FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #34
April 17, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
Prayer for Accepting Change
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Lord,
things change again.
When will I be able to rest
in the comfort of knowing what comes next?
You, who transcend all time,
who created the stars and set them in place,
you, who are ageless yet known in every age,
grant me the grace to accept
the changes that are happening.
Empty my heart of anxiety,
and fill it instead with wonder and awe.
Release me from the chains of complacency,
and bind me to your ever-moving Spirit.
When the things I believed to be permanent and stable
are left by the way side,
enfold me in your undying love
that I may remember in whom all things are bound.
When fear of something new paralyzes me,
and grief cripples me with anger
over the loss of what had been,
send your angels to give me a gentle push
over that frightening edge into the unknown,
so that I may learn to trust in you.
For you alone are eternal.
You alone are enduring.
You alone are the everlasting Lord.
And in you alone will this restless world find peace.
I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful our Talent Show was on Friday evening. The children were unbelievable and their faces were glowing with pride as they completed their acts. Thirty-five students entertained us with their talents. We had dancers, magicians, drone flyers, musicians, comedians, and skits just to name a few to share with you the variety of talents our students possess. The eighth grade surprised us with a Flash Mob after intermission. We had an audience of a little over 150 people, so I would consider this a HUGE success. I love the idea that we can honor the talents of our many St. Paul students in this manner. I think our eighth grade class may have begun a new St. Paul tradition!
By the end of this week, all of our teacher contracts will be given to our staff for the 2016-17 school year. Unfortunately, due to a decrease in enrollment, our teaching staff needed to be downsized. I want to assure you that even though we have downsized our staffing, we still will be able to maintain quality class sizes that are less than 30. We also have been able to maintain our Middle School concept with four teachers, our learning consultants, and a full time computer specialist.
The last few weeks of school are going to be difficult for our staff. We are a family, and when members of your family are no longer with you, we always feel a sense of loss. This was a decision that was extremely difficult for both Father Mike and myself. It is one that neither of us ever wanted to make nor have taken lightly, for it effects the lives of members of the St. Paul Staff family.
Just as we are asking our children to practice our eight virtues, now is the time that each of us can be a positive role model for them. I am asking that we all exhibit empathy, understanding, and kindness. I am asking for support for our staff and not judgement. I am asking that we refrain from comments on social media, for these can be perceived as hurtful and could create additional stress. I am asking this of you because it is the right thing to do and it is part of our Catholic Core.
Please keep our staff in your prayers. Until next week,
HATS OFF TO:
Anne Oberman, Mady Burchell, Ella Gaona, Mallory Hanock, Katherine Archambeault, Grace Bellistri, Owen Moss, Nolan Chickering, Jason Thompson, Josh Thompson, Cece Hoelflinger, Caroline Slade, Michaela Stuckey, Natalie Miller, Allison Miller, Julia Distler, Savannah Fust, Emma Sherman, Tori Turner, Holly Reynolds, Emily Kidd, Makayla Archambeault, Grace Theiss, Ana DeMaria, Julia Lammert, Emma Robb, Jack Haegele, Alex Kidd, Jackson Willman, Alyssa Purcelli, Abby Diffley, Jessica Wheeler, Lani Nigles, Kaylie Drysdale and Logan Kammerer – These children participated in the First Annual Talent Show held on Friday evening.
Megan Young, Megan Zoellner, Emma Ingram, and Ashley Valentine – These eighth grade girls exhibited leadership and organizational skills in their organization of the Eighth Grade Talent Show. From the beginning until the end, the four girls worked endlessly on every aspect of the production of the First Talent Show. Thank you girls, for coming up with the idea and putting it together for such an enjoyable evening. I think you may have begun a new St. Paul tradition.
Anne Oberman – Anne was invited to New York City this summer to study dance with the legendary Rockets. Way to Go, Anne. We are St. Paul proud.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, April 18
o NCADA Classes K-3
o Girls on the Run – 3:00 p.m. – Parish Center
Wednesday, April 20
o All School Mass – 8:00 a.m.
o Energy Bus Parent Book Study – after Mass – Room 206
o Staff Meeting – Mrs. Coyle’s Room – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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 21
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER MIKE!!
o NCADA classes for 4 – 8 grade
Friday, April 22
o Robotics Class – 3:00 – 4:00 – Room 206
Saturday, April 23
o Spirit Sprint – Registration – 8:45 a.m. – Minnie Ha Ha Park – Race begins at 9:00 a.m.
o HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER BENZ!!