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January 25 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



January 25 through January 31, 2017


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:

Catholic Schools Week is nearly upon us!  This is a great week to come together and celebrate everything that makes Catholic schools such wonderful “communities of faith, knowledge, and service.”  We have so many things to be thankful for, and we are blessed to have a week set aside in our school year to recognize and appreciate everyone and everything that makes us great!  I can tell that our wonderful families have been spreading the word about SJV and all we offer as our Open House last Sunday was extremely well attended.  I am so very appreciative of your support of our school, and how you share with your friends, neighbors and family everything that you love about SJV.  Thank you!!

Please be sure to read the remainder of this newsletter for important information about special Catholic Schools Week events in the week ahead.

Thank you again for your love and support of SJV and our students, faculty, staff, and families.

God bless,

Jennifer McCormick





1/29:                                      Catholic Schools Week begins -Souper Crock-Pot Cook-Off – hosted by the CIA

1/30:                                      Student Appreciation Day

1/31:                                      Parent Appreciation Day

2/1:                                        SJV Day and Bishop’s Mass at Catholic Pastoral Center

2/2:                                        SJV Spirit Day all day at Buffalo Wild Wings

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day (CIA breakfast at 8:00 am)

2/3:                                        Grandparents Day

All School Mass at 8:00 am

11:30 am dismissal – No aftercare

3/16:                                      SJV Spirit Night at Panera Bread – 4 to 8 pm

3/20:                                      SJV Night at the Nashville Predators Game




Re-registration continues for the 2017-2018 school year and returning students save $50 per student by returning the enrollment contract and registration fee before February 1.  After February 1st the price goes up to $100 so don’t delay – send you registration form in today!

REPRESENT SJV AT OLOL THIS WEEKEND!  Our Lady of the Lake is celebrating Catholic Schools this weekend, and we would love for you to help!  Any student who wears his/her mass uniform to the 5pm Saturday mass on 1/28 or the 8:30 am or 11:00 am masses on Sunday the 29th, and stops by the SJV table in the narthex to check in with an SJV teacher, will earn an out of uniform pass.  Show your SJV spirit and start celebrating Catholic Schools Week this weekend at OLOL!

 SOUPER CROCK-POT COOK-OFF IS THIS SUNDAY – BRING YOUR YUMMIEST BATCH AND SEE IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF!  Think you have a winning soup or chili – submit a batch for tasting and see if you’re right!  Just want to hang out, eat some great soup and chili, and see who has the right stuff?  Bring a covered dish for everyone to share and come on down!  Information about this “souper” event is in the office.


Every year, Catholic schools across the country join together and celebrate all the wonderful blessings provided to our children through Catholic education.  Our SJV kids are no exception and we have some great things scheduled for the week.  They are:


2017 Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday, 1/30                    Student Appreciation Day

  • STEM Day (in collaboration with Austin Peay State University)
  • No Homework
  • Extra Recess
  • Out of Uniform


Tuesday, 1/31                    Parent Appreciation Day

  • It’s a secret…we can’t tell you just yet!
  • No Homework – enjoy the evening with your kids!!


Wednesday, 2/1                St. John Vianney Day

  • Bishop’s Mass at Catholic Pastoral Center (attended by representatives from each homeroom, 1st through 8th grade)
  • In-school activities to help students show their appreciation for their school and our parish


Thursday, 2/2                    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day


Friday, 2/3                           Grandparents Day

  • All-school mass at 8:00 am
  • Grandparents Day Program in gym following mass
  • After program, grandparents and students return to school for donuts, juice, and classroom visits.
  • 11:30 am dismissal – No aftercare.



5K SPONSORS STILL NEEDED   We have most of our top sponsorship levels filled, however, we are still in need of several more t-shirt sponsors.  This entry level sponsorship is only $150, and is perfect for local businesses that want to get their logos on our great 5K t-shirt, promo materials in our goodie bags, and recognition on our website and Facebook page.  Forms are available in the school office.  Volunteer hours can be earned by the hour (pick up some forms and spend time stopping in and asking local businesses if they are interested) or by the sponsorships sold (1 hour per sponsorship), whichever is greater.   Sponsorship deadline is February 28, 2017.


Our next home game is February 4th.  If you would like to help at this game, or on February 18th, here’s what you do.  We’re using to organize our upcoming SignUps.  Just 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on


Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


WANT TO HELP BUT CAN’T BE AT THE TOURNAMENT ON FEBRUARY 4TH?  Donations are needed to sell in the concession stand.  You can earn 1 hour of volunteer time for every ten dollars spent on items off the list.  This is a great way to support SJV athletics and earn hours at the same time.  Items needed for the games are:  Bottled water, Hot Dogs, & Hot Dog Buns.

  TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2.   Each year during Catholic Schools Week we parents take the time to show our teachers how much we appreciate their hard work by providing them breakfast.  If you would like to be part of this wonderful tradition it easy- just follow the directions below and let me know what you would like to help with!

We’re using (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for SJV Teacher Appreciation Breakfast!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS   If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Plus Card, you can support SJV with every purchase you make.  Simply sign up at and designate SJV using code 89457.  Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase to SJV, at no cost to you.  During the last cycle (9-1-2016 to 11-30-2016), SJV had 50 households participate, which generated a donation from Kroger to SJV in the amount of $694.45.




