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Each year many of our graduates are presented with awards based on academics, faith and service and athletic achievements.  Please click to read our Good News, which lists all of our award winners.

The Chromebooks have arrived and are already being used in the middle school. The 7th grade social studies students have just finished a unit on world governments, in which they debated and created a democratic government for a fictional country.  They are using the Chromebooks to write a detailed report of their new government using Google Docs. A special Thank You to our SJV community who raised the funds to provide these valuable learning tools for us. 

Students in Kindergarten have been busy!  They learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and watched as our caterpillars turned into chrysalis' and over the weekend turned into butterflies. We had fun watching them fly off.


Also, K5 students learned about the past, present and future by making their own timelines of their life and presenting them to their classmates.
Students enjoyed being "Maintenance Person of the Day" and "Principal of the Day".  These experiences were from packages bid on at Bids for Kids.

The Principals for the Day hosted a working lunch for a panel of students who participated in a SWOT analysis of student activities for the 2014-2015 school year.  


A SWOT analysis helps to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to a program or initiative.  The top picture shows the students engaged in the preliminary discussion.  The bottom photo shows how they organized their raw data in a chart.  

Thank you again for donations to the recent toiletry drive.  Here are some notes from the recipients of your kindness:

From the Guest House: 

The 86 men at the Guest House of Milwaukee sincerely thank you for your recent donations of hygiene products. Your gift shows that you understand just how important it is to provide not lonely the basic needs for our guests, but also our dignity-restoring programs and  services to make sure we can transform the lives of Milwaukee's homeless.


From the Milwaukee Rescue Mission:

We received your gift of six bags of soap lotion, shampoo, and other hygiene products on 5/6/2015 and we are so grateful! Thanks to friends like you, hurting men, women, and children who come to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission for help are able to receive nutritious meals, sage shelter and other services to help get their lives back on track.


From Sojourner Truth Family Peace Center:

Thank you for your support of our mission and for helping those affected by domestic violence in our community.  We greatly appreciated your donation of personal care items from the drive at St. John Vianney. 

June 2, 2015

"Summer slide." For some of us, this phrase brings to mind playgrounds, the backyard Slip 'n Slide or a water park. For some of us, usually teachers and parents, the term summer slide describes the dip in performance experienced when a child returns for the new school year. Summer slide is not inevitable, and avoiding it can mean wonderful family learning fun. A group of SJV faculty members, including Mrs. McRae, Mrs. Blaha, Mr. Stemper, Mrs. Kaminski, Mrs. Goss, Mrs. Bansal, Mrs. Revers, Mrs. Gesiorek and myself put our heads together and came up with a list of websites, apps, and local activities to promote summer learning fun. Oh, and don't forget our own SJV Super Summer Camp! Space remains available in some classes.  Watch for special summer editions of the Shamrock Weekly!


Summer Prayer


Father, help me to Walk by Faith this summer
Wherever I go
Whatever I do

Jesus, help me to Walk by Faith this summer

Help me to walk with love
With courage

With gentleness

With kindness

With respect and caring for all

Help me to be like you.

Holy Spirit, help me to Walk by Faith this summer

Guide me in prayer

Lead me joyfully to the sacraments

Call me to serve


Mother Mary, help me to Walk by Faith this summer
Help me to follow your example

Of obedience

Of humility

Of constant devotion


Saints and Angels, help me to Walk by Faith this summer

Help me to live my faith

Help me to grow in faith

Help me to lead others to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are invited to celebrate All-School Liturgy with us on Thursday, June 4 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by the seventh grade classes.
Please note there will not be an All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, June 3.  
School News
Notes for This Week
June 3:  Uniform Day/Alternate Traffic Patterns/Last day of classes for K4
June 4:  Non-Uniform Day-There will be Mass, so please choose clothing appropriate for church. There are many class parties today.  PLEASE park on the grass near the church.  The back parking lot is reserved for student parties and the car pick up line.
Dismissal for K5-7th grade students is at 11:30am
Tuition Contracts- Due Friday, May 29
Tuition Contracts were due on May 29.  If you have not returned your contract materials, please do so.

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

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.

