St. Paul News Bulletin

St. Paul School - Kevin Brever, Principal - November 1, 2013

Inspirational Quote

"Man is a tool-using animal... Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all."

-- Thomas Carlyle (1795 -1881), Scottish philosopher, satirical writer,essayist, historian and teacher.

Table of Contents

1. Calendar of Events
- 1.1 - MARKET DAY NEWS - November is Bonus Pie Month!

- 1.2 - More Pies For You = More Profits For Your School!

- 1.3 - St. Paul Catholic School Class of 2014 Mixer - 11/2

2. Library Pumpkin Character Contest

3. St. Paul Weekly News Video

4. News from the Classroom

- 4.1 - This has been a MONSTER of a WEEK in SPD and LIBRARY!

- 4.2 - First Grade

- 4. 3 - 3rd Grade Pumpkin Graph Art

- 4.4 - News from Mr. Streble

- 4.5 - Sixth Grade Laptops

- 4.6 - Computer Science Education Week: December 9-15, 2013 - The Hour of Code at St. Paul.

5. Educational Apps Worth Investigating

- 5.1 - Kid's Shell - Parental Control for Android

- 5.2 - Parental Controls on iPhone, iPad, and iPod

6. EngradePro News

- 6.1 - EngradePro Parent Guide

- 6.2 - EngradePro Apps

1. St. Paul School Calendar of Events

1.1 There's Always Room for Pie!

MARKET DAY NEWS - November is Bonus Pie Month!

MARKET DAY NEWS November is Bonus Pie Month! Our goal is to sell " 212" pies! There is still time to order pies from Market Day. Orders need to be placed by 11:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7.

Remember if your family sells 5 pies, their name goes into a drawing for items from Market Day; buffalo chicken, fries, and applesauce, plus another surprise gift! So get out and sell pies to family, friends and neighbors. Any family that places an order will receive a dress down day! Help support our school!

See the Market Cay website at:

1.2 More Pies For You = More Profits For Your School

Big image

1.3 St. Paul Class of 2014 Mixer

Big image

2. Library Pumpkin Character Contest

Can you identify each of these pumpkin characters are? Do you know what book(s) have these characters?

Big image
Big image

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

st paul news oct 27

4. News from the Classroom

4.1 This has been a MONSTER of a WEEK in SPD and LIBRARY!

This week, Preschool and pre-k listened to a Berenstain Bears book online called Trick or Treat. We also talked about if books are real or make-believe and watched a video called Tina’s World.

Kindergarten and 1st grades listened to Junie B. First Grader, BOO and I Mean It! and made mental image books.

2nd and 3rd grades worked on their Bats, Spiders, and Owls OH MY! research project.

4th and 5th grades finished up Fakebook character assignments.

Middle School students did an online Venn Diagram assignment comparing and contrasting spooky ghost stories.

Middle schoolers are also using laptops to research scary stories of Edgar Allan Poe and comparing and contrasting story elements from these stories with a virtual venn diagram. They will be accessing the wiki on EngradePro for the directions and details.

In SPD we've had a howling week by learning Halloween dances like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Witch Doctor . We also had fun playing in Halloween fitness stations. 4th grades and up started our stress lesson.

4.2 First Grade

First grade investigated a pumpkin. We estimated the weight and how many seeds in it. Then we actually weighed and counted the seeds. Our pumpkin was 14 pounds and had 315 seeds.

We also completed our How to Make Witch Stew cookbook.

4.3 3rd Grade Pumpkin Graph Art

After a short mini-lesson on graphing ordered pairs, third graders graphed over fifty ordered pairs to create an image of a jack-o-lantern. They really enjoyed doing this math lesson!

4.4 News from Mr. Streble

The 6th grade is working on this solar system project in science class:

Their task is to complete a packet of information on all of the planets in our solar system. They will obtain this information through multiple websites on their laptops. Mr. Dooley and I will collaborate on helping the sixth grade convert their data into a spreadsheet.

7th grade took a science test after using their study guides on Google Docs and EngradePro.

The 8th grade has been using their laptops for Future City on almost a daily basis.

The 8th grade is also working on this physics/math project:

They have to research rollercoasters, their history, their design and the science and math behind them. The culmination of the project will be a scale model design of their own original coaster that is mathematically and scientifically plausible.

I also utilize Khan Academy on a weekly basis in the seventh and the eighth grade. I will get the sixth grade signed up this week.

4.5 Sixth Grade Laptops

The 6th Graders began using their laptops in classes this week. They are working with their teachers on assignments, quizzes and assignments on EngradePro and study websites for Science, Math, Language Arts, English, Social Studies and Religion.

4.6 Computer Science Education Week: December 9-15, 2013

“ Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer . . . because it teaches you how to think.”

Steve Jobs (1955- 2011), entrepreneur, marketer, inventor, co-founder/chairman/CEO of Apple Inc.

The Hour of Code is coming

The Hour of Code at St. Paul

We live in a world surrounded by technology. But only a tiny fraction of students learn how computers work, or how to create software technology. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and all our students can benefit from learning the basics.

This year, for Computer Science Education Week, a massive campaign called the Hour of Code is introducing 10 million students to try one hour of introductory computer science. St. Paul 3rd through 8th grade students have signed up and will participate by learning to code with several tutorials and a project where they create a small software program.

We have done some coding in technology classes over the last three years with a program called "Scratch" and last year added an online program called "Tynker". The students really enjoy telling the computer what to do and seeing the results of their logical thinking and creativity.

You can learn more about this by reading the handout at

5. Educational Apps Worth Investigating

5.1 Kid's Shell App- Parental Control for Android

Kid's Shell is a secure app developed to make your phone or tablet safe for children.

With this application you can configure your device to launch only approved applications. By using this app child can't made a call, send SMS, run not allowed applications or buy paid apps.

Your device turns into SAFE Kid's Shell.

- Kid's mode - allows to run only allowed applications placed on a workspace
- Parent mode - configure the shell
- Math password for Parent mode and Exit
- Locked Home button
- In-app purchases can be seen, but children cannot make purchases inside Shell without parental permission.
- Optimized for Tablets and Phones

5.2 Parental Controls App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

You can enable "Restrictions", also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Restrictions stop a user from using specific features and applications. Learn more about the types of Restrictions and how to enable or disable them on your device at

6. EngradePro News

6.1 EngradePro Parent Guide

To view the ins and outs of your EngradePro parent account and to view your student's classes and grades, go to this website: EngradePro Parent Guide.

6.2 EngradePro Apps