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Weekly Highlights
Congratulations to Fr. Kenneth Knippel.  He is celebrating his 39th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

First grade students had a religion lesson with Father Knippel. He talked to the children about the Gospel.   

Using snap circuit kits, fourth graders created series and parallel circuits to explore current electricity.
The String Orchestra played for the last time under the direction of Ms. Maria Gesiorek.  The concert was beautiful and Ms. Gesiorek will be missed when she leaves SJV to move to Boston to be closer to her family. Many blessings are wished for her!
The weather was perfect for Rainbow Olympics!  The kids had a very fun morning of indoor and outdoor games.  Thank you to the 8th graders, who lead the activities.  Thank you, too, for all of the parents who volunteered to help!

The SJV tennis team has had a great season so far, but still has three matches left. The kids have shown great improvement in the game and have had lots of fun! 

May 26, 2015

Remember the last time you shared a great story with someone? Maybe someone read to you or you read to someone. Maybe you had the opportunity to talk about a book with someone else who found it to be just as thought provoking, exciting or confounding as you did. Today, our middle school students had the opportunity to share a great story with other students who read the same book and to promote an interest in that book among others who may not have read it. The Readers Challenge transformed our school cafeteria into a giant workshop where teams of students collaborated in creative thinking challenges toward the goal of thinking about recently read novels in new ways. Following their collaborative work period, groups of students presented the results of their efforts to promote an interest in their book.


It was so much fun to see our middle school students enthused about the ideas found in their books. We all shared in the joy of great books, learning new things, and collaborative creativity.  Consider the books we shared in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade as options for exciting summer reading. (Middle School Book lists can be found on the website under Parent Resources/Shamrock Weekly) 



All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are invited to celebrate All-School Liturgy with us on Friday, May 29 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by the eighth grade classes.
Please note there will not be an All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, May 27.  
School News
Congratulations to the SJV Class of 2015!
Alexandra Alberts
Chad Lewis
Ellen Baumann
Emily Miller
Andrea Bishop
Stephen Multhauf
Kaitlyn Blamer
Sarah Niemann
Daniel Boettcher
Savannah Peterson
Pierce Boldin
Samuel Poblocki
J.B. Burbach
Hannah Prudlow
Christopher Casey
Kiana Ratay
Jack Cooney
Lauren Reilley
Kayleigh Crosby
Mary Ellen Ritter
Anthony DiPiazza
Serena Roberts
Julia Dorff
Grace Rudek
Michael Doyle
Andrew Scopp
Caroline Dragani
Natalie Soens
Chalen Everts
Jacob Stockhausen
Elizabeth Fischer
William Sweeney
Caleb Fisher
Alexander Swiderski
Sal Gambatese
Aidan Tegge
Natalie Gassert
Jacinta Urrea
Charles Gehringer
Matthew Wallace
Elizabeth Heffernan
Mark Walters
Emma Horvath
Jenna Weinfurt
Brynn Kebisek
Joshua Werra
Andrew Koehn
Margaret Wright
David Kost
Peyton Wucherer
Elizabeth Lewein

Notes for Next Week
June 1:  Uniform Day/Alternate Drop off & Pick Up Patterns
Festival trucks will arrive on Sunday night. Beginning on Monday, buses will drop off students on Gebhardt Rd.  Parents should drop off students using the parking lot on Norhardt Road.  Please drive through, drop off your children and continue on. If you need to park, please come to the front lot. Thank you for exercised caution and patience!

June 2:  Uniform Day/Alternate Traffic Patterns
June 3:  Uniform Day/Alternate Traffic Patterns/Last day of classes for K4
June 4:  Non-Uniform Day/Alternate Traffic Patterns/Dismissal for K5-7th grade students at 11:30am

Congratulations to Mrs. Blaha, the winner of the "My Teacher Rocks" Contest run by a local dental clinic.  Congratulations, Mrs. Blaha!
Grills and Guitars Concert- Cancelled
The Grills and Guitars concerts scheduled for May 26 has been cancelled.
Iowa Test Results
Iowa test results were sent home with students on Thursday, May 21.  If you have questions regarding the results of your third, fifth or seventh grader, please contact your child's homeroom teacher, Courtney Albright or Chris Gordon.

Hot Lunch Balances 

Just a reminder to all SJV families- the balance in your child's hot lunch account will carry over to next year. For the 8th graders, the balance will go to their next sibling, or will be refunded, if over $5, if there are no sibling accounts. For account balances of graduates with no younger siblings and non-returning students that are less than $5, reimbursement is made only if requested in writing. We would appreciate any negative balances zeroed out by the last day of school. Happy Summer from the cafeteria staff - Claudia Towne, Judi Sottile, Jane Suro, Sue Stepp, Kelly Feng and Mary Claire Barker.

