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SPOTLIGHT DISCOVERY 2024

2024 Summer Spotlight Camp is full. Email pmascha@gesu.com to be added to the waitlist. 

GESU’S CREATIVE HANDS-ON SCIENCE CAMP

for students entering grades 1-5

Dates:  June 3-7, 2024 Time: 8:30 am-12:45 pm

( Child care before camp begins at 7:30 and is free.)  There is a 60 camper limit.

Location:

Gesu Catholic School

2450 Miramar Blvd.

University Heights, OH 44118

Camp Director: Ms. Mascha

(216) 932-0620

pmascha@gesu.com

JOIN US to explore “Awesome Animal Encounters!”

  All campers are invited to join in the fun and use their curiosity, creativity, and investigative problem-solving skills to enjoy science through hands-on experimentation and stimulating activities. These aspiring scientists will travel from class to class at Gesu School.  Certified teachers will use an inquiry-based approach to learning during the four classes each day.  Campers will explore their own “smarts” in a child-centered environment while participating in science and gym activities throughout the week. Camp groups consist of 10-15 campers of similar ages under the care of the camp director, teachers and older student counselors.

Camp Sessions

  • Animal Endangerment and Extinction! ~ The Sundra tiger, the rhinoceros, the Asian elephant, the green sea turtle: Why do some animals become threatened, endangered or even extinct? Is this part of nature’s cycle or can people do things to prevent the loss of irreplaceable species? Learn more about endangered and threatened species and how we can help them to survive!
  • Animal Expressions and Environments! ~ Did you know that animals can talk? What does a monkey’s “cough call” mean? From complex signaling systems to intentional color changes, you’ll be in awe at animals’ amazing abilities to “speak” with each other! You will also be exploring how the varied and specialized habitats of animals help species to live, grow and flourish!
  • Eclectic Animal Art! ~ Reflect on God’s beauty as demonstrated in intricate animal patterns, varied textures, beautifully displayed colors, identifiable prints and so much more! Have fun using a variety of art mediums to create your own beautiful and creative artwork!
  • Animals Exercising! Which animals are God’s most amazing creatures? We are, of course! Keep your wonderful human body fit and in shape by exercising, playing sports and fun games both outdoors and in the air-conditioned Gesu Family Center Gym!

Camp Fees

Camp fee: $180.00 per camper.

(Includes 4 classes per day, class materials, a camp T-shirt, and a snack and drink each day.)

Please complete one form per camper.

All fees are collected online via the above link. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most important ways in which the faculty of Gesu School communicates with parents. We value this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and development. Conferences will be following our early (11:30 am) dismissal on Thursday February 15 7:45pm. There are no classes for students on Friday, February 16.

Parents will schedule conferences online using the link below. We strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to have the best selection of available time slots, especially if you have more than one child. Parents will receive an email confirmation of their conference appointments.

Please complete this sign up by Monday February 12!
Email communications@gesu.com with any questions or issues.

Christmas Events

We Give Catholic 2023

THANK YOU!

On #WeGiveCatholic 109 donors helped us raise $11,330 for our Faculty Classroom Wish Lists!

You helped us to greatly exceed our goal, thank you!

Gesu Catholic School has been an important ministry of the Gesu Parish Community for over 95 years.  The school provides a Christ-centered education with an emphasis on the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence, service to others and working for the great honor and glory of God.

The school community includes approximately 640 students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 with another 90 students in the Early Education Center. The school has been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s National Excellence Award and is an Ohio Designated STEM School.

This year, Gesu Catholic School will be participating in #wegiveCatholic and ask for support of our mission!

As you know, Gesu Catholic School has over 65 faculty and staff that made a positive impact on our students each and every day. Many of the faculty enhance a student’s learning experience by purchasing items with their own money. Our goal this year is to raise money for the teachers and allow them to purchase classroom accessories that would benefit their student’s learning environment.

