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.
Just take a look at the news headlines on any given day and you'll find examples of fear, anxiety, and self-preservation. What can parents do to help extract pearls of wisdom and teach kids to aim high despite the apparent chaos?
St. John Vainney Catholic School's annual 7th grade retreat armes students with tools to develop "acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness and love for our differences," according to Claire Hoffmeyer, SJV's Associate Director of Yourth Ministry.
With the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates coming up, some may wonder if Mitt Romney has honed his debate skills while others are curious to hear President Obama respond to his critics.
The St. John Vianney 6th graders can porvide a critical analysis of the debates because they just wrapped up a debate session comparing the success of two ancient civilizations - the Assyrians and the Chaldeans.
In an effort to provide real-world experience to students, St. John Vianney first grade teachers Jenny Williams and Melisa Klement spent a day with the kids at the Village of Greendale on Friday, September 28th.
The students learned the differences between goods and services by visiting various businesses in the village.
St. John Vianney Catholic School (SJV) congratulates the 8th grade students that represented SJV in the Marquette Math Meet held at Marquette High School on Sunday October 14, 2012. There were roughly 200 students that attended the contest this year.
The 8th grade students that represented SJV were Sarah Clarke, Nicholas Dittrich, Kristina Kulpins, Brooke McArdle, Lexie Ries, Tricia Siy, and Alex Uy. Each student did a super job and is commended for their awesome effort and talent.
Along with FOX6 News and the Salvation Army, St. John Vianney Catholic School (SJV) participated in the Coats for Kids campaign, a program that collects winter coats and snow pants and distributes them to children in-need in Wisconsin. For 30 years, the program has provided warmth and good will to Wisconsin children who otherwise might not have proper winter protection.
SJV has been a part of the program for nearly two decades. With students collecting between 100-200 coats every year, the school has contributed thousands of winter items over the years.
by M. Gesiorek and K. Adamson
The String Orchestra, comprised of Advanced Orchestra students from SJV and St. Dominic School, recorded the Christmas CD entitled "Sing for Your Supper," for the sixth year in a row, along with contributions from several other area schools.
Four times a year, parent volunteers at SJV coordinate teacher luncheons to honor and thank the SJV school and parish staff.
"We entrust our teachers with our children every day. They teach them, care for them, pray with them and help us raise them to be good humans," said Cami Adel, one of the event coordinators. "This luncheon is such a small gesture in comparison with all of their efforts."
On November 6th, the country will decide on the person who will man the helm in the nation's capitol for the next four years and SJV fourth through eighth grade students will cast their vote, too. Not in the Presidential election. They're too young, of course.
Instead, the students will participate in a mock Presidential election at the school under the tutelage of Social Studies teacher Susan Schmitt, who has run the event every four years at SJV since the early 1970s.
Think you'd win a tug-of-war with a pair of oxen? Think an entire class of 7th graders would? The SJV 7th graders can tell you because they tried it. On October 17th, the students went to Old World Wisconsin to get a glimpse of what life in Wisconsin was like in the late 19th century.
Located in Eagle, WI, the historic site offers insights into daily life for European immigrants in this area around 1860-1890 such as Industrial Village, which features a black smith shop, a country store and wheel-making shed. The students also visited the German Farm Area where they helped knead bread, shaved wood, and yes - played tug-of-war with a pair of oxen.
In helping SJV eighth graders develop a more personal relationship with God, SJV's Associate Director of Youth Ministry, Claire Hoffmeyer, created activities that gave students several opportunities for quiet reflection during their retreat on Wednesday, October 17th.
The silent activites inlcluded meditation, writing prayer petitions, exploring scripture through meditative writing, and trying out certain prayer postures, among others. Each of the activites was a step in "Stations of Silence." Small and large group reflections were also part of the retreat.
St. John Vianney Catholic School is holding an Open House Tuesday, October 30th beginning at 6pm for all families interested in learning more about the school. The school also cordially invites all who are interested in reveling in the sounds of the fall season to come share in our Fall Fest Concert. The concert will be held at the school's Activity Center Tuesday evening, after the Open House.
The Open House offers school tours for interested families complete with trick-or-treating for the kids, who are invited to wear their costumes. Families attending the Open House are encouraged to stay and enjoy the concert, but all are welcome to the concert.