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Upcoming Testing Windows
MAP Testing (K5-8)
March 18- April 1
IOWA Testing (3, 5, 7)
April 13- May 1

Please email Courtney Albright if your students will be missing during any test dates so tests can be rescheduled.
Weekly Highlights

Fourth graders were graced with a very joy-filled visit by Deacon Mauricio Fernandez. We were all mesmerized by Deacon Mauricio's love of God, prayer and his enthusiasm for our faith! He presented each fourth grader with a medal of St. John Paul II that was blessed by Pope Francis and invited all fourth graders to witness his ordination on May 16th at the Cathedral.   

Fourth Grade students celebrated their State Fair last evening. Students and families had a great time enjoying the food samples from the states and admiring the creative posters displayed by the students. 

Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay called forth from the Priestly Formation Program, Aaron R. Laskiewicz,

to the Ministry of Lector at the 10:30 am Mass on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Christ King Chapel at St. Francis de Sales Seminary.   Aaron is the seminarian assigned to our parish. Congratulations!

At the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo & Ensemble contest, which was held at Pilgrim Park Middle School, SJV had 54 students participating with band, string orchestra and vocal events from 6-8th grade.  Our jazz band, consisting of 34 students, received a 1st rating for the 2nd year in a row!  Besides receiving all 1st and 2nd ratings, one vocal student-  Sarah N, got a *1st rating and will be going on to perform at state, which will be held at UW-M.  You can only get a * rating in class A, which is usually high school students.  Congratulations to Sarah and all of the students who performed at solo & ensemble!

2nd and 7th grade buddies met to color a picture of one of the Stations of the Cross together. Then they got together to pray the Stations with their buddies.

Throughout Lent, members of the Laudate Children's Choir worked on a Lenten discipline called "The Clean Heart Project".

Before rehearsals began, the children discussed what they could do to make their hearts clean during Lent and prepare for the Resurrection. On a purple heart they wrote down what they would be doing and placed it in a special box that stays out every week as they rehearse. Before they sing on Easter Sunday, they'll open the box and talk about how well they did at making their "Clean Heart". 

March 17, 2015
We are committed to best practice and have been awarded national recognition for integrated best practice. Our local action research is an example of such. Following fall conferences, parents were asked to respond to six statements toward the goal of learning about perceptions of differentiated instruction at St. John Vianney School. The summary of the data is provided for your review. We were pleased at the level of positive perceptions shared at this early stage of the differentiation initiative. Later this spring we will again distribute the same survey and provide results for your review. It is our hope that results will communicate increased positive perceptions as we approach the end of the first year of our school improvement plan for differentiation.

MAP Testing Window- March 18- April 1.  Students in grades 5-8 will not be testing during the musical's tech week.


ITBS Testing Window- The ITBS testing window for grades 3,5 and 7 begins on Monday, April 13 and ends on Friday, May 1.


In order to minimize the impact on our daily academic program, testing sessions are arranged to take one class period or less. Check the detailed schedules to learn more about your child's particular testing times and dates.  


Map Testing Schedule 

7th Grade ITBS Schedule 

3rd & 5th Grade ITBS Schedule 

All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy  
There will not be an All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, March 18 as the students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

All are invited to pray with us at the next All-School Liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 25 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Bremer's fourth grade students.
School News
Early Dismissal on March 20
The third quarter will end on Friday, March 20.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30am.  

Operation Rice Bowl
Each family has received 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. 

