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Aug 28 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 28 – September 4, 2013


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,


The school year is off to a great start, and I hope all parents will be able to join us for Back to School night tomorrow at 6:00 pm to talk with the teachers and see all the wonderful things going on in the classrooms.  We all look forward to seeing you!


Changing gears a bit, I wanted to share a bit of information about school safety.  You may have seen Gallatin Police officers here on our campus throughout the day, and wondered why they are here.  We have a great relationship with the police department, and have several officers who visit our school regularly.  This is simply an effort they began last year to show a heightened presence at our city schools, and get to know the people, buildings, and campuses at these schools so they can better protect us. 


In addition, they contact us in the event of any incidents that may be occurring in the city they feel we should be aware of, which actually happened today.  We were called this afternoon and notified that the police were in pursuit of a suspect in our area.  This individual was not on our campus, nor was anyone on our campus in danger at any time.  However we prefer to be proactive, rather than reactive, and we quietly let all teachers know that they should close their blinds, keep students in their classrooms, and stay in from recess until we received notification from the police that the individual was in custody.  We received a call from the police about 10-15 minutes later and were told that the suspect had been apprehended, and we resumed our normal activities.  To be honest, this has only happened twice in the nine years I have worked here, so it is not a frequent occurrence, but something I wanted you to be aware of.  Your children’s safety is obviously a top priority.


Again, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!  Have a blessed week!


In Christ,

Jennifer McCormick





BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT IS TOMORROW   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!


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 our school website (under “School Life” menu, choose “Fundraising”) for more information.  All proceeds will help purchase new computers for every classroom!


BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION COLLECTION DAY IS TOMORROW: Have you been saving your Boxtops and Campbell’s labels?  The first collection date of the school year for Boxtops for Education is TOMORROW.  Send your child’s Boxtops and soup labels in to their homeroom teacher in a Ziploc 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 this 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 have already had a background check run through the school and are not sure if it has expired please contact the school office and we will check for you.


CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 


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.


SJV 5TH ANNUAL FUN RUN It’s official….it’s Fun Run Time!  Our kick – off assembly was held this afternoon, and we are all excited about this year’s event.  Every child received information about the event and all the exciting changes!  If you have any questions about the run or would like to be part of making it all happen please contact event co-chairs Michelle Jilek at , Monica Krampotich at , or Susannah McMahan at and they will be happy to give you more information.


“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 18-21.  There 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. 


Fifth-Annual Father Ryan Distance Running Classic Slated for September 4th. The fifth-annual Father Ryan Distance Running Classic is set for Wednesday, September 4 at the school’s track. This event is open to all fourth- through eighth-grade runners who attend Nashville-area Parochial schools.  There is no entry fee for this event. Registration begins at 5:00 P.M. and the first race starts at 5:30. For more information, contact Coach Robert Kent at

Father Ryan Relay for Life Oct. 5:  Father Ryan will host its annual Relay for Life on Friday, October 5, from noon until midnight to salute cancer survivors and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  This has been the nation’s largest student-led Relay for Life in the nation each of the last three years.  For more information or to register, go to

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:

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7


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