March Newsletter

ST. GERARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Website: stgerardlansing.org March 13, 2014
Jeans Day on Friday, March 28th! Donations accepted for our Lenten Mission (see newsletter)

Enrollment/Registration for 2014-15 We only have a few current family registrations that need to be turned in. We are so excited to welcome new families in a number of our grades as well as many new families in preschool and kindergarten. Please remember that financial aid information is due to PSAS no later than Monday, March 17th. In order to be considered for financial aid through St. Gerard School, families need to submit their information through PSAS. Forms are available at glcef.org. Forms must be postmarked no later than March 17th. Each year there are families that would have received aid had they taken the time to submit their information.

Did You Hear the Great News? For the fifth year in a row St. Gerard School has a student that has placed in the Earth Day Poster Contest through the Department of Environmental Quality. This year’s poster contest received well over 4,500 entries, which is the largest number in the history of the contest! Congratulations to Ellie Kooney in Mrs. Mills’ fifth grade for taking 1st place in the state of Michigan. Way to go Ellie!
The following sixth grade students published poems in Creative Communications:
Mia Abdullah, Stewart Alvarado, Ethan Bassila, Kate Bellgowan, Nate Brodeur, Nathan Daust, Katelyn DeRose, Maggie Glence,r Lauren Hanes,Lauren Hicks, Addison Johns,  Frank Jones,  Matthew Koren,  Katie Kramer,  Lillian LaCross,  Ian McDonald,  Susie Naccarato,  Ronith Naguri,  Todd Naylor,  Charlie Nylander, Brooke Paradine,  Erin Prince,  Ellie Rentz,  John Robinson,  Ruth Root,  Josh Rule,  Emme Rush,  Max Sanford,  Emily Sherry,  Brianna Shook,  Ally Simon,  Jaden Theis, and Jake Totte

Sophia Weitzel is moving up in the Knights of Columbus free throw contest. Sophia made 19 out of 25 free throws for her age group (13 yr.) at regionals, which were held at St.Patrick’s in Brighton. Congratulations to Mikayla Sanford and Declin Beaton, who also represented St. Gerard at regionals. Sophia will now compete at the state level on March 23rd in Mt. Pleasant. Good luck, Sophia!

Congratulations are also in order to Elizabeth Root and her team (Patricia and Anthony Root) at the Delta Library’s Battle of the Books. Their team tied for first place. If you have not ever participated in this event, it is a great one! A great way to spend the winter months!

APRIL IS SOON APPROACHING

All parents participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program must re-enroll during the month of April. This will ensure that St. Gerard School continues to earn money during the 2014/2015 school year. To re-enroll, visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Click on “Michigan”, then click on “Enroll”.

Lenten Plans

In our homily on Ash Wednesday, Fr. Paul spoke to the students about the three traditional pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He asked the students about their plans and you should have heard their responses! Some examples of our students’ plans include giving up sweets, not complaining, and giving up a toy and then giving it to someone else.

Prayer draws us closer to God. How can you add a little more prayer to your life? Some people turn off the radio on the way to school and say a prayer. In the midst of the craziness sometimes the prayer is simply, “come holy spirit”. This simple prayer can truly make a difference.

Fasting, simply put, is the opposite of feasting. By experiencing “hunger” in our fasting, we become more closely in touch with those who have little. What are you planning to “give up” or “not feast”? This leads to the final practice: almsgiving.

Almsgiving is a sign of our care for those in need and an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given to us. What can we do for those in need? In your Thursday communicator, we included a Rice Bowl to help with this tradition in particular. Place the Rice Bowl in a place where you and your family can put in a quarter, penny, or dollar. Allow this to be part of your family’s giving of alms. At the conclusion of Lent, send either the Rice Bowl back or place in an envelope to the school. Our mission committee will then donate the money to charities near and far. We will send some of the alms to Friends of Kenyan Orphans, Operation Rice Bowl, and to Fr. Prabhu’s family in India. Many of you are aware that Fr. Prabhu’s brother had a serious accident and the family is in need of financial resources to help with his care. We will add our alms to those already given through the parish.

May your Lenten journey draw you even closer to the miracle that will happen at Easter!

Staff News

Over the course of the year, I take many people on tours of our school and inevitably the question comes up regarding the longevity of our teachers on staff. Prospective parents are shocked when I tell them the number of teachers that have been here over twenty, twenty-five, and yes, thirty years. A teacher that stays at the same school for that significant amount of time demonstrates many things but above all a love for our school. Mrs. Rzepecki recently sent the email below to our faculty and staff, and then she asked that I share it with our entire St. Gerard School family.

