Gesu Update blog posts

Gesu community saddened by the passing of Ms. Doloris John.

Dear Gesu School Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Ms. Doloris John. Ms. John left us on Friday, November 29th. Ms. John was a fixture at Gesu School for more than 40 years - most recently as the longtime receptionist. She was the "mother" of Gesu School and referred to the students, past and present, as her "children." During this time of Thanksgiving we are thankful to have been blessed with Ms. John's presence and her love of all things Gesu. To say that Ms. John will be missed would be a tremendous understatement. Please keep Ms. John's family and our students, faculty and staff in your prayers. Rest in peace Ms. John.

Bryan Carter


Funeral Arrangements

We celebrate the life and memory of Ms. Doloris Patricia John

Six tips for preparing for Christmas without stress

From the desk of Fr. Neil Ver'Schneider, Vice Principal and Chaplain

This Sunday, December 1st, Christians begin their preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ—Christmas. As you know, Christmas is a wonderful holiday, but it often becomes stressful when we let our celebration get out of focus. God's coming should not be stressful! Of course, we have lots of help losing the focus of our celebration; TV and newspaper advertising distort the meaning of Christmas. 

Bullies beware! Gesu earns designation as "No Place for Hate" school.

Sporting bright orange T-shirts, hair ribbons, and socks, Gesu faculty and students joined with others across the country in observance of Unity Day on October 9th as part of Anti-Bullying Month. The activity was the first of the year that will help Gesu maintain its newly earned recognition as a “No Place for Hate” school from the Anti-Defamation League. Gesu earned its designation last year by completing three activities that “celebrate diversity, promote respect for difference and/or address bias and bullying” and was honored at a school-wide ceremony in September.

Gesu community says good-bye to beloved educator, parent, and friend.

We mourn the recent passing of Gesu parent and Kindergarten aid Earsel Odom. Our entire community was blessed by her presence and will deeply miss her cheerful smile. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.


Character counts. Pre-K teacher gives first-hand testimony to the hidden power of character, the focus of this year's annual symposium on November 1st.

Peek through the window into Sarah Weir’s Pre-K on any given morning, and you’ll see 18 little learners gathered for “morning meeting.”  The daily agenda always includes one very important topic: how each child feels that day. A big believer in the crucial role character plays in a child’s success, Weir talks to her students about their emotions and strategies for managing them. For many of her children, their frustrations and hurts run much deeper than the concerns of a typical preschooler. “Taking the time to invest in how the children feel and where they are coming from helps me understand them better, so I can be more effective at teaching content,” Weir explains. It’s a practice she’s developed through the Responsive Classroom approach she adopted years ago. And she knows it works.

Registration for Gesu's 16th Annual Symposium is now open!

Join us for Gesu's 16th Annual Symposium - The Hidden Power of Character

Friday November 1, 2013 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 
Reception to follow

Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Our most recent graduates are headed to these outstanding high schools...

The Baldwin School
Bishop McDevitt
Carver High School for Engineering and Science
Central High School
CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture and Design)
Constitution High (2)
Cristo Rey (5)
Delaware Valley Charter
Friends Select
Simon Gratz High School
John W. Hallahan (2)
Mercy Vocational (6)
Merion Mercy Academy
Northeast High School (3)
Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School (2)
Roman Catholic
Saint Joseph's Prep (2)
The Shipley School
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Valley Forge Military Academy
West Catholic (4)

Center for Urban and Catholic Education at SJU honors Gesu principal Sr. Ellen Convey

Congratulations to our very own Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM, who was honored with the first annual Robert Molyneux, S.J., Award today by Saint Joseph’s University’s Center for Urban and Catholic Education. “The award will be given each year to a Philadelphia educator who has made exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools — capturing the essence of the magis — to do something of deeper worth, in the current moment, for the greater need.” Well-deserved recognition, Sr. Ellen! Read Saint Joseph's University's full write up.

Stock market savvy empowers students.

“Residents in the inner-city are not as involved in the stock market,” Gesu trustee Paul Welch explains to the library full of 8th graders. “As you grow, you can help others learn about it. It’s about giving back—helping the community and your neighbors.” 

This year, Welch, a senior research analyst and partner at PENN Capital Management, brought a variation of a Chicago-based school investment education program to Gesu. In November, Gesu’s 8th grade students began with a $2,000 investment. Each “investor” selected a stock of interest to them with the goal of making money as a class gift to Gesu School. Over the course of the project, Welch tracked the simulated performance of the students’ portfolio, and taught the students ins and outs of investing.

The Inquirer publishes op-ed by president Bryan Carter

Did you see Bryan Carter’s op-ed in the Inquirer today? You can read it here!