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!
We are always taking box tops and Campbell soup labels!
Kick off the New School Year! This year we kicked off the new school year with our theme of compassion at our opening school Mass last Friday, September 6th. Students brought pieces of a puzzle forward during the procession that together created a picture of Jesus showing compassion. Fr. John challenged us to use compassion daily and even pointed out areas where we already have done this. The teachers and the school office all have jars to add prayers of compassion we will offer throughout the year. Please join us at home where you may make your own compassion jars and offer family prayers of your own. We are thrilled to have Religious Education working with us and plan to have some activities that the school and religious ed. students can work on together. Imagine what our school year can look like if it is full of compassion! Go to friendsofkenyanorphans.org to see what happened when our school brought together gratitude (last year’s theme) and compassion (this year’s theme).
Hot Lunch News Please be aware of the packaging in your child’s lunch. While our lunch people are more than happy to help out, we hate to have children waiting to eat their lunch simply because they can’t get it open. Also our menu for October is enclosed and available to order online September 18th-25th.
Auction News-Pennies from Heaven If you haven’t yet; please mark your calendars for our annual auction on Saturday, November 9th, at the Ramada. This event requires each family to volunteer their time, make a donation and/or attend the event itself. Many of our parents and extended friends of St. Gerard are involved in all three aspects. This fundraiser is only as successful as the number of people that are involved. Please join me in making this annual commitment to our school. Keep up on news from our Parent/Teacher Organization by “Liking” the St. Gerard PTO page, check out the auction website at stgerardlansingauction.org, and follow St. Gerard School on twitter @sgslansing to keep up with the latest news at our school!
*When the PTO Facebook page and/or the St. Gerard School Twitter feed gets 300 likes or followers, we will have a jeans day! How fun will that be?!
Asbestos We are required by law to notify you annually that we keep a copy of our asbestos management plan on file in the school office. If you would like a copy of the plan, you are welcome to stop in and review it at any time.
“New” Website While the address is the same; the site should look much different! Knowing we needed a new site and not really being able to afford the cost of a web designer, the school reached out to a parent with a strong background in technology and an alumni student that has been doing some work with technology. When the two came together, it seemed that we were finally heading somewhere. The website is far from complete in fact many people say a website is never complete but more like a fluid “document of sorts”. We know we needed to start somewhere! Some added features of our improved website include:
- A calendar that pushes directly from Mrs. Piecuch’s phone to the website
- Links that go directly to our Facebook (PTO and Preschool) page as well as our Twitter feed.
- Newsletters posted and archived so that parents can always refer back to them.
- A search button (it is the little things!)
- A counter to see how much traffic the website is getting
- Contact and curriculum information for each grade
- Buttons for perspective and current parents
- Link directly to the parish website
- Links to our on line textbooks, TRIP, lunch program, Edline etc.
- Pictures and timely information about the happenings at our school
Some hopes for the near future:
- A visual art gallery on the web
- More essential documents categorized and easy to find!
- Provide language to move up on a Google school search
- Interactive documents that can get sent directly to office.
- Tutorial videos on how to navigate things like TRIP, hot lunch, Edline and yes, the car line!
Please feel free to let us know if you see anything with the website that needs “tweaking”. We are also open to any other ideas you might have that you would like to see on our website.
LCHS Community Information Day
Lansing Catholic High School will be hosting Community Information Day Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm. This event is open to families with children of all ages to learn more about what LCHS has to offer. Families will be taken on a school tour, attend breakout sessions (on topics such as curriculum, financing a Catholic education, planning for college, and extracurricular and athletic activities), and attend a question and answer session. Registration is not required, but is preferred for this event. Please contact Admissions Coordinator, Karen Gavin at email@example.com or 267-2102 to register.
Tuesday, Sept. 17th: Preschool Parent Meeting at 6:30 in Fr. Weber Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 18th: LCHS students to visit 6th-8th grade students from 12:30- 1:30/Begin ordering hot lunch!
Thursday, Sept. 19th: CPR Training in the Parish Hall will begin at 6 pm.
