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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 16, 2020

Dear SMV Families,

Yesterday was the end of the second quarter.  It's hard to believe that we are now at the mid-way point of the school year.  Report cards will be going home on Thursday, January 31st. Remember, there is no school on Friday, February 1st.  Conferences are Thursday, February 13th. This conference is not mandatory. A request can be made by the parent or the teacher.  Dismissal is at 11:00. Conferences are 2:00-6:00. Signup Genius will be coming next week. There is no school on Friday, February 14, or Monday February 17th.  The teachers will be here working on professional development. 

Just a reminder,  the cold and flu season is upon us. In regard to athletics, when your child is sick  we follow the Archdiocese policy that a student must be in attendance at his/her school or religious education class for the full day in order to be eligible to participate in a competition, scrimmage, or practice. A full day is defined as the regularly scheduled length of time school is in session or the religious education class would be in session.  Please keep this in mind when it comes to school night games and tournaments. 

Did you know that a portion of the proceeds from the Seton Volleyball Tournament are designated to be distributed to the Foundation for Religious Retirement and the Waukesha County Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Fund?  It is used to make Catholic school education a real possibility for those students who would not otherwise be able to afford full tuition. Assistance is awarded in the form of $1,000 grants. Monies are given to the school and are credited to the family.  Since the beginning of the Seton, over $85,000 in scholarships have been awarded to families. The following link will provide you with more information and access to the application. Please know that to be considered, the application must be completed, signed by myself or Fr. Peter and received on or before April 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.  Seton Scholarship Information

We are  still looking for people to help with  tour guides for Open House on Sunday. We will provide a "cheat" sheet of talking points for you for Open House.  Please think about giving us an hour or two of your time. Please click here to sign up.

Faithfully Yours,
Mrs. Mary Tretow

                K4 students hanging out in Ms. Lesnjak's classroom
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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.

Miss Koepke's class wearing ties after reading Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble.
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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. 

New Berlin Bowl,  1:00PM to 4:00PM 16000 W. Cleveland Ave, New Berlin  $8 = 2 games (prices include shoes) - pay at the door.  No RSVP needed. Contact Paula Horning at with questions.

Dine Out Night 
Alioto's will donate 10% of food sales to SMV's Auction.  
Date:  February 3rd and 4th.  Please click here for more information.  Hope to see you all there.

Auction Spirit Wear
Attention SMV Community!  The 2020 Oktoberfest Auction apparel is on sale now! There are awesome new options including a Lederhosen shirt and super cozy sweatshirts.  Come check it out!  Sale ends Jan 22nd at 11:59 pm. 
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

Mrs. Mary Sue Larsen is a smile you will most often find in the k4 classrooms of SMV.  This is Mrs. Larsen's 5th year at SMV and her 3rd year as the k4 aide in Mrs. Lesnjak's classroom.  She also coordinates the BoxTops program and the Lands End program for school.  The Larsen family, including two daughters one of whom is in high school and one in college, enjoys spending time with their dogs and boating.  Mrs. Larsen is passionate about animals and also spends her extra time volunteering with a Labrador Retriever and cat rescue group.  When asked about what makes SMV special, Mrs. Larsen says, "it is fun to come to work every day"; "everyone is so welcoming and treats you like family."  Thank you Mrs. Larsen for being part of our family and sharing your smile with some of our smallest students each and every day!
snow cover Mary and Elizabeteh