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Sept. 11 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 September 11 – September 17, 2013


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:


If you have a child in first through eighth grade, you will find your child’s Interim Report in their Wednesday folder today.  Please take the time to review it, and contact your child’s teacher with any questions as soon as possible.  With four weeks left in the quarter, it is still possible to improve performance and raise grades before the first quarter report card is issued.  We are your partners in educating your child, and together, we can help them all be successful!


There are many exciting things going on in the classrooms!  I hope you are all taking the time to check out the classroom pages on our website to see for yourself!  You can find a page for every grade at under the Inside Our Classrooms tab.


I hope to see many of you at our CIA meeting next Monday at 6:00 pm!


Have a wonderful week!

Jennifer McCormick




WAY TO GO WILDCATS!  The SJV cross country team competed in their first of 4 meets this past Sunday with great success.  All of our runners beat their own best practice times to start the season off right, but two of our team – Karina Swauger & Katie Shea Collins –had stellar days!   Karina Swauger finished 2nd overall in the 7 & 8th grade girls division, and Katie Shea Collins came in 1st overall in the 1st and 2nd grade girls division.  Way to go wildcats!


SJV VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY- SEPTEMBER 14TH!  St. John Vianney School is hosting a volleyball tournament this Saturday.  Come watch our Lady Wildcats take on the St. Bernard Bears at 8, their Red Team at 9:30, and then Holy Rosary’s teams #1 and #2 at 11 and 12:30!


VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED!  In order to host games here at SJV we need volunteers to run the concession stand, work the door, and to keep score.  This is a great way to get some of your required volunteer hours and cheer our girls on at the same time!  Can’t be here Saturday the 14th – you can still help by donating food items to the concession stand.  Items needed are canned Coke products (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc), small Gatorades, bagged chips, fruit snacks, etc.  For every $10 of items donated you will receive one hour.


LAST CALL FOR STUDENT COUNCIL:  There will be one more introductory meeting to run for Student Council offices (grades 4-8) on Monday, September 16th, 2013 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.  If anyone would still like to run, they must attend this meeting.  Please see Mrs. Sneed or Mrs. Raybourne if you have any questions.


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). For more information, contact Susan at 604-3338 or Becky at 452-1883.


Many thanks to the following families who earned an out-of-uniform pass for their child(ren) for buying tickets or referring someone to the event who bought tickets:  Gerstner, Morris, Collins (Joseph), Collins (Patrick & Katie Shea), Golden, Rosselli, Brimner, Gulleman, McCormick, Krampotich, Crump, Gautch, Brown, Kirkpatrick, Campbell, and Holder.  Look for your out-of-uniform passes for Wednesday, September 18 in today’s Wednesday folder.


STUDENT GOVERNMENT STUDENT OUTREACH FOR FALL:  PULL TAB COLLECTION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE.  Our SJV Student Government is collecting the pull tabs off aluminum cans to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.  We will be collecting the tabs through November 7th.   The tabs will then be weighed with the total divided by student for a total weight per student.  The school with the highest weight per student wins a lunch for every student at our local McDonald’s restaurant.  Best of all, all monies raised through this recycling effort goes to the Ronald McDonald House!


For more information on this program you can contact Karen Sneed at or Casey Raybourne at



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!


DO YOU PLAY PING PONG?  We have the table for you!  We currently have two “like-new” Newgy ping pong tables for sale at the bargain price of $150.00 each.   We also have two tables, in equally good condition that do not have nets.  Those are on sale for $100.00 each.  Don’t miss out on this great deal!  If you want to purchase one please contact the school office at 230-7048 or at


BOX TOP COLLECTION WINNERS:   Thank you to all of our students on a great job of collecting labels!  Every class did great, but our overall winners for this collection were:

1st place: Pre-K with 559; 2nd place: 2nd grade with 360, and 3rd place: 7th grade with 315 – Way to go Wildcats!  But the counted isn’t over just yet and this year there is a new twist….The class that has the top total collected for the whole school year will win and ice cream party for their class!  We will be posting the totals so you can keep track of who is in the lead…so get clipping!



CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 


SMART CARD UPDATE:   Thank you to Kelly Bilbrey and Jessica Vaughn for volunteering to help co-chair the Smart Card sales with Daniela Hutt. We are trying to wrap up the sales this week. If you volunteered to take a packet of Smart Cards to sell, please turn in your packets to the office by Friday, September 13th. If you’ve been thinking about buying a Smart Card for yourself, please schedule a trip to the office before Friday. Thank you all for your support of this fundraiser!!



This month’s meeting is being hosted by the third grade; they will do a brief presentation and then will be providing care for the children of parents attending the meeting.  Hope to see you there!



“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!


Our Lady of the Lake needs help setting up/taking down their consignment sale on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12:30-2:30 and Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12-5.  We would love to have volunteers that need service hours.  This will require light lifting, moving racks, etc…  Please contact Alicia 423-834-1685 or Beth 615-268-5510 with any questions.


Don’t miss the Wiggles Giggles children’s consignment sale hosted by Moms Plus at Our Lady of the Lake.  Public sale dates are Sept. 19-21.  Th 9-7, Fri 9-8 and Sat 8-12. Passes are also available for $5 to our Presale Wed. night (18th) at 7pm.  Those passes may be purchased at the door.  Support your Catholic community and find great deals on baby & children’s clothing, toys, bikes, maternity, baby gear and much more.  Please contact Alicia 423-834-1685 or Beth 615-268-5510 with any questions.


Father Ryan Relay for Life Oct. 5 Father Ryan will host its annual Relay for Life on Saturday, 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:   September 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

Father Ryan is hosting Jim Keady, international workers’ rights advocate, nationally renowned educator and advocate for social justice, on Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm in the Center for the Arts. Mr. Keady’s presentation at Father Ryan last spring inspired the school to create its new Workers’ Rights Initiative, which includes purchasing uniforms from manufacturers whose labor practices conform with Catholic social teachings. This event is free, open to the public and is part of the Theology Speaker Series.


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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