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SJV Highlights
The Coats for Kids collection is well under way!  On the kick-off day of the drive, we collected 25 bags with 10 coats in each (plus one extra!) for a total of 251 coats!  Let's keep  the coats coming! Follow this link to see the video clips from our visit from Chip Brewster of Real Milwaukee.
Students enjoyed a day of both team-building and faith-building during the seventh grade retreat at the Schoenstatt Center.
An SJV fifth grader was "Mayor of the Day" with Brookfield Mayor, Steve Ponto.  This experience was purchased at the SJV School Auction back in February. 
The fifth graders traveled to the Buckskinner Encampment in Hartford.  The students got to experience life styles, traditions, and customs of the early 1800's.  The students participated in demonstrations of wigwam building, candle making, cloth dying, flint fire starting, primitive cooking, and many more early American activities.
Fourth grade students made animal cell models out of Jello, raisins, goji berries and grapes which helped introduce them to cell structures. 
Mr. D. came to 1W to be our first mystery reader.  He read the story, The Principal's New Clothes!
Students in Mrs. Kosterman's class made apple diagrams after learning about  apples all week.
Congratulations
to the eighth grade boys volleyball for placing second in the tournament at St. Leonard's this past weekend!  This team had awesome coaching by Mark Kharitou and Patrick Volkert.

Click on the links below to lend a hand to events in our school community.
LUNCH SERVERS 
If you would like to help serve hot lunch during the noon hour, see the sign up on Volunteer Spot.

HEALTH ROOM 
Contact Ellen Butler, health room coordinator, if you would like to volunteer in the health room.  Medical skills not required- just the ability to provide TLC. Sign up for a day/month or as a sub.

LIBRARY HELPERS
Click on the links to help be a library helper in a particular classroom.  Library helpers read to the students and help check out books.  The middle school helpers chaperone in the library while the middle students work during their resource time.

Mrs. Andreucci- AM Class
Mrs. Andreucci- PM Class
Kindergarten
Mrs. Klement
Mrs. Williams
Second Grade
Ms. Novy
Mrs. Okruhlica
Ms. Bremer
Mrs. Grzeszczak
Mrs. Scaffidi
Mr. Stemper
Middle School Resource

September 22, 2015
Greetings!
SAFETY PROCEDURES: There is nothing more important to all of us than school safety. Before all else, students and families must feel that St. John Vianney provides a learning environment that is safe and secure every single day. Wisconsin state statute 118.07 (2) requires that each school complete a monthly fire drill, a tornado or other hazard drill twice within a school year, and two school safety incident drills based on each individual school's safety plan.
 
This year, we have already completed two fire drills and one tornado drill. The students and teachers have done a great job following the procedures and we are confident that we are very well prepared for either of those situations. This Wednesday, we will also be practicing our safety drill procedures in the event of a critical incident either inside or outside our building. We have a collaborative relationship with the Brookfield Police Department, who provides us with the most current and up-to-date procedures and strategies to handle safety incidents within a school setting.
 
Most parents comfortably discuss fire drill and tornado drill procedures with their children. Children have seen examples of both in the news and within stories. However, parents are not always as comfortable discussing safety incident drills. The mere thought is capable of producing feelings of worry and fear for parents and children alike. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers the following suggested points to emphasize when talking to children about school safety:

  • Schools are safe places. School staff works with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
  • The school building is safe because our staff is trained to follow safety procedures, all doors with access to the school are always locked, all visitors must sign-in at the office, and we have video cameras on site that monitor the school.
  • We all play a role in the school safety. If everyone plays their part, then we all remain safe.
Please feel free to discuss safety procedures with your children. I can assure you that tomorrow's drill will be calm, organized and reassuring to our students and staff.

POWER SCHOOL UPDATE: I know that many families are probably wondering when the parent portal aspect of Power School will available to you. I wish that I had a definitive answer for you. I can assure you that I am doing everything I can to expedite this process to get parents up and running. In the meantime, please contact your child's teacher and they will be more than happy to share current grades, assessments, and anything else you may need to get a better picture of how your child is doing.
 
While the parent portal is not available yet, please know that our teachers are already utilizing Power School and are entering grades, attaching standards, and tracking attendance. The office staff has been working hard to upload all of the students and their schedules. Things are up and running and we will pass along news from the Archdiocese as soon as we get it so that you can access Power School. Thank you very much for your patience in the matter.

