FAMILY CONNECTION | December 3, 2020
"It's a Wonderful Life" is presented online by Griffin Theatre today through Sunday, December 6. Create a free account with Broadway On Demand to watch the production.
Hybrid Schedule
We have a modified hybrid schedule Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 11.
  • Athletics and all other activities resume in person on Monday, December 7.
  • Freshmen and Sophomores on campus Monday and Wednesday and online Tuesday and Thursday
  • Juniors and Seniors on campus Tuesday and Thursday and online Monday and Wednesday
  • Griffin Assist Day | On Friday, December 11, Students should connect with their teachers in person or virtually to prepare for exams and successfully conclude the semester. Teachers will be sharing 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.

Finals Week Schedule
  • 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

Students are expected to take all exams in person during Finals Week and may leave campus as soon as they complete their exams for the day. Please plan your transportation accordingly.
The Griffin Gear Store is open this Saturday, December 5, from 9 am to noon for holiday shoppers. You can also shop online now through December 6 for exclusive holiday gifts like hats, blankets, vests, jackets, and pullovers. Orders will be available for pickup or delivery by noon on Thursday, December 17.
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.
Power of Prayer
Please keep Paul Berra '22 and Peter Gilmore '23 in your prayers as both students were recently hospitalized.
Immaculate Conception
We will livestream a Mass from our Curé of Ars Chapel at 9:30 am on Tuesday, December 8. Juniors and Seniors will attend virtually from campus while Freshmen and Sophomores attend virtually from home. Family and friends are welcome to watch via Griffins TV.
It is a Dress Up Day for students on campus. Juniors and Seniors should attend in dress shirt, tie, dress pants, and belt.
Honors Convocation
A recording of Honors Convocation will premiere on our YouTube Channel Thursday, December 10, at 6 pm.
Toy Drive
COVID will not keep us from honoring this holiday tradition--especially as the need is greater than ever. This year's interclass competition asks our Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to purchase toys online for Whole Kids Outreach with bragging rights for the class that donates the most money. The competition begins today and concludes Tuesday, December 8.
Please include the student's full name and class year when making your donation to ensure his class gets credit for the competition.
  • If you are paying by credit card, you will need to set up an account with Whole Kids Outreach.
  • If you are paying by Venmo, you do not need to set up an account, but please designate your gift Vianney Toy Drive in addition to your name and class year.
  • If you are paying by cash or check, bring your donation to campus during Morning or After Griffin Assist Monday or Tuesday, December 7 or 8.
Blood Drive
We are partnering with Mercy Hospital St. Louis at 615 S. New Ballas for this year's Advent Blood Drive. Call Mercy at 314-251-4483 to make your appointment for today, December 3, until 6 pm or tomorrow, December 4, 8 am-3 pm. All donors must be 16 years of age or older and will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
Parent Giving Challenge
Thank you to the generous donors who supported us on Giving Tuesday to help raise more than $200,000. We conclude the Parent Giving Challenge with the Class of 2024 claiming bragging rights this year.

  • Seniors: 43%
  • Juniors: 58%
  • Sophomores: 61%
  • Freshman: 67%
Parent Class Reps
We are grateful to our class reps for making this year's parent giving challenge a success.

  • Class of 2021 | Jeff and Tracey Clobes, Timm and Jean Ducey, Tony and Lisa Patrico, Kevin and Jennie Picha, Bill and Lisa Sinak, Michael and Karen Wilson
  • Class of 2022 | Brandon and Valari Clough, Rob and Jenni Laux, Mike and Sharon Mantia, Ryan and Trisha Pekarik, Craig and Christine Petrucci
  • Class of 2023 | Tim and Maggie Flanagan, Mark and Terri Prange, Jill Laux
  • Class of 2024 | Jesse Koch, Karin Ochs
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. 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.
VIRTUAL Night of the Griffin
Save the date for our virtual auction on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Volunteer Shoppers
We 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.
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.
Counseling Groups for Students
Our school counselors are looking into starting groups at Vianney for our students coping with grief and loss and for those coping with stress and anxiety. If your student is interested in participating in a counseling group, please contact Katie Holman at
Senior Quilt Square
The quilt square deadline is this Monday, December 7. Blank squares were sent in Senior Packets at the start of the school year with instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hackett at 314-965-4853 ext 147 or to celebrate this senior class tradition.
PSAT Results
PSAT results are in the mail for students who took the exam October 14.
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.
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“Remember, brother, that the goal of your prayer is that God may be all in all. You do not pray simply because of your personal needs and wants, nor because of your finding comfort and consolation, nor to win the admiration of others, nor to appear wise in their eyes, nor for any other reason than to give yourself wholly and completely to God.”
We invite you to submit prayer requests, including any special intentions.