St. Viator Parish School
Viator Voice: March 5, 2023
2ND SUNDAY OF LENT
4TH GRADE IS FABULOUS!
The fourth graders are very busy learning many new skills. We are preparing for Lent by praying, and doing good works. We are collecting baby items for Catholic Charities, and these items will be given to mothers in need and their babies. In math, we are working diligently on division. We love to read a range of fiction and non-fiction stories. We really like our trips to the A.R. Store where we can spend our A.R. money. We really enjoyed all of the activities for Nevada Reading Week!! We are improving our writing skills with the Jane Schaffer Writing Program and the My Access Writing Program. In Science, we have been studying rocks and the rock cycle. We had lots of fun creating a rock cycle with Starburst candies. We have been reading and researching about famous Americans. Then we created a timeline of the Famous Americans' lives. We liked presenting our timelines to our classmates to share our knowledge. Mrs. Kiss and Mr. Mertzman came to see our projects too. The 4th graders just love to learn and think 4th grade is fabulous!!! ~Mrs. Forsythe
NEVADA READING WEEK - ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES
Special thanks to our librarian, Mrs. Wells, for organizing our St. Viator Parish School Nevada Reading Week!
ST. VIATOR'S GOT TALENT!!!
What a great talent show!!! This show could not have happened without the wonderful performers (parent, teacher, staff and alumni) and the support of PTO, Administration, directed by Mr. Joaquin Crame and PTO President, Mikky Scott. We can't wait for next year's talent show!
Check out “SVS Parent Teacher Staff Alumni Talent Show 2023” video highlights from MrsKiss on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/804884117
VARSITY VOLLEYBALL NEWS!!!
Our SVS Varsity Volleyball team is off to a great start with a 2-0 record! The team takes a bit of a break with no games through Spring Break. Come cheer on the team Wednesday, March 22nd at St. Viator at 3:45 PM.
2023 NEVADA SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship back in-person! On Saturday, March 4th, our St. Viator chess students represented and competed in 3 sections: Primary (Grades K – 3), Elementary School (Grades K – 5) 6 rounds and Middle School (6 – 8) 5 rounds. At the tournament, there were over 40 schools represented with a total of 215 participants. St. Viator School had 31 students who competed from Kindergarten to 8th grade. While the K-3 team took second place, the K-5 and 6th-8th grade team placed third overall.
2nd Place K-3 Team
Top 4 Players: Moses R., Ysabella G., Bruce L., Imogene P.
Participants: Dominic S., Isaiah W., Arabella C., Jacoby M., Jayden M., Julian S., Anre S., Kaisynten W.
Biggest Upset Winner for K-3
Moses R. who beat an opponent over 300 points higher than him.
3rd Place K-5 Team
Top 4 Players: Asher S., Maximus R. Saul F., Gianna F.
Participants: Kaden B., Kennady C., Dominik L., Thiago M., Ayaan S.
8th Place K-5th Grade Individual
3rd Place 6th-8th Grade Team
Top 4 Players: Brayden C., Michael H., Samuel M., Preston S.
Participants: Larson C., Jude L., Payten B., Arren F., Junebug M., Angelo S.
3rd Place 6th-8th Grade Individual
DESSERTS NEEDED FOR PASTA FRIDAYS
We are asking students to bring in dessert for the bake sale on Friday mornings. Please drop off the desserts to the school office. The weeks are listed below.
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
3/10: 2nd & 8th
3/17: Spring Break
3/24: 3rd & 5th
3/31: 4th & 6th
The Knights of Columbus will be open at 3:00 PM in the Parish Center for families who would like to eat after school in the parish center or take it to-go.
KA COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Kindergarten A Community Outreach (formerly Homeless Lunch) is coming up on Tuesday, March 7th in the cafeteria.
We will be assembling Care Kits for distribution at Catholic Charities.
Please help make our Care Kits complete by bringing GRANOLA BARS.
These can be dropped in the office and any number of donations are appreciated!
CMG trained & fingerprinted adults are welcome to help. Please meet in the cafeteria for setup. Students arrive by 8:30 and we help them assemble the Kits. We are done by 9:30am at the latest.
Questions? Contact Laura Alcaraz at 702-858-2626 or email@example.com or Catherine Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS HEART CHALLENGE
ROCK YOUR SOCKS ON MARCH 21 FOR WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY
Tuesday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. St. Viator School will be celebrating this special day by wearing mismatched socks.
Join people all over the world and wear mismatched socks to celebrate
WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!
Socks may be different in pattern or color, but can still be worn together quite happily if we change our attitudes about having to wear matching socks!
Wearing mismatched socks reminds us to celebrate the things that make us each unique!
In addition to wearing mismatched socks, students, faculty and staff will decorate a paper sock. All socks will be strung in the loop on March 20th to show our support for our students (current and alumni) with Down Syndrome. We hope you enjoy our art display!
