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The second graders used shaving cream to learn to make cursive letters. It is fun to form our new letters with different materials. It smelled really good, too!
Fourth grade students are enjoying using the Chrome Books to finish their persuasion essays.
Third grade students walked through a solid piece of paper after some strategic cuts by Mrs. Okruhlica.
The 7th graders have recently been learning about mammals, specifically birds. They dissected owl pellets and found bones belonging to animals the owl ate. This helped the students learn about the animal's bone structure and how their bodies worked.
The 7th grade girls took 2nd place in the 8th grade Brookfield Academy Shootout Tournament.
Congratulations to St. John Vianney's 5th grade boys basketball "white" team for winning the St. Joseph's Parish School Basketball Tournament in Grafton.
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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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January 12, 2016
Last week students kindergarten through eighth grade had the opportunity to experience an anti-bullying presentation by Jodee Blanco. One of the most effective ways to combat bullying is to have a strong relationship between parents and the school and so thank you to all of the parents who attended the parent session on January 7th at St. Dominic. The students and staff presentations were also excellent and provided both our students and staff great resources and ideas moving forward to combat bullying.  
One of the more memorable things that Jodee stated was, "Bullying just isn't only the mean things you do.  It's also the nice things you never do." That thought really stuck with me, and that is the kind of attitude and atmosphere that we want to continue to promote at St. John Vianney School.  Yes, we can avoid doing mean things to each other, but it is so much more than that.  Jodee presented our fifth grade through middle school students with an assignment. She challenged our students to extend an invitation to another classmate that they have perhaps unintentionally excluded. She suggested that they invite that classmate that they usually do not hang out with to sit with them at lunch, be their partner on a class project or even get together outside of school. Follow up with your own child. Have they completed the assignment? She demonstrated to our younger students how to turn off their anger buttons and to turn on their compassion buttons. Have they given that a try? We are called to participate in acts of kindness and love. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are a school founded in the Gospel message of Jesus.What better way to promote that message than through acts of kindness?  
While Jodee was an excellent speaker and connected extremely well with our school community, we cannot let her message be a one-time thing that we forget and move on from.  We have to take her message and build SJV into an even stronger community. Please know that the staff is committed to this and asks for your support as well. Have open discussions with your children about bullying and please contact the school for extra support and collaboration should any situation arise.  
Positively SJV,
All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, January 13.  Mass will be prepared by the students in the 8-Red class.
School News
The Middle School Exchange
An exciting opportunity has been occurring in the fifth grade! If you are the parent of a fifth grade student, perhaps you have already heard about it. We are referring to the "The Middle School exchange"!

During the weeks of January 4th and January 11th, each
of the middle school content area teachers will be guest instructors in the fifth grade classrooms. Last week, fifth grade students were extremely curious when Mr. Dempsey, the middle school social studies teacher, arrived to be the guest instructor. He began class with a number of activities, but truly caught the attention of the students when he passed out a literacy exam. Even more concerning was the requirement that it needed be completed within a ten minute time period and even one error would result in a failing grade! This lead to an exciting lesson on the right to vote.

This is just one example of an exchange program where fifth grade students are having an opportunity to meet the teachers of the middle school unit and the middle school teachers are having the opportunity to greet, meet, and instruct students from the class of 2019! The experience will continue into next week when the fifth grade students will be invited as guest students to the middle school wing. They will visit the middle school science lab for one period of science instruction. They will visit Mrs. Blaha's classroom for one period of math instruction. They will visit Ms. Knippel's room for one period of religion. The exchange will continue until the fifth graders have had the complete middle school experience with all of their prospective teachers. This will be followed with another transition opportunity where they will have the opportunity to ask and have their questions answered, learn how to use locker locks, etc.! A culminating activity will occur during Catholic Schools Week when the middle school teachers will invite fifth grade students to introduce them to their parents during the January 31st Open House event.

