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Weekly Highlights
Fifth graders worked collaboratively on their scientific method presentations. Groups were formed based on their own learning styles by using the different learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It was definitely a fun, yet engaging learning environment to say the least!
Mrs. Kosterman's K5 students have enjoyed learning and having fun in the first weeks of school.
The seventh graders and second graders met with their buddies and had fun learning about one another.  
Persistance is one of the life skills necessary for success. The middle school students in Executive Skills 2 (Habits of Mind) used persistence to balance 10 pennies on edge.
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September 13, 2016
"It is more than just choosing the right words; it is changing the way we interact with people." 
This is a quote that we believe sums up the heart of the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline program that we are implementing at SJV.  This program is a center piece at our school this year, and we want to devote space in the Shamrock Weekly to explain and educate our school families on its components. The purpose of this communication is to inform everyone about classroom circles, which are a key component to VBRD.
Classroom circles are a time for students to connect and talk with one another, which can be planned or impromptu. They are usually 5-10 minutes in length and are meant to be relaxing and comforting, yet productive and meaningful. There are multiple reasons for a class to hold a circle. They can be used to get to know one another, problem solve, practice a virtue, brainstorm, elaborate on content, or restore harm that was done. Each circle follows the format below and includes a "talking piece," which is passed around as different students speak.
  • Opening prayer - the circle begins with a prayer, which can be student or teacher led.
  • One word check-in - this can be, "how are you feeling?" or "how was your weekend?" The purpose is to get everyone involved and engaged.
  • Pose the topic for discussion - This is where students are able to discuss and share based on the topic posed for the circle. This is the most in-depth part of the circle.
  • Elaboration/follow up - After each student has had a chance to speak, this time allows students to respond, question, or add to a comment that was already said.
  • One word check-out - this allows the students some closure to the circle and their reactions to it.
  • Closing prayer - we always end with a prayer that can be teacher or student led.
The teachers have already done a great job of implementing class circles into their rooms. Some have been planned, some have been impromptu, but teachers and students are reporting that they enjoy taking a few minutes to connect and learn more about each other. As we promote and build unity with class circles, we invite you to please follow up with your children at home. Ask how things are going with their classmates. Ask how it went during their class circle. Ask about the virtues they are learning about. The more consistent conversation we can have at home and school, the better!

Finally, we want to make sure that VBRD is a program that creates excitement and positivity all year long, so please join us for a VBRD Pep Rally on Tuesday, September 20th at 2:15 in the Activity Center. The students will be able to wear their new SJV Unity t-shirts as we generate excitement and energy over our new program!

Positively SJV,
Dan Demeter, Principal
Walk By Faith
All-School Liturgy
All are welcome to join us for All-School Liturgy on Wednesday, September 14 at 8:05am.  Mass will be prepared by the students of Mr. Dempsey's eighth grade homeroom.