Monday, Sept. 23rd: Confirmation at 7:00 pm in the church
Wednesday, Sept. 25th: Last day to order hot lunch!
Tuesday, Oct. 1st: Junior High Field Trip to Art Prize
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd: Ice Cream Social and Auction Donation Drop off in Fr. Weber Hall from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Thursday, Oct. 3rd: 2nd grade to Country Mill from 8:30-12:00 (Bring sack lunch)
Tuesday, Oct. 8th: PTO Board Meeting at 6:30 pm. in the library
Wednesday, Oct. 9th: School Pictures/Follow dress up guidelines.
Tuesday, Oct. 15th: 7th grade Vocations Day at the Cathedral
Wednesday, Oct. 16th: Feast of St. Gerard All School Mass
Friday, October 18th: 5th grade to Greenfield Village from 8:30-4:00
St. Gerard First Graders Show Mary Her Birthday Cards!
To celebrate Mary’s birthday on September 8, the first graders at St. Gerard School made a birthday picture for Mary. After the pictures were completed they took them to the Rosary Garden and stood in front of the Mary statue. They proudly showed their pictures to Mary and then prayerfully sang “Happy Birthday” to her. It was a special way to celebrate the Mother of God and her birthday.
Note: New dismissal time will be 2:40 for buses and 2:45 for car/walkers
Staff News Please welcome Mrs. Sara (Feldpausch) Wade to our teaching staff this fall. Mrs. Wade accepted the third grade teaching position. Mrs. Wade grew up in St. Johns and attended St. Joe’s Elementary School and in fact was married there just a few weeks ago. Sara graduated from Grand Valley in December. She did her student teaching in the 4th grade in Waverly Community Schools and after her student teaching she had several long-term positions at Winans, Elmwood, and Colt. We look forward to having Mrs. Wade as part of our St. Gerard School family!
We also are thrilled to welcome back Fr. Paul Erickson. As a seminarian student, Fr. Paul was assigned to St. Gerard a few years ago and he is thrilled to be back as our Associate. We look forward to celebrating Mass with Fr. Paul and welcoming him into our classrooms!
We Are So Blessed! If you’ve been by the school recently, you will notice that the construction is coming along nicely in fact, we are right on schedule! This fall we will be the benefactors of new windows, a newly converted preschool classroom, we moved and updated our Art/Spanish room, and our resource room will have some additional space. Our school is blessed to be part of such a dedicated community that values Catholic education. Thank you to the many parishioners and school families that gave to the capital campaign so that our school can continue to thrive.
Open House Night Open house is definitely a highlight for teachers, students and parents alike. This evening provides all an opportunity to meet one another, see their room, and in many circumstances get their desks or cubbies settled. Please refer to your student’s supply list regarding what items to bring the night of open house. Supplies lists were sent home in report card envelopes and can be found on the school’s website or available in the school office as well. A school store will be open outside of the music room for hard to find items such as school planners and recorders, etc.
Also as you begin thinking about school supplies and uniforms, we ask that when shopping for girls’ school shoes that you are mindful of keeping them simple. Please avoid glitter or canvas shoes (ex. Tom’s (or Bob’s) brand shoes). The purpose of a school uniform is to keep things simple.
Hot Lunch News Hot lunch will be available beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Students will need to bring a sack lunch and drink the first week of school (Aug. 27-29). Hot lunch is ordered and paid for on a monthly basis. Our menu for September is enclosed and will be available to order online August 18th-25th. If you do not place your order by August 25th, you will not be able to place an order until Sept. 18th-25th for October’s lunch. Please note that due to state regulations our lunch price is $2.50. Milk remains at $.50.
To locate the September hot lunch menu for ordering purposes, you will need to go to our website, stgerardlansing.org. Click on the “current families” link on the top header bar and follow to the hot lunch link. You may also go directly to www.orgsonline.com.
