FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #8
October 2, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
The Language of a Smile
I am a smile, I live inside you, deep down in your Soul.
I can melt the hardest heart, which on occasion is my goal.
Subtle sharing is my specialty, I inspire trust and loyalty,
I confirm I am a loyal friend, I draw your heart to me again.
Souls send forth a beaming smile, and love comes shining through.
when we smile at one another, we’re really saying… I love you.
A smile can only say what’s true, Hello… I’m sorry… or, I care.
I understand… or, I believe you, or, I am so glad you’re here.
So speak the language of a smile, you will not need to say a word.
Most thoughts are better left unsaid, most words need not be heard.
When we smile at one another and exchange feelings with our eyes,
through these windows of our souls, we speak the language of a smile.
Dear St. Paul Families:
Yesterday was a wonderful day for a parade! The weather was perfect .. not too hot or cold and no rain. St. Paul was represented very well with our float, staff, students, and parents marching behind. The parade grew this year as compared to last year. It’s a great opportunity for St. Paul to showcase our presence in the Fenton community and let everyone know we are here for the students!
Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Chantel McGrath to the staff at St. Paul School. Mrs. McGrath will be our new school nurse replacing Mrs. Liebrock who recently resigned her position due to family circumstances. Mrs. Murphy and I will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing that we now have a school nurse back on duty. Thank you to our parents who have been patient and understanding in this matter.
There are a few reminders that I would like to bring forward. They are things that we can easily let slip through the cracks in the hustle and bustle of our busy days.
First off, I need to remind everyone that our classrooms are “peanut free”. That means snacks, birthday treats, and party snacks must follow the rule of being nut free. Please read the labels carefully. We do have many students who have different degrees of nut allergies from severe to slight. We will be placing a very informative list of peanut free foods on links that we just received from one of our parents who has a child with these allergies. It’s a great list to print off and have handy when purchasing snacks. At our room mom meeting on Friday, we will also review these rules so that everyone has a clear understanding for the students’ safety.
With that being said, in our cafeteria for our students in the levels of Kdg -8 we have two tables set aside for students with allergies … both nut free and dairy free. These tables are washed between lunches with a separate bucket of water and rag so that we do not contaminate the table with water that may have washed peanut butter from a table. The students are permitted to invite a friend to eat with them and their lunches are always checked before they eat together.
In preschool we have a different situation. Our preschoolers eat lunch in their classrooms, to allow them maximum time to finish their lunches. Because of this the preschool lunches must be completely “peanut free” due to some severe peanut allergies present in those classes.
Another area that we are beginning to be a little lax in is our uniform dress code. The dress code is for all of our students Preschool – 8th grades. (I am a little more lenient in our preschool) Here are a few areas that we need to pay closer attention to:
• Our boys need to be wearing belts if their pants have belt hoops. (many of our preschool boys pants do not have loops) If you have any of our school belts at home that your child may have borrowed can you please have them returned to the school office? We started last year with 6 and now we have one.
• The students are very proud when they win “City/County and they want to display their jackets. I understand this completely and want them to be acknowledged, however, it is not part of our school uniform or dress code. I have told the students that they may wear their city/county shirts on Fridays only. I think that is a fair compromise for the kids.
• Headbands for the girls need to white, gray, dark blue or black. They can be striped but they must have those colors as the stripes. (The 8th grade girls have permission to wear headbands that match their 8th grade shirts. It’s a different color of blue.)
• As far as the students shoes, I have gone easy on this due to the fact that the bright colored shoes are what you find in the stores!!!
• Students wearing necklaces, please review that handbook as far as jewelry.
I haven’t heard anything about our grants. We are anxiously awaiting. Keep those prayers going … until next week.
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
v Welcome to Mrs. Chantel McGrath our new school nurse. Mrs. McGrath will be at school from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day.
v St. Paul Students, Staff, and Families – Thank you so very much for all of the hard work on our PTO Raffle. Together we raised a grand total of $25,000 for our school. WOW … it’s amazing what can be accomplished when we work together for the good of the school and our children. HATS OFF TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!
v Thank you Jamie Archer and her committee for having such a successful fundraiser this year. I know the hours of work you all have put into this.
v Thank you to the many families who joined in the frolic of the Fenton Day’s Parade. St. Paul was well represented.
v Joe Thurman, Jamie Clark, and Phil Wentz – once again you provided our school with an unbelievable float. Joe is our organizer, Jamie our creator of ideas and Phil is our MacGyver. We appreciate all of the time and effort that you give to our school and parish. Thank you
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, October 3
o Student Leadership Applications due by 3:00 p.m.
o Vianney Academic Decathlon – Noon – St. John Vianney High School
o Eighth Grade Youth Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 4
o Student Eligibility Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – Conference Room
o SURGE – 4th Grade – 3:00 – 4:15
o John F. Kennedy High School Night – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
o All School Mass – Sponsored by Mrs. Buxton’s 4th grade class
Thursday, October 6
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. BICK!
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. MCCASLIN!
o Middle School Field Trip – 9-11 Memorial Museum – 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 7
• NOON Dismissal – Staff Development
• Room Mother’s Coffee – 8:00 – 8:45 – Café
• All 6th grade camp money due today
• 8th Grade Scavenger Hunt – Swing Around Fun Town