The funds raised would be divided between the grade level teachers and special teachers. Then, the faculty could decide what they need – new rug for reading time, portable desks with caddys, flexible seating options, mobile white boards, books for classroom libraries, and so much more. The teachers spend countless hours teaching our students to grow academically, spiritually and physically.

Let’s show our appreciation to the amazing Gesu Catholic School faculty and staff with making a gift for #wegiveCatholic today!

We hope you will consider a tax deductible gift to Gesu Catholic School on November 28! Any size gift is welcome and will make a positive impact! Your gift is tax-deductible too.

Thank you for considering a gift to Gesu Catholic School!

Open House

Please join us Sunday January 28, 2024 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm for the Gesu Catholic School Open House.

This event will be following after 11:30am Mass at the Church of the Gesu.

Please use the button below to register.

For any questions, please contact:

admissions@gesu.com

2450 Miramar Boulevard,

University Heights, Ohio 44118

(216) 932-0620 x117

Gesu Drama Club

Show Dates

April 19 7:00 PM
April 20 7:00 PM
April 21 2:00 PM

Location

Kulas Auditorium, Ignatius Hall, John Carroll University  

Parking @ Gesu Catholic School

Purchase Tickets

$12 Adult | $10 Senior (65+) 

$8 Student (PreK-12) | Under 3 Free

Multi-Day Pass $32

Playbill Ad Space and Sponsorship

Support the GESU Drama Club production of Finding Nemo by placing an ad in the playbill.

This traditional musical with full staging and costumes will be performed April 19 (7pm), 20 (7pm), and 21 (2pm) at Kulas Auditorium, Ignatius Hall, John Carroll University. Tickets will be available online at Gesu.com/tickets and at the doors.

Artwork for ads can be attached to this form or emailed to theatre@gesu.com *Gesu Reserves the right to edit ads for formatting purposes.

Show Sponsorships will be recognized via color printing of a full page 5″ x 8″ Ad and mentioned during the curtain speech at the production. With the exception of Show Sponsor Ads, all ads will be Black and White.

Deadline for all materials and payment is Saturday March 23, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Advertising for the drama club is considered a donation and is not refundable.

Contact the Drama Club!

Volunteers

 It is expected that parents/guardians will volunteer some time, talent, or treasure to this production.

Please complete the below form and turn it in by January 26, 2024.

Audition Information

Swim Together with the Drama Club in 2024! This year’s show is Finding Nemo and auditions are coming soon. This is the same information shared at the November 15, 2023 Drama Club Informational Meeting. All important details can be found in the audition information links above.
 
Students (or parents) must sign up for auditions. Drama Club is open to all students in grades 4-8. Tech Crew is restricted to students in grades 7-8. Students received this information in their student emails on November 15. Please discuss this with your child if they may be interested in this opportunity. Our 3 performances will be held at John Carroll University in April 2024. Contact Michael Martinek (mmartinek@gesu.com) with any questions.

 

 

Audition Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 2:45-5:30 Grades 6-8, McAuley Hall

 

Auditions
Monday, December 4, 2023, 2:45-5:00 Grades 4-5, McAuley Hall
Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 2:45-5:00 Grades 6-8, McAuley Hall
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 2:45-5:00 Call Backs, McAuley Hall

A cast list and permission form will go home the week of December 13. 

Digital Academy

Dear Gesu Families,

Thank you for your patience as we transitioned into the use of Digital Academy as our new management system. As shared this past spring, Digital Academy will be the “one stop shop” for most avenues of Gesu communication. These avenues include:

  • Tuition (replaces FACTS)
  • Additional fees such as field trip, clubs, etc. (replaces FACTS)
  • Lunch account (replaces MySchoolLunch Account)
  • Access to student grades (replaces ProgressBook)
  • Communication to parents (replaces Constant Contact)
  • Family directory (replaces Directory Spot)
  • Emergency communication (replaces OneCallNow)
  • Disciplinary Referrals including demerits

As you enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year for your child(ren), you created an account. This account will have access to all of the above information as it becomes available.

The most pressing is the first tuition payment of the school year which will be in July. To review your account including tuition information, please log on to your Digital Academy account.

