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8th graders examine the parts of a DC (direct current) motor for an elevator door.  They then built their own DC motors with a Styrofoam cup, magnets, magnet wire, paper clips and a 6V battery.
7th graders enjoyed the school spirit day!
Last week, all of our middle school students participated in the National Mathematics League Contest. Congratulations to our three grade level winners.
After being elected as co-presidents of Mr. Stemper's class, these fifth grade boys made a well-prepared
presentation in front of the School Committee to try to amend part of the uniform policy.
Fourth-graders used iPads to research organisms and then created food webs to demonstrate their understanding.
Students in 1K spent  time learning about President Washington and President Lincoln.  They showed what they learned by writing about both great leaders!
The 8th grade basketball teams enjoyed the pep rally last Friday.  Those participating in the Padre Serra Tournament received a special blessing at church on Sunday.
Congratulations to one of our 8th graders!  She was awarded the Teen All-American title at her dance competition.  She was also awarded second place for Teen Performer of the Year for her jazz solo. 
Volunteer at SJV
Click on the links below to lend a hand to events in our school community.
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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March 1, 2016
We are very excited about opportunities our 4th, 5th, and 8th graders will have over the next couple of weeks. The 4th and 5th graders are participating in the BizTown program, while the 8th graders will be participating in the Finance Park, both run by Junior Achievement. The purpose of both of these programs is to teach our students real-life financial skills through simulations and hands-on activities, culminating with a visit to their respective Junior Achievement parks.
BizTown: The 4th and 5th grade students have been learning about what it takes to run their own business. In their social studies classes, the students have been learning how to write a resume, apply and interview for a job, and then learn how their profession contributes to the overall success of their business. Students were then placed in sample businesses like Harley Davidson, US Bank, or Culver's. Next Friday, the students will actually have the chance to put their skills to the test when they head to the park to complete their simulation and run their business as part of BizTown.
Finance Park: The 8th grade students have been learning about what it takes to make intelligent financial decisions about income, expenses, savings, and credit. They learn valuable skills on how to manage their finances with real world scenarios and problems. On Friday at the park, the students will be completing a real world budgeting activity, in which the students receive a "life", complete with a job, family, mortgage payment, etc. They must calculate a balanced monthly budget while at the park that includes all of their monthly revenue and expenses. This experience gives the students great insight into what it takes to financially responsible.

Both of these experiences provide the students with very hands-on and real-world experiences, which we think are very valuable to the students' futures. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the state of Wisconsin has virtually no requirements for personal-finance education. Therefore, we feel it is very important to prepare our students for real world financial education, and we are very excited to be participating in these two programs!

Positively SJV,
All School Liturgy
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to pray with us at our next All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, March 2. Mass will be planned by Mrs. Scaffidi's fifth grade class.
School News
Padre Serra Basketball Tournament
  • First Round Games- Games are played at Mount Mary University.  The first round games are as follows:
    • Girls:  Saturday, March 5 at 10:00am
    • Boys:  Thursday, March 10 at 7:45pm    
¡Leyendo para Perú!- Reading for Peru
Hopefully all your pledges are set and your child is reading to help raise funds to continue building the library collection for the children of our sister parish, Santisimo Sacramento, in Piura, Peru. The Read-a-thon will run from February 29- March 6.  We will have special reading activities this week, and as a special note- students may bring their flashlights, blankets and stuffed animals to school tomorrow, March 2.  Click here for Introductory Letter, Pledge Sheet and Tracking Sheet
Track & Tennis Registration 
Track and Tennis Registration for the Spring 2016 season is now open for 5th to 8th grade St. John Vianney School and Christian Formation children.  Practices and events for both sports take place in April and May and have conflicting schedules.  For more information on both programs and links to their online registration, go to Track Registration or Tennis Registration.  Registration closes Sunday, March 13.  Forms and fees can be turned in to the Parish or School office to the attention of Athletics.
Seminarian Connection
Deacon Patrick James Behling visited the third grade classrooms.  Some of the interesting topics of discussion were:
  • Prayer should be "Bookends" to our day.
  • Lent is all about a spiritual marathon for almsgiving and prayer.  We are Catholic Champions!
  • Reconciliation helps to make our lives bright when the sin weighs us down.

At the end of the visit, they played a game of "Stump the Deacon".  They also learned that Saint Philip Neri is his favorite saint!  What a nice visit they had! 

Parent- Teacher- Student Conferences
Conferences will be held on Monday, March 7 for grades K4-8 and on Tuesday, March 8 for K4 ONLY.  Parents are invited to sign up for a conference time using the below links to Sign Up Genius.  Conferences will run from 7:30-11:30am and from 3:30-7:30pm. This is counted as a school day for students and attendance will be taken.
NEW!  Middle School Teachers and Special Teachers will use assigned conference times to meet with families. 
Support the Curé d'Ars Annual Fund
Please make a pledge to the Curé d'Ars Annual Fund by March 18. This can be a monetary gift or a gift of prayer. What matters most is the participation of all SJV school families. To learn more about why the Annual Fund is crucial to the success of St. John Vianney school, click here.  Watch your mailbox over the next couple of weeks for a letter and pledge card or 
 make a gift online using Faith Direct.  All donations must be received by June 30. 
High Interest Day
High Interest Day for students in K5-5th grade is coming on Thursday, April 28!  Please check your child's backpack and help them complete the forms. The sign-up sheets need to be returned to school by Friday, March 4.  If your child doesn't turn in a sheet, classes will be assigned to them.

