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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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Max qualified for the National Geographic Wisconsin State Geography Bee!  He is one of 100 students statewide who qualified and will compete in Madison on March 29th.
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Principal  Notes                                                March 7, 2019 

Dear Families,

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday.    Hopefully, you have set aside time for spiritual development and revival in preparation for Easter. This is the time when we recommit to the disciplines of prayer, fasting and personal outreach to those in need. We make a conscious effort to refocus our lives on the gospel. The word Lent means spring, a time emerging with new hope. During this season we acknowledge our failings but are comforted in the truth that Jesus lives and that his resurrection freed us from sin. If you have not thought about what you can do during this Lent, I encourage you to start small, start here and start now. Please click the link on Pope Francis suggestions for fasting.

Tomorrow, we will have a large floor prayer labyrinth in the school gym.  Each homeroom will have time to walk the labyrinth and pray in a new way while they are on their Lenten journey.

Please join us for the parish mission next week. World-renowned professor Dr. John Bergsma will lead our Lenten Parish Mission on March 11-12, 6:30-8:15. Click here for details.

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." Please be generous.

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

Mrs. Mary Tretow

The Henry family won Principal for a day at the SMV Auction last year
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Elementary Forensics
We had our first coaching session this past Friday.  Thank you so much to all the parents that came and helped coach the kids.  Friday, March 22nd will be our in-house Forensics Fest starting at 9:00am.  Coaching sessions will be offered after school on these upcoming Fridays: March 8th and March 15th for Grades 3-5.  All coaching sessions will be held in the library from 2:45-3:30pm.  We are looking for parent volunteers to help on these Fridays.  Please email us if you can help.  Any questions, email Ann Scott  or Julie Perez

Please click here to start planning your 6th-8th grade child's costume for our spring production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. If your 3rd-5th grade child has signed up to participate, their outfit requirements are listed under "Ensemble" when you click on the link above. Since we are just beginning to build our drama department, we aren't able to provide a full costume for every character - we'll need your help! Please let the musical team know if you have any questions or need help finding any costume items.
Thank you!
Mrs. Kesler, Miss Pospyhalla, Miss Gleason, and Mr. Newman

                                K5 Celebrating Fat Tuesday
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Attention SMV Families:
The Auction for Education Games Committee really needs your 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!  Did you receive some gift cards at Christmas that you will not use?  Please consider donating them to our auction's gift card wall.  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

          Auction is March 30 Please click here for more information

At SMV it is impressive to note how many grandparents and parents of our students were students at SMV themselves!  
Please enjoy this parent testimonial from Frank and Lydia LoCoco.  As you will see, the LoCoco family has been part of the SMV community for many years and Frank and Lydia are now enjoying having their grandchildren at SMV.

We have been parish members for the last 27 years and we were fortunate to be able to send all eight of our children through St. Mary's Visitation parish school. We see the school as our parish's most important apostolate not only to the parish but to the wider universal church.  While the school provided each of them with a wonderful academic experience, it most importantly gave our children a fundamental grounding, understanding and appreciation for the Church and our Catholic faith. Our oldest children are now young parents who have made the important decision to send their own children to a Catholic parish school.  We are blessed that we have two grandchildren who are students at St. Mary's and we look forward to others in the future.  We are truly blessed.
Frank and Lydia LoCoco
      And with that you will find a few things that are Positively SMV!  
SMV Athletics

The 8th grade boys A team will be playing tonight @ 6:30 in the Padre Serra Tournament.  Check out the link to the tournament site and come help support the team through the tourney!!

       7th grade girls Basketball team really had a fun season.                               
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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St. Mary's Visitation Parish 2019 Vacation Bible School  online registration is open!
More information about this year's event can be found at registration site.

Volunteer signup, 6th grade and up, is available!

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