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April 5th 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



April 5 through April 11, 2017


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:


Can you believe it is already April?  Time is flying, and before we know it, the school year will be ending.  With spring uniforms and nice weather, we often see students’ focus shift away from school.  Let’s work together to make sure that students stay the course and keep learning right through until May 26!  With this week of no homework due to ITBS testing, I think it gives some students a “sneak peek” at additional free time and reduced responsibilities, and they get a little antsy.  But there is still a lot of important work to do in the next two months, and I know that if we work together, every student will finish the year strong!


Shifting gears, it was so nice to see so many families at Barnes & Noble and Culver’s last night!  Many thanks to Mr. McCord and the choir for their performance, to Mrs. Klein for her hard work in organizing both events, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for hosting our Spirit Night at Culver’s, and all who participated.  The book fair continues through the end of the week, and tomorrow evening at 6pm, our award-winning Forensics team will perform at Barnes & Noble.  If you haven’t witnessed these talented students yet, please come, because you are in for a real treat!  There is a reason they have brought so many trophies home to SJV this year!


Have a wonderful rest of the week, and I hope to see many of you at the 5K this Saturday!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick





4/6:        SJV Forensics Team performs at Barnes & Noble – 6:00 pm

4/8:        Fourth Annual SJV Wildcat 5K – 8am

4/10:      CIA Meeting at 3:30 pm

4/11:      Mass (5-8)

4/13:      Holy Thursday – 11:30 am dismissal – NO Aftercare

4/14:      Good Friday – No School

4/17:      Easter Monday – No School

4/18:      Mass (5-8)

4/20:      Mass (PK-8)

4/21:      Screening for 2017-2018 Pre-K/Kindergarten Students (no school for current PK/K)

4/22:      Confirmation Retreat for 8th Graders

4/24:      Biztown Field Trip (4th, 5th, and 6th grades)

Aquarium Field Trip (7th Grade)

4/25:      NO MASS (Mass for grades 3, 7, and 8 has been cancelled)

Biztown Field Trip (4th, 5th, and 6th grades)

Aquarium Field Trip (8th Grade)

4/26:      Interims Home in Wednesday Folder

Wildcat Wednesday (Volleyball, Choir, Forensics)

4/27:      Mass (PK-8)                       


Volunteers Needed for SJV Wildcat 5K:  The 4th annual SJV Wildcat 5K is just around the corner, and volunteers are needed to help with this event!  There are opportunities prior to the race here at school, as well as the day of the race at Gallatin Civic Center/Triple Creek Park.  Sign-ups are now open at the following link:  Thank you in advance for your help!

RUNNERS & WALKERS STILL WELCOME!:  It’s not too late to sign up for the SJV Wildcat 5K Run/Walk on April 8!  Complete a form in the school office, or sign up at the race on Saturday morning from 6:45 – 7:30 am.  With race distances for all ages, and walkers welcome at the 5K, this is a great event for the whole family!

SJV WILDCAT 5K SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  Race t-shirts and goody bags will be sent home with students THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 7 for families who registered prior to the March 10 t-shirt deadline.  All race participants will still need to check in at the registration table at the Gallatin Civic Center Saturday morning to receive your race bib and timing chip.  The schedule of events is as follows:

6:45 – 7:30 am                   Bib/Chip Pick Up and Race Day Registration at Gallatin Civic Center

7:55 am                Final race instructions at starting line

8:00 am                5K Run/Walk Begins

8:45 am                5K Awards Presentation

9:00 am                1 mile race, kids 14 and under, with awards at finish line

9:15 am                Kids’ 100-yard dash (5 and under), with awards at finish line

MAIN STREET AWARDS VOTING HAS BEGUN!  We were honored to be named the “Best Private School” in Sumner County last year in the Main Street Awards through the Gallatin News and Hendersonville Standard newspapers.  We also were finalists in the “Best Elementary School,” “Best Junior High,” and “Best Headmaster/Principal” categories, and this year we were also nominated for “Best Preschool/Daycare” and have several teachers up for “Best Teacher.”  THANK YOU for your support of our school, and for spreading the word about everything great going on at SJV!  Voting for this year’s awards has begun, and continues through April 28.  If you love SJV, we would appreciate you sharing that love by taking a moment to vote!  You can vote once per day online at  Paper ballots are also available in the newspaper.  Thanks, as always, for your support!


