St. Paul School-Kevin Brever, Principal-January 17, 2014

St. Paul News Bulletin

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Inspirational Quote

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Table of Contents

  • St. Paul Parish School Calendar of Events
  • St. Paul Sports Calendar
  • Martin Luther King Day - 1/20
  • ---5 Positive Lessons Learned From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Market Day Pickup - 1/21
  • St. Nicholas Academy(SNA) Mixer - 1/25
  • Voice of the Martyrs Benefit Show - 1/31
  • Saint Paul School Begins Rehearsals for "The Little Mermaid Jr."
  • BOWL PARTY - 2/2
  • CEF Tuition Assistance 2014-2015 - 3/14
  • PTO Fundraising Efforts for Remaining School Year
  • St. Paul Weekly News Video
  • News from the Classroom
  • ---Second Grade
  • ---SPD and Library Happenings
  • Excellent Catholic School Resources from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • 21st Century Skills and the Archdiocese of Louisville
  • Stay Connected

5 Positive Lessons Learned From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Excerpted from an article by Judi Gruber on the Care2 Make a Difference Website:

"This is being published on the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. As I reflected on his life and legacy, I started to realize that... there are many lessons that I have learned about being a better person, being who you are, and knowing what you believe in. Here are some of the things he has taught me.

  1. Always be civil. Even in times of darkness, violence and ugliness, he believed in and practiced civil discourse. That’s not to say that he was never angered or even inflamed by what he faced, but in spite of those feelings, he rose above the ugliness he was confronted with. He spoke articulately yet strongly, but he was still always civil.
  2. Peace and non-violence is always better. This was the basic tenet of King’s philosophy. He wrote reams about it, spoke about it, and lived it, even in the face of hostility, aggression, and the ugly violence that ultimately took his life. I cannot imagine the hate and hostility that he faced on a daily basis, and am in awe that it did not turn him into someone even more hateful than those who perpetrated such ugliness against him. It reminds me that I can be less petty and less harsh with those who I might not agree with.
  3. You can always do the right thing. There are so many of his quotes where he talks about this. Whether it is helping others who are less fortunate, or taking a stand against something that is just plain wrong, he reminds us all that it is always time to do what is right.
  4. Always help others. This is related to his philosophy about doing the right thing and about a being a good person. But it goes beyond this. He spoke often about having true compassion. It isn't enough to help those in need, but we must truly care about them, to take a good look and see how they got that way. He asked us to examine how we as a society can change the conditions that led them to be there in the first place. Doing this makes us better as people. I have found that it also makes me feel better.
  5. Never give up on your dreams. While his life was cut tragically short, he died in pursuit of his dream and in spite of everything he faced, he never gave up on it. He faced obstacles I could never imagine having to face, and still persisted. This reminds me that the small things in my life that often seem insurmountable, are just my excuses for not taking action and are not obstacles. In reality, I am the only obstacle to my own dreams."
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Market Day Orders - January 21st

Market Day orders pick up is Tuesday, January 21. Remember any family that orders, their child gets a dress down day. Have a good weekend!

St. Nicholas Academy(SNA) Mixer

Saturday, Jan. 25th, 8-11pm

Mount Carmel's gym

Grades 6 - 8

$8.00 at the door.

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Saint Paul School Begins Rehearsals for "The Little Mermaid Jr."

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright

Director: Anthony Ransom

Costume/Stage Director: Nancy Lambert

Choreography: Christy Minton-Schnieders, Beth Trusty

Rehearsal and Performance Information:

Rehearsals will begin immediately following school on Wednesday, January 22nd. We reserve the right to extend rehearsal times as we transition to the stage, and for Tech. & Dress rehearsal prior to opening. Rehearsals for Little Mermaid will take place Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00. Rehearsals until the end of basketball season will take place in the cafeteria. Following basketball season, we will move to the gym and will be there through tech rehearsals and performances.

Please note: We have a student matinee on Fri. May 9. This concert is for students only, and not for the public. Rehearsals are typically Mondays and Wednesdays; we may add one or two Sunday evening rehearsals. Please note all conflicts on the audition form.

Performances (At the Saint Paul School Gym)

  • Friday, May 9 at 1:00 pm (Dress Rehearsal) Students only - Not a public performance
  • Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 11 at 3:00 pm (STRIKE the set) following final performance

We look forward to our committed young artists having fun working together on Little Mermaid Jr.


Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 3-10pm

6901 Dixie Highway

Pleasure Rdg Pk, KY




Chili, Bean Soup, Ham, Brats, Hotdogs, Potato Salad,Baked Beans, Soft Pretzels, Nacho’s, Popcorn, Vegetable trays, Cheese trays, Draft Beer and Softdrinks


Can Beer and Wine Coolers will be sold for $2.00


CALL Jessica AT St. Paul School



(SPECIAL GAME BOARDS $2, $5, $10 and $25 Available)






RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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CEF Tuition Assistance 2014-2015

The Catholic Education Foundation is the primary source of tuition assistance for Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville. This year, the Foundation will grant over $1.3 million in elementary school tuition assistance. For eligibility and information about applying, click on this link:

Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance 2014-2015

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PTO Fundraising Efforts for Remaining School Year

Our PTO has organized 3 school fundraising efforts for the remainder of the school year – and your help is needed for success. 100% participation by school families is needed to help keep our tuition rates from sky-rocketing. The 3 efforts are:

  • A Spring Break Condo raffle,
  • Silent Auction theme baskets at the Super Bowl Party and
  • The Fish Fry nights.

