No School November 2, 2018
       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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October 26
Spooks & Spoofs

October 31
End of the First Quarter

November 1
Mother/Son Night

November 2
No School

November 9
Report Cards Go Home
1st Graders doing Math Activities
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8th graders at Zachariah's acres. These students will be coming here once a month to do volunteer work on the property.

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Box Tops


Brookfield East Kids Night


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CMH Shadow Day



Pius Shadow Day


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SMV Wine Down


Surviving Aging


Therapy Pet Reading Times


Wine Down


Women Of Christ


Congratulations to Ms. Koepkes class on winning the recent BoxTops contest. They now have the traveling trophy and will get an out of uniform day which their teacher will chose.  Please cotinue to save your BoxTops for the next contest after the holidays!



3rd graders investigating friction and gravity in science class


6th graders studying for a test during lunch

Music Lessons at SMV

Band Lessons

Piano Lessons

The 4th graders learned about artist Georgia O'Keeffe and created their own project in her style 
Monday, Tuesday,  
and Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
9:00am to 7:00pm
9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesdays Closed
Principal Notes                                               November 1, 2018

Dear Families,

Happy All Saints' Day. If you have time, please come to our Saint Museum put on by our 7th and 8th graders today. It is from 9:30-11:00 in the gym.

A big thank you to Michelle Denis and Marissa Selthafner and all the volunteers who made Spooks and Spoofs such a wonderful event. I see first hand all the dedication and hard work that goes into transforming our school into the coolest Halloween party ever!  

The first quarter of the school year ended yesterday.   Sign-up Genius will be out next week for you to sign up for conferences.  Conferences are Monday, November 19th from 4:00-8:00pm (we do have school that day) and Tuesday, November 20th  from 7:30-11:30am. We are off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving break.

Our 8th grade boys and girls (who play for St. Joe's) teams are on a winning streak at the Seton Volleyball Tournament. Come cheer them on. The girls play Thursday night at 5:30 on Court 4.
The boys play Friday night at 7:30 on Court 6. All games are played at Center Court in Waukesha.
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 not otherwise be able to afford full tuition. Assistance 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, 2019. If you have any questions. please don't hesitate to ask me. 

Congratulations to the 7th grade boys!  They tied for first place in the Cousins Division in the Metro Volleyball Conference.

We received an email from Go RiteWay, our bus company this week.
While reviewing recent records they found that there have been no disciplinary incident reports for St Mary's yet this year. There is only one other school in the entire district that can also make that claim! Way to go bus riders!  It's a testimonial to the values and behavior that the kids are being taught at your school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call.  I am happy to help.
Remember no school tomorrow!  See you Monday.

Mrs. Mary Tretow
       Jr. High Field Trip to the Saint Francis de Sales Seminary 
       and then to Holy Hill for their Church and Architect Tour 
Office Notes
SMV Christmas Concert Information
Any parents who are interested in painting the set for our Christmas show, Carol and the Belles, are invited to help on Monday, November 12th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Anyone is welcome, even if you are only able to be there for part of this time. Volunteers should check in with Mrs. Dries in the office. Please email Mrs. Kesler at if you are interested or if you have any questions. Thank you for considering and we hope to see you there!   

Last year we had only 86.57% of students compliant with the immunization law.  This is the lowest it has ever been. As of today, Tuesday, October 30, we still have 7 students who DO NOT have an immunization on record with the school and several who are behind schedule for their updates. As of December 31st if a student is not up to date with their immunizations, they will not be allowed back into school unless they have met the state's immunization requirements. It is so easy to obtain your child's records by going to this website .
Please inform the school office of any updates to your child's immunizations.

Picture Re-take Day
Picture re-take day has been scheduled for November 27.

Boots in the Classroom
Due to the cooler weather we wanted to remind parents that according to the handbook it states that boots above the ankle including, but not limited to,
UGG boots may not be worn in the classroom at any time. Boots above the ankle may be worn outside and during recess only.

Playground and Lunchroom Duty
If you would like to make some extra money, all you have to do is extra playground or lunchroom duty. You will need to go to SignUp Genius and see if there are any days available-then sign up. It pays $25/time.  It is given to everyone at the end of the school year or it is deducted from your tuition.  
We are starting to have No-Shows at duty time.  If you can not make it, please contact the school office.  We do have people who are able to come in on short notice.

