November Newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School

November 13, 2013

Thank you for supporting Pink Day! We will be sending Sparrow $749.02!

Pennies Really Did Come From Heaven! On behalf of the whole St. Gerard School family, I want to thank everyone that participated in our school’s 12th annual auction.  Truly the auction allows us an opportunity to see all of the “friends” of St. Gerard School. From parents, grandparents, extended family, friends, staff, teachers, priests, and deacons, almost 500 “friends” turned out to support our school. While this is a huge event in our school community, it is our only all school fundraiser. I can’t express the importance of this event and how crucial it is that we have continued support of all families. With that, I would ask that each of you prayerfully consider taking on a position of leadership in this endeavor. Past chairs of the auction plan to meet over the next week to discuss the feasibility of our future auctions. Please look for information to follow regarding our fundraising efforts for this event.  Thank you to Lynn Bloomer, Chris LaMacchia and their families for all of their hard work!

What’s For Lunch? The answer to this question has changed lately. You may have noticed that the lunch menu has some changes to it. Mrs. Costello and our lunchroom staff work hard to provide a healthy and satisfying lunch for our students. They also hope to add some fun to the lunch “hour”. As you look at December and January’s menu, you will come across a few days labeled “lucky tray day” or “theme days”. On these days students will receive a prize if they have the corresponding “lucky tray” or on theme days students will win prizes related to the theme of the day. Thank you Mrs. Costello for going the extra mile for our students. If your child forgets their lunch, please don’t bring them a lunch from a local fast food restaurant. This only reinforces not remembering in the future. The logical consequence to forgetting your lunch is a homemade pb&j or a cheese sandwich from our cafeteria. I’d forget my lunch too if I thought someone would bring me Taco Bell! Finally watch the dates for ordering hot lunch especially in November. Due to the placement of the window to sign up for hot lunch, you will be signing up for both December and January hot lunches in November.

Never a Dull Moment! If you were around school on Friday, November 1st, you were able to watch our students pray, serve, worship, and giggle. Our day started out at All Saints’ Day Mass where our students thanked God for the gift of saints in our lives both past and present! Directly after lunch we formed a human chain and passed 569 cereal boxes from the breezeway of our front entrance to a back room at the St. Vincent DePaul house. What a sight to see! The kindergarteners started the chain by passing each cereal box through all of our students’ hands. We found this to be a double blessing as many of our students and parents had no idea that the St. Vincent DePaul house was so close (and yet even passing cereal boxes…so far!). A special thank you goes out to our friends in Religious Education who joined us in collecting cereal boxes.

As the day progressed students were able to watch as Mr. Seth celebrated service with our first ever Duct Tape Party. Students had fun while fundraising for their school. Mr. Seth was such a trooper as he laughed right along with them. Finally the staff and students came together on the baseball field to watch as we dropped nearly 400 golf balls. Fr. John fished out the winning golf ball and proudly put it under lock and key in our special box. Secretly we think he sleeps with the box!  Between classroom projects, thumb prints for the kangaroo raffle, duct tape, and cheering the golf ball drop, our students play an important role in preparing our community for the auction. It is so much fun to watch it through their eyes!

Snow Day? In the event of inclement weather, we have a number of ways to communicate if we need to close school for the day. Please check the following places:

-WLNS           -St. Gerard School Webpage            -Message on the school phone

-WILX             -Homepage for Edline                      -Text, email, and/or voice message thru Edline*         (*Note: you need to be signed up for this service. If you are NOT signed up we will alert you at conference time)

Upcoming Events

Monday, 11/18:                                    Begin ordering hot lunch!

Saturday, 11/23:                Movie Night (grades 6-8) in the Youth Room sponsored by the Middle School                                                                Youth Group

Monday, 11/25:                                    Last day to order hot lunch!

Tuesday, 11/26:                                    All School Thanksgiving Mass at 8:10/No pm Waverly bus

Wednesday, 11/27:          No School/Child Care open

Tuesday, 12/3:                     School Reconciliation

Wednesday, 12/4:             School Reconciliation

Friday, 12/6:                         First Friday Adoration

Sunday, 12/8:                       Children’s Choir at 9 am

Thursday, 12/12:                All School Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe at 8:10 am

Monday, 12/16:                                    Winter Band Concert for grades 5-8 at LCHS auditorium

Thursday, 12/19:                Preschool Christmas Program during the day in adult ed room                                                                                                K-8 Christmas Program in the church at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Friday, 12/20:                      All School Advent Mass at 8:10 am/No pm Waverly bus



*Reminder: Our students will go outside as long as the wind chill is above zero. As the weather starts to get colder and colder, please send students with appropriate clothing for the weather. Love and Logic parents won’t fight this battle and they will only be cold one day…