FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #5
September 9, 2018
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
Dear St. Paul Families and Friends:
Happy Grandparent’s Day! Most of you have not experienced this yet, but I must say that all seven of my little cherubs have their own little pocket in my heart. I love being a Grandma or as my kiddo’s call me … Grammy! God has given me seven special blessings and I thank Him for each one … each day.
In celebration of this joyous day, St. Paul School will have our Grandparent’s Day celebration on Friday, September 14th. The PTO has been busy at work planning a wonderful morning for our guests starting with the celebration of All School Mass at 8:00 am. If your child does not have a grandparent in town they may invite a special friend to celebrate with them. Just let PTO know so their special guest can be included in our plans. It’s a morning of fun activities for the students and I know they are looking forward to it.
Student Leadership Council Speeches will be given on Thursday morning beginning at 7:45 in the Parish Center. Parents are welcome to attend. I am always proud of the students who have the courage to take this risk to run in this election. It is a great experience to speak in front of a group. Win or not … I am proud of each of them. Elections will be held on Monday afternoon, September 17th. Results will be given on Tuesday afternoon, September 18th. I will meet with the candidates first and give them the results before we announce them to our school.
ITBS testing is right around the corner beginning on September 17th. We will be testing basically in the mornings. If possible, please plan around this for any pull-out appointments if possible. For those parents who are new to this process, ITBS testing is a standardized test of our students in grades 3-8. It is administered to all Catholic School students during the same week in September. This standardized test gives us information as to what our students have retained from their previous school year of learning. There will be sections that are easy for them to complete and some that will be more challenging. That is how the test is designed to give us information on the student’s ability to extend their learning and to apply their learning to problem solving situations.
At St. Paul we use the data obtained from this testing as a barometer as to where each student is in their learning, what holes we may need to fill, if any, and how to proceed with learning for this coming school year. We look at it from many different stand-points: individual learning, grade level learning, and all school learning. It is valuable information for it sets a road-map for us on how to proceed with your child’s learning. When we receive the scores, I will be sharing them at a PTO meeting so that we all can see how we are doing as a school. The meeting will be in October and I will get the date out to you as soon as it’s decided so that you can mark your calendars.
There isn’t any way that a child can study for this procedure. The best preparation that you can give your child is plenty of rest during the week, a good breakfast, and lots of encouragement and positive messaging. Please present this to your child as a way to show off how much they know and have learned up to this point in school. It is so very important that you keep this week as low key as possible to help prevent “test anxiety.” We look at it as a celebration of their learning and that’s a great way to present it to your child. Middle School students have a greater tendency to be more nervous about this testing procedure so be on the look-out for that. Give them the support they need at home and we will be their cheerleaders here at school.
That’s it for this week … hope to meet your parents at our Grandparent’s Celebration. Until then,
With blessings from my heart,