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August 23, 2016
This week we welcomed back our wonderful teachers for our week of in-service. Despite the end of their summers, the teachers came back engaged and enthusiastic to start the new year.  Right from our opening faculty meeting, there was a great buzz as we met our new staff members, caught up from being apart during the summer, and got to work for the upcoming school year.  We are truly blessed to have a group of teachers who came back to work dedicated and ready to prepare for the school year with such a positive attitude.
The goal for this week of in-service with the teachers is two-fold. First, we work hard to establish a strong sense of community among the staff, so there are activities for the staff to establish a positive rapport with one another, especially with our new teachers.  Secondly, we are very intentional about outlining the academic goals and expectations for the upcoming school year, with always the same guiding question in mind, "how will this improve student learning?"  Through our opening activities, we are able to set a vision for the year to establish academic success with all of our students.
One of the highlights of the week, is our staff day of reflection on Wednesday.  Fr. Knippel leads all SJV employees in a day filled with prayer, reflection, togetherness, and fun.  It truly sets the tone for the new year and all of the excitement that surrounds it. 
We are very excited to see everyone on Friday as we open our doors for Orientation Day.  While the buzz and excitement around the building has come back, it's not quite the same without all of our students filling the hallways!
Positively SJV,
Dan Demeter, Principal
Walk By Faith
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to join us for All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, August 31 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by the middle school teachers.

School News
SJV Campus Closed
The parish office and school office will both be closed on Wednesday, August 24 for our annual Staff Day of Reflection.   
Orientation Day
Friday, August 26
Orientation Day is almost here!  Please stop by on Friday anytime between 8:00am and 11:30am to drop off your forms, meet your teachers and take your school picture. This is an attendance day, but students do not need to be in uniform.  HELP IS NEEDED!  So far, only 3 adults have signed up to help staff the tables.  Click here to sign up to help- we promise you will still have plenty of time to do your own Orientation Day tasks. 
School Pictures & Yearbook Reminder
All students in grades K4-7 should stop in the cafeteria to get their pictures taken on Orientation Day.  Eighth grade students will have their pictures taken on October 21.  No order form is needed for 8th graders as orders will be placed from a proof sheet.  Yearbooks may be ordered using the envelope found in the parent packet.  You may use the one envelope to place an order for all of your children.
Events to Add to Your Calendar
Dine Out with SJV at Yo Mama!
Visit Yo Mama! on Orientation Day, Friday, August 26.  Come between 11:00am and 11:00pm.  When you mention SJV at check-out, our school will receive 30% of the total sales!
Parent Information Night
Thursday, September 1
6:30pm in the Church
Mark your calendar to come to this event filled with information regarding the new school year.  Hear from our school leaders and go to the classrooms to learn about what the teachers have planned for your learners.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Safeguarding All God's Family Session at SJV on September 6
SJV will be hosting a training session for Safeguarding All God's Family at 6:30pm in the Presentation Hall. This training is required of anyone who would like to work with the students.  Click here to sign up for this session, one of many scheduled around the Archdiocese.
Faith Formation Offered to All Members of the Parish- Three Family Sessions
All parishioners, including school families, Christian Formation families, and families without children are invited to participate in three family formation sessions. These sessions ware designed to fortify us "to act justly, to love steadfastly, and to walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8).  The first session can be attended either on Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-7:55pm OR Sunday, September 18, 9:00-10:55am.  Please click for further program information and for program registration.
Soles for Catholic Education
Come walk with the SJV community on October 15 at 10:00am to celebrate Catholic Education.  Registration is free until September 19 and all walkers receive a T-shirt.  Registration is $10 after September 19. Click here to join the SJV Team!
Volunteer Opportunities
Items Requested for the Teacher Luncheon
Home & School will welcome back teachers and staff by providing a luncheon on Thursday, August 25.  Parent donations are requested to help make this lunch a (delicious) success!  Please follow this link to Sign-Up Genius to mark your contribution.
Adult and Middle School Student Volunteers Needed at Orientation Day
Volunteers are needed to help out at Orientation Day to greet and staff all the various tables. Please follow the links below to choose a slot in which to serve.
Thank you for your help!  
Parent Volunteers    Middle School Volunteers
Sign Up to Serve Hot Lunch
Serving hot lunch is a great way to see all of the children of the school (including your own!) and work with our fun lunch ladies and other cafeteria helpers!   Click here to sign up for a commitment of only one day each month.
Volunteer in the Health Room
Volunteers are needed to help staff the health room one day per month 10:10am-1:10pm.  NO SPECIAL SKILLS are needed- just your ability to do what you do yourself as a parent!  Most of the students who visit need ice, bandages or just some some tender-loving care. When there are no students, it is a great time to read, make your grocery list or complete other things on your to-do list!  Click here to sign up for one shift per month.
Volunteer in the School Office
Volunteers are needed to help cover the office during the noon hour. (opening the door, answering phones etc.) The commitment is one day per month from 12:15-1:00pm.  Open days are:  Fourth Wednesdays, First Fridays and Fifth Fridays.  Contact Janelle if you can help.  Thank you!
Student Activities
Chess Club
Students in grades K5-8 are invited to join the fun in chess club. Everyone is welcome- whether you are a beginner or have previous chess experience.  Click here for all the chess club information/how to register.
Parish News
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