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K4 students went on a hunt for the gingerbread man throughout the school.  It took a lot of searching but they finally found him!
The SJV Lego teams did an incredible job at the competition held at Marquette High. Out of nearly 40 teams, the Holy Cows placed 16th and the Tech Kings placed 12th.
Volunteer at SJV
Click on the links below to lend a hand to events in our school community.
Secret Santa Shoppe
Many hands are needed to help at the Secret Santa Shoppe.  Click here to select a volunteer shift.

Lunch Servers 
If you would like to help serve hot lunch during the noon hour, see the sign up on Volunteer Spot.

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

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December 1, 2015
We are very blessed to be a Catholic school where we can truly focus on the liturgical season of Advent. We will all be excited for Christmas and all of the wonderful things associated with it. However, right now we are taking the time for prayer and reflection as we anticipate the coming of Jesus. Below are some of the school activities that we will be completing as we progress through the Advent season:
  • The whole school gathers each Monday morning for a brief prayer service and Advent candle lighting ceremony
  • Teachers are supplementing their religion classes with Advent lessons and online resources
  • Students in third through eighth grade will be participating in a special opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday, December 15th
  • Each homeroom is participating in a different service opportunity, with many of the homerooms choosing to adopt a family from Prince of Peace.
  • Our K5 students will once again be putting on the Nativity Play on December 8th and 9th, with Prince of Peace coming to watch on December 8th.
  • Thanks to our School Theology and Faith Formation committee, the SJV staff has a number of prayerful activities for our continuing spiritual growth
  • Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Cepelka sends a daily Advent prayer for us as well.
Finally, I wanted to share a short, but really great video on the true meaning of Advent and why it is such a special time in the Catholic faith. I know that a number of our teachers have already shared it with their students, but I thought it would be great to get it out to the parents as well. Please view the video here.
Many blessing this Advent season!

Positively SJV,
All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, December 2.  Mass will be prepared by Ms. Novy's homeroom. 

Please note there will be no All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, December 9.  Mass will be celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:05am.
School News
svdpfoodPack the Pantry Until December 4
We are collecting non-perishable food items, tissues, coffee, detergent, dish soap, etc. to pack the SJV/St. Vincent dePaul, and St Josaphat food pantries. These pantries help provide families in need with a happy holiday season.  Our school goal is 3,000 items- we know we can accomplish this goal with your help! If the goal is reached, the students will recieve a non-uniform day.

Secret Santa Shoppe- December 11
HO HO HO!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Mark your calendars- SJV's Secret Santa Shoppe returns on Friday, December 11.

This exciting day allows students the chance to shop for family and friends.  K4 thru 5th graders will have an assigned time to shop as a class, and middle school students will go during their lunch or resource time.

We need your help!  MANY volunteers are needed to make this exciting event run smoothly.  Use this link to sign up to help at this special holiday event!

K5 Nativity Plays
You are invited to come and see our young students perform their annual nativity play.  Times are as follows:
December 8
KK 9:30am & KM 1:30pm
December 9
KM:  9:30am & 7:00pm
KK:  1:30pm & 6:00pm
Christmas Concert
The annual SJV Christmas concert will be held on Monday, December 14 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm in the Activity Center.  Students in K4 through 5th grade, as well as Shamrock choirs, will be performing.  For the evening concert, students should be in their homeroom classes by 6:00pm.  At the end of the evening concert, parents are to pick up their children from the homeroom classes.  Performers should wear their "Sunday Best".  Shamrock Choir students are to wear their Shamrock Choir uniforms.  Parents and students are reminded to remain at the concert throughout the duration of all performances.  Please contact Mrs. Prosser with any questions or concerns.
Traffic Reminders
Especially as we get into the winter months, please comply with the following for pick up and drop off:
  • PLEASE only make right-hand turns when turning onto Norhardt Drive. Because there is a sign posted, the police can handout tickets for turning left during prohibited times.
  • If you use the car line, please enter and exit via Norhardt Drive. Do not use Calhoun Rd. as an entrance or exit, unless you park near the parish.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Doors to Our Faith
Help our parish and school reach its potential by prayerfully considering a sacrificial and meaningful gift to the Doors to Our Faith Capital Campaign.
To date we have raised more than $1 million, and I am so grateful to everyone who has worked to make that possible. Our next tier goal of $2 million is getting closer each day. As we continue to build upon this opportunity, I ask you all to reflect and pray about your involvement in the effort. We need to be sure we have done all that we can, individually and as a community, to realize the dreams of our parish and school. Prayerfully consider how God has blessed you this year and how you can return a portion of those blessings.
Ways to Give
  • Three-Year Pledge: This allows you to spread out your giving and make a larger commitment. Example: a $1,800 pledge is $50/month or less than $2/day.
  • One-Time Gift: If you're not in a position to commit to a three-year pledge, please consider a one-time gift. Every gift is a blessing, and our parish is striving for all members to participate. A one-time gift is a wonderful gift.
  • Begin or Continue Your Automatic Giving: Many parishioners made commitments to the Doors to Our Faith campaign by having their donation automatically withdrawn from their bank account using Faith Direct. Please let the parish know of your intentions so we can accurately record your gift.
With large campaigns such as this one, it is very difficult to contact all parishioners. It takes a considerable volunteer effort from parishioners who have busy lives themselves. If for some reason you have not been contacted about the campaign, please let us know. Stop by, email or call the parish offices to get more information and to make your pledge.
Again I want to say thank you to our parish members and school families who have made a gift to the Doors to Our Faith campaign.
Come Lord Jesus Come! Have a blessed Advent.
Click here for the video shown at Mass, highlighting the importance of this campaign.
Student Activities
Middle School Musical-
James and the Giant Peach
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to audition for the spring musical, James and the Giant Peach.  Auditions will be held December 7-10 in the Church Hall.  All interested students will need to turn in the Audition Form and the Play Agreement in order to receive a script on either December 1 or December 2.  Crew forms will be distributed at a later date.
Lego Engineering Classes
All sections of the Lego classes are currently full.  If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Meghan Klinck.
Home & School News
Barnes & Noble Book Fair-
December 3
Mark your calendars for the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Thursday, December 3 during store hours.

