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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 20 – December 2 , 2013


Letter from the Principal:


Dear SJV families:


As we prepare to give thanks for the many blessings we share, both as an SJV family, and with our other friends and family, I offer you a prayer of gratitude:


In Gratitude

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.


 From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley.


I hope to see many of you at our Thanksgiving Feast next Tuesday so that I can wish you a Happy Thanksgiving in person, but to those of you who can’t be with us, please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.  I am grateful for your love and support of our school, and so thankful that you share and entrust us with your children.


God bless you,

Jennifer McCormick






THANKSGIVING FEAST UPDATE!  Tuesday is our annual feast, so we thought you might need details about the day’s activities.  Families with names ending in I – Z will eat at the first seating from 11 – 11:45; Families with names ending in A – H will eat in the second seating from 12 – 1:00 pm. 

The school will be cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and drinks for the meal, so please keep that in mind when selecting your side dish/vegetable/bread or rolls/dessert for the event – we will not need any of those items.  So that we can get as much variety as possible for the event, we asked that items contributed be broken down by the following categories:  the letters A, B, J, K, L are to bring bread/rolls; C, S, & T are to bring vegetables; G, P, & R are to bring a side dish (non-veggie); D, H, M, V, & W are to bring a dessert. 


As always, you are welcome to sign your child out from school once the feast is over.  Please let your teacher know if your child will be leaving early.  If grandparents, aunts or uncles, etc. are signing your child out early please provide written permission for our files.  We are excited to see you all next Tuesday!  If you have any other questions about the day, or if I left something out, please feel free to call the school office.


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.) 


TEAM AND CLUB PICTURES ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH.  We will be taking pictures of the Cross Country, Fall Volleyball, and Basketball Teams, along with the Science Olympiad, Middle School Choir, and Student Government after school on Thursday, December 5thPictures will be taken in the following order: Cross Country, Fall Volleyball, 3rd & 4thboys basketball, and then 7th & 8th girls basketball.  Club pictures will be taken at the same time team pictures are being taken.  The approx. times are: 3:10 – 3:30 for Choir, Student Government, Science Olympiad, and Cross Country; 3:30 – 3:50 for Fall Volleyball; 3:50 – 4:10 for 3 & 4 grade boys basketball; and 4:10 – 4:30 for 7 & 8 grade girls basketball.   Parents should plan on picking their children up after pictures are taken.  Pick up will be the same format as school pickup.  Place family placard on dash and line up by the gym doors.  Parents:  please make sure that students in cross country bring their PE shorts for the picture.  We will have the shirts here for them.  Pictures are available for pre-order.  Forms are available in the school office or per request.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.  


8th GRADE BABYSITTING NIGHT IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.  Need a night out?  Want to do some “child-free Christmas Shopping?”  You can still sign up for the 8th Grade Babysitting Night on 11/6 from 5 – 9 pm.  Check out the attachment with this week’s newsletter for more info and signup sheet.


FIRST RECONCILIATION  Our second grade class will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm.  Please pray for them as they prepare for this important day.


DISMISSAL PROCEDURE REMINDER Just a reminder to keep our students safe at dismissal…students who are staying for after school activities should remain in the school at dismissal and not go out to their cars to drop off backpacks or pick up snacks.  When students leave the building to go to their cars, we assume that they are leaving for the day and once all car doors are closed, we allow the cars to move.  We don’t want a stray student to be injured.  Thanks for your help with this!


CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 


THANK YOU !  to Kelly Bilbrey for chairing our Annual Athletic Bake Sale at the Civic Center, and to all those who baked yummy treats to sell!   Your hard work and generosity helped make this year’s event a success! 



WAY TO GO WILDCATS!   Congratulations to Joseph Crump and Patrick Collins on their exciting victory in the Knights Football League Super Bowl Game!  The Knights capped off a 10-0 season with a big win against Nolensville on November 9th – Way to go Wildcats!



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!


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:

Nicole Crump:


“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

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