January Newsletter

stgerardlansing.org January 16, 2014
Our biggest “Box Tops” check yet! Over $4,000! Our music program thanks you!
Accreditation Process

While the school is currently working on its five-year plan through the parish, we concurrently are working on another plan through the Michigan Association of Non-Public School’s accreditation process. We recently finished our self-study report. Our report (a year in the making) involved the administration and staff looking at all areas of the school from climate, facilities, professional growth to safety, and certainly curriculum. Now that the self-study report is finished we prepare to welcome the site team on February 4th and 5th. Upon completion of this visit, the team will provide us with a guide to follow over the next five years. This document is addressed each spring and updated as changes are made.
Enrollment/Registration for 2014-15

Current family registration will begin the end of January with new family registration to start the end of Feb/beginning March. Packets will be sent home on February 6th in the Thursday envelopes. Please make every effort to return your registration as soon as possible. We have the wonderful problem of having some grades that are full and want to provide new families the opportunity of communicating their placement for the fall in a timely manner. As I take prospective families on tours of our school inevitably they tell me that one of our current families urged them to come. Word of mouth continues to be the best advertisement!
Lost and Found

The bin outside of the gym is filling up fast. Chances are likely that if your student is missing something it is probably there. Please take a look next time you are in the school to see if your “lost” item(s) can be “found”. Those items not “found” will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul soon.
Christmas Program DVD

Don’t forget that you may still order a DVD of our Christmas Program “Christmas on the Night Shift”. The cost is $15.00. Please make checks out to St. Gerard School. We will accept orders through next Wednesday, January 22nd.
Read 15 “Minute(s) to Win It”

Beginning this past Monday January 13th- Thursday, January 30th, students are invited to join in our contest to participate in our Catholic Schools Week “Minute To Win It” School Assembly. Similar to our pumpkin contest in October, students are welcome to fill out a “coupon” for every 15 minutes that they read. Once a parent has signed the coupons, students are asked to turn them in to the bins outside of the office. The more coupons in the grade level bins, the more chances to win! Students whose names are pulled from the bins will be able to participate in our Catholic Schools Week Assembly “Minute To Win It” on Friday, January 31st. All parents are welcome to join us! See next week’s flyer on Catholic Schools Week for further information. In the meantime have your students read 15 “Minute(s) to Win It”.
Are your child’s book covers falling off? Book covers are available to buy in the office for .50

Uniform Reminders

Part of the experience in attending a Catholic School is wearing a uniform. We try hard on our end to make sure that all of our students adhere to the uniform guidelines that we have in place. Please review friendly reminders:
*Make sure that shoes are a solid color *No colored t-shirts or those with lettering *Shirts must be tucked in should be worn under school shirts
Upcoming Events
Friday, 1/17: End of 2nd Quarter/Eligibility/No pm buses
Monday, 1/20: All School Peace and Justice Mass What’s Brewin’ in Parish Hall after Mass/No Waverly buses am & pm
Thursday, 1/23: Report cards go home
Friday, 1/24: Junior High Play at 8:45 am/12:45 pm/7:00 pm in Adult Ed Room
Sunday, 1/26: Spelling Bee at 1:00 in the Adult Ed Room
Monday, 1/27: Catholic Schools Week Starts!/3rd grade to the capitol
Tuesday, 1/28: 6th grade and Children’s Choir to the Cathedral for Diocesan Mass 7th grade retreat/DARE Graduation at 6:30 in Fr. Weber Hall
Wednesday, 1/29: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon/Teacher Switch Day
Thursday, 1/30: “Fun Day” for grades Pre-5th in the gym/6th grade fieldtrip to Summit Junior High fieldtrip to Royal Scot
Friday, 1/31: Closing of Catholic Schools Week All School Mass at 8:10 am/ Fr. Weber Award /Juice and donuts for students/School Open House and classroom visits from 9-11 am/Assembly
Sunday, 2/2: Choir at 9:00 Mass
Tuesday, 2/4: Accreditation Site Visit
Wednesday, 2/5: Accreditation Site Visit/2nd grade Parent Meeting at 9:00 am/7:00 pm All School Mass “Jesus Loves Me”
Monday, 2/10: Vision and Hearing Screening for Preschool
Tuesday, 2/11: Vision and Hearing Screening /PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the library
Wednesday, 2/12: Vision and Hearing Screening/ Pre-8th Conferences from 5:00-7:30 pm No Preschool Classes
Thursday, 2/13: Pre-8th Conferences from 7:30-10:00 am/No School Pre-8th
Friday, 2/14: No School Pre-8th
Monday, 2/17: No School Pre-8th/President’s Day
Tuesday, 2/18: Start ordering hot lunch today for March!
Thursday, 2/27: 4th grade Camp Parent Meeting at 6:30 pm in Fr. Weber Hall

Excerpt from “Love and Logic’s” Insider’s Club Newsletter by Jim Fay
Those of us who’ve been in education long enough to see the pendulum swing…six months or longer…have noticed that there’s always something “new” on the horizon, promising to elevate the scholastic bar…as well as the achievement of our nation’s youth.

After each “new” program, approach, or mandate, it seems that we remember…as King Solomon so aptly recognized…that there is nothing truly new under the sun.

Perhaps it’s time to get more focused on something really old: Love.

Of course, I’m not talking about romantic love. I’m not talking about wishy-washy-wimpy love. I’m talking about…

loving kids enough to provide warmth and empathy, regardless of how they act, how well they learn, or how bright they are…

loving kids enough to let them make affordable mistakes, rather than trying to micromanage them into success…

loving kids enough to place most of our emphasis on teaching character, compassion, and problem solving rather than teaching to the test…

loving kids enough to hold them accountable for their choices…

loving them enough to build them up in their areas of strength, so that they have the energy to face their areas of weakness.

It might not be a prayer, but somehow it should end with amen!