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Mr. McKenna, from North Shore Bank, came in and talked to the first graders about how a bank works.  He did an activity with the children using pennies.  Each child had to decide whether they wanted to give it to the bank, save it or double it.  They learned if they put it in the bank they earned interest on their money! 

K5 students enjoyed a beautiful day at the Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Students in K5 and fifth grade had an alphabet countdown "game day". 

The Fourth Graders visited Old World Wisconsin as part of their Social Studies Unit. They learned about what it was like to live in Wisconsin during the 1800's. They rode high wheel bikes and learned various aspects of Industrialization and Entrepreneurs in their state.    

Today was "Teacher Switcheroo".  Teachers switched classrooms to read stories to students as part of our read-a-thon for Peru. 

Among many switches, Mrs. Moss read to Mrs. McRae's K5 class and Mrs. Grzeszczak read to students in Mrs. Drees's second grade class. 

May 12, 2015

In a class discussion, the teacher asked, "Why do we set goals?"


"So we can achieve them," was the reply from one of the fine young men in the class.


A culture of faith, excellence, and community which provides for the success of every student is our goal. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting with all of our middle school students as they had the opportunity to review their individual progress and set goals for continued learning in the remaining weeks and throughout the summer. Using the Personal Learning Goals worksheet, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade considered their relative strengths and weaknesses across various domains within the disciplines of reading, language arts, and mathematics. Strategies for developing increased skills in each of these domains were discussed and students indicated those strategies they would employ. By selecting goals and identifying a means to achieve them, students become more actively involved in their learning.


Last night, members of the faculty, administration, Home and School Association, and SJV School Committee met to review progress made this academic year and set goals for continued achievement. That particular gathering focused on the work of the School Committee relative to goals shared with school personnel and the Home and School Association. Data gathered through the parent survey conducted by the Long Range Planning subcommittee was posted and reviewed, providing context for discussions to support the continuing momentum for excellence at St. John Vianney School.



All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are invited to celebrate All-School Liturgy with us on Wednesday, May 13 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Burant's second grade class. 

Special recognition will be given to our retirees, Mrs. Schmitt and Ms. Gesiorek, for their years of service to our school. 
School News
Middle School Transition Night for Fifth Grade Families
On the evening of May 14, from 7:00-8:00pm, SJV is hosting a middle school transition event for fifth grade students and their parents.  The evening will begin in the church at 7:00pm and will include prayer, faculty introductions and introductory remarks.  The students and parents will then adjourn to the middle school wing to follow an abbreviated schedule.  Please come to learn more about the middle school program and to have your questions answered.
ˇLeyendo para Perú!- Reading for Peru

St. John Vianney School students will once again be participating in a Read-a-thon to raise funds to continue building the library collection for the children of our sister parish, Santisimo Sacramento, in Piura, Peru. The pledge drive will run May 4-10 and the Read-a-thon will run from May 11-17.  Forms were distributed to students and can also be found by clicking the following links:


Read-a-thon General Information 

Tracking Sheet 

Pledge Sponsor Sheet 


Students will also be participating in fun reading activities May 11-17.  Click here for a full description. 

May 11:  Drop Everything and Read

May 12:  Teacher Switcheroo- Teachers will read in each others' classrooms.

May 13:  Bedtime Stories- Students bring a flashlight and a stuffed animal and SJV will provide the milk and cookies.

May 14:  Buddies and Bubble gum- Students will read to each other and chew some bubble gum.  Bring along a book to share with your buddy. 

May 15:  Students will spend some time at the end of the day reading, weather permitting.    

Tuition Contracts- Due Friday, May 29
Tuition contracts have been prepared and were sent to parents through the US Postal Service.  Please read through the materials and return the following:
  • Signed Tuition Contract
  • Completed EFT form with voided check attached (Needs to be completed each year)
  • School Fees

If plans have changed and you will not be attending St. John Vianney School next year, please alert the office. 

Annual Fund
There is still time to support the 2014-2015 Cure D'Ars SJV Annual Fund!  We want to be able to say that SJV's school families believe in the school and its important mission.  Please sign a letter of intent and make a gift of money and/or prayer before June 30, 2015. 

