St. Viator Parish School

Viator Voice: September 8, 2019

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In October 2001, the United States Congress passed a joint resolution designating that every September 11th be observed as "Patriot Day." The resolution requests that U.S. government entities and interested organizations and individuals display the flag of the United States at half staff on Patriot Day and that the people of the United States observe a moment of silence in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In this moment, let us pray:
  • For the Church, that she may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001, we pray to the Lord…
  • For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord…
  • For the safety of our service men and women abroad, for civil servants who protect us and keep us safe, and for all who live with war and violence, we pray to the Lord…
  • For our leaders and for the leaders of nations, that they may work together to address the problems that provide fertile ground for the growth of terrorism, we pray to the Lord...
  • For the ability to forgive and for an end to all hatred, beginning in our own hearts, we pray to the Lord…

WCEA 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. The Mission of St. Viator Parish School is to provide a quality Catholic education where the gospel message of Jesus Christ is lived, learned and shared in a safe learning environment. The administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, clergy, and parish community collaborate to develop the whole person spiritually, morally, academically and physically.

On Friday, we will join together to review our progress on our Self Study document and make any necessary changes. This is a professional development day and no school for students. In the Spring, a visiting committee from WCEA will review our Self Study document, including our Action Plan, for ongoing improvement, and will determine our accreditation status for the next six years. Throughout the year, we will be keeping you informed about this Self Study and Accreditation process.

We welcome your support, your feedback, and your prayers for the success of this process.

When the Principal is a Green Bay Packer fan and the Assistant Principal and Pastor are Bear fans...

The whole school has a FAN-tastic day!

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Is there a Girl Scout badge for Goat Yoga?

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No, but the Girl Scouts had a blast earning their Yoga badge! If you missed the flyers at the beginning of the school year to join our Girl or Boy Scouts, please contact the school office.

Kindergarten welcomes the New Year!

Save the date: Wednesday, September 11th, 5:30 to 7:00 in the Parish Center for the first PTO General Meeting

For our first PTO General Meeting. Hospitality and general meeting will begin at 5:30 pm.

Volunteer of the Month

Each month PTO recognizes people who give so much of their time, talent and treasure as Volunteer of the Month. The people are nominated by any member of St. Viator Parish School. The August nominees were: Marie Holmes, Addie and Keyon Johnson, Jen and Tom Keating, Keely Ratajczyk, Kasey Unkelbach, and Mikky Wilder.
And the winner is...

Testing...1, 2, 3...

Terra Nova standardized testing for students in grades 2 through 8 begins next week. All parents want to see their student(s) perform well in school and you play an important role in helping your student give their best performance on a test.

As you plan for next week, here are a few suggestions:

  • Get to bed on time. Research shows that being well-rested helps students do better.
  • Resolve any immediate arguments before bed. Minimize digital distractions.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines make make children feel insecure.
  • Mention the test to show you’re interested, but don’t dwell on it.
  • Plan ahead to avoid any conflicts or stress in finding necessary items
  • Get up early to avoid rushing and be sure to have your child at school on time.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast as research shows that they perform better if they have breakfast.
  • Be positive. Acknowledge that tests can be hard and that they are devised to that no one knows all the answers. Explain that doing your best is what counts.

It is very important that your child attends school next week. There will be little time to make up any test and it is sometimes difficult to focus and do one’s best when one has to make up a test.
What a Wondeful Way to Spend the Weekend United in Christ!

Our Faculty are Active Faith-Filled Catholics and Life-Long Learners too!

This past weekend, our teachers attended the annual Diocesan Conference. The theme this year was United in Christ. Each keynote or guest speaker reminded us that Christ is the center of all we are and all we do. The conference provided a unique opportunity to encounter Jesus in one another during our workshops, shared prayer, and social time. We are already looking forward to next year's conference!

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 6 – 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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Parent - Teacher Conferences - Sign Up Available Now!

Conference week is coming: October 7-12, 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.

Blessing of the Animals

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

Friday, October 4 (the actual Feast day), at 12:15 pm, OR

Saturday, October 5, at 9:00 am

For both days, bring your pets to the plaza outside of our church.

(If you cannot bring your pet, a picture will due.)

What's Happening!

Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Morning Prayer & Flag
  • Gift Wrap Assembly

Tuesday: September 10, 2019

Wednesday: September 11, 2019

  • Please remember all those affected by the 9/11/01 tragedy. In honor of Patriot's day students may wear Red, White and Blue Shirts, socks and accessories with their school casual uniform bottoms and school uniform shoes. (Hair accessories may be worn after Mass)
  • Mass, Grades 1-8. In honor of Patriot's day, students may wear Red, White and Blue Shirts, socks and accessories with their school casual uniform bottoms and school uniform shoes. (Hair accessories may be worn after Mass.)
  • 5:30 pm PTO meeting, Parish Center

Thursday: September 12, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

  • WCEA work day No School

Box Top Collections

Please bring your box tops to the office!