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January 19, 2016
Greetings!
I want to thank you for all of the warm wishes and congratulations on the birth of my son, Bobby.  He has been such a blessing for my wife and I, and we truly valued the time we got to spend together.  That being said, it's great to be back at school, and the purpose of this letter is to give you a snapshot of some of the major events going on at our school these days:
 
Teacher In-service Day: On Monday, the teachers participated in an in-service day focused on integrating technology into the classroom, planning major writing pieces, and how to differentiate their assessment for students. The teachers collaborated with each other and had a very productive day.
 
MAPs Testing: K5-8th grade students will be taking their winter MAPs test over the next couple of weeks. After the fall tests, the students received a projected growth score for the spring.   The winter test serves as a great checkpoint to track progress so far this school year. 
 
Catholic Schools Week: We are coming up quickly on Catholic Schools Week, which begins Sunday, January 31st with our school open house after the 11:00am Mass. Please join us for Mass and feel free to stop by our classrooms after.  A more detailed schedule of the activities and events for Catholic Schools Weeks will be sent home by next week.
 
Middle School Exchange Program: During January, each of the middle school content area teachers was a guest instructor in the fifth grade classrooms. Fifth grade students had 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 when the fifth grade students will be invited as guest students to the middle school wing. The purpose of this activity is to get our 5th graders excited about our great middle school and to get to know their future teachers.
 
Positively SJV,
Principal
All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, January 20.  Mass will be prepared by the 7W students.
School News
MAPs Testing
Our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress®) testing window is January  19-January 29. If you have questions, please contact Dan Demeter or Courtney Albright.  For more information on resources for parents, see the Parent Toolkit.
Scout Sunday
February 7 at 11:00am Mass

St. John Vianney Parish is celebrating Scout Sunday on February 7 at the 11:00am Mass.  We invite parish members and guests active in scouting, past or present, to proudly wear their uniform!  We look forward seeing Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as leader uniforms from every Troop, Den, Pack and Council from our parish!  If you have earned the Catholic religious awards this year, please email Janet Fisher or phone 262-784-9673, so we may recognize your achievement. Cub scouts from the second and fourth grade will be receiving their "Light of Christ" and "Parvuli Dei" awards.  All Scouts are welcome to participate with this Mass and reception afterwards in the Church Hall.
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.
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 weather.com.  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
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
RSVP Until January 22!
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
Be sure to clip and bring all your Box Tops to school!  Your Box Tops will help your student earn a non-uniform day and help fund many fun Home and School activities.  The special collection runs through January 22.  After the 22nd, please continue to collect and send in Box Tops, as the school earns money for each one.  
SCRIP News
The next SCRIP order is- Monday, January 25
 
Please mark your calendars!  Our next SCRIP order will be placed Monday, January 25.  If you are ordering online, please make sure you have completed your transactions or send in your paper order forms by 8:30am. Your cards will be available by Thursday. 
 
New SCRIP vendor:  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, available in $10 cards with an 8% rebate!
 
Have you gotten out of the habit of ordering SCRIP cards?  Take a moment now and do a little planning of your upcoming expenses. 
  • Are you going out for dinner on the weekend? 
  • Are you making any out of town trips that might require hotel accommodations? 
  • Do the kids need uniforms or shoes..AGAIN? 
  • Do you have a crazy week of activities after school that might mean getting dinner through the drive thru? 
  • Do you have gas cards to cover your weekly trips?
  • Do you have cards for your grocery store runs? 
  • How about your prescriptions you need to pickup at the pharmacy?
All of these regular expenses can be paid by using SCRIP cards!  You'd be surprised how much money you can earn for yourself in cash back and for SJV by regularly using this form of payment! Give it a try!
Martha Connelly, Amy Lodes and Janet Fisher are available to answer any of your questions.
Child Ministry
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.
 
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! 
 
We are looking for additional presiders and assistants to lead the children in worship.  It is a once a month commitment and training is provided.  Men please consider being a part of the wonderful ministry.  We need your help too!
Parish News
Coins for Babies Bottles
This past weekend, bottles for the Coins for Babies Campaign were distributed. If you took a bottle, it should be returned the weekend of January 30. If you missed Mass and want to participate, bottles are located in the narthex- please feel free to grab one.  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
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 Year began on December 8, 2015 and will continue until November 20, 2016. His motto is Merciful, like the Father. St. John Vianney will offer three more 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. The next presentation will be:

Grace and Sin- January 27, 2016
The mercy of God is a tremendous gift to everyone. We all need it because we all sin. Explore the meaning of grace poured out through the sacraments and the grace that helps us overcome sin in our lives. Presented by
Fr. Philip Schumaker, Associate Pastor, St. John Vianney Parish
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
Community
Attention Girls, Grades 3-8
Have you ever thought about playing Lacrosse?
The Brookfield Lacrosse Youth Girls Program is looking for players and we are hosting a free "try-it" event at the Midwest Orthopedic Sports Complex (formerly Brookfield Indoor Soccer on Thursday January 21st from Complex) 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Click here for all of the details.
St. Dominic's Joust
Chess players are invited to sign up for the chess tournament at St. Dominic's on January 23.  Click here for the Chess Tournament Flyer.
Youth Ball Leagues
Click here to view the registration forms for the City of Brookfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Summer 2016 Youth T-Ball, Baseball and Softball teams.
Junior Crusaders Baseball
The U11 Junior Crusaders baseball team has openings for the 2016 season.  Please contact Coach John Vasquez if you are interested in joining the team.
 (262) 796-3942 | [email protected] | http://www.stjohnv.org
17500 W. Gebhardt Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53045