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Posted June 26, 2020
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Racism and race in America are
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Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who are on the frontlines helping our community!
God bless you!
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Call 732-254-7105 for a School Tour
Preschool at St. Bartholomew School, East Brunswick, offers the valuable foundation your child needs to succeed in life at a competitive price. Our Smarter Start includes:
Competitive, high-quality academic programs that prepare children with the cognitive and social-emotional skills needed to be successful in school.
Certified teachers — according to experts at the Pew Center, teachers with a bachelor’s degree and specialized training in early childhood education better support children’s development and school readiness.
Faith-based environment where children learn to care for one another and the world they will inherit.
Full-day programs, plus after care, at a competitive price.
St. Bartholomew School: At a Glance
Grades: Pre-K3 through 8th grade; Before and Aftercare is available.
Mission: The mission of Saint Bartholomew School is to love, educate, and inspire our children to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Distinctions: Voted “Best Pre-Kindergarten in Middlesex County,” National Junior Honor Society, accredited by AdvancED, a non-profit organization of education professionals that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of educational institutions to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.
Facilities: Advanced Technology Resource Center, science lab, music room, art room, maker space, Spanish Instruction, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, laptops, iPads, and Pre-K and K-8 playgrounds.
What parents say about St. Bartholomew School: “The St. Bartholomew School community is safe, nurturing, loving, and has become our second family. Every day, my child loves to go to school and comes home excited with stories of what he has learned, projects he has completed, and interactions with friends.”
Visit Us to Learn More
Call 732.254.7105 to request a Back to School Tour.
For over fifty years, Saint Bartholomew School has prepared students to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives in a climate of caring, trust, and respect rooted in the Gospel spirit of love, service, and charity. The model of community we seek is one that embraces our core mission: to love, educate, and inspire our children to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is in this sacred landscape that we are authentically present in the classroom and deeply connected with our students, and these connections are held in our hearts, where intellect and spirit meet.
We guide our students to weave a world of learning through best practice in instruction and learning in an environment that is exciting, collaborative, and reflective. An overarching theme of academic optimism, equity, and excellence prevails. Our enrollment is strong and increasing as we continuously update our technology, curriculum, facilities, books, library, professional development, and safety procedures in order to maintain the framework of Best Practice structures and proven cutting-edge implementation strategies.
We partner with our parents/guardians, volunteers, Home School Association, and School Advisory Committee to offer an affordable and outstanding education. Student leaders are developed through our Mentoring and Buddy Programs. We seek to develop and make visible the creativity, productivity, richness, and fruitfulness present in each student through our highly qualified faculty. It is for these reasons that, as stated by parents of a recent graduate in a testimonial, “Saint Bartholomew School should be the standard for all Catholic Elementary Schools.”
Come and see what the Saint Bartholomew School family has to offer!
God bless you,
Mrs. Ann Wierzbicki, R.N., M.A.E./Ed.S.
Welcome to St. Bartholomew School Aftercare! Aftercare for students in Pre-K through 8th grade will take place in the gym building from 1:45pm-6pm, and 11:30am-6pm on half days. Students will be assigned groups by grades that they will stay in for the year. Each group will be assigned a room for the day where they will do activities six feet apart, and wear masks. While students and staff are in their assigned rooms for the day, they will have masks on at all time, and be six feet apart from another person. Please send in a drink and a couple snacks for your child for after care, and on half days send a drink, snack, and lunch. Please follow our safe foods guidelines when choosing lunches and snacks. When you arrive at the school to pick up your child/children, please ring the bell on the left side of the gym doors. For the students’ and staffs’ safety, parents/guardians are not permitted into the building; we will bring your child/children out to you along with the sign out sheet. All parents/guardians are to sign out their children before leaving. We inform the students while in our care that teachers and staff are the only ones allowed to open the door. A staff member will open the door for you when you arrive. You will be charged accordingly for your child’s stay in aftercare by receiving a bill through FACTS Tuition. If you have any questions or concerns about aftercare or changes in pick up, please call the aftercare number (732-254-1559) during aftercare hours, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the main school office (732-254-7105) during the school day. Below is the aftercare schedule and procedures. Thanks so much! We look forward to a safe, fun and exciting aftercare program with your children!
After School Care Coordinator
Walk-Ins: If you’d prefer to shop in store, we will be
welcoming walk-in customers in limited numbers.
The total customers permitted to shop at once
will be based on CDC guidelines as well as
state and local mandates; we appreciate your
understanding and patience in the event of a line!
To our Parish & School Community Introducing Flocknote
Hey St. Bartholomew Community, we’ve adopted a new and improved way of
communicating that will make it much simpler for you to get the information
you want from us! It’s powered by a service called Flocknote. Like sending a
"note" to your "flock".
