The School of St. Ann Parish
(A) 29 Second Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869 (P) 908.725.7787 (E) webmaster@stannparish.com

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2014 Sunday Bingo Schedule

2014 Tuesday Bingo Schedule

 

John Basilone Parade - Sunday, Sept. 21

 

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Calendar of Events:

 

09/02 - Opening Day - Grades 1-8, 12:30 dismissal

09/03 - 12:30 dismissal for Grades 1-8

09/03 - Orientation for Kindergarten Parents & Students 9-10am

09/04 - Kindergarten 12:30 dismissal, Grades 1-8 2:30pm dismissal

09/04 - Orientation for Pre-K Parents & Students 9-10am

09/05 - K-8 2:30pm dismissal, Pre-K 11:30am dismissal

09/07 - Welcome back Mass/Picnic

09/10 - Back To School Night

09/21 - John Basilone Parade

2014 FESTA

 

Community Involvement

 

St. Ann School is committed to not only teaching the Catholic faith but to living it.  We believe that our light must shine for all to see so that Christ can be known and loved.  The school, therefore, participates in a variety of community related activities.  Some of our involvement in local events includes:

  • Responding to the needs of the poor
  • Hosting an athletic league in our gym
  • Sharing our spirit in celebrations such as the Sgt. John Basilone Parade in Raritan, or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville
  • Hosting Boy and Girl Scout events 
The School of St. Ann

"Enter & Learn, Leave & Serve."

St. Ann School is a Catholic Elementary School founded in Raritan, New Jersey. Co-educational from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, St. Ann School is under the general supervision of the Metuchen Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Locally it is under the direction of the Pastor of St. Ann Parish and the community of the Religious Teachers Filippini, whose Motherhouse is in Morristown, New Jersey.

The goal of our Religious and Lay Faculty, as dedicated educators, is to create a Catholic Christian environment. We believe that "Catholic schools which realize the threefold purpose of Christian education, to teach doctrine, to build community, and to serve, are the most effective means available to the Church for the education of children and young people."
Mission
We, the Administration, Faculty and Staff of St. Ann School believe that our primary mission as Catholic Educators is to nurture in our school family a personal relationship with our Triune God. In partnership with the Parents, we are committed to developing the spiritual, academic, social, physical and cultural dimensions of all students, enabling them to live responsibly and creatively in a global environment.

    Therefore, we are called to:
  • See each child as a continuation of God's creation
  • Create an atmosphere of prayer within the school
  • Commit ourselves to academic excellence
  • Celebrate the potential of each child to develop physically and learn social graces
  • Provide each child with an educational environment that embraces compassion and reverence for all people
  • Give witness by our lives that God is the Lord of our lives.
St Ann Ground Breaking Ceromony
Philosophy
The single most important goal of St. Ann School is to develop the whole child – spiritually, academically, physically, socially and culturally – in order for the child to have an appreciation of God, self and society. The school has a religious purpose and an academic purpose that are two aspects of a single environment based in Roman Catholic Tradition.

St. Ann School is a community of learning committed to the teachings of Jesus. Our teachers strive to develop the children's spiritual life through an intimate relationship between God and our students in all aspects of their lives.
Philosophy
We build on the foundation of morals and values begun at home. The tenets of our faith are not simply taught; they become a reality to be lived as we serve God and one another.

Left: Family Fun Night ––– Right: 100 Day Celebration
The academic purpose of our school is achieved through a well-rounded curriculum. The priority of St. Ann School is placed on basic skills achieved through multi-faceted programs of traditional teaching methods integrated with technology, higher level thinking skills and problem solving techniques. Furthermore, each student is looked upon as a unique individual with strengths to be recognized and developed.

Our school instills pride and respect for each child's physical and human nature. We emphasize the belief that God dwells within us. Therefore, we raise a conscious awareness of each child's physical needs through reinforcement of proper health habits: proper nourishment, cleanliness, exercise and appropriate time to relax and rest.

Since man lives in community, children need to be instilled with positive patterns of social behavior. The students are made aware of their social responsibilities to themselves and to others, not only through pre-existent values, but also through the example of the adults who present these values to them.

A supportive, positive attitude is encouraged in student relationships. Our students are taught to accept, understand and respect the differences in the various cultures present in our school and in our world. They also participate in programs that enhance their appreciation of the music and the visual art of the different cultures.

The Saint Ann School Community takes pride in its family spirit. Professional educators work cooperatively to affirm each other through mutual respect. There is also a rapport between teacher and student which goes beyond the academic. Priests, principal, teachers and parents support each other with an openness that focuses on communications and the awareness of each other's responsibility: a happy, educated and functional child.

At Saint Ann School, we incorporate the philosophy of the Catholic Church into our school. Faith, knowledge, love and respect are the foundation of the child and the school.
Principal Corner

. "Raritan school principal sets good reading example" 

Sister Mary Klersey was featured on the front page of the Courier News, Monday, July 7, 2014.

 

"Catholic school principal is practiciing what she is preaching as a Super Summer Reader."

Dear Friends of St. Ann School,

 

St. Ann’s will be visited by guests from across the country.  They will be using the international standards developed by AdvancEd to confirm what we have been saying about our beloved school.

 

The process asks the school to examine itself and come up with some viable goals and objectives to be used in the improvement cycle.  The teachers have worked hard to do this.  They looked at our Catholic identity using the lenses provided by the approved Standards for Catholic Education.  They also used the tools provided by AdvancEd as best practices for all schools.  We surveyed parents and students to further support what teachers were finding.

 

Our area of highest achievement is our Catholic Identity.  It stands out above all other areas as one that is important, valued, and well understood.  Clearly it is not something the school wants to now downplay or give less attention.  On the contrary, we have set the maintenance of our identity as an on going goal.  That means we will continue to make sure we make decisions, act, and set a culture that is identifiably Catholic.

 

Other goals also surfaced.  Financial viability is an area the school highlighted as one that needs extensive work.  The teachers and I took time thinking about our situation and our actual sphere of influence concerning finances.  We recognize that we are not financial wizards and not one of us is a member of the Fortune 500 Club.

 

But we are not a powerless group.  Financial stability can be achieved through marketing, increased enrollment, and development.  The school has the ability to market itself better.  Marketing is like the gas of the enrollment car.  Enrollment will take off if we keep our current students and attract new ones.  Our parents, teachers, students, and administrators have a big role in this.  Next, development is the steering wheel.  It is what keeps the school moving forward.  Development goes beyond maintenance of an old wine skin.  It is the pouring of new wine into an ever new school.  Development is not collecting money to keep the school alive.  It is enabling the school to actually thrive.  We believe we can put together and manage a development program with the assistance of our alumni. 

 

The school has other goals related to student performance, teaching, and learning, but these will be shared another week.

 

Thank you for your continued support.  With your prayers and help, we know our school will achieve its goals.

 

God bless you,

 

Sr. Mary Klersey, MPF

Principal