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!Catholic School’s Week!

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Here at SJV, we will be celebrating this amazing week in many different ways!  Throughout each day, we will embrace ourselves, our school, our education, and our beliefs in the Catholic faith.

Please join us in celebrating!

Monday, January 30th – Student Appreciation Day

This is the day we  celebrate the entire student body here at SJV.

Students are rewarded and celebrated by:

Out of Uniform Dress (100th day shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes)


No Homework

Extra Recesses

Special happenings in the classroom

Tuesday, January 31st – Parent Appreciation Day

This is the day we celebrate our AMAZING and DEDICATED mothers and fathers.

Parents are celebrated by:

A yummy breakfast, received at drop-off, given by the entire faculty and staff

No Homework! :)

As well as a special surprise from their student

Wednesday, February 1st – SJV Day

This is the day we celebrate our beautiful campus and school building.

We will celebrate by:

Students are chosen to represent our school, downtown at the cathedral, during the Bishop’s Mass

Thursday, February 2nd – Teacher Appreciation Day

This is the day we celebrate all our dedicated faculty and staff here at SJV.

Teachers are celebrated by:

A beautiful brunch and social time, while generous classroom parents help out with the students in each classroom

*In the P.M. Hours…join us at Buffalo Wild Wings for an SJV Spirit Night!*

Friday, February 3rd – Grandparents’ Days

This is the day we celebrate those special Grandparents and family friends, who mean so much to us!

We begin the day with an 8 AM Mass, over in the church. Each SJV family is assigned to a specific teacher, where you will sit in their designated area of the church, with all of your grandchildren.

Immediately following Mass, Grandparents/Special Guest file over to the Auditorium with their grandchildren, to watch a special Grandparents’ Day Program. Each class has prepared a special presentation for their guests!

Finally, donuts and refreshments will be offered in the school lobby.  Grandparents and Special Guest have the opportunity to walk with the children, throughout the school, and visit their classrooms.

Grandparents’ Day is concluded with an 11:30 AM dismissal.

(There will be no aftercare this day)

Again, please join us in celebrating this amazing week, here at SJV!

My Big World!

This year, as part of our Science and Social Studies program, the Pre-K Classroom receives age appropriate magazine issues. 

These issues go far beyond our Science and Social Studies curriculum, by also including focus in Language Arts, Music, Math, and several other key foundation skills needed to succeed in Pre-K. 

The magazine is issued by Scholastic, and features everybody’s favorite over-sized dog, Clifford!

Our most recent issue was titled, The Cold is Coming!

In this issue we learned about seasons (specifically winter), animals, and hibernation.

We discussed the process animals go through, before hibernation begins, as well as what animals who do not hibernate do. 

Each issue also introduces vocabulary themed words. A great way for little one’s to learn new words, is by setting it to music. Therefore, we learned a simple hibernation song, set to the tune of “Alouette”.

The lyrics were:


Time for hibernation.


Time to go to sleep!

Please enjoy our own Patton M. as he makes his singing debut!

“It’s the gol-darndest zoo–On the face of the earth!” – Dr. Seuss ‘If I ran the Zoo’

Yesterday the entire school had a chance to take an in-school field trip!

We all ventured into the science lab, for 5th grade’s…

Botanical Biome Zoo!

5th grade science has been learning about animal biomes, ecosystems, habitats, and niches. 

The 5th grade zoo keepers had to choose an animal and design a progressive zoo exhibit. These exhibits included all the necessities an animal would need and have in the wild. The zoo keepers needed to design ample space, proper temperature, and include the animal’s proper food choices as they would find it in the wild.

Each zoo keeper had to write a persuasive letter, asking the zoo director for funding, for their new state-of-the-art enclosures.

They presented each class with tickets, presented their biomes to the zoo attendees, and shared the knowledge they learned while completing their enclosure.

Check out some of the animals we got to see!


