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May 1 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 May 1 – 7, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:

It is hard to believe that we only have 19 days of school left!  Though it is easy for us all to be distracted by beautiful weather, spring activities and sports, and the excitement of impending summer vacations, please help keep your children on task through the last day of school.  Our 4th through 8th graders will be taking semester exams soon, and the younger students are putting the finishing touches on their learning for the year.  It’s not time to check out just yet, so please help us help your children by making sure they get to bed on time, keep studying, and work hard right up to the end of the school year.

I hope to see you all at tomorrow evening’s annual Art & Music Show!  Every student will have artwork on display in the gym, and our piano students and middle school choir have been working hard for months to prepare for this performance.  The musical performances will begin at 5:00 pm, and to view the artwork, you can drop in anytime between 5 and 7 tomorrow evening.  I am so proud of all of our students’ talents and accomplishments!  Many thanks as well to Mrs. Gulleman, Mrs. Roberts, and Mrs. Wehby for everything they have done this year to help our students with art and music!

Have a blessed week!

Jennifer McCormick




MAY CROWNING IS TOMORROW!  We are asking that each child bring a flower from home to school on this day to present to Mary.    If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school office at 230-7048.

ART & MUSIC SHOW The SJV Art & Music Show will be in the gym on Thursday, May 2 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  All of the students will have their artwork proudly on display, and the Middle School Choir and piano students will be performing live!   

COME CHEER ON YOUR LADY WILDCATS!   Our very own Lady Wildcats are in the playoff tournament this Thursday night!!!  Come watch them take on Christ the King at 5:00.  The winner takes on St. Bernard at 7:00.  All tournament games are being played at Overbrook School.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION   We are very excited that our second graders will be making their First Holy Communion at the 4:30 pm Mass this Saturday, May 4.  Please keep them in your prayers!

STUDENT GOVERNMENT MEETING RESCHEDULED   Our last student government meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, May 6th so that our 8th grade students can participate.  We will also be having an end-of-year party during lunch on Friday, May 10th so there is no need for student council members to bring or buy lunch that Friday.

SJV SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOKS   All SJV library books must be returned to the school no later than Friday, May 10.  We will notify parents the following week of any books that are still checked out by students so that you have time to look for them at home prior to the end of the school year.

LET’S WIN THIS THING!!!  SJV is on the ballot for best private school in Sumner County, thanks to Kathy King who saw this contest and told them all about us!  You can vote once per day until May 20.  Spread the word and let’s win this thing!

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MRS. MCCORMICK:  I am very pleased to announce that Ms. Miriam McGill will be joining us as our 4th Grade Teacher next year.  Ms. McGill recently moved to the area from Indiana.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, with minors in Middle School Math Education and Reading Education from Indiana State University.  She acquired student teaching and clinical experience in 4th grade at both public and Catholic schools.  Her former professor at Indiana State University highly recommended her saying, “As a former principal, I only wish I could have the good fortune of hiring her.  Miriam is knowledgeable, organized, and communicates well.  She is very professional and will be a loyal and productive addition to a school learning community.”  One of her cooperating teachers in 4th grade, also a former principal, stated “I would hire Miriam quickly if given the opportunity.  She was always well-prepared, and had a very good relationship with her students.  She had their best interest and individual needs at heart.”  Miriam attended Catholic schools from Pre-K through 12th grade, and is passionate about Catholic education.  She is a faith-filled young woman who I know will be a wonderful addition to the SJV family.  Father Gideon, Mrs. Roberts, and I are very impressed with Ms. McGill and are excited to have her as part of our faculty.  I know you will join me in making her feel welcome when she joins us in August.



  • Congratulations to current sixth grader, Karina Swauger, who made her First Holy Communion at Middle School Mass on Tuesday, April 30!
  • Congratulations to current JPII student and SJV alumnus, Megan Gerstner (SJV Class of 2010)!  Her research paper, “Allelopathic Effects of the Juglans nigra (Black Walnut) on the Pea Plant,” was named one of the top 10 in the state by The Tennessee Junior Academy of Science (TJAS).  Her paper will be published in the 2013 Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science.
  • If you know of any present or past Wildcat deserving of recognition for an outstanding achievement please contact the school office by 1 p.m. on Monday and we will spread the news!

DID YOU ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK YET?  The order is about to be placed for the 2012-2013 school yearbook.  Don’t miss out – you can still place your order!  Order forms are available in the school office if you need one.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP If you r daughter is going to be in 3rd – 8th grade next year and she wants to take part in the SJV Summer Camp it’s not too late.  Send in your registration form along with a $25 dollar deposit (payable to Casey Raybourne please) by May 3rd.  If you have lost your registration form and need a new one, please let the school office know and a new form will be sent home with your daughter.

THE SJV PARISH YARD SALE IS COMING UP– The SJV Parish Yard Sale is June 14-15. Please donate your Spring Cleaning discards. You can drop items at the church office or contact Mary Garretson at 838-8016. Pick up may be arranged for larger items. Thank you for your support!


St. John Vianney Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Please check the Wednesday folder for information on the Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast being held by the SJV Knights of Columbus on Sunday, May 12.  You are all welcome to attend!


Father Ryan High School Graduation on May 12 at Curb Event Center.
Baccalaureate Mass will be on Saturday, May 11 at 6:00 pm in the Catignani-Drennan Fieldhouse on Father Ryan’s campus. A reception immediately following the Mass will be in the dining hall and senior patio.  Graduation is on Sunday, May 12 at 4:00 pm at BelmontUniversity’s CurbEventCenter. Admission tickets are required.

Father Ryan’s Reunion 2013 Weekend
Father Ryan Reunion Weekend is May 31-June 2. Friday kicks off with the Alumni Reception at the Center for the Arts 6:00-8:00pm; Saturday is the Lou Graham Alumni Tournament held at Champions Run Golf Course at 8:00am followed by class reunion parties in the evening. Sunday concludes the weekend with the Golden Grad Mass in the Center for the Arts at 10:00am and brunch in the dining hall at 11:30am. For more information and event details, visit


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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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