Positively SJV,
All School Liturgy
All School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, September 23.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Heinen's homeroom. 
School News
Important Information Regarding School Pictures
School pictures will be passed out to students today.  Unfortunately, one of the cameras had a lighting issue and the portraits are not up to standards set by either SJV or LifeTouch.  You are encouraged to have your children retake photos if you are not satisfied with the quality. The new photo will be the one included in the yearbook.  LifeTouch will provide new picture packages with the return of the old package on retake day or will refund your money if you call the number on the blue paper inserted in your picture envelope.
  • Retake Day is on Friday, October 2
  • 8th graders are not involved- their picture day is on Friday, October 16
  • Students having a retake may be out of uniform
  • With the anticipated number of students who will be doing retakes, parent volunteers will be needed to help watch students in the cafeteria as they wait for their picture to be taken.  Please contact Janelle Peterson if you can help out.
Favorite Sports Team Dress Down Day
On Monday, September 28, students may dress down and wear apparel from their favorite sports team.  It can be anything from a professional team to a team your child plays for or SJV Spiritwear.  Follow the guidelines in the parent handbook regarding non-uniform days.
Vianney Varieties
Attention all students in grades 5-8:  Now is the time to sign up for auditions for the annual Vianney Variety Talent Show.  Auditions will be held on October 19 and the show will be on November 3.  Click here for the Vianney Varieties Flyer and Audition Form.  (Information about Crew is also included.)
Battle of the Books
(For Students in Grades 4-6)
Saint John Vianney School is very excited to participate in Battle of the Books (BoB)! This voluntary program takes place during lunch one day a month and is designed to introduce children to new authors, as well as encourage a love of reading, all in the spirit of friendly competition. All readers are welcome, however, BoB is aimed at children who love to read and are committed to reading from the list of books provided. If your child is interested see the Introduction Letter and Book List. Please fill out the parent permission/student commitment form and return it to the school office by September 28.
Coats for Kids Collection
We know it is hard to think about looking at your warm coats while it still is warm outside, but please consider donating your gently used coats. Coats will be collected until Monday, September 28.  These coats will benefit many children, some even in our own community, and will keep them warm through the long Wisconsin winter.  Thank you for your support of this most worthwhile service project in which our students can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in a meaningful way.
Laudate Choir Has Begun
Enrollment for the Laudate Children's has begun and rehearsals are in full swing. The Laudate Choir sings twice a month at the Sunday Mass. The children help lead the congregation in singing the hymns and acclamations during the mass, as well as provide preludes and communion meditations. The children join the Parish Choir singing liturgies during Holy Week and present a concert at area senior living communities during the Christmas Season.
Contact Vincent LaTona, Associate Director of Liturgy, 262 796-3946, Ext. 1115 with any questions or for more information.
Sign up your whole family for a two-mile walk to benefit Catholic education.
The walk will be on October 17 at 10:00am at Mount Mary University.  Pledges go towards tuition assistance at SJV, so please donate generously.  Last year's walker count was 199; this year let's surpass the 200 mark!

Click here to register and join the SJV Shamrocks!  
SJV Basketball
Registration Due:  Sept. 30
Basketball registration for the 2015-16 season is now open for 5th to 8th grade St. John Vianney School and Christian Formation children. Registration closes Wednesday, September 30.
Forms and fees can be turned in to the Parish or School office to the attention of Athletics.

