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Hello Middle School Parents and Students! 
So nice to have Spring weather!  
Congratulations to our 8th grade for a superb musical, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown".  The 7th Grade did a wonderful job as the chorus as well.  Bravo!

6th Grade is reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which is a catalyst for many questions.  Such a good book about ethics and decisions and the role of God in all our lives.

The 7th grade has begun reading the thought provoking novel, The Giver, which opens up a 'Pandora's box' of issues which stimulates much good class discussions.


The 8th Grade has been very busy rehearsing their musical but we have been reading Night, a very personal account of a life in Auschwitz.  Harrowing yet moving, it gives us cause to think about our faith and how it sustains us in times of difficulty.


NOTE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE ON BIRTHDAY TREATS:

"Birthday treats may be brought to school for students in Grades Pre-K through Grade 8.  Early Childhood students may enjoy the treat during snack.  Grades 1 to 8 may enjoy the treat during lunch.  It is requested that birthday treats be already prepared in original packaging in individual servings.  All treats should be MINIMAL and NUTRITIOUS.  For the safety of all students, homemade treats cannot be brought, given out or consumed in school.  The school nurse and teacher has the right to not allow a treat to be served that does not comply with these guidelines.  Candy is not permitted.  Balloons, party favors and the like are not permitted.  

Birthdays may be celebrated in school, provided the parent requested permission ahead of time. At least one week prior to the event, the parent of the birthday child must communicate to the school nurse through email exactly what is to be served. The nurse will then contact the families of those students with allergies."

























































If you need to reach me please call the office (973-635-4623) or contact me via my email:  

jgibbs@st-pats.org.

Thank you for your continued support.  Dr. Gibbs


Mission Statement:   

St. Patrick School honors our past through a true spirit of generosity that nurtures the faith formation of each child, seeing Christ in all we do and say.  As a school community, we seek to build the future by encouraging every student to reach their academic  potential and be an example of our Catholic identity, living the Gospel message in service to others.


BIOGRAPHY of Dr. Janet Gibbs

Dr. Gibbs holds a B.A in History and a B.A. in Literature from The American University in Washington, D.C., M. Litt from Drew University and a D. Litt from Drew University.   Two of Dr. Gibbs’ novels have been published, So Much More and Pawn of Fate.   She has contributed articles, essays and columns to several local newspapers as well as The New York Times.

Her certifications are in K-8 Elementary Education and English through high school.  She has taught Writing and Literature at St. Patrick School since September 2002.  Previously she was a Children’s Librarian and taught Library Science at a private girl’s school in Morris County.  Dr. Gibbs also taught Jr. and Senior English, two independent studies in Senior English and two Senior Honors English classes at her previous school.  She has been teaching for 23 years.

 Born in Birmingham, England, Dr. Gibbs immigrated with her parents to New Jersey when she was six.  She has lived in Northern New Jersey all her life and was educated in private and public schools in Essex and Morris County.  She currently lives in Basking Ridge.   She has two daughters.   Chloe is the Executive Editor for News and Features at PCMAG.COM in New York.  Lydia was a member of Teach for America Corps for two years and then worked at  KIPP Grow Academy.  She is now a Kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C.