Digital Academy App

 To install the Digital Academy App, please do the following:

  1. On your Browser on the mobile device, please go to the following site:  https://auth.digitalacademy.org
  2. Please log in with your Digital Academy Username and Password.
  3. You will be prompted to install the app.  If you are not prompted, click the Menu Button and then select “Install Mobile App

 An Icon for the Digital Academy App will be added to your screen.  Use that icon when accessing the Digital Academy and it will open our App.

Summer Study Recommendations 2023

Summer is a time for true hands-on learning. Catching fireflies, playing kickball with friends, taking creek walks are all examples of
activities that inspire learning. Sitting on a blanket under a tree being so engrossed in a book that it is surprising the sun is setting is a
beautiful image. This is the form of summer learning Gesu embraces. Below, you will see reading and math recommendations for this
summer. They are recommendations, not requirements. Our faculty and staff are pleased to provide further direction and suggestions if needed.

Tech Camp 2023

 Tech Camp features hands-on activities in our STREAM Center where students will use tools such as our laser cutters,

3D Printers, sewing machines, Cricut Cutters, robots and more!

Dates: Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 4th, 8:45 am-12:00 pm

COST: $180.00 per child (covers use of school technology, additional materials, daily snack)

Hike for Hunger 2023

The Hike for Hunger is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2023. Gesu School will actively engage in the Corporal Work of Mercy: Feeding the Hungry.

Donations can be made by using Faith Direct.

Please click on the Hike for Hunger Button below to donate.

 According to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, one in seven people in Northeastern Ohio are food insecure. They do not know where their next meal will come from.

Please donate today! Thank you so much!

Catholic Schools Week 2023

CSW 2023 Schedule

  • Sunday, 1/29 | Celebrating our Parish

  • Monday, 1/30 | Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers

    • Dress Down Day
    • 8:30: All School Mass 
  • Tuesday, 1/31 | Celebrating our Nation

    • Red, White, and Blue Dress Down Day
  • Wednesday, 2/1 | Celebrating Vocation

    • Dress Down Day
    • Faith Families: Focus: vocations trivia competition and saint vocations
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm School Information Session
  • Thursday, 2/2 | Celebrating Our Students

    • Down Day
    • PTO treat
    • Announce faith family winners
    • Magis Moment Drawing
    • 1:30 8th grade volleyball game
  • Friday, 2/3| Celebrate our Community

    • Spirit wear Dress Down 
    • In-Class Movie
  • Saturday, 2/4 | Celebrating Families

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are one of the most important ways in which the faculty of Gesu School communicates with parents. We value this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and development. Conferences will be following our early (1:30 p.m.) dismissal on Thursday, February 9 through 7:30pm. There are no classes for students on Friday, February 10. 

Teachers were able to request conferences with some families. These requests were emailed on January 16. If you did not receive a request for a required conference, you still may sign up for an optional conference. Here is how the format will be for the winter conferences: 

-Preschool conference signups are located below K-8 signups

-K-3 conferences will be 15 minutes with your child’s homeroom teacher.

-4-8 conferences will be 15 minutes with your child’s grade level team.

 

As with the fall conferences, parents will schedule conferences online using the link below. We strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible in order to have the best selection of available time slots, especially if you have more than one child. Parents will receive an email confirmation of their conference appointments.

Please complete this sign up by Friday, February 3!

Please contact Miss Katelyn Seliskar, Assistant Principal, at kseliskar@gesu.com with any questions or concerns.

Winter Blast

Please use the link to purchase presale tickets for the Gesu PTO Winter Blast, open to students in grades 4,5, and 6.
When: Friday, January, 27 2022 from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.
Where: Gesu Family Center
Cost: $10.00 per student.
No mobile devices allowed.
Parent volunteers: please email Gina Fletcher (ginamfletcher@gmail.com) or Claire Barilla (clairec.barilla@gmail.com) if interested in helping with the event.

