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Weekly Highlights
Bring a Friend Day!
The 3rd Annual Bring a Friend to school day was a big success. As you can see, the afternoon was full of smiles and friendship.
Sixth grade students in Mr. D's social studies classes concluded their ancient Greece unit by creating augmented reality posters by using an app on the iPads called Aurasma.  They created posters on various Greek topics and then embedded a video into the poster of themselves presenting the material so other students could watch their presentations using their own iPad.

The second graders explored the world of energy and more at Discovery World.

March 31, 2015

Spring break is coming! Certainly there will be family, friends, fun and a well-deserved break in the action.

My prayer for all of us is that there will also be peace.


                   May the Lord of peace himself

       give you peace at all times and in every way.

                     The Lord be with all of you.

                                           2 Thessalonians 3:16


I pray that each of us find time for quiet and that we celebrate Easter with confidence in our risen Savior.


All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy  
All are invited to pray with us the Living Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:05am. 
School News

Operation Rice Bowl
All rice bowl contributions will be due to the school office on Wednesday, April 1.  Thank you for your generosity.

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 or Chris Gordon. Thank you for considering our great summer camp!  

SJV Middle School

Annual Toiletries Drive

Wednesday, April 15- Wednesday, April 22 

Can we count on you?   


PLEASE HELP the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, The Guest House and Sojourner Truth House

Bring in any NEW or NEVER USED toiletries from hotels or the store, such as: Combs, women's hygiene products, deodorant, cough drops, shampoo, lotion, soap, floss, mouthwash, foot care products, chap stick, mosquito repellent, sun block, and tooth paste and tooth brushes.


Please bring in toiletries to your homeroom or drop them off at the school office from April 15-22.  Thank you for your support!                                                  

Old T-Shirts Needed!

Art Club is looking for old t-shirt donations for a creative project that we will be starting after spring break! Any size, color, and condition is welcome. They can be dropped off in the art room or in the school office. Thank you for your generosity! 

Don't be a spectator!  Get in on the fun!

Are you interested in creating a fun and memorable experience for your family on Memorial Day and Independence Day?  We may have just the venue for you!


The SJV School Committee would like to sponsor an SJV School float in the upcoming community parades and we need you!  We are seeking interested parents and school staff to join in on the fun.  


As this would be our first year participating, we're looking for a few parade pioneers to help with either or both parades.  If you'd have interest in leading this community event or just helping out on these days, please let us know.  SJV School Committee has reserved space in each of the parades and we'll be providing float decorations, spectator give-aways, and holy water.


This is a great way to show our school spirit walking the streets of Elm Grove and Brookfield with fellow classmates, teammates, scouts, club members, Shamrock Choir and even our very own musicians in the band and jazz band!  


As we're hopeful there will be interest expressed by parade pioneers, future communication will be shared in the weeks to come on these events.


If you would like to help coordinate either of these events or would simply like to share ideas we encourage you to contact, Pam Pyzyk, School President, Elizabeth Lange, Advancement Subcommittee Chair or me, Rob Durham

School Committee Chair.

Last week SJV School Committee highlighted the Advancement Subcommittee and described some of the work they do to support Administration and our school throughout the year. This week we thought we'd share with our school families what the Long Range Planning team works on throughout the year.


Working along side Administration, this subcommittee meets once a month for about 2-hours in the evening. Long Range Planning, as the title implies is focused on the future of the school and helps steer the course on future growth and improvement based on school family input and our ever changing times.


One of the ways Long Range Planning solicits feedback each year is through the parent survey. As you may recall, this survey is typically administered in the spring. Once the data is gathered, Long Range Planning and Administration review the survey feedback. The results help highlight strengths of the school as well as areas of improvement or changes to be considered.


Some things the school has implemented as a result of survey feedback include improving our school campus security system, integrating advanced math classes into the middle school elective schedule rather than after school, and regrouping the middle school students throughout the day rather than same class groupings.


In addition to parent feedback, Long Range Planning takes into account what other schools in the area are doing in terms of academics, class offerings and the integration of technology in the classroom. By focusing on enhancements for the future, this allows the school to better budget for things on the horizon. By planning for the needs of tomorrow, SJV will continue to offer our children the best possible education.


