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August 23 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.



August 23, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


This morning, I was reading from my morning devotional, Jesus Calling, and I knew he was speaking directly to me:  “Entrust your loved ones to me.  Release them into my protective care.  They are much safer with me than in your clinging hands.”  This was so fitting for me personally, as I will be taking my son back to college this week, and I’m finding that the second year is not much easier than the first.


Today’s world is so very different from the time I grew up when I would head out on my bicycle to play with friends in the neighborhood, and my parents didn’t worry as long as I was back when I was supposed to be.  Now, we are bombarded with the dangers of our world on television and instantly on our cell phones, so as parents, many of us want to hold on that much tighter to our children, to protect them from harm.


No parent can protect their child from every danger.  Only God can provide that loving protection every single day, according to his will and his plan.  While it is difficult to do, we must trust him.  We must try to let go of our worries and have faith that God is in control.  I know for me, a chronic worrier, this is a struggle, but as my son tells me, worrying is a lack of faith in God, so I’m working on it.


If trusting God is hard, trusting others with our children is even more of a challenge.  The faculty, staff and I are honored that you entrust your children to us each day.  Part of building and maintaining trust and faith is communication.  With regard to God, that communication is obviously prayer.  Here at school, as we work to sustain your trust, we encourage you to keep the lines of communication open and regularly used.  This evening, we invite you to come and talk personally with our teachers, so you can get to know them and they can get to know you.  If you are unable to attend tonight’s Back to School Night, please reach out to your child’s teacher via phone or email, if you have not already done so, and keep informed on your child’s progress through OptionC.  We all love each and every child here and want for them to grow and learn this year.  We are your partners, and we are thankful for your faith in us.  We look forward to working with you this year.


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick






8/23       Back to School Night for parents from 6pm – 8pm

9/4         Labor Day – No School

9/7         Fall Pictures

9/18       Diocesan Professional Development – No School

10/6       Teacher Professional Development – No School


Please also refer to our school calendar on the website at or on OptionC in the “Office” menu under “Calendars.”


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT   We invite all parents to join us for Back to School Night on TONIGHT from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  This evening gives parents and teachers the chance to get to know each other and learn more about the upcoming school year.  From 6:00 – 8:00 pm, all teachers will be in their classrooms for parents to visit.  Middle school (5th – 8th grade) parents are invited to attend a panel discussion with all middle school teachers in the gym at 7pm.  Please remember, if you have academic or behavioral concerns specific to your child, a private meeting or phone call with your child’s teacher is the best way to communicate these things.


OPTIONC – STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM   You should have received your OptionC username and password in last week’s Wednesday folder.  We are excited that over half of our families have already logged in and begun using the system.  If you have not, please be sure to do so soon.  Teachers are working hard to communicate thoroughly with you, using this valuable tool.  If you did not receive your letter, or having problems logging in, please contact the school office.




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.



JPII Third Annual Songwriter’s Knight – Tickets Now Available!! We are thrilled to announce our third annual Songwriter’s Knight Under the Stars! Mark your calendars and come out to JPII for a special night of entertainment by some of the most well known songwriters in the industry on Saturday evening, September 16th. Food trucks (optional) will serve dinner starting at 6pm and the show begins promptly at 7pm. Bring your lawn chairs, pack a picnic (or purchase a meal from the food trucks), call your friends, neighbors and adult family members (it’s a 21 and over event) and buy your tickets now by clicking here:

The Moss-Marymount Open Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament – Come Join the Fun – Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 8:00am Harpeth Hills Golf Course email: or call 615-799-0410

Calling all Parochial School Runners to Father Ryan.                   
The 9th annual Father Ryan Distance Running Classic will be held Wednesday, September 6th, at the Father Ryan track.This free event is open to fourth through eighth grade Parochial League runners. Registration begins at 4:00 and the first race is at 5:00.  Participants are asked to wear their school’s cross country uniform. Contact Robert Kent at for more information.

Pearls of Wisdom Fashion Show, Auction, & Luncheon (September 16), 10:30 a.m. auction; 12 noon luncheon, Richland Country Club. Sponsored by the Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League. Benefits the Aurelia Varallo Mariani Scholarship Fund to support girls’ tuition to Nashville’s Catholic high schools. Tickets $50. Table sponsorship available. Info/RSVP/or to donate an auction item: or Donna Adams, 615-309-8477. RSVP deadline is Aug. 31.


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 toJesus 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


International Cooking Series (September 12 Brazil, October 10 Germany), 6:15-8:30 p.m. Cathedral Fleming Center, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Wine and beer available for purchase. Classes: $25; series: $100. Tickets: “Community Events” page. Info: 615-557-1306.



Reboot Live! (September 6), 7-9:30 p.m., St. Mary Church, 1665 US-45 BYP, Jackson, TN. Internationally renowned speaker Chris Stefanick, along with top performing live music artists, help you rediscover God, and rediscover the life you were made for. A fun, inspiring, and practical experience for ages 12 and up, of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life. Info/tickets:


Nashville Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting Meeting, third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., Jet Potter Service Center of the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America, Hillsboro Rd., Nashville. Info:





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:




Jennifer McCormick:

Kathy King:

Amanda Pokracki:

Erin Thompson:

Rita Antone:

Adrianna Wright:

Cindy Nardini:

Sheila Ferrell:

Toney Horton:

Kreslyn Ruckman:

Cynthia Roberts:

Andy Timko:

Clay Dixon:

Susan Gerstner:


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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