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Middle School Math Corner
The sixth graders have been using Venn diagrams to sort and categorize numbers under the heading Rational Numbers.  They also played a dice game to practice finding the lowest common multiple of two or more numbers.
Seventh graders created and played card games to practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers and other rational numbers. 
Chrome books were used by the eighth graders to research how to determine if a ratio will be written as a repeating or terminating decimal.  They have also been brainstorming careers that use very large and very small numbers written in scientific notation.
SJV Highlights
Mrs. Okruhlica's class met with their buddies as part of their religion time. Their first buddy time was spent meeting and interviewing each other. They will be getting together with their buddies once a month for faith, excellence and community activities.
The eighth grade boys volleyball team placed second in the St. Dominic  tournament last weekend.
The 7th grade boys took second in the St. Matthias Tournament.
The 7th grade girls volleyball team took first place in the St. Matthias tournament last weekend.
The fifth grade boys took second place in our own SJV tournament!  Congratulations to the boys on a job well done.
Click on the links below to lend a hand to events in our school community.
If you would like to help serve hot lunch during the noon hour, see the sign up on Volunteer Spot.

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.

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
Mrs. Klement
Mrs. Williams
Second Grade
Ms. Novy
Mrs. Okruhlica
Ms. Bremer
Mrs. Grzeszczak
Mrs. Scaffidi
Mr. Stemper
Middle School Resource

October 6, 2015
What's happening at SJV?! Each week I try to get into as many classrooms as possible. In fact, it's one of my favorite parts of being principal. In a short time, I can visit every room, interact with the students, and be a part of some great lessons delivered by our teachers. I decided I wanted to share that experience with all of you. The following is a video that I compiled using pictures from classroom walk-throughs last week. I see great things going on in our school every day, and I wanted to make sure parents could see that too. I will definitely create more of these this year to showcase our school and our accomplishments!

Click here to see the video.

MAPs Reports: The fall MAPs testing results will go home today with each student. They were sent home in the report card envelope. Please review the results, sign the envelope, and return to your child's homeroom teacher. If you have any questions regarding the MAPs result, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Teacher In-Service: Besides having a day off for the students, have you ever wondered what the teachers do at an "in-service?" I thought it would be helpful if the parents knew a little more about our three days, so here is an overview:

-Thursday, October 8
  • Our learning support team will attend an all-day conference at Alverno College on how to assess the speaking and listening standards, which are part of our English-Language Arts curriculum. They will then return and teach the rest of the staff about these standards
  • The rest of the staff will be at school attending an in-service on formative assessment in the morning. The teachers will specifically be learning about learning targets, methods of formative assessment, and how to provide effective feedback for the students. In the afternoon, the staff will be working in small groups to continue to develop and enhance our three school improvement goals: Catholic identity, differentiation of instruction, and assessment practices
- Friday, October 9
  • Service is a huge component of our school. Each grade level participates in service, and it is even a requirement for our middle school students. How can we ask students to do this, if we do not live it ourselves?
After attending 7:00am Mass and having breakfast as a school staff, we will have the opportunity to complete service work in our community. Some of the staff members will be traveling to the Hebron House in Waukesha to help clean and landscape apartments for people in need. The Hebron House provides shelter and services to help individuals and families overcome their homelessness. The rest of the staff will be traveling to a farm in Franklin that is part of the Hunger Task Force. We will be working at the farm to manage their natural areas, and possibly even harvest some of the crops. We will end the day with a staff reflection on our service work.

-Monday, October 12
  • In the morning we will be attending the Sustaining the Mission program at St. Dominic. The staff attends sessions designed to increase our Catholic identity and spirituality as educators.
  • In the afternoon we have representatives coming from the American Heart Association to administer CPR and AED training for eight of our staff members. Those not participating in the training will be attending a professional development session on best practices in homework.
So there you have it! A day in the life of an SJV teacher during in-service days.

Positively SJV!
All School Liturgy
All School Liturgy
There will be NO All-School Liturgy on October 7.  Students in grades 3-8 will be participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, October 14.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Blaha's homeroom. 
School News
Meet Kayla Halsema,
K5 Substitute Teacher

BS- Elementary Education
Minor- Adaptive Education
University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Ms. Halsema is excited to be the long term substitute teacher for Mrs. McRae. She graduated from UW-Whitewater in December 2014 and began subbing in two districts right after graduation. She has subbed for all ages ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. Raised in Horicon, WI, Ms. Halsema has one older sister and one younger brother. Ms. Halsema lives in Oconomowoc and is currently planning for her July 2016 wedding. In her free time, Ms.Halsema loves attempting new Pinterest crafts and recipes, doing puzzles and walking her dog Finnegan.

Personal Goals: To facilitate a love for learning and discovering new things while creating a comforting and welcoming environment for all students. She also hopes to grow and learn from all the students, families, and teachers here at SJV.
Eucharistic Adoration
Students of SJV will participate in a  Eucharistic Adoration Day on Tuesday, October 13.  Fr. Philip Schumaker has written the following Adoration Day Reflection:
"When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?" Matthew 26:40
This is the question Jesus asks his disciples right before he is put on trial and subsequently crucified. Christ himself asks us to remain and pray with Him, and how many times in our lives have we, like the disciples, fallen asleep in our faith and forgotten who has asked us to be with Him and to pray. A day of adoration reminds us of what our Lord and God has asked of us. That is why we have decided to have four scheduled days of adoration throughout this school year specifically for all of the children in the school. Each class, starting with third grade, will spend about 20 minutes of adoration on Tuesday, October 13th. I will meet with each class prior to their adoration time to share a reflection on what adoration is and to teach each class a different type of prayer.