St. Bartholomew School Library The Bottom Line The St. Bartholomew School Library Activity Report
for the 2018-2019 School Year
The 2018-2019 library school year started off slowly. There was an initial problem with the duplication of student entries in the database so that each student had two distinct numbers; invalid numbers had to be deleted manually. The library opened for business on October 9, 2018 and closed for the year at the end of May. Testing time and additional computer issues led to some downtime for library services.
Happy 25th Anniversary, Father Tom
St. Bartholomew School celebrated Father Tom's 25th Anniversary of Ordination into the Priesthood
From the Office of the Bishop
St. Bartholomew School
What a wonderful morning I spent with your children at Saint Bartholomew School! I joined with the Board of Trustees from the Hope Through Education Foundation to spend time with your children, parish priests and the school staff. We had the opportunity see the students perform a play about Our Lady of Guadalupe and her appearance to Saint Juan Diego. The play was a beautiful depiction of the story and helped us all to learn about the supernatural intervention of Our Blessed Mother in the Americas. In addition to the play, a choir of students sang. The program ended with lively folk dancing. Read full letter
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The Catholic School Difference A new study shows the benefit of demanding student self-discipline. By The Editorial Board June 1, 2018 7:02 p.m. ET
For the thousands of nuns who have served as principals at Catholic schools, their emphasis on self-discipline must seem like common sense. But a new academic study confirms the sisters are on to something: You can instill self-discipline in students, a virtue that will help them in their studies and later in life.
The study was conducted for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute by University of California-Santa Barbara associate professor Michael Gottfried and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey. The authors analyzed two waves of national data on elementary school students collected under the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study for the National Center for Education Statistics. They compared children in Catholic schools with those in public schools and other private schools, religious and secular.
The authors found statistically meaningful evidence that students in Catholic schools exhibited less disruptive behavior than their counterparts in other schools. “According to their teachers, Catholic school children argued, fought, got angry, acted impulsively, and disturbed ongoing activities less frequently,” the authors write. Specifically, students in Catholic schools “were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.” In other words, they exhibited more self-discipline.
The authors concede their findings aren’t causal, meaning there might be unobservable differences between students in different schools that account for the striking differences they have found. But the correlation is strong between the focus that Catholic schools put on self-discipline and better student behavior. We also know that, especially in urban areas, black and Latino students who attend Catholic schools show higher achievement, higher graduation rates and higher college enrollment than those at nearby public schools.
At a time when the different suspension rates between minority and non-minority students has become a toxic debate, the authors offer three key judgments:
First: “Schools that value and focus on self discipline will likely do a better job of fostering it in children.” If other schools “took self discipline as seriously as Catholic schools do, they wouldn’t have to spend as much time, energy and political capital on penalizing students” for bad behavior.
Second: “Assuming that these results reflect a ‘Catholic Schools Effect,’ other schools might consider both explicit and implicit methods to replicate it.” The report notes that some “no excuses” charter schools are already doing this, through the curriculum or the way students interact with adults and teachers who model self-discipline themselves.
Third: “Don’t underestimate the power of religion to positively influence a child’s behavior.” Religion isn’t the only way to foster self-discipline, the authors emphasize, but it’s effective compared to most of the alternatives in channeling youthful energy into productive self-control. Though the authors offer no easy prescriptions, they do say it is a “tragedy for the nation” that so many Catholic schools continue to close when they are most needed. Their lessons are worth preserving.
Best Preschool in Middlesex County
The Saint Bartholomew School Pre-Kindergarten Program has received the prestigious honor of being voted the Best Preschool in Middlesex County (Home News Tribune Readers’ Choice Contest 2017).
Practicing for our Christmas Show
Classroom is a tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes.
Please review the information in the Biweekly Communications section of this website which includes a letter from our principal, Mrs. Ann Wierzbicki, and information regarding the coming 2 weeks.
Calendar is subject to change and will be posted monthly on an ongoing basis
at this time. Updates will be posted on the Calendar, Forms, & Info page.
Action Alert: Tell Congress Catholic Schools Need Emergency Aid
COVID-19 has contributed to the permanent closure of over 160 Catholic schools across 23 states. Additionally, internal surveys show ten percent of Catholic schools are still uncertain of their future. That means as many as 500 or more additional Catholic schools could be in jeopardy of closing in the wake of the pandemic.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families fully support an increase in the statutory ceiling of $1,000 per pupil for transportation. The increase should at least be $50.00 per pupil in order to have transportation routes run for our students.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families fully support this issue in order to remediate children in compensatory education and to increase their success for the future.
The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families support fairness in grant programs for qualified STEM teachers. In the past, other grant programs for specific content areas have included nonpublic school teachers. If the goal of the bill is to provide excellent STEM education in all New Jersey schools, then nonpublic school teachers should be included.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
The St Bartholomew School admits students of any race, color, national and
ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities
generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic
origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions
policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other