Rebecca K. – Meerkat


Sinclair M. – Lynx


Jacob K. – Sloth


Sarah J. – Panda


Shealee S. – Flying Squirrel


Mrs. Hamlett, our Middle School Science teacher, let us experience some “touch and feel” exhibits!

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This mini trip was a lot of fun!  The Zoo Keepers ALL did a wonderful job showing and explaining their enclosures to us!

Thank you again to Mrs. Hamlett, the 5th grade Zoo Keepers, and everyone who was involved in helping make this possible!

We really enjoyed it! (and I know everyone else did too!)

“Today I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Hamlett’s fifth grade science class as the students presented their classroom zoo.  I was so impressed with how enthusiastically these students shared what they had learned about each animal in their zoo exhibit.  When they were finished, they couldn’t wait to show off some of the real animals in the classroom, including Clyde the frog, Ruby the bearded dragon, and Penelope and McClendon, the rats.  I never imagined when I woke up today that I would not only enjoy the opportunity to pet a bearded dragon and two rats, but see such responsibility and knowledge displayed by these students.  They carefully held and cared for the animals, and were eager to share with me all they had learned about them this year. “

– Mrs. McCormick,  SJV Principal

Hello January, Hello New Year!

Happy New Year, Pre-K!

Welcome to week 21 of school! We just counted 86 days of school today!  Can you believe the year is almost half over?!?!? And…in just a few short days, we’ll be celebrating 100 DAYS OF LEARNING! If all goes well, we should be celebrating our 100th Day of School on January 30th. I just can’t wait to celebrate that milestone with these little ones.  They have grown so much, both academically and physically, since that very first day in August. Some days I can’t believe their capabilities! They show or teach me something new each day. That’s definitely one of the best things about teaching…getting to learn right along with your students.

We are officially back to our old routine. The students made a nice transition back into school last week, but I could tell they were very tired and still adjusting from break.  This is our first 5 day week of school, since Christmas Break, and we will be working hard in and out of the classroom. Here is an overall look of the week:

Monday – CIA meeting @ 6:00

Tuesday –Box Top Collection

Our first Box top collection of 2017 is on Tuesday, January 10th.

Send in your box tops in a labeled envelope/baggie with your child’s name and grade on it and we’ll do the rest. Don’t forget to save your holiday clippings!

Wednesday – Report Cards Due back to school – AND – Library (please remember to send books)

*I have a meeting for the Diocese Wednesday afternoon, so I will not be at pick-up*

Thursday –  No Mass ; Buddy Time

Friday – N/A

Monday – January 16th – MLK Day – NO SCHOOL!

Just a few reminders…

The weather is surely getting colder, day-by-day, please make sure your child is coming to school in appropriate cold weather attire.

 We always go out for recess, weather and wind chill permitting!

Second Quarter Report Cards will be due back to school this Wednesday, January 11th.

There is NO SCHOOL Monday, January 16th, for observation of MLK Day.

Please help spread the word about our Open House on January 22nd, from 12:00-2:00!

Tuesday, January 24th, SJV will be providing vision and hearing screenings. (Please notify Mrs. Kemp if you are interested in these services)


(in lieu of the Chili Cook Off) 

Sunday, January 29th from 12-2pm in the social hall.  Think you have a winning soup or chili – submit a batch for tasting and see if you’re right!  Just want to hang out, eat some great soup and chili, and see who has the right stuff?  Bring a covered dish for everyone to share and come on down!  Information about this “souper” event is in your child’s Wednesday folder (1/4/17).

I hope everyone had a restful holiday break. I hope that you were able to spend time with those near and dear to you, as well as those who are far away.

Have a great week!

Merry Grinchmas 2016!

Merry Grinchmas!

Merry Grinchmas!


From Kindergarten and Pre-K!

Grinch Handprinting!

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Grinch-y Snacks!

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Grinch Dust!

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Grinchmas Games!

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Lots of F-U-N for EVERYONE!

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Thank you to all our helpers!  Without you, this would definitely NOT have been possible!  What a great way to kick-off Christmas Break!