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Weekly Highlights
To enhance their studies of the Passover, SJV 6th grade students participated in a Seder Meal on Tuesday, March 31.
Congratulations to one of our SJV first graders!  He recently took 2nd place in his age division at the St. Mary Visitation Chess Tournament.
April 14, 2014
Greetings!
There has been a loss to the community of St. John Vianney School. Mr. Al Kaminski, husband of Mrs. Sharon Kaminski, our highly respected and loved middle school math teacher, has passed away. The family will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at a private ceremony at their home parish. Mrs. Kaminski has asked that we keep Mr. Kaminski in our prayers. Please pray for Mrs. Kaminski as well.
All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy  
All are invited to celebrate All-School Liturgy with us on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Grzeszczak's fourth grade class.
School News

St. John Vianney School 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. On April 8th, St. John Vianney School received its award at a special celebration reception at the National Catholic Educational Association convention and expo in Orlando, Florida.

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.

Learn More About Forensics 

Are you interested in hearing more about Forensics? Do you want to hear some great pieces that our 2014-2015 Forensics team performed throughout the season? Well if so, please come to our end of the year party and information session on Wednesday, April 15 from 3:30-5:00pm in P209!  Food and beverages will be served and you will have a chance to learn more about Forensics and how you can better prepare yourself for next year's season. Invite your parents to come, too! Come and see what all the hype is about!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Schroeder or Mrs. McRae

FLL (FIRST Lego League) Parent Information Meeting

Do you have a 2nd-7th grader interested in being on an FLL (FIRST Lego League) team in the fall?  Come to the parent informational meeting on April 21 at 6:30pm in P202 in the Parish Center, to learn more.  Questions? Email Meghan Klinck or call 414-870-5264. 

Parent Surveys
As the chair of the long-range planning committee of SJV's School Committee, Abe Fisher invites and encourages you to return the parent survey that will open next Wednesday, April 22. 
Please take a moment to read more information about the survey and its importance.
Spotlight on the SJV School Committee:  Finance
Finance is a subcommittee of the SJV School Committee and collaborates with SJV school administration and the Parish Finance Council in developing the annual school budget and school financial benchmark study.  If you are experienced and skilled in accounting and developing budgets, please consider joining our committee.

For more information on the Finance subcommittee, contact Heather Kormanik. If you are interested in learning more about School Committee and each of the four subcommittees, contact Rob Durham.

SJV Middle School

Annual Toiletries Drive

Now until Wednesday, April 22 

 

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

ITBS Testing Window

The ITBS testing window for grades 3, 5 and 7 began 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.    

7th Grade ITBS Schedule 

3rd & 5th Grade ITBS Schedule 

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! 

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!  

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

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.  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.

Home & School News

Urgent:  Volunteers Needed for High Interest Day 

High Interest Day for K5-5th grade is quickly approaching.  This is a
fun-filled afternoon for our children. We still need many volunteers to make this afternoon a success.  Please consider volunteering some of your time.  We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

 

  1. 1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot
  2. 2) Review the options listed and choose the     spot(s) you like.
  3. 3) Sign up! It's easy- you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

 

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. 

Home and School Needs Your Vote!

The year is winding down, but Home and School has important business to do!  Please come to the final meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30am in P209.  Please see the meeting agenda.  The meeting will include voting on the following issues:

  1. Allocation of $30,000 of unallocated funds to be applied toward school roof repair.  By no means will this come close to cover the cost, but will help defray expenses.
  2. Election of new officers for 2015-2016.   Nominated for the executive board are:  Co-Chairpersons, Stephanie Rossi & Laura Russell; Secretary, Amy DiPiazza; Treasurer, Kris Tontis.
  3. Approval of updated Home & School Guidelines.  Please read them prior to the meeting.

Come voice your opinion.  Voting will take place at the beginning of the meeting.  See you there! 

We're looking for next year's Home & School Committee Chairpersons

Yes-that's you!  Are you ready to help enhance your children's school experience?  Do you think you serve best as a worker bee?  Worker bees are great but we encourage you to grab a friend and step up to the next level by chairing a committee.  The executive board is here to guide you all the way.  The following openings are available for the 2015-2016 year: Birthday board (2 or 3 people), Orientation Day (1 or 2), Dine Out With SJV, Schwan's, Hospitality, Forensics, Chess Club, New Family Mentors (1), Secret Santa (2).  Sign-up starts now.  Clare Lange and Janet Fisher will be calling on you for these fun positions. 

Flower Vases Needed
The Teacher Appreciation Committee is looking for 47 tall flower vases.  If you have any you no longer use, please contact Laura Russell.
End of Year Home and School Luncheon
All parents are invited to join in the year-end fun.  Plan on attending the parent luncheon at Vino Cappuccino on May 20 at 11:45am.  Enjoy pizza and conversation, say good bye to our departing 8th grade parents and say hello to our new members of the Home & School Association.  See the luncheon flyer for further details and to place your reservation.
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.  

Praying the Rosary

Families are invited to pray the Rosary on Wednesday, April 15th 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.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the Easter season!

 

Tiny Tot Time

Tiny Tot Time will meet on Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00am in the Church Hall. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, please bring your little ones for an hour of story time, activities, and snack.  Each month will have a different theme.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117. 

 

K3 Weekday Sunday School Program

Child Ministry is pleased to offer a program designed especially for three year olds.  It is a Sunday School format that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15-11:15am.  For many this is a first experience in a school setting that includes Bible stories, prayer, music, crafts, snacks, and so much more.  We will accept the first ten children registered and paid in full.  Children must be potty trained.  For more information, please contact the Christian Formation Office at 796-3944 or come in for a registration form. 

Parish News

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! 

Love One Another
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition to the efforts throughout the year, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has always recognized the importance month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, we have also designated April 12-18, as Safe Environment Week. In doing so, we can assure that every parish and school, as well as the entire faith community focuses, at the same time, on the importance of keeping our children and youth safe.
  Please click here for further information.
Community News

CMH Spring Prospective Parent Preview Night

April 22, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm

Prospective parents are invited to go back to high school for a night!    

Whether you are still deciding on a high school for your student or want to learn more information before your son/daughter attends in the fall, Prospective Parent Preview Night is a great way to learn more about CMH, experience the academics, and meet faculty and staff.

 *Parents will hear more about Catholic Memorial's curriculum, vision and academic support services from our Principal, Dr. Bob Hall and Learning Support Specialist, Mrs. Sue Ruf.

*Parents will also get the chance to attend mock classes in English, math, theology, and several electives.

Please click here to RSVP or call Krissy Hartung at (262)542-7101 ext. 552.

  

CMH Student Art Show

Free and Open to the Public- More than 1,000 pieces of student artwork completed during this school year.  Come to the CMH Academic Resource Center on Thursday, May 7 from 7:30am- 8:00pm or Friday, May 8 from 7:30am- 2:30pm.

Festa Italiana Regional & Renaissance Dance Group 

Tutti Balliamo!  The Festa Italiana Regional & Renaissance Dance Group (IRRDG) is a collaboration of young women from the metro-Milwaukee area who

perform traditional Italian & Renaissance folk dances at Milwaukee's annual Festa Italiana.  IRRDG is currently seeking new members (must be age 13+) to join them in the 2015 dance season, beginning in Spring. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining, contact us with questions at [email protected]. 

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