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Father Ken visited the 6th graders for the third time this semester.  The focus of Father Ken's lesson  was the role of the prophets in the Bible and Christian prophets living in the world today.

The 5th grade girls green team took first place in the Waukesha Catholic Tournament this weekend.

In science, third graders measured mass, volume, temperature, and found physical properties of matter.  They discussed what they were doing in small groups and recorded their data.

Second graders are learning cursive by writing in shaving cream.
January 13, 2015

Catholic Schools Week is the final week of January. This is a wonderful time to celebrate the blessing of our Catholic schools. This is a wonderful time to celebrate our Catholic identity. Beginning on Sunday, January 25th, the community of St. John Vianney Parish will be doing exactly these things. We have a roster of activities that are both prayerful and celebratory. Click here for schedule. The theme of the Rosary will be a focus for us. On Monday, January 26th, SJV students will partner with their buddies to make rosaries. On the morning of Tuesday, January 27th, we will gather as a school to say the Rosary. Throughout the entire week all classes will be working with artist in residence, Carrie O'Malley, to create a 4-panel mural depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary. All students will participate in producing the approximately 4'x2' mosaic panels that will be on permanent display outside of the school library.


Please join us for the Mass at 11:00am on Sunday, January 25th that will initiate this week of activities. An open house will follow the Mass. Also, please consider joining us throughout the week for prayer and celebration. We would be especially grateful if you would join us for the Rosary at 8:05am on Tuesday, January 27th and for the All-School Liturgy at 8:05am on Wednesday, January 28th. Bishop Sklba will be our celebrant. Father Knippel and Father Schumaker will be concelebrants.

Your support of our focus on the Rosary is encouraged. Perhaps you would like to pray the Rosary as a family. This link to the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a very helpful resource.
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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, January 14 at 8:05am. Mass will be prepared by Mr. Demeter's 8th grade class.
School News
Friday, January 16
We will be having a spirit day on Friday, January 16.  Students may come to school in their SJV spirit wear or in the spirit wear of their favorite sport team.  Follow the parent handbook regarding non-uniform days.
School will dismiss at 11:30am.  There will be no chess club.
Between our family life, work life, and whatever might be left over for our personal life and well-being, we are running thin. As we raise our children, nourish their minds and bodies, and serve as role models, tutors, and coaches, we have to ask ourselves as Catholic parents,
what are we doing to feed ourselves spiritually? 

You are invited to join us for a 3-part series presented by Fr. Philip Schumaker, where he will be discussing the following topics:
  • Faith and Family:  A Balancing Act?
  • Families at the Heart of the Church
  • Family:  Our Source of Dignity and Identity

Please click here to learn more about the Today's Catholic Family sessions. 

Request for Food Donations
Catholic School's Week is quickly approaching and we need your help in the form of food and drink donations for the Open House on January 25th, 12:00-1:30pm.  Please use the Sign-Up Genius link and have your items to the school cafeteria or office by Friday, January 23 at 5:00pm. If you would like to coordinate another time to drop off, please contact Julie Needham. Thank you in advance for your help and we look forward to seeing you and your family at the Kick Off Open House for Catholic School's Week on January 25th!

Volunteers Needed for Junior Achievement Program 

Starting next week, the 8th grade social studies classes will participate in an exciting month long economics program created by Junior Achievement program called JA Finance Park. JA Finance Park encompasses important educational lessons about personal financial literacy and career awareness, specifically focusing on the important skills of budgeting money, managing finances and income, savings and investing, debit and credit, and risk management.


As part of the program, the 8th graders will spend one day at a hands-on, experiential JA Finance Park site on Friday, February 13th from 9:00am-2:00pm. This visit will provide students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a realistic setting.  Students will be responsible for planning a budget for themselves and their fictional family and putting all of their knowledge they have learned to use during the simulation.


To make the visit to JA Finance Park a real success, we need NINE volunteers to accompany us. Volunteers must also participate in a 60 minute training in preparation for working with the students before the students.  The training would occur on February 13th from 8:00-9:00am at the Finance Park location before the students got there. Volunteers must have completed the Safeguarding All of God's Children training beforehand.  Please contact Mr. D at [email protected]  if you are interested in volunteering.

Home & School News

Home & School Meeting- Location Changed to Church Hall

Where is the best place to learn what is happening at school?   Where can you get answers to your specific questions?  The answer is at our Home and School meetings!  Join us Wednesday, January 14, 9:30 am in the Church Hall.  Bring your phones (or paper calendars) and add in all the new dates for the year.  It's a new year...there's new information to share.  See the meeting agenda for specifics.


You are invited!

