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November 6 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 November 6– November 12, 2013


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families,


November is one of my favorite months at SJV!  We have several events here that allow us to come together as a family and show our gratitude.


On Monday, November 11, our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly gives our school a chance to recognize those who have served our country, or are currently serving in the military.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about these brave men and women, and say thank you for their sacrifices.  It is always a special day, and I hope that you will be able to join us.  If you know of any past or present members of the military, please ask them to join us as well.


Later in the month, we always celebrate Thanksgiving together at SJV before departing to share this special day with our immediate friends and families.  Our feast allows us to share good food and friendly conversation with the members of our SJV family.  I hope that every family will be able to join us this year.  Please be sure to complete the RSVP in your child’s Wednesday folder today!


Of course November is also a time to give back to those less fortunate, and this month our students are doing just that.  I am so proud of our 7th and 8th graders who spent yesterday morning boxing 11,000 pounds of food at Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville.  Our Student Council has also led the school in a collection of pull-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and will represent SJV there next week. 


I hope that you are enjoying all of the blessings that November has to offer, and that we will see you often at our events and activities this month!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick





GIRLS NIGHT OUT PAINTING PARTY: Carla Wehby will be hosting a Painting Party on Saturday, November 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to benefit the 8th grade trip to Washington DC.  We had two of these events last year and they were a ton of fun!  Flyers with more information are on our website main page and in the office.  (Please make checks payable to SJV.)


VETERAN’S DAY ASSEMBLY:  We invite all those who have served or are currently serving our nation in the military to our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday, November 11 at 2:00 pm in the gym.  All our students will participate in honoring these brave men and women.  Please share the invitation with your family and friends – all are welcome!



Since the uniform policy can be confusing to new families, we thought it might be helpful to review it now that winter uniforms are in effect.   Students can no longer wear shorts.  Girls will wear their jumper/blouse or skirt/polo/Mass shirt (when applicable) daily with navy or dark green knee socks or tights, and brown leather, non-skid soled shoes every day.  IF THE PREDICTED DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE IS 45 DEGREES OR LOWER, female students can wear a school polo, khaki pants, and brown leather, non-skid soled shoes to school – even on Mass days.  Boys will wear a school polo/Mass shirt & tie (if applicable), khaki pants, black socks, and brown leather, non-skid soled shoes daily.  PE shoes are only to be worn in PE or on school spirit days.  Also, we’ve noticed some of our students need to get a haircut, so please schedule one soon if your child falls in that category!


Thanks for you cooperation!  If you have any additional questions about the school uniform policy, you can contact the school office at 230-7048.


SCHOOL PICTURE ORDERS– If you have encountered difficulty ordering your children’s pictures to be delivered together, one of our parents has discovered that you can save on your shipping costs by calling Lifetouch directly to place the order.   Lifetouch will waive the separate delivery fees if you order by telephone.  If you would like to do so, the number for Lifetouch Studios is 800-888-9864 or 615-628-8600.


IT’S SJV THANKSGIVING FEAST TIME AGAIN– Each year our school family comes together to give thanks for our many blessings and share a wonderful meal at our Thanksgiving Feast!  This year our feast is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26thPlease check your child’s Wednesday Folder for more information on the special event, RSVP form, and volunteer opportunities.


YOUR PULL TABS ARE DUE TOMORROW  If you haven’t already turned in your pull tabs, tomorrow is the last day to turn them in! 


CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 


CALLING ALL BAKERS !  Our annual bake sale at the Gallatin Civic Center Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th and we are hoping all you SJV bakers out there will help make this year’s event another great success! Items donated can be dropped off at the school on Friday, 11/15 before 4pm, or at the Civic Center Friday evening for Saturday morning.  All items should be wrapped/packaged and labeled.


If you are interested in helping the day of the event, would like to donate baked goods, or both, please contact Kelly Bilbrey at or 707-2134 and let her know how you can help!  Remember all items donated and hours worked will count towards your required service hours!


THE NOVEMBER CIA MEETING is scheduled for Monday, November 11th from 6 – 7 pm and will be hosted by the 2nd grade.  Please contact your child’s teacher to find out how your class will be participating.  Remember, all families are asked to attend at least 2 of the 10 meetings for the school year, and childcare is provided. 


