SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends, family, students, faculty, and members of the Scotch Plains fire, police and rescue squads participated in a 20-minute mini parade through St. Bartholomew Academy's parking lot to say thank you and bid farewll to Sister Elizabeth Calello, who is retiring. 

"Oh my God," said the clearly appreciative Sister Elizabeth said as car after car filled with well-wishers said goodbye and brought her gifts on a rain-soaked Thursday afternoon. 

It was a day of farewells for the teachers who were delighted to see their students after having been separated from them for much of the past three months because of coronavirus restrictions. 

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It's the end of an era for the school, which will no longer be under the direction of the Religious Sisters Filippini, which has run St. Bart's for the past 70 years. 

Related: St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains Announces New Principal as Sister Elizabeth Calello Retires

St. Bartholomew Academy (SBA) is a Catholic elementary school with grades pre-Kindergarten through eight. In 2000, SBA was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools and is listed in their Directory of Accredited Schools (DOAS). In 2010, the Academy earned re-accreditation with the Middles States Commission on Elementary Schools. Established 70 years ago, SBA today has approximately 220 students and is a thriving education institution dedicated to academic excellence in a value-forming environment.

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