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Newsletter November 29-December 5, 2017

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 November 29-December 5, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!  While the break was nice, I think most of us were thankful to get back into a regular routine this week, or as regular a week as it can be with the beginning of Christmas shopping and our many holiday activities.

Yesterday, #GivingTuesday allowed SJV the opportunity to launch our new Annual Giving Campaign.  For many years, members of the school board and I, with initial guidance from our Superintendent, Dr. Therese Williams, and assistance from other diocesan schools, have worked to make this initiative a reality.  I am grateful for the hard work of these dedicated SJV supporters and volunteers.

As we continue our 15th year of operation, we look to the future of St. John Vianney School.  I have been honored to be a member of this community for these past 15 years as a parent, volunteer, teacher, and principal, working with so many others to build a legacy of excellence in Catholic education.  We have accomplished so much, and as we plan for the next 15 years and beyond, our school continues to need support in many forms in order to grow and prosper.

My son began kindergarten here when the school opened in 2003, and though he is now a college student, he tells me often the impact his SJV experience had on him, and how he hopes that one day his own children will have the opportunity to attend SJV.  While neither of us knows the plan God has for his future, the sentiment of this hope is powerful to me.  Our first SJV graduates are now in their late 20’s and the possibility of second-generation SJV students here soon is very real and exciting.

The Annual Giving Campaign allows SJV the chance to ask stakeholders of SJV, both past and present, to support our mission in a variety of ways.  Obviously, time, talent, and treasure are requested of you frequently throughout the year.  We know so many of you have already volunteered your time and talents, or given money to our school, and by no means does this campaign mean to diminish the significance of these gifts, or our appreciation for them.  Another extremely important component of this initiative is our request for prayers.  Prayer is so significant, and the more people we have praying for the success of our school and our students, the better.

Today’s Wednesday folder includes information on this campaign, including a donation card.  I ask that you please take a few moments to review the materials, consider how you are able to participate, and return the card to the school.  If you know of other people who would like to participate, such as grandparents or other family members, additional information and donation cards are available in the school office and on our website at

We have an amazing school here at SJV, and I am excited to see what great things await us in the next 15 years.  I appreciate your love, dedication, and support for our school, and look forward to working with you as we continue to build on the late Bishop Choby’s dream of providing an excellent Catholic education for families in our community.

With love and gratitude,

Jennifer McCormick








12/2        Second Grade Parent Meeting-First Reconciliation 10:30 am in small church

12/4       First Reconciliation 7 pm in the main church

12/14     Middle School Exams

12/15     Middle School Exams

12/18     Middle School Exams

12/18     Christmas Program 6 pm in the main church

12/19     Dismissal 11:30 am – No aftercare

12/20-1/3 No School-Christmas Break



St. John Vianney will be hosting basketball games on Dec. 2nd, Dec. 9th, January 27th, and February 17th.  We will be needing volunteers for concessions and admissions, as well as possible donations of concession items to sell.  Please contact Mr. Andy Timko at if you are available/interested in volunteering or donating. Thank you!



It’s time to purchase your tickets for Party Gras! Don’t delay – last year this event sold out quickly.

Tables are $500 (8 seats) and include meals, entertainment, and either tickets for Bourbon Street Bourbon Tasting or “Bottomless Beer” for each person.  Teacher tables are also available for purchase!

Individual tickets are $50 (1 seat) and include your meal and entertainment.



Our SJV Student Council is once again participating in the Ladies of Charity Christmas Basket collection for needy families.  Their goal is to collect 100 jars of peanut butter to contribute to the baskets.  If you would like to help them reach their goal, please send in your jar(s) no later than Thursday, December 7.




Last year’s Party Gras event was a HUGE success.  To make this event a continued success, we need the help of sponsors.  Please contact Cynthia Roberts ( or Kathy King (  615-230-7048 to discuss the many sponsorship opportunities.



The annual SJV Christmas Program is right around the corner!  These special evening gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of this season, while enjoying the talents of our students and fellowship with one another.  This year’s program is Monday, December 18 at 6pm at the main church.  Students in 8th grades, as well as Pre-K through 2nd grade, should be hearing from their homeroom teachers soon about what students should wear for this evening.  Students in 3rd through 7th grade should wear “Sunday Best” and/or holiday attire (no jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes, please).  Students should arrive at the church at 5:45 pm.  The program should last no more than an hour, and features each and every student in our school.  We look forward to seeing you there!



We are currently accepting applications for an aftercare supervisor.  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.



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.





Congratulations to our Forensics Team on their Performance at the November 19 Invitational!

Scarlett Beasley – 3rd place Poetry

Delaney Bilbrey – 3rd place Audition

One-Act Play – 4th place – “Party Girls” – Lydia Uhl, Hannah Forrest and Erin Forrest

One-Act Play – 3rd place – “The Tale of the Dog” – Scarlett Beasley, Sami Hill, Olivia Simino, Alexis Simino

The Carolyn Baker Award – an award given to the team who has the highest average score based on the number of competitors.


Our 5th and 6th graders will be competing this weekend at St. Rose.




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.





Father Ryan Placement Testing Date for 8th graders (Dec. 2). Required pre-registration: Info: 615-383-4200.


