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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,

 

The children have been on vacation since June 14th.  Our parish festa is over.  My annual retreat has come to a close.  I enter the building which is hot, dark and empty.  Now what?

 

School is not school without the eyes that follow every move that I make.  It just isn’t school without having classes snap to attention when I open the door or the loudly whispered alert that “she’s coming” when I walk down the hall.  I must admit, I miss all the hustle, bustle and ruckus they make.  Do not misunderstand me.  I am delighted to have a break.  But I miss the children and all that goes with the ministry we call school.

 

So why do I bother to come day after day?  It’s because lots of the running of the school occurs when school is not in session.  There is mega paperwork, but that is not the most important part.  There is a tremendous amount of analyzing and planning that happens.  What keeps me smiling every day is the truth that failing to plan is planning to fail. 

 

Planning in this century is much the way it was at the time of Jesus.  First, he spent 40 days in prayer.  Okay, mine is only eight days but it involves prayer over and about ministry.  He looked at the realities around Him.  He had an aim in mind and saw to it that what he did and said always aimed at that end – our salvation. 

 

I spend time investigating and dreaming of what really could be.  With faculty and staff, I review our mission and look at what supports and detracts from the mission.  It is not a matter of opinions but of facts.  We analyze test scores and organizational patterns.  We look at what we have and how best to use it to fulfill God’s dream for each child.  We want to take them as far as we can so that their salvation is ensured and so that they can confidently stand before God, recognize His voice, and answer “yes” to His desire and will.  That is how we save the whole world, one child at a time.  God’s Kingdom does come in and through the children, the work of the school.

 

There are many ways for you to be part of our success.  None of us are excused from the Kingdom and its needs.  For your help and support, again, I thank you.  For what you will do in the future, I trust in your kindness and generosity.  May God bless the work of our hands.  

 

Enjoy the Lord’s favor,

 

Sr. Mary Klersey, MPF

Principal