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St. Gerard Majella School
A Family School

10 Carrelton Drive, Paterson NJ 07522


Monthly Newsletters

February 2007

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The faculty and I salute each one of you! Thank you for making our opening of Catholic Schools' Week a great success! Your attendance at our family liturgy was so powerful and encouraging to us who attended along with our parish community. The shining stars of St. Gerard Majella School truly shined so brightly. The Eighth Grade made us so proud! They were there 100% and thank you to the parents for bringing them and allowing them to be the light of Christ, personally bringing the message of how much they love and value St. Gerard Majella School to all. There were volunteers from the group of Eighth Graders who spoke at each liturgy this weekend. We carry to eternity the hearts and souls of others that have been touched by our goodness.

As we celebrate this Catholic Schools' Week our theme is 'Together in Faith'. Jesus places His faith in us to carry out His mission with the brightness of the light that He has given you. Thank you for believing in us and entrusting us with your precious shining stars.

Please review the Catholic Schools' Week events. Come and join us for whatever you can! We love to see you take a real interest in what is happening in our school. A copy of the schedule for sports day is attached to the newsletter.

Tuesday will be Sports Day. It is a tag day; students may wear their favorite team jersey with sweats and sneakers. The schedule will be as follows:

8:30 - 9:15 Kindergarten & Pre-K
9:15 - 10:15 Grades 1 & 2
10:15 - 11:15 Grades 3 & 4
12:30 - 1:30 Grades 5 & 6 Basketball
1:30 - 2:30 Grades 7 & 8 Basketball
All Grades will attend and be spectators for the upper grades basketball games.

Thursday evening from 6 - 9 pm will be Family Night! Fathers and sons will play basketball. The cheerleaders will cheer. Mothers and daughters will play volleyball. We hope to see all of you in the St. Joseph Center for these activities.

On Friday, we have crazy hat and hair day. Wear an interesting hat or style your hair outrageously! Pre-K through Grade 8 will buddy up and have a ball at School Bingo.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, February 2nd in the afternoon. There will be a 12 Noon dismissal with NO after school care that day. Check the time you are to meet with your child's teacher. All payments must be met to receive your child's report card.

Father Brando and I will be meeting with the parents for each grade level. We are anxious to see you so please make every effort to attend this meeting. Parents who have students in more than one grade may choose which meeting they wish to attend. All Grade level meetings will be held in the Grade 8 Classroom with the exception of Grade 8.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Grade 8 6:00 PM
Meet in the Church prior to the Ring Ceremony

Monday, February 5, 2007
Pre-K and Kindergarten 6:00 PM

Monday, February 5, 2007
Grade 1 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Grade 2 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Grade 3 7:00 PM

Monday, February 12, 2007
Grade 4 6:00 PM

Monday, February 12, 2007
Grade 5 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Grade 6 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Grade 7 7:00 PM

Come share in our vision for St. Gerard Majella School and its importance in the academic formation of our children.

The Easter Candy fundraiser ends Thursday, February 15th. Hopefully you have begun this sale. We appreciate your support and help. We need funds to carry on St. Gerard Majella School. We believe in you and know you want us to continue.

Mardi Gras and Family International Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Further details will be forthcoming.

Presidents' Day is Monday, February 19, 2007. There will be NO SCHOOL that day.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season is February 21st. The theme is "Our Journey with Jesus to the Cross."

Thank you for promoting your school to others you may know. Re-registration will begin March 1st. We will send home a sheet asking about your intentions for the 2007 - 2008 school year. When you get it, fill it out and return it to school so we can begin planning our next school year.

We are in the process of creating an Educational Council. Congratulations to Janet Matta who has agreed to become president of this council. We look forward to having our parents involved in the education of their children.

The Marketing Team Committee of St. Gerard Majella School is also moving forward. We need you parents!! Thanks to all of you who have accepted the challenge of keeping St. Gerard Majella School alive because you believe it makes the difference in the lives of your children.

As always, thank you for the gift you are to us and to our church. You parents are your child's first teacher. Continue to lead them in their faith by your good example!

You are loved and we ask God to bless each of you with all that you need each day. May He grace you with good health, much peace and strength in the days ahead. We are here for you and whatever we can do, know that it will be done!

With love and blessings,

Sr. Jo-Ann Pompa, M.P.F.


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