For more information and to register on-line, see our Basketball Webpage found here.
Home & School News
Dine Out with SJV at Panera September 29; 4:00-8:00pm  
Please come to Panera Bread at Ruby Isle in Brookfield on Tuesday, September 29th from 4:00pm-8:00pm.  Print a flyer or show it on your smartphone/tablet and SJV can receive up to 20% of your purchases. Enjoy a dinner out and help support SJV at the same time!
Scrip News - Dine Out at Panera!
Unfortunately, we have some changes to our vendor list.  Jamba Juice and KFC will no longer be participating in SCRIP and it seems Blaze Pizza will not be joining our scrip list at this point. If you have existing Jamba Juice and KFC cards, they will work fine, however, you will be unable to purchase new ones.  Looking ahead, will have a Dine Out on September 29 from 4:00-8:00pm at Panera Bread.  Purchase your SCRIP cards next Monday and support SJV two ways! If you have questions, please contact Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes or Janet Fisher.
Schwan's 
Still haven't tried Schwan's? Well today is your lucky day! Right now first time customers are eligible to receive 50% OFF on purchases up to $100. That's a maximum savings of $50! Enter coupon code FIFTYOFF when placing your order. Don't forget to purchase your eGift cards prior to check out. From now until September 30th, each $25 eGift Card is worth $10 - that's 40% profit! You can purchase one eGift Card per email address. Use all of those emails - work, home, family, etc. Contact  Kris Tontis if you have any questions. 
It's Trivia Time- October 17
Come one, come all, for 10 times the fun!  It's time for SJV's annual trivia night.  10 Categories, 10 ?'s per Category, 10 People on a Team, $10 per person
When: Saturday, October 17 in the School Cafeteria 
Doors will open at 6:30pm and play begins at 7:00pm
Contact Heather Kormanik by email or phone (262-439-9164) to register your team.
Soda, water and light snacks to be provided.
You may bring your own alcoholic beverages.
Click here for the Trivia Night Registration Flyer
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If you do not have enough people for a table, don't let that stop you from signing up!  Contact Trivia Co-Chair, Heather Kormanik, or Laura Russell, Home & School Co-Chair, and they will help connect you with others who would like to play, but may not have a table of ten.

Alumni News
SJV Alumni- Emily Grubich
After her time at Saint John Vianney, Emily attended Catholic Memorial High School, graduating in 2015 with multiple honors.  She was a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  In addition, Emily earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
 
Outside the classroom, Emily ran for both the cross country and track teams.  During the winter months each year, she enjoyed performing on stage in the school musical and working as assistant choreographer for the kids cast.  She was also part of the Show Choir for all four years.
 
Emily is currently attending Loyola University in Chicago, where she has been admitted to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.  She is pursuing a double major in Biology and Forensic Science.
Attention All SJV Alumni
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oin our new Facebook group, "Alumni of St. John Vianney (SJV) Catholic School- Brookfield" to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch with what is happening today at the school. Invite your old classmates. It is open to any former student or faculty of St. John Vianney Catholic School in Brookfield, WI. Once a Shamrock, always a Shamrock!

Child Ministry
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! Click here for the flyer
  
Parents of Second Graders
At St. John Vianney, children in second grade receive both First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Parents of children who wish to receive these sacraments this year are asked to attend a parent/child meeting on Sunday, October 4th from 9:30-10:45am OR Wednesday, October 7th from 5:00-6:15pm in the Presentation Hall.  Children will have their own session during this time in the Church Hall.
Parish News
The Pope's Visit
Follow this link to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website to find information about the Pope's schedule, learn more about him, how you can stream his visit live and many other helpful resources.
Seminary Video
Last Friday night, there was a dinner held at St. Francis de Sales Seminary.  During the evening, a beautiful video was shared. They asked that we share this video link with you and provide a challenge to share the video with ten others.  As you send the link, say a Hail Mary for your friends, for the seminarians and for the Seminary. Imagine the beauty of all of those prayers at work!
The Mercy of God Revealed Through the Sacraments of the Church- 
A Series of Presentations for Adult Formation
Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year, the Year of Mercy, a time for the Church to celebrate God's unimaginable, overarching mercy to the world.  St. John Vianney will offer six opportunities to learn more about how the Sacraments reveal the Mercy of the Father.  Please click here for the list of presentations to be held in the Presentation Hall at St. John Vianney.
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
Community
Events at Catholic Memorial High School
Please click on the link to learn more about events happening at Catholic Memorial High School.  Info is shared regarding:
  • Principal Matters Discussion on September 23- an informational presentation for prospective parents
  • Shadowing at Catholic Memorial
  • Catholic Memorial Haunted House- proceeds benefiting Camp Hometown Heroes,  helping children heal from the loss of loved ones who served in the military. The haunted house opens on October 23.
Events at Pius XI High School
Please click on the link to learn more about fall events at Pius XI High School. Info is shared regarding:
  • Open House on October 18
  • Scholarship Day on October 24
  • Entrance Exam Dates/Times
  • Shadowing Pius XI
Brookfield Central Pom/Dance Clinic
Click here to learn more about the Pom/Dance Clinic that will be held at Brookfield Central on Friday, October 16.  This clinic is open to girls in grades K-8.  Participants will cheer at that evening's football game.
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