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Weekly Highlights

Cinderella stopped by the first grade classrooms to read her own story, Cinderella. The students asked her all about her life as a princess and what it was like to live in a castle. The Spotlight Youth Theater reminded us that some of our very own SJV students will be preforming in the musical, Cinderella, next weekend!

Classroom buddies got together to make valentines. 
Sixth grade students made valentines for the residents at Franciscan Woods.

The fourth and fifth graders recently completed an economic unit that encompasses important elements of community and economy, work readiness, financial literacy and business management.  As a culmination of this unit, they spent the day at the Junior Achievement Biz Town site.  This field trip provided students with an opportunity to apply what they learned in a realistic setting.  Each student assumed a job, produced and/or sold products, received a paycheck, worked on a business team, repaid business loans, shopped and managed a personal bank account. 

The 8th graders attended the Junior Achievement Financial Park. The students were given a job, income, and family and had to plan a balanced budget using real-life scenarios and costs. They learned valuable lessons about financial responsibilities and saving for the future. 

The Girls 7th grade Basketball team won 1st place in the Saint Anthony on the Lake Tournament last week. 

February 17, 2015
Well, you did it again! I already knew that I would be amazed. I also knew that people had invested a gazillion hours in the planning and execution of the Bids for Kids auction. Still, I was not prepared for the fun, excitement, drama and incredibly generous response by all who participated in last Saturday's epic event, Under the Moroccan Moon. There isn't a THANK YOU that could be big enough, loud enough, or repeated enough to reflect my gratitude for all that was accomplished for the benefit of the students of St. John Vianney School. The generosity shared by the St. John Vianney community is even more special, because all of the gifts were shared with love. We have been blessed.
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SJV Earns a National Award!

In the March issue of Today's Catholic Teacher, it was announced that St. John Vianney School is a recipient of the 2015 Innovations in Catholic Education Award in the category of Curriculum and Instruction. The Innovations in Catholic Education Award honors Catholic elementary and high schools that have implemented exemplary programs to improve teaching and learning. St. John Vianney School will receive its award at a special celebration reception at the National Catholic Educational Association convention and expo in Orlando, Florida in April.


Our award winning literacy program at SJV is based on integrated best practice and excellent teachers. Continuous monitoring of student learning informs responsive instruction aligned with Archdiocese of Milwaukee exit expectations. The focused professional development, educational technology, quality instructional materials, and highly engaged students and parents are also essential program elements.


Congratulations to all SJV students, parents, faculty, administration, and pastoral leadership on this accomplishment which exemplifies our shared commitment to faith, excellence, and community. 

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All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy- Ash Wednesday
All are invited to pray with us at the next All-School Liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 18 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by the primary teachers.
School News

Operation Rice Bowl
Ash Wednesday is on February 18, marking the beginning of our Christian journey through Lent, a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Each family will receive an Operation Rice Bowl bank and calendar.  With this, students and families have an opportunity to pray for and directly assist the poor in the United States and overseas.  Please see the Operation Rice Bowl Letter for further details.  All contributions are due by April 1. 

Thoughts from a Challenged Husband and Father of Five, Rob Durham 

Rob Durham attended the first session of Fr. Philip's presentation,Today's Catholic Family.  He wrote a reflection and would like to share it with you.

Click here to read his reflection


Please click here to view the video from Fr. Schumaker's presentation.


Faith and Family:  A Balancing Act Part One 

Faith and Family:  A Balancing Act Part Two 

Tennis Registration
All SJV students in grades 5-8 are invited to join the tennis team.
Season:  April 13- June 1
Where:  Western Racquet Club and other local schools
Practices:  M/W/F 3:30-5:30pm
Matches:  TBD- Usually weeknights after school
Fee:  $60.00
Complete the Tennis Registration Forms by Monday, March 9.  Parent volunteers are needed to make the team a success.  Tennis experience is preferred, but not necessary.  If you have any questions or can volunteer, contact Therese Stockhausen by email or phone 262-780-3691.
Parish News

A Prayer for All Seasons-

The Parish Mission as an Aid to Prepare for Lent

There is still time to participate in the Parish Mission.  All are invited to come to this evening's session, Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00pm.    

Forgiving as God Forgives: Reconciliation in Relationship/How to Heal and Repair Our Relationships
Bitterness and hostility can rob us of true happiness and injure the soul. They can separate us from one another and from God. We re-examine how God forgives us, how he forgives and forgets our offenses and empowers us to do the same in our relationships. Learn the ways of peacemaking in families, friendships, and parishes. We will never have to forgive another person as much as God has forgiven us.   

Click here for the Parish Mission Flyer. 

Child Ministry

Praying the Rosary

Everyone is invited to pray the Rosary on Wednesday, February 18th 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 opportunity.  What a wonderful way to begin your Lenten journey! 


First Communion Preparation

Joy Day for both children and parents is Saturday morning March 7th from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Church.  If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring a treat to share.  Reminder, the first family sharing experience was due Monday, February 16th. 

Community News

Spotlight Presents Cinderella 

Come see SJV's own - Genevieve Baynes, Riley & Ella Connelly, Luc Demmon, Ellen, Erin & Emily Fricker- in Spotlight Youth Theater' production of Cinderella. Shows will be performed at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. (901 15th Avenue South Milwaukee, WI 53172)


Show dates and times:

Friday, Feb 20th -   9:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Feb 21st  2:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Feb 22nd at 3:00 p.m.


Tickets can be purchased on line at  or contact one of the SJV families and they may be able to help you get tickets. 

CMH Presents: The Pajama Game

Get your Tickets to the 2015 CMH Musical, The Pajama Game

February 13th- March 1st 

Shows are at 7:00pm, except Sundays are at 2:00pm. Click here for the Pajama Game flyer.  This musical will feature SJV alumane Emily Grubich, Kelley Grubich, Maddy Ogren and current SJV 7th grader, Olivia Kroeplin (2/14, 2/22, 2/26 performances only) 


Go to and click on "The Pajama Game" to purchase your tickets online

or contact Friends of the Arts by phone (262-542-7101 ext 602) or email [email protected].

Catholic Memorial Junior Football

Enrollment is under way for the fall Jr. Crusader football teams. Team sizes are limited to ensure quality coaching and playing time. Applications should be received by April 1 to ensure a spot on the team. This is full contact tackle football, with football equipment provided by Jr Crusaders, for youths entering 5th, 6th 7th and 8th grade in fall of 2015. The season starts the 1st Monday in August and ends the last Saturday in October, with games played on Saturdays. All practices and home games are played at Catholic Memorial High School.  For information and an application go to our web site  Any questions call Andy Krause 414-406-3474. 

Friends of Elm Grove Library Used Book Sale
March 6-8
Friday, March 6 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, March 7 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 8 12:00pm-4:00pm
Thousands of items- Books, CDs, DVDs and Audio
Elm Grove Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd.  Lower level
 (262) 796-3942 | [email protected] |
17500 W. Gebhardt Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045