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Jan 30 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 30 through February 5, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,

I hope you have been enjoying the festivities associated with Catholic Schools Week!  The NCEA published their “Top 10 Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools” list, which I thought I’d share with you this week:


1 Catholic tradition and academic excellence in a community grounded in faith

2 Balanced curriculum that includes art, music and fitness

3 Emphasis on moral development, service to others and leadership skills

4 A 99 percent graduation rate

5 Strong preparation for further education

6 Safe and disciplined environment

7 Exceptional faculty who help students reach their highest potential

8 Individual attention in a caring community

9 Commitment to technology use to enhance education

10 Good stewardship of resources


As parents, we choose Catholic Education for our children for many reasons, some of which are on this list.  But sometimes, as a parent, making choices for our children is not always logical or easy.  Sometimes, it is a simply a gut feeling that guides our actions and decisions. 


For whatever reason you chose St. John Vianney for your children, thank you.  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We love watching them grow and learn, and working diligently to make a difference in their lives.


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick



PTP NEWS:  CHILI COOK OFF RESULTS   Congratulations to the Gardner family for winning “Crowd Favorite” Chili and Dessert, the Adams family for winning “Spiciest Chili,” and Christi Kemp for winning “Judge’s Choice” Chili at our Chili Cook Off last Saturday.  Congratulations to the 6th Grade Class for having the highest percentage of students attending the Chili Cook Off.  Mrs. McCormick bought each 6th grade student ice cream to thank them for their participation.

GALA NEWS   “The Land of OZ” will be the theme for our 2013 Auction.  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 if you would like to help.  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.

valentine’s day party  St. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and your child’s teachers are planning a special day for all!  If you have not already done so and want your child to participate in the festivities, please send  $2.00 (cash only please) with each of your children in an envelope marked “party money” to your child’s homeroom teacher by February 8th so our teachers can go shopping!

sjv PARISH APPRECIATION   We will be visiting St. John Vianney parish this weekend, and want to encourage you to show your appreciation for your school and parish by participating!  Students who wear their MASS UNIFORM to mass on the dates below will receive an out-of-uniform pass!  Students must stop by the SJV table in the narthex to receive the pass.

*St. John Vianney:  Saturday, February 2 @ 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 3 @ 8:00 am and 10:30 am

OLOL PARISH APPRECIATION   Thank you to the following students who came in uniform to one of the masses at Our Lady of the Lake last weekend:  Matthew Staley, Rayanne Wise, Alex Marzano, Zeyna Krampotich, Jasmine Krampotich, Katie Shea Collins, Patrick Collins, Megan McCormick, Nicholas Crump, Joe Crump, Andrew Golden, Thomas Gad, Carlee Campbell, Ethan Jilek, Ava Jilek, Preston Turner, Claire Wehby, Corinne Wehby, Sinclair Morris, Britney Faro, Brian Raybourne, Ben Raybourne, Braden Raybourne, and Mandy Garretson. 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEk continues:  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.”  The children had fun picking out prizes on student appreciation day, have explored ways of showing appreciation for all that their parents do, and have shown off their Wildcat Pride today proudly wearing their basketball team jerseys and the eighth grade taking on the faculty and staff in a volleyball game! Please make a note of the remainder of events this week:

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

Friday, February 1:  Grandparents Day (11:30 am dismissal)

2013 – 2014 TUITION AND SUBSIDY INFORMATION AVAILABLETuition and subsidy information has been sent home in your child’s Wednesday folder.   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.

2013 – 2014 FINANCIAL AIDFinancial Aid Applications can be filed at for the 2013-2014 school year.  The application deadline is March 31.  Please be aware that current students must have re-registered (card + fee) by that date to be considered. 

box tops / campbells label turn in date is February 7th   Have you been clipping your labels and box tops?  Turn your child’s labels into their homeroom teacher in a Ziploc bag labeled with their name and grade.  Top collectors earn a special treat so keep on clipping and mark your calendars for turn in day!

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!

SMART KIDS, SAFE KIDS PROGRAM  Each year the diocese requires the schools to provide Smart Kids, Safe Kids instruction to their students.  This year the program will be presented from February 19th – 22nd.  We will be sending home permissions slips for each child in next week’sWednesday folder.  Please complete this form and send it back to the school by February 13th so that we can schedule sessions for each grade and make arrangements for the students not participating.   If you have any questions about this program you can contact the school office at 230-7048.

WAY TO GO WILDCATS!  If you know of a current wildcat, or one of our alumni, who has accomplished something wonderful recently, please let us know.  We want to recognize them in our newsletter.

 “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! 


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH FRY FEBRUARY 15TH  Be sure to save the date for the St. John Vianney K of C Fish Fry on February 15th in the social hall.

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 Patty Needham 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.

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:

Christi Kemp:

Karen Sneed:

Erin Thompson:

Melissa Montgomery:

Adrianna Wright:

Jill Wise:

Jody Daniels:

Katie Rosenblatt:

Bethany Moore:

Cynthia Roberts:

Casey Raybourne:

Kelly Gulleman:

Bernie Vaughn:

Nicole Crump:


“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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