Attention Library Lovers!  It is inventory time!  

We will be in the process of inventorying the library from Tuesday, May 26 to Wednesday, June 3 and we need lots of helpers.  Please consider signing up to help out on sign up genius!  If you are unable to commit to a larger block of time, please consider just dropping by to help out if you have some spare time. The directions, materials, and some light snacks will be provided for all helpers!  


All library books are due by Wednesday, May 27. 

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. 

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. 

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

SJV Summer Camp

Sign up now- Applications are still being accepted! Camp Sessions are July 6-10 and July 13-17 


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

Home & School News
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!
Volunteers Needed for Uniform Resale
If you would like first choice on skirts, jumpers and all other clothing, please volunteer for an hour or two at the uniform resale.  Email Amy Lodes or call at 414-3336-9963 if you could give some time for this important service to our families.

Home & School is Needing YOUR Talent

In order to offer quality programming for our students and be a support to our teachers, Home and School needs involvement from all families.  Currently, there are openings in the following committees:   

  • Orientation Day- One-morning event.  Framework all in place, need one person to carry out.  Planning & emailing during summer.
  • Public Relations- Need 2 people.  Gather & write up news for Brookfield Now.  Done weekly.
  • Forensics- Parent helper for Forensic teachers- send emails, help with registration, etc.  Season begins after Christmas.
  • Strings Parent Helper- Support Strings teacher- send emails, create signup lists when needed, etc.
  • Hot Lunch Servers- contact person for Hot Lunch Servers.  Help with sign up at Orientation Day, develop substitute list
  • Secret Santa-Need 2 people.  Shop, price and set up Santa Shop. (shopping already done for this year)
  • Hospitality- Purchase food, drinks & set out at meetings & H&S sponsored events.   Expenses are reimbursed.
  • Schwan's- Contact person.  Advertise & market program.

These are brief descriptions of the duties and responsibilities.  Clare Lange and Janet Fisher would be glad to tell you more about them and arrange for the outgoing chairperson to meet with you.  Thanks for stepping forward! 

Only One SCRIP Sale Remains

School is winding down for another year and so is your opportunity to purchase SCRIP!  Just one sale date is left on Monday, June 1st.  It is the season for graduations, end of the year gifts, vacations and summer plans so keep SCRIP in mind when making those kind of purchases.  Of course SCRIP is great to use all year round for gas, groceries, and restaurants.  We would like to encourage you to plan ahead for the month of June and make those SCRIP purchases now.  We will be announcing our July and August order dates soon.  If you have any questions, please contact Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes or Janet Fisher

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!  

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. 

Child Ministry

Li'l S.W.E.A.T. 2015-2016

Many thanks to those who have inquired about this one-day summer service, social and spiritual program for youth entering into seventh, eighth and ninth grade. Due to a very full summer calendar at Casa Romero Renewal Center, Saint John Vianney will not be participating in a Li'l S.W.E.A.T. Urban Plunge this summer of 2015. Please stay tuned for a possible overnight Urban Plunge in the 2015-2016 school year. Should you have any questions or a desire to help plan this program, please email  Associate Director of Child and Youth Ministry, Claire Hoffmeyer or call 262-796-3944. 

Parish News

We Need You! 

The festival committee says THANK YOU! for your great response last weekend; we now have 50% of the volunteer shifts filled!  We still need your help with donated baked goods, Kids Games, Run for the Pig, Fast Food, Saturday Pig Roast, Roasted Corn, Grill Sergeant and especially parking!  Please sign up online or on the sign up sheets on the table in the narthex. 

Since this is our largest annual fundraiser, solely run by volunteers, it is so important to come forward.  We don't want to have to shut down some of the areas or have long food lines because positions aren't staffed.  Your additional help would be greatly appreciated! 

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! 

Run for the Pig

Lace up your running or walking shoes and join the Run for the Pig.  The race is Saturday, June 6 at 8:30am. Click here for our online registration. See our SJV Parish website for registration information and all of the race details.  

Organ Blessing and Recital  Our recently installed organ will be dedicated with a blessing and recital on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm.

Well-known local organist and recitalist, Sr. Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF, will perform works by J. S. Bach, Langlais, Durufle, Manz and others. Sr. Mary Jane has selected a program that showcases the wide range of sounds and tonal quality that our Allen Renaissance Quantum organ can produce. A reception will follow the recital in the Narthex. Please join us as we celebrate this marvelous instrument that leads us in worship every day.

Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
SJV Volleyball Tune-Up Clinic
The SJV Athletic Board is hosting a tune-up camp for boys and girls entering 7th and 8th grade in the fall.  The camp will be led by Scott Spiess, coach for Brookfield Central and Milwaukee Sting.  Click on the Tune-Up Flyer for further details.
 (262) 796-3942 | [email protected] |
17500 W. Gebhardt Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045