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April 2nd 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 April 2 – April 8, 2014


Letter from the Principal

Dear SJV Families:


This is the time of year when we really get to see all of the wonderful accomplishments of our students!  As the end of the year approaches, the culmination of everyone’s hard work and determination is on full display!


In this week’s newsletter, you will find recognition of students for their work both academically, and in the arts, from school competitions to diocesan ones.  I think this is a wonderful reminder that every single student here is a true gift from God, with his or her own unique talents.  Not everyone can win the spelling or math bee, draw a 1st place picture, or score the winning point at the game, but every child is individually gifted in their own way. 


As the remainder of the year unfolds, we will witness those gifts in many ways, from our athletes at this weekend’s 5K/1 mile/Kids’ Dash races, to our school play later this month, and the Art & Music Show and Athletic Banquet in a few weeks.  I hope you will celebrate each and every child’s special achievements with me over the coming weeks.


Hope to see you on Saturday at the race!


Jennifer McCormick






SMART KIDS, SAFE KIDS TRAINING APRIL 14TH AND 15TH:  Each year the diocese requires that we provide Smart Kids, Safe Kids instruction to our students.  Our instruction will take place on Monday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 15th.  Please complete the permission form in your child’s Wednesday folder and return to the school office by Friday, April 11th.


SJV WILDCAT 5K THIS SATURDAY!!!  All participants in our inaugural SJV Wildcat 5K should be at the Gallatin Civic Center Saturday morning by 7:30 am to pick up your timing chip, race bib, t-shirt and goodie bag.  The 5K begins at 8am, with the 1 mile kids’ race and kids’ dash to begin around 9am.  We still are in need of volunteers, especially to help guide runners on the 5K course from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  Please check out the link below for Volunteer Spot to sign up, or just call the office if you can help!  If you haven’t signed up to walk or run, it’s not too late!  You can even stop by the registration table Saturday morning from 6:30 – 7:30 am if you decide at the last minute you want to join us.


WE ARE STILL AT WAR – PENNY WARS THAT IS!  We are half way through our first week of Penny Wars and things are going great!  Remember that all money turned in this week is added to the classroom total.  Next week all money added will take away from the totals.  Has your class figured out their strategy yet?


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPELLING BEE AND MATH BEE WINNERS!  SJV held its annual spelling and math bee on Friday the 28th and it was a big success!  We would like to thank all of the students that participated – they all did a great job, but after a hard fought battle the winners were:


Spelling Bee

1st Nicholas Crump

2nd John Cassman

3rd Danielle Rosselli


Math Bee

1st Noah Wehby

2nd Aiden Cook

3rd Nicholas Rosselli


2014 Winners of the Catholic Charities of Tennessee Art Poster Contest for Child Abuse Awareness –Our students recently took part in the child abuse awareness poster contest, and our students excelled again this year winning the 6 – 8 grade outright, 2nd place in the 3 -5 grade division, and honorable mentions galore!   This year’s theme was “I Know My Family Loves Me Because…” Here are all our artists:


Contest Winners


3-5 grade Category

2nd Place

Ben Cassman


6-8 grade Category

1st Karina Swauger

2nd Emma Cassman

3rd Ethan Jilek


3 Categories Honorable Mentions


K-2 Category

Kindergarten: Emma Lawyer, Grady Gulleman, Deacon Brown, Holden Bilbrey, Brennan Shea

1st Grade: Peyton Hannon, Sarah Adams, Guinnevere Gulleman, Lilly Souza, David Cassman, Sarah Cullen, Oliver Rausch, Joselyn Angel

2nd grade: Sinclair Morris, Julia Lawyer, Joseph Collins, Chloe Rausch


3-5 Category

3rd Grade: Evan Aronson, Maggie Raynes

4th Grade: Avery Gardner, Lauren Stromer, James Cassman

5th grade: Zeyna Krampotich


6-8 Category

6th grade: Lizzy Souza, Anna Joseph

7th grade: Alison Gerstner, Drew Janes, Layne Gardner


NEED VOLUNTEER HOURS?  The upcoming SJV Wildcat 5K is an excellent opportunity for you to earn volunteer hours!  Opportunities are available for everyone, whether you’ve signed up for the race or not.  We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!   WE COULD REALLY USE SPOTTERS AND PEOPLE FOR THE WATER TABLE.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please email Mrs. McCormick and she can sign you up manually.


GALA MEETING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 3RD AT 1:30 IN THE PARISH OFFICE.   The parish can use your help and creative juices to prepare for this annual favorite – hope you can attend.


CIA (Community in Action) NEWS: 

Meetings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm every second in-session Monday of the month Everyone is invited and encouraged to come to these meetings.


The April meeting is on Monday the 14th and is hosted by Miss Rosenblatt and the 5th grade class.  Hope to see you there!


WAY TO GO WILDCATS!  If you know of any current or past SJV Wildcats that deserve recognition for an outstanding achievement please contact the school office by noon on Monday and we will add it to the newsletter.


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!



4/3:        Gala Meeting at Parish Office at 1:30 pm

4/5:        SJV Wildcat 5K Walk/Run at Gallatin Civic Center

4/14:      CIA Meeting at 6pm

4/17:      Holy Thursday – 11:30 dismissal

4/18:      Good Friday – No School




Pope John Paul II High School is calling all athletes, science sleuths, comic book fans, history buffs, and all around fun seekers to sign up for their Camp JPII this summer! Check out our list of over 35 camps on our website, Register today!


FATHER RYAN GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP 5th-8th grade girls:  Father Ryan High School will be offering a Girls Basketball Fundamental Skills and Shooting Clinic on April 6, April 13, and April 27 from 4:30-6:00 pm.  Clinics are open to all parochial and non-parochial girls.  The cost will be $20 per session.   Please contact Jason Larkin at if interested.


REGISTRATION FOR CAMP ST. CECILIA 2014 IS NOW OPEN. Camp St. Cecilia offers excellent instruction for girls ages 4-17 by experienced instructors. New camps this year include, American Girl Camp, CSI: Nashville, LEGO robotics, Storybook Ballet, Golf Academy, and Camp JOY with the Dominican Sisters. Visit to register. For more information, contact Amie Pike, Camp St. Cecilia Director, at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660.


Cooking camps at Camp St. Cecilia The kitchen is open at Camp St. Cecilia this summer! From baking and dessert wars to cake decorating, girls can foster this hobby while having fun at St. Cecilia. Cooks can also heat up the kitchen in the Cooking Around the World camp. In the Sugar on Top camp, girls will bake assorted cupcakes and also learn decorating techniques. To register for these and other camps, visit For more information, please contact Camp Director, Amie Pike at or (615) 298-4525 ext. 660.


 St. Cecilia Academy Dance Company Presents: Dancing Through the Ages

Dancing Through the Ages brings to life important moments in history, from the tragedy of Pompeii in 79AD to the international sensation of 1990’s boy bands and beyond. The show brings to life a Degas painting, the French Revolution, and the Civil Rights movement in 1960’s America. History and contemporary music of every genre meet in this uniquely intellectual dance production. The show will be Friday, April 4th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 5th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door.


UPCOMING JASON EVERT EVENT- We are excited to announce that Jason Evert is coming to Nashville to speak to Catholic school parents on 4/9 at 7PM in the St. Cecilia Academy Theatre.  Jason Evert has traveled to five continents to bring the message of chastity to more than one million teenagers over the past 15 years. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


He is a best-selling author of more than ten books, including Theology of the Body for Teens and How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul. He and his wife Crystalina are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country, and their television appearances include MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and EWTN. Together, they lead an international alliance of young people who promote chastity in more 40 countries.




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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