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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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4th grader Adam with his K4 buddie Callen 
 
Mr. Falk's seventh graders and Mrs. Perez's third graders share time during Catholic Moral Life class mentoring to each other through reading books and playing games.
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March 12
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March 16
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March 18
Yearbook Photo Day
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March 20
End of Third Quarter
Elementary Forensics

March 25
Spirit Wear Day

March 28
District Solo & Ensemble Fest 
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K4 and K5 students enjoyed the play "Rock N Roll Mole" that Sunset Playhouse put on here at SMV.
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K3 students building with red solo cups
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This is SMV's Honor Choir. They rehearsed all day. That night they performed at Dominican High School.


K5 Students saying good-bye to their class Polar Bear. 
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and Fridays
9:00am to 4:00pm
  
Thursdays
9:00am to 7:00pm
  
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9:00am to 12:00pm
  
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3rd graders taking the annual ITBS tests.

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An Update from Father Peter                                    March 12, 2020

I wanted to take a few moments to update the parish on a few initiatives and projects that will be unfolding at St. Mary's, as well as in the Archdiocese over the next few months.
The first project I would like to mention is the state of the ceilings in the aisles of the church. As you can see (if you look up!) they are in sorry shape - water-stained, broken tiles and in a few places the tiles are starting to fall down. The ceilings in the cry rooms as well as in the shrine areas to the front of church aren't looking much better and the time has come to replace them. Beginning in the next few weeks you will see at least one set of these tiles removed as the replacement process begins. The new ceilings in the aisles, the cry rooms and the shrine areas will be much more fitting for church and will also include new lighting for the Stations of the Cross, as well as the statues of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and the Sacred Heart in the shrine areas.
In addition to this work on the inside, you may also have noticed the beginning of some work on the outside. We have a truly beautiful campus here at St. Mary's, unfortunately, the one area which has been neglected is the most visible part of our property - the corner of Crescent and Juneau. Over time, it has become overgrown and worn out. Over this spring and summer we will be landscaping that part of the property so that the beauty of that corner matches the beauty of the rest of our parish campus. Work has already begun by clearing out some of the old brush and a few trees to make space for the new design, which will also incorporate some of the standing trees that are already there. In addition, our school community has been busy raising money to fund, as a component of this, the creation of an outdoor learning space for the school children. This outdoor learning space will be another addition to the innovative ways our school teaches our children. Recently, we have added a MakerSpace, a Literacy Center, and a new Grade School Science Lab and this will be one more tool our teachers can use to educate our school children. Finally, along with this landscaping, we are also hoping to purchase new parish signs. If you have noticed our current signs, they are beaten up and weathered, with holes in them and repairs from where they have cracked in the past. It is our hope that all of this will be completed by the end of summer and in place for the beginning of the new school year.
I would also like to take this chance to fill you in on the upcoming Archdiocesan Capital Campaign. Over the past year or so the Archdiocese has been looking at the possibility of a capital campaign to provide needed funds for some of the ministries of the diocese, as well as to provide opportunities for individual parishes to benefit from some of the monies raised. With the approval of the Archbishop, a the campaign has been launched and each parish will be given an overall goal, with 60% of the funds staying at the parish level to be used for parish capital needs and with the other 40% going to support some of the needs of the Archdiocese. The campaign will unfold over two years or so with the parishes moving through the campaign in four separate groups. St. Mary's has been asked to be part of the group that will begin in the second half of this year. You will be hearing more about this campaign in the coming months, but I wanted to alert you to it now. My own hope is that every parishioner can contribute in order to make this campaign a success. Along with this, the Archdiocese is also working with the Catholic Leadership Institute to conduct a survey of parishioners throughout the Archdiocese that will help give those who are leading archdiocesan planning a "snapshot" of where Catholics and parishes are at this moment in time to assist them in planning for the future. Everyone is invited to take part in helping the diocese compile this information. You can look in the bulletin for information on how to do so.
Finally, our hopes to retire the last of our parish debt look to be near fulfillment. We are on track, barring anything unforeseen, to retiring the last of our debt by the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2020). This is truly noteworthy and will be the first time in over a decade that St. Mary's is completely debt free. We have found ourselves in this position because of our Debt Retirement Appeal, which ran from 2012-2015, but also because some parishioners have continued to contribute to debt retirement even after the campaign finished. Their generosity not only helped us retire the debt sooner than initially anticipated, but also saved the parish money on interest over the life of the loan. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to retiring the debt and those who have continued to do so - if you are new to the parish or were not in a position to give in the past, you still can, as every extra dollar for debt retirement helps the entire parish! Thank you to all who have contributed and continue to contribute to the financial well-being of the parish!
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SCRIP
Do you know that you can  purchase Scrip in the office?  Come on in and take a look at what we have. Buy a Scrip card and donate it to the auction!

Yearbook Photo Day
March 18, 2020 is yearbook photo day.  This is the day when we take photos for our yearbook.  The types of photos are classroom photos and photos of any of our wonderful extra curricular activities such as scouts, math olympiads, band, the SMV play,.....  We ask that if your student is in scouts that they wear their scout uniform.  If they are in band they are to bring their instrument.  This usually takes place in the morning and we get it done in an hour. 

Sound of Music Rehearsal Update
Please check the Jr. High Virtual Homework Board for an updated list of students who will be called for each rehearsal leading up to Easter break. Feel free to contact the musical team at  musicalteam@stmaryeg.org with any questions.

