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St. Gerard Majella School
A Family School

10 Carrelton Drive, Paterson NJ 07522


Monthly Newsletters

May 2007

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The faculty and I thank you for making our science fair and "The New Kid" program a huge success. Over 300 family and friends came to see first hand what St. Gerard Majella School has to offer their students. We were so pleased to see the outcome of our plea to have all our students present to their parents, family members and friends. All were so attentive to our program and pleased with the evening. We want to have more parental involvement in the education of your child/ren. We are partners in the education process and you are their first teacher.

The month of May is dedicated to honoring Mary, Our Mother. We also honor all of our dear mothers and grandmothers during this month. We would like all of you, our parents/guardians to join us in giving Mary, Our Mother and Queen a special place in our lives and in our homes. We will have a May crowning in our church on Friday evening, May 11th. We ask all of our families to join us in this evening of prayer. We will have the living rosary and our Eighth Grade shining stars will crown Mary. Our First Communion shining stars will come in their First Holy Communion attire to be part of the crowning. We all need Mary in our lives to help us in our daily struggles. She has power with her Son, Jesus! Please join us at 7:00 PM and you will find peace and strength in your lives.

First Holy Communion is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 AM. All are invited to celebrate with us.

May 17th is the Feast of the Ascension. Our school will attend the 12:00 Noon liturgy. You are welcome to join us on this special day!

Our SPRING TRICKY TRAY is scheduled May 20, 2007 at 1:00 PM. This fundraiser is very important because it helps our school and our children. We need you to help, to be interested in your school and to be part of the success story. YOU, the parents and guardians, are vital in keeping Saint Gerard Majella School alive! Each one is important and can do something to help. We are asking you to help where you can!

Tricky Tray BASKET PREPARATION sessions for the month of May will be held on the following evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the school.

Wednesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 16

Our Tricky Tray Set up will be all day and evening on Friday, May 18th. Whatever helping hand you can give will be greatly appreciated! There is no set up on Saturday, May 19th. We are asking all workers to be here on Sunday, May 20th at 12:00 Noon. Remember all workers need a ticket.

Thank you for all the beautiful baskets and the donations you sent to help us prepare for this Tricky Tray. Please sell the tickets you have! All money and tickets are due in by Monday, May 14, 2007. This will give you some extended time to try to sell the tickets. Remember, the success of this Tricky Tray depends on you, the parents and guardians! We are doing our part the very best we can. We are counting on the interested and supporting parents of our shining stars to make this fundraiser even more successful than our last!

Our spring musical will be held on Wednesday, May 30th. Admission will be $5.00. This will benefit our children.

There will be NO days off in May, EXCEPT for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th.


Field Day will be held on Friday, June 1st. We are asking our parents who can help us to please respond by signing the response form given in the newsletter.

Looking Ahead!

Grade 8 students will be taking exams Tuesday, May 29th, Wednesday, May 30th, Thursday, May 31st and Monday, June 4th. We ask that parents continue to encourage and supervise your child/ren so that each day they come to school prepared with homework and do well in their exams. Be sure they eat breakfast before they come to school and are here on time for Morning Prayer.

The Week of June 4th - 8th will be exams for students in Grades 3 - 7.

Wednesday, June 13th - 9:00 AM - Pre-Kindergarten promotion

Wednesday, June 13th - 7:00 PM - Band Concert, Cheerleading Dance, and End of Year Awards for Grades K - 7

Thursday, June 14th - 1:00 PM - Eighth Grade Graduation Liturgy

All are Welcome!

Thursday, June 14th - 6:30 PM - Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony.

The last day for students will be Wednesday, June 20th. There will be full days of school the last week including after school care. We must make up the days we lost due to the floods!

As always, we thank you for making our school year successful. We appreciate all your support and understanding as we worked together to allow your child to dream, believe, and achieve.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call me and I will be more than happy to address your needs.

May Mary, Our Mother, intercede to Jesus, her Son, for us and all our needs, and bless our lives with love and peace.

With Love and Blessings,

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


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