Current SJV Wildcat students, as well as alumni, are encouraged to share your good news with us, so we can celebrate your successes!  Email your announcements to Mrs. Kathy King at to be included in a future newsletter.



Choir (1-8) – Wednesday, April 12th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and Friday, April 7th during recess.

Junior Service Council (1-4):  (2nd Tuesday of the Month) April 11th 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) April 18th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Volleyball Practice (4-6):  Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm


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 (12/1/16 to 2/28/17), SJV had 55 households participate, which generated a donation from Kroger to SJV in the amount of $655.10.


CIA (Community in Action): 


Our next CIA meeting is Monday, April 10th at 3:30 pm with a presentation by our Pre-K students to get the meeting started.   Additionally, Mrs. Schaefer will be providing babysitting for students and their siblings while the meeting is in progress.  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!  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!



St. John Vianney Church Summer Fun!

Totus Tuus, a summer youth program, is being held at St. John Vianney Church June 25-30, 2017.   For grade school students (grades 1-6) the program runs Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  For junior high and high school youth (grade 7-12) the program runs Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


Totus Tuus combines catechesis and having FUN!  The youthfulness and energy of the teaching team is contagious.  Come out and join us!


Cost is $20 per student or $60 per family.


Registration forms will be available in the church and school office beginning in March.


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 out the camp brochure and online registration at:  Please direct any questions to Mr. Paul Saboe, Camp JPII Director, at

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.


Registration for Camp St. Cecilia is open!

Camp St. Cecilia is a summer program designed to give girls ages 4-17 an opportunity to have summer fun while learning. Campers experience St. Cecilia Academy’s academics, athletics, and fine arts programs and interact with faculty, students, coaches, alumnae, and parents. New this year–Camp St. Cecilia is happy to offer before and after-care from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. Girls will enjoy a snack, play games, and participate in other activities. New camp include Simply Songwriting, Study Skills, Science of Fairy Tales, Girls Rock! Public Speaking, and much more! Register online and view a full listing of camps at For more information, contact Camp Director Amie Pike at or (615)293-1625.


St. Cecilia Academy Alumnae Weekend

The St. Cecilia Art Market and Festival will kick-off the 2017 Reunion Weekend on Thursday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the St. Cecilia courtyard. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information regarding all Reunion Weekend events, please visit


Get artsy this summer at Camp St. Cecilia

Girls can explore the fine arts at Camp St. Cecilia this summer! Art camps include clay, mixed media, and much more. Girls can dance in a variety of dance camps. The budding actress can shine on the SCA stage in the theatre camp. If you love music, you can write songs in the songwriting camp or refine your singing voice in “Finding Your Voice.” To register and view a full listing of all camps, visit or contact Camp Director Amie Pike at .


St. Cecilia Academy Art Market and Festival

The St. Cecilia Art Market and Festival will kick-off the 2017 Reunion Weekend on Thursday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the St. Cecilia courtyard. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information regarding all Reunion Weekend events, please visit


Catholic Business League Breakfast Meeting April 13th.

Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, President of DVL Seigenthaler Public Relations will be the speaker at the Catholic Business League’s April Breakfast meeting.

The meeting begins with Mass at 7 am at the Cathedral, followed by the breakfast meeting and program at 7:30 am in the Fleming Center. Event sponsor is WBOU – Catholic Radio Nashville. More information is available at


Father Ryan High School’s Purple Masque Players will be presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, a classic romantic comedy/musical. Show dates and times are April 27 – April 29th, 7 pm in the Center for the Arts at 700 Norwood. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth prior to the shows, $9 for adults, $7 for non-Father Ryan students and Senior Citizens. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by contacting Kelli McClendon, Purple Masque Players Moderator, at or (615) 383-4200 x 1888. Learn more
Middle School Football Camp.

Father Ryan will be offering a Middle School football camp on Sunday, April 9th, from 4-6 pm, Giacosa Stadium on the Father Ryan campus.  This camp is open to current 6-8th graders.

To register, go to




Jennifer McCormick:

Kathy King:

Julie Schaefer:

Erin Thompson:

Rita Antone:

Adrianna Wright:

Carly Woodfin:

Sheila Ferrell:

Gregory McCord:

Lori Hamlett:

Cynthia Roberts:

Casey Raybourne:

Margarett Kernell:

Clay Dixon:

Bernie Vaughn:

Susan Gerstner:


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

-Romans 12:18




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