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April 25 Newsletter

St. John Vianney Catholic School

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

News for the week of April 25 –  May 1, 2012

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


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,


As final preparations for Saturday evening’s Gala are underway, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time, talents, and treasure to making this event a success.  I appreciate all you do for our school, and look forward to enjoying a wonderful time with you on Saturday evening!


I am also very excited to announce that we will kick-off a very important fundraising effort at the Gala this year.  The school board and I have spent much of this school year evaluating the technology we have to offer here at SJV and planning a total upgrade of our facility.  School board members, the teachers, and I have met with other schools as well as companies who specialize in educational technology and we are excited about the multi-phase plan that we will implement.


Obviously, an undertaking of this enormity will require extensive funds, and we intend to apply for grants to assist with this.  However, grants usually require that other fundraising efforts are being pursued by the institution, so that the grant funding is not the sole source of income for the project.  Therefore, we will begin this effort with a “Wishing Well” at the Gala.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see exactly what the plan entails and perhaps make a donation to the technology upgrade fund.


In May, our annual Penny Wars will also benefit this worthy cause. 


We are working hard to guarantee that SJV continues to offer your children the very best in all areas, including technology, as we celebrate our 10th year of operation in the 2012-2013 school year.


My deepest gratitude for all the ways you support our school!

Jennifer McCormick





Morning drop-off will be in the school this Thursday and Friday to accommodate set -up for the gala. 


REMINDER:  All students will need to bring lunch from home on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th so that Mr. Vaughn can prepare for the Gala on Saturday.



We just received word from the State that we can have Pre-K students in our before and aftercare program.  This change will take effect immediately, so if you have time constraints at drop off or pick up…we are here to help!!!      Extended Care pricing is listed on our school website, and in your Parent Student Handbook.


May Crowning

The May Crowning Mass will be next Wednesday, May 2.  We are asking for each child to bring a flower to place before the statue of Mary in the church as we process in prior to Mass.  These flowers will be redistributed and each homeroom will receive a vase of flowers to place before their classroom Mary Statue for the month of May.  A simple flower from your yard is sufficient.  Thank you for helping the children honor Mary at this specialMass.


Interim grades home today

Please review your child’s Interim Grades in the Wednesday folder, sign, and return the report by next Tuesday, May 1.  Thank you!


way to go wildcats!

-Come on down to the 2012 ING Kids Marathon on Friday, April 27th and cheer on Team SJV; represented by Quinn Collins, Avery Gardner, TessaKemp, Layne Gardner, Korbin Smith, Shealee Smith, and Thomas Wall.  Team SJV will run their final mile around LP Field at 5 pm.


-Congratulations Henry Hutt!  Henry passed the written test for his black belt. Please pray for Henry as he prepares for the next stage of his testing.


-Congratulations Rayanne Wise! Rayanne won first place in Holy Family Catholic Church’s (Lafayette) “Vision of ourFutureChurch” art contest.  Rayanne was awarded a cash prize of $25.00 and her artwork will be featured on the cover of the church’s Dinner and Auction program.


-Congratulations to Korbin Smith, Shealee Smith and Andrew Golden.  They competed this past Saturday in an elementary swim meet at theJimmyFloydCenterinLebanon.

Korbin won 1st place in his backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly and won 2nd in his freestyle.

Shealee won 3rd place in both her freestyle and backstroke.  Andrew won 1st place in his freestyle and 2nd in his backstroke.  The teams combined effort put the in 3rd place out of 24 teams. Way to go wildcats for representing SJV so well in this meet!





We have still not heard from many of our student athletes and their families about attending the banquet on May 3rd.  We must hear from you by TOMORROW so we can order the right amount of supplies.  Thank you!



I know it is hard to believe, but the 2011-12 school year is almost over, and it is time to start planning the students’ “end of year” party.  Any student wanting to attend this end of year bash needs to turn in $5 in an envelope with their name on it to the school office by May 11th.  All payment should be CASH ONLY PLEASE.  If you have any questions, or would like to help set up and run the party, you can contact Kirby Gardner at


opportunity is knocking!!!

We have two great, and very time flexible opportunities to earn your volunteer hours.  


**Help is needed the week of April 30th – May 4th to reassemble and prime the play set so the new scenery can be painted on.  Please contact Christi Kemp at or 230-7048 and let her know if you are interested and available to help with this project.


**People are needed on May 8th and 9th to hang student art work in the gym for this year’s Art Exhibit.  If you would like to help, please contact Carla Wehby at or Christi Kemp at and let them know which day you will be here.



If you have not already done so, please return either your spring picture package or the order envelope by Friday, April 27th.  Packets are scheduled for pick-up Friday afternoon.


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





…..the biggest event of the school season!  This Saturday it will be
“Springtime in Paris!”   You can still help be part of this great event!  Contact Susan Gerstner at or Carol Siebert at and let them know you want to be a part of this fabulous night!!!



The final Wildcat Spirit Night of the year is something really special!!  We will be showing our wildcat pride and celebrating another great school year at The Sumner Skate Zone from 2 – 6 pm on Sunday, May 6.  Get ready to skate!




Father Ryan Softball Camp Information:

The Father Ryan Softball Camp concentrates on fundamentals and skills such as hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. Campers must bring a glove with their names on it, a bat if they have one and wear tennis shoes or cleats.


Dates:   June 11-15                          Cost: $95

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (extended care is available for an additional $75)


Grades: 3-9


*to register go to

*for more information please contact Ashlee Schenk (


St. Cecilia Goings On…..

Ole!  Bonjour! Camp St. Cecilia! Have you ever wanted to order your food in Spanish at your favorite Mexican restaurant or visit such places as Paris? Indulge yourself this summer with Spanish and French language camps at Camp St. Cecilia this summer! In Ole! A Taste of Spanish, girls rising into grades 7-9 will learn basic Spanish with songs, dance, foods, and games. The Spanish camp will be June 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. In the Virtual Trip to Pariscamp, girls in rising grades 7-9 will learn French while touring famous landmarks like the EiffelTower, Moulin Rouge, and La Cathedrale de Notre Dame without leaving Nashville. Madame Begley will also teach crepe making and other French delicacies. Be a part of this adventure July 16-20 from 1-4 p.m. To register for these camps or to see a full listing of camps offered at Camp St. Cecilia, visit Contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660 with any questions.


Science is cool at Camp St. Cecilia!


Want to try your hand at engineering and building a tower that withstands weight? Want to try launching an egg high into the air and have it land without breaking? If so, come join the SCA Science Olympics and go for the gold. SCA’s Teacher of the Year Dr. Karen Deal is teaming with Becky Simon, SCA’s academic counselor and former science department head, to lead this camp for girls rising into grades 6-8. This scientific adventure promises to be enriching and fun. The camp is offered June 11-15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register for this camp or to view a full listing of the 45 camps offered over 6 weeks at Camp St. Cecilia, visit Contact Camp Director Amie Pike with questions at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660.

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