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Seminarian Connection
As many of you may know, SJV has a seminarian connection with the seminarians from St. Francis Seminary. Each grade level has a different seminarian assigned to them which the students know, pray for, and visit with each year. Deacon Michael Wolfe, the 8th grade class's seminarian, came to visit the 8th grade class. As it was vocations week last week, their discussion focused on all of the different vocations specifically discussing being ordained a priest and deacon. Deacon Wolfe talked about his experience becoming a deacon as well as duties as a deacon.
SJV Highlights
Eighth grade students determined if waves made by a larger disturbance carry more energy than waves made by a small disturbance.
Seventh grade students dissected a squid while on a field trip to Discovery World.
Sixth grade students created their own layers of sediment using soil, gravel, sand and water.
Congratulations to the Lego Girlfriends and the Red Ninja Lightning Builders who participated in the JrFLL Expo at Heritage Christian School.
Middle School
Math Corner

Chocolate bars, waffles, game boards, cupcake tins, nets, tiles, windows and many other everyday objects can be classified as arrays.
An array is an ordered arrangement of items that help us illustrate and make sense of quantity, multiplication, division and area.  Arrays help us develop understanding of numbers, operations and their properties. Every middle school student took or found a picture of an everyday array and wrote a paragraph to explain how that particular array helps us understand math. Two of the  samples are above; walk through our middle school hallway to see the extensive assortment of everyday arrays.
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If you would like to help serve hot lunch during the noon hour, see the sign up on Volunteer Spot.

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

November 10, 2015
For Middle School Families:

MAP assessments are used to measure your child's progress or growth in school. MAPs let teachers know where student strengths are and if help is needed in any specific area. This information is then used to plan instruction. It is equally as important that the parents, teachers, and students collaborate to set goals to promote growth and for students to take ownership in their progress. Studies have shown that students tend to perform better on standardized tests when they set attainable goals for themselves with specific steps to reach those goals. It also gives the student a greater sense of ownership and buy-in in the process.

Sometime before conferences, your child will meet with Mrs. Goss or Mrs. Albright for a brief one-on-one conference to review the fall MAP information to set a RiT goal to achieve by the spring MAP assessment in one of the following areas: reading, mathematics, or language arts.  Each student will already have a "projected growth," which is the average fall-to-fall growth of students who are in the same grade and began at a similar achievement level on past assessments. That said, the teachers and students will work to set a goal that is an attainable year-long goal, however, it will be revisited mid-year to check on progress after the winter MAP assessment.

The next step in the goal setting process is to create an action plan. For the chosen subject area, an area of relative strength and an area of possible concern is highlighted. Please note that an "area of possible concern" does not necessarily indicate that your child is performing below level or not making progress; it is simply the goal performance area that was your child's most challenging area. The student and teacher will work to include specific strategies to achieve that goal. Statements like "I will study more" or "I will pay attention" are very general and do not provide measurable steps. As an example, if in the reading assessment, informational text was an area of challenge, an action plan could be: In informational text, I will provide evidence from text, make inferences, support conclusions, etc. The point is to provide the student with specific skills and strategies to achieve their goal with guidance from the teacher.

Once the RiT goal has been established and the action plan has been created, each student will bring their goal sheet home for you to review and sign because we truly want this process to be a collaborative effort between parents, teachers, and students. If you have questions about goal setting, please contact the content area teacher for that goal area, and they would be happy to provide input. If you have any questions or concerns about the process or rationale for goal setting please contact Dan Demeter  or Courtney Albright.                                              
Positively SJV,
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
All School Liturgy
All School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, November 11.  Mass will be prepared by Mrs. Grzeszczak's homeroom. 
School News
Registering for the 2016-2017 School Year
Registration information was included in the report card envelopes.  Be sure to return the registration form and registration fee by Wednesday, November 18.  If you are not returning to SJV, there is a box to check, indicating that decision. 
svdpfoodPack the Pantry
We will be collecting non-perishable food items, tissues, coffee, detergent, dish soap,etc. to pack the SJV/St. Vincent dePaul, and St Josaphat food pantries in time for Thanksgiving. These pantries will help provide families in need with a happy holiday season.  Our school goal is 3000 items- we know we can accomplish this goal with your help!

Bus Policy- Important Change!
Students riding home on the school bus with a friend must reside in the same school district as their friend.  In other words, Waukesha school district students (bus 71) can only take friends who also live in the Waukesha school district. Elmbrook school district students (busses 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, and 66) can only take friends who also live in the Elmbrook school district.

