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Parading along in Pre-K

April, April where have you gone?!?  This will be our first 5 day school week, since the beginning of April! The shortened weeks, coupled with the new Spring weather, have made learning and focusing a tricky task for some Pre-K students. 

However, we are still working hard here in the classroom! We are doing a mixture of review, as well as exploring new concepts. Some friends are memorizing sight words, while some are “graduating” from tracing highlighted work – to writing names, letters, and numbers ALL ON THEIR OWN!

Nonetheless, we are all growing and learning at our own pace. Mrs. Schaefer couldn’t be more proud with the goals that were reached and mastered this year, as well as those that are still being accomplished!  

May will soon be upon us, which will bring us to our last 19 days of school! 

Please keep the following events in mind, as the school year comes to a close…

May 4th (Thursday) – Art and Music Show
• Come walk through the gym, for a display of yearly art work, from ALL of the SJV students.
• Piano and Choir students will also be performing to showcase their musical talents.
• Volunteers are needed to help make this night a success. If you are short on REQUIRED volunteer hours, please e-mail Mr. Gregory McCord:

May 5th (FRIDAY) – Field Day
• Is a FULL day of school
• Field Day activities will be happening between 12:00 – 3:00
• Volunteers are needed throughout the day to make this event a success. Copy and paste the following link into your browser,  to check out opportunities to volunteer.

May 26th (FRIDAY) – Last Day of School
• The day begins with an 8:00 Mass
• Following Mass, in the church, there will be a short award ceremony
• When the students return to the school, the elementary hallway will begin their end-of-the-year send off. (more information in tonight’s blue folder)
• Dismissal begins at 11:30.
• Half-day, with no aftercare!


Lenten Pretzels for Sale

Lenten Pretzels

Pretzels are traditional Lenten food because they don’t contain any of the ingredients that were forbidden during Lent. In the Middle Ages, pretzels were the food of the poor during Lent; now they’re a popular food. Their shape reminds us of praying arms. In fact, the word pretzel comes from a Latin word meaning folded arms.

Third grade will be incorporating this Lenten practice into our classroom. The students will be making pretzels to sell to students during snack time.

What: Third Grade is selling Pretzels

When: March 15, 2017

Where: SJV

How Much: $0.50/pretzel or 3/$1.00

Proceeds: Catholic Charities Refugee Program

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’…


Hands in the Faith

This Saturday, February 25th, will be SJV’s first ever Party Gras!

This event will help benefit several financial costs our school faces every year.  One big fund that needs to be replenished, is the financial aid fund.

In order to continue to help our school grow and serve many families, we will have an auction to help raise money for the financial aid fund.

In addition to SEVERAL other items, each class created and prepared an item to be auctioned off.

Pre-K’s project is titled: “Hands in the Faith”

The beginning steps. Measuring and tracing out the cross.

After my husband and I completed the cutting, edging, and lay out, it was time to stain the board.

What a difference, a little coat of stain makes!

After all the above preparations, it was time to take the board into school for a little hand printing.

Thank you to Mrs. Amanda Rivard for helping me during this endeavor.

Hand prints done! Nails are in! Now time for string art!


All Done!

Finally, we present to you….

“Hands in the Faith”

Handcrafted, with love, from your 2016 – 2017 Pre-K Class.


I hope you all have the pleasure to join us this Saturday!


!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!