Bring a Friend to School Day- Monday, March 30
We encourage all K5-5th grade students to invite a friend to visit school and "shadow" for the afternoon. Elmbrook School District students have a half day of school, but children from any school or district are invited to attend.  The afternoon will include lunch, learning and some fun too. Visit our website for further information, the registration form and the photo consent form.
Parking and Recess
With warm weather approaching, the students will be going out more often for recess.  Please avoid parking on the west side of the cones and DO NOT drive your car through the cones if the students are on the playground.  Morning recess is from 10:00-10:15am and students have lunch recesses between 11:35am-12:45pm.
SJV Summer Camp

We are proud to announce that the SJV Summer Camp is back for its second year!  New for this year:

  • The camp runs July 6-10 and 13-17 from 8:00-3:00
  • Sign up for one week or two, depending on summer schedules
  • Opportunities for organized outdoor play (weather permitting) are offered every day at no extra charge.
  • A greater variety of classes, including new classes, such as engineering with Legos, drama, and dance, along with some of the old favorites like cooking, technology and art!

By clicking on our SJV Summer Camp link, you will find everything you need to know, including class offerings and descriptions, schedules, pricing and registration information. If you are interested, please print the catalog, register for classes and return to the school office with payment at your earliest convenience.  Please note that registration closes on Friday, May 15. Please direct any questions to Dan Demeter at or Chris Gordon. Thank you for considering our great summer camp!  

Knee Pads Needed
The costume department for Shrek is looking for unused volleyball knee pads. If you have any to donate, please send them to the school office.  Thank you.

Important Notice Regarding Accelerated Placement

On Monday, February 23, 2015, the St. John Vianney School Committee approved a new policy regarding Accelerated Placement.  The policy is in effect as of 2/23/15.  Please contact Chris Gordon or Courtney Albright if you have any questions regarding this policy. 


The St. John Vianney School Parent-Student Handbook remains subject to further review and revision by School Administration. Please see the St. John Vianney School website for the most up-to-date policy language. 

Home & School News

Nominations are Open for Home & School

Are you ready to serve your school in a new way? Home & School is looking to fill three executive offices next year.  Positions open include a Chairperson(s)-1 year term, Secretary-1 year term and Treasurer-2 year term.  The Chairperson(s) would serve the following year as the Advisor.  We have several talented parents that are interested, but nominations are still being accepted until April 2 by 11:30am.   Please email Amy DiPiazza with your names.  The nomination list will be published in the April 14th Shamrock Weekly.  Voting will take place at the April 22nd Home and School meeting.  Consider offering your time and talents through these leadership positions.


Items up for Vote at April Home & School Meeting

Three issues will be brought to Home and School members for a vote in April.  Please plan to attend the April 22nd meeting at 9:30am in P209.  We will be voting on:

  1. Election of new officers
  2. Adoption and approval of H & S Guidelines.   Paper copies of the proposed guidelines are available in the school office for your review.
  3. Vote to apply $30,000 of unallocated funds to help defray the cost of fixing the roof for the school.  The cost to repair the roof is anticipated to cost over $130,000.
Dine Out with SJV- March 19

On Thursday, March 19 from 4:00- 8:00pm, come to Chipotle on Bluemound in Brookfield and support SJV.  Simply show the flyer or pull it up in your smart phone and SJV will receive 50% of your purchases.  

Last Spirit Wear Order of the Year 

The SJV spirit wear online store is now open!  You can access it by clicking on the Spirit Wear link.


This will be the last spirit wear order of the school year, so stock up now on t-shirts, shorts, hats and so much more!  The website will be open through Tuesday, March 24.  Items will most likely arrive over Spring Break and will be available for pick up at school when we get back.
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Doyle or Allison Rusch 

SCRIP for Easter Break

Are you headed out of town for Easter break or is it a staycation this year?  Whatever you are doing, remember to plan ahead and purchase SCRIP for traveling or shopping trips.   Spring is a time to shop for First Communion attire, graduation dresses and suits, new soccer or baseball cleats, and Easter clothes.  If you are considering a home remodeling or landscaping project, don't forget to order your cards.  We hope to see your order on Monday morning by 8:30am.  As always, Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes and Janet Fisher are here to answer your questions. 

Child Ministry

Praying the Rosary

Families are invited to pray the Rosary on Wednesday, March 18 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.  Rosaries are available or bring your own.  What a wonderful way to pray during Lent! 


Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

We need additional presiders to lead the children in worship and adult and teen helpers to assist with the children.  It is a once a month commitment at the Saturday 4:30pm Mass or the Sunday 11:00am Mass.  Please come to a training session on Sunday, March 22 at noon in the Christian Formation Office.  If possible, observe CLOW at the 11:00am Mass and come to the training afterwards.  For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.  Thank you for your consideration.  Men and teens please consider becoming a part of Children's Ministry.  We need your help!  

Parish News
Love One Another
You are invited to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.


SJV Track 

Spring is right around the corner, so everyone is encouraged to join us for another fun season with track!  All students in grades 5-8 are invited to join.  Whether you are fast or not so fast, we want you on the team!  There are opportunities for running, jumping, throwing and having fun with friends.  Mr. Ronn Blaha is the head coach, so you know students will learn a lot and have a great time.


The season will start on March 30. Practices are Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm, typically at the BC track, although we are still drawing up the practice schedule. We will practice indoors at SJV when it rains and meets are usually held on Saturdays.


The track registration form and other athletic forms are due on March 23. 


We also can always use more coaches!  With approximately100 participants, the more parents the better, even if you can only help out some of the time. We'll have a coach and parent meeting coming up soon.  So, watch for another announcement.  Contact Anthony Boldin by email or at 414-331-9431 if you have questions. 

Community News
DSHA Visit Days
DSHA is hosting 7th grade visit days on April 16, April 21 and April 28.  If you are interested in having your daughter shadow a student and learn more about DSHA, please contact Penny by email or at 414-466-3707.  Pre-registration is required.

Attend the Rockin' Dance Party at Pius 

Friday, March 27 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Open to students in grades 5-7. 

Supervised activities including a DJ, games, prizes and ice cream.  Click for information and permission slip


Pius Spring Showcase

Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 pm

Come learn about Pius XI Catholic High School through a student-led building tour and parent and student panel.  Teachers, staff and coaches will be available to answer questions.


Shadow Opportunities at Pius XI 

Pius XI Catholic High School will be offering shadow opportunities for 7th grade students in March and April.  Please click for the registration form.  

De Sales Days Seminary Summer Camps

Check out our complete schedule of middle school, high school and young adult camps under the events tab at Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, discernment talks, sports, recreation, service, fellowship, and discussion for young men discerning God's call.


For more information, please go to or contact Carla Dal Santo in the Vocation Office by email for phone 414-747-6437


Middle School   High School      Young Adult

June 27            June 21-24        August 2-5

July 19-22        July 19-2

De Sales Days Seminary Summer Camps

Check out our complete schedule of middle school, high school and young adult camps under the events tab at Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, discernment talks, sports, recreation, service, fellowship, and discussion for young men discerning God's call.


For more information, please go to or contact Carla Dal Santo in the Vocation Office by email for phone 414-747-6437


Middle School   High School      Young Adult

June 27            June 21-24        August 2-5

July 19-22        July 19-2

Firstfruits Retreat 

Ladies, do you sometimes feel you could use a spa day? How about a spa day for the soul? A Firstfruits retreat is a women's day of spiritual renewal. Come for all or just part of the day. Enjoy dynamic workshops, inspiring prayer, music and meaningful conversations. Or, come for some quiet "you time" to reflect and refresh.


Come and experience this mini retreat day on Tuesday, March 24, at St. Anthony on the Lake Parish in Pewaukee.  Morning childcare is available. More information and registration can be found on the Firstfruits website.  

Save Your Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and Bring Them to SJV

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.  Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections.

Why?  Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier.  The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children. 

How much?  The Upper Midwest raises approximately $30,000 a year through their pop tab program. Now that is a lot of pop tabs! Did you ever think it could be so easy to help families in need?

Where? Bring all the pull tabs to the St John Vianney School Office anytime throughout the school year.

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