My Dear St. Gerard Family,
God has plans for each of us. They are not always what we planned for or want. It brings me no joy to tell you that I will not be returning to teach at St. Gerard School. After 34 years of so many blessings, God has decided it is time for me to be done and to retire. My new physical limitations make it impossible for me to continue in the classroom.

For 34 years, it has been my joy and privilege to love and teach all of your children at St. Gerard School. I will still see all of you at Mass and church functions. I will pray for all of you and ask that you keep me in your prayers.

May God bless you all,

Beth Rzepecki

Mrs. Rzepecki has been a mainstay here at St. Gerard School. She has taught generations of families that have attended our school and over the years has been instrumental in mentoring many of our new teachers. Like many that have retired before her, no one ever really leaves St. Gerard. They always leave a piece of them with all of us!
We thank Mrs. Rzepecki for her years of service to our students and families at St. Gerard School.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 14th: Junior High Band Festival

Monday, March 17th: Financial Aid must be postmarked today!

Tuesday, March 18th: DARE Graduation at 6:30 pm in Fr. Weber Hall/ Order hot lunch for April! Intramural Skills Testing for 3rd and 4th grade in the gym/Girls begin at 5:30/Boys begin at 6:30

Wednesday, March 19th: 5th grade field trip to LCHS

Thursday, March 20th: Preschool Field Trip to Royal Scot

Saturday, March 22nd: Back to School Expo at the Lansing Mall

Tuesday, March 25th: Last Day to Order Hot Lunch for April/Reconciliation for Grades 2, 3, 5, 6

Wednesday, March 26th: Reconciliation for Grades 4, 7, 8/Concert at the Wharton for 5th & 6th grade (sack lunch)

Thursday, March 27th: Kindergarten Roundup at 8:30 am/No School Kindergarten Only 3rd Grade Reading Projects in Fr. Weber Hall from 1-2 Registration for Summer Baseball and Softball in Fr. Weber Hall 6-8 pm

Friday, March 28th: End of 3rd Quarter/Jeans Day

Sunday, March 30th : Registration for Summer Baseball and Softball in Fr. Weber Hall 1-3 pm

 

Tuesday, April 1st: No Waverly PM Bus

Wednesday, April 2nd: No Waverly PM Bus/4th Grade Parent Chaperone Meeting for Camp at 6:30 in the library

Thursday, April 3rd: VIRTUS Training at 6:30 in the Parish Hall/Must Pre-Register at virtus.org

Friday, April 4th: No Waverly AM or PM Buses/Spring Break begins at 2:40

Monday, April 14th: School Resumes/Feelin’ Good Mileage Club Begins!

Thursday, April 17th: Holy Thursday All School Prayer Service

Friday, April 18th: No School/No Childcare/Good Friday

Preparing for Earth Day Already!
In honor of Earth day coming up in April, the Junior High Environmental Elective in conjunction with the Junior High Art Elective would like to promote a school wide UPCYCLING project. They are asking every student in the school to recycle and bring in two magazines from home that may have otherwise been thrown away. Each grade will be doing a art project with the used magazines. We will be collecting the magazines from now until the end of March and the art projects will begin in April in time for celebrating Earth Day. We ask that you please be very mindful of the magazine selections coming to school. EVERY grade will be participating in the project so we ask that age appropriate materials be sent in for use.

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.

Catholic Schools Week Celebration!

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 $1,800 in Pennies for Patients (the Lymphoma Society). On Thursday students participated in fun day (pre-5th grade), went to the Summit (6th grade) or 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 mins 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 gym!

History is alive and well at St. Gerard!

Eighth grade students showed us that the past is very much alive.  Each student researched and presented an event that happened during the time of the American Revolution but instead of a normal poster or power point these students wore T-shirts depicting and explaining their events.  Their T-shirts also showed the significance of the event – what impact did the Battle of Saratoga have?  Why is the Olive Branch Petition important?  The 8th grade students of St. Gerard know.  What’s more, throughout the day they were living examples of the impact of the past for their peers at school as well as other members of the community.  Brought together, these students created a valuable living timeline to remind us not only the power of our independence but also the power of our past.

Noreen Smith and Syringa Lounsberry show off their "homework" .

January Newsletter

ST. GERARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL
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!

“The Night Shift Before Christmas”

A glimpse at our 2013 Christmas program: Two shepherds bowing in front of the baptismal font awaiting their cue to come on. Kindergarten under the direction of Mrs. Darling is barely seen off in the distance. A quiet moment...