Mardi Gras 2023

Christmas Masses

Dear Gesù Family and Guests-
CHRISTmas is upon us and we gather to welcome the Prince of Peace. This last year it has been so difficult to watch the horrors of war and violence play out in Ukraine, in other parts of the world and on our own city streets. Violence that takes life, removes dignity, and perpetuates hatred. YET in the early hours of Christmas morning a baby’s voice was heard crying a message of peace, selflessness, love and a new beginning. “Emmanuel” – God with us! This same voice is now to be heard in the voices, actions and love of the people who follow that little child born to us on Christmas. We must become instruments of change and peace. It is only through breaking the chain of violence by turning to peace and love that the new beginning brought by Jesus at Christmas can be realized. May we begin in our own hearts, homes and Gesù community. My greatest hope is that Gesù continues to grow as a community that is open, welcoming, and deeply faithful to the message of Jesus. Peace on Earth is possible. May it begin with us!
Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
Fr. Lukas M. Laniauskas, SJ
Pastor

Jr High FTC Robotics & Science Olympiad

Check Out our New STREAM Extracurricular Clubs for 7th and 8th Grade!

Gesu is starting a Jr. High Science Olympiad Team for students in grades 7 and 8. This club will meet Tuesdays afterschool in the Science Lab. The team will compete at invitational and regional competitions against other schools in early 2023. All details including competition dates and costs are in the attached form. Students received the same information in their Gesu email. Parent Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Mr. Martinek, Miss Bielecki, or Mrs. Clary with any questions. 

Science Olympiad Parent Sign Up

Gesu is starting a Jr. High FTC Robotics Team for students in grades 7 and 8. This club will meet Wednesdays after school in the Community Room. The team will compete at a scrimmage on Dec 17 and possibly more competitions in early 2023. All details are in the attached form. Students received the same information in their Gesu email. Please contact Mr. Martinek or Mrs. Clary with any questions. 
FTC Robotics Parent Sign Up

Fathers Walk 2022

Fathers, male mentors and other male caregivers are encouraged to bring children in their lives to school on Thursday, September 22nd. Receive a small token at the door!

Bulldog Bolt 2022

Thank you to everyone who has registered, sponsored, and donated so far. We appreciate your support!
If you’d like to have your Bulldog Bolt shirt(s) in time for the race and dress down day, we encourage you to register or donate TODAY! Late registrants may not receive shirts until after the event. 
Visit the Bolt website HERE for more info, or click a link below to be taken directly to registration, sponsorship, or donations:
 
REGISTER HERE
Online pre-registration will remain open until 10/16. After that, registration can be done in person on 10/22 the morning of the race. Please note, lines will be long so pre-registering online is recommended.  
 
SPONSOR HERE
Platinum, Gold and Blue sponsor levels submitted by 10/9 will have their logo/name printed on the back of the race shirts. All sponsor levels receive FREE race registrations!
Prefer to submit sponsor payment by check instead of credit card? Click HERE.
 
DONATE HERE
Can’t make it to the Bolt? You can still support Gesu Boosters by making a $25 donation per person/student. Each donation earns you a Bolt t-shirt and the dress down day on Tuesday, Oct. 25th (wearing the Bolt t-shirt is encouraged but not required). 
 
QUESTIONS:
Dan Plato, platodw@gmail.com
Katie Plato, katieplato28@gmail.com

Magazine Drive

Dear Parents,
Welcome back to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited about the plans we have for the upcoming year.

As you know, the PTO financially supports our teachers and our students throughout the year, raising funds for Gesu School activities both in and out of the classroom such as the Pumpkin Bop, Winter Blast, the Junior High Dance, Hike for Hunger, class fields trips, teacher appreciation meals, after school clubs, and much more. PTO recently gave a sizable contribution to the Family Center and 2nd floor restroom renovations.

Your participation in our fundraising efforts ensures that we may continue to support these important endeavors. In response to families looking for an alternate way to support PTO, we are, again, offering a donation option, which will earn dress down days for your family.

