September Newsletter

We are always taking box tops and Campbell soup labels!

Kick off the New School Year! This year we kicked off the new school year with our theme of compassion at our opening school Mass last Friday, September 6th. Students brought pieces of a puzzle forward during the procession that together created a picture of Jesus showing compassion. Fr. John challenged us to use compassion daily and even pointed out areas where we already have done this. The teachers and the school office all have jars to add prayers of compassion we will offer throughout the year. Please join us at home where you may make your own compassion jars and offer family prayers of your own. We are thrilled to have Religious Education working with us and plan to have some activities that the school and religious ed. students can work on together. Imagine what our school year can look like if it is full of compassion! Go to  to see what happened when our school brought together gratitude (last year’s theme) and compassion (this year’s theme).

Hot Lunch News   Please be aware of the packaging in your child’s lunch. While our lunch people are more than happy to help out, we hate to have children waiting to eat their lunch simply because they can’t get it open. Also our menu for October is enclosed and available to order online September 18th-25th.

Auction News-Pennies from Heaven If you haven’t yet; please mark your calendars for our annual auction on Saturday, November 9th, at the Ramada. This event requires each family to volunteer their time, make a donation and/or attend the event itself. Many of our parents and extended friends of St. Gerard are involved in all three aspects. This fundraiser is only as successful as the number of people that are involved. Please join me in making this annual commitment to our school. Keep up on news from our Parent/Teacher Organization by “Liking” the St. Gerard PTO page, check out the auction website at, and follow St. Gerard School on twitter @sgslansing to keep up with the latest news at our school!


*When the PTO Facebook page and/or the St. Gerard School Twitter feed gets 300 likes or followers, we will have a jeans day!  How fun will that be?!


Asbestos We are required by law to notify you annually that we keep a copy of our asbestos management plan on file in the school office. If you would like a copy of the plan, you are welcome to stop in and review it at any time.

“New” Website   While the address is the same; the site should look much different! Knowing we needed a new site and not really being able to afford the cost of a web designer, the school reached out to a parent with a strong background in technology and an alumni student that has been doing some work with technology. When the two came together, it seemed that we were finally heading somewhere. The website is far from complete in fact many people say a website is never complete but more like a fluid “document of sorts”. We know we needed to start somewhere! Some added features of our improved website include:

  • A calendar that pushes directly from Mrs. Piecuch’s phone to the website
  • Links that go directly to our Facebook (PTO and Preschool) page as well as our Twitter feed.
  • Newsletters posted and archived so that parents can always refer back to them.
  • A search button (it is the little things!)
  • A counter to see how much traffic the website is getting
  • Contact and curriculum information for each grade
  • Buttons for perspective and current parents
  • Link directly to the parish website
  • Links to our on line textbooks, TRIP, lunch program, Edline etc.
  • Pictures and timely information about the happenings at our school


Some hopes for the near future:

  • A visual art gallery on the web
  • More essential documents categorized and easy to find!
  • Provide language to move up on a Google school search
  • Interactive documents that can get sent directly to office.
  • Tutorial videos on how to navigate things like TRIP, hot lunch, Edline and yes, the car line!


Please feel free to let us know if you see anything with the website that needs “tweaking”. We are also open to any other ideas you might have that you would like to see on our website.

LCHS Community Information Day

Lansing Catholic High School will be hosting Community Information Day Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm. This event is open to families with children of all ages to learn more about what LCHS has to offer.  Families will be taken on a school tour, attend breakout sessions (on topics such as curriculum, financing a Catholic education, planning for college, and extracurricular and athletic activities), and attend a question and answer session.  Registration is not required, but is preferred for this event. Please contact Admissions Coordinator, Karen Gavin at or 267-2102 to register.



Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, Sept. 17th:               Preschool Parent Meeting at 6:30 in Fr. Weber Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 18th:         LCHS students to visit 6th-8th grade students from 12:30-                                                            1:30/Begin ordering hot lunch!

Thursday, Sept. 19th:             CPR Training in the Parish Hall will begin at 6 pm.

Monday, Sept. 23rd:               Confirmation at 7:00 pm in the church

Wednesday, Sept. 25th:         Last day to order hot lunch!

Tuesday, Oct. 1st:                   Junior High Field Trip to Art Prize

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd:             Ice Cream Social and Auction Donation Drop off in                                                                     Fr. Weber Hall from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Thursday, Oct. 3rd:                2nd grade to Country Mill from 8:30-12:00 (Bring sack lunch)

Tuesday, Oct. 8th:                  PTO Board Meeting at 6:30 pm. in the library

Wednesday, Oct. 9th:             School Pictures/Follow dress up guidelines.

Tuesday, Oct. 15th:                7th grade Vocations Day at the Cathedral

Wednesday, Oct. 16th:           Feast of St. Gerard All School Mass

Friday, October 18th:             5th grade to Greenfield Village from 8:30-4:00