FAMILY CONNECTION | December 10, 2020
This year's official Christmas card from St. John Vianney High School features an icon of Madonna and Child by Noah Montrey '22 to be mailed to more than 9,500 families.
Griffin Assist Day
Tomorrow, December 11, students should connect with their teachers in person or virtually to prepare for exams and successfully conclude the semester. Teachers have shared how their students can make appointments, visit during office hours, and/or attend review sessions. National Honor Society members will also be available for academic assistance. There will be space for students to study if they need to wait for rides.

Finals Week
Students are expected to take all exams in person during Finals Week and may leave campus after their second final concludes at 11 am or 11:40 am if they have extended time. Please plan your transportation accordingly as all exams are taken in the morning .

  • Monday, December 14 | Freshmen & Sophomores take A & B Period Exams
  • Tuesday, December 15 | Juniors & Seniors take A & B Period Exams
  • Wednesday, December 16 | Freshmen & Sophomores take C & D Period Exams
  • Thursday, December 17 | Juniors & Seniors take C & D Period Exams
  • Friday, December 18 | Make-Up Exams
EXAM TIMES | Monday & Tuesday

8:15-9:35 am | A Period
9:40-11 am | B Period

Extended-Time Exams
7:35-9:35 am | A Period
9:40-11:40 am | B Period
EXAM TIMES | Wednesday & Thursday

8:15-9:35 am | C Period
9:40-11 am | D Period

Extended-Time Exams
7:35-9:35 am | C Period
9:40-11:40 am | D Period
Grades and Schedules
Grades will not be available in Blackbaud beginning Monday, December 14, until final grades are processed. Second semester schedules and all other modules in Blackbaud will remain open. If a student needs to make a schedule change for second semester, he must contact his counselor before Friday, January 8. Course changes will be limited due to class sizes.
Second Semester Books
Please review our updated book list before purchasing second semester textbooks.
Contact Dennis Matreci at if you have any questions.
Honors Convocation
A recording of Honors Convocation will premiere on our YouTube Channel tonight, December 10, at 6 pm. We invite you to view the program booklet while watching the ceremony.
Winter Concert
Vianney Bands invite you to enjoy their Winter Concert on Sunday, December 13, at 6 pm. We will livestream Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble on Griffins TV.
Whole Kids Outreach shares what our Advent Toy Drive means for hundreds of children in need this Christmas.
Advent Toy Drive
Our Annual Toy Drive concluded today with students helping to raise almost $7,000, which a generous donor matched, to purchase almost $14,000 in toys for Whole Kids Outreach. Seniors narrowly beat the Freshmen to win the interclass competition by donating the most money for families in need this Christmas.
Holiday Shopping
The Griffin Gear Store is open next week, December 14 to 18, from 7:15 am to 11:30 am. Please contact Lisa Hackett at 314-965-4853 ext 147 to arrange a time to shop as only two customers at a time are allowed in the store.
Restaurant Gift Cards
You can purchase gift cards to restaurants owned by Vianney families with part of the proceeds supporting our auction. Send your check made payable to Vianney to the Front Desk or Advancement Office by Monday, December 14. Your gift cards will be ready for pick up Wednesday, December 16.
VIRTUAL Night of the Griffin
Save the date for our virtual auction on Saturday, February 13, 2021. There are a number of ways you can support the event, including sponsorships and donations via Amazon and Target. Don't forget to check out our Auction Wish List!
Volunteer Shoppers
We still need volunteers to help shop for gift basket items for the auction. Please contact Trisha Pekarik at to arrange for your stipend and start shopping those holiday deals for us.
Join our Alumni Association for a virtual Trivia Night Saturday, January 16, at 7 pm with five rounds of ten questions each. The cost is $15 per player with the event open to ALL--not just our alumni! Registrations of five or fewer players could be randomly assigned to make a full team of ten. Players on the same team will be connected by Zoom to compete together even if you are logging in from different locations.
Registration with credit card payment due Friday, January 15.

Even if you cannot attend, consider purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets for $20 each. The winner will be announced Monday, January 18.
Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support St. John Vianney High School every time you shop--at no additional cost to you. It is the same price for you with the bonus that Amazon donates a portion of your purchase price to Vianney!
Service Hours
We know that during these challenging times, the need for service is more important than ever. That is why this school year we will accept service hours performed for family and friends in addition to hours served at charitable organizations and Vianney.

  • Sophomores and Juniors now have until January 31, 2021 to complete their service hour requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. All completed service hours must be submitted for verification through Helper Helper.
  • Freshmen have until the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year to complete their 20 hours of service. All completed service hours must be submitted for verification through Helper Helper. 

Please contact Kevin Becvar at if you have any questions.
Senior Quilt Square | Last Call
Completed quilt squares must be submitted at the Front Desk by Friday, December 18, to be included in this senior class tradition. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hackett at 314-965-4853 ext 147 or
If a student experiences ANY symptoms of illness, please keep him home and notify our school nurse at or 314-965-4853 ext 275. This applies even if your student is exhibiting symptoms over a weekend or holiday break. Accurately tracking COVID-19 cases in our community allows us to make informed decisions about classes and activities on and off campus.
When to Report Absences
If a student remains home for any reason on a day his class is scheduled to be on campus, please contact the Main Office at 314-965-4853 ext 100 to report it. Otherwise, the student will be marked as an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE even if he is attending his classes online that day. Just notifying his teachers is NOT sufficient as the Main Office still needs confirmation from a parent or guardian.
Plasma Donations
The American Red Cross seeks convalescent plasma donations from individuals fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis. The plasma in your blood may contain antibodies that can attack the virus and help patients currently battling COVID-19.
ACT Prep Course  
If you would like to prepare for the February or March ACT, Sarah Kheriaty is hosting courses beginning in January. It is $350 per student with a $50 discount if a sibling previously took her course.
A+ Program
Seniors working toward the A+ scholarship need only complete 25 hours of mentoring or tutoring this school year. Contact Dennis Matreci at on how to complete this requirement.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
“The Society (of Mary) has in reality but one object in view: the most faithful imitation of Jesus Christ, Son of God become Son of Mary, for the salvation of all.”
We invite you to submit prayer requests, including any special intentions.