Pamela Pyzyk, President
Do you know anyone who would benefit from a Catholic Education at an Exemplary School?  Invite them to our Open House tonight and help spread the word about how great our school is!
MAPs Testing
Our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress®) testing window is January  19-January 29. We give students MAP tests to determine your child's instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year in the areas of reading and math (K-1) and reading, language arts, and math (2-8). The classroom teachers and resource teachers use this data, along with other classroom-based measures, to form instructional groups that provide support and enrichment for our children in all content and co-curricular areas. MAP tests allow teachers to keep track of progress and growth in skill areas. They let teachers know where a child's strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. This assessment provides teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels of learners so they can spend more time teaching

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child takes on a computer, meaning the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, your child should have had the opportunity to learn the information presented on the test because the tests are aligned with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee curriculum.
The students taking MAPS for primary (Grades K5-1) have a reading and a math assessment, each taking approximately 20-30 minutes. Students in grades 2-8 taking MAPS have a reading, language and math assessment, each taking about 45 minutes. (Please note the tests are not timed- these are approximations). The testing window is two weeks long to accommodate all of the grade levels, but your child will only be taking 2-3 tests during that window, depending on their grade level.
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child's individual growth and achievement. If you have questions or do not wish for your child to participate in this assessment measure, please contact Dan Demeter or Courtney Albright.  For more information on resources for parents, see the Parent Toolkit.
Calendar Reminder
Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday, January 15.  Teachers have an in-service on January 18, so students will not have classes. 
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to all of participants and winners of the SJV Spelling Bee.  Daniel and Riley will now participate in the CESA 1 spelling bee on February 24, the road that leads to the Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. 
Daniel, Danny, Bridget and Jack will compete in the regional spelling bee to be held at Catholic Memorial on January 20.

8th Grade:
  Daniel Mukana (Overall Winner), Riley Honkamp (Runner Up), Ellen Fricker, Isabella Orgeman, Chris McKenna (Alternate), Chloe O'Connell (Alternate)

7th Grade:  Danny Niemann (7th Grade Winner), Andy Braun, Raven Everts, Kate Spielbauer, Ryan Hess (Alternate), Cassie Romero (Alternate)

6th Grade:  Bridget Parks (6th Grade Winner), Erin Fricker, Jack Kelly, Tatum Kebisek, Jimmy Mirsberger, Morgan Weyker (Alternate)

5th Grade:  Jack Schultz (5th Grade Winner), Susan Brueggeman, Jack O'Brien, Ainsley Sarner, Jack Schatzman (Alternate), Nate Fessler (Alternate)
Wanted:  Old Magazines
The K5 classes are looking for old magazines for classroom projects.  If you have any magazines you have finished reading, please send them to the school office and we will forward them on.
Lunch Room Servers & Study Hall Monitors Needed During the Noon Hour
Parents are needed to help serve hot lunch.  Thank you in advance for helping out! Click here to sign up.

With the cold weather here, more middle school students are using the study hall option during the noon hour.  Parents are needed to help chaparone study halls in the library.  If you would like to help with this, please click here.
Winter is Here!
Please make sure your child comes to school prepared to go outside for recess.  Students will go outside if the "feels like" temperature is zero or above according to  It is a great idea to label all of your winter gear so it can be returned if it gets misplaced. 

If school needs to close due to inclement weather, you will receive notice from our emergency calling system, One Call Now.  You can also check the local TV stations and their websites.  SJV closes when Elmbrook School District closes or may do so independently for special circumstances. 
Home & School News
Home and School Meeting
Join us Tuesday, January 19 at 8:15am in P209 for our monthly Home and School meeting.  Come and hear updates from committee chairs, discuss new business, and hear from our Principal.  
Click here for the agenda.

Dine Out with SJV on Wednesday, February 3 beginning at 3:00pm
We have a Dine Out with SJV coming up on Wednesday, February 3 at the Buffalo Wild Wings located at 16750 W. Bluemound Road. Come anytime 3:00pm-close for dine-in OR carry-out.  Show the BW3 Flyer (paper or electronic) or mention you are with SJV when placing your order.

