Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,
As I began writing this bulletin this morning, I began to think about hope. What is hope actually? A child’s hope at this time of year has everything to do with Christmas and gifts. But what are our own hopes and dreams? Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation. That’s Webster’s definition. In that case, can you imagine the hope that was had around the birth of Christ? What are your family’s hopes and dreams? How do we insure the “true meaning of Christmas” with our family? Take some time to think and talk about it. You’ll be amazed at where the conversations will go. I know that I always am.
At St. Paul, we will be celebrating Advent each week with a prayer service prepared by our Student Leadership Council. Each Monday after attendance we will go to the Parish Center to pray together, light our Advent candle, and think about the virtue of the week for Advent. If you are in the building at this time, come and join us as we pray together.
It was so wonderful seeing so many parents attending conferences on Thursday. My hope is that it was informational and satisfying to see how your children are progressing. As I go into classrooms, I am always taken back by the learning. Our children are engaged in the lessons. I see many smiles and hear laughter as they talk about the concepts at hand. I am confident that each day the children learn and make those connections for learning.
At conferences you were given an “Intent to Return” form for the 2019-20 school year. Yes, believe it or not, it’s that time of the year. I also sent a Fast Direct with the form attached if you happened to miss conferences. On December 11th I will be participating in our second meeting with the Budget Committee discussing next year’s school budget. It is so helpful for me with enrollment projections to have 100% of our families return their forms. Enrollment has so very much to do with class size and staffing decisions. Please remember to get those into the front office this week.
The next few weeks are going to be very busy leading up to the Christmas break. We have begun decorating for the season and activities are being planned. This week will end with First Reconciliation for our second graders in the parish. The children are both nervous and excited but very well prepared, thanks to Mrs. Whitlock. First Reconciliation will take place on Saturday, December 8th beginning at 10:00 am. Please keep our children in your weekly prayers leading up to Saturday.
On Sunday, December 9th, a special visitor will have breakfast with us at St. Paul. Mothers Club is sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa”. This event is always a huge hit with the children. There will be photo’s, crafts and an opportunity to tell Santa all your Christmas wishes. Get your reservations in to the office. There will be 2 sessions. One at 9:30 and then one beginning at 11:00. Come and join the fun!
Our “Giving Tree” is up and beginning to have some decorations. The students decorate this tree with hats, mittens, and scarfs for those children in need. When you are out shopping, think about picking up a pair of mittens or a stocking hat so that we can all contribute to keeping children warm this winter.
St. Paul children with the help of Mrs. Morrow and Mrs. Crowe will be having their annual Toy Drive the week of December 10th. For those new to our school, this is a tradition that we have participated in each year for the needy. These new or gently used toys will be taken to the church basement for the Knights of Columbus to distribute with their annual Christmas Food Outreach program. What a wonderful example of caring for those in need and making a child’s Christmas a little more special. Children helping children … we can’t get any better than that.
In closing, you can see how busy our schedule gets during the season along with your family schedule. My hope is that you take the time to enjoy this season with your children, Christmas only comes once a year. Until next week,
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
Thank you, Mrs. Sandweg for putting your decorative
touch to the Halls of St. Paul.
Thank you, Mrs. McGrath and Mrs. Murphy for being the Christmas elves and working on the holiday decorations.