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St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Parish School exists to direct children toward God and toward Christian service to society through Catholic religious formation, academic challenge, and continuous improvement.
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7th grader Ceci shows off her intestines
 

5th graders doing a fraction sorting activity
Save the Date
February 22
2nd graders 
Bread of Life Day

February 24
1st graders to the Betty Brinn Museum

February 25
SMV Spirit Wear Day

February 26
Ash Wednesday

 K5 students with 100 red solo cups
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Grade 6 had a European Food Fair with tasty dishes, a few desserts & even some Sparkling Wine!  Thanks to the parents and students for such a great event!
Mission and Catholic Identity 2016-2021


2nd graders working on How to Articles

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Spring Chess

 

Wauwatosa Children's Theatre



K4 students having fun in the playroom

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Band Lessons

Piano Lessons
Monday, Tuesday,  
and Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
  
Thursdays
9:00am to 7:00pm
  
Saturdays
9:00am to 12:00pm
  
Wednesdays Closed
Principal Notes                                                    February 20, 2020

Dear SMV Families,

Next week is Ash Wednesday and it begins the forty days of Lent that leads to Easter. On Ash Wednesday, we come together to remind ourselves that we don't always follow God's ways and need to ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. Like God's people in the time of the prophets, we wear ashes to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, and to have a change of heart, so that we can live in right relationship with God and each other. 

For Catholics, Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstaining from meat. Fasting reminds us that food alone cannot make us happy. We must also be fed with prayer, with God's Word and by meeting Jesus in the Sacraments, especially Reconciliation and Eucharist. The small sacrifices we make during Lent make room in our hearts to welcome the risen Jesus at Easter. Please take some time to talk with your children about the meaning of Lent and discuss together what could be a meaningful sacrifice for this time. Join us for Mass at 8:00 on Wednesday morning to begin our Lenten journey.  

Just a reminder, there is no mass on Tuesday.

Our Lenten theme is," Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly," Micah 6:8.  Click here for the electronic copy of our Lenten Overview. On Friday your student will be bringing home a hard copy of our Lenten overview.

We will be participating in Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl. Your donations of loose change will help the needs of our global community.  Bowls will be going home tomorrow.

Also, we are asking you to help the clients of Milwaukee's House of Peace by filling a special brown bag with personal hygiene products for them. Clients of this agency are the homeless, unemployed and underemployed of the inner city of Milwaukee. Through this collection, we join in solidarity with them so as to be one in Christ with "the least of these." Bags will be going home tomorrow. 

Congratulations to the 8th grade girls along with our 8th grade boys who will be playing in the Padre Serra Tournament at Marquette High School. We will let you know the date and time when it is available.
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We are working on the school calendar for 2020-2021. Click here for a preliminary schedule.

* Lent is a fitting time for self-denial: we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Pope Francis

Faithfully Yours,
Mrs. Mary Tretow

                    

                 K3 students enjoying the small snow mounds
Office Notes                                                       

Six Flags Read to Succeed
In past years, some of your children in K5-grade 6 may have participated in Six Flags Read to Succeed. This program requires students to keep a log of their minutes read at home, excluding school work. When six hours (360 minutes) of reading is reached, they receive a ticket to Six Flags theme park. The program is now changed. It is no longer administered through school. If you are interested in having your children participate, go to sixflags.com/books

Use the school code AGXXE for all grades (K5-grade 6) and register your children. You will enter their reading minutes online and submit on or before April 17. You will then receive the Six Flag ticket by e-mail.
Questions? Please contact Miss Benson in the library.

Makerspace
The Makerspace is looking for empty Kleenex boxes and tape.  Please send them to the school office. 

Elementary Forensics
We hope you have received the email containing the google doc to register for Elementary Forensics.   Remember, you need to fill out one for EACH of your children participating!   Registration should be done by Tuesday, February 25th!  We really want as many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to participate as possible.  Friday, March 20th will be our in-house Forensics Fest starting at 9:00am.  Coaching sessions will be offered after school on these Mondays: February 28, Mar. 6, and Mar. 13.  All coaching sessions will be held in the library from 2:45-3:30pm.  We will be looking for parent volunteers to help out on these Mondays in a future email.  Any questions, email Ann Scott  asartini@yahoo.com  or Julie Perez  jperez@stmaryeg.org

                                       VBS will be held June 22-26
Home & School News

Wave Game
SMV Day  at the  MKE Wave Game : March 15th at 1:07 p.m.
 
Have a blast at the game with your SMV friends & support our school (SMV will receive a portion of the ticket sales)!
 
