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Aug 21 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 August 21 – August 27, 2013


Letter from the Principal:


Dear SJV Families:


I hope you are having a great week!  I was so excited to see so many of you at Monday evening’s first CIA meeting of the year!  Thank you for taking the time to support and get involved in our school.  For those of you who weren’t able to come this month, the minutes from the meeting are attached to this email.  Our next meeting is September 16, but there are still many ways to help the CIA before then.  See the CIA section of this newsletter below for more information.


I also wanted to share with you that I received a very nice letter today from the Headmaster at JPII, Faustin Weber, regarding our SJV alumni, and how they perform once they get to high school.  It mentions several of our graduates by name, many of whom are siblings of current students, so I thought you might be interested to see the complimentary things being said about these wonderful young men and women!  The letter is attached for you to see.


I hope that you are all settling into a routine as this second week of school comes to a close.  We are excited about next week as we will get to meet with parents at Back to School Night!  Have a blessed week!


With prayers,

Jennifer McCormick







BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT   Next Thursday, August 29 is our annual “Back to School Night.”  This is a night for parents to have the opportunity to talk with teachers about the school year thus far.  The evening will begin at 6:00 pm in the gym with opening remarks for all, and then parents will continue to the school where they will have the opportunity to visit each of their children’s classes and talk with their teachers.  The evening will conclude at 8:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!

THE 2012-2013 YEARBOOKS ARE IN!  If you ordered a 2013-2014 yearbook at the end of last school year, they have arrived and are in the school office for pick-up.  Please let Christi Kemp know if you want her to send your copy home in the Wednesday folder, or you will be picking your copy up in the office.  We had several copies go missing last year and we would hate for that to happen again!

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER!  St. John Vianney School is hosting a Totally 80’s Mystery Night on Saturday, September 28, in the school social hall.  The two hour event, being presented by The Murder Mystery Co., begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner.  Come join the fun with this interactive entertainment where guests help solve the mystery.  Costumes from the 80’s are encouraged but not required.  Money raised from this event will help buy new computers for each classroom.


Tickets, $40 each, may be purchased at the school Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. (cash or check only) or through (credit cards only).  Any SJV family who purchases tickets or refers someone to the event who buys tickets by September 6 will earn an out of uniform pass from Mrs. McCormick.  For more information, contact Susan at 604-3338 or Becky at 452-1883.


TEE OFF FOR TECHNOLOGY GOLF TOURNAMENT:  The first annual SJV Golf Tournament “Tee Off for Technology” will be Monday, October 28 at Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonville.  We are looking for sponsors and of course, golfers.  Please check your child’s Wednesday folder for more information.  All proceeds will help purchase new computers for every classroom.


BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION COLLECTION DAY NEXT WEEK: Have you been saving your Box tops and Campbell’s labels?  The first collection date of the school year for Boxtops for Education is August 29th.  Send your child’s Box tops and soup labels in to their homeroom teacher in a Ziplock bag with their name and grade written on it.  The child in each class with the most labels wins a sweet treat and our school earns points to get great things for the school!    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP COUNT LABELS – we need 3 or 4 people to help count labels from 1:30 to dismissal on the Friday of/after each turn in day.  Many hands make fast work and it is an easy way to earn some of your family volunteer hours while you are waiting for dismissal!  If you want to help, please contact Anita Gad at or 431-5948.


TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO GET YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK:  If you plan to volunteer with students present (i.e. in the classroom, on field trips, etc.) you must have a current background check on file in the office.  The deadline for background checks this year will be August 30.  If you are not sure if your background check has expired please contact the school office and we will check for you.


TESTING THE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT SYSTEM:  Each year our school utilizes the School Reach Announcement System to notify parents via text/call/email of important information such as early closings, upcoming events, etc.  The office will be testing the system Friday, August 23rd to see if all information has been updated correctly.  If you do not receive the test message please contact the school office via email at or 230-7048 so we can correct any mistakes.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


WILDCAT WEDNESDAY:  Next Wednesday, August 28, is our first Wildcat Wednesday of the year!  Students who are on the Cross Country Team and 4th – 6th grade Girls’ Volleyball Team may wear their team jerseys, jeans or school uniform khaki shorts, and white socks & tennis shoes to school this day.  Thanks for representing your school!  GO WILDCATS!!



CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 


CIA MEETING:  Thanks to everyone who came to last Monday’s meeting!  If you couldn’t make it, minutes are attached to this email so that you can see everything that is going on.


SMART CARDS ARE HERE!  Thank you to all of the families who have bought/sold Smart Cards so far!  Your support of the SJV Technology Fund is greatly appreciated!  If you are interested in buying or selling Smart cards for SJV, please see the attached file. Just fill out the bottom of the flyer and send it into the school.    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  We are still looking for a co-chair to work with Daniela Hutt on the Smart card fundraiser for this and next year. If you are interested, please contact Daniela Hutt at 948-0450 or at  We are also looking for a volunteer to sell Smart cards after the 4:30 mass at St. John Vianney on Saturday, August 24th.


FUN RUN SHIRT DESIGN CONTESTPlease see today’s Wednesday folder for the student design contest for this year’s t-shirt.  Entries are due no later than Thursday, August 29.


 “FRIEND” US ON FACEBOOK:  Check out our Facebook page for up to the date news and information on our school.  Search “St. John Vianney Catholic School – Gallatin” to find us!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE WIGGLES GIGGLES CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE AT OUR LAKE OF THE LAKE SEPTEMBER 18-21There are still consignor spots available.  Please see for more information and how to sign up as a consignor.  If you have any questions, please contact Alicia at 423-834-1685 or Beth at 615-268-5510. 

Boys Basketball Fundamental Skills Clinic at Father Ryan High School. Nashville Catholic Boys Basketball is offering a Boys Basketball Fundamental Skills Clinic at Father Ryan on the following dates:  August 25, September 8, 22 and 29 from 4:00-5:15.  Clinics are open to all rising 5th-8th grade boys.  The cost per session is $15.  The clinic will be run by Coach Bontrager and former Father Ryan players.  Contact Doug Bontrager at  or Rick Reilly at

Girls Basketball Fundamental Skills and Shooting Clinic at Father Ryan. For 5th-8th grade girls:  Father Ryan High School is offering a Girls Basketball Fundamental Skills and Shooting Clinic on August 25, September 8, 22, and 29 from 4:00-5:15pm.  Clinics are open to all parochial and non- parochial girls.  The cost will be $15 per session.   Please contact Jason Larkin at

Father Ryan’s Opening Football Game Sept. 6thFather Ryan will honor the legacy of Coach Bill Derrick ’48 and the late Willie Earl Brown ’65, the first African-American to play in the NIL, and begin the school’s salute to 50 Years of Equality in Sports  in Tennessee at its Home Opener against  Brentwood Academy on September 6.  Tickets are available at the school’s bookstore and at the gate.   All on-campus parking passes are sold out.  More information is available at



Jennifer McCormick:

Christi Kemp:

Rachel Hitchcock:

Monica Krampotich:

Erin Thompson:

Karen Sneed:

Adrianna Wright:

Julie Starr:

Miriam McGill:

Katie Rosenblatt:

Bethany Moore:

Cynthia Roberts:

Casey Raybourne:

Kelly Gulleman:

Bernie Vaughn:

Nicole Crump:


“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

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