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Newsletter December 6-12, 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 December 6 – 12, 2017


Letter from the Principal
Dear SJV Families:


It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!  Students are very excited about the upcoming holiday, and the change in weather makes it feel even more like the holiday season.  Please remember that students do go out for recess every day, unless it is raining or the feels like temperature is below 32 degrees.  Please make sure they have appropriate outerwear to keep warm, now that the weather has turned colder.  Also remember, girls may wear tights with their skirts/jumpers, or on days in which the high temperature is forecast to be less than 45 degrees, girls may wear long khaki pants with a belt, even on mass days.


This was an important week for our second graders, as many of them received the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time Monday evening.  Congratulations to each of them as they grow in their faith and continue the journey of preparation for receiving their First Holy Communion in the spring.


Our basketball teams have also begun their seasons, and our forensics team continued theirs with a meet at St. Rose last weekend.  It is wonderful to see so many of our students sharing their gifts and talents to represent our school in the diocesan community!  Thank you also to the parents and coaches who generously give of their time to support these endeavors!


Our middle school students have begun their preparation for semester exams, which will begin next week.  Please help your student stay the course through the end of the semester, even though distractions are plentiful this time of year.  Our Christmas break is a mere 8 ½ school days away!


I pray that you have a wonderful week!


God bless,

Jennifer McCormick








12/11     Christmas Out of Uniform

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



Have you seen our new Wildcat merchandise??  We have a new design and variety of sizes in stock just in time for Christmas gift giving.  Wear our new hoodies and t-shirts with the latest Wildcat swoosh design to SJV athletic events and all around town to show your SJV pride.  Available in various youth and adult sizes. We have great stocking stuffers, acrylic tumblers w/straw, stainless steel travel mugs, shopping totes, car flags, license plate frames – all with our Wildcat design.  Stop by the office and see our new display.  SJV and Wildcat stickers for your vehicle are always available in the office.



St. John Vianney is hosting basketball games, Dec. 9th, January 27th, and February 17th.  We need volunteers for concessions and admissions, as well as donations of concession items.   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.



Thank you to those who have responded to the inaugural SJV Annual Giving Campaign, either with prayers or financial donations.  If you have not yet considered contributing to this cause, please know that both prayers and monetary gifts are appreciated.  No gift is too small.




Shout out to SJV Alumnus, Evan Hunley, Class of 2007.  He is our new 5-6th grade basketball coach. Recently Evan said “It’s awesome to finally be able to give something back to a school that gave me so much in the year I spent there”.  Thank you, Evan, for giving back to SJV.



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.





Christmas Coffeehouse and Live Nativity (December 16), Our Lady of the Lake, 1729 Stop Thirty Rd., Hendersonville. Nativity 5-7 p.m.; Coffeehouse, featuring live Christmas music, coffee, and desserts 7 p.m. Tickets: $5.

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


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:


Share the Journey (January 9), 6:30 p.m., CPC, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville. Mass, dinner, discussion. Catholic Charities and the Office of Adult Formation will join Pope Francis’ call to support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes to seek a safe life for their families. During National Migration Week, come together as a community to pray, learn, celebrate, and help our neighbors in need. Info/registration:


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.


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.

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:



“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

Camp Marymount is taking staff applications. If you are looking for a fun summer, while enhancing the lives of others, join our staff. Apply:


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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