If you have not yet responded to the Annual Fund, you will be receiving a new letter of intent in the mail soon.  You may also make a gift online.

Parent Directory Artwork Needed
Artwork is needed from students to place on the covers of the 2015-2016 parent phone directory.  Interested students should create artwork following the guidelines:
  • Click here for the artwork form
  • Use a thin marker so copies are clear
  • Include the following in your artwork:  St. John Vianney, 262-796-3942 and 2015-2016

Please turn in all artwork by Friday, May 29. 

Rainbow Olympics Volunteers Needed
Rainbow Olympics is a field day event.  A few parent volunteers are needed to help fun stations.  If you are able to lend a hand during Rainbow Olympics on the morning of May 22, please contact Mr. Jackson

K5 Announcements  

K5 is looking for any extra miscellaneous art materials which may be gathering dust at your home. We are looking for items like fabric scraps, ribbon, yarn, buttons, zig-zag scissors etc.


K5 is also looking for a handy man or woman who could help us construct new inns for our Nativity play (nothing too fancy- thinking wood and hinges). If you think you could help us, please contact either Mrs. McRae or Ms. Rittgers

Mother-Daughter Dance sponsored by the 6th Grade Girl Scouts- Troop 2045 

Come and join us for the global adventure of a lifetime. Come to the Girl Scout Mother Daughter Dance!

Where: St. John Vianney School cafeteria

Who: All SJV mothers and daughters are invited

When: Saturday, May 16th from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Why: Celebrate moms and daughters and support Soles for Jesus

Bring: One pair of new or gently used shoes to donate to Soles for Jesus

Cost: $2 dollars each or $5 dollars per family

FIRST Lego League
Are you interested in finding out more about FIRST Lego League?  Come to P202 on May 21 any time between 3:00-4:30pm to see what it is all about and test out some of the models.  Sign up and team formation for current 2nd-7th graders is taking place now.  We need parent co-coaches! Email Meghan Klinck or call 414-870-5264 with questions or to request a registration form.

Hip Hip Hooray, It's Independence Day!

We are excited to announce SJV is participating in Brookfield's July 4th Parade! I have volunteered to help organize this event for the school, but as Uncle Sam would say, "We Want You" to help make it happen!


Does your child participate in a school sport or club that would be interested in walking together in the parade? Or would your family like to pass out candy to spectators as you show your school spirit? Have your kids always wanted to be in a parade instead of watching one? This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our great nation's independence with fellow classmates and school families.


Please contact  Ann Marie Hess if your group or family is interested in celebrating July 4th "SJV style". Let Freedom Ring!  

SJV Summer Camp

Sign up now! 


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 direct any questions to Dan Demeter or Chris Gordon. Thank you for considering our great summer camp!  

Home & School News
End of Year Home and School Luncheon- Reserve Your Spot Now
All parents are invited to join in the year-end fun.  Plan on attending the Home & School Parent Luncheon at Vino Cappuccino on May 20 at 11:45am.  Enjoy pizza, salad 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.
Uniform Resale
Attention SJV Families- It is time for the annual uniform resale!
Uniform Drop Off in P210:  Monday, June 1 from 8:00am-12:00pm
Uniform Resale in P210:  Monday, June 1 from 3:00-6:00pm and Tuesday, June 2 from 8:00am-12:00pm
Mark your calendars now and then watch the Shamrock Weekly and Parish Bulletin for further details!
Athletic News

Volleyball Registration 

Volleyball Registration is now open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  



Please find all volleyball forms on the SJV Volleyball Page of our website.



7th and 8th Grade:       8/10/15 and 8/12/15

5th and 6th Grade:       8/11/15


COACHES: STILL CALLING ALL interested parties; it is due to the efforts of volunteers and the gifts of your time that we are able to continue to offer an excellent athletics programs at SJV.  Each year, we are in need of coaches for boys and girls in grades 5-8. One of the ways that the athletic board will be supporting the coaches and assistants the upcoming season is a comprehensive coaches clinic that will support not only basic foundational skills and drills, but practice schedules and conditioning.  IF you are interested in learning more, please join us for an informational meeting on May 21 at 7:30pm.  Please email Nisha Weyker directly with interest or questions. 

