Mrs. Nieburg’s News


February 14, 2016

FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #26 
February 14, 2016
 
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
 

Dear St. Paul Parents and Friends, 

Happy Valentine’s and President’s Day! I hope you are staying warm this weekend. I am sure happy that the snow hit on days that we did not have school. As you all know, calling a snow day is my least favorite thing to do. 

Once again it is that time of the year for reflection on what we have accomplished towards our goals; what is working and what needs to be tweaked. We still have a few more things to tackle before the year is over and hopefully that will take place during these next few months. With learning always being in the heart of our decisions, the following are some of the changes that we have made: 

• The extension of class periods to 50 minutes per class which add extra learning time in all of our subject areas. 

• With the addition of another Learning Consultant more and more of our children are getting their learning needs met by meeting in strategy groups or individually with our consultants. Teachers are receiving additional support and learning additional teaching strategies from our learning consultants to meet the needs of all of our students. 

• Because of having two learning consultants on staff, we have been able to implement the “class within a class model” in a portion of our middle school core subjects. This not only aids the children who may have learning needs but is an asset for all children in the classroom. 

• We have instituted a Care Team and a process to help address individual student needs. Our Care Team meets before school on Wednesday mornings. 

• Our school counselor, Krislyn O’Sullivan, has extended her hours to 2.5 days per week. This has been a wonderful service for our school students and families. 

• With the addition of a full time technology coordinator/teacher, our technology program has grown leaps and bound for students and staff. 

• We have begun the implementation of a well-planned technology curriculum K-8. 

• Our staff receives job-embedded weekly professional development in the area of technology with our technology coordinator. 

• Our new writing curriculum has begun to take roots in all grade levels from K-8. Our students are beginning to see themselves as writers and with each year passing they will become stronger and stronger writers. 

• Our biggest challenge this year has been the institution of a new reporting / assessment system. This was an undertaking with a huge learning curve for all; students, parents, and teachers. It began with some glitches and they are beginning to work their way out. As with anything that is new, we will be doing some tweaking this summer and making changes where we feel are necessary but it will not be an overhaul by any means. 

• Our Board of Education has set goals for the year with the main thrust on communication. They have instituted a bimonthly survey which they named the Pulse of St. Paul. They also have a comment box that will be passed throughout the parking lots once a month or so. These days will be announced before hand so that the community is aware. 

• Our VBRD Committee has begun its effort in educating our community to VBRD. They have created a monthly newsletter; the first one you received this month. There also is a VBRD Bulletin Board in the Parish Center Lobby for everyone to browse. 

• Our St. Paul Marketing Committee has taken on a life of its own. Under the leadership of Joe Thurman, this committee has made a tremendous impact on our school environment. This committee gives me energy by their never-ending energy. 

Looking back at this list, I realize that we have accomplished a great deal so far this year. Next on our list for the year is the formation of a Strategic Planning Committee and investigating and choosing a new Literacy (Reading) Curriculum for our Primary Grades. We also will be making decisions as to what type of workshops we would like to pursue as a staff for this summer. Please keep us in your prayers as we venture forward for the remainder of the year and as we begin to think about our efforts for the 2016-17 school year. Until next week, 

With blessings from my heart, 
Fran
 

HATS OFF TO: 
v The Students of St. Paul School – Our “Sock Service Project” was a huge success. Although we did not count each individual pair of socks, we collected two HUGE boxes full of new socks for seniors in our neighboring nursing homes. Thank you to the students and families that participated. 

v The Parents of St. Paul – The children had a wonderful time at their Valentine Parties on Friday morning. Our parents, once again, rocked it with our final school party. 

v Our Jump Rope for Hearts Service Project – We do not have the final count of how much we have raised but after talking to Mrs. McCarty we can say that we topped last year’s total!!! Way to go!!! 

v St. Paul PTO – Thank you to the parents who helped distribute snacks and drinks after “Jump Rope for Hearts.” 

v Mrs. McCarty – Thank you for the hard work in organizing the JRFH event for all of the students. 

v Katelynn Nichols – Congratulations go out to Katelynn on two first place medals at her most recent gymnastics meet. Katelynn also placed in the overall competition. Way to go, Katelynn!!! 

v Our Eighth Grade Class of 2016 – Congratulations to our Eighth Grade Students on their acceptances to High School. Twenty-five out of twenty-eight students applied to private Catholic High Schools in the area and 100 % of our students received acceptance letters to their first choice schools. We are so very proud of your accomplishments! 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: 
Sunday, February 14
 
o Happy Valentine Day!!!
 
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. VEGELY
 

Monday, February 15 
o NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENT’S DAY
 
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. COYLE
 

Tuesday, February 16 
o After School Spanish Class – 3:15 p.m. This is the last class of our six weeks of Spanish.
 
o First Communion Meeting Parent Meeting – 6:45 p.m.
 

