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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St. Bartholomew School National School Choice Week Dance 2018
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.
February / March 2019 at a Glance
School Closed – President’s Day
Gertrude Hawk Candy Sale Begins
11:30am Dismissal – Faculty Meeting
Gertrude Hawk Candy Sale Ends. Candy will be delivered week of 4/8/18.
Thank you so much for your participation in the Climate and Culture Survey for the schools of the Diocese of Metuchen. Your input is an important part of the process of school improvement that we value in the Office of Schools. As we gather data from our families, educators and students, we are able to provide the most effective professional development for principals and teachers and consistently improve the curriculum for our students. There were 2,570 parents that took part in the survey, all across the Diocese. The surveys were available to students from Grade 3 through 12. We had 3,760 completed surveys.
We are pleased to share with you a summary of the information we gathered in those surveys. Aside from the demographic information, there were three questions about the climate and the culture of the school on the survey.
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
Our 18th Annual “Hollywood-A Night at the Movies" Basket Raffle was a great success!
The St. Bartholomew School Home School Association would like to thank all of the members of our community for their generous support. Our special thanks go to Fr. Thomas Walsh, Mrs. Ann Wierzbicki, Father Dario, Candice Molinaro, Michelle Perlman, Pat Colligan, Miss Zoe Sheridan, Elena Iadevaia, the Brautigan Family, Veronica Tkacenko, Barbara Bunag, Barbara Fitzgerald, the Altar Rosary Society, the Kulbacki Family, Sharon Roche, Jean Tee, Mary Thibault, Alberto Cardona, the Knights of Columbus, the Basket Raffle Committee members, teachers, children and families of St. Bartholomew School and Parish, and all who attended the event.
We would like to acknowledge the many generous corporate and local merchants and individuals who have graciously supported this event with their contributions of gift certificates, merchandise and monetary donations. Your support is greatly appreciated!
St. Bartholomew School Library The Basic Menu Served for 2017-2018
The school library opened for business on September 26, 2017 and closed for the year on May 30, 2018. Except for a two and one-half week period during the time of standardized testing, the library was open to students and teachers at least two days each week.
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 new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes.
ISSUE: The safety and security of children is of primary importance to parents and educators. After the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, security is more important than ever for all students in nonpublic schools.
IN THE LEGISLATURE: Two bills are before the state legislature. A4597 is in the State Assembly and S3080 is in the State Senate. Both bills have the same purpose, which is increasing the current security aid from the current $75. To $150. per K-12 student.
OUR POSITION: Security aid for our students is underfunded. Risk to all students is real, especially when faith-based institutions become targets for violence. This further appropriation would increase the amount of security aid so that schools can take further steps now, during this school year, to put additional security measures in place for the safety of all. Public school funding for security is approximately $205. per student.