Application to JPII High School for the 2018-2019 school year: Info: 615-890-6014 or


Christmas at the Cathedral (December 4-5), 7:30 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Christmas concert with the Cathedral Choir, 130 The Cathedral Choir, The Choirs of St. Cecilia Academy, The Choirs of Fr. Ryan H.S., The Chamber Singers of JP2, 150 singers with full orchestra. Free Admission


JPII Young Alumni Winterfest (December 16), 5-8 p.m., JPII High School, 117 Caldwell Dr., Hendersonville. Visit with former teachers, classmates and friends while taking part in House Games and other fun events. AlumKnights from the classes of 2012-2017 are invited. Mass 5 p.m.; festivities 6 p.m. Info/RSVP:


Free Football Mini-Camp for 6-8th graders (January 14, 21, 28), 3-5 p.m., JPII High School, 117 Caldwell Dr., Hendersonville. Led by JPII Head Coach, former NFL and Vanderbilt lineman, Justin Geisinger. Learn techniques, drills and more. There will be three different camps: Lineman (OL/DL/TE) Camp (Jan. 14); Offensive Skills (QB/WR/RB) Camp (Jan. 21); and Defensive Skills (LB/DB) Camp (Jan. 28). Info/registration:


Mary Margaret Lambert, humorous writer and speaker presents “Parenthood: Then and Now” (November 29), 6:45 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake, 1729 Stop Thirty Rd., Hendersonville. Info: Babs 615-305-1580.


Feast Day of Dorothy Day, Servant of God (November 29), 7 p.m., Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville (Door #4). Free documentary viewing and discussion. Info/RSVP: or 615-760-1019.


Speaker: Fr. Greg Boyle, author of New York Times Bestselling book “Tattoos on the Heart” (January 28), 7 p.m., St. Henry, 6401 Harding Rd., Nashville. Fr. Greg works to bring rival gang members in the Los Angeles area together through Homeboy Industries; a gang intervention, rehab, and re-entry pro­gram. Tickets: https://www.

WBOU 100.5 FM, Nashville’s Catholic radio station. WBOU 100.5 FM is now live streaming online and on your mobile device at: Relevant Radio, a Catholic network, provides our news and information. From 11 a.m.-12 noon, Monday-Friday, listen to We Believe, as Deacon Jim Walsh discusses the Catholic faith in an ecumenical manner with United Methodist Minister, Dr. Richard Shriver.


Hope Clinic Cider Carols (November 30), 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rocketown, 4th Ave. Nashville. Sweet treats, live entertainment, silent auction, and a client story. Tickets:


Christmas Craft Fair (December 2), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Immaculate Conception, 709 Franklin St., Clarksville. Vendors, baked goods, and country kitchen. Admission $1. Info: 573-768-4982.


“Christmas with Kevin & Friends,” a dinner/concert (December 9), 6 p.m., Cathedral, Fleming Center, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Dinner at 6 p.m. (Reservations required for dinner). Show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets:


Channel 4’s Kornet Featured Speaker at Catholic Business League
WSMV News Anchor Tracy Kornet will be the speaker at the December 14 breakfast meeting of the Catholic Business League.  Kornet, a two-time winner of the News Anchor of the Year from the Tennessee Associated Press, will speak about her Catholic faith and the direction of TV news coverage.  The event is in the Fleming Center at the Cathedral beginning at 7:30 a.m.  More information is available at


The Diocese of Nashville is seeking a Director of Human Resources. Work location is the Catholic Pastoral Center at 2800 McGavock Pike in Nashville, TN. Info: Please email resume and cover letter to:

The Diocese of Nashville has an opening for a full-time temporary Administrative Assistant position for the Director of Grants and Annual Giving through March, 2018. The worksite is 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville. Email resume to:

Pope John Paul II High School seeks a full-time Maintenance Technician. Candidate will be a self-starting individual, responsible for analyzing and performing basic repairs and preventative maintenance on a variety of different mechanical systems. Must be able to interact professionally with the customer and perform light plumbing and electrical work, all with a smile and positive attitude. Info:; on the About JPII website page. Email cover letter and resume to

Dr. Brad Peper, theology teacher at JP2 high school, presents “Symbolizing the End: The Church and Revelation” (December 6), 6:45 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake, 1729 Stop Thirty Rd., Hendersonville. Info: Babs 615-305-1580.

Advent Family Mission (December 2), 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Our Lady of the Lake, 1729 Stop 30 Rd., Hendersonville. For all ages. Reflection on the family and our roles in it. Speakers: Joan Watson, Domenico Ruggiero, Sr. Mary Barbara Keiser. Info: 615-974-4462. Tickets: Childcare available. RSVP required: Lunch included.

Advent Mission (Dec. 2-6), St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Theme: “A Kindness that Leads to Repentance.” Schedule: Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. Mass; Dec. 3, all Masses and welcome dinner after 5 p.m. Mass; Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. talk on the Eucharist, Exposition, Adoration, Music; Dec. 5., 6:30 p.m. Penance Service – “Darkness Turning Into Light;” Dec. 6, 6:15 p.m. dinner, followed by talk on Faith & Vocations with the youth. Info:

Catholic Charities Refugee Youth Program is in urgent need of backpacks and school supplies. Bring donations to the Catholic Pastoral Center (2806 McGavock Pike), schedule a pickup, or buy online and ship to us. Our wishlist is here: RefugeeSchoolSupplies. Info:

Camp Marymount will be taking staff applications on December 1st.     If you are looking for a fun summer, while enhancing the lives of others we would love for you to be part of our staff.  Please go to our website and fill out an application.

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.



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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