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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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Principal  Notes                                                February 28, 2019 

Dear Families,

Next week is Ash Wednesday and it begins the forty day season 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 theme this year for Lent is, "Follow the Cross to Jesus."  Please click here to see our Lenten Overview. 

This year we are introducing something new for Lent. We will be participating in Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl. More information is coming in the Lenten Overview.

Just like last year, 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 on Friday, March 8th.

At last year's auction Peter and Amy Henry bid on Principal for a Day. Mitchell, Holly and Bronwyn will be "honorary principals" on Tuesday, March 5th. We will also be celebrating Mardi Gras, known as Fat Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent.  This will be a dress down day. Please have your children come in anything that represents the colors of Mardi Gras. The Henry Family will be treating us all to ice cream! You too can have your children be Principal for a Day, bid on it at this years auction.

Two weeks ago we had the 175th Saint Museum. The 5th and 6th graders showcased many of the important people of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan over the last 175 years. The Catholic Herald did a story about us. Click here to read all about it.

Come out and support our 8th grade boys at the Padre Serra Tournament in their first round of play on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 at Mount Mary University.

Mrs. Mary Tretow

                                      K3 and the letter O
Office Notes                                                     February 28, 2019 

Elementary Forensics
Save the date!  Friday, March 22nd will be our in-house Forensics Fest from 9:00-11:30am.    We really want as many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to participate in Forensics as possible so if you have not sent in your registration form yet, please send it in ASAP.  Our first coaching session will be this Friday, March 1 st in the library from 2:45-3:30pm.  This first coaching session is only for third and fourth graders.  Any questions, email Ann Scott or Julie

          K4 with their 4th grade buddies enjoying some playtime
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Auction News
The Auction for Education Games committee is looking for help with our Wine Pull and the 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! 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, Kate Janusz, and Julie Perez

Spirit Wear
Attention Parents! This is the LAST spirit wear sale of the year. 
Lots of new styles added and past favorites are back by popular demand! Now featuring the patriotic Gladiator shirt . Perfect for the Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade! Grab one for the whole family. Toddler sizes are available.  Brewers shirts are back, too! 
Don't miss your chance to show your SMV School spirit! Remember spirit wear is a fundraiser so you can feel good that your purchase will support our exemplary school! Sale closes this Tuesday, March 5.
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There are two SMV moms who have been volunteering a lot of their time over the past few months.  Katie Carnell and Sue Olbrantz are the co-chairs for this year's Auction for Education, An Old Fashioned Supper Club.  They have spent countless hours preparing, organizing and soliciting, gathering together items to create some wonderful auction packages!  The auction is the main fundraising event for our school and supports many initiatives such as technology, the Artist in Residence Program, the Makerspace, classroom upgrades and last year the new gym floor.  It is always a fun filled, casual night, and provides an opportunity to support SMV while mingling with other parents.  Please plan to join us Saturday, March 30th in the SMV gym.  And many thanks to Katie and Sue, this evening would not be possible without you!  
  And with that you will find a few things that are Positively SMV!  
SMV Athletics

It's the final week of basketball for most of our teams this Saturday at SMV! Come help cheer on all our teams!
Basketball SMV Gym Game Schedule for 3/2:
8:15 AM SMV 5th Boys (Martin)
9:15 AM SMV 7th Boys (Borino)
10:15 PM SMV 8th Boys (Novotny)

Last week saw some exciting Games!!! There was a buzzer beater by Maureen Schlifske helping the 7/8th girls team beat St. Agnes in double overtime!

The 8th grade Boys A team beat St Mary's Menomonee Falls to finish 1st in their league for the 2nd consecutive season!! Congratulations to:  Will Coleman, Connor Mihm, Ben Schneider, Matthew Schmainda, Garrett Mueller, Nollenn Tabaska, Joe Stewart, Tommy Wichgers, Mikey Schlifske -- Mike Schmainda, Bob Schneider - Coaches

They will be preparing for the Padre Serra Tournament starting next week. Their first game is Thursday March 7th @ 6:30PM. Check out the link to the tournament site and come help support our team through the tourney!!

                  Back-to-back league champions for these guys!

The 7th Grade Boys A team- Going  to the final four for the Blessed Sacrament invitational tournament on Friday, March 1 at 6:30pm at  Blessed Sacrament 3126 S. 41st
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"

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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

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