Volleyball Skills Camp
A volleyball skills camp will be offered July 27-31 for boys and girls entering grades 5-8.  Please see the Volleyball Skills Camp Flyer for all the details and registration information.
Spartan Tennis Camp
Brookfield East will be the site of a summer tennis camp.  Programs run June 22- August 7.  Please click on the Spartan Tennis Camp Flyer for all the information.
Child Ministry

Congratulations to the 28 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who represented our parish in the Archdiocesan Faith-a-thon as the Saint John Vianney Mighty Doves. The Mighty Doves competed in the day-long faith facts contest at the Inspirio Youth Ministries Center in Nashotah, WI on Friday, May 8, 2015.


Our Gold Team scored 2,628 points and the Red team scored 2,887 points. The White team finished second in the A-Division Final Round and scored 3,221 points, the second highest total point score of all the teams competing. The Blue team not only finished first in the A-Division Final Round, they also scored 3,229 overall points, the highest total point score of all the teams competing. This is the tenth year in a row that a Saint John Vianney team has had the highest overall point score at Faith-a-thon. Finally, the Platinum team of the Mighty Doves not only scored an incredible 2,829 points, they took first place in the B-Division Final Round. This is the first time in Faith-a-thon history that a sixth-grade SJV team has placed first in any final round, and also the first time that St. John Vianney teams have placed first in both the A and the B Divisions.

Please click here to read the full article detailing the participants on each team. and their invaluable student coaches. Also listed are all of the teens and adults who contributed their time to ensure the success of our students.  Their service was very much appreciated!

Children's Liturgy of the Word       

Meets every Saturday at the 4:30pm Mass and on Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  Children K4-4th grade are invited to participate and no registration is needed.  Parents are welcome to visit anytime and we especially encourage you to bring your young child the first time or until they feel more comfortable.  Come hear the Word of God! 


We are looking for additional presiders and assistants to lead the children in worship.  It is a once a month commitment and training is provided.  Please consider being a part of the wonderful ministry.  We need you!  


Summer Vacation Bible School 2015

Children K4-5th grade are invited to Everest, June 22-26 from 9:00am to noon.  Registration and volunteer forms are on the website or you can stop in the Christian Formation Office for more information.  Registration forms must be turned into the Christian Formation Office by Friday, May 22nd. 


Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needed

We need both adult and youth volunteers for Vacation Bible School from June 22-26 from 8:30am to noon daily.  We need group leaders, story, game and drama leaders, juice pourers, snack makers, and all kinds of other helpers.  This is a wonderful experience for college students, retired people, or anyone who enjoys children and loves God!  If this week is not good for you, we also need people to help decorate and prepare materials before the event.  Please turn in your volunteer form by Friday, May 22nd. 


For more information or registration forms on the above programs or if you are interested in helping, please stop in the Christian Formation Office or call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117. 

Parish News

Please Lend a Hand! 

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.  We are only at 25% of 1201 available slots for SJV's Festival which is only four weeks away!  Sign up now! 


Please use this link to view and sign up for available opportunities.

Important details for online sign up:

  • Online sign-ups take precedence over the hand-written ones in the Narthex
  • 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! 

Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
Memorial Day Service at Calvary Cemetary
You are invited to an outdoor Mass with Archbishop Listecki on Memorial Day, May 25 at 10:00am.  Mass will be followed by a patriotic program.  See the Memorial Day Service Flyer for further information.
Community News

Great Memorial Day Savings from DENNIS! 

Save 15% on all online purchases on May 22, 23, 24 & 25 plus get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $85!  Shop online-  Remember you can purchase Dennis Uniform Scrip to earn even more for you and SJV! 

Jr. Spartan Cheerleading
Click here for all of the information regarding cheerleading for the Brookfield East Spartans.
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