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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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K4 students using their imagination in the playroom
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These 2nd graders made a tiger fish in the Makerspace
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Students in 4th grade are working on story character "autopsies"
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Wauwatosa Children's Theatre

6th graders looking to see if vinegar and baking soda increases the rate of algae growth.

Music Lessons at SMV

Band Lessons

Piano Lessons
K3 reminding everyone that it is 2020
Monday, Tuesday,  
and Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
9:00am to 7:00pm
9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesdays Closed
First Graders enjoying the sunshine
Principal Notes                                                    January 9, 2020

Dear SMV Families,

Happy New Year! We hope the Christmas Holidays were a wonderful and blessed time for you and your family to grow closer, share stories, worship together, and get that well deserved "down time" that all of us needed. Here's wishing that 2020 may be a healthy, prosperous and joy-filled year for you, both personally and professionally!

The school parking lot has become a very dangerous place.  It is only a matter of time before someone is hurt or hit by a car. We only have a few rules that need to be followed to keep everyone safe.  The morning drop off lane is only for those drivers that are not getting out of the car. When you get out of your car to help your child you are holding up the line, which causes others to weave past you because they do not want to wait. If for any reason you need to get out of your car, please have your child go to the crosswalk.  This includes those that park in the first or second row. Having cars pull into the drop off lane is extremely dangerous. At dismissal, I see more and more cars just pulling up and waiting for their children to get in.  That is not allowed. You must be in a parking space. Please help us keep our children safe!

New for 2020! We are excited to announce the Literacy Center for students in K5-2nd grade.  It is located in a classroom on the K5,1st, and 2nd grade hallway. Students, with the guidance of their teachers, will be checking out books to read at home. The idea is for students to have more practice with fluency and comprehension. Teachers will also be using leveled books for small group instruction. The space is ideal for one on one and small group instruction. It is a great place to put actual books in the hands of our young readers!

Catholic Schools Week is not far away.  Open House is Sunday, January 26 from 8:00-11:00.  We are in need of friendly, smiling faces to help give tours to families that are interested in joining our school community. Would you be able to give us some time? We are only looking for one hour. If you can help us out, please click on this link:  
You will be given a sheet with talking points to help you out.

Thank you to all who filled out the parent survey.  We are working on compiling the results and will get them to you when we are done.

Here is another installment of Standard Based Grading information.

STANDARDS BASED GRADING-How does Standards Based Grading change the way my child experiences learning? Standards based grading (SBG) provides parents and students with specific feedback on each learning standard.  Since the focus of instruction is on mastery for students, they will have more than one opportunity to demonstrate mastery, if and when it is needed.  Feedback from assessments tell students what learning goals they have mastered and what they still need to work on. Students "own" their learning, which creates a culture of learning that is more engaging for students and embraces learning as their goal.

Will SBG change the curriculum? No. The curriculum of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is designed to be standards-based and has always been aligned with state and national standards. 

Faithfully Yours,
Mrs. Mary Tretow

                  The fifth graders are making cereal box book reports.
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Catholic Schools Week
We are planning ahead for Catholic Schools Week and we need your help.  We are looking for students to take part in the weekend masses on Jan. 25-26th.  Please consider signing your children up to do one of the readings or the prayers of the faithful.  You could also sign your family up to bring up the gifts and be greeters.  Please use this link to sign up.  Thanks for your consideration.

Let us know if you have any questions.
Julie Perez, Mary Schneider, Kathy Biernat, and Gary Newman

Pancake Breakfast
Please join us on Open House, January 26th, for a pancake breakfast.  This breakfast is hosted by the Boy Scouts every year.  It begins at 8:00 a.m and goes until 11:00 a.m. The cost is $6/adults and $5/children 6-12 and under 5 is free or $25 per family.

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

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.