School News
Unity T-Shirt Day
Tuesday, September 20
Students may wear their unity t-shirts to school on September 20. They may wear bottoms that follow the non-uniform day guidelines.
SJV Basketball Registration
Grades 5-8
Basketball registration for the 2016-17 season is now open. All parish 5th - 8th graders are eligible to participate. Completed forms and checks are due by Monday, October 3rd to the Parish or School office. Due to changes in League deadlines this year, no late registrations will be accepted for 8th grade girls. For all other grades, no late registrations will be accepted after October 10th.  Click here to register and visit the basketball page for further information and forms.   
Come Visit the Boy Scouts at the Farmers' Market
Come visit the SJV Boy Scouts at the Brookfield Farmers' Market this Saturday, September 17th between 7:00am and 12:00pm. They will be selling candy bars and promoting SJV in the community! Stop by and say hello!
Coats for Kids Collection
The Saint John Vianney Third Graders will be sponsoring the annual Coats For Kids coat drive September 26-30. Please bring your gently-used coats to the blue barrels located in the school office or in the hall by the library. Thank you for helping to make the kids of our surrounding communities warm this fall and winter.  COATS FOR KIDS!
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.
New Lunch Menu Information
Elmbrook is now using a new program for our lunch menus- It is called Nutrislice and you can use it to view and print your monthly lunch menus. In order to view the SJV lunch menu, go to
There is an option on the right hand side of the screen to be added to the lunch email list.  When doing so, an email with a link to the menus will be sent out one to two weeks prior to the end of the month for the following month.
Another great perk is the ability to access the menu from any smart phone. In order to do that, download the Nutrislice app, choose elmbrook schools and the school menu can be viewed from there.
Also, if you have any students with allergies, there is a filter option to see all allergy info. For diabetic students, menus can have grams of carbs listed when it is printed. And, all general nutrition information for the main dish and sides are listed.  
Home & School News
Home & School
September 20th, 8:15am, P209
All parents are members of the SJV Home & School Association.  You are invited to attend the next meeting on September 20.  Please click here to see the meeting agenda.
September SCRIP Dates
Mondays, 9/19 and 9/26. 
Why use scrip for every day purchases instead of credit cards or cash?
 Two reasons: 
  1.  SJV earns money!  Scrip is a fundraiser for SJV that doesn't cost you extra money.  SJV purchases gift cards at a reduced rate from Great Lakes Scrip.  You purchase cards at its face value from SJV.  The difference between the two transactions is a rebate or profit earned!
  2. YOU can share in the profits earned!  50 percent of the profit is earned for SJV and 50 percent can be applied to school tuition or received as cash back.  Last year, 34 families received over $100 back at the end of the year.  WOW!
How to order:
Order forms can be found on the SJV website or in the school/parish office.   You can also sign up for online ordering through  Use our school's code:  B13DA8633L15.  Please send orders to school by 8:30am on Mondays.  Cards will be ready to pick up in the school office or sent home in the backpacks on Thursdays (or Fridays on rare occasions).  Questions?  Email Martha Connelly or Janet Fisher
Box Tops for Education
Have you been clipping those Box Tops?  Get ready to turn them in and help our school earn a non- uniform day if we meet our school wide goal.  Our school Box Top collection drive begins Wednesday September 21 and ends Friday, September 30th!  For each Box Top our school receives, we earn ten cents. We have collected hundreds to thousands of dollars over the years from Box Tops, which helps fund the Back to School Bash, playground equipment, Fine Arts and many other Home and School sponsored activities.   
Events to Add to Your Calendar
Dine Out with SJV at Parkside 23 on
September 15
Dine at Parkside 23 on September 15 and 25% of all food sales that day will be donated to the SJV Home & School.  The PAPER FLYER must be printed and presented before ordering.
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.
Bids for Kids Meeting
September 28 at 6:30pm
The Bids for Kids Auction, a biennial event, is going to be fabulous! This evening cannot go on without the help of many volunteers.  If you are a committee chair or are interested in being on a committee, please attend a Bids for Kids meeting on September 28, 6:30-8:00pm in room P209.  The agenda will include the sharing of preliminary plans and a question & answer session.
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 will receive a t-shirt to wear to school on October 12. 
After September 19, registration will be $10 and t-shirts will need to be picked up at the walk. Click here to join the SJV Team!

**Help us "Stuff the Bus" with gently-used shoes to distribute to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Shoes can be brought to school until October 12.
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.
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.
Vianney Varieties Talent Show- Audition Forms Due by October 12
Show off your talent!  Sign up to audition for the annual Vianney Varieties Talent Show!  Auditions are open for students (solo or a group) in grades 5-8.  Click here for the program information and audition form.
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 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.
Sign Up to Help with Hot Lunch
The lunchroom is a fun place to see all of our students, relaxing with their friends.  Follow the link to sign up to serve hot lunch- for one day or multiple days.  Help is still needed for September on the 16th & 27th.
Sign Up to Help with Library or in the Computer Lab
Follow this link to go to Sign Up Genius to volunteer for Library or the Computer Lab.  Go to the one sign up page and scroll across the tabs on the top to see all of the homerooms and the dates available.
Child Ministry
Children's Liturgy of the Word
A year-round ministry for all parish children offered on 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 alone.  Come hear the Word of God! 
Tiny Tot Time Begins Again
Moms, Dads, Grandparents, bring your little ones ages two to five for an hour of story time, activities, music, and snack.  We meet one Tuesday a month and our first gathering is Tuesday, September 20th at 10:00am in the Church Hall.  Each month we will celebrate a different theme.  Please feel free to drop in or let us know you are coming by calling Dawn Van Dorf at 796-3944 x1117.  We hope you will join us!
Parish News
Please click to read Archbishop Listecki's column,  Love One Another.
Community News
Pius XI  High School
Pius XI has many event planned for students to learn more about their high school.  See the Pius XI Flyer for dates for shadowing experiences, open houses etc.
Oktoberfest at St. Joe's
All are invited to Oktoberfest at St. Joseph's Parish in Wauwatosa on September 17.  Come for food, music, games, 50/50 raffle and fun.  See the Oktoberfest Flyer for further info and schedule of events.
Synchronized Swimming
Love to swim, dance and do gymnastics? Then Synchronized Swimming is for YOU!  The Menomonee Falls Dolphinette Synchro Team is offering two programs for new swimmers.  We'll work on strength, flexibility, gymnastics, swimming skills and synchro basics. Open to girls of all ages.  Click here for further information.
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