February Newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School

Website:  stgerardlansing.org

February 12, 2014

Enrollment/Registration for 2014-15    Current family registration began the beginning of February with new family registration to start the end of Feb. If you haven’t returned your registration packet for next year, please make every effort to return it 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.  Word of mouth continues to be our best form of advertising. If you know of someone looking for a preschool, kindergarten or simply a Catholic school program, please don’t hesitate to send him or her our way. We would be happy to share everything that St. Gerard School has to offer.

MNSAA Accreditation  This past week, St. Gerard School welcomed twelve members of the MNSAA accreditation team. After having submitted our self study report to the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lansing, the faculty and staff prepared to have a site team come and take an even closer look at the school. It is basically the team’s job to substantiate what was documented in the self-study. Team members make observations and suggestions for the future. We will receive our site visit report from the team in approximately 3-4 weeks. It is from this document that we will work from for the next five years.  Mr. Sean Costello, our Associate Superintendent, addressed the faculty and staff before leaving by confirming, “that St. Gerard School truly is a school of distinction.” St. Gerard School also has a five-year strategic development plan through the parish.

Middle School Youth Rally   Attention parents of 6th, 7th and 8th graders! The Diocesan Middle School Rally is quickly approaching on Saturday, March 8th. The Rally will take place at Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson. We will car pool to get there. This is a great opportunity to strengthen the faith of your child. They will be among 500 other students of their own age with the goal of building community. If your child is unsure, perhaps they could bring a friend, even if they aren’t Catholic. If you have any questions please call the parish office and ask for Jeff or email him at youth@stgerard.org .

Feeling Good Mileage Club  Spring is just around the corner. (we hope!) St. Gerard is once again working with Sparrow to offer the Feeling Good Mileage Club. This is a free, seven week program starting in April that runs during recess until the end of the school year. Registration continues this year to be done by the parents, either online at sparrowmilesclub.com or by sending in the postage paid postcard sent home last week in Thursday envelopes or available in the office. Once you register, you will receive progress reports and other information through Sparrow. Registration opened February 1st and runs until March 7th. The program begins on April 10th. You child may not participate unless they are signed up. Parent volunteers are encouraged and necessary to provide this program. If you are interested in assisting with this program or have any questions, please email Stephanie Kramer at sakramer5@att.net .

Junior Cougar Baseball and Softball   Students in grades 3rd-8th that are interested in playing spring baseball or softball will need to pay attention to the following timeline.

Baseball: Junior Cougar baseball will be playing in the Grand ledge Spring League. Skill assessments will be conducted on Saturday, March 2nd and 9th at Lansing Catholic. Third and fourth grade will practice from 12:30-2:00 pm. Fifth and sixth grade will practice from 2:00-3:30 pm and seventh and eighth grade will practice from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Softball: Junior Cougar softball will have skills assessments on March 30th. Third and fourth grade will practice from 12:30-2:00 pm. Fifth and sixth grade will practice from 2:00-3:30 pm. And seventh and eighth grade students will practice from 3:30-5:00 pm.

All participants should show up 30 minutes early to register and pay their fees. All Catholic school students are welcome to play. Religious education students that meet the eligibility requirements are also welcome to play.   Games will be done by mid-May. Cost will be $75 per player.  Registration forms available in the office.

Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, Feb. 12th:                K-8 Conferences 5:00-7:30 pm.

Thursday, Feb. 13th                       K-8 Conferences 7:30-10:00 am

Friday, Feb. 14th                          No School Pre-8th grade

Monday, Feb. 17th                       No School Pre-8th grade

Tuesday, Feb. 18th                      Begin ordering hot lunch/DARE Graduation at 6:30 pm in Fr. Weber Hall

Friday, Feb. 21st                           Current Family Registration Due

Tuesday, Feb. 25th                       Last day to order hot lunch for March

Monday, Feb. 24th                         New Family Registration Now Accepted

Wednesday, Feb. 26th                 Preschool Open House/Registration at 6:30 in the library                                                            Thursday, Feb. 27th                       4th grade Camp Meeting at 6:30 in Fr. Weber Hall

Wednesday, March 5th:                All School Mass Ash Wednesday at 8:10 am

Thursday, March 6th:                    7th grade trip to Chicago

Friday, March 7th:                          No School/Teacher Retreat/Child Care open

Sunday, March 9th:                        2nd grade Come to the Table Mass at 1:00 pm in the church

Monday, March 10th:                   Vision and Hearing Rescreening

Tuesday, March 11th:                   Kindergarten fieldtrip to Impression 5 from 11:30-2:00pm (Lunch at school)  Wednesday, March 12th:             Book Fair

Thursday, March 13th:              Book Fair/6th grade to LCHS Spring Play from 9:45-12:45

Friday, March 14th:                     Junior High District Band Festival

SAVE THE DATE: If you are making plans for next year, please use these dates as a reference for the 2014-15 school year.

Christmas Break 2014:                     Monday, December 22nd-Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Spring Break 2015:                             Friday, April 3rd (Good Friday)-Friday, April 10th 2015


Catholic Schools Week   While Catholic Schools Week was already two days short due to the weather, the staff and students at St. Gerard School made the most of it! Students collected over $1,900 in Pennies for Patients (the Lymphoma Society). On Thursday students participated in fun day (pre-5th grade), went to the Summit (6th grade) and went bowling at Royal Scot (7th and 8th grade). On Friday we topped it all off with an assembly. Alumni students Anthony Lottes and Matt Macksood came to share their stories of following your dreams and listening to the plan that God has for us. Anthony has followed his dream of playing music and now it is actually his career! Matt Macksood walked on the MSU football team only to go to the Rose Bowl and earn a scholarship. The assembly ended by playing “Minute to Win It” games. Students were chosen by turning in coupons indicating that they had read at least 15 minutes for each coupon. Anthony and Matt stuck around and helped with the games! Congratulations to 3rd grader, Will Gardner, our first recipient of the “Minute to Win It” school trophy! Look for it in the trophy case next time you are in the gym!


 *See March lunch calendar on the back of this newsletter. You can also find an electronic version on our website.