September 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter


Click on the link below to access important information regarding the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

September 2014 Newsletter

St. Gerard Artists On Display

kdgWe are so proud of the students at St. Gerard! You can view the artistic talent that the students possess by visiting Mrs. Barber’s Art page. Each grade has an art gallery for you to view. As projects are completed, the galleries will be updated. Enjoy!




Visit Mrs. Barber’s Art Galleries

Christ Be Our Light-Our School’s Theme for 2014-15

ChristbeourlightThis year our school will center our year around the theme, “Christ Be Our Light”. At our opening school Mass, each classroom brought forth their light and professed their plan to be the light of Christ for others. Fr. John challenged us to make good on our word. He went to great lengths talking to our junior high students. Our 7th and 8th graders all promised in different ways to be good role models and he told them that if they followed through on their promise, it would be the best year ever!

Pasta Dinner Benefit


Pasta Dinner Benefit
Lisa Endres

Where: St. Gerard Father Weber Hall
When: Thursday, October 2nd

Donations accepted at the door.
If you are unable to attend, you may send in a donation
to the school office. Checks may be made out to St. Gerard School.

Marinara Sauce
Meat Sauce
Assorted Desserts
Beverage – Lemonade/Water

Reservations can be made by email: or by completing the form below.

Family Name: ___________________________________________________________________

Number of Individuals Attending: _____________________________________________________

Two Seating Options: Please choose one.

Time: 4:30 – 5:45  _____
5:45 – 7:00 _____

Number of Take Out Orders: ______________________________________________________

Friday, September 26th.


Download the Pasta Dinner Benefit Flyer and Reservation Form Here

Summer 2014 Newsletter


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Summer 2014 Parent Newsletter

Students help to fund the new gym floor!

We are in the process of doing a make over to the gym floor. Can't wait for the students and Mrs. Schafer to see it!

We are in the process of doing a make over to the gym floor. Can’t wait for the students and Mrs. Schafer to see it!

This past spring St. Gerard School students joined the PTO, parish, athletic commission and adult women’s volleyball group to raise over $10,000 to have the gym floor redone this summer. The transformation is already unbelievable! Can’t wait for our students, staff and families to see the “makeover”.

June Newsletter

  St. Gerard Catholic School

June 5, 2014

Summer Office Hours       The school office will be open during the summer. 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 20th. 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  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.

Calendar Information- In your summer mailing you will receive a detailed calendar for 2014-15 school year. A reminder regarding the following dates:

Christmas Break:        Dec. 22nd-Jan. 4th        Spring Break:  April 3rd-10th     Auction: November 15th

Staff News The Preschool is thrilled to announce that they have hired Betsy Nylander to teach the afternoon three year old class. Betsy holds a teaching certificate from Concordia University and several years experience as a classroom teacher. We are thrilled to have Betsy on board! Wendi Spagnuolo will join the three-year-old preschool in the morning as a classroom aide. Welcome Wendi!

Connie Schindewolf (school counselor) recently informed the staff that she would be leaving St. Gerard School in order to move closer to her daughter in Texas. We are so thankful for her service and dedication to our students and their families.

There have been many inquiries regarding our friend and colleague, Mrs. Endres and what next year will bring. As of right now, Lisa  will continue her medical routine. As she takes this next year off from first grade to continue her treatments, it is our hope and prayer that she is able to return as soon as she is able!

Used Uniform We currently have an abundance of Jr. High girls skirts, girls jumpers and boys pants in sizes from 4 – 38! An Open Used Uniform Closet Day is schedule for Monday, August 11th from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Parents may bring their child along for fittings.

Jr. High Girls Skirts  $8.00

Boys Pants $3.00

Girls Jumpers $8.00

Boys and Girls Shirts $2.00

Sweatshirts, Sweaters and Shorts too!


Summer TRIP Please mark your calendars with the following dates to drop off TRIP orders: June 16th, July 14th, and August 11th. Summer TRIP orders can be dropped off anytime in the school or parish office beforehand. Orders will be placed on Mondays and available for pick up that Friday. TRIP will be available in the school during office hours. After school office hours, TRIP can be picked up in the parish office.

