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October 25-31 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



Newsletter for the week of October 25 – October 31, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


Many thanks to the families who attended our second quarter CIA meeting this past Monday evening!  I appreciate your time and efforts to support our school.  If you weren’t able to attend, I strongly urge you to read the minutes from the meeting, which are attached to this email.  A lot of important information was shared and you truly will be “out of the loop” without it.  The next CIA meeting will be January 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm, and I hope you will save this date now so that you can attend.


Today we celebrated our fall athletes with a pep rally.  I am very proud of every single student who participated in Cross Country, Volleyball, and Football this season.  Your hard work and determination is a great representation of the wildcat spirit!  There is still time to sign up for Basketball for grades 3-8.  I hope that many of you will choose to play and represent SJV in the diocesan games this winter.  Also competing in the diocese and our local community will be our Forensics and Science Olympiad teams.  We have such wonderful students with many talents and God-given abilities, and it is amazing to watch them shine!


I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!  Go Wildcats!!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick








10/23-10/27 Red Ribbon Week

10/27     Spirit Day Friday to benefit the Science Olympiad Team

10/31     Trunk or Treat

11/1       Lifetouch Picture retake

11/8       Lifetouch Holiday Pictures

11/10     Veteran’s Day Program 2 pm

11/20     Usborne Book Fair

11/21     Usborne Book Fair

11/21     Thanksgiving Feast

11/22-24 No School



We have several clothing items in the lost and found that have not been claimed for weeks.  Please be sure to label or write your child’s name on all clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc.



Thank you to all the families that turned in Box Tops – our classroom winners are:

Pre-K – Audrey Hodgins

K – Elizabeth Angel

1st – Atticus Deely

2nd – Sarah Stromer

3rd – Joseph Daughtry

4th – Holden Bilbrey

5th – Ryan Miller

6th – Joseph Collins

7th – Delaney Bilbrey

8th – Thomas Wall

Special Reward Popcorn Party – 3rd Grade most Box Tops


BASKETBALL SIGN UPS Sign-ups for 3rd through 8th grade basketball teams have begun!   The deadline to sign up is October 27.  Forms are available upon request.  Anyone interested in coaching this year should contact Mr. Timko at


SPIRIT DAY FRIDAY   Just a reminder that this Friday is “Spirit Day” at SJV.  Bring $1.00 and dress in any SJV shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.  All proceeds benefit this year’s Science Olympiad team.


WINTER UNIFORM REMINDER   Please remember that Winter Uniform begins November 1.  This means students will not be able to wear khaki shorts again until Spring Uniform begins on April 1.


ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PROGRAM   Our annual Veterans Day Assembly will be Friday, November 10 at 2:00 pm in the gym.  All veterans and current members of our armed forces are welcome to attend.  Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and family.


TRUNK OR TREAT   Planning has begun for our October 31st event.  Sign up for SJV Trunk or Treat HERE!!!


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.  Our supporters (65 households) who shopped at Kroger between 6-1-2017 and 8-31-2017 (Cycle 2016, Qtr 4) have contributed to our $566.05 total donation.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Don’t forget to visit BWW and support SJV by presenting your Home Team Advantage Teammate Card.    Check Option C to print off your card.


Congratulations Shealee Smith for making it into the Moscow Great Russian Ballet Nutcracker!!  She will be a Party Girl!  She will be performing on Christmas Eve at 2pm at the Ryman Auditorium.  Purchase tickets at

Our Cross Country team finished up a fantastic season.  We had 29 students representing all grades from Kindergarten to 8th grade.  Coach Dixon was extremely proud of the progress and dedication that all of the runners showed!

The Wildcats Junior Varsity volleyball team had such a good season!  I am very proud of these girls as we were the youngest team playing with 6th graders and yet they held their own against more experienced teams.  They fought hard for every point and got many compliments from other team coaches on our ability on the court!  We ended the season with 2 very astounding wins against a St Henry team and the St Joseph team.  Thanks for all your hard work girls!!  Coach Smith





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.







