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THIS YEAR STARTS ST. ANN SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY!!!

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Farewell 2015/2016

St. Ann School is proud to acclaim a devotion to excellence thanks in large part to our generous support and contributions from our alumni, parents, and families.  Our students and faculty are tremendously appreciative of your dedication and endowments through all of your support.

 

As we move forward into the new year, please consider the future success of our school through considerable donations.  Every small gift adds invaluable endorsement to the students and the faculty at large.  Please use the NetCharge button located above for any donations to St. Ann School. We are extremely grateful of any donation, as we strive to educate our students to the best of their abilities.

 

Thank you for your committed efforts to keep St. Ann School pushing forward towards a better future, as we continue to flourish this upcoming year and beyond.

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:

  • 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.

 

St. Ann Eighth Grader Joey Gorky is off to college in Sept!


Yes, you heard right. Joey was accepted into the Somerville Academy of Liberal Arts program. He'll concurrently earn his high school diploma and an Associate’s degree from Raritan Valley community college.

Of course, he still needs to graduate from St. Ann's this week.

So proud of you Joey!

 

 

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.
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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 practicing what she is preaching as a Super Summer Reader."

 

Dear Friends of St. Ann School,

 

It is official, the produce is just about ready.  The convent door bell is beginning to ring at least once a day now.  I am sure you think it is for the upcoming 90th party.  As much as we look forward to celebrating with Sr. Dolores, that is not it.

 

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes are appearing!  Our friends and neighbors harvest their home grown crops and have made us the beneficiaries of their bounty. 

 

I tell you this because I am sure that you noticed the schools “garden.” Planted by school parents and alumnus, it is cared for by well-organized volunteers.  They weed and water weekly.  These small squares of earth produce an impressive amount of veggies.

 

This is one of many of our service orientation activities.  It teaches science, but, it also teaches patience and perseverance.  No matter how many little ones check those peppers, they are not ready to pick until God ordains it so.  The tomatoes will not be hurried either.  But it takes more than time for the garden to flourish.  It takes our consistent and constant care.  If the gardener stays away too long, the weeds take over and kill the plants.  The garden tolerates no forgetting.  Unlike homework, you cannot make up for a lack of water.  The fragile thirsty plant can only survive with the right amount of water at the right time.

 

I encourage you to share your garden with the little people in your life.  The lessons of the garden are life lessons.  They help children mature and take responsibility for something other than themselves.  It is more than to help that we teach children.  We teach them to value life in all of its forms, even that of the silent and the lowly cucumber. 

 

Continue to grow and share.  That reminds me of the motto of our school:  Enter and learn; leave and serve.  Be it parsley or tomatoes, let the goods continue to flow.  God has indeed blessed us.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Sr. Mary Klersey, MPF

Principal