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April 12th 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 12 through April 18, 2017


Letter from the Principal:

Dear SJV Families:


Thank you very much to everyone who supported our 5K last Saturday!  I cannot thank all of you enough for your generosity of spirit and time, as so many of you both volunteered to help, and signed up to participate in the race.  While the morning was a bit brisk, the sun was shining, and I think everyone there enjoyed the morning.


At the 5K, I was inspired by all of the students who came out on a cold Saturday morning, when they could have been sleeping in or hanging out at home, to run and/or walk 3.1 miles.  One student injured her knee playing soccer, but still came out to walk the course and show her Wildcat spirit.  A second grader told me repeatedly before and during the race that she would beat me.  While she didn’t cross the finish line before me, she did finish 6 minutes faster than she did last year AND she ran in the 1 mile race just a few minutes after she completed the 5K.  One of our sixth grade students, having run the 5K the past 2 years, set a new, ambitious goal for himself, and after training for the past year, finished the race over ten minutes faster than last year, and was the first SJV student to cross the finish line.  The enthusiasm and determination of our students reminds me of a quote I have in my office:


“Running is so symbolic of life.  You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles.  You might feel that you can’t.  But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” –Arthur Blank


Our students are strong and have illustrated that in so many ways this year.  From athletics to academics, in competitions like Forensics and Science Olympiad, our SJV Wildcats are an inspiration.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us here at SJV.  I look forward to seeing all the great things they have yet to accomplish!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick





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)

4/28:      Field Trip (7th Grade)

5/2:        No Middle School Mass

5/3:        Feast Day Mass (3-8)

5/4:        May Crowning Mass (PK-8)

Art & Music Show 5-6pm

5/5:        Mass (7-8)

First Friday Adoration & Benediction

Field Day 12-3pm                            




Bring your picnic lunch and play at Triple Creek Park after early dismissal Thursday 4/13 @ 11:30.  This event is coordinated by Vivian Miller ( please contact her with any questions you may have.




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 or in the school office.  Thanks, as always, for your support!



Field Day is Friday, May 5 from noon to 3pm, but volunteers are needed throughout the day to make this event a success.  Click on the following link to check out opportunities to volunteer.



The SJV Forensics Team ended their season with performances at our Barnes and Noble Book Fair last week.  They had a very successful season, winning the Carolyn Baker Award (highest average for total performers) at the St. Cecilia competition, the Overbrook competition and the Championship competition at St. Ann’s.  Additionally, the following students earned individual awards:


Zeyna Krampotich

Dramatic Interpretation – 4th place – Father Ryan

Dramatic Interpretation – 3rd place – St. Joseph

Dramatic Interpretation – 1st place – St. Bernard

Duet Acting – 2nd place – St. Cecilia

Duet Acting – 1st place – Overbrook

Duet Acting – 1st place – St. Ann – Diocesan Championship


Nolan Beasley

Prose – 6th place – JPII

Impromptu – 4th place – JPII

Prose – 1st place – Father Ryan

Impromptu – 2nd place – St. Joseph

Impromptu – 4th place – St. Cecilia

Duet Acting – 2nd place – St. Cecilia

Duet Acting – 1st place – Overbrook

Duet Acting – 1st place – St. Ann – Diocesan Championship


Shealee Smith

Pantomime – 5th place – St. Joseph

One Act Play – 4th place – Christ the King

Best Actor – One Act Play – Christ the King

Duet Interpretation – 1st place – Christ the King


Cami Klein

One Act Play – 4th place – Christ the King


Chloe Rausch

Duet Acting – 6th place – Father Ryan

Duet Interpretation – 1st place – Christ the King


Sami Hill

Duet Acting – 6th place – Father Ryan

One Act Play – 4th place – Christ the King


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.

Junior Service Council (1-4):  April 25th   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): 


Thank you to Mrs. Schaefer and the Pre-K class for hosting our April CIA meeting this past Monday.  Minutes for that meeting will be attached to next week’s newsletter.


Our next CIA meeting is Monday, May 15th at 3:30 pm with a presentation by our 4th grade students to get the meeting started.    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
With almost 300 campers signed up (our most ever at this point), now is the time to register for Camp JPII!
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.  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

Track, Boys Basketball, Baseball, and the History of Warfare through Axis and Allies are all filling fast!


JPII Annual Golf Tournament – Monday, April 24, 2017

The Knights Athletics Club announces that sign-ups are now open for their annual Golf Tournament to be held on April 24th at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, Tennessee. Individuals, foursomes, and sponsors are encouraged to sign-up at  The cost for an individual round of golf is $125 or $500 for a foursome. Corporate sponsorships are available starting at $150 and up.  For more information, contact Suzie Schumacher at 561-309-7654 or


JPII Taste and See – Tuesday, April 25th

Current 5, 6 and 7th grade parents, 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


Golden Tate Football Clinic – June 3, 2017

JPII Alum Golden Tate ’07 is coming home to host the first second annual Golden Tate Football Clinic (TFC) at JPII. The free TFC will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with an optional $25.00 plated luncheon to follow where Golden will be available to mingle with the guests. The lunch will wrap up at 1:00 p.m. Register online at


Songwriters’ Knight at JPII – May 6, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the second annual JPII Songwriter’s Night ~ “A Knight of Song” under the stars on Saturday evening, May 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. We are so pleased to share a night under the stars while enjoying the musical talents of Randy Albright, Johnny Bulford, Zach Janson, Michael Heeny and other friends.

Plan to arrive at JPII around 6 p.m. to find a great spot in the courtyard to set up your lawn chairs and either pack a picnic or purchase dinner from a visiting food truck. The entertainment will begin promptly at 7 p.m. You are in for a real treat . . . this is a 21+ adult only event so bring your neighbors, friends and adult family members! Visit the link below to purchase tickets.


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.


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 .


Father Ryan Summer Camps – sign up now!

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

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
Celebration of Catholic Education on May 6.

Join us to celebrate our Catholic school teachers at the 25th Anniversary of the Endowment for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (EACS) event on May 6.  The reception will take place at Holy Family’s Parish Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $100 and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Tuition Assistance programs through EACS.  To reserve your ticket, email Betty Lou Burnett at

10th Annual Lou Graham Alumni Golf Tournament.

Father Ryan’s Lou Graham Alumni Tournament takes place on Friday, June 2, on a new course–Gaylord Springs Golf Links–to celebrate its 10th year.  You and your golfing friends can enjoy the course and raise funds for Tuition Assistance at Father Ryan by signing up now at  It’s the start to a big Reunion Weekend at Father Ryan.



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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