Whether you're on your way to the library or stopping by City Hall, chances are you're driving by St. John Vianney School, located in the heart of Brookfield. This blog will provide insight into life and education at SJV, a 4K-8 educational anchor in Brookfield since 1957.
Lead by former principal Colleen Terry, SJV students and parishioners recently stopped by the SHARE Warehouse in Butler to help the St. Vincent De Paul Back to School Drive . They sorted and packaged school supplies for children in need for the coming fall! Our parishioners helped package the FOUR THOUSAND school supply packets that will be distributed around the city! Soon to be eighth grader Nate Leitermann said about volunteering, "I thought this would be a lot of hard work but it really wasn't and I had so much fun!"
Four of SJV's very own 8th graders, Elizabeth Capper, Casey Crooks, Kaitlin Hohl, and Mary Newby, inspired by an annual assignment from Mrs. Schmitt's Social Studies class unit on Social Justice, have coordinated a small fundraiser over at Brookfield Farmers Market. This fundraiser, to be held this Saturday (August 9th) and next Saturday (August 16th), will benefit the people of West Allis and Waukesha . They will be using the money they raise at the Farmer's Market to buy batteries for the Waukesha and West Allis fire departments. These fire departments will be giving away batteries to people in need for use in their own home smoke detectors.
Just another example of our school's efforts to guide our children about social justice, encouraging them to think about what they can do for their community. The Social Studies assignment was to come up with an action plan of helping a person or a group of people. Many of the student plans included garage sales, outdoor movie nights, and food drives. If our eighth graders actually execute their plans, they will receive extra credit in their 8th grade Social Studies classes - not to mention helping people their community!
All this talk of flash floods and heavy rain over the weekend got me thinking about the last time we experienced extreme weather -- the Saturday afternoon of the SJV Festival. Here are some pictures from the fest BEFORE the crazy weather broke in: