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May 8 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 8-14, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV families:

We have reached that bittersweet time of year during which I know you will all see me cry at least once.  You may have caught me at First Holy Communion last Saturday, as I was so very proud of our second graders as they received the Eucharist for the first time.  Today not only did I teach 8th grade Spanish for the last time (their exam is on Friday), but our 7th graders took their first step toward being leaders of the school today as they ate lunch with representatives from JPII.  And while so many of you have commented to me that I must be excited about summer if I can tell you there are only 14 days of school left, I am truly savoring those days, and do not long for them to rush by.

There are so many more milestones and bittersweet moments to come over the next few weeks.  I can’t tell you how proud I am of our students, and how much I love each and every one of them.  While the weeks ahead will pass very quickly, and before you know it we will be saying our goodbyes, please remember to take snapshots in your memory of your precious children.  Time passes much too quickly, and before we know it they will all be grown (and hopefully a few of them, years from now, will get married, have children, and bring them back to SJV so we can teach a second generation).

Below you will see a list of the many important dates we have in the next few days.  I hope you will join us when you can, to witness the wonderful moments in the lives of these amazing human beings.

God bless,
Jennifer McCormick

P.S.  If you think I cried as I wrote this – you know me well!  J




5/13 – 16:  11:30 am dismissals for 8th graders

5/15:  8TH Grade Confirmation at the Cathedral – 7pm

5/16:  Light of Leadership Mass – 8am

5/17:  No School for 8th Grade

5/17:  8th Grade Graduation Mass – 7pm

5/20-5/24:  8th Grade trip to Washington DC

5/27: Memorial Day – No School

5/28:  Field Day – 11:30 dismissal

5/29: Last Day of School; All School Mass and Awards Presentation; end-of-year parties; 11:30 dismissal

6/3: ITBS Conferences; mandatory for parents of rising 8th grade students.

6/5:  Report cards mailed home



LIVING ROSARY:  We will have our annual Living Rosary on Friday, May 10 at 2:15, outside on the playground, weather permitting.  Please feel free to join us.

PENNY WARS FOR TECHNOLOGY   It’s War…Penny Wars that is!  Our annual penny wars start on Monday, May 6th.  All proceeds go to benefit our technology fund  so check under those sofa cushions and car seats and send your loose change in next week!  For more information, check out the attachment to this newsletter.

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS   8th grade will dismiss at 11:30 the week of May 13th – 16th.  There is no school for 8th grade on Friday, May 17.  Please mark your calendars accordingly. 


FIELD DAY IS MAY 28TH    Field day is on Tuesday, May 28th (rain or shine!)  from 8:15 – 11:15 am.  Students will be taking part in a wide variety of sporting events and games (students may get wet!) so the kids will need to dress appropriately.  With that in mind we ask that all students grades 2 – 8 wear their PE uniform and tennis shoes to school on this day.  Students in grades PK – 1 should wear athletic shorts/tee shirt and their PE shoes.  It is also recommended that you apply sunscreen to your child prior to arriving at school.  Volunteers are needed to help at each of the events on Field Day.  If you would like to help, please contact Bethany Moore at or leave a message for her at 230-7048 and she will fill you in on all the details.


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!



  • Ø       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, but only until Friday!
  • Ø      GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMP If your daughter is going to be in 3rd – 8th grade next year and she wants to take part in the SJV Basketball Summer Camp it’s not too late.  Send in your registration form along with a $25 dollar deposit (payable to Casey Raybourne please) by Friday.
  • Ø      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.

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.


ITBS CONFERENCES ON JUNE 3RD   Scheduling is underway for the ITBS Conferences on June 3rd.  You will discuss your child’s standardized testing results, receive summer work packets, and report cards.  If for some reason you cannot make your conference all aforementioned materials will be mailed home on June 5th.   Please contact the school office at or 230-7048 and let us know if a morning or afternoon conference time will work best for you.  Reminder – conferences are mandatory for all rising 8th grade families.


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!



SJV St. Vincent de Paul WALK FOR THOSE IN NEED:  The Walk For Those In Need to benefit the SJV Society of St. Vincent de Paul 5K is planned for Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:00 am at Triple Creek Park.  Materials were sent home in the Wednesday folders a few weeks ago, but if you’ve misplaced your forms, please stop by the office to pick up another copy, or if you are ready to turn your registration in, there is a bin in the office.  All proceeds benefit needy families in our community.

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

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


Father Ryan Summer Camps.  The Summer 2013 Camps schedule is out with plenty of new camps as well as the traditional favorites.  Campers have dozens of choices — basketball, art, cheerleading and web design to name a few. To see a full list of camps and weeks offered or to register, go to Sessions begin May 27th and run through July 21st, for rising K – 12th graders. Lunch can be purchased. Contact Patty Needham at 383-4200 or for more information.

St. Cecilia Academy anticipates coaching openings in the following areas for the 2013-2014 academic year:

•              Assistant golf coach

•              Assistant bowling coach

•              Assistant volleyball coach

•              Assistant swimming coach


Interested candidates should be competent professionals committed to the mission and vision of St. Cecilia Academy, having experience within their sport both playing and coaching, strong communication and human relations skills, and preferably experience working with youth.   Please email a cover letter and updated resume to the attention of the Assistant Athletics Director at or send a hard copy to Francis Horn, St. Cecilia Academy, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205. The school phone is 615-298-4525 and the website is

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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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