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May 15 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 15 – 21, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,

Yesterday was bittersweet as our 8th grade attended All-School Mass for the last time, and passed the Light of Leadership on to our 7th graders.  During the ceremony, I said that over the past few months, these students had become a “class with distinction” and those were the words that choked me up the most.

You see, I have the honor and privilege of not only being a principal and Spanish teacher to these students, but I was their third grade teacher as well.  I fondly remember seeing them grow and mature over the course of that year, and now, five years later, I see these amazing young men and women, bursting with maturity and intelligence and enthusiasm for what awaits them beyond the doors of SJV.

Yesterday I also had a moment of déjà-vu as I sat with them in the church as they went to Confession in preparation for tonight’s Confirmation, and I remembered the sweet innocence they had the first time we went as a third grade class.  Most had not been since the spring of their First Holy Communion, and were worried that they had forgotten what to say or do, and that Father would be upset.  I remember encouraging them and practicing with them, and their excitement when they emerged from the Confessional.  Yesterday they were so confident and mature, and I couldn’t help but shed a few tears of pride. 

I remember in third grade, I would sometimes cry with pride for them at Mass when they carried up the gifts or read the intentions, and many of them would tease me and laugh.  I hope that if they see me cry this evening and in the days ahead, they understand how very proud I am of them, as we all are, and that I cannot wait to see where they go from here.

Please pray for our 8th graders as they are confirmed this evening, celebrate graduation at Mass on Friday evening, and venture off away from home on the 8th grade class trip to Washington DC next week.  I wish to thank our 8th graders and their families for their many contributions to SJV over the years.  You will be missed, but you will always be family, and I hope you will return to share all the wonderful things you experience in the future.

God bless,

Jennifer McCormick




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

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



PENNY WARS FOR TECHNOLOGY   It’s War…Penny Wars that is!  Our annual penny wars started on Monday, May 6th but the game isn’t over yet!  Monday and Tuesday’s money adds to the class totals, but Wednesday and Thursday’s take away from the total.  Strategy is the name of the game now!  All proceeds go to benefit our technology fund so check under those sofa cushions and car seats and send in your loose change!

FIELD DAY IS MAY 28TH AND WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!   Field day is on Tuesday, May 28th (rain or shine!)  from 8:15 – 11:15 am.    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 by FRIDAY so she can schedule you for an event.


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!


ITBS CONFERENCES ON JUNE 3RD   Scheduling is complete for the ITBS Conferences on June 3rd.  Please check your child’s Wednesday folder for your conference times.  Reminder – conferences are mandatory for all rising 8th grade families.


Congratulations to 1st grader Sami Hill!  Sami earned her yellow belt in kickboxing on Monday night…way to go Wildcat!

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!

TEXTBOOKS AND SCHOOL MATERIALS   As this school year winds down, our teachers will be taking inventory of the children’s text books, etc. to make sure that they have been returned in good condition.  Should books be damaged/returned in a bad condition, a note will be sent home in your child’s folder on Wednesday, May 22nd with the amount due for replacement.  All replacement fees will be due prior to the end of the school year.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


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!

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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