Upcoming Events                                                                                                                                                        Friday, June 6th:            All School Mass @ 8:10/Dismiss @ 11:00

Monday, June 16th:     Vacation Bible School starts/Summer TRIP

Monday, July 14th:       Summer TRIP

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

Monday, August 11th: Open Used Uniform Closet from 4:00-7:00 pm. Come on in and shop early!        Summer TRIP

Monday, Aug. 25th:     2014-15 Open House from 4:00-6:30

Tuesday, Aug. 26th:     First day of school for K-8

Tuesday, Sept.  2nd:     First day of preschool


Tackle Football Information

Grades 4 thru 8

Flag Football Information

                                                Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade                                                                          (Coaches needed for flag football- games and practices all on Monday nights)

*See website after June 15, 2014 for information, online registration, and new this year- online payment.

This past Tuesday our staff said goodbye to 49 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



May 2014 newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School


May 15, 2014

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Facebook: St. Gerard PTO

Our students, staff, and school families raised $2,632.90 in alms this Lent.  Way to Go!

Staff News Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Shelby Hicks to our faculty for this upcoming school year. We actually welcomed Mrs. Hicks to our school earlier this school year when she agreed be the long-term substitute teacher for Mrs. Rzepecki. Mrs. Hicks is a graduate of Grand Valley and has taught in Florida for a few years before moving back to Michigan. You can find Mrs. Hicks next year in fourth grade. Shelby, we’re thrilled to have you on staff!

Recently Waverly Community Schools informed me that Mrs. Elda Keaton, our speech and language teacher through Waverly, would be retiring at the end of this school year. We thank Mrs. Keaton for her service to our students and their families this past year and wish her the best in her retirement. At the same time Waverly also informed me that her replacement would be Kim Molnar. Mrs. Molnar began her teaching career at St. Gerard School as a Speech and Language Teacher. Two years ago she was assigned to another school in the Waverly School District. Upon Mrs. Keaton’s retirement, the team at Waverly felt that Mrs. Molnar would be a good fit back at St. Gerard due to her history in our building and the fact that her children also attend our school. We are so glad to welcome Mrs. Molnar back to St. Gerard.

Finally we want to extend many prayers to Mrs. Carol Benjamin, our tuition secretary, as she faces surgery on her ankle this coming Friday. Mrs. Benjamin is set to return to school sometime in the middle to the end of June. Mrs. Gromek, our past school secretary, has agreed to help with many of the aspects of her position and is working closely with Mrs. Benjamin so that our families continue to receive necessary information. We certainly would appreciate your patience as we work out the details. Thank you Mrs. Gromek for helping out!

JUNIOR HIGH BAND NEWS  Solo & Ensemble Festival                  Several Junior High band members successfully participated in the MSBOA Middle School Solo & Ensemble Festival at Jonesville High School.  Congratulations to these students for receiving recognition for excellence:                 Division 1 (superior rating, blue ribbon)

Ben Brown, trumpet solo               Christina Williams, flute solo        Andy Romankewiz, bass clarinet solo                         Mary Green, clarinet solo                           Alyssa Campbell and Megan Schmitz, flute duo                                                        Amelia Mills and Christina Williams, woodwind duo

District Honors Band  Hats off to Mary Green and Christina Williams who were selected through competitive audition for the District 8 Honors Band which will be held at Manchester High School on May 17-18:

 Music Honors The Capital Area Music Teachers Association sponsored the Michigan Music Teachers Association Student Achievement Testing (SAT) Program for school-age children who study piano or voice. The Lansing program was held March 9th and 10th at the Michigan State University College of Music. The SAT is a comprehensive music-testing program for which students are required to memorize three contrasting pieces that are performed for non-local judges. The following students from St. Gerard School participated in the SAT program:

Lily Gose     Julian Lanum                 Grace McNeil                Russell Rivet

Did you hear the great news?  Each year our 3rd and 5th grade students participate in the Bike Safety   Poster Contest sponsored by the Tri-County Bicycle Association. Historically our students have done well               and this year is no different.