Needed:  The High Interest Day Committee is looking for old magazines and scrapbook paper.  If you have any of these items to donate, please send them to the school office.  Thank you. 
Health Room
The health room is in need of additional volunteer coverage.  A full shift is from 10:10am-1:10pm, but we would certainly appreciate a partial shift to help cover the noon hour- 11:30am-1:00pm.  Days needed are:  March 9, March 17 and March 18.  Extra volunteers will also be needed to help finish out the school year.  Please contact Janelle if you can help out!
Home & School News
Dine Out with SJV
Thursday, March 3
SJV has a Dine Out coming up on Thursday, March 3 from 5:00-10:00pm at Jason's Deli, located on the Moorland side of Brookfield Square. On the day of the event, please place your receipt in the Donation Box at the restaurant to make sure your meal is counted for the donation to SJV!
SJV Spirit Wear- Ordering Window is Now Open
The SJV Spirit Wear website is now open for ordering! The ordering window is today, Tuesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 13 at 11:59pm.

This will be our last ordering window of the school year, so stock up now for all those SJV items you want for the summer months!  The next ordering period will be in late July with delivery on Orientation Day in August! Go to the Burghardt's website, click on "Spirit Wear" and then scroll down to "St. John Vianney".  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Rusch  or Jennifer Doyle.
  Thank you for all your spirit wear business this year!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from SCRIP!
Lucky for you, the next SCRIP order will be Tuesday, March 8.  Please send orders to school by 8:30am.   There are only 3 more SCRIP days before Spring break and Easter!   Make plans to purchase cards for all your upcoming trips, whether it be to the grocery store or Disney World!  
Donation Needed for James and the Giant Peach
The costume committee is in need of two boys navy blue blazers - size 12, 14, or 16.  If you have an old one that your kids have outgrown and can donate, it would be appreciated. They will be altered and would not be returned.
Single Day Lego Workshop
Single session workshops have been added for students in K5-1st and 2nd-5th grades. Each session runs from after school until 4:30pm. Space is limited, so don't wait to follow the link to sign up!
Engineering FUNdamentals, Grades 2-5, March 4th

Pre-Engineering, Grades K-1, March 9th
Child Ministry
Joy Day 
First Communion Preparation
Joy Day for both children and parents is Saturday morning March 5 from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Church.  If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a treat to share.  Reminder, the first family sharing experience was due Wednesday, February 17.  Please also continue to work on your "Experience at Mass" activity.   
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed
We need additional presiders to lead the children in worship and adult and teen helpers to assist with the children.  It is a once a month commitment at the Saturday 4:30pm Mass or the Sunday 11:00am Mass.  Please come to a training session on Sunday, March 13th at noon in the Christian Formation Office.  If possible, observe CLOW at the 11:00am Mass and come to the training afterwards.  For more information or to volunteer, please call Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.  Men and teens please consider becoming a part of Children's Ministry.  We need your help!
Parish News

St. John Vianney Parish- Presentation Hall
Wednesday, March 2; 10:00-11:30am & 6:30-8:00pm

Reconciliation is the Sacrament that reveals the mercy of God in the most visible way.  How did this Sacrament develop in the Church, how does it show God's Mercy and how can it make us more merciful like the Father?
All are invited to join Fr. Ken Knippel, Pastor, St. John Vianney Parish, at this presentation.
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
Woodwind Voices:  Recorder, Rhythms & Beyond
Bringing together a variety of the western world's formative musical sounds, RUACH, Inc. will present several internationally acclaimed instrumentalists for an evening of "Woodwind Voices-Recorder, Rhythms, and Beyond." The March 6th concert at 7:00pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center will feature multiple Grammy winners on recorder, clarinet, percussion, and piano: New York-based Nina Stern, virtuoso recorder performer and globally recognized educator, will be joined by Glen Velez, celebrated percussionist and founding father of the modern frame drum movements, as well as winner of four Grammy awards. Todd Levy, the Milwaukee Symphony's eminent principal clarinetist and winner of three Grammy awards, and prominent Milwaukee pianist and Steinway artist Jeannie Yu round out the stellar collection of performers.  Click here for the Woodwind Voices Flyer.
Chess Tournament
The 8th Annual Wisconsin All-Catholic Schools Chess Invitational will be Sponsored by St. Sebastian School and hosted by Marquette University on Saturday, March 12.  Click here for the Chess Tournament Flyer.
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