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE FAMILIES! 
If you have not submitted your graduate's required photos for the 8th Grade Commemorative Slide Show, please do so asap!   The team is working hard on organizing and building creative elements for the show.  If you have questions or troubles with uploading to the Shutterfly Share Site, please contact Evalyn Martin via email @  SMVClassof2020@gmail.com.  

 
Last Spirit Wear Sale of the school year
The last spirit wear sale of the school year has started! It's time to buy your patriotic Gladiator shirts for the Memorial Day Parade, to size up for those kiddos who have grown like weeds during the winter, and to buy those track jackets because Spring has (knock on wood) Sprung!
Any questions? Feel free to ask here or email me at katie.schultz03@gmail.com

Last chance for Sound of Music shirts!  Sale is open now through March 19th at 11:59 pm.  Available in youth and adult sizes! 
Please contact Katie Schultz at  katie.schultz03@gmail.com with any questions.
      
Elementary Forensics
We hope you all have registered your children to participate in our Elementary Forensics Fest!  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.  Each child should already have received the rules and rubric for their particular category to help them prepare their pieces.  Our last coaching session is this Friday, Mar. 13th for Grades 3-5 in the library from 2:45-3:30pm.  Any questions, email Ann Scott  asartini@yahoo.com  or Julie Perez  jperez@stmaryeg.org
Home & School News

Save the Date
May 8th, 2020 is SMV's Grandparents/Grandfriends Day
 
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

Auction FAQ's answered!
1. Where can I buy a ticket?
2. Can I sit by certain people?
  A: Yes! Make a note when purchasing the tickets.
3. What should I wear?
    A: whatever you'd like. This is a casual night. Wear your Drindl or Leserhosen, auction tee, SMV apparel or whatever you have in the closet.
4. What is included in my ticket?
    A: Dinner, dessert, beer/wine/soda, a signature drink, beer stein, pretzel necklace, fun kid free night to actually hold an entire conversation with other adults.
5. What if I want to bid but can't attend?
  A: No problem! Mobile bidding is available!  www.smv2020.givesmart.com
6. What do the funds raised go towards?
  A: Home & School uses the funds for various items for the school such as giving teachers a budget each year to use for their classroom, adding a science lab, various improvements needed throughout the school, various events and so much more. 
7.  What is a Golden Ticket? 
    A: See below for more information!
8.  I have a question that hasn't been addressed, who do I contact?
   A: Contact Michelle Thomet or Liz Hagman by emailing us at  auction@stmaryeg.org

GOLDEN TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!
Here is your chance to win one of the live auction items for a fraction of the price.  Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100 and have a chance to win the ive auction item of your choice.  You do not need to be present to win. 

Only 75 tickets will be sold, with a minimum of 50 required.  If 50 tickets are not sold, the money will be refunded.  Golden Tickets can be purchased online at the Oktoberfest Auction website:  https://e.givesmart.com/events/efK/i/_Auction/algi/
1. Chicago Experience
2. Auxiliary Bishop Dinner at IL MITO
3. Brewers "Suite" Experience
4. Date Night "An Evening with Michael Buble"
5. Week at Hilton Head
6. Bucks VIP Experience
7. Golf Passport and the American Club
8. Christmas Eve Mass Pew

Detailed information can be found here: Golden Ticket Detailed List
THE AUCTION COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR HELP!
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

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Please take a look to see how you can help out at Oktoberfest! 


                        
Positively SMV

There is another smiling face you will often see in the halls of SMV- that is the warm smile of Mrs. Carol Machulak.  Carol is the grandmother to Jay Boudreau in 2nd grade and Len who is in k3.  Mrs. Machulak is a retired teacher of 36 years and so now she enjoys spending some of her free time helping out in the SMV library, and in Miss Koepke and Mrs. Lewis' classrooms.  It is interesting- Mrs. Machulak was actually Mrs. Lewis' 2nd grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary!  In her free time Carol enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  She just got home from an amazing trip to the Holy Land and recently was in Lourdes and Fatima.  Mrs. Machulak enjoys her time at SMV for so many reasons but particularly appreciates "the respect and kindness" that she sees among the students.  Thank you Grandma Carol for sharing your time, passion for teaching and many talents with all of us at SMV- you help make it a wonderful community for all of us!
     
SMV Alumni

 SMV Alumni, Brookfield East High School senior Bridget Berens was awarded Excellence Scholarships on behalf of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and life. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Foundation.  Nice job Bridget.

SMV Athletics 

SMV Gladiator Basketball
Congratulations to all the boys and girls team for a great season!
Thank you to all of the athletes for representing St Mary's Visitation with a high standard of competitiveness, sportsmanship and perseverance! 

Thank You to all of the countless volunteers for all your efforts with concessions, admissions, supervision, transporting and just your time to cheer these kids on!

A very sincere and gracious thank you to all of the coaches. There is a huge time commitment that is invested into these children over a long season. Your efforts with the kids are invaluable! (Dave Spano, Jack Hauser, Andy Swietlik, Bill Martin, Laurie Clemence, John Schlifske, Laura Randa, Belinda Russell, Mike Randa, Peter Henry, Earl Ayers, Mike McCrea, Kevina Carnell, Mike Conners, Brad Conners, Tony Borino, Didi Lemberger, Angelica Demolas, & Matthew Caravella -- not to mention those extra volunteers who may have stepped in a few times to help out as needed!)
WE AREN'T DONE YET!!! The Boys and Girls are gearing up for the upcoming Padre Serra Tournament! Please try and show your support for our teams this year.

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

Padre Info:  www.thepadreserra.org

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! 

GO GLADIATORS!!!

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    http://www.davidroeschgolf.com/  and look for the link under "Spring After-School Junior Golf Program"