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After learning about lab safety, students in Ms. Kilian's class participated in their first lab!
Students got acquainted with newspapers during their first SJV Herald class. After reading them, they determined if the author was trying to inform, persuade, or entertain the reader. They also discussed how the newspapers were arranged to help the reader find what interests them.
In small groups, seventh graders determined the meanings of unknown vocabulary words. Students expressed these definitions in a variety of ways such as creating illustrations and using technology.
Students, parents and parishioners came together for fellowship at our monthly morning coffee, sponsored by the Home & School.
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September 6, 2016
A special thanks to everyone who attended our Parent Information Night last week. On behalf of the entire SJV staff, thank you for your support of our school.   There was such a positive feel to the night, and there were great interactions between the staff and parents during the classroom presentations.

As many of you know, we introduced the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline program last week, but there are a few other follow-up points we would like to share. Please visit the VBRD homepage to read more about the program, and to gather additional resources.

VBRD is not a discipline program. It is a school culture and community program that cultivates virtues to help student resolve conflicts in a meaningful way. It moves away from punitive methods of punishment, and teaches the students how to repair harm that was done using restorative practices and Catholic teachings. There are two major steps in this process that we are currently focusing on.

The first is to instruct and inform our students about virtues. Our focus for the school year will be the virtue of unity. We thought it would be a perfect virtue to focus on as we begin this journey together as a united community. We will also highlight different virtues throughout the year to emphasize. In addition, the teachers will instruct the students on virtues and will incorporate them into their daily teaching.

The second step is to implement class circles, which are short classroom meetings in which students are able to share, discuss, and connect with their classmates. Each circle begins and ends with prayer. Using a "talking piece," the students are able to have conversations to get to know each other, build community, and solve problems. The emphasis is placed on the students, while the teacher serves as the facilitator. We feel strongly that class circles will go a long way in helping our students build relationships with each other.

Finally, thank you to everyone who participated in our "Virtues Prayer Tree." Our students love walking by and seeing all of the prayers written for them by their parents. What a great unifying activity to begin the year!

Positively SJV,
Dan Demeter, Principal
Walk By Faith
All-School Liturgy- Note Time Change
All are welcome to join us for All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:45am.  We will be celebrating this Mass with Father Joe Uhen and the students of St. Anthony's on the Lake.

School News
One Call Now- Testing of the Emergency Alert System
We will be sending out a test message on Friday, September 9.  The One Call Now emergency contact system will contact the phone numbers and email addresses you provided to the office on Orientation Day.
Recess Monitor Needed
One hour per day, 2-3 days per week  
We are looking for an individual to collaborate with faculty and administration in supporting the mission and goals of the school. The individual would provide outdoor supervision for safe play during lunchtime recess, provide hallway supervision to promote safe and orderly transitions, and provide indoor supervision during inclement lunchtime recess. Interested people should contact Dan Demeter for more information about this opportunity.
Home & School News
Spirit Wear- Ordering Window is Closing on Thursday, September 8 at Midnight
Don't miss your opportunity to order your SJV Spirit Wear.  Orders can be placed now through midnight on Thursday, September 8th!  Stock up on SJV gear:  t-shirts, shorts, hats, sweatshirts, coaches' shirts and lots of other fun stuff!  Check it out!  The next ordering window will be in November, with delivery in time for the holidays!  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Rusch  or Jennifer Doyle.  Click on the link below to access the spirit wear website.
CLICK HERE to access the spirit wear website.
Events to Add to Your Calendar
Back to School Bash
Friday, September 9
All families are invited to attend the Back to School Bash- come and catch up with old friends and meet some new friends!  There will be food, music, crafts and fun.  See the Back to School Bash flyer for all of the details.
Faith Formation Offered to All Members of the Parish- First Session: Wednesday, September 14
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.
Primary Math Night
Tuesday, September 27 6:00-7:00pm

K4-2nd grade students, siblings and parents are invited to attend Family Math Night.  Join the primary teachers for math games, technology resources, math stories, problem solving strategies and raffle prizes.  Stop by the cafeteria for 15 minutes or stay for the full hour.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. McRae or Mrs. Albright.
Soles for Catholic Education
Saturday, October 15
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!
Trivia Night- Saturday, October 22
Gather your team of ten and come to show off your knowledge at trivia night!  See the Trivia Night Flyer for the details and registration information.
Student Activities
Battle of the Books
Grades 4-6
Saint John Vianney is very excited to participate in Battle of the Books (B.O.B) for the second year! This voluntary program takes place during lunch or eat-and-go one day a month and is designed to introduce children to new authors, as well as encouraging a love of reading, all in the spirit of friendly competition.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Battle of the Books and to sign up. CLICK HERE to see the book list. 
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.  Early bird sign up for Chess Club is this coming Friday, September 9th.
Singing Opportunities for SJV Students

Laudate Choir- The choir is open to all children of the parish in grades K5-5th.  Rehearsals will begin this week on Thursday, September 8.  They meet from 3:00-4:00pm in room P209 in the Parish Center.

Song Leaders- Open to SJV students in grades 4-8, Song Leaders help support the singing at the All School Liturgies.  Rehearsals are on Tuesdays during their lunch recess time.  Please CLICK HERE to read the Children's Music Ministry flyer.
Volunteer Opportunities
Sign Up to Help in Art Class
Do you love to see all the artistic talent of our budding student artists here at SJV? Ms.  Bach is looking for volunteers to help hang art work and create art displays showcasing student art work around school. If this sounds like something for you, sign up now to volunteer!
Sign Up to Help in the Health Room
If you don't want to commit to a shift in the monthly rotation, would you consider single days here and there?  Coverage is still needed on September 7, September 16, September 26 and September 30.  Most of the duties require bandages, ice and TLC.  Contact the office if you can take one of these shifts.
Child Ministry
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 comfortable.  Let's break open the Word of God together.
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed
We need adult presiders to lead the children in worship and teen helpers to assist with the children.  It is a once a month commitment at a Mass of your choice.  Please come to a training session on Sunday, September 11th at noon in the Christian Formation Office.  If possible, observe CLOW at the 11:00am Mass and come to the training afterwards.  Please call Dawn Van Dorf at
796-3944 to volunteer or for more information. 
Thank you for your consideration.    
Parish News
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column, Love One Another.
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