FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #16
November 27, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent
Bestir, O Lord, Thy might, we pray thee and come; that, defended by Thee, we may deserve rescue from approaching dangers brought on by our sins, and being set free by Thee, obtain our salvation. Who lives and reigns, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Dear St. Paul Parents and Friends:
Happy 1st week of Advent. This week our advent prayers call us to hope and I am very hopeful in the future of St. Paul School. Who wouldn’t be? We have an outstanding community with loving and supportive parish, parents, and amazing students!
We have taken many steps to move our school forward into 21st century learning. The students are thriving in their spiritual and academic learning. This coming Saturday, 24 second graders will be making their First Reconciliation. This is an exciting day for them as they take the next step in building their faith.
Today you will receive your family’s “Intent to Return” form. It is going out a little early so that I can take some time over the Christmas break to see where we stand now, and how to keep these actions moving forward. As I have stated many times, each of these decisions depend on our enrollment. It is crucial that we have solid numbers when Finance, Board of Education, and Administration meet in early January. As of today, we have 264 students in grades K-8 with 50 students in our Preschool. Our goal is to keep these number stable for next year. These are the numbers that will decide next year’s tuition, class sizing, and staffing. We need as close to actual numbers as possible when making these decisions. If you are not sure, due to uncontrollable circumstances, please mark undecided at this time . At the same time, if you have already decided to come back please mark your form as such and return it to school. Unfortunately, every year we play the numbers game, and I grow a few more gray hairs when it comes to budget; that is the reality of a private school.
I am asking that you take some time and pray over your decision; we have come a long way this year in many areas and I am praying that we can continue in the same direction in the future. You want what is best for your children; so do we, and we feel that St. Paul is a wonderful place for your child to grow and learn both spiritually and academically. We can grow together! Please remember in your prayers Mrs. McCarty, Mrs. Crowe, Mrs. Dieckmann (wife of Mr. Dieckmann) and Mrs. Buxton who are having surgery this week. Until next week …
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO / OUR VIRTUES IN PRACTICE:
~~ The Students of St. Paul – Our students filled over 14 boxes of can goods and foods for St. Vincent DePaul.
~~St. Paul’s Choir – Your performance at Barnes and Noble was inspiring. Many comments were made about how wonderful you sounded and how it added to the “spirit of Christmas” at the store. We are so proud of you!
~~St. Paul Story-time Volunteers –. Students from St. Paul volunteered their time at the Book Fair to have a Story-Hour for the younger children.
~~Mrs. Borgmann, Father Mike, Mr. Jobst, and Mr. Dieckmann – For organizing our choir and providing the music for their performance at the Book Fair.
~~St. Paul Marketing Committee – Thank you to our Marketing Committee for organizing the Barnes and Noble Event. They never cease to amaze me with their generous giving of time to promote St. Paul.
Soccer Results from Last Weekend:
~~ 5th grade girls open (Miller) – League Champions, District Champions and City/County Finalist
~~6th grade Girls open (Walters) – League Champions, District Champions
~~6th grade Girls closed (Boyer) – District Champions
~~8th grade Girls open (Schultes) – District Champions
~~Parochial Girls (Schultes) – City/County Finalist
~~6th grade Boys closed (Seel) – League Champions, District Champions
~~7th grade Boys open (Smith) – League Champions, District Champions, City/County Champions
Volleyball Results from Last Weekend:
~~8th grade Girls won league and district.
~~7th and 8th grade Parochial team won their league.
~~7th grade Girls won their league and district.
~~6th grade Girls won their league and district.
~~6th grade Boys won their league and district.
~~BOTH 5th grade Girl’s teams won their league and district.
Moving onto the CYC city/county playoffs are:
~~8th, 7th, 6th, and 5th grade Girls as well as 6th grade Boys.
St. Paul will be hosting the CYC city/county playoffs on Dec 3rd and 4th.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Sunday, November 27th
o Barnes and Noble Book Fair – 11:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 28th
o First Week of Advent Service – 7:45 a.m. – Parish Center
o 8th Grade Reconciliation – 1:15 p.m. – Church
o 6th Grade SURGE Meeting – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 29th
o 5th Grade Reconciliation – 1:15 p.m. – Church
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. BUXTON!!!
o SURGE for 6th grade – 3:00 p.m. – Room 206
o Giving Tuesday – all day on line.
Wednesday, November 30th
o Mass – 8:00 a.m. – prepared by Mrs. Bick’s 5th grade
o Pretzel Money/Orders due
Thursday, December 1st
Friday, December 2nd
o Crazy Sock Day
o Pretzel Delivery