After School Coordinator Needed
St. Mary's Visitation Parish School is looking for a friendly, energetic person to work as our After School Care Coordinator. Resposibilities include supervising a support staff member, recording and maintaining usage records, monitoring students arrival and sign out, assisting with snack time and clean up, providing students with play materials, help with homework, and above all, making After School Care a fun place to be at the end of the school day.
The hours are 2:30-6:00 p.m. or until the last child leaves.  We are open every day we have school.
                          K4 boys enjoying the playroom
Home & School Happenings

Junior High Forensics:   We are looking for 2 more people to join Brigid Harmeyer on a team of 3 to lead our Forensics program and coach our students. We hope to be able to continue this program at SMV, but we need your support. Forensics is a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice public speaking, develop critical thinking skills, and gain confidence. Practices have typically occurred after school and meets occur at various public and private schools in the area on Friday afternoon/evenings and Saturdays in January and February. Please contact Rebecca Mindy or Brigid Harmeyer if you may be interested or have questions as you consider this opportunity.

In Appreciation Fund
The In Appreciation Fund is starting November 5th. Please check those backpacks on Monday. The form is being sent home. We will collect the money until December 7th. There is also a link here on the VB for the form in case yours gets misplaced. Lets thank our wonderful SMV staff for all they do for our children!  Rebecca Mindy and Amy Van Ells

Home & School Volunteers
Thank you to our 4th Grade Families for hosting a wonderful Spooks & Spoofs and to the many, many volunteers that shared their time to continue this SMV Halloween tradition. It was such a fun party and we appreciate all of your hard work!!

Please meet this year's Home and School Board!  Home and School is the fundraising arm of School Committee.  These moms will be working very hard all year to make sure many, many events are successful and profitable!  The money Home and School raises is used in school to fund initiatives such as technology upgrades, classroom upgrades, teacher funds, the art program and the maker space- many of the things that help make our school exemplary.  
The volunteer hours these ladies will dedicate throughout the year is so appreciated!  Thank you to Katy Conners and Kelly Krause (co- Presidents), Sue Olbrantz and Maria Dolores Parks (co- Vice Presidents),  Alicia Braatz (Treasurer), Annie Bolger (Secretary) and Rebecca Mindy (Volunteer Coordinator).

    And with that you will find a few things that are Positively SMV!     
Auction News

Our Old-Fashioned Supper Club Auction for Education planning is well underway! This premier annual event will be held on March 30, 2019.  The auction committee needs your help in making this, SMV's largest fundraiser of the year, our most successful to date!  Both Live and Silent Auction donations are needed.   We are looking for Packers tickets, Brewers tickets, Admiral tickets, and Buck tickets, condo stays (local or otherwise), hotel and airfare points, concert and event tickets, gift cards, corporate sponsorships, and good old-fashioned cash donations!  We appreciate your consideration and generosity! 
This year, we have created our own auction website where you can go to make online donations, download auction forms, and find additional information regarding the event. Visit, and also feel free to email the 2019 Auction Team with any questions you may have at  
With gratitude,
Sue Olbrantz and Katie Carnell 
2019 Auction Co-Chairs
Parish News

Register Now for the 2018 Women of Christ Conference
The 10th annual WOMEN OF CHRIST CONFERENCE will be held November 3 rd , 2018 at Washington County Fair Park, West Bend. This year's theme is Take Courage...Be the  Light . Conference BEGINS with 8:15 Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Outstanding speakers include, Scott Hahn, Sisters of Life, Crystalina Evert, Fr. Philip Schumaker. Confession and Adoration available all day. Group (5 or more) and online discounts apply.
Register:     Phone: 262-384-8414      

Winedown on November 8 With St. Mary's Christian Women
St. Mary's Christian Women invite you to take time for yourself (and get a head start on your Christmas shopping) at this year's Winedown, November 8 from 6:30-9pm in the Church Atrium. Shop local businesses, artists and makers selling jewelry, art and gifts, home decor and much more. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at See the flyer at left for more details. 

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