On August 23, GTACS faculty and staff gathered for their annual retreat, beginning with Mass at Immaculate Conception Church concelebrated by Fr. Anthony Citro and Fr. Ron Nuzzi. At the conclusion of the day’s proceedings, faculty and staff were given a tour of the work-in-progress at the new preschool/elementary building. Such an exciting time for Catholic education in our community! We thank God for His many blessings, but especially, our teachers who are authentic witnesses to their faith.
Summer is in full swing, and so is our building project. With each passing day, the project takes shape as stone masons place the many, many concrete blocks and prepare the building facing for exterior brick.
Abatement is underway at the old school building, and demolition is anticipated to begin the week of August 13!
Students had an opportunity to decorate a block in the old school prior to its demolition. Their artwork was very creative and illustrated the impact of their time at Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
During the last days of school, students helped pack up teachers’ supplies, as the old building is prepped for demolition. It was an “all hands on deck” effort, and the work was carried out with great joy and cooperation.
Spring weather continues to be elusive, but our new elementary school project presses on.
Second floor precast cement deck planks were installed the first couple weeks of April along with some structural steel beams. Once we get some warmer weather, the planks seams will be grouted and the second story will get formed up with block. Above-ceiling electrical, plumbing and HVAC rough-ins will begin now that the second floor is in place.
On our first floor, you can clearly identify the individual mudrooms that create spaces for our youngest children to enter the school, store their belongings and enter into their classroom. Our first floor main entrance has also been framed. Our school chapel will be constructed directly above this entrance.
As warmer temps move in, next up will be pouring concrete flooring on the ground level. Prepping will occur as the ground thaws.
Ash Wednesday…An anonymous donor pledged $1 million as a challenge to GTACS supporters to raise an additional $1 million by Easter – April 1, 2018. Gifts or multi-year pledges of any amount are being matched during this special fundraising period. We have faith that God will bless and multiply all our gifts until we have everything we need to complete Phase I of this campaign.
The new food pantry – part of the overall campus improvements at Immaculate Conception Elementary School and Parish – is set to open next week. But first, students helped gather the most-needed items to help restock the shelves. To see a video of the morning’s proceedings, visit this 9 and 10 news story.
Students have adapted quickly to their new playground configuration, finding space to play in new places!