If you ordered last year, you are not a first time user. Your account is still active. Use last year’s login code. It has not changed. If this is your first time using our system, you will need to enter our school code (38SGSNC) to activate your account. Please follow the account activation instructions on the website.
If you do not wish to pay online, your check for lunches ordered will need to be in the school office no later than the 25th of each month. If you have problems ordering hot lunch, please call Carol Benjamin in the school office at 321-6126. Please do not select the “get help” option on the website as you will not be able to “get much help” there.
Auction News If you haven’t yet; please mark your calendars for our annual auction on Saturday, November 9th. This one-time fundraiser provides a variety of resources for our students such as new desks, computers, up grades to our surround sound systems, new science materials, and items that teachers put on their yearly wish lists. This event requires each family to volunteer their time, make a donation and/or attend the event itself. Many of our parents and extended friends of St. Gerard School are involved in all three aspects. Please look for more information to follow.
MSU Concessions Looking for another way to help out with that tuition bill? St. Gerard mans a concession stand for football and we recently were asked to run a stand for men’s basketball as well. This opportunity provides our families with another option to reduce their tuition. Reminder: 8th grade parents may work the football season as a fundraiser for Washington DC. If you would like to be on the list to receive an email regarding this opportunity, please email Maureen Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to both Maureen and Phil Norris who continue to be instrumental in making this a success!
*Reminder that preschool, kindergarten, and 6th grade students have specific immunization as well as hearing and vision screening (kindergarten) requirements that must be met prior to the first day of school. Verification needs to be submitted to Carol Benjamin in the office.
Book Covers If you are in need of having your child’s books (1st-8th grades) covered this fall, you are not too late! Books will be covered and ready to go the first day of school and you will be supporting the 8th graders in their fundraising efforts for Washington DC. Cost for book covering is as follows: (1) student: $14.00, (2) students: $22.00, family maximum: $27.00. If you are interested, mail or drop off a check in the school or parish office with your child’s name(s) and grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Checks can be made out to St. Gerard School.
Soccer for Grades K-3: Mark your calendar for fall soccer sign ups during the school open house. The soccer program is open to all parishioners attending kindergarten through 3rd grade. The program will include 30 minutes of skills development followed by a 30-minute scrimmage. The season consists of 6 sessions over the course of a 3-week period. This is a great way to introduce students to the game, meet some new friends, and get some great exercise! Registration will take place during our open house from 4:00-6:30 in the school gym. Cost to participate will be $35. As with many of our St. Gerard sports programs, coaches will be needed and vital to the success of the program. Please contact Jay Gruber at email@example.com with any questions.
TRIP News Reminder that we added a summer TRIP day on Monday, August 12th. Parents may place orders from 7:30-9:00 a.m in the parish office with pick up available on or after Friday, August 16th. Weekly TRIP orders will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd (due to the holiday) and will be available for pick up on Friday, Sept. 6th. If you have any questions about this program or are new to it, please call Carol Benjamin in our school office at 321-6126 and she will help walk you through the process.
VIRTUS Training Parents are a crucial part of school! The support of our St. Gerard community is really second to none. If you are either new to our school or have a younger student, please be aware that before you are able to volunteer to work groups, go on fieldtrips, or coach, you must be VIRTUS trained. This one time training session will be offered at St. Gerard on Tuesday, Sept. 10th. Register online at www.dioceseoflansing.org under the Protecting God’s Children link.
Monday, August 12th: Summer TRIP/Drop off orders anytime between 7:30-9:00 in the parish office.
Wednesday, August 14th: Girls’ Basketball Registration and Skills Testing in the gym 5th grade: 5:30 pm/6th grade: 7:00 pm (see bulletin for more information)
Thursday, August15th: Girls’ Basketball Registration and Skills Testing in the gym 7th grade: 5:30/8th grade: 7:00 (see bulletin)
Sunday, August 18th: Window to order hot lunch for September opens!
Sunday, August 25th: Last day to order hot lunch for September!
Monday, Aug. 26th: Preschool-8th grade Open House from 4:00-6:30 Please refer to supply list as to what items to bring to open house/Soccer sign up in the gym during open house!