Much of the success in our school is due to our dedicated parent volunteers.  As parents graduate out of SJV, new volunteers need to come in.  It's time to think about succession as we have many gifted parents out there who have talents they can share.  For those of you that have been a member of a committee, now is the time to let your light shine.  Think about stepping up to the next level and volunteering for a Home and School officer position.  How much time is involved?  What do officers do?  Come to the Executive Board meeting, Tuesday, February 3rd at 1:00 pm in the Conference Room and see first-hand.  You are not committing yourself to a job!  Please let Janet Fisher know if you plan to attend.


Looking for you!

Do you like numbers?  Are you organized and pay attention to details?  Home and School is looking for a Treasurer for next year.  You don't have an accounting degree?  You don't need one!  All can be learned first-hand from current treasurer, Martha Connelly.  Come aboard now and see how it's done during a Bids year.   


Are you a planner and a communicator?  Do you like to organize and manage?  Consider Chairing or Co-Chairing Home and School next year!  Yes, even working parents can do this job!   Meeting times can be in the evenings so don't let that hold you back on offering your talents and service.  Thinking about it?  Talk to Clare Lange or Janet Fisher.

Bids for Kids Auction- Only 32 Days Away
 Saturday, February 14, 2015
Bids for Kids General Information


You should have received your invitation through school mail last week.  If you would like to send one to a friend or family member, there are additional invitations in the school office.  Please visit the Bids for Kids website through January 28 to register online.   


Schedule of Events:

4:30 pm Mass

5:30 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction

8:00 pm Dinner

9:00 pm Voice Auction

10:30 pm Rockin' the Casbah After-Party


All events, except for Mass, will be held in the Activity Center.  Dress is cocktail attire.

Bids for Kids Facebook Page

The Bids for Kids Auction has a temporary private Facebook page for auction updates and to highlight auction items.  Go to our Auction Facebook Page to check out photos of some of the fabulous auction items.  Some items include:
  • Dinner for 20 on the 10th tee at Westmoor Country Club
  • One week stay at a lovely home in Cape Coral, Florida 
  • Upland pheasant hunt for three at Milford Hills Hunt Club
  • Winter Park, Colorado condominium for 7 nights

To join this page, just click on Join Group and the administrator will approve you, limited to SJV families only. 

Bids for Kids Auction- Ways to Support


The donation deadline is approaching fast- Friday, January 16th.  Do you have a business or a special talent? If so, you can donate your services.  Or, get a group of friends together to host a dinner party or donate a large item.  You can make your donation right on the Donation Page of the Bids for Kids website or print the form and send to the school office.  Contact Karen Parks by email or call 262-649-3745.  

Cash Purse Raffle 

The Cash Purse Raffle

has limited tickets only available on the night of Bids.  Only 100 tickets will be sold for $25 each. The lucky winner will receive a designer bag filled with cash and gift cards!  The drawing will be held at the auction at 8:15pm. 

Masters Golf Raffle

Did you know that the oldest champion of the Masters was Jack Nicklaus (46 years) in 1986 and the youngest was Tiger Woods (21 years) in 1997? As the winner of the Masters Raffle, you could walk the same course they played and made history! Tickets are available in the school or parish office. Get yours today!


One Grand Prize: 2 one-day badges to the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament (April 8-10, 2016).  Full tournament hospitality access with open bar and meals included.  One night hotel accommodations in Augusta, Geogia.

Five - 2nd Prize Winners: $75 gift certificate toward a private golf lesson with Paul Mindel of the National Golf Center

Five - 3rd Prize Winners: $50 Gift Certificate toward a private golf lesson with Paul Mindel of the National Golf Center


The Masters raffle tickets are $100 each with only 150 available.  They are available for purchase during regular business hours at the St. John Vianney School Office (by cash or check), the St. John Vianney Parish Office (by cash, check or charge) and in the Narthex after all masses the weekends of January 24th & 25th and February 7th & 8th.  Any questions, please contact Beth Dobrzynski  or Tracy DiPiazza. 


Successful auctions rely on the generosity of many individuals and businesses.  There are several levels of Sponsorship opportunities:

Sponsorship Levels

Coriander, Paprika, and Saffron Sponsorships from $500 to $2000, include several benefits.  Full details can be found on the donation form.   


Sugar and Spice Sponsorship is for the amount of your choosing.  Financial contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.  Please consider sponsoring our auction to benefit the long term success of St. John Vianney School.  Contact Amy Lodes at 414-333-9963 with any sponsorship questions.  


