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April 10 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 April 10 – 16, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,

I hope you all had a relaxing Spring Break!  It seems like a distant memory, as we have jumped right back in to one of the busiest seasons of the year.  So many volunteers are hard at work planning this year’s Gala, and I am so appreciative of all they do.

The money raised at the Gala meets two needs.  First, 75% helps the parish pay off the debt on the school building and gym.  The other 25% provides money to needy families who apply for tuition assistance. 

While some of you may not be SJV parishioners, and may not need financial assistance, as members of the SJV family, I hope these things are important to you anyway.  Without this building, there would be no St. John Vianney Catholic School.  All of the wonderful things that you see your children participate in as students here would not exist.  We most likely would not know each other or be in each other’s lives.  Without this building, there would be no school family.  So I am thankful for the parish taking on the debt to build this place, for I have had the chance to not only have a wonderful school for my two children to attend, but have been blessed with the opportunity to teach and lead so many wonderful people.  My life, and that of my family, would be completely different without this school, and I imagine yours would be as well.  So if you appreciate SJV as much as I do, please join me in doing whatever you can to support this event.

Additionally, while you will never know which of your children’s friends benefit from financial assistance, suffice it to say that our SJV family would be incomplete without them.  These children are your children’s friends, and perhaps you are friends with their parents as well.  Without tuition assistance, they would be missing from our school and our lives.

If you are able to attend the Gala, please purchase your tickets by Friday if you have not already done so.  Food has to be ordered, and we don’t want to waste our valuable resources by buying too much food, nor do we want anyone to miss out on joining us because they waited too long.

Thank you for your support of our school, and this very important event.  Anything you are able to do to support it, even if you are only able to afford a small donation to help your child’s class project/basket, is very, very much appreciated.

God bless you all!

Jennifer McCormick



GYM/CAFETERIA CLOSED NEXT THURSDAY & FRIDAY:  Just a reminder that due to Gala preparations, the gym and cafeteria are closed next Thursday and Friday, April 18-19.  There will be NO HOT LUNCH SERVED.  All students must pack a lunch on these days. 


UNABLE TO ATTEND THE GALA?  WANT TO BID ON THE CLASS ART PROJECTS?  New this year, parents who are unable to attend the Gala but want a chance at a one-of-a-kind project made by SJV students can bid early.  Stop by the office to see the projects on display, and then place your silent bid in the office next Monday through Friday. 

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SEASON!   Tickets are on sale in the church or school offices daily, but not for long!    Good times, great food, and good friends await you on the magical journey to OZ. 

An Apple a Day!   We have something new at this year’s gala – the 50/50 Apple Raffle!  Half the proceeds will go to the gala – the other half goes to the winning ticket!    Apples are on sale in the school office or after Masses this weekend.


YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!  There is a Gala meeting tonight at 7pm in the parish office.  Hope to see you there!


KINDERGARTEN AND 8TH GRADE CAP & GOWN PICTURES are scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th.  Check your child’s Wednesday folder for your order form.  Pictures must be purchased in advance so please complete and return to the school along with payment on picture day.  Have questions?  Feel free to contact the office at 230-7048.

REMINDER:  All spring picture orders need to be returned to the school office by Tuesday, April 16th.  If you are not purchasing any of the pictures, or only part of the package you received, you must return the unwanted pictures to the office by the 16th as well.

WAY TO GO WILDCATS!   Congratulations to Andrew Wallace, Oliver Rausch, Katie Shea Collins, and Ashlyn Roberts for winning in their age groups in the Catholic Charities Anti-Bullying Poster Competition! 

THE LOST AND FOUND OVERFLOWETHIs your daughter missing a solid pink or pink with hearts on it winter coat?  Is your child missing a fleece (or two or three), lunch boxes, or a variety of other uniform pieces?  Our lost and found is overflowing!  Please stop into the office and see if any of these items belong to your child.  All items in the lost and found that are not claimed by Thursday, April 18th will be given to Goodwill or placed in the consignment closet to sell.


Attention 8th grade girls   JPII will be adding to their spirit program with the JPII Dance Team.  The dance team will be coached by Jamie Jordan.  Jamie is from Hendersonville and has an impressive reputation in the dance team world.  She has coached and choreographed for Christian Brothers in Memphis, Good Pasture, Davidson Academy, Hawkins Middle School, Ellis Middle School Cheerleaders, Hendersonville High School Cheerleaders and Golden Girls, Sycamore High School, Greenbrier High School, Merrel Hyde Cheerleaders, and Portland High School.  She was also the director, coach, and choreographer for JAMS All-Star dance program.  She is currently coaching at Hendersonville High School where in 15 years her teams have won 9 state titles and 2 National titles. “I look forward to training the dancers at JPII”, says Coach Jordan. “They will be adding entertainment and school spirit to football and basketball games with their pom and hip hop routines.” TRY OUTS will be April 22 thru 25. Parents info meeting on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Try out clinic April 23 and 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and try outs April 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  

JP2 SUMMER CAMP ON-LINE REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN!  There is something for everyone at JP2 this summer!  Science, Athletics, Cooking, Drama – you name it!  And the have added a before and aftercare program if you need to get your camper there early or pick them up late.  For more information go to  Camps are filling up fast so don’t delay!


Ryan ConnectionsPlease join us at 7:30 am on Thursday, April 18th with Special Guest Speaker — David M. Darst, Class of 1965, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Continental breakfast will be served and presentation to begin at 8 am.
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. 

Father Ryan will dedicate a study room in the Neuhoff Library, donated by the Darst brothers—Guy, Jim, David, Chuck ’67 and Dan ’70—and other friends in memory of their parents, Susan Mary McGinnis Darst and Guy Bewley Darst, immediately following Ryan ConnectionsWe expect a large audience for this event and encourage you to RSVP online at

Girls Basketball Clinic at Father Ryan –Father Ryan High School will be offering a Girls Basketball Fundamental Skills and Shooting Clinic for Rising 5th-8th grade girls on April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 4:00-5:30 pm. Clinics are open to all parochial and non-parochial girls. The cost will be $15 per session. Please contact Jason Larkin at if interested.

SCA offering new hiking and outdoors camp for girls  Does your daughter love the outdoors? If so, she can join SCA coaches Maggie Kuyper and Ashley George for the Hiking and Outdoors camp this summer at Camp St. Cecilia. During this camp, girls will spend the week learning about nature, visiting nature and hiking Middle Tennessee parks. The camp will be held June 17-21 from 1-4 p.m. and is open to girls in grades 6-8. Cost is $110. Visit to register and view a full listing of camps offered at Camp St. Cecilia. For more information, contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615)298-4525 ext. 660.

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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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