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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                                               January 24, 2019

Dear Families,

All Catholic Schools around the country will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week, starting January 27 th .  This is a time where we stop and realize what a wonderful blessing it is to be able to speak and live out our faith on a daily basis with our children. We can truly be disciples of Jesus living out the Gospel and witnessing to those around us.

This year's theme is "Catholic Schools Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed . We will begin with our annual Chili Chomp and Book Fair tomorrow night.  Our Open House will be on Sunday from 8:00-12:30 p.m. Please plan on stopping by to visit your child's classroom and our Jr. High Science Fair.  The Boy Scouts will be serving a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria from 8:00-11:00. Come join us! We will be giving tours to prospective families.  Please encourage any family who is interested in coming to St. Mary's to attend. You are our best marketing tool - help us spread the word! Click here to see all the great things that are happening next week.

There is so much excitement around our upcoming musical, "Beauty and the Beast Jr."  So much extra time goes into planning and rehearsing -- it literally takes months. Thank you to Mrs. Kesler, Ms. Pospyhalla, Ms. Gleason and Mr. Newman for all your time working with the students.  We can't wait!

February 14
th is our 2 nd parent/teacher conference of the school year. School is dismissed at 11:00. Conferences are from 2:00-6:00 that evening. Sign-up genius will be coming out on a separate email. A conference can be requested by you or the classroom teacher.

Mrs. Mary Tretow

                      The cast of SMV's Beauty and Beast
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Six Flags
Six Flags Read to Succeed is a reading program that allows students to earn a free ticket to Six Flags theme park. Students in K5 through grade six may participate. Students need to log their independent reading to reach 600 minutes before the end of February. See the Parent Letter in this Virtual Backpack for more information, or contact Miss Benson in the library.
Open House
Please consider helping at our upcoming SMV Open House on Sunday, January 27th.  We are in need of hospitality help and tour guides.  It is a very enjoyable morning as you are able to socialize with existing families, meet new families, and share your SMV spirit!  Thank you in advance!

Parents this is just a reminder that if your child has an update to their immunizations to let the school office know.  We need to update our records as well.

Tuition Assistance 2019-2020
"Financial assistance applications for 2019-20 tuition payments are now being taken.  The online application and other information  (through the FACTS Tuition Management Service) can be found at:
Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted and complete by May 1, 2019 to be considered.  Families will be notified of available funds  by June 15, 2019."

Tax Deduction
Parents with a child in a private school are able to receive a Wisconsin tax deduction for private school tuition.
Under the program, parents can deduct up to $4,000 per student in grades K-8, and up to $10,000 per high school student. Please note tuition checks written prior to January 1, 2018 are not be eligible for tax year 2018 deductions. 
The information necessary to claim the deduction on your tax return will be emailed to all school families before January 31st.  Please consult your tax professional if you have questions.

Jr. High Play Practice Information
Students with a character role will begin attending rehearsals next week - January 21st - on Mondays and Tuesdays after school from 2:45-4:00 pm. Students will meet in the cafeteria for rehearsals unless otherwise notified. When students do not have school, we will not have rehearsal. We understand there are many after school activities - please email as needed if your child has a conflict or appointment and will be unable to attend a rehearsal.
*Students in the ensemble will not need to attend any rehearsals after school - we will practice these parts during music classes. Stage, sound, and light crew members will not need to attend after school rehearsals until May, as indicated below.*
Please see the dates below to determine the rehearsals your child should attend:
January 21st/22nd: All roles attend for a run-through of the show (No sound/stage/light crew)
January 28th & 29th / February 4th & 5th/February 11th & 12th/February 19th:
All stage roles except narrators, wolves, trees (No sound/stage/light crew)
Beginning February 25th: All stage roles including narrators, wolves, trees
(No sound/stage/light crew)
May: All stage roles, All stage/sound/light crews

                          Students enjoying the snow
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Scholastic Book Fair
Join in the fun! Support the SMV library during this year's book fair. The sale will run during Chili Chomp 6:00-8:30, during Open House 8:00-12:30 and January 28 -30 during the lunch hours 11:00-12:15, and after school till 3:30. Come see what the fair has to offer and help raise money for the library!

Home & School Presents:  2019 SMV Chili Chomp
Chili competition, dinner with your family & friends, the Scholastic Book Fair, and fun games makes this the perfect winter night out with the kids! Come and join us for chili, hot dogs, and all the fixins'!!  
Sign up to join in the chili competition or simply attend!  Judges will vote on the top three chilis! Again this year, recognition will also go to the crowd favorite.  Please come and cast your vote!
Make this fantastic, free event a success by also volunteering your time. Help is needed with setup, food service, BINGO, cleanup and Nut-free dessert donation.
Please sign up ahead of time if you know you are attending, but last-minute attendees are also welcome!

Date: Friday Jan 25th, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30pmLocation: SMV Cafeteria
5:00-5:30 p.m. - Drop off chili for competition.  Judges begin sampling.
6:00-7:30 p.m. - Chili eating, games, bingo, book fair & awards.
Thank you! We hope to see you there!
Event Chairs: Peter and Amy Henry

SMV Bowling Day
Bowling with SMV at New Berlin Bowl
Spend the afternoon off of school bowling with all of your SMV friends! 
Bumpers will be available for the younger bowlers.  No shoe rental
required - just bring your clean, dry pair of tennis shoes.
Food will be available for purchase.
New Berlin Bowl (16000 W. Cleveland Ave, New Berlin)
Friday, February 1st, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$6 for 2 games(including shoes) or $8 for 3 games (including shoes) - pay
at the door.  No RSVP necessary.
Contact Paula Horning at  with any questions.

This past weekend, on the feast of St. Sebastian, we had our 1st annual athlete's mass.  Many of the SMV athletes joined us and helped with the different parts of the mass.  Thank you to all students who helped with the orders of worship and during the presentation of the gifts.  We would like to give a special shout out and thank you to Nina Anglim, Ellie Clemence and Braden Zils for their help with the readings and petitions!  At the end of mass, the athletes in attendance received a special blessing from Fr. John.  
What a great way to share our SMV students and SMV spirit with our parish community!
  And with that you will find a few things that are Positively SMV!  
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Altar Linen Volunteers Needed
Helping to maintain the altar linens is a silent, generous way to serve God and the parish community. Volunteers rotate each month or every 2 - 3 months in laundering and ironing the small linens used during the Masses. During your designated month, linens are taken home once a week and then returned to the sacristy the following week. Instructions and support from an experienced launderer will be provided. If you are interested in this very important ministry, please contact Jenny Dascoli at 262-782-4485 or email

Save the Date!!! June 24-28, 2019 SMV Vacation Bible School

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