Telegrams from Morocco

Telegrams from Morocco is your opportunity to place a personalized message in the Bids for Kids auction catalog.  Create your own telegram to send a thank you, dedication, or other personal note to teachers, coaches, family members, friends, etc.  The full page message is $250 and the half page message is $125.  All messages, examples shown below, must be received by Friday, January 16.  

Puppy Love

This adorable female cockapoo was born December 5th- she is about four weeks old in this photo. She is buff color with a white diamond on her head. You will be able to bid on her during the live auction.

A cockapoo is a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle resulting in a small, low to non-shedding, hypoallergenic puppy that is highly intelligent with an excellent personality. Cockapoos are very mild mannered, easy to train, excellent family pets that love kids and are great for families with allergies!  She will be at a home in Brookfield for three weeks before the auction. We can set up a time for you and your kids to meet her if you'd like. She will be perfect for any loving home!  Contact Angela Niemann at 262-347-7988 or [email protected].  

Bids for Kids Auction- Volunteers Needed

Display Supplies Needed for Silent Auction 

Display is in need of small to medium boxes to help prop items. The boxes will be covered; they do not need to look nice. They are also in need of large baskets. Please drop them off in the school office. Contact Katie Gilson if you have any questions.

Pre-Event Item Pick-Up  

If you can give any time over the coming weeks to help with the pick-up of auction items from donors please email Liz Doherty. All assistance offered would be greatly appreciated. 

Volunteers Needed for Auction Set Up and Clean Up 

Many volunteers are needed to set-up on Thursday and Friday the 13th and 14th, at Bids on Saturday night, and for clean-up on Sunday the 15th. Watch for a Sign-Up Genius link coming soon.  

Teen Volunteers  

30 High School Students are needed to assist the caterer, work the coat check and various other jobs the evening of the auction.  Dinner, snacks, and training are provided that evening.  You will receive service hours for your school or Confirmation.  Contact Suzy Windsor at [email protected] to sign up or for more information. 

Child Ministry

First Reconciliation

We ask you to keep in your prayers the 87 children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this past week.  May they feel the loving grace of God in a special way today and always and may we all continue to experience God's forgiveness in our lives.  


First Communion Preparation

Parents of second grade children who wish to receive First Holy Communion this year are asked to attend our first parent/child session on Wednesday, January 14th at 5:00-6:15pm OR Sunday, January 18th at 9:30-10:45am.  Please attend either session with your child downstairs in the Presentation Hall.  For more information or if you are unable to attend, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.


Tiny Tot Time

Tiny Tot Time will meet on Tuesday, January 20th at 10:00am in the Church Hall. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, please bring your little ones for an hour of story time, activities, and snack.  Our theme this month is God Gives Us Seasons.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117. 

Brookfield Central- 8th Grade Transition Night
The Brookfield Central 8th Grade High School Transition Night will be held on Wednesday, January 28.  This event is a great opportunity for incoming 9th grade students to experience all BCHS has to offer.  You will be able to meet the staff, learn about our course offerings and much more.  In addition, our wonderful extracurricular activities and athletics will have tables set up for you to browse and ask questions.

Students with last names A-K attend 5:00-6:00pm
Students with last names L-Z attend 6:30-7:30pm
All sessions will be held in the school cafeteria.

If you are unable to attend one session, you are welcome to attend the other.  If you have any questions, please contact Greg Groh in the Guidance Office- 262-785-3990.  We hope to see you there!

Waukesha County Tuition Assistance Fund Scholarship Opportunity

The Seton Volleyball Tournament benefits the Waukesha County Catholic Elementary Schools Tuition Assistance Fund, which is used to make Catholic school education a real possibility for those students who may not otherwise be able to afford full tuition.  Assistance will be in the form of $1000 grants.  We are proud to offer this assistance to all families whose children attend a Catholic school in Waukesha County.  Your school does not have to be in the tournament to apply.  Applications for assistance are available on the seton websiteAll applications must be received by February 1, 2015.

7th and 8th Grade CMH Social

January 23, 2015 6:30pm-9:00pm

All 7th and 8th graders are invited to come to Catholic Memorial High School to socialize with their future classmates at a Pizza Party followed by a CMH Varsity Boys basketball game vs. Arrowhead.  All for FREE!

Click here for the flyer. 

Catholic Memorial Crusaders Pom & Dance Winter Clinic & Halftime Performance

Girls in grades K-8 are invited to join the CMH Dance Team for a session of dancing and fun! The dancers will learn a pom routine, enjoy some fun and snacks, and then showcase their hard work at a Catholic Memorial Basketball halftime. All material will be catered to dancer's particular age group: K-2nd /3rd-5th/6th-8th.

Cost: $30 includes clinic participation, t-shirt, and poms to take home!  Click here for the dance flyer

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