Wednesday, February 17 
o All School Mass – 8:00 a.m. -Sponsored by Mrs. Eilermann’s Third Grade Class
 
o Pretzel Sale Orders due
 
Bricks 4 Kids – 3:00 p.m. – Room 206
 

Thursday, February 18 

Friday, – February 19 
o End of Second Trimester
 
o Pretzel Sale
 

Saturday, February 20 
o Blessing Cup Retreat – Second Grade Students
 

ROM MY DESK TO YOURS #26
February 14, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
________________________________________

Dear St. Paul Parents and Friends,

Happy Valentine’s and President’s Day! I hope you are staying warm this weekend. I am sure happy that the snow hit on days that we did not have school. As you all know, calling a snow day is my least favorite thing to do.

Once again it is that time of the year for reflection on what we have accomplished towards our goals; what is working and what needs to be tweaked. We still have a few more things to tackle before the year is over and hopefully that will take place during these next few months. With learning always being in the heart of our decisions the following are some of the changes that we have made:

• The extension of class periods to 50 minutes per class which add extra learning time in all of our subject areas.

• With the addition of another Learning Consultant more and more of our children are getting their learning needs met by meeting in strategy groups or individually with our consultants. Teachers are receiving additional support and learning additional teaching strategies from our learning consultants to meet the needs of all of our students.

• Because of having two learning consultants on staff we have been able to implement the “class within a class model” in a portion of our middle school core subjects. This not only aids the children who may have learning needs but is an asset for all children in the classroom.

• We have instituted a Care Team and a process to help address individual student needs. Our Care Team meets before school on Wednesday mornings.

• Our school counselor, Krislyn O’Sullivan has extended her hours to 2.5 days per week. This has been a wonderful service for our school students and families.

• With the addition of a full time technology coordinator/teacher, our technology program has grown leaps and bound for students and staff.

• We have begun the implementation of a well-planned technology curriculum K-8

• Our staff receives job-embedded weekly professional development in the area of technology with our technology coordinator.

• Our new writing curriculum has begun to take roots in all grade levels from K-8. Our students are beginning to see themselves as writers and with each year passing they will become stronger and stronger writers.

• Our biggest challenge this year has been the institution of a new reporting / assessment system. This was an undertaking with a huge learning curve for all; students, parents, and teachers. It began with some glitches and they are beginning to work their way out. As with anything that is new, we will be doing some tweaking this summer and making changes where we feel are necessary but it will not be an overhaul by any means.

• Our Board of Education has set goals for the year with the main thrust on communication. They have instituted a bimonthly survey which they named the Pulse of St. Paul. They also have a comment box that will be passed throughout the parking lots once a month or so. These days will be announced before hand so that the community is aware.

• Our VBRD Committee has begun its effort in educating our community to VBRD. They have created a monthly newsletter; the first one you received this month. There also is a VBRD Bulletin Board in the Parish Center Lobby for everyone to browse.

• Our St. Paul Marketing Committee has taken on a life of its own. Under the leadership of Joe Thurman, this committee has made a tremendous impact on our school environment. This committee gives me energy by their never-ending energy.

Looking back at this list, I realize that we have accomplished a great deal so far this year. Next on our list for the year is the formation of a Strategic Planning Committee and investigating and choosing a new Literacy (Reading) Curriculum for our Primary Grades. We also will be making decisions as to what type of workshops we would like to pursue as a staff for this summer. Please keep us in your prayers as we venture forward for the remainder of the year and as we begin to think about our efforts for the 2016-17 school year. Until next week,

With blessings from my heart,
Fran

HATS OFF TO:
 The Students of St. Paul School – Our “Sock Service Project” was a huge success. Although we did not count each individual pair of socks, we collected two HUGE boxes full of new socks for seniors in our neighboring nursing homes. Thank you to the students and families that participated.
 The Parents of St. Paul – The children had a wonderful time at their Valentine Parties on Friday morning. Our parents, once again, rocked it with our final school party.

 Our Jump Rope for Hearts Service Project – We do not have the final count of how much we have raised but after talking to Mrs. McCarty we can say that we topped last year’s total!!! Way to go!!!

 St. Paul PTO – Thank you to the parents who helped distribute snacks and drinks after “Jump Rope for Hearts.”

 Mrs. McCarty – Thank you for the hard work in organizing the JRFH event for all of the students.

 Katelynn Nichols – Congratulations go out to Katelynn on two first place medals at her most recent gymnastics meet. Katelynn also placed in the overall competition. Way to go, Katelynn!!!

 Our Eighth Grade Class of 2016 – Congratulations to our Eighth Grade Students on their acceptances to High School. Twenty-five out of twenty-eight students applied to private Catholic High Schools in the area and 100 % of our students received acceptance letters to their first choice schools. We are so very proud of your accomplishments!
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Sunday, February 14
o Happy Valentine Day!!!
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. VEGELY

Monday, February 15
o NO SCHOOL – PRESIDENT’S DAY
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. COYLE

Tuesday, February 16
o After School Spanish Class – 3:15 p.m. This is the last class of our six weeks of Spanish.
o First Communion Meeting Parent Meeting – 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17
o All School Mass – 8:00 a.m. -Sponsored by Mrs. Eilermann’s Third Grade Class
o Pretzel Sale Orders due
Bricks 4 Kids – 3:00 p.m. – Room 206

Thursday, February 18

Friday, – February 19
o End of Second Trimester
o Pretzel Sale

Saturday, February 20
o Blessing Cup Retreat – Second Grade Students

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