All students are reminded that they should have a signed note from their parent giving permission to ride the bus with a friend.  Please include a contact phone number on the note in case of an emergency.
Parent-Teacher- Student Conferences
Information regarding conferences for each grade level are listed below.  All students should accompany parents to the conference.  Attendance will be taken. 

K4 ONLY:  Monday, November 23 
K4 Parents may sign up for a conference time using this link

K4-5th Grade:  Tuesday, November 24
Middle School:  Tuesday, November 24
Conferences for the middle school will be held in the cafeteria.  Teachers will meet with parents on a first come, first served basis.  Conference times will be 7:30-11:30am and 4:00-8:00pm.
Substitute Teachers Needed
Please consider joining Saint John Vianney as a substitute teacher. 
We are looking for candidates who have a current teaching license or substitute teaching license from the state of Wisconsin. The right candidate must possess a strong passion for Catholic education and demonstrate dedication and knowledge in the development of each child's God-given potential through best teaching practices.  In addition, the candidate must also verify that they have successfully completed the "Safeguarding All of God's Family" training and/or be willing to obtain it. Please contact the principal, Dan Demeter,  if you are interested.

Recess Monitor Needed- Very Flexible Hours!  We are looking for one or two individuals to collaborate with faculty and administration in supporting the mission and goals of the school. During selected days, the individual would provide outdoor supervision for safe play during lunchtime recess, provide hallway supervision to promote safe and orderly transitions, and provide indoor supervision during inclement lunchtime recess. Interested people should contact Dan Demeter for more information about this opportunity.
Middle School Forensics
On Wednesday, November 18, from 3:00-3:45pm, the Forensics team will hold an informational meeting in the school library. At the meeting, students will find out more about this exciting and fun team. If your student can't attend the meeting, please have them meet with Mrs. Schroeder during their eat and go time.
Caldecott Club
Kindergarten through third grade students have the opportunity to take part in the Caldecott Kid's Club, a reading enrichment program that is based upon Caldecott nominated books. All children in grades kindergarten through third grade will be introduced to the Caldecott Award during their library class during November. During December and January the Kindergarten- 2nd grade students will be listening to nominated Caldecott books and at the end of each week the students/ classes will cast a ballot during library classes.

We have a special opportunity for our third grade students. To allow for more discussion and conversations, members of the third grade Caldecott Club will meet during lunch/lunch recess to listen to the books and cast their ballots. Third grade students will be introduced to the club and receive permission slips this Friday during library.

Lego Engineering Classes to be offered at SJV
This winter, Play-Well Teknologies will be instructing Lego workshops on Friday afternoons at SJV.  Registrations are now open! 
Click here to register your K5-1st grade student.
Click here to register your 2nd-5th grade student.

Halloween Candy Collection
If you are looking to get excess Halloween candy out of your house, consider bringing it to SJV before November 13.  Candy is donated to Prince of Peace and the For All the Right Reasons Foundation, serving our troops and homeless veterans.
Pants for Health Room
The health room is looking for donations of used, outgrown boys pants and girls leggings of all sizes. (NO shorts, shirts or jumpers needed) Thank you for any donations- they are great to have on-hand when "emergencies" arise.
Save the Date!
SJV's Inaugural Fine Arts Night on Monday, April 25
Fine Arts Night will be a night to celebrate the creative talents of our SJV students.  The Fine Arts Night will showcase student artwork, musical talent and fun games.  Please see the Fine Arts Night Flyer for all the details.  Contact Lauren Revers or Dana Bach with any questions.
Home & School News
Home & School Meeting
All are invited to the next Home and School meeting, Tuesday, November 17 at 8:15am in room P209.  Stop by to learn about upcoming events, hear from different committee chairs and hear updates and news from our Principal and President.   We will try to keep our business meeting to an hour with an "off the record" time for socializing to follow.
 A full agenda is included here.   See you there!

SJV Spirit Wear- Ordering Window Closes Tonight!
This is one last reminder for you to order your SJV Spirit Wear Christmas gifts and basketball swag.  The
SJV spirit wear website will be open until 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 10.   You can access the merchandise at Click on Spirit Wear in the upper right hand corner and click on SJV.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Allison Rusch  or Jennifer Doyle. 
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Mark your calendars for the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on 
Thursday, December 3
  • Hear your favorite holiday songs performed by our SJV strings, band and Shamrock choir students.
  • SJV celebrity readers will entertain us with a few holiday stories
  • Shop for St. Nick's Day and Christmas
  • Gift Wrapping provided by SJV Middle school students
  • Artwork by SJV students will be displayed
  • Dine out at Red Robin or StirCrazy
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Battle of the Books Battle

Don't forget to purchase your Barnes and Noble and Red Robin SCRIP cards! 

