St. Mary's Visitation Parish School's Mission Statement 
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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K3 painting dinosaurs
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March 15 
8th grade boys play at MMU @ 8:45

March 18
Elementary Art Day

March 19
Firefighter coming to 3rd grade

March 21
DARE for 5th graders
Elementary Art Day

March 22
3rd-5th grade Forensics

March 30 

Father Peter visits the 5th grade classroom
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2nd graders wearing ties they made.  This week they are reading the story Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble!
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Emily and Peter enjoyed the snake that David Stokes brought for an in-house field trip
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Third graders making Lenten chains


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and Fridays
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9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesdays Closed
Principal  Notes                                                         March 14, 2019 

Dear Families,

During Lent we are invited to undertake a journey of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. We pray for others and ourselves. We give something up. We share our time and ourselves more generously with other people. These traditional Lenten works remind us that denial and struggle-taking up our cross each day-are essential dimensions of living as disciples of Jesus, ultimately bringing new life, and help us prepare for the greatest celebration of the liturgical year, Easter.  What are you doing this Lent?

I have been working on the 2019-2020 calendar.  This is a draft and there are still some events that have to be added, but this will let you begin planning for next year.  Please click the link.

Grades 3 rd -5 th will host their annual Forensics Festival on Friday, March 22nd, starting at 9:00. Please join us for this wonderful event.

Fr. Peter will have a series of articles about the Sacraments, which will appear in the Catholic Herald during the coming months. Please click here to read it.

Come cheer on our 8th grade boys at the Padre this Friday at 8:45 at Mount Mary University.

The 2019 Auction for Education is only two weeks away. Our wonderful auction committee is hard at work getting ready for your arrival. 

Every year proceeds from the auction and Stop the Auction go to support various endeavors throughout the school.  This year we are excited to share with you our plans for an outdoor classroom.
The space at the corner of Crescent and Watertown Plank Road will be dedicated to this.

We invite you to watch two videos that share our vision of what is to come.

See you at the auction!


Outdoor Classroom SMV 2019
Outdoor Classroom SMV 2019

Mrs. Mary Tretow

Students got to walk the Labyrinth last Friday 
as part of their Lenten Journey
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Elementary Forensics

Calling all parent artists! Any parents or family members who are interested in helping with set painting for Beauty and the Beast Jr. can email Mrs. Kesler at to volunteer . We will also be contacting our junior high student set painting volunteers soon with more information. Thank you for considering this opportunity to help with our musical!
We are also in search of empty, clean tin cans with the labels peeled off (without the lids) to make props for the show. If you have any 12oz. - 24oz. cans to donate, please bring them to the music room. Thanks for your help!   
Thank you!
Mrs. Kesler, Miss Pospyhalla, Miss Gleason, and Mr. Newman
          First Graders enjoying the Betty Brinn children's Museum
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Auction News
Attention SMV Families:
The Auction for Education Games Committee really needs your help with our Gift Card Wall.  Do you have any gift cards just sitting around your house that you have not used?  Did you receive some gift cards this past Christmas that you might not need?  Please consider donating them to our gift card wall (any denomination of gift card, but ideally $25 value or more)  If you don't have any gift cards to spare, please consider purchasing one to donate from a place you frequent OR purchase a gift card from SCRIP and you will earn money toward your tuition for next school year!  Please drop off these gift cards in the school office.  We appreciate your help and generosity.
The Auction Games Committee                                                                      Deanna Pilgreen, Kate Janusz, Katy Edwards, and Julie Perez

          Auction is March 30 Please click here for more information

It was a great day at Northwestern last Saturday.  The tournament ran reasonably on time, we had a nice lunch at Chipotle, and we won some games.  SMV A (Grace, Rob, Kyle, Max) finished 6-2, sweeping their playoff games, and SMV B (Nora, Caitlin, Mary, Eli, Braden, Mitchell) finished 2-6.

Most importantly, to me -- both of our teams were exemplary citizens and good sports.  Both teams got complimented by other coaches whom I respect about their conduct.  These are kids with whom I am proud to be associated.
   And with that you will find a few things that are Positively SMV!  
SMV Athletics

The 8th grade boys A team will be playing Friday night @ 8:45 in the Padre Serra Tournament.  Check out the link to the tournament site and come help support the team through the tourney!!
Matthew Schmainda and Nollenn Tabaska for being chosen to play in the Blessed Sacrament Tournament's 8th grade "All Star" game Monday, March 18, 7:45 PM, at Blessed Sacrament. During the tournament, coaches from opposing teams nominate one player per game based on sportsmanship, teamwork, and all around play.
Peter McDevitt was selected for the 7th grade All Star game - which is being held right before the 8th grade game at 6:30 PM.

The snow is melting, track is right around the corner!  Get your kids outside and start exercising!
If you haven't already, can you please fill out the google form to confirm the participation of your child in the track program? 
Practice begins April 2, 530pm-7pm at Brookfield East.  It runs Tuesdays/Thursday.
If you were not able to attend the information session on March 11 and have questions, please plan to stop by and talk to myself or one of the coaches after practice.
Thanks again to everyone who has volunteered to help coach!
Brad Conners, Patrick Costigan, Sharon Haas, Amy Henry, Matt Hynek, Natalie Mussatto, Mike Schmainda
Spring 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 Jack Schultz, 2017 WI Amateur Player of the Year. 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 2 and ending May 31
  • 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  and look for the link under "Spring After-School Junior Golf Program"

Parish News


St. Mary's Visitation Parish 2019 Vacation Bible School  online registration is open!
More information about this year's event can be found at registration site.
Volunteer signup, 6th grade and up, is available!

Good Grief
Are you ready to move forward in your grief journey? Would you like to smile again? Consider attending St. Mary's Good Grief support group. Certified Grief Counselor, Deacon Tom Binder, will lead a 12-week session beginning  Wednesday, March 20th from  10 am to 11:30 am in the Atrium Library.
A few of the topics that will be discussed include: The Difference Between Grief and Mourning; Special Days and Holidays; Expectations vs. Reality; Guilt, Regret, Self-Blame; Grief Bursts; and Developing a new Self-Identity.
A 12-week commitment to the class is very important. Class size is limited. Registration required. Contact Mary Sue at the Parish Office, 262-782-4575 or