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St. John Vianney Catholic School

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


Believing that each child is a gift from God to be cherished, guided, and protected, the mission of

  St. John Vianney Catholic School is to assist families and the Church in their responsibility of

 forming educated Christians who lovingly serve God in this life, so as to be with Him forever in the next.


News for the week of October 17- 23, 2012


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV families,


I hope you all had a blessed Fall Break!  The week is flying by, as will the weeks of Second Quarter!  This quarter is full of field trips, special events, and holidays, so it is especially important to keep our students focused to do their best!


Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the picnic on October 28!  More information is below.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our school and parish community to come together and celebrate the 10th year of operation of our school.  I hope I will see many of you there…and don’t forget, you can buy a chance to throw a pie at me!  J


See you on Friday for conferences!  Have a great rest of the week!


Jennifer McCormick





We are saddened to have had the need to postpone the Murder Mystery Show until spring of 2013.  If you have already purchased your tickets to the event or to the Kid’s Mystery Night, your monies will be refunded. 

Keep your eye out for updates – we hope to see everyone at “Murder Mystery Night” this spring!

FALL PARTY MONEY IS PAST DUE!  Our school’s room moms have tallied the collections, and we still are missing a lot of our student’s party money.  Your child’s room parent will be contacting you to see if your child is planning on attending.  Please let them know what your plans are so they can plan accordingly.  If you think you have already submitted the fee, please contact the office and we will check it out.  We would hate for any of the students to miss out on the fun!


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES/REPORT CARDS  Please remember that there is no school for students this Friday, October 19.  Please be prompt for your conference.  If you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please contact the teacher to make alternate arrangements.  Parents who attend conferences on Friday will receive the first quarter report card for their child.  All other report cards will be sent home in the Wednesday folder next week.  We are not able to send home report cards prior to conferences on Friday.


EXPLORE TESTS for 7th & 8th GRADE STUDENTS  Students in 7th & 8th grade will be taking the Explore Test beginning next Monday, October 22.  Please encourage your 7th and 8th graders to get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast for this testing. 


RED RIBBON WEEK  Red Ribbon Week is October 22-26.  Here is a listing of the activities planned:


MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd  – This will be the kick-off to the week.  The students will create a school-wide collage titled “SJV Was Born To Be Drug Free”.  The students will place their baby pictures on the collage.  Please send in a baby picture of your child by Thursday October 18th, or bring one to your parent/teacher conference on Friday October 19th.  Please label pictures if you would like them returned.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 23th –  “Shade Out Drugs”  All students may wear sunglasses along with their regular uniform.



*Grades 3-7    Slam Dunk/ Free Throw contest in the gym “Slam Dunk- Drugs Are Junk!”

*Grades pre-k – 2    Bring favorite stuffed animal  “Hugs Not Drugs”


THURSDAY OCTOBER 25th  – “Give Drugs the Slip”   Students may bring slippers to wear along with their regular uniforms.  (Please send students in their regular school shoes for Mass, recess, and PE)


FRIDAY OCTOBER 26th  – “Wear Red Day!”  Students may wear jeans, a red shirt and white socks and tennis shoes.



Come out to St. Joe’s Thursday night and watch our girls finish up an awesome season!  The girls are playing St. Rose Gold at 5:15 and Christ the King Gold at 6:45.  Hope to see you there!



On Saturday, October 6th, Maggie completed the 5k Heart Walk at Vanderbilt for the American Heart Association. Maggie participated as a survivor of heart disease, and in tribute to other children who are also battling heart disease. Maggie walked carrying a “Have Heart, Give Life” banner. The American Heart Association of Greater Nashville posted a photo of Maggie carrying this banner as the cover photo to their Facebook site.



The student council had it first meeting on Monday and they have decided on a service project.  Check your child’s Wednesday folder for all the info and how every student can help make it a success!

 The SJV Parish and School Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 12-4 pm           in the Social Hall and fenced schoolyard. This is a joint event of SJV Parish and School. We are celebrating 10 years of operation of our school!  We have many fun activities planned! First, will be lunch in the Social Hall/Gym, with BBQ and Hotdogs provided and families bringing a side and dessert to share. Then on to the fenced School Yard for Horse-Drawn Wagon rides, Sack Races, Three-legged Races, Corn Hole, Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting, Volleyball, Music, Inflatables (slide and obstacle course), Storytelling, Bingo, Cakewalk, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, SnoCones,  Carnival Games AND MORE!  Kids playing the games earn tickets to spend in the Prize Tent! Prizes are already donated!

The Pie Throw is new this year. We will be selling chances to win the honor of throwing pies at some good natured folks who work around SJV School and Parish. Don’t miss your chance to throw a pie at Mrs. McCormick, Father Gideon, Stuart Kelly (organist), Shirley Lafferty, Joe Fertitta, and David Tennessen.  Any other volunteers?

Everything is FREE (except the PIE THROWING)! BUT, we will have donation jars around, with proceeds going toward a new icemaker for the cafeteria. Our old one broke!

We have asked each class to run a carnival game from 1-3pm. You may be hearing from your PTP rep. about this or give us a call. We do need help in other areas as well and welcome parents and students! This is a great opportunity to earn Volunteer Hours! We need help:

* Setting up on Saturday October 27, 9a-12p

*Need baked items for cake walk (drop off morning of picnic)

*Running the Cakewalk

*Bingo Prizes

*selling Pie Throw Chances

*making Cool Whip pies for Pie Throw (supplies provided)

*Help with other activities

*After Picnic Cleanup

Most of all, we hope you plan to come to the SJV Parish and School Picnic! It promises to be a lot of fun, with great food and friends!

Mary Vaughn – 533-6111

Mary Garretson – 838-8016

PORTABLE KEYBOARDS WANTED!  If you have a portable keyboard that you would like to donate or sell to one of our piano students that don’t have access to a keyboard at home please contact Cynthia Roberts at


HELP WANTED:  St. John Vianney Catholic School is currently accepting resumes for a part-time Art teacher for grades PK-8.  The hours of this position are Tuesday and Thursday from 7:25 am – 3:40 pm, beginning January 3, 2013.  Interested applicants may submit a resume to the school principal, Jennifer McCormick, at, or mail one to 501 N. Water Avenue, Gallatin.  Please call 230-7048 for more information.

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News from around the Diocese:

FATHER RYAN OPEN HOUSE.  Father Ryan will host its annual Open House for interested students and their parents on Sunday, October 21, beginning at 12:30 in the Catignani-Drennan Fieldhouse.  The event will provide a comprehensive look at all aspects of the school’s program, including academics, the arts, and athletics and service opportunities.  For more information, visit

ST. CECILIA OPEN HOUSE -St. Cecilia Academy invites all families to its admissions Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. There will be tours given by St. Cecilia students, classroom visits, a Coaches’ Corner, and fine arts demonstrations.  St. Cecilia Academy is located at 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, on The Dominican Campus next to Saint Thomas Hospital. St. Cecilia Academy is Nashville’s all-girls Catholic school for grades 9-12. Since 2004, St. Cecilia Academy has been recognized six times as one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation based on strong Catholic identity, academic excellence, and commitment to service. SCA is also home to the 2011 TSSAA state runner-up in volleyball, the 2011 TSSAA state third place cross country team and the 2012 state forensics poetry champion. St. Cecilia Academy’s Class of 2012 applied to a record number of colleges earning acceptance to 158 schools and more than $9.4 million in merit scholarship offers. The class of 67 young women is attending 44 different colleges and universities in 19 states this fall.





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“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.”  Mark 11:24

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