FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #2
August 21, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was children’s minds
And they fashioned them with care.
One, a teacher used the tools of school
Reading, music, and art.
The other, a parent worked with a guiding hand
And gentle loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled
With a touch that was deft and sure,
While the parent labored in the evenings
And polished and smoothed them over.
And when at last, their task was done
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded together.
Could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed working together
Was better than working alone.
For beside the teacher and parent
Stood a confident child on their own.
Dear Lord, help us to work together in partnership. Help us to not pass judgements on each other but to model our Catholic faith by supporting each other for the sake of the children in both of our charge. Guide us in our choices, and help us identify strategies for learning that work best for each of our wonderful children. In Your Name we pray.
Dear St. Paul Families:
After completing our first week of school, I can honestly say that this year promises to be an absolutely outstanding school year. At this time of the year, there is great anticipation of what is to come and I am as excited as the St. Paul teachers, children and parents. Why? Well, to begin with, we have finally come together as a united school community. Take a look at the teacher’s bulletin boards. The new format promises to be more uniform, more student focused, and more informative to parents AND fun to look at! The staff has begun their work as new collaborative teams, working with student learning, and needs. (Every team in our building has a new fresh look). You can learn more about this at our first PTO Meeting, on Wednesday.
Our Board of Education has already begun their work for the 2016-17 school year by reflecting on last year’s progress and defining our goals for this year. Our PTO and Mother’s Club are working collaboratively to create meetings with schedules that complement each other so that more of our school community can attend our meetings. PTO meetings will be formatted in a new and improved way to include a principals report along with teacher reports on their students. Lisa Shields, your president, is working extremely hard to streamline our meetings to be one hour in length in respect of family time.
All of these organizations realized the need (through the board survey results) to improve parent/school communication. One result is the Wednesday/Friday Weekly Updates for parents. All information will be sent home on Wednesday and Friday of each week instead of each and every day. You will not be receiving multiple emails and updates on each day of the week. They will be condensed to only Wednesday’s and Friday’s. Another is the Evites that will be sent to families that will invite you to events, rsvp a space, and send a reminder to you about the event. This affords us a number of attendee’s so that we know what to prepare for and a reminder to you about the event. It’s a Win/Win in my book. Our Volunteer Spot has taken on a new look to make it a “One Stop Shop”. Take a look and you will see that every possible way to volunteer in school is listed in one space. No more looking all over the place for opportunities to volunteer. HURRAH!!
I would like to encourage our families to get to know each other. You will have a great opportunity to meet new families and visit old friends this week at our first PTO Meeting, Wednesday, 7:00 in the Church basement and then next Wednesday which is our Annual Curriculum Evening for Parents. Come to get to know your child’s teacher and become familiar with the grade level curriculum, special events, and expectations. Times will be announced when you receive your Evite this week. Each team has some new and not so new announcements to make to parents so come and join the fun.
In order to make our year go more smoothly, here are a few gentle reminders:
• Safety comes first for all of our children. Please review and then follow the parking lot procedures. We have this down to a science and it helps insure the safe dismissal of our children.
• Make sure that you take the time to open and look at the Wednesday/Friday Weekly Updates, my weekly bulletin board, (It’s always updated by Sunday evening) and your child’s teacher’s bulletin boards. They contain updates and much needed information you need to keep on top of things at school.
• Finally, the school doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m. All announcements begin at 7:50 sharp. Please have your children to school on time. This little thing can make a difference as to whether a child is ready to learn and has a successful day at school. (This first week does not count for any tardies. Between the rain and accidents who could possibly get to school on time???)
The 2016-17 school year has begun. It’s going to be a year of great learning and the creation of a collaborative partnership between parent, teacher and child. Here’s to a GREAT school year!!!
Do you feel the positive energy? Boy, I sure do!!!
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
Jamie Clark and Phil Wentz – for putting together our St. Paul 95th birthday cake. Many families took advantage of the “cake” for special first day of school pictures.
Lisa Shields and Lisa Murphy – for creating and maintaining our Volunteer spot, our Google calendar on St. Paul Webpage, and for putting together the Wednesday and Friday Weekly Updates for our parents.
Jamie Clark – for decorating the upstairs restrooms for the boys and girls. We want our students to have inspiration in every corner of the building! Take a peak … it’s really great. Jamie has an abundance of creativity that we at St. Paul’s are so lucky to have AND a tremendous amount of energy.
8th Grade Safety Patrol – Our 8th grade students have taken their new responsibility very seriously. They are at both arrival and dismissal on time for our littlest students. Way to Go and Keep up the great work!!
Our Community of Students at St. Paul – This has been one of the most productive starts to the school year ever!!! The students have embraced the new and remembered the school climate that we are aiming to achieve!!! WAY TO GO, STUDENTS!!!
Our New School Board – for taking on the challenges of the new year, working together for the good of our children, and beginning our Positive Energy Initiative through our book study of The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, August 22
o Welcome Back, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Davis!!! We missed you.
o Discipline Agreement goes home today. Please discuss this with your student, sign, and return to school.
o The revised St. Paul Handbook will be posted today on links for your reference.
Tuesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 24
o All School Mass – Sponsored by Mrs. Coyle’s 8th grade
o First PTO Meeting – Church Basement – 7:00 p.m. – Come check out our new meeting format and our Key Note Speakers
Thursday, August 25
Friday, August 26
o HURRAH!!!! We made it through another great week. Let’s Celebrate!!! Positive Thinking always works!!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR ALL SCHOOL CURRICULUM EVENING – August 31st