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Working in groups of three, third grade students constructed a food chain from information cards. Then they developed a food web from that chain. They all started with different producers and ended up with a top level consumer.

Third graders wrapped the gifts and gift cards for their Prince of Peace adopted family. Many classrooms are doing something similar for advent.


Fifth grade classes made ornaments for the Milwaukee County Zoo's Trim a Tree project. Their tree theme was "Animals of the Ocean". A group of students went to the zoo to trim our tree with all of the wonderful ocean animal ornaments. Find the tree on display at the US Bank Gathering Center in the "Fantastic Forest" through January 1, 2015.

Congratulations to the SJV 8th grade girls basketball team for taking first place in the SJV Basketball Tournament last weekend! The team players are Hannah P., Lizzie F., Alexandra A., Savannah P., Grace R., Emma H., Ellie B., Caroline D., and Meg. W. The team is coached by Paul S., Jeff J., and Tom R., as well as student coaches Jen & Amanda. Great job, team!
December 16, 2014
Greetings!

On Sunday we entered the third week of Advent. Gaudete Sunday is marked by the color rose to encourage us in our continuing spiritual preparation for Christmas. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us,

 

524 "When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming.200 By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease."201

 

This important message is conveyed simply and sweetly in a prayer written by one of our fourth grade students, Noelle Pfankuch. In reading her beautiful prayer we may recall the line from Isaiah, "and a child shall lead them."

Peace,
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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 17 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Okruhlica's third grade class.
School News
6th Grade DARE Graduation
The sixth graders will have their graduation from the DARE program on Friday, December 19.  You are invited to attend at 10:00am in the Church Hall. 
Upcoming Non-Uniform Day
Monday, December 22 will be an out of uniform day. Students may wear clothing of their choosing (maybe even a funny Christmas sweater!). Please follow the guidelines in the parent handbook when choosing your outfit for the day.

Forensics 

The first official Forensics meeting will take place this Wednesday, December 17 from 3:00-4:15 pm in the school library. All participants should bring some ideas of pieces they are thinking of working with. There will also be time to search for pieces students are interested in. If you cannot attend the meeting please email Mrs. McRae or Mrs. Schroeder. Wednesday meetings will resume after break.

K5 Requests

If you have any empty Chobani, sour cream or cream cheese plastic containers, please send them in to Mrs. McRae's classroom.

 

Kindergarten is revamping the scenery from the Nativity Play. If any family is getting a new fridge or stove this Christmas, please consider donating the empty box (in good shape) to be used as inns for our future Nativity Plays. Please contact either Mrs. McRae  or Ms. Rittgers if you have a box we can use.

Annual Fund
Please remember the Cure D'Ars SJV School Annual Fund in your year end giving.  The 2014-2015 Annual Fund goes until June 30, 2015, but there's still time to make a donation that will count on your 2014 taxes.  Invest in the future of your child's school!

Archbishop's Catholic School Dinner- Celebrating Success in Catholic Education             

The Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, cordially invites you to the annual Archbishop's Catholic School Dinner.  To learn more about this evening dedicated to supporting Catholic education, click on the invitation and reply card. 
Home & School News

Home & School Christmas Party

Celebrate the Christmas season on Wednesday, December 17 at 9:30am in the teacher's lounge right after the all-school liturgy.  Even if you only have 20 minutes, come by for a cup of coffee and some yummy pastry.  Leave your holiday stress at the door and come inside for some holiday cheer!  All parents, teachers and staff are welcome!

SCRIP News

Remember no orders for plastic cards will be processed on Monday, December 22nd or 29th during Christmas break.  PrestoPay customers may order ScripNow (the cards you can print from your home computer) or do Reloads to existing plastic cards during this time.

Parish News

8th Grade Volunteers Needed at the Christmas Masses

Liturgy needs 8th grade volunteers (and older) at all the Christmas Masses to help hand out free books to parish members at the end of Mass. Can you help out? Please email Angela Bravata in the Liturgy Office or call 262-796-3947 to let us know if we can count on you. 

 

Help Decorate for Christmas

There are many ways to help decorate the Church for Christmas, and we need many volunteers. You can help the Liturgical Environment Committee on Tuesday morning (10:00am), December 23, with the installation of the live trees in the church and the assembly of artificial trees in the Narthex.  That afternoon (1:00pm), decorating Narthex trees with student and parish family ornaments.  In the afternoon, work will continue in the church and outside the chapel until it is finished.  Wreaths will be hung, pine garland strung, and we will be setting up the nativity. Email Angela Bravata for more details or call 262-796-3947.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Child Ministry

Christmas Blessings

Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to make our Christian Formation programs possible and to those of you who participate in these events and help to make them successful.  Blessings to you at Christmas and happiness in 2015 from the happy and hopeful Christian Formation office of Martha Malloy, Sr. Nelda Hernandez, Claire Hoffmeyer, John Thompson, Dawn Van Dorf, and Janlyn Carvalho.

 

First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation for second grade children is Monday evening, January 5th at 6:30pm or Saturday morning, January 10th at 9:30am in the Church.  Please turn in all your family sharing experiences and make sure your sacramental fee has been paid.  Please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117 with any questions or concerns.  Wishing you a beautiful Christmas season and many blessings in the New Year! 

 

Family Epiphany Celebration at Prince of Peace

Our sister parish has invited families from our parish to join in the celebration of We Three Kings... The Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the 11:30am Mass.  Our friends at Prince of Peace will present the Christmas Story after Mass and all will enjoy a potluck luncheon together.  Please bring a dessert to share.  Let's journey to Prince of Peace to continue our twinning relationship with the families just as the children have been doing with their classes in school.  

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 60 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015
Our auction is only two months away and there are many exciting ways to get involved and support our school.  See information below or visit the Bids for Kids Website for further information and all necessary forms.

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 email Karen Parks or call 262-490-4751. You can also fill out an online donation form and drop off your item at the school or parish office.

Two Exciting Bids Raffles 

There are two very exciting raffles this year - The Masters Golf Tournament 2016 and The Cash Purse

Cash Purse Raffle 

The Cash Purse Raffle has limited tickets- 75 available for $25 each.  The tickets will only be available on the night of Bids for Kids. The lucky winner will receive a designer bag filled with cash and gift cards!

Sponsorship - Telegrams from Morocco

You can send a personal note with a Telegram from Morocco in the Bids for Kids auction catalog.  Support your favorite thespian, athlete, coach or teacher and help support our auction. 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

Invitations

Watch for a special delivery!  Bids for Kids Auction invitations will be sent home during the first week of January. 

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