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



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Congratulations to 8th graders Daniel McNulty and Luke Leonard for winning the Diocesan Spelling Bee sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  There were three winners and our school took first and second place!  Bravo!!

Congratulations to 6th grader Kristen McGuire (pictured above) and 4th grader Regina M. Blanco for taking first place in their division in the Diocese of Metuchen Respect for Life Poster Contest.  The winning pictures are displayed in the school foyer.


April Calendar of Events:


4/17 - 12:30 dismissal start Easter Recess

4/18 - 4/22 - Easter Recess

4/23 - Back to School


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."
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
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.
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


Dear Friends of St. Ann School,


When you were a child, you remember giving up all sorts of things for Lent.  If you went to Catholic school, you may even remember the Passion Play and Friday Stations of the Cross. 


We have a variety of activities planned at the school and classroom level including those already mentioned.  Why a variety?  Each soul is unique.  We are trying to educate the whole child and every soul is attracted to God in its own way and for its own purpose.  Just like there are different intelligences and different learning styles, there are different styles of praying but we all pray to the same God.


For those who need a concrete reminder, we are carrying around a stone.  It can be a reminder of a heart that needs softening or that God is the rock of our salvation.  For those who understand sacrifice we have silent snacks and mission outreaches.  For those who are doers, we have good deeds crosses posted.  For those who pray best by singing, we have a different Lenten refrain added to morning prayers each week.  This list goes on.  It covers Lent as prayer, sacrifice, and alms giving.


For us Lent is not a do it and cross it off your list activity, like doing homework, cleaning your room, or going to Mass on Sunday.  Lent is a journey to Easter, to salvation.  Just like the trip to Disney includes buying the tickets, packing, and the plane ride, plus the actual trip, so it is with Lent.  It is all consuming as is a trip.  We approach it with anticipation and joy even though we actually may not like some of the preparations for the trip.


Lent is like living your own love story.  People in love fix their eyes on the beloved.  They are in constant response to the mood, the actions, the attention, the life of the loved one.  The other becomes there constant focus.  Once a person loves and is love, that person is never the same.  Once in love, we change.  We actually not only become lovable, we are lovable!   For our children, God and His people are the loved one.  Our actions are in response to what is happening in the life of God and the Church.  The acts of Lent develop habits that make our children not only virtuous but actually holy.


St. Ann Parish offers many Lenten activities to its parishioners.  Do one really well or do several to see which one assists you in growing closer to God.  Whatever you do, do it like children, with a sense of joy, love, and adventure.


God bless you,


Sr. Mary Klersey, MPF