Casino Night- January 30
Invitations were sent home with students inviting you to the Home & School Association Casino Night.  Enjoy a fun evening of cards, dice, karaoke and Vegas Style Fun.  To reserve your spot, return the Casino Night form and admission fee to the school office by January 22.
Box Tops for Education
Are you clipping and saving your Box Tops?  Start clipping and help your child earn a non-uniform day.  There will be a school wide collection this month. If the students bring in enough box tops to reach our goal, they earn a non-uniform day and our school earns money to fund different activities and projects!   
  • Next SCRIP order will be Tuesday, January 19
Since school will be out of session on Monday, we will be placing SCRIP orders on Tuesday, January 19.  Please have your online orders finalized and your paper order forms to school by 8:30 a.m.
New SCRIP Vendor:   Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, available in $10 cards with an 8% rebate!
News about Sendiks Cards
There are now two Sendiks cards that are available through SCRIP, but they cannot be used interchangeably.   
  • Sendiks Brookfield (Fine Foods)-located at Capital and Brookfield Rd.  (Brown Bags)
  • Sendiks Market-with locations in Elm Grove, New Berlin, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, Whitefish Bay, Hartland, Franklin, Bayside, Mequon, Germantown, Grafton, West Bend.  (Red Bags)
Paper order forms only have the Sendiks Brookfield location.  We will assume this is the location you are wanting to order unless you tell us differently.  Online orders:  Please be cautious when ordering because both cards are listed.  Sendiks Brookfield will be the default and is listed first.  If you make a mistake when ordering Sendiks cards, we are sorry we will not be able to make any trades.  Thankfully most stores are within an easy driving distance if this should occur.  Thank you for understanding! 

If you have any questions, please call Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes, or Janet Fisher.
Child Ministry
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
We ask you to keep in your prayers the 95 children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this past week.  May they feel the loving grace of God in a special way today and always and may we all continue to experience God's mercy and forgiveness in our lives.  
First Communion Preparation
Parents of second grade children who wish to receive First Holy Communion this year are asked to attend our first parent/child session on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:00-6:15pm OR Sunday, January 24th at 9:30-10:45am.  Please attend either session with your child downstairs in the Presentation Hall.  For more information or if you are unable to attend, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.
Tiny Tot Time
Tiny Tot Time will meet on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00am in the Church Hall. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, please bring your little ones for an hour of story time, activities, and snack.  Our theme this month is A Special Star.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117. 
Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars!  Summer Vacation Bible School is June 20-24, 2016.  Plan to join us for a week long adventure at CAVE QUEST where kids follow Jesus, the Light of the World!  Watch for more details to come.  
Parish News
Coins for Babies Bottle Distribution During the weekend of January 16
Following each of the masses this coming weekend, we will be distributing bottles for the Coins for Babies Campaign. Each family is encouraged to take a bottle home and fill it with loose coins or dollars and return the bottle the weekend of January 30.  If you would prefer, checks  can be written out to St. John Vianney.  Your generous donations will go to help support the following organizations: 
  • Fran O'Meara Pregnancy Helpline
  • Milwaukee Birthright
  • The Women's Support Center
  • Life's Connection in Waukesha
These agencies help save lives every day by helping mothers, fathers and their babies. During the next two weeks, please keep these families in your prayers and help by sacrificing a small monetary contribution to our Life Saving Efforts.  We thank you for your support and your generous donations.
SJV Respect Life Committee
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
CMH Family Preview Night
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Prospective parents and students are invited to go to high school at CMH for a night!  Learn more about CMH curriculum, vision, and International Baccalaureate (IB) program from our principal, Dr. Bob Hall and IB Coordinator, Mr. John Burke.
Parents and students will also have the opportunity to attend mock classes!  For more information and to RSVP go to and click on CMH Family Preview Night!

7th & 8th Grade CMH Fun Friday
Friday, January 15th from 6:30-9:00pm 
All 7th & 8th graders are invited to attend this FREE event!
Come to CMH to meet and socialize with your future classmates at a Pizza Party, followed by a CMH vs. Waukesha West Varsity Boys Basketball Game 
To RSVP go to and Click on 7th & 8th Grade Fun Friday. 
Dennis Uniforms
Save in the new year! Dennis Uniforms is offering 15% off all purchases January 12-19.  If you use SCRIP, you can save money and earn a rebate for you and SJV!

DSHA Annual Benefit Auction 
Showcasing our brand new facility!
Friday, March 4, 2016 at DSHA
All are invited-$125.00 per guest
Tables can be formed with other SJV Parents!  Contact Monica Jennaro, auction chair, for further information. 
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