Register for the Hendersonville Knights Lacrosse Clinics 

The Hendersonville Knights Lacrosse Club will be hosting Lacrosse Clinics for any 4th-8th graders interested in playing the sport. The clinics will be held at Pope John Paul II High School onThursday, October 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (with a Halloween party and parent meeting to follow), and on Tuesday, November 7 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. All clinics will be held on the grass fields at JPII. To register, email Mary Leonard ‘11 at

Knights Catholic Wrestling is a new wrestling program for children in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade starting next month at JPII High School. Practice will begin on 11/1 and enrollment has already begun. If your child is interested, please contact Jason Allman at 615-260-8589 or


ADMISSIONS PLACEMENT TEST DATE – Pope John Paul II High School: October 21st & November 11th

All JPII applicants currently in the eighth grade are required to take the JPII placement test as part of the admissions process. Apply today at and select one of the two scheduled placement test dates. In need of additional information? Contact the Admissions Office directly at 615-890-6014 or email

8th Grade Event – KNIGHT FOR A NIGHT! – Pope John Paul II High School, Friday, November 3rd from 6:45-9:00 p.m. 

All 8th graders are invited for dinner, games, bonfire and s’mores! Gather your friends and plan to attend this event that promises to be one night you won’t want to miss! Although not required, the favor of a reservation is appreciated. To RSVP, contact our Admissions Office at admissions@

OPEN HOUSE – Pope John Paul II High School, Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar and plan to bring your family to our annual Open House where you will become acquainted with our academic offerings and extra/co-curricular activities, meet our students and faculty, walk our hallways and get a glimpse into all that JPII has to offer! Although not required, the favor of a reservation is appreciated. To RSVP, contact our Admissions Office at admissions@

7th ANNUAL “IN COLOR” CALDWELL CLASSIC 5K –  Pope John Paul II High School, Saturday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Registration $20 (adults & high school students) $15 middle school & military.  Put your running shoes on! All proceeds support The Jason Foundation, which is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programming. Register today at


St. Cecilia Academy Admissions Open House (October 29), 2 p.m. 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville. Prospective students and families are invited. Info:


The Wizard of Oz (November 3-12), St. Cecilia Academy, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville. For specific performance dates and times:

“A Christmas Carol” (November 9-11), 7 p.m., Father Ryan, 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Tickets: $7 students; $9 adults.

Camp Marymount 2018 Summer Camp Registration is now open!   Go to our website and click on “apply now” under the summer camp tab to register your camper.  Please call our office 615-799-0410 with any questions.

Nashville Catholic Baseball Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade students (Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4). Info:

Father Ryan Strength and Conditioning Program.  Students in grades 5-8–both boys and girls—are invited to participate in Father Ryan’s Foundational Strength Program, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from October 24 through November 16 and from November 24-December 16.  There is a fee for the instruction.  For more information or to register, contact Tyler Newman, Strength and Conditioning Director at Father Ryan, at

Academic Blend (Nov. 2, 9:30-11:15 a.m.), Father Ryan Library, 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Parents of 8th graders meet with Academic Dean Jennifer Anton to learn about the academic program. Info:

Why Arts? Program welcomes Omari Booker to Father Ryan.  The next event in Father Ryan’s “Why Arts? The Arts4Life” program welcomes acclaimed Nashville artist Omari Booker.  The presentation takes place November 7 at 6:30 in the Center for the Arts.  This is free and open to the public.  More information is available at

Theology Speaker Series at Father Ryan. The first event of the 11th Annual Theology Speaker Series at Father Ryan takes place on Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm in the Dining Hall as we welcome Emily Trancik, a medical ethicist at St. Thomas Health.  This event is free and open to the community.

Enjoy “A Christmas Carol” at Father Ryan. The fall production of the Purple Masque Players, Charles Dickens timeless and heartwarming classic  “A Christmas Carol,” will be staged November 9-11 at the Center for the Arts on the Father Ryan campus.  Tickets are $7 for students and $9 for adults.  Curtain each night is at 7:00 p.m.

Retreat for Women of the Diocese of Nashville (November 17-19), Bethany Retreat House, Dickson. Theme: “Walking with Our Lady.” Conferences by Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, O.P. Mass and Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Friday evening-Sunday morning, meals included: $150. Saturday only, includes three meals: $50. To register: 615-446-2063 or

Hike for the Homeless (November 4), 9 a.m., Edwin Warner Park Picnic Shelters 9 & 11. Live music, inflatables, climbing wall, dog & stroller friendly paved trails. Benefit for Safe Haven Family Shelter. Info:

Donelson Knights of Columbus Kids Halloween Party (October 27), 6-8:30 p.m., Free hot dog dinner, magician, games. Info/donations: 615-589-7052.

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 November 2nd, 9:30-11:15 am.

Learn more at


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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