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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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K5 students reflect on  the Ash Wednesday Mass

8th graders enjoying the pancakes they made in science class.  

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February 28
Jr. High Art Day
Labyrinth Walk

March 2
9th grade Focus Group 

March 3
IOWA Testing Begins

March 4
5th graders to Elm Grove Library

March 6
Sunset Playhouse Comes

 The 5th graders are making Rube Goldberg Projects in the Science Lab.
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2nd graders using yarn to spell out their spelling words
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Emmett enjoying the sensory table in K3
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Wauwatosa Children's Theatre

Yesterday, Mikayla was our Principal for a day. Her parents won Principal for a day from the Auction for Education.  

Music Lessons at SMV

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Piano Lessons

8th graders walking back to school after Mass with their K4 buddies
Monday, Tuesday,  
and Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
9:00am to 7:00pm
9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesdays Closed

4th graders playing idiom Concentration
Principal Notes                                                    February 27, 2020

Dear SMV Families,

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday.    Hopefully, you will 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.

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.

There is still room in the afterschool program, Bricks 4 Kids.  This is for K5 to 5th grade. Please click on this link for registration.

Just a reminder that grades 3, 5, 7 are taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills 
(ITBS) March 3rd- March 13th.

Here is another installment of Standards Based Grading Information. 
STANDARDS BASED GRADING-How does Standards Based Grading motivate my student in their learning? One of the greatest advantages of SBG is its impact on student motivation. Research shows that SBG can have a significant positive impact on student learning and school culture. SBG helps students clearly understand what they are expected to know and be able to do. Additionally, students are given opportunities to progress toward their mastery of standards without penalty and fear of failure. They learn the value of learning through practice and perseverance, while embracing academic challenges. 

Do the numbers on the scale match letter grades? A common misconception for those new to grading for mastery is that the 3 or 4-point rubric scales used are interchangeable with the traditional letter-based grading scale. When implementing SBG, it's important to note that a numeric score on a rubric does not have the same meaning as a traditional letter grade. For example, this means that a 4 on a rubric is not the equivalent of an A but rather indicates students' progress toward the mastery of standards. 

What is the advantage of the standards-based report card for parents? A standards-based report card gives you a much better picture of what your child knows and is able to do. A traditional report card provides limited information, often consisting of one overall grade per subject. While a standards-based report card provides feedback on your child's progress in several developmental areas within a subject. Additionally, standards based report cards allow students, parents and teachers to identify specific strengths and weaknesses in a given subject area.

Faithfully Yours,
Mrs. Mary Tretow

Two Guys and a Gospel           

             First Graders at the Betty Brinn Childrens' Museum               
Office Notes                                                       

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.

The Makerspace is looking for any type of tape.  Please send them to the school office. 

Elementary Forensics
We hope you have received the email containing the google doc to register for Elementary Forensics.   Remember, you need to fill out one for EACH of your children participating!   Registration should have been completed by Tuesday, February 25th!  We really want as many 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to participate as possible.  Friday, March 20th will be our in-house Forensics Fest starting at 9:00am.  Coaching sessions will be offered after school on these Mondays: February 28, Mar. 6, and Mar. 13.  All coaching sessions will be held in the library from 2:45-3:30pm.  We will be looking for parent volunteers to help out on these Mondays in a future email.  Any questions, email Ann Scott  or Julie Perez
This first Forensics coaching session on Feb. 28th is only for 3rd graders!

        Mrs. Tretow playing Apples to Apples with the 3rd grade girls 
                                            during indoor recess.
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Wave Game
SMV Day  at the  MKE Wave Game : March 15th at 1:07 p.m.
Have a blast at the game with your SMV friends & support our school (SMV will receive a portion of the ticket sales)!
INCENTIVE: First 20 (children) to purchase tickets will be able to participate in a pre-game high five tunnel. Children will give high fives to Wave players as the run on the field! 5 SMV adults will accompany the children on the field!
  Click on this link below to purchase your tickets . You will automatically be seated in SMV's section. Each ticket holder will receive a Wave drawstring bag!                 
Auction News

Saturday, February 29th is the last day to receive a discount on your tickets! 
Discount code is PROST2020

Grandparent Tickets!
We would love to have Grandparents attend the Auction. We are offering a special grandparent ticket for $40.  Visit the ticket site above and select Grandparent ticket!

Seating for 10 Discount!
Gather your friends and buy a seating for 10.  Seating for 10 discount offers a $50 discount off the table price.  Visit the ticket site above and select table for 10 tickets!

With gratitude,
Elizabeth Hagman and Michelle Thomet  
2020 Auction Co-Chairs

The Auction for Education Games Committee really needs your help with our Wine Pull and our 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, Katie Fee, and Julie Perez

Positively SMV

This basketball season, SMV has been blessed with a few grandparent coaches.  One of them is Dr. Michael Conners, the co-coach of the 6th grade boys basketball team.  Dr. Conners has been involved with SMV for 14 years, helping to coach basketball and lead Boy Scouts during this time.  Outside of his time at SMV, you will find Dr. Conners at his dental office , spending time with his 8 grandchildren (6 of whom are at SMV), golfing, swimming or travelling.  An interesting fact, Dr. Conners has been to 43 countries on 6 different continents!  Dr. Conners believes SMV is a wonderful place for many reasons, but especially because of the "tremendous priests and teachers who really give the children at our school a chance to learn about living the Catholic faith, incorporating it into their daily life while receiving an amazing education."  Thank you Dr. Conners for sharing your time talent with our school students and athletes, helping to make them better both on and off the court!
SMV Athletics 

SMV Gladiator Basketball for 2/29/20

Can't believe that the basketball season is coming into the final weeks! Sure will be an exciting time with many tournaments coming up for many of the teams. This will be the last weekend of SMV league home games for the season. Come out and support our teams that play at home. There will be some other great 8th grade girls finals matchups in between.
8:15am 7th grade Boys
10:15am 8th grade girls B
3:00pm 8th grade girls A
Also the 8th grade girls A team received their invite to the Padre Serra!!! Congratulations & way to go Emily Bratina, Ellie Clemence, Sophia Coleman, Ellie Griffin, Lilly Martin, Sam Merrick, Maureen Schlifske & Mary Swietlik. Coaches: Laurie Clemence, Bill Martin, John Schlifske & Andy Swietlik.

Padre Info:

For those unfamiliar with the Padre Serra, it is one of the longest running tournaments that started in 1959.  
The Padre Serra Tournament features the very best 8th grade girls and boys teams from throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
This year it will be hosted at Marquette University High School. All families K3-8, Please put the dates on your calendars and come cheer on your Gladiators! 

Girls: 3/14 at 11:00AM
Boys: 3/19 at 7:45PM


Jr. 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 Sam Kuchenreuther, Assistant Pro at North Hills CC. 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 7 and ending June 5 (rain dates rescheduled)
  • 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"