  • PTO DONATION -A $125 donation per family to PTO will earn your child(ren) one (1) week of dress-down days on October 17-21 and 3 additional dress down days on November 30, January 11, April 26
  • MAGAZINE DRIVE – Six (6) online magazine orders per family received by Friday,
    September 23rd will earn your child(ren) one (1) week of dress-down days on October 17-21.

To make your $125 donation, we are now offering an online payment option through Wufoo

https://gesuchurch.wufoo.com/forms/pto-donation/

OR you can send a check payable to Gesu PTO to the school office in an envelope marked “PTO Donation” with your family’s last name and date. In the memo line, please include your student(s) name. We hope every family will participate in at least one of these options. It is important to note that, in
addition to supporting Gesu PTO financially, we value the donation of your time. Please consider volunteering for an event through the volunteer survey link provided in the weekly Wednesday school email (Constant Contact) or on the Gesu PTO Facebook Page!

If you have any questions throughout the year, please contact the PTO Presidents, Emily Delaney
(emmydelaney@gmail.com) or Nicole Garofoli (ngarofoli07@jcu.edu). We look forward to working with all of you this year.

 

We appreciate your continued support!
The Gesu PTO

Gesu Junior High Dance

Gesu 7th and 8th graders Only

Friday, Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Gesu Family Center
$10/student
Students must be registered and tickets purchased in advance.
DJ and light refreshments provided.
Note: Students not permitted to leave building (without a parent) before end of dance.

Parent volunteers needed.

Email: suevalerian@hotmail.comaliciarc2002@gmail.com

Gesu Golf Club 2022

The Jr. High Golf Club is returning this fall and is open to students of any skill level in 7th and 8th grade. Please see the attached letter for more details. Students have received a sign-up form in their Gesu Email or parents may sign up their student via this Sign-Up Form. Sign-ups are due by August 29 at 4:00pm. Please contact Mr. Martinek at mmartinek@gesu.com with any questions.

Summer Reading 2022

Please click on the link below  for the Grade Level you or your child will be entering for the 2022-2023 School Year to access summer reading assignments.

 

HIKE for HUNGER

The Hike for Hunger is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2022. Gesu School will actively engage in the Corporal Work of Mercy: Feeding the Hungry. Donations can be made by using Faith Direct. Please click on the Hike for Hunger Button below to donate. According to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, one in five people in Northeastern Ohio are food insecure. They do not know where their next meal will come from. Please donate today! Thank you so much!

SPOTLIGHT DISCOVERY 2022

GESU’S CREATIVE HANDS-ON SCIENCE CAMP

for students entering grades 1-5

Dates: June 6-10, 2022 Time: 8:30-12:30 pm

(Before Care in the cafeteria begins at 7:30 and is free.)
(Face-masking requirements will be determined closer to the beginning of camp.)
There is a 60 camper limit this year. (First come-first served)

Location: Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Blvd. pmascha@gesu.com
University Heights, OH 44118

Camp Director: Ms. Mascha
pmascha@gesu.com | (216) 932-0620 x206

Nature Rocks!

All campers are invited to join in the fun and use their curiosity, creativity, and investigative
problem-solving skills to enjoy science through hands-on experimentation and stimulating
activities. These aspiring scientists will travel from class to class both indoors and outdoors at
Gesu Catholic School. Certified teachers will use an inquiry-based approach to learning during
the four classes each day. Campers will explore their own “smarts” in a child-centered
environment while participating in science and gym activities throughout the week. Camp groups
consist of about 15 campers of similar ages under the care of the camp director, teachers and
older student counselors. We are proud of our great reviews every year!

This year’s theme is Nature Rocks! Four sessions per day:

  • A Bug’s Life!~ Future entomologists will study the science of bugs! Compare endoskeletons and exoskeletons. Learn how insects help the earth. Catch a few bugs to observe and then release.
  • Birds of a Feather!~ Future ornithologists will learn all about the behavior patterns of birds. Find out howbirds communicate and learn some bird calls. Experiment with bird feathers. Make your own bird house andbird feeder.
  • Geo-Gymnasts!~ Stay in tune with the balance of nature by enjoying fitness -related games and activitiesoutdoors and in the Family Center Gym.
  • Natural Artists!~ Future artists will create beautiful nature-themed masterpieces! Enjoy preparing andconsuming creative snacks made from the fruits of the earth!