3rd & 4th grade boys’ basketball vs. St. Pius 11am at St. Joseph

5th & 6th grade boys’ basketball vs. St. Henry 10:00am at Overbrook

5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball vs. Holy Rosary 12pm at Holy Rosary

7th & 8th grade boys’ basketball vs. St. Matthew 12:15pm at St. Pius


Forensics Team – no events scheduled



If you know of a special accomplishment of an SJV student (current or alumnus) please let us know so we can share the good news with everyone!



Choir (1-8) – Wednesday, Jan 25 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and Friday, Jan 27 during recess.

Forensics (5-8) – Monday, Jan 30 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Junior Service Council (1-4):  (2nd Tuesday of the Month) February 7 (moved from Feb. 14) from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Student Service Council (5-8) – Council meets twice a month during middle school recess

Junior Science Olympiad (1-5): (1st and 3rd Tue of each month) Feb 7 and Feb 21 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Science Olympiad (6-8) – Every Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Play Practice (All Students):  Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30pm; Jan. 9 – Feb. 6

Wed. and Fri. during recess (student’s grades 1 – 4 only)

Feb. 7, 1:30 – 2:30 (grades 1 – 4 only)

Feb. 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 (all students)


CIA (Community in Action): 

Our next CIA meeting is Monday, February 13th at 3:30 pm and will be hosted by Mrs. Thompson and the Kindergarten class.  All SJV families are welcome and encouraged to attend to find out what’s going on with our CIA activities and fundraisers this year and earn an hour of volunteer time!  Our Kindergarten students will open our meeting with a brief presentation, and then Mrs. Thompson will be providing child care for those students, and any other SJV students whose parents need childcare during the meeting.  Meetings never last more than one hour and are a great way to find out about school events and get to know other families.  See you there!

SJV Spirit Day all day at Buffalo Wild Wings.   SJV will be having a spirit day, all day, on Thursday, February 2 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gallatin.  Present the ticket we sent home last Wednesday, and purchases made in store or take out any time on the 2nd will earn SJV 10% – a really yummy win, win!

SJV Spirit Day at PANERA BREAD – GALLATIN. SJV will be having a spirit night on Thursday, March 16 at Panera Bread in Gallatin, so mark your calendar and save the date!  A flyer with more information will be sent home as the event draws closer.

SJV NIGHT AT NASHVILLE PREDATORS GAME  It’s SJV Night at the Nashville Predators game on Monday, March 20.  Tickets can be purchased at (enter promo code SJV when prompted).  SJV gets $5 for every ticket sold, so not only is this a fundraiser for our school, but you can also purchase your tickets by March 6 to guarantee you are seated with other SJV supporters.  There are two discounted ticket levels:  $63.50 per ticket in the lower level ($89 value) and $38.50 per ticket in the upper level ($39 value).  You don’t have to go to SJV to purchase tickets at this link, so feel free to share it with your friends and family.  Hope to see you there!



Community Basketball Knight – February 10th.  Join us for Community Knight on Friday, February 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. All middle school students and their families are invited to our Coming Home basketball game! All middle school students will receive free admission to the game. RSVP to

JPII Taste and See – February 16th.  Please join us for lunch with Headmaster Mike Deely, our administrative staff, department chairs and coaches. After lunch, take a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, visit with our students and faculty, and get a glimpse into an actual day at JPII! Please RSVP to Mary Leonard at (615) 590-6014 or

Camp JPII 2017.  Our summer camp program, Camp JPII 2017, is now open for registration!

Camp JPII offers summer fun for kids age 5-18 the weeks of June 5-9th, June 12-16th, June 19-23rd, and June 26-30th.  Camps run Monday-Friday in two sessions: 9:00 a.m. – noon and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Before care, after care, and meal plans are also available as well as the Pick Four Discount for those who sign up for four half-day camps.

New camps this year include Dance Camp, Track Camp, several art camps including Clay Creations, Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, and DIY Design Painting, Rock and Roll History, Model United Nations and Debating, and Ready…Set….Go Algebra.  With 40 camps to choose from, there is something available for every age and every interest!

Interested parents and campers should check our the camp brochure and online registration at:  Please direct any questions to Mr. Paul Saboe, Camp JPII Director, at

 FATHER RYAN’S 38th LEGACY GALA…Father Ryan will honor long-time teacher and soccer coach Robin Dieterich ’73 and the highly successful soccer program at the school’s 38th Annual Legacy Gala at the Omni Nashville Hotel on February 25. For tickets and more information, visit

Register Now for Father Ryan’s 2016 Summer Camps.

Father Ryan is offering a wide range of sports, drama and art programs on their campus at their 2016 Summer Camps for rising K through 12th graders, and registration is now open. Visit online at and make your summer plans today.



Jennifer McCormick:

Christi Kemp:

Julie Schaefer:

Erin Thompson:

Rita Antone:

Adrianna Wright:

Carly Woodfin:

Sheila Ferrell:

Gregory McCord:

Lori Hamlett:

Cynthia Roberts:

Casey Raybourne:

Margarett Kernell:

Clay Dixon:

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If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.

-Romans 12:18


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