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
FOUNDATION BUY-IN PARTIES STILL AVAILABLE!!!
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
We are currently taking registrations and setting up testing appointments for new students entering PreKindergarten and Kindergarten. If you are a current PreKindergarten parent, your child will need to be tested for 2023-2024. Registration packets are available in the school office. Please contact the school office at 702-732-4477 for more information.
GENTLE REMINDER ON TUITION & FEES
All school accounts must be brought current prior to reregistration for the 23-24 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Kiss at email@example.com.
TUITION REVIEW & RE-REGISTRATION FORMS
All families should have turned in their re-registration paperwork for the 2023-2024 school year. Additionally, all families currently receiving the Viator rate underwent a Viator Mass attendance assessment. Families on the Viator rate need to attend 26 Masses between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
All Viator rates were reviewed and families were notified of their standing as of November 30, 2022. If your family has questions or concerns about the Viator rate, please call or email Mrs. Alex (the bookkeeper) at the school. Please DO NOT call or email the parish office.
RAISERIGHT SCRIP UPDATE
Scrip for the 2023-2024 school year started on March 1st.
Invoices for those families who did not meet the 2022-2023 school year $200 rebate requirement will go out by Friday, March 10th.
Please DO NOT contact the Parish Center to check on your scrip balance. Your scrip balance can be found by logging into your RaiseRight account.
DIOCESAN TUITION ASSISTANCE
St. Viator is a strong Catholic community. We are fortunate to have a community willing to help make Catholic education affordable to our Catholic families. If financial assistance is needed for the 23-24 school year you can apply to our in-house FACTS site at St. Viator Parish School - FACTS
PAUSE FOR REFLECTION
What do you want most for your kids? Pause for reflection.
The most common answer to this question is that we want our kids to be happy. This seems like a reasonable goal for raising children. But every time I ask myself this as a mom, I always leave that inner dialogue wrecked because I realize I CAN’T make another person happy – not even my kids. Isn’t that one of the biggest frustrations as a parent? We can’t MAKE our kids happy. We can’t buy, or will, or gift, or demand the happiness that every child deserves to feel.
How DO we help our children find happiness? I’m sure you can imagine a million things that would make your children feel happy in the moment, but to TEACH them to be happy requires a teacher. Do you see where I’m going with this?
That’s where you come in mom, dad, guardian, grandma, grandpa, caregiver, etc. These little ones learn to be happy by watching the ways in which we make ourselves happy. And here we are at the heart of the question. Are YOU happy? I’m not asking about happiness levels 24/7. But overall, are you happy? Sometimes happiness feels like a tall ask, especially when life is not going very well. But the good news about happiness is that there are tangible ways to reach greater levels of happiness and this always brings me hope when I find myself struggling. I remind myself, “Monica, (yes I speak to myself frequently) go back to the basics. Happiness is an act. Happiness is a choice. Happiness is not happenstance.” Many, MANY, different things make humans happy and here are a few ways you can increase your happiness AND teach your kids to be happy as well.
1. I said it a couple of weeks ago…Practice Gratitude. Gratitude is not spontaneous; it is a practice.
2. Do what you’re good at as often as you can! Are you a good baker? Bake often. Do you excel at working out? Get to the gym frequently!
3. GIVE. Give a cookie to a friend. GIVE your time to a person in need. Give whatever you’re able to give. Giving makes us HAPPY.
4. Savor. Savor all the small and big things in life. Breath them in, pause and notice the details, take your time with things. This can be as big as savoring the moment your child walks across a commencement stage, or savoring the beautiful avocado you have in your lunch pail. Savor the moment. Be mindful.
5. Go back to the fundamentals of life. Sleep 8 hours. Eat nutritious beautiful foods. Drink lots of water! Start having a green juice daily to help your digestion. Tell someone you LOVE them. Say your prayers. Speak life over yourself daily. These are the basics.
The common theme in all of these steps is that they are action words. They are verbs. This means we can DO them and not feel helpless in the happiness arena.
I speak to so MANY parents about how to help their children to be happy. I understand sometimes life presents us with challenges. We can’t always be happy. However, we ARE the teachers of happiness in the lives of our children and in order to teach we have to know how to do it first for ourselves. I’m here to help.
With joy and happiness,
Monday: March 6, 2023
Tuesday: March 7, 2023
- Reconciliation for Grade 6th-8th (dress uniform)
- Kindergarten A - Community Outreach in cafeteria
Wednesday: March 8, 2023
- Liturgy Pre-K - 8th Grade (dress uniform)
- Reconciliation Grade 2nd-5th
- Grade 3rd-6th Baby Shower
- $3 St. Patrick's Day Baggies Sale
Thursday: March 9, 2023
- 1st Grade Field Trip to Children's Museum
- Heart Assembly in Gym at 2PM
Friday: March 10, 2023
- Minimum Day
- Green & White Accessory Day (uniform bottoms and shoes)
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
March 13th - March 17th