St. Viator Parish School

Viator Voice: September 16, 2019

School Accreditation

This year we are going through our 6 year accreditation visit from the WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association). Accreditation is a process of ongoing school improvement. Our ultimate goal is the highest student achievement for our students, and we want to always be on the road to improvement.

Our Journey toward re-accreditation continues. Friday our teachers and faculty reviewed the Self Study document progress and identified critical goals to improve learning.

Parent - Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Now!

Conference week is coming: October 7-11, 2019

Grades PK through 5,
To sign up, click here:

  • Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: Conferences are for parents and teacher only - no children.
  • Grades 1-3: Parents and teacher - your child may attend the conference, but is not required to attend.
  • Grades 4-5: Parents, student and teacher - your child is required to attend a scheduled conference.

Grades 6-8
To sign up, click here:
It is not mandatory to attend a Junior High parent-teacher conference unless specifically requested.

  • Conferences begin at 1:15 p.m. each day. From 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. appointments are designated for joint-conferences, wherein you can request, or we may require, a conference with all teachers at the same time. If you desire a joint-conference, please contact your homeroom teacher to coordinate.
  • If a conference is not specifically requested, you still have the opportunity to meet with any teacher to address any questions or concerns that you might have regarding Junior High progress. Simply choose a conference day and time. Please be sure to add your student's name to the comment section.
  • Your child needs to accompany you for your scheduled conference.

Extended Care is available from Noon until 6 PM during conference week.

PreK Dancing Dads!

D is for DANCING DADs!

D Week at Prekindergarten!

Pre-K had a blast during D week with their talented group of dancing dads. They are working on the letter E this week!

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Kindergarten ~ Keep your Eye on Reading!

Father Bill visits the Littles!

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Blessing of the Animals

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of all animals, bring your furry friends for a special blessing from Fr. Rinn on either of two days:

  • Friday, October 4, 12:15pm in front of our Parish Center
  • Saturday, October 5, 10am in the church plaza.
    (If you can’t bring your pet, bring a photo of it!)

Terra Nova Testing Reminder

It's time to sharpen those #2 pencils! We know from experience that teachers evaluate students by observing them in the classroom, evaluating their day-to-day class work, grading their homework assignments and special projects, and administering unit tests. These classroom assessments show the teacher how well a student is mastering grade level learning goals, and provide valuable information to the teacher that can be used to improve instruction.

Standardized tests are yet another tool that is used to evaluate how students in a given class or school perform in relation to other students. Since the same test is given to a large number of students throughout the country, the results give the school personnel a common yardstick of “standard” of measure to determine whether school programs are succeeding, as well as a “snapshot” of the skills and abilities of all its students.

  • Terra Nova testing begins Monday, September 16.
  • Testing is for all students in Grades 2 through 8.

The Terra Nova is a standardized achievement test taken by students nationwide. Most of us are well aware that these test results do no equal intelligence. The main purpose of the test is to provide the school with information that can be used to help teachers make sound educational decisions about student learning and curriculum development. The score results allow us to monitor our students’ annual growth, and also help us identify areas of achievement as well as needed areas of meaningful improvement. Our commitment to our students inspires us to want to provide the strongest and most effective instruction possible. Standardized testing is an important component in the data that is continuously disaggregated and analyzed s learning outcomes re being measured.

Prepare your child for testing:

  • Have your children arrive at school on time this week.
  • Remember, taking tests can be hard work and require lots of energy.
  • We recommend that students get plenty of rest and eat a nourishing breakfast and lunch on test days.

As always, thank you for your support and cooperation!

What's Happening!

Terra Nova Testing Week

Limited Special classes remain in the schedule

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tuesday: September 17, 2019
  • Soccer St. Anne @ SVS, Varsity: 3:30 pm; JV: 4:30 pm

Wednesday: September 18, 2019

  • No Liturgy today due to testing week.
  • Soccer SVS vs. OLLV @ SFDS, Varsity: 3:30 pm; JV: 4:30 pm

Thursday: September 19, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

  • NO SCHOOL on MONDAY due to Diocesan Retreat!

    All teachers will be at Bishop Gorman High School this day.

6th and 7th Grade Parents ~ Trip Meetings

On September 26th, there will be a brief meeting to discuss the upcoming trips to Carson City and Pali Mountain.

  • 6th Grade: 5:15 pm in 6A
  • 7th Grade: 6:00 pm in 7A

We look forward to seeing you!

Training for NEW Lectors , Eucharistic Ministers, & Altar Servers

To be a Eucharistic Minister and distribute the Body and Blood of Christ in Mass, you must be Confirmed and at least 16*.

Are you a good public speaker, Confirmed, and at least 16*? The two-part training for new Lectors offers two choices for the initial meeting as well as the follow-up (NOTE: this is for all Masses except 10am – there is separate training for the Children’s Liturgy.).

Boys and girls can be an Altar Server. The training at this time is open to students 5th Grade and older and 4th Graders who will be serving at all Masses EXCEPT 10am. (Because the 10am Mass has so many Servers, training for 4th Graders for that Mass will be in early 2020 -- watch the bulletin and website for more information.)

You and an adult must attend an orientation meeting in the church. You will return to be tested.

Training sessions for all these ministries take place in the church. You need only attend one of the options from below:

SERVERS: Saturday, Sept. 21 – 1pm OR Monday, Sept. 23 – 3pm OR 4pm
EMs: Tuesday, Oct. 1 – 6pm OR Saturday, October 5 – 10:30am
LECTORS: Tuesday, Oct. 1 – 7pm OR Saturday, October 5 – 11:30am

All ministers must be registered St. Viator parishioners.

*NOTE: All St. Viator ministers out of high school must be in compliance with the diocesan volunteer requirements: be fingerprinted (if 18 or older), submit a volunteer application, review the volunteer handbook, and take an online class. Please see “Volunteer Requirements” at
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