INCENTIVE: First 20 (children) to purchase tickets will be able to participate in a pre-game high five tunnel. Children will give high fives to Wave players as the run on the field! 5 SMV adults will accompany the children on the field!
 
Click on this link below to purchase your tickets . You will automatically be seated in SMV's section. Each ticket holder will receive a Wave drawstring bag!

Save the Date
Please save the date for the SMV Daddy Daughter Dance! It will be held in the school gym on Friday April 3rd.  Registration flyers will come home in the next few weeks, but mark your calendars now, it is a special night not to be missed!
Auction News

Ticket Sales for this year's SMV Auction for Education-Oktoberfest are open!!!
Please visit our website to sign up and purchase tickets at SMV2020.givesmart.com

Early Bird Discount!!!
Purchase your tickets before February 29th and receive an Early Bird Discount of $45 each.  After February 29th tickets will be $50 each.  Just visit our site above and enter the discount code PROST2020.

Grandparent Tickets!
We would love to have Grandparents attend the Auction. We are offering a special grandparent ticket for $40.  Visit the ticket site above and select Grandparent ticket!

Table for 10 Discount!
Gather your friends and buy a table.  Table for 10 discount offers a $50 discount off the table price.  Visit the ticket site above and select table for 10 tickets!

With gratitude,
Elizabeth Hagman and Michelle Thomet  
2020 Auction Co-Chairs

THE AUCTION COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Auction for Education Games Committee really needs your help with our Wine Pull and our Gift Card Wall.  Please consider donating a bottle of wine or a gift card (any denomination of gift card, but ideally $25 value or more)  These gift cards can be from places you frequent: gas stations, coffee shops, Target/Wal-Mart, restaurants, grocery stores, the mall, etc.  Purchase the gift card from SCRIP and you will earn money toward your tuition for next school year!  Did you receive some gift cards at Christmas that you will not use?  Please consider donating them to our auction's gift card wall. Please drop off these gift cards and/or bottles of wine in the school office.  We appreciate your help and generosity.
The Auction Games Committee                                                         
Deanna Pilgreen, Katie Fee, and Julie Perez

            
Positively SMV

Please join me in welcoming one of SMV's newer members, Mrs. Maria Schloemer.  You will find Mrs. Schloemer in Mrs. Smrz's classroom where she serves as the k4 aide.  Mrs. Schloemer feels blessed to live and work in such a faith filled community.  She also has a rich and deep history at our neighboring parish and school, St. John Vianney.  Her parents where charter members of both the SJV parish and school, all three of her sons currently attend school there, and she serves as their chair of the Pro Life Committee.  In their free time, the family likes to spend time on Post Lake in Elcho, WI, boating, swimming, fishing and enjoying the peace of the outdoors.  Mrs. Schloemer is also busy finishing her last semester of the Saturday Institute for Lay Ministry.  With so many things to keep her busy, Mrs. Schloemer says she still takes time everyday to thank God for "this opportunity to share my life and faith with St. Mary's and to receive back even more love from all of you"!  Thank YOU Mrs. Schloemer for sharing your time and faith with our school and most especially some of our youngest students!

SMV Athletics 

Jr. Golf
David Roesch Golf and SMV are gearing up for another great spring season of junior golf lessons. David has an impressive resume (2014 WI PGA Player of the Year; 2018, 2017 and 2013 WI PGA Teacher of the Year; led the 2004 US Open after the first round - finished tied for 31st).  Assistant instructors will be Erika Pirkl, Wisconsin PGA Player Development Coordinator and Sam Kuchenreuther, Assistant Pro at North Hills CC. Following are details:
  • 5 weekly group lessons and range balls (focus on short game and swing instruction)
  • Lessons on Thursdays and Fridays at Storms Range in Brookfield starting May 7 and ending June 5 (rain dates rescheduled)
  • Choose Thursdays or Fridays from 4-5 PM
  • $90 per student for all lessons and range balls
  • Program open to K5-8th grade
  • Kids should bring their own clubs (limited amount of extra equipment available)
If interested, go to   http://www.davidroeschgolf.com/  and look for the link under "Spring After-School Junior Golf Program"
Parish News

St. Mary's Visitation Christian Women will host an Ash Wednesday Morning of Reflection on Wednesday, February 26 following the 8am Mass in the Parish Atrium.  The morning includes a light breakfast, Lenten Reflection by Fr. Peter, Stations of the Cross and a light soup and salad lunch.  Please click here for more details.
snow cover Mary and Elizabeteh