One of the most memorable and touching activities at St. Jude School is the annual celebration of Grandparent's Day. This day brings together multiple generations, some of whom represent generations of school alumni to worship, to entertain, to learn and to share. This month, our grandparents who were with us on September 25 share their thoughts about this day....and as we said then, we say now - to all our Grandparents and those who are like our Grandparents:
Grandparents Are a Blessing from God.
Grandparents Day 2009
- It was amazingly well organized
- The breakfast foods were healthy and looked appetizing due to the perfect presentation in baskets, etc.
- The mass and hymns were lovely and the children “signing” the Our Father was deeply touching
- The teachers were just wonderful – made us feel very welcome and we all look forward to returning
Elaine & Joe Lixey, grandparents of Trevor Brandenburg (Grade K)
Ken Brandenburg, grandparent of Trevor Brandenburg (Grade K)
I have attended about 15 or more Grandparents Day events at St. Jude’s and Our Lady of the Assumption in Atlanta, where I have had 4 grandchildren graduate. These have all been very special – obviously due to the fact that they are about my grandchildren. However, St. Jude’s celebration this year has not only surpassed all others but made me realize that in 2 years our youngest grandchild will graduate. It saddens me that these events which bring us closer to our grandchildren by experiencing a bit of their school life will be ended. You Kathie, Katie Leahy and a host of others who make this day special are to be thanked as well as congratulated on a job well done!!!
Sincerely, Judy and Hunter McCain
Grandparents of Hailey Shelby (Grade 6)
My wife and I enjoyed attending the St. Jude's Grandparent's Day. The event was well organized and all the volunteers did a great job. We were proud of our grandson, Phillip Champion's (6th Grade) percussion performance with the band.
Sam Reynolds (Grade 4) grandparents had a blast! They said everything was just perfect!
We always enjoy Grandparents' Day, but this year's format change made a big difference. It was the best one yet!
James and Theresia Costello
I am Maureen Ripper, Annie (Grade 6) and Joseph's (Grade 3) grandma. The warm feeling surrounding everything at grandparent’s day about brings tears to the eyes. The children are so excited about their program and behavior is wonderful. I taught in public elementary school for 25 years so I have been there. Thank you so much for having grandparent’s day for us each year.
P.S. Change of venue on breakfast is great. It makes it so much easier to converse with other grandparents.
Maureen Ripper, Murphy, North Carolina
It is always a pleasure for my husband and me to visit St. Jude's for Grandparent's Day. The atmosphere is one of welcome, enthusiasm and of learning. We enjoy meeting our granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth's (Grade 5), teacher and visiting her classroom. As a retired educator, I am very impressed with the education she is receiving. The values which are being instilled will enrich her life.
Shirley and Bill Eye
The Fourth graders song was cute and it was fun to pick out the pictures that they drew of the Grandparents. The sixth graders singing the song in Sign language were inspiring and done very well!
Good job done by all. Thank you for the Breakfast that allows us to meet other Grandparents and parents. Thank you to my Granddaughters for inviting me to share that special day with them!
GOD Bless All
Carol Masterson and Granddaughters Lauren Masterson (Grade 3) and Kendra Masterson (Grade 6)
I loved the fact that we were able to sit with our grandchildren this year - it was a real bonding experience. The "signing" of the Our Father brought tears!
Joan Sass, grandmother to Sam Ballantine (Grade 3)
"I was very pleased with the Grandparent's Day Program. Everything was well coordinated and the children did a great job! I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved from the children to the principal."
Helen Kopp, Grandmother of Becca Simerly, 8th grade
I had the honor of attending another grandparent's Day for Jonah (Grade 8), Jake (Grade 7) and Nick (Grade 6) Coronis.
Attending these programs one can easily see the support of the dedicated parents and staff. the Christian Mission of your school is evident in every precious face. I am thankful that the children of your community have the opportunity to attend this wonderful school.
Thanks!!!!! Patty Barlow-------------------Natchez, Mississippi
Just wanted to pass along our thanks for pulling the Grandparents Day activity together. It was a great chance to see what a wonderful environment our grandkids, Alex (Grade and Beth Spraker get to experience. It was also nice to get to mingle with other grandparents at the breakfast!
Ray & Janet Spraker
We enjoyed seeing our grandson Jeffrey Ray (Grade K) in his school surrounding. The program was very, very enjoyable. It was also filled with love for Christ and the Church and one another. We are so glad he is a student at St. Jude.
Don and Nancy Burkhalter, Ellijay, GA and Barbara Hardy (Jeff's 90-yr-old great grandmother, Chattanooga, TN)
My husband and I, grandparents of Caroline Sullivan, a kindergartener, can't wait for next year's celebration. We had a wonderful experience with all the other proud grandparents. The program, the paper candle, a picture of Caroline singing, all went into a scrapbook. Thank you for the priceless memories.
Michael and Andrea Kucharzak
I tell all my Fort Payne friends they should have the opportunity to attend Grandparents Day at Saint Jude. Not only do all the children make you feel special, but the whole school makes you glad you are a grandparent. Always a wonderful experience. Thank you
Nancy Davis, Grandmother of William (Grade 8) and JR (Grade 6)
Ft. Payne, Alabama
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