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January 16 Newsletter

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 January 16 through 22, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  It’s hard to believe January is half over, and Catholic Schools Week will be here in a little over a week!  Please see this week’s newsletter for a brief overview of activities that have been planned, and make sure that all RSVP’s for Grandparents Day are turned in by this Friday, January 18.

Once Catholic Schools Week is behind us, there will only be three weeks until we begin ITBS/CogAT testing.  All schools in the Diocese of Nashville were required to begin using a new form for both tests, and I learned a lot about the changes at a Diocesan Principal’s meeting yesterday.  This means brand new colorful test booklets, but also new norms to be compared to.  You’ll be hearing more about this in the weeks and months to come!

Don’t forget that this is the time to re-register for the 2013-2014 school year.  You’ll also see tuition, subsidy, and financial aid information in the Wednesday folder this week.  Please pay particular attention to the deadlines, as we don’t want anyone to miss out!

Have a blessed week ahead!

Jennifer McCormick




8th annual chili cook-off  is Saturday, January 26th at 5:30 in the school gym.  Be part of the action as our families battle it out to see whose chili reigns supreme!  Are you more of a “sweet genius”?  There is also a dessert competition, so preheat those ovens, get out those candy thermometers and start baking!  Check your child’s Wednesday folder for an entry form or download one from our school website!

GALA NEWS:“The Land of OZ” will be the theme for our 2013 Auction. The first planning meeting is Thursday, Jan, 17th at 7:00 pm at the parish office.  Please contribute to this event by attending and sharing your time and talent.   Your input (large or small) will create a successful event.   Volunteer hours will be announced.  Contact Susan Gerstner at 604-3338.  Auction items are being accepted now.  The current sales can be a great source for auction items and/or baskets.   Trips, sports packages, tickets and more are great for our entertainment section.  If you have questions & ideas contact Carol Siebert at 482-7602.

GRANDPARENTS DAY:  Grandparents Day is a mere two weeks away!  As we close out Catholic Schools Week on February 1, we invite all grandparents to join us for Mass and other activities from 8:00 am – 11:30 am.  Please see your child’s Wednesday folder for more information, and an RSVP form, which is due no later than January 18.

one more day of VISION & HEARING SCREENINGs:  There is still one more day of screenings, so don’t miss out!  We cannot administer the screening without your permission so please complete the attached form and return with your child Thursday morning if you want them to participate. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK:  We are excited to be celebrating “Catholic Schools Week” from January 28 through February 1.  The theme this year is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”  Please take note of the a sampling of the special events for each day of the week, listed below.

Monday, January 28:  Student Appreciation Day – Students may come out-of-uniform!

Tuesday, January 29:  Parent Appreciation Day – Secret plans are in the works!

Wednesday, January 30:  St. John Vianney Day – Wildcat Wednesday, and a volleyball game between the Faculty and Staff and the 8th Grade…

Thursday, January 31:  Teacher Appreciation Day – Don’t forget to thank your teachers!

Friday, February 1:  Grandparents Day – RSVP due this Friday!!

TREASURE BOX ITEMS:  Are you cleaning out the toybox or playroom after a long two week Christmas break?  Does your child have way too many Happy Meal toys?  We are looking for small toys and other such items in good condition for a Catholic Schools Week activity.  Items may be sent to the office by Friday, January 25.

REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014Registration for the 2013-2014 school year is here!  We have a special re-registration period for current students from January 10 through January 25, 2013.  During this period, the registration fee will be only $50.00 per student.  This discounted rate is only available for current students who are returning, and only for this limited time.  Re-registration cards have been sent home with all current students in today’s Wednesday folder.  Open Enrollment begins on January 28, 2013, at which time the registration fee will be $100.00 per student.

2013 – 2014 TUITION AND SUBSIDY INFORMATION AVAILABLEThe tuition and subsidy information is going home in your child’s Wednesday folder this week.   Be sure to complete the subsidy section and return to the school if you are a SJV parishioner or to the pastor or church secretary of your parish if you wish to receive the Catholic subsidy.  If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at 230-7048.

looking for some easy volunteer hours?  If you are finding it hard to find ways to get to the school and volunteer, here is a fast and easy way to earn hours.  We are hosting a basketball tournament on January 26th and we are in need of items to sell in the concession stand.  We need bottled water, small purple, blue, red, and orange Gatorade, canned Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper, cereal and granola bars, popping corn for popcorn machine, popcorn oil, individual bagged chips, and full size candy bars.    If you wish to donate items, please contact the school office so we can keep track of items still needed prior to the 26th

CALENDAR ADDITION  Friday, February 22 is a Feast Day in the church, and was inadvertently left off the Mass schedule.  Students in grades 3-8 will attend Mass this day, and will need to wear Mass uniforms.  Please make the change in your calendar!


Congratulations to the following SJV Alumni for earning academic honors at JPII during the Fall Semester:  Tyler McCormick (’12) and Noah Reamy (’12) – Faculty List

If you know of any current or past Wildcat that deserves recognition on a great accomplishment please let us know by 2 pm Monday so we can include the info in our newsletter.

WILDCAT WEDNESDAY ON JANUARY 30!  If your child is on one of the SJV Basketball Teams he/she may wear his/her team jersey (with white shirt underneath), blue jeans, and PE shoes to school on January 30th.  Way to go Wildcat!

 “FRIEND” US ON FACEBOOK:  Check out our Face book page for up to the date news and information on our school.  Search “St. John Vianney Catholic School – Gallatin” to find us! 


Father Ryan Summer Camps  Father Ryan High School has its Summer 2013 Camps schedule out with plenty of new camps as well as the traditional favorites. Campers have dozens of choices–baseball, art, cheerleading and web design to name a few. Discounts available for early sign up.  Registration is now available online at Camp sessions begin May 27th and run through July 21st, for rising K – 12th graders.  Lunch can be purchased.  Contact Camp Director Pat Lawson at (615) 383-4200 with any questions. We anticipate another fun-filled summer at Father Ryan and we hope you can join us! Sign up today and make plans for a memorable summer at Father Ryan.

Ryan Connections  Please join us at 7:30 a.m. on January 17th at the Center for the Arts, continental breakfast served. Our featured guest will be Kate Herman discussing “The Top 15 Things to Watch for in Nashville in 2013.”  Kate is President and Publisher of the Nashville Business Journal and has over 20 years in the media industry.  Ryan Connections is a networking event for alumni, parents and friends of Father Ryan, which allows attendees to connect with other business leaders in the community. Held quarterly in the Center for the Arts, the event invites a guest speaker to discuss their business, industry trends and answer questions.   Register for this event online at

Registration for Camp St. Cecilia opens online Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Girls, ages 4-17, can spend the summer at St. Cecilia Academy experiencing life as a Scarab. Camps are offered in academics, fine arts, athletics, and much more. New camps this year include dessert wars, sign language, elementary all-sports, hiking and outdoors, super science challenges, elementary tennis, and ceramics. Register online at or contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660 for more information.



Jennifer McCormick:

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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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