Gesu Update blog posts

The Gesu community mourns the passing of Ms. Shirley Bright.

The entire Gesu community mourns the loss of Ms. Shirley Bright, long-tenured 3rd grade Teacher and Director of the Akybra Theater Program and the award-winning Gesu Forensics Team. Ms. Bright touched the lives of so many students in her 25-year career and service to Gesu. We remember her joyful spirit, her passion for teaching, and her genuine love for Gesu School.

A Gesu alum herself, Ms. Bright was a member of the Class of 1961, a graduate of John C. Hallahan High School in 1965, and Bethune-Cookman University.

The entire Gesu School family has been blessed for many years by Ms. Bright's love and commitment. We extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Bright’s family and friends.


Funeral Arrangements:

We celebrate the life of Ms. Bright, a true champion of Gesu School.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 

Gesu School 2015 Spirit Medalists

Gesu School is honored to announce Keith Pension and Tad Decker as our 2015 Gesu Spirit Medalists, Gesu’s highest honor. Ms. Pension and Mr. Decker will be recognized at the 2015 Gesu Gala for their extraordinary dedication to Gesu School.

Keith Pension 

Gesu School Renews Sustaining Agreement with Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus

On February 3, 2015, the renewal signing of the Sustaining Agreement between Gesu School and the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus took place. Fr. Robert Hussey, S.J., Provincial, attended the ceremony in Philadelphia to execute the agreement, which acknowledges the sponsorship of Gesu School by the Maryland Province and affirms “the commitment to this shared ministry” among Gesu’s Board of Trustees, the Society of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. Gesu is one of only two Jesuit elementary schools (pre-K through eighth grade) nationwide.

In 2014, Gesu underwent the rigorous review process. The renewal agreement officially recognizing Gesu as a Jesuit school was “unanimously and enthusiastically” endorsed. 

Gesu Gospel Choir Featured on Fox 29 News!

On December 24, 2014, Fox 29 News aired the Gesu Gospel Choir singing the moving American spiritual, “What Ya’ Gonna Call Your Baby?” arranged by Choir Director and Music Teacher, H.L. Ratliff.

Stay in the Christmas spirit by enjoying the Choir’s beautiful voices and their tribute to the true meaning of Christmas.

We congratulate these very talented students on their hard work and outstanding performance! 

Watch the video here

Gesu Gospel Choir to Perform at Annual Christmas Concert on December 18, 2014

Gesu School presents its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Church of the Gesu. This is our gift to the community. All are welcome to attend to hear the incredible voices of the choir warm your hearts and spread joy for the Christmas season!

Hot cocoa, cookies, and hot dogs will be served before the concert at 6:00pm.

We hope you can join us for this festive performance!


Church of the Gesu

Practice the conversation: a synopsis of November's symposium

“Teaching academics is easy. We would not leave students unprepared,” said Steve Piltch, Head of School at Shipley School.  “Teaching emotional literacy is the harder issue.” Yet this is the work that has to be done and the reason over 200 education leaders, policy makers, funders, and families gathered together in the Gesu School gymnasium for the school’s 17th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education last Friday.

What do students do and say in the face of someone who talks, acts, and looks differently? How do we identify racism and classism in our schools? How do we strengthen cultural understanding among our student body and quell stereotype threats? How do we give all students not only academic guidance, but social mentoring?

Contemplating character: a synopsis of November's symposium

What do kids and some cars have in common? “Unibody construction,” moderator Dr. John J. DiIulio, Jr. explained to the crowd of approximately 250 educators, policy makers, funders, parents, and concerned citizens packed into Gesu School’s gymnasium for Gesu’s 16th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-city Education: The Hidden Power of Character. Throughout the afternoon, the theme emerged over and over: we have to educate the whole child – not just the intellect – to set them up for a successful life.  Everything is integrated.

Tony Luke’s Chopper Raffle to Benefit Gesu School

Tony Luke’s is raffling off their Johnny Mac’s Chopper House custom-built chopper to raise money and awareness for Gesu School. The chopper will be touring the Greater Philadelphia Area January through September. The lucky winner’s ticket will be drawn at Gesu School on September 17.

A new place to find a friend, in memory of Ms. Doloris John

Feeling a little lonely as her classmates raced about the rooftop playground, one little 2nd grader sat herself down on a bench on the sidelines.

Then something very special happened. Three other girls joined her.

You see, this bench isn’t just any bench. It’s Gesu’s new “Buddy Bench.” And just moments earlier, it was dedicated to the memory of Gesu’s beloved receptionist Doloris John, who passed away last fall after more than 30 years as Gesu School’s number one hug-giver.

“It was like Ms. John was sending us a message,” says 2nd grade teacher Mary Ryder, who watched the whole scenario play out among her students.

The Buddy Bench is a designated place where any child who feels lonely or left out can go to find a friend. A second grader in York, PA, first came up with the concept.

Greetings at the door

These new stairs were in place in time to greet our students on the first day of school! The Latin phrase translates to "For the greater glory of God." An inspiration from our Jesuit heritage, the phrase is the foundation of our mission at Gesu School. Welcome to all who enter and join in our mission!