Grade 3                                                                Grade 5                                                                                                           1st place:  Sydney Stevens                             1st place:         Shannon Stevens                                                                                                        3rd place:         Jack Corona                             2nd place:         Mia Brown                                                                                                                                           Congratulations also to Board of Water and Light poster contest winners from St. Gerard School. The following students were finalists in this contest and received their award at a special ceremony last Saturday.

1st grade:         Ellery Curtis                2nd grade:        Calla Cheah                 Makenna Snitgen

Upcoming Events

Friday, 5/16:                         Jeans Day for our Gym!/2nd grade Fieldtrip to Woldumar Nature Center                                 Monday, 5/19:                            8th grade Service Project Fieldtrip to Potter Park (sack lunch only)                                       Tuesday, 5/20:                           Band Concert at LCHS from 6:30-8:00                                                                                  Wednesday, 5/21:                     1st grade Concert at 1:30 in Fr. Weber Hall                                                                              Thursday, 5/22:                          Junior High Play “The Secret Garden” /Preschool picnic at Francis Park                                          Friday, 5/23:                                No School/ Childcare Closed                                                                                                             Monday, 5/26:                             No School/No Childcare/Memorial Day                                                                                                                                    Thursday, 5/29:                       8th grade exams/Spanish Elective Class to Los Tres Amigos                                                                                                                                 Friday, 5/30:                        Kindergarten Picnic/1st grade fieldtrip to Grand Woods                                                                                                                                 8th grade exams/Adoration                                                                                                                           Monday, 6/2:                            7th and 8th grade exams                                                                                                                             Tuesday, 6/3:                           8th grade graduation practice to dismiss from church at 10:00 (8th grade only)                                          Field Day for K-2nd in am & 3rd-5th in pm/Picnic lunch for grades K-6 or    bring your sack lunch 7th grade exams/8th grade graduation at 6:30 in the Church                                                                    Wednesday, 6/4:                   7th grade exams/2nd grade picnic                                                                                                                                      Thursday, 6/5:                                Kindergarten Graduation at 9:30 in the Church/5th grade picnic to Sharp Park                                     6th grade fieldtrip to Royal Scot/7th grade fieldtrip to the University Club                                      Friday, 6/6:                    Closing Mass at 8:10/Dismiss at 11:00/No Waverly PM buses/Child Care Open

*Reminder:  Student medication will be available for pick up in the office until Friday, June 20th.

DEQ’s 1st Place Earth Day Poster Contest Winner!

Ellie Kooney was recognized at the Earth Day event at Constitution Hall on April 22, 2014 for her entry in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) poster contest.  She received First place out of thousands of entries.  Ellie is in Fifth grade in Mrs. Diana Schmitz’s class at St. Gerard School.


April 2014 Newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School


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April 17, 2014

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Earn Tuition Assistance   St. Gerard School manages booths at both MSU men’s basketball and football games. This past year we have had families earn over $1,000 to help with their child’s tuition. Even if you can only work a few times, it can really make a difference. Not only are you earning tuition, it is also a great way to meet people from our school family and have some fun at the same time! If you are interested in receiving information, please email Sam Guerrazzi at A huge thank you goes to Sam Guerrazzi and Marni Perez for overseeing this wonderful opportunity for our families!

Professional Development Professional development is a crucial part of a teacher’s growth throughout the year, during the summer and throughout their career. This year we have been able to offer the following opportunities for professional growth to our teachers and staff:

Love and Logic Summer Institute     Smartboard Training

MACUL Technology Conference               Apple Seminar

First Steps Training                           Michigan Reading Teachers Conference

Catholicism Series                             Diocese Teachers Conference

Red Cedar River Writing Project            Reflection on  New Evangelization

RCIA/Dynamic Catholic Book Study          Digital Learning Conference and many more!

