News

Important Safety Notice


Though many families are following our safety procedures for dropping off and picking up students, there are daily exceptions that place students at risk.


Click to read the safety letter from the November 11th Shamrock Week.


Please cooperate in keeping all students safe!

Christmas Programs at SJV
The K5 students will be performing the play, The First Christmas, at the following times:
November 10: 
KM at 6:00pm and KR at 7:00pm
November 11:
KM at 8:50am & 12:30pm and KR at 11:00am & 1:45pm

Our annual Christmas concert, featuring students in grades K4-5 and the middle school choirs, will be held in the gym on December 15 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm.  Students are reminded to wear their "Sunday Best".  

School Annual Fund

Wow! 79% of teachers have returned their letters of intent!  Let's show that school families care just as much about St. John Vianney School.  Thank you for returning your letter of intent  as soon as possible. 

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!

School Lunch Service Program Substitutes Needed
Do you wish to care for God's children at St. John Vianney School?  Please consider joining us as a School Lunch Program Substitute.

Role of Lunch Service Program Substitute:  Assist in organization and direct food preparation, serving and clean-up in a Catholic School atmosphere of efficiency, cleanliness and friendliness.

Schedule:  School days as needed, 8:30am-1:45pm

How to Apply:  Please contact the St. John Vianney School office at 262-796-3942 or email Principal Chris Gordon.
Home & School News

Home & School Christmas Party

Celebrate the Christmas season on Wednesday, December 17 at 9:30am in the Teacher's Lounge.  Leave your holiday stress at the door and come inside for some holiday cheer!   All are welcome for festive food, drink & social time!

Can't make the Bookfair?
Don't worry, simply order online at anytime between December 4 and December 9. Use our Bookfair ID of 11460979. You don't have to worry about missing any of the fantastic student artwork as it will be moved from Barnes & Noble to the Brookfield Public Library and will be on display for a few weeks.
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

Book Fair Chairs

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.

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.  


Many volunteers are needed to make this exciting event run smoothly. Please go to the Santa Shoppe Volunteer Sign Up website to pick a shift for this special holiday event.   

Earn Money for SJV While Doing Your Shopping 

Have you tried the new gourmet popcorn store in Ruby Isle? Try Pop'n Spot on Saturday, December 13th from 11:00-5:00! A portion of the sales from medium and large bags and 2 and 3 1/2 gallon tins will be donated to St. John Vianney. Please show the Pop'n Spot flyer at the register. 

Scrip News 


Christmas SCRIP Order Form 


Two SCRIP order days before Christmas!

Holiday Shopping with SCRIP order dates: December 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; Starbucks, $5; Target, $5; Walmart, $10.   


Representatives from SCRIP will be available after all Masses this weekend to take orders.  Remember no orders will be processed on the 22nd or 29th during Christmas break.  


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

Child Ministry

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 74 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.

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.

German Holiday Market
Come to the Civic Plaza, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd, on December 7 from 1:00-7:00pm for food and fun.  There will be plenty of indoor activities, including local musicians, holiday crafts, story time and Santa and Mrs. Claus.  There will also be many German foods to try! Click here for the German Holiday Market flyer.
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