One of the greatest gifts we have been given in our faith is the real presence of Chris in the Eucharist: body, blood, soul, and divinity. It is easy to take this for granted, especially as attending Mass can get routine. One of the great advantages of Eucharistic adoration is that it gives us specific time to pray to the Lord and remind ourselves of the importance of prayer, and of the real presence of Christ in the host. In the midst of the chaos of life, it is very easy to forget what is most important in life: our relationship with God. Sitting in silence and adoring our God gives us a moment to quiet our busy lives and reflect on what God wants of us. It is easy also for us to come to God and ask for many things, but rarely do we sit and listen to Him. Adoration gives us a chance to sit and listen while trying to refocus our lives and our schedules on the one who created and loves us beyond life itself. The least we can do is sit with him for a period of time and gaze upon the face of our Lord and Savior. Adoration gives us a moment, an intentional moment, which we may set aside and decide to adore our Lord; this is one of the greatest ways to praise God, and is His one simple request: "Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?" (Matthew 26:40)    
Todays catholic family
Family Virtues: The Importance of Faith, Hope, and Charity in Family Life.
Faith, hope, and charity, commonly known as the theological virtues, are given to us in Baptism. As such, they are the center of our faith life and our path back to God. Yet, as virtues need to fostered, so do faith, hope, and charity. In this three-part series, we will look at the theological virtues as well as other virtues, such as forgiveness, gentleness and patience.

Please click here for further information about this three-part series.

Session 1: "Faith: Are we slowly losing it?"
October 14th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Presentation Hall 
Faith: This is a commonly used term, but what, in fact, does it mean, and how do we receive it? Faith is given to us in Baptism and is a gift that helps us to understand and love God. As faith slowly dwindles in this society, so does the family or one might say that as family life dwindles, faith dwindles. Both are true, yet faith is preserved and passed on through family life, so why in our society, do we see a decline in faith life?
Vianney Varieties- Forms Due by October 16
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.)
There is still time to 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. 

Click here to register and join the SJV Shamrocks!  
Home & School News
Rake in the Earnings by Using SCRIP
Week of October 12:  Orders are due TUESDAY, October 13 by 8:30am. Delivery will be the end of day on Friday, October 16 for pick up or back pack.
For your fall outdoor cleanup, get your Home Depot, Menards, Ace Hardware and Lowes cards soon!  And as always, keep a supply of grocery and gas cards on hand for those quick (and not so quick) trips to the store.  Call Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes or Janet Fisher with 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


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
Olivia Volkert graduated from SJV in 2011 and attended Divine Savior Holy Angels High School where she graduated in 2015. At DSHA, Olivia was on the tennis team, active in Campus Ministry, service and was a member of the National Honor Society. This Fall, Olivia started school at Marquette University and is in the School of Nursing. She hopes to be a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout high school and now in college, Olivia has remained close to her SJV classmates. St. John Vianney provided a great foundation both academically and spiritually!
Attention All SJV Alumni
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
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.  If you missed the meeting on Sunday, please attend on 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
New Server Training  
Any student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade or any server who wants a review, is invited to attend one of the training sessions to be held in church. If you have any questions, call the Office for Liturgy and Music, 262-796-3946 or the server coordinator, Mr. Bill Beres, 262-349-9152. Any student trained at either of the sessions will be able to serve at Mass beginning in November.
Attend either of the following (no need to attend both):
Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
Monday, October 26 at 6:30 pm
To be sure to have adequate training materials available, please RSVP to Angela Bravata.  Please include which session you will be attending.
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.
St. Maria Goretti
You are invited to come to St. Mary's Visitation on the weekend of October 17 and 18 to view the relics of St. Maria Goretti. Through the Pilgrimage of Mercy Tour, this will be the first time that her remains have come to the United States. If families are participating in the Catholic Schools Walk feel free to stop by afterwards.  See the flyer for further information.
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:
  • 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.
Parent Program to be held at DSHA on October 6
DSHA, in partnership with REDgen and Marquette University High School, will be welcoming nationally-renowned author Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to DSHA on Tuesday, October 6 for an evening Parent Education session. Dr. Ginsburg, author of "Building Resilience In Children And Teens" and "Letting Go With Love And Confidence," will be speaking to parents of elemetary, middle, and high school students on the subject of his best-seller "Raising Kids To Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust."
  Click here for further information.
Jr. Hilltoppers Wrestling Club to Host a FREE Clinic
When:  Sunday October 18, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm 

The clinic, run by MUHS wrestling coaches and athletes, will be open to all grade school kids K5-8.  NO experience necessary.
  The clinic will include demonstrations by MUHS wrestlers and techniques taught by MUHS wrestlers and coaches. The purpose of the clinic is to introduce kids to the sport of wrestling.  The clinic will take place in the Marquette University High School Wrestling Room.  For more information contact Judy Poston, Mike Duehring and Tom Dineen.  
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
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