Tuesday, Aug. 27th: First Day of School (see drop off and pick up instructions included in this packet for new families)/No Waverly Buses/Sack lunch today!
Wednesday, Aug. 28th: No Waverly Buses/Sack lunch today!
Thursday, Aug. 29th: No Waverly Buses/Sack lunch today!
Friday, Aug. 30th: No School/Labor Day Weekend
Monday, Sept. 2nd: No School/Labor Day
Tuesday, Sept. 3rd: First Day of Preschool Junior High Parent Meeting 6:30-8:00 in the 8th grade rooms Parents will run through an abbreviated schedule providing the ability to meet all teachers/TRIP orders placed today due to the holiday and available for pick up Friday.
Thursday, Sept. 5th: K-6 Parent Meeting in Fr. Weber Hall at 6:30/Two teacher sessions will run after general assembly from 7:00-7:30 and then 7:35-8:05.
Friday, Sept. 6th: Opening All School Mass at 8:10/Hope to see many of you there!
Tuesday, Sept. 10th: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 in the Library
Look for bus route information in the Insights Magazine found in the Waverly Independent or call Waverly’s bus garage.
On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, we are looking forward to seeing everyone soon. If we can do anything to assist with you child’s transition to our school or a new grade, please let us know.
Shelly Piecuch Principal
*Have you done your summer reading yet?(see supply list for grades 4-8)
Summer Office Hours and Construction News The school office will be open during the summer, however the hours will vary, as our school entrance will as well. Due to the amount of construction that will be going on in and around the school, our “main” school entrance will become the south door by the gym. In fact, access to the office might be tricky. If at any time you need to stop and see us at the office, please follow signage on the doors, check in at the parish office as they are open 8:00 am-7:00 pm, or call and we will let you in. 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 21st . 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 www.grpublicschools.org/grasp. 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.
Did You Hear the Good News? A few weeks ago Jack Walters won the Bookmark contest at the Delta Library. The library made Jack’s picture into bookmarks to be shared with patrons of the library this summer. Delta Township Library workers came to St. Gerard recently to share their wonderful programming for the summer. So when you stop in to sign up for reading program or just to grab a few books, look for Jack’s bookmark too!
Send us Postcards Again! When the bell rings tomorrow, our St. Gerard School families will scatter all over the city, state, country, and in some cases the world. Where is your family going? Send the school a postcard telling us where you are and what you’re up to. Send the postcards to: St. Gerard School 4433 W. Willow Hwy. Can’t wait to get the mail again this summer! Lansing, Mi 48917
Calendar Information In your summer mailing you will receive a detailed calendar for 2013-14 school year. A reminder regarding the following dates:
Christmas Break: Dec. 23rd -Jan. 5th Spring Break: April 5th -13th Auction: November 9th
Staff News The Preschool is thrilled to announce that they have hired Jessica Fata to teach one of the preschool classes. Jessica has been with St. Gerard Preschool for eight years. She brings invaluable experience and is a natural with preschoolers. Jessica has been involved in curriculum planning and implementation. Jessica’s expertise adds to the high quality and dedication of our preschool staff. We are looking forward to a year of high expectations and growth in our Falcon Family!
Friday, June 7th: All School Mass @ 8:10/Dismiss @ 11:00/No Waverly pm buses
Monday, June 17th: Vacation Bible School starts!
Beginning of August: School Summer Newsletter sent the first week in August/Girls’ Basketball Grades 5-8/Look for Registration information in summer newsletter and bulletin!
Monday, Aug. 26th: 2013-14 Open House from 4:00-6:30
Tuesday, Aug. 27th: First day of school for K-8
Tuesday, Sept. 3rd : First day of preschool
This past Tuesday our staff said goodbye to 58 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
Make sure to wish Mr. Grenier a Happy Retirement this week! His many years of service as administrator and teacher at St. Gerard school are greatly appreciated. Class trip chaperoning, discipline enforcing, car line managing… the list is endless! Thank You!!