Interested in helping make our school even better! Contribute today and put your thumb print on St. John Vianney school.


If you're interested in learning more about School Committee and each of the four subcommittee contact Rob Durham at (414) 531-2177. For more information on Long Range Planning email Abe Fisher.


The testing window is big, but the amount of time dedicated to testing is just big enough to help us provide excellent instruction tailored to the needs of our students.

MAP Testing Window-Now- April 1.    

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 

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.
Child Ministry

Summer Vacation Bible School 2015

Children K4-5th grade are invited to EVEREST, June 22-26, 2015 from 9:00am to noon.  This week long adventure is full of music, Bible stories, prayer, games, crafts, snacks and so much more. Click here for the introduction letter and registration forms. Adult and teen volunteer forms are also included.   


Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needed

We need both adult and youth volunteers for EVEREST, June 22-26 from 8:30am to noon daily.  We need crew leaders, game, craft, and story leaders, K4 & K5 teachers, juice pourers, snack makers, and all kinds of other helpers.  This is a great experience for college students, retired people, or anyone who enjoys children and loves God!  If this week does not work for you, we also need people to help before the event with decorations, preparing materials, shopping, etc.  If you are interested, please fill out a volunteer form, or for more information, contact Dawn Van Dorf in the Christian Formation Office.  

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

SJV Parish Festival Volunteer Opportunities Now Available!

Many exciting jobs are available, sign up now for a shift or two, or three or four! at this year's festival, June 5, 6 and 7. 


The parish will be invited to sign up in later April, so hurry now to select your preferred position(s) and shift(s).  Please use this link to view and sign up for available opportunities here>>

Important details for online sign up:

  • ONE NAME PER LINE, please
  • Please use upper and lower case lettering when entering name
  • Please ask your teenage/high school student to gather their friends to work in Parking = they receive a FREE t-shirt and beverages
    (ahem, non-alcoholic) during their shift!

If you have problems registering or would like additional information, please contact the SJV festival volunteer organizer and SJV School parent/SJV catechist Kathy Uy 262-782-6778.


Thank you for being the best part of SJV's largest annual fundraiser- the warm, welcoming, friendly faces! 

Community News

Catholic Memorial Jr. Crusader Summer Basketball   

Summer basketball registration is open to boys and girls entering grades 4-9.  All athletes will play two games per night, one night per week at Center Court in Waukesha.  Practices will be on Sundays. 


Catholic Memorial Jr. Crusader Football

Junior Crusader Football is open to youths entering grades 5-8.  All registrations are due by April 1. Any questions can be directed to Andy Krause at 414-406-3474. 

Marquette University High School Junior Hilltoppers Football Season
Registration is open February 1- March 31 for boys entering 5th through 8th grades as of Fall 2015, who are interested in playing tackle football. Please find more information regarding the program online at  Any questions, please email [email protected].  Spots are limited and are being filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Junior Hilltoppers Sports Clubs, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization which strives to develop the individual God given physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual talents of male grade school participants in its sports programs, and through sportsmanship, team competition, and fun, encourages responsibility, compassion, and excellence in all aspects of performance, consistent with the faith-based ideals of good citizenship reflective of Marquette University High School.

Jr. Hilltoppers Wrestling Club

Spring Clinic

Sunday April 12, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm- Free! 

Open to all grade school kids K-8 and no experience is necessary.  The clinic will include demonstrations by MUHS wrestlers and techniques taught by MUHS wrestlers and coaches.  For more information contact:

Tom Dineen, Judy Poston or Mike Duehring. 

See the Seminary on April 26*
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is opening its doors to all who wish to meet our seminarians and see this beautiful, historic Catholic icon and its picturesque setting.  Bring your family, friends, confirmation classes and Christian Formation groups.
Sunday, April 26, 11:00am Mass, Tours from 12:00-2:00pm
*April 26 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  Join us at the Seminary as we pray that more men will answer the call to the priesthood.
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Brookfield, WI 53045