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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 18 – September 24, 2013


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:


I hope that you all are having a great week.  I thought instead of sharing my thoughts with you this week, I would share someone else’s.  I read an article a few days ago that was very moving and powerful to me, and I hope that perhaps some of you will take a few minutes to read it, and that it will touch you as well.


Have a blessed week,

Jennifer McCormick   




SACS PARENT SURVEYS:  Please be sure to read the letter from the Superintendent for the Diocese of Nashville, Dr. Therese Williams, regarding the two parent surveys that are now being administered as part of our re-accreditation process.  We will be sending the links out in a separate email tomorrow.  Once you receive them, we would greatly appreciate it if you would please take a few minutes to complete both surveys prior to Friday, October 4, 2013.  Thank you for your assistance in this process!


WAY TO GO WILDCATS!  The SJV cross country team competed in their second meet this past Sunday and it was another great success!  All of our runners ran their hearts out and their hard work paid off with a win in the 1st and 2nd grade by Katie Shea Collins and a 3rd place finish in the 7th & 8th grade division by Karina Swauger. 


We also want to congratulate the 4th – 6th grade girls’ volleyball team on winning two games against St. Bernard and two games against Holy Rosary on Saturday!    Way to go Wildcats!


SJV VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT THIS SATURDAY- SEPTEMBER 21st!  St. John Vianney School is hosting another volleyball tournament this Saturday.  Come watch our Lady Wildcats take on St. Henry 4 at 8, St. Henry 3 at 9:30, St. Henry 2 at 11 and Overbrook Blue at 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 21st?  For every $10 of items donated you will receive one service hour- and still help our school!

SJV Totally 80’s Mystery Night, 9/28.  St. John Vianney School in Gallatin is hosting a Totally 80’s Mystery Night, Saturday, September 28, in the social hall.  The two-hour event, being presented by The Murder Mystery Co., begins at 6:30 with dinner.  If you have not been to a mystery show, you are in for a surprise and will not want to miss out on this interactive opportunity. Each table of eight guests will compete against the other tables to solve the 80’s case. There will be awards and prizes handed out at the conclusion of the show. It will be a fun night at SJV! Costumes from the 80’s are encouraged but not required.  Money raised from this event will be spent upgrading the school’s technology department. Tickets, $40 each, may be purchased through the school at 230-7048, Monday-Friday from 10:00-2:30 or online through  If you have questions, contact Susan Gerstner at 604-3338 or Becky Dempsey at 452-1883.

NEED A SITTER FOR TOTALLY 80’s Mystery NightMiss Katie Rosenblatt is having a little event of her own for kiddos of SJV parents attending Murder Mystery Night.  Children attending will have pizza, play games, and watch Harriet the Spy!  If you want to sign up please contact Miss Rosenblatt at for more details.

Service Hours – SJV Totally 80’s Mystery Night.  St. John Vianney is in need of 6 parents to assist with set-up for the Murder Mystery Dinner Show on Friday, September 27th following the Fun Run. Set-up time is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (table and chair set up, tables dressed, bar stocked and 80’s decor hung)  If you need service hours or just want to get involved, this is your opportunity! In addition, we are looking for a few high school students to assist Bernie with serving dinner during the event. Service hour time is from 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For both of the above, please contact Susan Gerstner @ 604-3338.


8th Grade washington dc bake sale  The 8th grade class will be selling small baked treats during lunch all next week to help raise money for their class trip to Washington DC in May.  Items will be priced at 50 cents to $1.00.  On Friday, cans of soda will also be available during Middle School lunch only for $1.00.  Thanks for your support!


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD INFORMATIONAL MEETING:  There will be an informational meeting for students in grades 6 through 8 who are interested in competing on SJV’s Science Olympiad team this year on Wednesday, September 25 from 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  Parents are also welcome.  Please contact Ms. Rosenblatt or Mrs. McCormick if you have any questions.


STUDENT COUNCIL STUDENT OUTREACH FOR FALL:  PULL TAB COLLECTION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE.  Our SJV Student Council 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.  A golfer registration form and list of sponsors is in today’s Wednesday folder.  Please share the registration form with family or friends who love to golf.  We will have more available in the office if you need them!  All proceeds will help purchase new computers for every classroom!


WILDCAT WEDNESDAY IS SEPTEMBER 25TH for all cross country, football, and volleyball team members.  Students can wear their team jersey, jeans, and PE shoes to school on that day.  Go Wildcats!


PARENT REMINDERS:  There is no school on Monday, September 23rd due to Diocesan Professional Development for teachers at Father Ryan High School.


CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 

CIA MEETING:  Thank you very much to Ms. Starr and the third grade class for hosting Monday evening’s CIA meeting.  Those in attendance enjoyed seeing the animal cell projects and hearing about the functions of the various parts.  Thank you also to everyone who attended the meeting.  Minutes are attached to this email for those of you who were unable to attend.

FUN RUNThe 5th Annual SJV Fun Run will be held Friday, September 27 at 12:30 PM. This is an exciting way for students to show their school spirit and support their school! All money raised will be used to support our technology fundraising efforts to put new computer equipment in the classrooms.  Parents can join us to help count those laps and cheer on our students.  To volunteer, please complete the volunteer sheet sent home in today’s Wednesday folder or sign up in the office.


“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.

St. Cecilia Academy invites all families to attend SCA Spirit Night.

Come cheer for SCA at the volleyball game (5 p.m.) and enjoy food trucks immediately following (6-

7 p.m.). For more information, please call St. Cecilia Academy at 298-4525.

St. Cecilia Academy is located at 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, on The Dominican

Campus next to Saint Thomas Hospital. St. Cecilia Academy is Nashville’s all-girls

Catholic school for grades 9-12. Since 2004, St. Cecilia Academy has been recognized

six times as one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation based on strong

Catholic identity, academic excellence, and commitment to service. SCA is also home

to the 2012 TSSAA State Championship in volleyball, the 2013 TSSAA State Long

Jump Champion and the 2012 state forensics poetry champion. St. Cecilia Academy’s

Class of 2013 earned more than $12.3 million in merit scholarship offers. The class

of 64 young women is attending 37 different colleges and universities in 18 states

this fall.


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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