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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!

“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