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Summer 2017 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



Summer, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


I hope this summer newsletter finds you all doing well and enjoying your time off.  We are very excited about the upcoming school year, and look forward to seeing you next week for registration.


I am excited to announce that we have hired Mrs. Kreslyn Ruckman to teach middle school science, art for PK-8, and music for PK-4.  She will also be the 6th grade homeroom teacher.  Mrs. Ruckman came highly recommended to us by Mrs. Hamlett, and was referred to us by an SJV parent.  She has a variety of experience teaching at both the elementary and middle school level at Sumner County Schools, in addition to homeschooling her own children.  She is a creative teacher with a degree in Special Education, so she brings expertise in working with both gifted students, as well as students with learning challenges.  Her enthusiasm for life and learning is evident, and I have no doubt that the students will enjoy hands-on, differentiated learning opportunities in her classes.  I hope you will join me in welcoming Mrs. Ruckman to SJV.


I had several parents reach out to me regarding our new faculty members, and I am thankful for all the positive attitudes.  There is sadness when a beloved member (or members) of our faculty choose to leave SJV.  However, situations like this remind me that God has a plan, and that He is in control.  Only He knows why he leads some people here for a short time and others stay longer.  He knows what is best for us and the life of our school and our students, and He provides us with the people who He knows will have the right gifts and talents to share with us.


I understand just how hard change can be, and the uncertainty of new faces and personalities can be daunting.  But I always find it helpful to remember that this is God’s school, and His plan for it is perfect.  He sees everything, past, present, and future, and knows what we need better than we ever could.  I know it is hard sometimes to let go, and let God, having faith that He is working to give us all that we need, but that really is the best plan.


As much as I will miss the departing faculty and their many gifts and talents, I am excited about the new teachers joining us.  They are truly wonderful men and women who are thrilled to be joining us at SJV and are eager to share their gifts and talents with our school.  So if you or your children are uneasy about the unknown of a new teacher, I pray that you will, as the plaque hanging in my office says, “let your faith be bigger than your fear,” and remember, even your most favorite SJV teacher of all time was a new teacher here at some point.


See you at registration!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick







7/18       Mandatory Registration for ALL Students (last names A-L) from 9am – 2pm

7/20       Mandatory Registration for ALL Students (last names M-Z) from 9am – 2pm

7/25       Make up registration day (last names A-Z) from 9am – 2pm

8/9         Open House from 10am – 12 noon

New Family Welcome Social from 11am – 1pm

8/10       First Day of School

8/21       Solar Eclipse

8/24       Back to School Night for parents from 6pm – 8pm


MANDATORY REGISTRATION DAYS   Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be from 9am – 2pm on Tuesday, July 18 (last names A-L) and Thursday, July 20 (last names M-Z).  All families, both new and returning, must attend registration to verify information for the upcoming school year, buy lunch tickets, sign up for the aftercare program, purchase from the uniform consignment closet, and find out more about CIA events and fundraisers and sports/extracurricular activities.  If you are unable to attend on your scheduled day, the make-up registration date is Tuesday, July 25 from 9am – 2pm.


IMMUNIZATION REMINDER   Please remember that all new SJV students, in addition to Kindergarten and 7th grade students, must submit their record of immunization to the office prior to the first day of school.  This record must be on the official Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization form, a sample of which can be found at the following link:


HELP WANTED   We are currently accepting applications for an aftercare supervisor for the 2017-2018 school year.  The position hours are 3:30 pm to no later than 6:00 pm on all full days of school, and the pay rate is $8.25/hour.  Interested applicants should contact Mrs. McCormick.


OPEN HOUSE   Mark your calendars to attend our annual Open House on Wednesday, August 9!  You may drop in between 10 am and 12 noon to drop off school supplies, see your classroom(s) and meet your teacher.  Middle school students will also participate in the locker lottery to receive their locker assignment.


CAMP SJV – WELCOME SOCIAL Our SJV New Family Welcome Social will be held in the school gym on August 9, 2017 from 11 am – 1 pm, on the same day as the Open House again.   This is your first opportunity to get volunteer hours/donations in for the new school year!  Please click on the link below in blue to sign up to bring food or to volunteer your time.  You can drop off items to the school during office hours or on the day of the event in the gym no later than 9:30 am.  Thank you!


Jennifer Kirkpatrick


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


Here’s how it works in 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.



NEW UNIFORM PROVIDER As announced earlier this year, we will have a new exclusive uniform provider, Parker School Uniforms, effective June 1.  As of this date, all new uniforms must be purchased through Parker, either online at, or at their store conveniently located in Rivergate at 2021 Gallatin Pike North.  Please remember that all Dennis Uniform items which are still in good condition are grandfathered in and approved for students to wear next year; however, those items that are excessively faded, torn, stained, etc. should no longer be worn.  The uniform program is not changing, just the uniform provider.


SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY Most of you are probably aware that Gallatin is in the heart of the ideal viewing zone for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st.   SJV will be in session that day and will be incorporating eclipse related instruction in the classroom. We are also hosting a school-specific viewing party (lunch through about 2pm), with enough donated eclipse glasses for the kids and for parents who attend.  On July 18 and 20 at registration, there will be more information about the details of the party and a sign-up sheet so we can accommodate parents in the lunch plan. We would love to have a great turnout of parents on August 21st, so please mark your calendars now!



Congratulations to the following SJV Alumni on earning academic honors at JPII during the spring semester:  Headmaster’s List (all A’s): Stratton Clausen and Thomas Janes (SJV Class of 2013), Megan McCormick (SJV Class of 2014), and Alison Gerstner and Julia Hutt (SJV Class of 2015).  Faculty List (A’s in all but one class): Devon LeCave (SJV Class of 2015).  Way to go, Wildcats!

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 (3/1/17 to 5/31/17), SJV had 61 households participate, which generated a donation from Kroger to SJV in the amount of $604.74.






Jennifer McCormick:

Kathy King:

Erin Thompson:

Rita Antone:

Adrianna Wright:

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely;

In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.

-Proverbs 3:5-6


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