May 2014 newsletter

St. Gerard Catholic School


May 15, 2014

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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

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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


This is what Lent is all about!

Our First Grade Understands What It Means To Give!

Third Grade Presents…

Look at what we read!To wrap up their celebration of March is Reading Month, the 3rd graders of St. Gerard School held a Reading Fair. Each student created a storyboard based on a book they read throughout the month, and classes and parents were invited to tour their presentations. This was a great way to showcase their love for reading and encourage others to try out a new book.

March Newsletter

Website: 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 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!


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 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

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


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 .

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 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 .

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

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!