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August 30 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 30, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


Hopefully you have settled back into the school routine and are having a great first quarter thus far.  While it’s hard to believe, we will be midway through the first quarter next Friday, September 8, and interim reports will be issued on September 13.  But thanks to our new student information system, OptionC, you can see grades, assignments, tests/quizzes, and much more anytime by logging in on a regular basis.  This system also gives us the ability to enter homework notices, conduct referrals, and other such communications, in lieu of sending home forms for you to sign.  If you are not utilizing this system on a regular basis, please start now.  You can even access things like this weekly newsletter, CIA meeting minutes, the school calendar, and other files that the office or teachers upload for your reference.  If you have any questions about the new system, please call and let us know.  We hope that you find it a great tool that enhances our partnership in educating your children.


I hope that you have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick








9/4         Labor Day – No School

9/6         8th Grade visit to Father Ryan HS

9/6         Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night (all day event)

9/7         Fall Pictures

9/18       Diocesan Professional Development – No School

9/22       Fun Run (12:30-3:00pm)

9/27       8th Grade visit to JPII

10/2       Boxtops Collection week begins

10/6       Teacher Professional Development – No School

10/9-10/13 Fall Break – No School

10/16     Golf Tournament – Tee off for Technology


2017 FUN RUN T-SHIRTS FOR PARENTS   All students are receiving this year’s Fun Run t-shirt, compliments of Morris Orthodontics, however, we know that some parents may also want to have a t-shirt for themselves.  Morris Orthodontics has generously offered to purchase additional t-shirts for parents who donate $10 per shirt to SJV.  Send your order and donation to the school office on or before Friday, September 1 if you are interested.


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.


SJV TEE OFF FOR TECHNOLOGY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT  The 5th Annual St. John Vianney Golf Tournament will be Monday, October 16th at 9:30 am, at Fairvue Country Club, Gallatin, TN.    All proceeds from this event will be used to upgrade and purchase technology at SJV. For more information, please email:

BUFFALO WILD WINGS SPIRIT NIGHT – Wednesday, Sept. 6th,   kicks off our SJV Spirit Nights!  This time, it is at BWW.  Plan on picking up lunch or having dinner and support the school while you enjoy the food!  You must show them your Spirit card or an electronic version (see attached flyer) for our school to receive credit.




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.





Sept. 22: Junior Irish Night. Father Ryan welcomes all elementary school students as their guests for the annual Junior Irish night at Father Ryan on Friday, Sept 22, beginning at 5pm. There will be a Kids Fun Zone and other activities–including the annual Pride in the Pit BBQ Contest and the Irish’s Homecoming football game vs. Ravenwood. Students can register in advance to reserve their swag bag at

Introducing Father Ryan’s “Why Arts?” Speaker Series, Sept. 12th.

Father Ryan’s Visual and Performing Arts Department is introducing a new series focused on art and its impact on our lives, with the inaugural event taking place on September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.  Alison Allen, Broadway actress, author of the book Shine, teacher and participant in Women of Faith, will be the artist for the evening.  The Why Arts? speaker series is free and open to the public. More information is available at

Academic Blend. Father Ryan invites parents of 8th graders to meet with Academic Dean Jennifer Anton to learn more about the school’s academic program.  The events will be in the Neuhoff Library on Sept. 26th, 9:30-11:15 am and on November 2nd, 9:30-11:15 am.

Learn more at

Catholic Business League Breakfast Meeting

The Catholic Business League will present its annual Catholic Professional of the Year Award to Marty Blair, president of Star Physical Therapy, at its September 14 breakfast meeting.  The event is sponsored by The Friends of Marty Blair and will take place in the Fleming Center at Cathedral of the Incarnation.  Mass is at 7:00 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 7:30 a.m.  More information is available at

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.


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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