As we continue our Reading Rocks Program, I read Goldirocks and the Three Bears to the second and third grade this week. We also discussed how their reading was going and to continue to read at home. I also enjoyed sitting and chatting with various classes in the cafeteria. It's always interesting to get their take on how the week is going and what they are doing in class. I can't wait to see the classes rehearse for next week's Christmas concert. I think everyone is going to be in for a treat!

Mrs. Skornia


Ready, Set, Read is a book drive in memory of Mr. Clem Genteman, a lifelong educator.

He believed education was the foundation for all children. Teaching was not a just a job for Clem, it was "his mission." This year, we have chosen St. Vincent de Paul and St. Gertrude schools as the recipients of donated books. Our goal is to outfit their libraries with new children's reading materials in Clem's honor.

Amazon Wishlist. For the Wishlist email:

St. Gertrude Donation drop-off: Open Skies, 3021 Hwy A, Suite 103 in Washington

Thanksgiving through Christmas Day 2019 (Nov. 28 — Dec. 25)

Mr. Genteman spent 25 years as a principal at St. Vincent de Paul and 17 years as an educator at St. Gertrude with 60 years total in education. Once he was asked when he was likely to retire and he replied, "when the good Lord takes me," which is exactly what he did.

Rest in Peace Clem Genteman, 1938 — 2019.


Just a reminder that our Christmas Store opens next week for Preschool - 7th grade to shop . The store will be open all day on Monday, December 9 and Friday, December 13 and possibly a few times in between. Envelopes were sent to preschool through 3rd grade. Please send these envelopes back to your teachers with your child's name, list of who they are buying for and include your money donation in the envelope. All proceeds will benefit our mission children from Guatamala, Burhan and Paola.


SGS will be collecting monetary donations at our All-School Mass on Wednesday, December 11. The money will be donated to the St. Gertrude/St. Ann - St. Vincent DePaul Society.


♫ O Holy Night…Christ the Savior is Born...Joy to the World ♫ On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, we will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord at 4pm in the Parish Center. We are looking for volunteers to fill the liturgical roles for mass and live nativity. If you are interested in participating, complete form and return to school office or rectory by Monday, December 16, 2019. This is open to all Parish families, ages 4 and up! Roles are filled 1​st​ come, 1​st​ served. Practice ​for mass & live nativity​ will be Friday, December 20, 2019 from 11-12pm in the Parish Center. A sign up form is in your child's Thursday folder and is also attached below. Please indicate choices for roles with 1​st​, 2​nd​, 3​rd​, etc., and include any special notes in the comment section. For more information, call Danette Eckelkamp @ 636-734-6001 or Michelle Gildehaus at 636-239-4216.


Reminder the Christmas Concert for grades Pre - K through fourth grade is Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Students should go to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m. Students should wear nice dress clothes.


Please mark your calendars! Classroom Christmas parties will be Friday, December 20th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. We will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. NO LUNCH WILL BE SERVED and SKIP WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. Room parents: if you need student pictures for ornaments or crafts, please contact Mrs. Van Booven.


St. Gertrude/St. Ann Pro Life Reindeer Run is this Saturday, December 7 at the YMCA in Washington! Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 a.m. This fundraiser benefits the 2020 & 2021 Pro Life trip to Washington D.C.


Please consider using the SGS SCRIP Program for your Christmas shopping and gift giving needs. This is a great way to purchase gifts, earn tuition credit and support the school. Plus, it does not cost you any extra. Scrip forms can be found on Fast Direct/Planner/Tina Van Booven.

Scrip WILL NOT be available to order the week of December 23 and December 30th. Scrip will resume January 6th.

Regina Close, owner of Washington Green Spa and Wellness will be offering 7% on all scrip orders December 2 through December 14th.


The 150 Club Dinner/Dance will be held February 1, 2020 in the Parish Center. Have you considered this opportunity? We’d love to have you join this fun group of individuals, who through their membership help support St. Gertrude School. We will be sending out invitations at the end of this month. Membership makes a great Christmas gift for your children or friends, age 21 or older. If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the form in child's Thursday folder and we will include you in our mailing. You can drop this form at the parish office, school office, or in the collection basket.


Make Leap Year a night to remember at St. Gertrude Casino Night - February 29, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at St. Gertrude Parish Center. Over $5,000 in CASH and PRIZES to be awarded. Cost is $100 ticket for two adults (No one under 21 admitted). Dinner served from 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m., Open Bar all night, start-up COUGAR BUCKS, 50/50 raffle, Games of Chance. EVERY TICKET has a change for PRIZES on the BIG BOARD, including the BIG MONEY. ONLY 120 TICKETS AVAILABLE. For tickets contact Vicky Maune (636-357-0303). All proceeds benefit St. Gertrude School.