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May 22 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. JohnVianneyCatholicSchool 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 22-29, 2013

Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV families:

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us this school year.  I am so proud of each and every one of our students and their accomplishments!  I know that I speak for not only myself, but our faculty and staff, when I say that every student and family at SJV has been a true blessing.  For those of you who are moving on to new schools and cities, thank you for your support and love this year.  I wish you nothing but the best, and hope you know you will always be a part of the SJV family.

For those of you returning in the fall, we are already working diligently to make SJV even better in the coming year.  We hope you have a restful summer, and make family memories that will last a lifetime.  If you need anything at all over the summer, we will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-2, and we are always accessible by email.

While the students (and probably parents who look forward to sleeping in) are counting the days until next Wednesday, I for one will cherish these last days.  Our students’ smiles, words, and laughter are what make SJV home, and you will all be sorely missed this summer as the hallways and classrooms go dark and quiet.

Thank you again for your love and dedication to our school.  May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy until we resume school on August 12.

With love and prayers,

Jennifer McCormick



5/27: Memorial Day – No School

5/28:  Field Day – 11:30 dismissal / NO AFTERCARE PROVIDED

5/29: Last Day of School; All School Mass and Awards Presentation; end-of-year parties; 11:30 dismissal / NO AFTERCARE PROVIDED

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

6/5:  Report cards mailed home


I had no idea that I would be writing you not once, but twice in one week to share the sad news of a teacher’s departure.  Yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Montgomery, after prayerful consideration, informed me that she would not be returning to SJV for the 2013-2014 school year.  With the passing of her father last month, Mrs. Montgomery shared with me that will be spending more time in Arizona with her mother and sister to assist with family affairs in the coming months.  She and her husband decided that it would be best for her to leave teaching for now and devote some time to her family and her two beautiful daughters as a stay-at-home-mom.  Though we will miss Mrs. Montgomery, I feel that family is obviously the number one priority, and I completely understand, as I know you will, her desire to care for their needs.


While I understand that change is sometimes difficult, and having so many new faces in the elementary hallway next year might make us a little nervous, I have faith that this is all part of God’s plan — for these teachers and their families, and for our students and our SJV family. 


Please join me in thanking Mrs. Daniels, Mrs. Montgomery, and Mrs. Wise for their dedicated service to our students and school, and pray with me as we trust in God’s wisdom to bring wonderful new additions to our faculty next year.  I know that our amazing returning faculty and staff will be a great asset to these new teachers and assist them in getting acclimated to our school quickly so that our students have a great year.



ALL SCHOOL MASS AND AWARDS PRESENTATION   is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th.  We will celebrate Mass together and then have our end of year awards ceremony directly following.  Once the ceremony is over, students will return to their classrooms for their end of year party.  We hope that you can join us to cap off another wonderful year at SJV!


FIELD DAY IS TUESDAY, MAY 28TH  Children in grades 2 – 8 should wear their PE clothes and shoes.  Children in grades PK – 1 should wear a tee shirt (no tank tops please), athletic shorts, and their white tennis shoes.  We will have water for all participants to drink, and popsicles after everything is over to help them cool down.  We will not have sunscreen for the students, so please apply prior to arriving at school if your child needs it.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help on field day.  We had such a wonderful response that all positions for workers are now full.  Volunteers have received an email listing their scheduled event, and should sign into the office by 7:45 on field day so we can have a short meeting prior to starting.

 Thank you very much for helping us out!

Bethany Moore


THE PENNY WARS ARE OVER   and to the victors go the spoils!  Congratulations to our Kindergarten (elementary) and 7th grade (middle school) classes for their victories; I am sure that both classes will enjoy their celebrations!  While we could only have the two winners, we want to give a big thank you to all of the students for their participation.   It was fun strategizing and you are helping build a strong technology department for your school!  We raised a total of $357.87 toward our technology fund.

ITBS CONFERENCES ON JUNE 3RD   Scheduling is complete for the ITBS Conferences on June 3rd.  You should have received a letter in your child’s Wednesday folder last week with your scheduled time.  If you cannot attend, or did not receive your letter, please contact the school office.   Reminder – conferences are mandatory for all rising 8th grade families.


Congratulations to our SJV Kids Triathlon Finishers:  Aiden Cook, Shaelee Smith, Korbin Smith, Mandy Garretson, and Preston Turner.  We are so proud of these students for taking on this huge challenge!

Congratulations to 7th grader, Megan McCormick, for placing first in her age group at Big Bubba’s 5K Dash to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Hendersonville last Saturday.

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 with your child on *Friday, May 24th 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!

*date change for notification to accommodate middle school exams schedule.


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 TripleCreekPark.  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.CeciliaAcademy, 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.CeciliaAcademy, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN37205. The school phone is 615-298-4525 and the website is

 “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! 


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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