FIRST EFFORT - Spring Break Raffle

We are selling chances for a one-week stay at the Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida! This fabulous resort is adjacent to Walt Disney World Resort. This package includes a 3 bedroom condo for March 30, 2014 to April 5, 2014 (Spring Break). Tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held on February 14, 2014. The trip was 100% donated by Wyndham Vacation Resorts and is valued around $2800! Check out this beautiful resort on their website:

There are 130 families with children currently enrolled in St Paul. We are asking each family to sell 10 chances – which will net the school $13,000!

Please return both sold and unsold chances by Friday, January 24.

Here are some ideas on where you might be able to sell chances: friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, at mass, at bingo, at the Sat basketball intramural games. Perhaps take a photo of the tickets and post it on your facebook page. Ask family and close friends to take to work with you. Take to children’s non-school related after school activities and share with parents from other schools that might be interested in a Spring Break get-away.

Incentives for selling chances

  1. If we make the school goal of every family selling at least 10 tickets, then school children will be treated to a field day during the last month of school. The field day will be a day-long celebration of games, activities, and food.
  2. $50 Visa gift card to the family selling the most chances.
  3. For each family that sells 11 or more chances, your name goes into a drawing for $50 Visa gift card.
  4. The school “stuffed” mascot will reside in the classroom with the most chances turned in each Tuesday and Friday. The mascot will reward the class small prizes. As families turn tickets in, their sold tickets will be divided equally among their children’s classes.

SECOND EFFORT - Super Bowl Party

This event will be held in the gym and cafeteria on Sunday, February 2nd. With a good turnout, we can expect to profit $10,000 from this event. To help support this event, we are asking every child from each class to contribute an item for the themed baskets that we raffle. Last year the raffle items that you contributed brought in over $3,500. If everyone could look below and see what baskets their child’s class has been assigned and donate an item for that basket, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please turn in your donation by Thursday, January 30th.

Theme Baskets for the Super Bowl Party

  • Pre-School, Pre-K & K "Handy-Man" Repair Kit
  • 1st and 2nd Grade “Be My Valentine” Survival Kit
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Family Game and Movie Night
  • 5th and 6th Grade “At The Car Wash” Detailing Kit
  • 7th and 8th Grade Let’s Go Fishing! Kit


The last fundraiser we will need help with is the Fish Fry. We will send more information on volunteering and class assignments at a later date. Please do your best to help make these events a success. We appreciate what you do!

- - - - St. Paul Weekly News Video - - - - - - - - - - The Raider Report - - - - - -

St. Paul News Jan 13 2014

News from the Classroom

Second Grade

The 2nd grade will be reading books and looking up information about Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Science we will continue to research information about Land Habitats.

In Math we will continue to work on our Subtraction skills as well as regrouping.

SPD and Library Happenings

This week in SPD, classes have been learning about eating right and the 5 Components of Fitness.

  • Older classes worked in fitness stations working on exercises for the 5 components of fitness.
  • The younger classes exercised with partners using “let’s get moving fitness cards” and
  • 2nd and 3rd grades had some fun with the parachute this week.

This week in Library the middle school classes started working on research projects.

  • The 6th grade is researching famous athletes, and
  • the 7th and 8th grades are researching famous inventions.
  • The younger classes studied elements of fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy this week.

Next week we will be focusing on biographies while studying Martin Luther King, Jr.

21st Century Skills and the Archdiocese of Louisville

Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic schools, in partnership with parents, provide a Christ-centered education that prepares students for an ever-changing world. This education cultivates a learning environment that includes the 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity as well as fosters the principles of compassion, self-efficacy, resiliency, and global awareness. Thus, students of all ages are empowered to successfully navigate academic, digital, artistic, and interpersonal realms leading to an appreciation of lifelong learning and community engagement.

In the Archdiocese of Louisville, we define the five C’s of 21st century learning in the following way:

Catholic Identity—To be centered in the person of Jesus Christ, steeped in the Catholic worldview, sustained by Gospel witness, and to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church, students must know their faith, participate in liturgical and communal prayer, and take action in service of social justice.

Critical Thinking—To be effective critical thinkers and problem solvers, students must interpret, analyze, and evaluate information. They must make connections and consider evidence before reaching conclusions. They must be able to use their reasoning skills and adapt to constant change.

Communication—To be effective communicators, students must express thoughts clearly for a variety of purposes and a variety of audiences. They must be able to use oral and written skills as well as a range of media and technologies to convey information. They must be active listeners who are able to discern meaning and nuance from oral and written information.

Collaboration—To be effective collaborators, students must be adaptable and able to work with a group or partner. They must be able to negotiate and make compromises when necessary. They must be able to offer ideas and options and share responsibility for the work of the group. They must be willing to consider different perspectives.

Creativity—To be creative, students must develop and incorporate new ideas. They must evaluate and refine existing ideas and demonstrate originality. They must use a variety of creation techniques and be able to communicate their original ideas.

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Excellent Catholic School Resources from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents - An Interesting Article

Ron Clark, author of "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck -- 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers," has been named "American Teacher of the Year" by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey's pick as her "Phenomenal Man." He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn. This article's massive social media response inspired CNN to follow up with Facebook users. Some of the best comments were featured in a gallery.

To read Ron's article, click on the link below:

What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

Stay Connected!

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