St Bartholomew School

470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-254-7105 Fax: 732-254-6352

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October / November 2020 at a Glance
October 29
  • Dress Down in Halloween colors (orange, yellow, brown) - it's free

November 4
  • 11:30am Dismissal – Virtual Teacher Conferences Grades 1-8 from 12:00-4:00pm.
    Schedule directly with the teacher

November 5
  • 11:30am Dismissal – Virtual Teacher Conferences Grades 1-8 from 12:00-4:00pm.
    Schedule directly with the teacher

November 6
  • End of first marking period

November 11
  • Picture Day – During School - Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Virtual Students Last Name A-M from 2:00-3:00pm
    Virtual Students Last names N-Z from 3:00-4:00pm

November 12
  • Picture Day – During School - PK3, PK4, K, Grades 1 and 8

November 25
  • 11:30am Dismissal – Thanksgiving Break


November 26-27
  • School Closed – Thanksgiving Break

Photos will be taken in the Gym this year with ample room for social distancing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
During School - Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
From 2:00-3:00pm - Virtual Students with Last Names A-M
From 3:00-4:00pm – Virtual Students with Last Names N-Z

Thursday, November 12, 2020
During School - PK3, PK4, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 8

Students in Grades K-8 may dress down on their assigned Picture Day.

There will be no group photos this year. The Class Photo will be a composite of the individual photos.

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Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who are on the frontlines helping our community! God bless you!

Open House Video 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.”

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Call 732.254.7105 to request a Back to School Tour.

NEW: Download the Getting Your Child into a Preschool Routine eBook

St. Bartholomew School National School Choice Week Dance 2018

From our Principal Principal's Page | Testimonials
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.

News & Announcements View News & Media Archive
Posted October 29, 2020
National Vocation Awareness Week

Posted October 13, 2020
Get the full experience at a Catholic High School in the Diocese of Metuchen

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Posted October 7, 2020
Save the Date
Faith Formation Virtual Conference: November 5-8, 2020

More details, a complete conference schedule, and event registration will be available soon at the Archdiocese of Newark website.

Posted October 6, 2020
World Mission Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We celebrate World Mission Sunday on October 18 this year. This annual, worldwide Eucharistic celebration emphasizes our shared baptismal call to be missionaries in our own right.

Read the full letter from Bischop Checchio

Posted October 6, 2020
Built by Me: Virtual STEM Programs

Classes - Starting Soon
6 weeks, 90min/week

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Fashion First Workshops: In Person Sewing Classes

Mondays & Friday for 8 Classes
October 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
November 2, 6, & 9 (13th as a weather day)

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Faith 101: In Person and Virtual Lecture Series

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Annual Magazine and Cookie Dough Sale
September 16-30, 2020

Video Kick-off for the Fundraiser

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Premier Chess Virtual After-School Club for Saint Bartholomew Students

October 1-November 19
Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
2 Concurrent Classes: K-4 and 5th-8th Grade

Classes will be held on Zoom and have 8-1 student-teacher ratio.

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After Care Letter
September 9, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardians,

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, 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!

Miss Grover
After School Care Coordinator

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2020-21 Reopening Information
Updated August 20, 2020

New: Reopening Letter from Mrs. Wierzbicki

New: Reopening Plan

New: Return-To-School Form

New: Waiver

Uniform shopping with Flynn O'Hara

We’re focused on making the back-to-school uniform shopping experience as safe & easy as possible this year.

Curbside & In-Store Pickup: In-store & curbside pickup is now available at all retail locations. For details, visit the Flynn O'Hara COVID-19 Updates page!

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!

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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.

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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

Dear Parents,

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

St. Bartholomew Spirit Wear is now available!

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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.

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).

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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 school-administered programs.

470 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-254-7105 Fax: 732-254-6352