FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #33
April 10, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
Happy Sunday! As we slowly approach the finish line of school, plans are beginning for summer staff development. Since we will be completing our first year with our new reporting system we will take a look at the learning targets that are being evaluated at each grade level. Discussions will focus on the areas of student needs, effective communication relevant to learning, and whether or not tweaks need to be made to improve the system. We will also be discussing best practices in the area of evaluation of student work and curriculum delivery. We are never too old to learn new teaching strategies that have been proven effective in classrooms!!!! The summer is our time to concentrate on our learning. As we finish our discussions, we will contact Fast Direct and make any necessary changes to our reporting system.
The Primary Department will be participating in a class of creating a more efficient system for our reading and language arts program in grades K-2. This includes our reading and writing programs and how we can integrate the two in order to make our delivery more effective for our students. This class will take place during the month of May, and we will have a follow-up workshop in the early summer so that implementation can occur next year.
On Monday, April 18th we will have a Focus Group meeting of current parents who are interested in helping to determine next year’s focus in the areas of Catholic Identity, Educational Issues, and Institutional Issues. These areas are the key areas in the School Improvement Plan. This will be hosted by the Board of Education and the Strategic Planning Committee. The meeting will not be an open forum, but will follow a protocol that was shared with us by St. Genevieve Parish which they found was very informative and successful. The staff has already participated in this protocol so we will have some information and topics to begin with. If you are interested in participating in our Focus Group discussions please RSVP through Fast Direct to either myself or Lisa Murphy by Friday, April 15th. We need to know the number of participants so that we can have the proper set-up for our protocol. The meeting will be held in the church basement at 7:00 p.m.
As many of you are asking, next year’s school calendar is completed and will be presented to the Board of Education on Monday for approval. As soon as this process is completed, we will send out copies for all of our school community. Next year’s calendar presented a few challenges in completion. We received a memo from the Archdiocese explaining that the National Catholic School Conference will be hosted by St. Louis next year. This presents a wonderful opportunity for all of the teachers in the area to participate in learning together best teaching strategies, and top programs featured throughout the United States. It is the expectation of the Archdiocese that all teachers will participate. I also always take into consideration the private high schools’ spring break schedule because so many of our families have students in both schools. The challenge is how to fit this into our school calendar while having our students’ complete 177 school days and a minimum of 1.044 classroom minutes and having our students out of school by the Wednesday before Homecoming so that our parish can begin the set up. I think the staff and I have created the best case scenario to address the challenges.
In closing, this Friday, April 15th, our eighth grade students will host our “First Annual Talent Show” at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. This event was completely planned by our 8th grade students with a small amount of supervision from Mrs. Diekmann and myself. I have been extremely impressed by the leadership, accountability, and organization of our 8th grade students. They are thinkers and problem solvers. What an outstanding group! Please support their efforts by coming out on Friday evening and witness all of the talents of our St. Paul students. All proceeds will support the Graduation Class of 2016 and their 8th grade Day Out celebration. Until next week,
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO:
Anne Oberman – Anne is a finalist in the Archdiocesan Respect Life Creative Writing Contest. Anne’s essay was chosen out of the many entries for neighboring Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese. We are St. Paul proud of Anne and her accomplishments.THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, April 11
o NCADA Classes K-3
o Girls on the Run – 3:00 p.m. – Parish Center
o Technology Meeting – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Conference Room
o Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Conference Room
Wednesday, April 13
o All School Mass – 8:00 a.m.
o Energy Bus Parent Book Study – after Mass – Room 206
o Last 8th Grade Pretzel Sale money due.
o Girls on the Run – 3:00 p.m. – Parish Center
o Bricks 4 Kids – 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Room 206
Thursday, April 14
o NCADA classes for 4 – 8 grade
Friday, April 15
o Robotics Class – 3:00 – 4:00 – Room 206
o Eighth Grade Pretzel sale delivery
o First Annual Talent Show – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Center – You can purchase tickets at the door or order them this week through the school. The order form is on Links for your convenience.