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“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!

Pre-K, Pre-k…What Did You See?

We did it!  We enjoyed our first field trip of the year!

The kids have really enjoyed reading Eric Carle books for the last few days, and were even more excited to watch the play.

It was a unique experience that I hope they will remember….at least until the next exciting field trip! 🙂

Check out shots from the day below…

Arrived safe and sound!  Thanks to all my awesome parent and grandparent helpers today!  Without you, this day would never have happened!

Arrived safe and sound! Thanks to all my awesome parent and grandparent helpers today! Without you, this day would never have happened!

The girls patiently waiting for the show to start!

The girls patiently waiting for the show to start!

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Busy, busy, busy BOYS!!!!

Ready, Set, Here we go!

Ready, Set, Here we go!


Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?!?!?!

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We had a great time today! Thank you for all your parent help in making this happen!  You’re the best!

November thru December Important Dates

Tuesday, November 22ndThanksgiving Feast 11:00 – 1:00

Where:       SJV Gym

When:        November 22, 2016

Time:   A-KL 11:00   then  Kr-Z 12:00

(divided by last name)

*Students may be signed out to leave, after you and your family are done eating.*

Please RSVP at:

Please sign-up to bring a dish at:

*We ask every family brings 1-2 dishes to share.*

*The Usborne Book Fair will also be happening November 21st – November 22nd, which you can attend before or after the Thanksgiving Feast.

Usborne is an AWESOME children’s book company.  They are definitely worth a look.

Pre-K plans to take a peek Monday morning, and will try to pick a few items for a wish list.*


November 23rd – November 25thThanksgiving Break – No School


A Happy Thanksgiving is wished to all!

November 29th – December 1stPasta Collection for the Ladies of Charity Christmas Baskets

Please join SJV, headed by the Student Council, in their collection of pasta as one of our Social Justice projects.

The boxes of pasta will help the Ladies of Charity to fill Christmas Food Baskets, for those in need this holiday season.

Students will earn a “Crazy Sock DAY” pass, to where crazy socks on December 5th.

December 15thSJV Christmas Program – 6:00 pm – Saint John Vianney Church

Please make plans to attend the yearly Christmas Program, and invite any friends and family as well.

The program is held in the church, as the middle school students tell the Christmas story.

Pre-K students will play the parts of the friendly beasts. We already have the costumes, and I will pass those out as the time draws near.