Dear St. Paul Families and Friends:

We are half way through the month of October and soon, in three weeks, our first trimester will come to an end. I spent some time this weekend looking at grade book to see how our students are doing and it is obvious that they are hard into the work of learning. With three weeks left you may want to take a little time and look at your student’s progress in school so far this year. First trimester conferences will be held the week after Thanksgiving break and will be a time for you to sit and speak to your child’s teachers. If you feel as if you need to speak to a teacher before this, please send them a Fast Direct and they will be more than happy to set some time aside for you.

Beginning next week, St. Paul School along with our PSR students will participate in it’s first of the year school-wide service project called Boxes of Joy which is sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach. Here is a bit of background information about Cross Catholic Outreach. Cross Catholic locates needy Catholic-based ministries serving the poor and distributes material aid through their many existing programs. They supply meaningful help where it is needed most. Their efforts reach those suffering from extreme poverty in countries throughout the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Latin American. In all their work they remain dedicated to service to the Lord as good stewards of His resources in every challenge they seek to overcome. 95.5% of all donations to this program go toward their goal of serving the poorest of poor.

The Boxes of Joy Program is a family project that goes to the children of these families and orphanages in these countries. Your boxes are sent to children to make their spirits a little brighter during the holidays. Your student will come home with the box and some information as to how to fill it and when the drive will be completed. St. Paul School will be a collection center for Boxes of Joy. I thought this might be fun to have the children see how many boxes are collected in this area for this wonderful outreach project. The thing I love the most about this service project is that it is “children helping children.” Take a little time and have some family fun filling your Box of Joy knowing that it will bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas.

This week I am hoping to begin to visit students and talk with them about the Safe Touch Program. This program was designed by the Archdiocese to bring knowledge to our students about “stranger danger” and safety. All schools in the Archdioceses are required to participate in this program. Student safety is reviewed each year beginning in kindergarten through eighth grade. I have a copy of the curriculum in the front office available to parents who may want to review. You can always opt out of your child attending this program. Just send me an email and I will make sure that your student is not in the classroom when I give their presentation.

In closing, this week our students will once again participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Grades 3-5 will be receiving Reconciliation on Monday and Middle School will be receiving Reconciliation on Friday. Both Monsignor Callahan and Father Benz along with a few visiting priests will be available for the students’ confessions.

With blessings from my heart,

 Thank you, students for the many box-tops collected so far this year. Keep on collecting. By collecting these we are helping St. Paul acquire new things for our school.

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