Lost & Found Tables
Items hoping to be reunited with their owners are now on tables outside the cafeteria.  Act quickly to check it out, as unclaimed items will be donated Thursday after school.
School Supplies
School supply Lists for the 2015-2016 school year can be found on our website.  You can choose to purchase items on your own or by using School Pak.
Reading for Peru
Thank you to all of our student readers and their sponsors!  Together, we have raised $4810, including money from the eighth grade class and from Ellen Fricker's birthday party!
There is still time to turn in donations.  Please submit all contributions to the office by June 4. 
8th Graders Make Donation

Thank you to the SJV 8th Grade Class of 2015! This class has truly demonstrated how they have learned about the importance of giving and service during their time at SJV, as they voted to raise money for the Santisimo Sacramento library project in Piura, Peru for their Class Gift. They have raised $1045.00, and a portion of that was matched, thanks to the generosity of Mr. John Horvath and U.S. Bank Corporation. These wonderful 8th graders, along with U.S. Bank, exemplify what service truly means. Thank you, 8th graders, and may God Bless You as you journey through your life! 

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
Dine Out at SJV with Yo Mama!
Celebrate the last day of school at Yo Mama!  Just visit Yo Mama! on Thursday between 11:00am through 10:00pm and mention SJV. Our school will receive a percentage of those proceeds. 
No flyer is necessary, but be sure to mention SJV!

Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank you, parents, for an outstanding year!  When looking back, it is amazing to see all that has been accomplished by working together. Our goal is to make our SJV community the best it can be for our children. As an organization, we support our teachers, administration and children all through the volunteer efforts from our parents. We pass the torch on to the 2015-16 co-chairs, Stephanie Rossi and Laura Russell, and are excited to welcome them aboard! We welcome Kris Tontis as treasurer and are grateful to Amy DiPiazza returning as secretary. We bid goodbye to Martha Connelly, the outgoing treasurer, and thank her for her dedication and attention to details for the last two years. We also thank Victoria Alberts who served as our advisor, always with a smile.


We are excited to see so many new faces as committee chairs for next year!  Check out the list here and tell them a great big "Thank You" next time you see them.  We continue to look for committee chairs for next year and have openings for Orientation Day, Public Relations, Room Parents, Strings Supporters, Schwans and BIDS for Kids.  Please say "Yes" when we call you! These are all important committees to fill and we appreciate your willingness to offer your talents and skills.

Thanks a million!
Clare Lange & Janet Fisher 

H&S Chairs 2014-2015 

Summer SCRIP 

Thank you to our faithful SCRIP users!  We have had a great year and would like to have you continue ordering this summer.  We will be placing orders July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 10th.  These are Monday deadlines and like always in the summer, Scrip will be available to pick up at the Parish Office the following Thursday. 


To our online customers, please note these instructions.  If you are reloading plastic cards or printing them off at home (ScripNow), you may continue to do so and receive immediate usage just like you always have enjoyed.  But please note, if you order PLASTIC cards, you will only receive them the Thursday after our orders have been placed in July and August.  Remember when you use PrestoPay, the money will be drawn from your bank account the very next day.  We want you to be extra careful when placing your orders so you can avoid paying for your SCRIP, but not being able to use it until weeks later.  If you have any questions concerning online ordering, please feel free to contact Martha Connelly, 262-717-9389 or Janet Fisher, 262-784-9673. 

Brookfield Farmers Market- Market & More Days

This year SJV has the unique opportunity to participate at the Brookfield Farmers Market-Market and More Days! The School Committee has reserved space on June 20th, July 18th, and August 15th for our school to showcase our talented students.


We are looking for someone to coordinate a group of students for one Saturday. Maybe band, strings, or Shamrock Choir students would be interested in performing one morning. Or another Saturday a Girl or Boy Scout Troop could facilitate a simple art craft for the little shoppers. A group of middle school students could participate with some friends and help represent SJV.   Chess Club, Lego Club, athletics or any other school group available to participate is welcome!


This is an excellent opportunity for middle school students to earn service hours while promoting school spirit and sharing our Catholic faith.


School Committee will provide a SJV tent and some supplies for the morning. Once we understand the interest level from parents, kids and teachers we'll be better able to communicate more details.


So get your organization and friends together and contact Ann Marie Hess  to spread some SJV spirit this summer!

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!  

Parish News

There Are Still Volunteer Spots Available For You!


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.  

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.

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