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May 17th 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



May 17th  through May 24, 2017


Letter from the Principal


Dear SJV Families:


I am excited and honored to announce that SJV was voted “Best Private School” in Sumner County in the Main Street Media awards for the second year in a row.  This year, we also won “Best Middle School,” and “Best Preschool,” and were finalists in the “Best Elementary School,” “Best Principal,” and “Best Teacher” categories.  Both Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Roberts were finalists in the “Best Teacher” category, so according to the readers of the Main Street Media publications, two of the best three teachers in Sumner County teach right here at SJV.  We are blessed to have your love and support and will continue to strive to be the best partners with you in the education of your children.


As the close of the school year draws near, we celebrate many special days, including tomorrow as our 8th graders join us for all-school mass one final time.  Our annual “Light of Leadership” tradition is one that I have always loved, and I invite all of you to come to mass and the ceremony at 10:00 am tomorrow, when the 8th grade students will pass the “light of leadership” to the 7th grade.  It is a tradition that has always touched my heart, even in the early days of SJV when I was just the mother of a kindergartener and didn’t know the 7th and 8th grade students who were participating.  If your schedule allows, I truly hope you will join us for this special day.


Have a blessed week!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick







5/17       Wildcat Wednesday

Spelling Bee/Math Bee 2:15 pm

5/18       Light of Leadership Mass

5/19       Confession (2nd Gr)

5/20       First Holy Communion 4:30 Mass

5/22       Graduation Practice

5/23       2nd Gr Field Trip

8th Gr Graduation 7 pm

5/24       Wheels in Motion

5/26       Last Day of School 11:30 dismissal

No Aftercare

6/1         Parent Teacher Conferences     

6/5         Summer Office Hours begin (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-2pm)



JUNE 1 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES   All families are invited to schedule a parent teacher conference with the homeroom teacher(s) of their student(s) on June 1, 2017.  During these conferences, teachers will discuss each child’s progress for the year, explain ITBS testing results (K-8), distribute final report cards, and provide summer reading lists as well as supply lists for next year.  Parents who do not attend a conference on June 1 can pick up this information in the school office during summer office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9am-2pm) starting June 6.  These items cannot be provided earlier for those who do not wish to attend a conference.


This year, we are using to allow parents to schedule their own conference times. 


Please click the following link to get started:


  1. Scroll through the appointments to locate the teacher and time slot you would like to sign up for, and click on the orange button that says, “Sign Up!”
  2. Enter your email address on the next screen, and your name and telephone number on the final screen.
  3. Click save, and your appointment will be set. Repeat this process to set up a meeting with each of your children’s teachers, if you have more than one child at SJV.


Please call the office if you have any questions about this process.  We look forward to seeing you on June 1!


Congratulations to Carly Woodfin (SJV 3rd Grade Teacher) who was nominated by the Miller Family in a Mister Car Wash grant of $500 for St. John Vianney School.  She won a year’s worth of car washes and a $500 classroom grant.  Thank you Miller family for your dedication to SJV and nominating Mrs. Woodfin.

“We are beyond excited for you! It goes without saying that we believe you are an amazing teacher and we count ourselves as blessed to have had you as Ryan’s first experience at St. John Vianney”. Mrs. Vivien Miller

Mrs. Woodfin would like to say “Saint John Vianney inspires teachers and students to make extraordinary differences in our community by doing ordinary acts of service.  I am grateful to serve with a team that enriches this experience”.




Congratulations 8th grade class of 2017!!!

Nolan Beasley, Henry Hutt, Zeyna Krampotich, Matthew McAllister, Dallas Mitchell, Benjamin Raybourne, Evan Roek, Noah Wehby and Alex West. All the best to these fine students and their future endeavors in high school.   The graduation Mass will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm.


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.


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): 




Girl Scout Sign-Ups!

Girl Scout Troop 281 would like to invite rising 4th – 8th grade girls to join our troop next fall. Girls meet on Saturdays once a month at Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s home and participate in various Girl Scout events across middle Tennessee. Girls will encounter a variety of fun and challenging activities, like earning badges, selling cookies, going on exciting trips, exploring the outdoors and doing community service projects.

Please contact Jennifer Kirkpatrick at or 615-476-9334 for additional details



 “A Response to 13 Reasons Why: How am I affected by this series?”

Hosted by Catholic Charities

When: May 23rd 2017

Time:   6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: St. Edward Church and School (Cafeteria), 190 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211

Who: Parents, students (middle/high school), and educators

“13 Reasons Why” is a NetFlix series that contains mature themes and is raising some concerns by viewers of all ages as well as by many professionals in the counseling field. On May 23rd, Catholic Charities will host a conversation at St. Edward Church and School to facilitate conversation about the series.  We will discuss this series and the impact it may have on students who are watching it. We will also help explore ways to answer questions that may arise from this series.

In addition, we will facilitate a separate discussion with any students who have watched this series and want a place where they can share their responses and questions as a result.

If you and/or your family are interested in participating in this conversation, please R.S.V.P. to Scott Gubala – or 615-760-4428


Camp Marymount Registration for 2017 Summer Camp is now open. Visit to apply. Info: 615-7699-0410 or

Request the Camp Marymount newsletter:



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 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 a.m.-noon and 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Before care, after care, and meal plans are available as well as the Pick Four Discount for those who sign up for four half-day camps. Info/registration: or


Catholic Charities’ Family Homelessness Initiative Program needs volunteers to support families transitioning into housing. Catholic Charities of TN’s Family Empowerment Program assists families at-risk of homelessness in Nashville achieve housing and financial stability through case management and building social support. We are in need of willing, compassionate volunteers to support our neighbors in their times of need. Many families have moved into homes without food or without the small necessities of everyday home life. Volunteers can make a drastic difference by delivering a meal or welcome basket to ensure that neighbors feel warm, supported, and stress-free upon moving into their new home. Info/to volunteer:

Catholic Charities of Tennessee:

Room In The Inn: or (615) 251-9791.

GraceWorks: or Hope Clinic for Women: or (615) 627-2790

Safe Haven: .



SEARCH is a weekend retreat for rising juniors and seniors in the Diocese of Nashville. SEARCH uses peer-to-peer or “youth talking to youth” ministry to foster an environment of acceptance & encouragement. Our teen led teams provide an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to help us all grow closer to Jesus Christ. Check available dates and register online here at Spots fill up quickly and most retreats sell out a month in advance! If you have any questions, please email




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

Camp St. Cecilia summer program for girls ages 4-17 is an oppor­tunity to have fun while learning. Campers experience St. Cecilia Academy’s academics, athletics, and fine arts programs and interact with faculty, students, coaches, alumnae, and parents. Info/registration: or 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 .


Become a Red Cross certified babysitter at Camp St. Cecilia (June 26-28), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Girls in grades 5-9 can learn first aid, infant and child CPR as well as, handling emergencies, and recognizing behaviors while babysitting. To register and view a full listing of all camps, visit or



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.

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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