Auction Proceeds Each year many of our families and greater community join together to raise money for our school through our annual auction. After much consideration and with the support of the PTO board, the school became the beneficiary of the following:

30 iPads for student use                                                                                           14 desktop computers to make the computer lab 1:1                                        3 power racks for iPads                                                                                            30 iPad covers                                                                                                         New lifeline system for use in the Art/Spanish Room                                        20 graphing calculators                                                                                 Teacher stipends at semesters                                                                                             $10,000 donation to Fr. Weber Fund                                                              $1,500 donation to our Music Program                                                       $15,000 toward our infrastructure build out to support our new fiber wi-fi

The faculty and staff are thankful to be part of such a supportive school and parish community! 

TRIP News   For the remainder of this school year, TRIP will take place in the school office for both Monday drop off and Friday pickup. Please note that pickup for this week will be on Thursday, between 1-3pm.  We will have TRIP on Tuesday of next week, with orders being ready on Friday.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have recently changed your email address, please remember to update it on the TRIP website.

 Car Line and Parking Lot Manners

Periodically it is beneficial to go over a few “friendly” reminders regarding carline and parking lot manners.

1.     The car line actually moves quicker if all drivers could remain in a                 single file line and pull up as far as you can.

2.     If you are using the car line, please do not get out of your car. If                    you need to use your trunk or hatch, it might be best to pull in a                      spot in the lower west lot and have the students walk up the stairs and over.

3.     Students must get out of the car on the passenger side only.

4.     The parking spots by the ball fields are for child care parents only.              We are looking at plans to eventually move these spots to different            locations so that families don’t need to walk through the car line.

5.     This is NOT the time to be in a hurry. If you feel like you are                   trying to hurry through the car line or speeding through the parking lot, Do everyone’s child a favor (including yours) and leave 5 minutes earlier. This is a great time to put your faith into action too!

Please share this information with all people that drop off or pick up.


Calendar  After much discussion with the Diocese and number crunching our minutes, hours, and days for this school year, we will leave our original school calendar in tact. Our calendar had extra hours already built into it. Even with the extra three snow days (we are allowed six days by state guidelines), we still had additional instructional hours.

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 18th:       Good Friday/No School/Hot lunch ordering begins for  May/June

Monday, April 21st:  No School/Easter Monday

Tuesday, April 22nd:   First Communion Practice at 6:00 pm in the church                                        Earth Day Field trip for 4th grade (sack lunch)

Friday, April 25th:  Last day to order hot lunch for May-June                                                6th grade field trip to the synagogue

Saturday, April 26th:    First Communion at 10:00 am in the church                                                   8th grade Confirmation Retreat

Monday, April 28th:  5th and 8th grade Heart-Lung Dissection                                                        8th grade DC Parent Meeting at 6:30 in the 8th grade rooms

Tuesday, April 29th: 1st and 2nd grade Intramural Basketball Skills Testing from 5:30-7:30

Thursday, May 1st:     Spring Choir Concert at 6:30 in the Parish Hall               Friday, May 2nd:           All School Mass at 8:10/Adoration/Half Day Dismiss at                                    11:00/Junior High Parish Festival Dance(Must have permission slip)/Child Care Open

Saturday, May 3rd:    Parish Festival and 5K/Come have fun and support the parish!

Monday, May 5th:        7th grade DC Parent Meeting at 6:30 in 8th grade rooms Tuesday, May 6th:           8th graders present the Wax Museum in the Parish Hall at 6:30

Wednesday, May 7th:       4th grade off to camp! /Grade 3 Room 1 Field Trip (sack lunch)

Thursday, May 8th:   Grade 3 Room 2 Field Trip (sack lunch)

Friday, May 9th:             8th grade leaves for Washington DC/Meet in the gym at

6:15 am for prayer

Wednesday, May 14th:   4th grade Beginning Band Meeting at 6:30 pm in the

Band Room

Friday, May 16th:        2nd grade Field Trip to Woldumar Nature Center           Monday, May 19th:  8th grade Service Project Field Trip-Sack lunch          Tuesday, May 20th:     Band Concert at 6:30 pm at LCHS