SMV parents, St. Mary's Visitation will be showing the critically acclaimed and inspiring movie "Unplanned" on Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30 pm in the parish atrium.  If you are the parent of a teen or pre-teen, this movie is a must see. 
"Unplanned" is the true story of a Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, a passionate Planned Parenthood executive director for 8 years who quits her job after witnessing for the first time an ultrasound guided abortion.  Her journey of transformation led her to become one of the most ardent pro life speakers in America.  
Please mark your calendars and join us.  Admission is free.  Though this movie is rated R for moderately graphic images, students under 17 are welcome, but must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  
You won't want to miss this opportunity to see this most important movie on the most controversial issue of our time.  
Home & School News

Chili Chomp
Chili competition, dinner with your family & friends, the Scholastic Book Fair, and fun games make 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, hallway "security," and Nut-free dessert donation.
Please sign up ahead of time if you know you are attending, but last-minute attendees are also welcome!  Review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!  

5:00-5:30 p.m. - Drop off chili for competition.  Judges begin sampling.
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Chili eating, games, bingo, book fair & awards

Amy and Peter Henry (Co-chairs)

Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to SMV in January!  Your child will be able to preview and browse through the books with their classes and create a wish list.  Sales will begin January 24 during the Chili Chomp  from 5:30-7:30, during our Open House on Sunday, January 26  from 8-11, and during recess times on January 27-29 from 11-12:05.  Cash and credit cards (with an adult) will be accepted (and there is tax on all sales).  Keep an eye out for the book fair flyer, wish lists and times for those dates. 
Auction News

The SMV Oktoberfest Annual Auction for Education planning is well underway! This premier annual event will be held on March 28, 2020.  Save the date! The auction committee needs your help in making this, SMV's largest fundraiser of the year, our most successful to date! Proceeds from past auctions have been used to support the purchase technology needs, instruments for the music program, air conditioning for the classrooms, a new gym floor, the art teacher salary, classroom spending money for the teachers, and a new playground for our students. 
Both Live and Silent Auction donations are needed.   We are looking for tickets (i.e. Packers, Brewers, Admirals, Bucks, Badgers and Marquette), condo stays (local or otherwise), hotel and airline points, concert and event tickets, gift cards, corporate sponsorships, and cash donations! We appreciate your consideration and generosity! 
If you would like to donate, but do not have any ideas, check out the Amazon Cart. These items will be used in the raffles and silent/live auction packages.
The auction website is also available for online donations, downloading auction forms, and finding additional information regarding the event. Visit and also feel free to email the 2020 Auction Team with any questions you may have at  
With gratitude,
Elizabeth Hagman and Michelle Thomet  
2020 Auction Co-Chairs
Positively SMV

A familiar face to the halls of St. Mary's is that of Miss Benson.  Miss Benson is the media specialist at SMV and has been part of our community for 22 years!  The media specialist is in charge of the school's library and also coordinates all the technology in the school.  Miss Benson's favorite aspect of her role at SMV is that the students are truly a "community of readers" and she feels "very privileged to work with families that are so strong in their faith".   She really believes that St. Mary's is a unique and amazing place.  This sentiment often strikes her as she walks through the halls of school, listening to the classrooms in action and participating with the students throughout the day.  
Thank you Miss Benson for all YOU do to make SMV this unique and amazing place each and every day!

Alumni Spotlight

Molly Carrig is a 2012 graduate of St. Mary's Visitation School and a 2016 graduate of DSHA.  Molly recently received the National Collegiate Honors Council Student of the Year.  The NCHC has close to 900 participating institutions and governs over 300,000 honors students.  Please read on to learn more about Molly and her award. Molly Carrig
Athletics at SMV

SMV Basketball 1/11/2020
Welcome back from Holiday Break! Some good morning basketball this Saturday! Don't forget your SUPERFAN shirt!
A Big congratulations to our 5th grade Girls team who have started their season 3-0! Keep up the good work!! We have a few other teams with great starts to their season as well. The kids love the extra fan motivation, so come cheer them on.
8:15 SMV 5th grade Boys
9:15 SMV 7th Gold Grade Boys
10:15 SMV 8th C Grade Boys
11:15 SMV 6th Grade Girls
I know there are a few teams playing in tournaments this weekend as well! Good luck to all our teams Home and Away!

 SMV boys A-team took third place in the Lumen Christi Invitational Christmas Basketball Tournament this weekend.
snow cover Mary and Elizabeteh