Dear St. Paul Families and Friends:

As I was looking this morning for a prayer for my bulletin board, I came across the above. I am sure at sometime in my Catholic school upbringing that we talked about these 15 promises, but it completely left my mind until this morning. Below is a bit of the history of the promises made to St. Dominic by the Blessed Mother.

The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and spiritual protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said,
“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our
families … that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the
prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Rosary is the prayer most pleasing to Our Lady. In honor of the Blessed Mother. Our Lady revealed the promises to St. Dominic (the saint to whom the rosary was first given in the 12th century) and later to Blessed Alan de la Roche (who reignited devotion to the rosary in the 15th century).

This weekend everyone should have received their child’s ITBS scores in the mail. If you have not, please notify the front office. I have planned 6 different meeting times this week, where parents can come to school to hear an explanation as to how to interpret the ITBS/COGAT test scores and ask questions. There will be two meetings one in the morning and one in the afternoon on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The morning meeting will begin at 7:45 am and the afternoon meeting will begin at 2:15 pm. on each designated day. We will meet in Room 122 which is the first room on the left in the Primary hallway.

Also, in November we will begin the process of identifying possible candidates for our SPECS program. There are already roughly 15 students in our program this year. They were identified last year and have opted to remain in the program for the 2018-19 school year.

WHAT IS SPECS? SPECS is an Educational Enrichment opportunity designed for students at St. Paul beginning in grades 3-8, who excel in their learning. It is a program that utilizes our STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) curriculum and will occur each Friday during the student’s “extra” Special activity time. Those students that are selected for SPECS will remain in the program for their time at St. Paul unless requested by their parents for the child not to participate. The process of student selection will take place beginning in November. These students will be selected systematically using a specific criterion that has been designed to recognize a student’s academic achievement, leadership qualities, work ethic and desire to participate. We will have more information in the coming weeks.

That’s about it for this week. The weather is finally changing and it’s beginning to feel like Fall. Until next week,

With blessings from my heart,

 Welcome back Mrs. Buxton and Mrs. Craft. The staff and students of St. Paul are thrilled to have you back with us.
 Welcome back Monsignor Callahan.
 Thank you, Mrs. Weatherholt for spending the last 6 weeks with our third-grade class. Your dedication and love for children showed throughout
your time here.

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