LABEL COLLECTION WINNERS!  Thank you to all the students who participated in the most recent label turn collection.  The Box tops, labels, and coke rewards have been counted and this quarter’s winners are:

Cameron Holcombe – PK, Joseph Daughtry – K, Dane Petitt – 1st, Delaney Bilbrey – 3rd, Tessa Kemp – 4th, Nicholas Pracht – 7th, and Thomas Gad – 8thThe student who collected the most in the school is Joseph Daughtry – Way to go Wildcat!


So after the second turn-in the standings in the class competition is as follows:  Pre-K is in first place with 631, First Grade is in 2nd place with 477, and Kindergarten is in 3rd place with 417.  It’s not too late for your class to be overall champion for the year—keep clipping those Box tops, Campbell’s soup labels, and Coke rewards!




If you know of any past or present SJV student that deserves recognition for and extraordinary accomplishment, please let us know by Monday of each week and we will include the information in the newsletter.  Way to go Wildcats!



CHANGES TO THE MASS SCHEDULE:  Due to changes in Father Gideon’s schedule there have been changes to the upcoming Mass schedule.  There is NO MASS on Tuesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 21stSorry for any inconvenience this may cause.



NEWSLETTER & WEDNESDAY FOLDER SUBMISSIONS:  If you have a submission for the Newsletter or Wednesday Folder, please send them to Mrs. McCormick for approval by noon on the Monday prior.  Thank you!


“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!



The Caldwell Classic 5K Walk/Run at JP2 The 3rd Annual Caldwell Classic 5K is November 16 at 9am.  Sign up before Nov. 5th and receive a free Caldwell Classic t-shirt.  Register online at  Cost is only $20 and it includes, t-shirt, food, prizes and a great time.  All proceeds benefit The Jason Foundation.  There are still opportunities to be a Corporate Sponsor.  For a minimum donation of $150 you can get your business logo on The Official Caldwell Classic t-shirt and we will distribute any promotional item or literature to all participants.  Please contact Veronica Del Valle for further information.

The JPII Theatre proudly announces their fall production, GREATER TUNA! Come for the town meeting about: Racism, Book Burnings, Music Censorship, Murder, and so much more! Guaranteed laughter and a little bit of something to offend everyone. General seating/admission is only $8. JPII students with current school ID card pay $5. Production times: 7:00 p.m. on 11/15 & 11/16 and 2:00 p.m. on 11/17.

Father Ryan’s Academic Blend Father Ryan invites parents of 8th graders to have coffee with Vice Principal and Academic Dean Sara Hayes to learn more about the school’s academic program. Registration for one of these dates is required — November 12, December 4 or January 14. Please visit,

Father Ryan Placement Testing dates are Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 2013.  All students applying for admission to Father Ryan must take a placement test to determine the student’s placement in the school’s academic program. Register online at


Veterans Day Breakfast Father Ryan Alumni Association invites all veterans from the Father Ryan Family to the Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on November 8.  The breakfast buffet service begins at 7 am and the program starts at 7:30 am. Please RSVP by Nov. 1 to the Alumni Office at (615) 269-RYAN (7926). Visit for more information. Veterans Pride 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Father Ryan High School’s annual Veterans Pride 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 am. The race will honor our brave military veterans. To be a sponsor, to pre-register online and for more information visit  Proceeds from the race benefit the Father Ryan Tuition Assistance Fund. Veterans run FREE! Lace up those running shoes and join the fun.


….more happenings at Father Ryan

Since 1996, more than 140 Father Ryan students have been honored by the National Merit program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships for all high school students.  Father Ryan is proud to announce that 6 students were recognized this year.

For more information about Father Ryan, please go to On November 21-23 at 7pm in the Center for the Arts, Father Ryan’s Purple Masque Players will be performing The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. With its large cast of crusty, rustic characters and its use of ear-catching rural dialect and quirky turns of phrase, this play is a study of rural

mid-western, depression-era life. For ticket information, please go to Exciting news continues about the Father Ryan Marching Band.  Having recently been named grand champions at the Emerald Coast Marching Classic in Florida, they received word that three percussionists and the four co-directors were selected to assist the Great American Marching Band with a “surprise element” at the opening of this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  So plan to be in front of your TVs on Thanksgiving morning to see what Macy’s has planned!



Jennifer McCormick:

Christi Kemp:

Rachel Hitchcock:

Monica Krampotich:

Erin Thompson:

Karen Sneed:

Adrianna Wright:

Julie Starr:

Miriam McGill:

Katie Rosenblatt:

Bethany Schwieter:

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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