Be sure to mention SJV when you check out! 

***Shop for St. Nick's Day and Christmas gifts 
***Gift Wrapping provided by SJV Middle school students
***Artwork by SJV students will be displayed
***Order Scrip cards this Monday to use at the Book Fair
***Click here if you would like to donate a book from the Wish List to a classroom or to the school library.

Performance Schedule
3:30pm-  Stories with Mrs. Andreucci, K4 Teacher
4:00pm-  Forensics Team
4:30pm-  Fr. Philip Schumaker, Associate Pastor 
5:00pm-  Shamrock Choir directed by Mrs. Prosser
5:30pm-  Mrs. Pyzyk, School President 
6:00pm-  Flute Ensemble, directed by Mrs. Lueneberg   
6:30pm-  Mr. Demeter, School Principal 
7:00pm-  Strings Ensemble directed by Mrs. Revers

Can't make it to the Book Fair?  Visit BN.COM/bookfairs  from 12/03/15 to 12/09/15 to support us.  Enter
Bookfair ID: 11767902 at checkout.
Dine Out with SJV at Fuddrucker's
Thursday, December 3
Be sure to stop at Fuddrucker's before or after the Book Fair.  You will eat delicious food and SJV will earn a part of the sales!  Be sure to mention you are with SJV when you place your order!
Only Two SCRIP Order Dates Remain Before Christmas!
No worries!  There is plenty of time to make your lists and check them twice this Advent season.  SCRIP has something for everyone on your gift giving list this year.  Take the stress out of shopping!  Instead of  running all over town to find that perfect gift and standing in long check-out lines, select the gift cards from the convenience of your home.  Order them online from or fill out the paper order form and return it to the school office along with your payment.  Orders are due Monday at 8:30am and will be ready for pickup or backpack delivery on Thursday.  SCRIP representatives will be on hand this weekend after all Masses to answer questions and take paper orders.
Save the Date for a Home and School Social
Home and School will be hosting a Casino Night on January 30 at the Westmoor Country Club.  Mark your calendars now and watch the Shamrock Weekly for further information. 
Alumni News
Maddie Yoss graduated from St. John Vianney in 2012 and currently attends Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.  She will be graduating in May of 2016. This past October, she helped lead the freshman class retreat and participated in five retreats of her own throughout her four years at DSHA. She volunteers at various service sites and this January she will be participating in a two-week service endeavor that benefits the poor and vulnerable. She has held a leadership position for three years on DSHA's Student Council and is currently a school mascot.  Maddie has been on varsity volleyball at DSHA for three years and won Division 1 State Championships in both her  junior and senior years. During her senior year, she received the Scholar Athlete Award, was named to the All- Tournament Team, First Team All-State and Player of the Year for the Greater Metro Conference. She plans to continue her education and pursue her love of volleyball at the Division 1 level at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her intended major is Business and Marketing.  
Child Ministry
First Reconciliation Preparation
Parents of second grade children receiving their First Reconciliation in January are asked to attend a second parent/child session on Tuesday, December 15 from 6:30-7:45pm in the Church.  Reminder, the second family sharing experience is due on Wednesday, December 2. 
Please also look for an email from the Christian Formation Office requesting missing information for your child such as forms, fees or baptismal certificate.  Please respond to this request immediately so we can update our records and prepare for the upcoming sacraments.  Thank you.
First Reconciliation Preparation
Parents of second grade children receiving their First Reconciliation in January are asked to attend a second parent/child session on Tuesday, December 15 from 6:30-7:45pm in the Church.  Reminder, the second family sharing experience is due on Wednesday, December 2. 
Parish News
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. The motto is "Merciful, like the Father." St. John Vianney will offer opportunities to learn more about how the Sacraments reveal the Mercy of the Father. These presentations will teach about the great gift that the Father gives us in the Sacraments and how these graced events help us to grow in mercy.  Join us on Wednesday, December 2 for Matrimony.  The sacrament of Matrimony is the Vocation sacrament for many Catholics. What is this sacrament and how do we receive the grace of mercy and share it?  The presenter will be Susan McNeil, Director, Nazareth Project for Marriage and Family Formation, Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Click here for all of the information.
Prayer Intentions
Students from Catholic Memorial High School invite you to submit intentions for prayer.  In a collaboration with you through the power of prayer, these students plan to meet as a group after school several times during December and January to read, share, and pray for the submitted intentions. When names and contact information are submitted along with the intention, notecards acknowledging the prayers will be sent. Intentions can be emailed to [email protected].

Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
CMH Winter Musical- Kids Cast Tryouts
Saturday, December 5, 2015
8:00am-12:00pm (check-in at 7:45am)
CMH will be holding auditions for students in grades K4-8 to be in the CMH Winter Musical "Hello, Dolly!"
Auditions will be in the Catholic Memorial Auditorium
For questions and more information contact Mr. Chris Andacht at [email protected]
German Holiday Market
Come to the Civic Plaza Center in the City of Brookfield on December 7 from 1:00pm-7:00pm.  There will be food, music, vendors, children's activities and hayrides.  See the German Holiday Market Flyer for all the scheduled events.
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Brookfield, WI 53045