Camp fee: $175.00 per camper. (Includes classes, materials, a camp T-shirt, and a healthy snack
and drink per day.) Please fill out one form per camper. This year all fees are collected online via the above
form.

Registration form and fees are due by May 11, 2022.

We Give Catholic 2021

This #WeGiveCatholic 2021, we were able to see the importance that you place on Gesu Catholic School. Thanks to the outstanding support this past Tuesday, we were able to raise over $11,000. This was significantly above our goal of $7,500. To each and every person who was able to contribute, thank you for your commitment to our school. With you, Gesu Catholic School is able to provide the quality education, resources and safety that has become our pride as a Catholic Jesuit school. 

This year for #WeGiveCatholic, we hope you will help us fund our vision for Gesu Catholic School. With security being our utmost priority, we are looking towards updating our new front office and main entryway to reflect these ideals. Some of the changes we would like to make include: enhancing our main entryway (welcome door) that leads into the school by adding new signage, a splash of color by painting a few walls, constructing a counter in the main office and purchasing a digital bulletin for important announcements and updates.

Any size gift is welcomed and is guaranteed to have an important impact on our school community.

Thank you for considering Gesu Catholic School on #WeGiveCatholic!

Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Kindergarten registration for families with students currently attending Gesu School in Grades K-8 begins on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  The link to enrollment will be posted in the weekly Constant Contact at the end of December.

Kindergarten registration for families new to Gesu School begins on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.  The link to the FACTS online enrollment system will become available at that time.

For more information about our Kindergarten program, please contact the director of Admissions, Ms. Judi Herbert, at (216) 932-0620, ext. 117 or via email at jherbert@gesu.com.

Catholic Schools Week 2021


Saturday January 30, 2021

Celebrating Our Parish and Families

This weekend of Catholic Schools Week, we come together to celebrate what is typically the supporting force behind our Catholic Schools: the parish community! Join Us for Mass! Welcome Letter

Catholic Schools Week Family Mass


Sunday, January 31, 2021

Celebrating Our Parish and Families

Check out our STREAM Showcase and Virtual Tour. Pass this information along to other families that may want to join Gesu Parish and School. Stream Showcase
Virtual Tour


Monday, February 1, 2021

Celebrating Our Community

On the first day of Catholic Schools Week, we come together to celebrate what is the supporting force behind our Catholic Schools: The Parish Community! We begin our week with a prayer service. Several parishioners have been invited to share testimonials of our parish life. We will, as part of our prayer service, complete a handout that will be distributed to our parish family. Our message is one of thanks as we express our gratitude and build our connection between our students and parishioners who support our school. Celebrating Our Community


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Celebrating Vocations

Our morning broadcast will once again recall a parishioner’s story. Additionally, we will gather with other diocesan schools for the 10:00 AM live stream of the Mass celebrated by Bishop Malesic from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Online Live Mass 10am
Celebrating Vocations


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Celebrating Our Nation

On National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools, students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders. They share information with leaders on the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens. We pray for the nation and recognize all those who serve it. Celebrating Our Nation
Online Resources for Catholic Schools Week
from the Diocese of Cleveland
Online Resources for Catholic Schools Week from NCEA

 


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Celebrate Our Students

It’s a Dress Down Day as we recognize the best part of our school—the students!

A treat from PTO and a special talent show virtually presented to our students from our 7th & 8th graders showcasing the many gifts and talents God has blessed us with.

Gesu’s 7th and 8th Grade Talent Show

Coming Soon


Friday, February 4, 2021

Celebrating Our Faculty and Staff

Particularly in this pandemic year, we appreciate all that our teachers have done to bring our students into school for face-to-face learning. Dress Down for teachers and staff and a special treat from PTO. Celebrating our Faculty and Staff