June 7th Newsletter

Summer Office Hours and Construction News       The school office will be open during the summer, however the hours will vary, as our school entrance will as well. Due to the amount of construction that will be going on in and around the school, our “main” school entrance will become the south door by the gym. In fact, access to the office might be tricky. If at any time you need to stop and see us at the office, please follow signage on the doors, check in at the parish office as they are open 8:00 am-7:00 pm, or call and we will let you in. During June and August someone will be around in the mornings from at least 9:00-12:00. Many days we are here longer but give us a call ahead just to be sure. If you ever need to contact the school over the summer, either send an email or call the parish office and someone will get back with you.

*Don’t forget to pick up medication by Friday, June 21st . We are required to dispose of it at that time.

*Lost and found clothes that aren’t “found” by the end of the school year will be donated to SVdP.

*Stop in and check out the used uniform closet or after you clean out your closet drop some off!

Don’t Take a Vacation From Everything          Summer vacation is a great time to be with your family and take some much deserved time off. The stress of the schedule is somewhat gone and life seems a little bit easier. Life is good. There are a few things we ask the students not to take a vacation from and that is reading and math. Research is clear on the fact that students who take a true vacation from their studies will loose some of the ground that they made the previous year. We can’t risk this for our students!  This summer we are asking students in grades 4-8 to read a book of their choice and be ready to share with their class the first week of school. Please see supply list for recommended length. This isn’t meant to be anything more than an encouragement to read as well as an opportunity to have a choice in the selection. Students in grades K-3 received a packet to reinforce learning as well. Last year many of our families also used a program called GRASP. For a nominal fee, students in grades K-8 can sign up and are provided with up to nine weeks of lessons in math and/or reading. Students can earn certificates and medals depending on how much they accomplish. More information on this program is available at www.grpublicschools.org/grasp.  Finally keep praying! Prayer is a part of our daily life around here and one that is just part of the routine. Make prayer part of your family’s routine also if it isn’t already.

Did You Hear the Good News?  A few weeks ago Jack Walters won the Bookmark contest at the Delta Library.  The library made Jack’s picture into bookmarks to be shared with patrons of the library this summer. Delta Township Library workers came to St. Gerard recently to share their wonderful programming for the summer. So when you stop in to sign up for reading program or just to grab a few books, look for Jack’s bookmark too!

Send us Postcards Again!  When the bell rings tomorrow, our St. Gerard School families will scatter all over the city, state, country, and in some cases the world. Where is your family going?  Send the school a postcard telling us where you are and what you’re up to.  Send the postcards to:                                                                                 St. Gerard School                                                                                                                                                                                        4433 W. Willow Hwy.                                                                    Can’t wait to get the mail again this summer!                           Lansing, Mi 48917

Calendar Information      In your summer mailing you will receive a detailed calendar for 2013-14 school year. A reminder regarding the following dates:

Christmas Break:        Dec. 23rd -Jan. 5th        Spring Break:  April 5th -13th    Auction:   November 9th

Staff News The Preschool is thrilled to announce that they have hired Jessica Fata to teach one of the preschool classes. Jessica has been with St. Gerard Preschool for eight years. She brings invaluable experience and is a natural with preschoolers. Jessica has been involved in curriculum planning and implementation. Jessica’s expertise adds to the high quality and dedication of our preschool staff. We are looking forward to a year of high expectations and growth in our Falcon Family!                    

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 7th:           All School Mass @ 8:10/Dismiss @ 11:00/No Waverly pm buses

Monday, June 17th:      Vacation Bible School starts!

Beginning of August:   School Summer Newsletter sent the first week in August/Girls’ Basketball Grades        5-8/Look for Registration information in summer newsletter and bulletin!

Monday, Aug. 26th:      2013-14 Open House from 4:00-6:30

Tuesday, Aug. 27th:      First day of school for K-8

Tuesday, Sept.  3rd :     First day of preschool

This past Tuesday our staff said goodbye to 58 wonderful 8th grade students. It is always a bittersweet evening from the standpoint of being thrilled for these young men and women as they close their St. Gerard chapter and look forward to high school while at the same time realizing a part of our community is leaving. Each year families that are graduating their last student from St. Gerard stand to be recognized, as they will be missed. We also have a few families that won’t be with us next year for a variety of reasons. Our St. Gerard School family has had the privilege of walking this journey with you. This journey is one we don’t take for granted. We thank all of our families for allowing us the opportunity to share the mission of the church with you and your family.

Go with God, (but come back this fall!)             Shelly Piecuch