A glimpse at our 2013 Christmas program: Two shepherds bowing in front of the baptismal font awaiting their cue to come on. Kindergarten under the direction of Mrs. Darling is barely seen off in the distance. A quiet moment…

 

November Newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School

www.stgerardlansing.org

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…

 

October Newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School

stgerardlansing.org

October 17, 2013

School directories are still available for purchase in the office if you forgot to pick one up open house night.

“This is a test of the St. Gerard Emergency System” On Tuesday, October 22nd  the school will run a test of our Edline Messaging System. We will run this in preparation for future snow days or situations that might require us to contact parents in a timely fashion. While we use this system quite frequently to send email messages, we will also be testing the voicemail and text messaging system. If you haven’t signed up for Edline, there is still time. Should you have any questions regarding this service, please contact our technology coordinator, Marcia Maiville.

Waverly Bus Guests The school was reminded this past week that students are not able to have guest riders on the Waverly School buses. This policy is in place for all of their buses as space is limited. Please make other arrangements ahead of time and send a note communicating any changes in future plans. There isn’t any thing worse than looking for a child after school.

Auction News-Pennies From Heaven The auction is such an important event for our school community. Other than the obvious help financially, I see this as such an important event for building community. Between planning, working together that night or just mingling with one another, this night is second to none. Its success depends on our students, parents, extended family and friends, as well as the priests, faculty and staff of our school. As a token of appreciation, those of you that have sent in a donation or have volunteered your time have been sent jeans day coupons for your students. We have also made every effort to make this an affordable event for all. In fact have you thought about inviting someone? Many thanks goes out to Lynn Bloomer and Chris LaMacchia for their dedication to the success of this event. Please note that it isn’t too late to donate. In fact make sure you turn your donation in by Friday, Nov. 1st in order to receive the jeans day coupon(s)! We certainly look forward to seeing all of you the night of November 9th!

Science & Math Elementary Exploration at LCC Looking for some fun, enrichment opportunities for your child? Saturday, November 12th from 8:30-12:00 (and it won’t interfere with the auction) Lansing Community College is offering a number of opportunities that would interest any child. The cost is $3.00 and information is available in the office and on line at www.lcc.edu/science/youth_programs/smee Some classes include botany, computer programming, dinosaurs, circuits, bridge building, leader dogs, rubber band catapult and veterinary technician just to name a few.

Boys’ Basketball to Start Up! It is time again for boys basketball season. Skills testing will take place on the 25th and 26th of October. Testing will start with the 5th grade at 6 pm and then the 6th grade next at 7:15 on 25th. Then on the 26th the 7th grade will start at 6 pm followed by the 8th grade at 7:15. All the forms that are needed for signup can be downloaded from the school website. Physicals need to be dated after April 15, 2011. Coaches are still needed. Please contact Pat Malacina at 517-230-7380 with any questions.

Younkers 8th Grade Fundraiser 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Oct. 17th:            TRIP 101 in the school computer lab at 6:30 pm.

Friday, Oct. 18th:                 Hot Lunch Ordering Begins!

Sunday, Oct. 20th:               Girls’ Basketball Championship at LCHS

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd :       2nd grade parent reconciliation meetings in parish hall at                                                   9:00 am and 7 pm.

Thursday, Oct. 24th:            Band Costume Concert @LCHS

Friday, Oct. 25th:                 Last day to order hot lunch for November!                                                                            End of 1st quarter/JEANS DAY/Boys’ Skill Testing

Thursday, Oct. 31st:            Report card sent home

Friday, Nov. 1st:                   All Saints Day Mass @ 8:10 am/Duct Tape Party “for” Mr.                                                  Seth

Saturday, Nov. 9th:             12th Annual School Auction 6:00 pm at the Ramada Inn

Monday, Nov. 11th:              8th grade to visit LCHS

Tuesday, Nov. 12th:             Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, Nov. 13th:       Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-7:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 14th:           Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:30-10 am/12-2:30/5-7:30 pm                                                            6th-8th students are expected to attend conferences~Child Care Open

Friday, Nov. 15th:                No School/Child Care open

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise US: A School That Exercises Together…

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St. Gerard Catholic School: First Grade Actors!

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First grade learned, rehearsed, and performed “What Does Pig Do”.  They were learning new sight words and reviewing words with short “i”.  They also were able to “add motions” to their acting and create “costumes”!  The kindergartners came to watch their final performance! The first graders were very brave with their first live performance!