FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #10
October 16, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
God Loves Me
I have no doubt God loves me, He shows me every day.
I am His faithful servant, He uses me in many ways.
I pray to Him each day and say make use of me as you will today.
Devotion is all you require of me, as you patiently mold my destiny.
You are the potter, I am the clay. You inspire me in so many ways.
You mold me as I deserve to be, I too use You, as You use me.
As a cart must follow its drawing horse, I am the expression of my thoughts.
The path to you is mine to choose, your power is ever mine to use.
I feel your presence everywhere, because of you I have no fear.
I call upon You night and day, to keep me safe and guide my way.
Dear St. Paul Families:
What a beautiful weekend and a great Sunday for our Golf Tournament. The weather next week is predicted to be unseasonably warm so I think that we haven’t hit fall weather quite yet.
I wanted to share a bit this week about our Virtue Based Program here at school and applaud one of the most recent incidents that supports this program. This week on Wednesday through Friday, Mrs. Buxton’s fourth grade class had a Guest Teacher while Mrs. Buxton helped to supervise 6th grade camp.
For a religion activity, the teacher purchased crosses for the children to decorate as they were speaking about virtues and how to express virtue in their lives. They were to make one cross for themselves and one as a gift to someone. On the back of their cross they were to put a virtue that they were personally working on practicing. On the second cross they were chose a person in their lives that they felt modeled one of the virtues. They were then to give this cross to that person. The children could give their cross to whomever they wanted; a classmate, parent, relative, teacher … I am sure you get the idea. Two of our students chose to send their crosses to Father Mike. Their reasoning was that he had to have “a lot of courage” to be fighting cancer.
When the teacher shared this story with me, it literally brought me to tears. (I am sure that it moved Father Mike, too.) That’s why we are practicing Virtue Based Restorative Discipline. We are encouraging empathetic and kind behaviors and it is making a difference. Talking about choices both good and poor through the lens of virtue is creating an impact on our students. I am seeing examples of it every day of the week! I just wanted to share this one with you.
At the beginning of the year we began a home-school virtue program called our “Family Virtue Cross Project”. Each week 6 families are chosen to receive a Virtue Bag to have at home for one week. Inside of the bag is a Virtue Cross, a virtue prayer for each day of the week, and a family reflection journal. The idea is to pray together as a family the virtue prayer of the day, discuss the virtue as a family and how each member of the family can practice this virtue, and then at the end of the week, reflect as a family on the experience of having these discussions at home. One person in the family, other than the student, needs to record the family reflection.
The fun part is that the reflection journals contain all of the previous families’ reflections that you can share with your family, too. The children know how helpful it is to learn from each other and we can learn from our fellow St. Paul families, too. It is my hope that every family in our school community will share the virtue bag this year at least once. Look at it as “Family Homework for the Week!” When I presented this at the beginning of the school year the children seemed to be excited about it. I hope the enthusiasm is catchy. This idea was brought together through the work of our VBRD Committee.
The bulletin boards are finally completed and we are beginning to hang our “Tickets” that show our Positive Energy through Virtues. Thank you again to our PTO for supplying the boards for us to use in our school project. The students were excited to finally get their tickets on display and I am confident that we will see many more in the weeks to come. Make sure you take a look when you are in the building or at athletic practice in the gym. That’s it for this week.
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
v Our 6th grade students – The sixth grade class once again received major accolades from Camp Weyman Staff. Our students once again have made us St Paul Proud.
v Math Club Students – Page Yehling, Anna Simpson, Lagan Kammerer, Luke Roth, Caitlyn Torralba, Alyssa Puricelli, Kole Rutledge, Grant Brawley, Luke Sumner, Alex Kidd, Mallory Hanock and Chase Nilges for competing in our first Math League Tournament of the year. Our students receieved a Red Ribbon and were only one point away from a Blue! That’s an awesome performance for a first meet!!! Congrats to all.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, October 17
o Student Leadership Assembly – 8:00 a.m. – Gym – Grades 4-8
o Trunk or Treat Forms are due today
Tuesday, October 18
o Happy Birthday, Mrs. Morris, Kids Club Director!
Wednesday, October 19
o All School Mass – Sponsored by Mrs. Eilerman’s 3rd grade class
o Staff Meeting – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, October 21
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mrs. Lauer!
Saturday, October 22
o Eighth Grade Confirmation Retreat – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Cafe
o Trunk or Treat – 5:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Upper Parking Lot