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Feb 29 Newsletter

St. John Vianney Catholic School

501 N. Water Avenue; Gallatin, TN 37066; 615-230-7048;

News for the week of February 29 – March 6,2012

“Your every act should be done with love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,


I hope you have been having a good week so far.  Our students are working hard on their ITBS testing in the mornings, and have been having a lot of fun in the afternoon with academic games and activities.  Some of our classes will be finishing up this week, and some will still be testing a few days next week as well, depending on how many tests are given at each grade level.   I’m so proud of all of our students for their hard work!


I hope that you have also been having a good Lent.  My aunt is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, an order founded by St. Katharine Drexel.  Her feast day is this Saturday, March 3, and my children and I have been praying a novena in honor of this day.  Each day we’ve been reflecting on a quote from St. Katharine Drexel, and I would like to share one with you:


Peacefully do at each moment what at that moment ought to be done.  If we do what each moment requires, we will eventually complete God’s plan, whatever it is.  We can trust God to take care of the master plan when we take care of the details.”


I pray that we all continue to do God’s work, trusting in Him with peace in our hearts, even when we feel worried or troubled about what may or may not happen.  God is good…all the time.


Have a blessed week!

Jennifer McCormick





SUBSIDY CARDS DUE   Don’t forget to turn in your subsidy form to the school office (SJV parishioners) or to the pastor of your parish to be signed and mailed to the school.  All forms must be received at SJV no later than March 31st.



Have you turned in your form yet?  Practice is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 1st and we need your paperwork before you can participate!  If you have any additional questions about the practice schedule or the upcoming season, you can contact me at    Go Wildcats!!


Thank You,

Coach Shannon Smith



way to go wildcats!

If you know of any SJV Wildcats that are deserving of recognition in our newsletter please let us know by Monday morning 10 a.m. and we’ll make sure everyone hears about it!


PARISH APPRECIATION WEEKEND MARCH 24TH & 25TH:  SJV Parish Appreciation is the weekend of March 24th and 25th.  This is one small way the students and families of our school show the parish how much we appreciate all that they do for our school.  If you are interested in reading (grades 3 – 8) or bringing up the gifts (grades K – 8) at 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday 3/24, or at the 8:00 or 10:30 Mass on Sunday 3/25, please contact Mrs.McCormick.


ITBS TESTING THROUGH MARCH 9TH:  Students in grades K-8 are taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills the weeks of February 27-March 2 and March 5-9.  (Some students may be finished after the first week, depending on the number of tests their grade takes.)  Please do not schedule routine doctor or dentist appointments during the morning hours of these two weeks if possible.  We want students to be at their best, so please ensure they get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast these two weeks especially.  To help with this, students will not have homework or tests while their class is testing.


St FRANCES CABRINI – LEBANON, TN:  Mrs.McCormick will be visiting St. Frances Cabrini Church inLebanon,TN this Sunday, March 4th to promote SJV.  Any students who attend Sunday Mass in their Mass uniforms will receive an out-of-uniform pass.


FINANCIAL AID FOR 2012-2013:  Those families wishing to apply for financial aid for the 2012-2013 school year must apply online at  Please remember that you must reapply each year for financial aid, and that families not meeting their volunteer hour obligation will not be considered for financial aid.  The deadline for applying is March 31.




SPRINGTIME IN PARIS:  Preparations for this year’s dinner and auction are in full swing, and volunteers are needed to help make this the best event ever!  If you would like to help by donating your time, talent, or treasure please contact Susan Gerstner at, or Carol Siebert at  Check out your child’s Wednesday folder for more information about this amazing event!


“LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK:  Check out our Facebook page for up to the date news and information on our school.




Father Ryan Purple Masque Players will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  ThursdayApril 19 through Saturday, April 21 at the Father Ryan Center for the Arts.  Show times are at 7 pm each night plus a matinee at 2 pm on Saturday.  Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth prior to the shows. For more information, please go to


Camp St. Cecilia offers Service learning: Community service is a core value at St. Cecilia Academy and now girls can experience learning though service work in a new camp offered this summer. Heather Honeycutt, SCA’s director of student activities and an SCA alumna, will coordinate service projects during two different camps. During the middle and high school service camp (June 18-22), girls going into grades 7-9 will travel to different service agencies in the Nashville community such as Second Harvest Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House to complete service projects. In elementary service (July 9-13), girls in rising grades 2-4 will bake and create crafts which will later be shared with service agencies.  To register for a service camp or to view the complete listing of all camps, visit or contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660.


Be a star on the SCA stage at Camp St. Cecilia!  Girls can dance and act on stage this summer at Camp St. Cecilia. St. Cecilia Academy dance program director Jennifer Alexander, along with SCA dancers, will be teaching girls pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade the art of dance performance in two camps this summer. In the Disney Extravaganza camp, rising grades prekindergarten-4 girls will study and perform a dance to a Disney song. Jazz, tap, and ballet techniques will be taught. Middle school girls can study dance technique in the genres of jazz, tap, lyrical/ballet, and hip hop in the Rising Stars camp. SCA theatre director Cathie Correia Stamps will bring on the drama for girls in two theatre camps—one for rising grades 1-3 and one for rising grades 4-8. Campers will learn songs, dances, and dialogue from the stars of the SCA stage, culminating in a performance at the end of the week. To register for these camps and to view a full listing of Camp St. Cecilia offerings, please visit For more information regarding camp, contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615)298-4525 ext. 660.

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