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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 November 13 – November 19, 2013


Letter from the Principal:


Dear SJV Families:


I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  In last week’s letter, I mentioned the 7th and 8th grade field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank.  These students spent the morning volunteering and packed over 11,000 pounds of food.


After returning from this trip, the students wrote reflections on the experience, and I thought I would share a few of them with you, so you could see how much these students learned from the experience:


“I learned that happiness doesn’t come from what you have, but [from] what you do for others.”


“God doesn’t only exist in a case on an altar.  He exists wherever we are doing something good in His name.  He is wherever His teachings are being lived.”


“This helped me understand just how privileged I am to have food to eat, and to understand all the blessings that God has bestowed upon me.”


I am so proud of our students!


Their reflections remind me of this prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola:


Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labor and not to ask for reward,

save that of knowing that I do your will.



Have a blessed week!


Jennifer McCormick




THANK YOU VETERANS!  Thank you to all those who attended our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday, especially the following veterans:  US Army – Jerry Carmack, Paul LeCave, Phil Trentle, John Wright, Gary Wallin, Curtis Malone, John Boniol, Luis A. Bustillos.  US Marine Corps – Raymond D. Forester, Joe Fertitta, Freddy Goeringer.  US Navy – Stan Hitchcock, James Kemp, James Taylor, Greg Rausch.  US Air Force & Army – James Holcombe, Albie Fleetwood.  Thank you for your service to our country!


LAST CALL – 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.) 


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.



Our annual Thanksgiving Feast is Tuesday, November 26th from 11-1 pm.  If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do so by Friday, November 15th.  Mr. Vaughn needs to purchase and prepare for this wonderful event, so it is important that we have accurate numbers of attendees for him to work from.  Thanks and hope to see you there!


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 3pm, or at the Civic Center Friday evening for Saturday morning.  All items should be wrapped/packaged and labeled.  Please remember that all proceeds benefit the SJV athletic program, so if your child participates in school sports, your help is really needed!


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 family volunteer hours!


service hours available for 8th grade students. If you haven’t gotten all of your required service hours yet, Saturday is your day!  Mrs. Bilbrey is looking for people to help at the SJV Bake Sale at the Gallatin Civic Center this Saturday, November 16th.  If you are interested please contact Kelly Bilbrey at  707-2134 or 


CIA Meeting update:   Thank you to Miss Wright and the second grade class for their presentation at this month’s CIA meeting – it was wonderful!  For all of you that were not able to attend the meeting, the minutes are attached to this week’s newsletter so you can keep up with what is happening.




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!



 All members of SJV basketball teams can wear their team jersey, jeans, and PE shoes to school on 11/20 to show off their Wildcat pride!


CHANGES TO THE MASS SCHEDULE:  There is NO MASS on Tuesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 21st.


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.

JPII Seniors will be selling poinsettias after each Mass this weekend only.  The proceeds will benefit Project Graduation 2014.  The poinsettias are florist quality and gorgeous.  There are two sizes and five color choices available. Poinsettias make beautiful holiday decor and are great gifts  for friends, neighbors, and teachers.  All orders must be pre-paid with cash or check and will be delivered after the Masses on December 6 & 7.


6.5″    $10.00 each

8″       $20.00 each

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 — December 4 or January 14. Please visit,

Father Ryan Placement Testing date 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


….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:

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

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