Ho Ho Ho- How close we are to Christmas!
Only 4 SCRIP order dates before Christmas!
Send your order forms to school by 8:30am on the following Mondays- November 16, November 30, December 7 and December 14 and your order will be available on the corresponding Thursdays.  Be smart and order SCRIP for both gift giving and gift purchasing.  Small denomination cards are now available while supplies last.  Are you ordering SCRIP online and using PrestoPay?  If so, Thank-SCRIP-ping Day is coming on November 26, which features BIG rebates on ScripNow, Reload and ReloadNow products.  For 24 hours, you can earn some of the best rebates ever offered.  Keep your eyes open for some exciting information by email.

Savvy Ways to use SCRIP
  • Dine Out with SJV at Chipotle on November19- Order your cards today!
  • Order Shutterfly, Walgreens or Walmart to purchase photo Christmas cards
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Dine Out at Red Robin are coming up on December 3. Order on November 16 or November 30 to receive the cards in time.

Learn How to Purchase Online and Use SCRIPWallet

There will be a tutorial session on Tuesday, November 17 at 2:00pm in the school office conference room.  Come early for school pickup and stop in to visit with experienced online SCRIP Purchasers!  Learn how to use the SCRIPWallet- purchasing SCRIP right from your Smartphone.  It is really easy to do while standing in the check-out line- it's that fast!   Martha Connelly will be on hand to show you how to purchase cards online and answer your specific questions.  Don't take our word for it, here's what one user says about shopping with SCRIP,  

"I absolutely love the SCRIPNow and the SCRIPWallet to purchase gift cards.  I am not a great planner.  So on Black Friday, for example, I was in Barnes and Noble and instantly purchased $550 in Barnes and Noble and Bath & Body Works eCards.  I just showed each cashier my phone with the code. It is very convenient and almost instantaneous with being able to view your eCards."

Child Ministry
First Reconciliation Preparation
First Reconciliation Family Retreat is Friday, November 13th at 6:30-8:00pm in the Church.  All members of the family are welcome to attend this wonderful evening of reflection.  If your last name begins with M-Z, please bring a treat to share. 
Praying the Rosary
Everyone is invited to pray the Rosary on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:15pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  If you have never prayed the Rosary before and would like to learn, this is the perfect time.  We have rosaries available for anyone who needs one.  All parishioners are welcome!
Tiny Tot Time
We will meet on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:00am in the Church Hall. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, please bring your little ones for an hour of story time, activities, and snack.  This month we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.
Parish News
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
Alumni News
Mass Intentions Dedicated to SJV Class of 2015
Mass intentions of the All School Liturgy, which will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 18, will be dedicated to the continued success of the SJV class of 2015.  All alumnus of this school are remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Friends of Elm Grove Library
All children 13 and younger may enter the Flip the Switch contest to light the Lights of Love tree on December 6 at the Village Hall/Library. It's simple. Look for the entry forms and the Flip the Switch contest box at the circulation desk. One entry can be completed for every time materials are checked out. The winner's name will be picked in a random drawing on Tuesday, December 1 and he or she will be contacted. Limited to children 13 and under who will be available for the December 6th tree lighting. Good luck!
Elmbrook Parent Network Presents:  Mind Over Matter: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress & Anxiety
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm 
Location: Brookfield East High School (Excellence Center room)
This program presented by Growing Minds, will explain the science related to mindfulness practices and how they can be useful for adults and children.
Students sixth grade and up are welcome to attend with their parents & caregivers. See flyer for details.
News from Pius XI High School
Pius XI Calendar of Events
Pius XI High School would like to share a calendar of events with our parents.  Please click here to get the dates for basketball games, concerts and dance programs

Visual Arts Scholarship - Wednesday, November 18

Interested 7th and 8th graders are invited to participate in the Visual Arts Scholarship Competition. This is a chance for students who may want to explore art in high school to meet the Pius XI Visual Art faculty, identify and share their own artistic voice, and win scholarship dollars. The competition is based equally on technical skill and creative expression, so all interested students will feel welcomed and supported.  Click here for the flyer

Spotlight Youth Theater Presents:
Great American Tall Tales 
Join SJV students, Genevieve Baynes, Ella Connelly, Riley Connelly, Ellen Fricker, Emily Fricker and Erin Fricker as they meet the beloved characters of American folklore- Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, Pecos Bill, John Henry and more. Through story, dance, and song, they learn more that history is alive and vibrant while discovering that sometimes fact and fiction work together to create unforgettable legends.  Shows run November 13-15 and November 20-22.  Visit the Spotlight Youth Theater website for full details.
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