St. Paul School - Kevin Brever, Principal - November 9, 2012
Inspirational Quote of the Week
11 – Sunday Grade 7 Liturgy 9:30 A.M.
12 – Monday Men’s Club Meeting 7:00 P.M.
14 – Wednesday School Pictures Retake Day
15 – Thursday Pre-K Family Lunch 12:00 P.M.
17 – Saturday Ye Old Madrigal Feast 7:00 P.M.
18 – Saturday Ye Old Madrigal Feast 7:00 P.M.
20 – Tuesday Report Cards Sent Home
21 – Wednesday No School
22 – Thursday Thanksgiving Day (No School)
23 – Friday No School
25 – Sunday Chicken Dinner 11:30 A.M.
Every Kid Votes
More than 1.19 million elementary and middle school students, including St. Paul students, have cast their vote with the support, talent and facilitation of Studies Weekly and St. Paul teachers! We'll find out very soon if America's students accurately predicted the real election winner. In the last two presidential elections, Studies Weekly's Every Kid Votes students were 100% correct. Will the students have a trifecta?
In years past the mock election "polls" closed a week before the real election. This election season has been beyond difficult for students in the northeast due to Hurricane Sandy. Every Kid Votes polls were scheduled to close Monday, November 5. However, due to extensive damage to schools, they will leave the Every Kid Votes polls open for the remainder of this week. Teachers, thank you again. You truly are making a difference in the lives of your students and impacting them in ways that reach far into their futures. Thank you for teaching tomorrow's citizens how to operate our country before it's their turn to actually do it!
Retake day for School Pictures will be Wednesday, November 14th. Be sure to send your picture envelope with RETAKE written on it. Contact Mrs. Cochran in our office by note or phone (935-85511) and let her know what students will be having the school picture retaken.
If you child was absent on Picture Day contact the office for a Picture Envelope. Call the office with any questions we will be glad to help.
Dare to Care Collections
St. Paul will be taking up Dare to Care collections again this year from November 12-16th. Families wishing to donate can give their donations to their students to take in, drop them off at a box in church or give them to Mr. Stephenson either before school in the cafeteria or after school in the gym. The most needed items this year are: Peanut Butter, Canned Soup, Canned Fruit, Beans, Rice, Tuna, Cereal, Fruit Juice, Pasta, and Canned Vegetables. There will be boxes in every classroom, the cafeteria, gym and at the back of church. This has been a rough year for a lot of people, let's help make it a little better!
All student/athletes in 3rd through 8th grade playing basketball, uniform hand-outs will be Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the gym. Parents or guardians please remember to bring checks or cash to get your athletes uniform. There is a $50.00 Sports Fee (girls that played Volleyball this year have already paid this), a $50.00 Concession Fee (Girls Volleyball parents that worked during volleyball, their fees rollover to basketball) and a Uniform Fee ($60.00 for 3rd and 4th grade, $100.00 for 5th through 8th grade). Uniforms will not be handed out without these checks and we have jamboree games at St. Paul on November 10th and 11th so it is very important to get the uniforms Thursday. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Any student or parishioner in grades Pre-K through 2nd grade that is interested in playing basketball, please sign up on the Parish website by November 19th. Please make sure you include the correct size for the shirts. We will be using that information to place our order for the league. Please follow this link to sign up: http://www.stpaulparishlouisvilleky.org/sports_signups.php.
Common Core Standards
This week we begin a series of articles that present the importance of adopting Common Core Standards in all schools.
“New test scores were released early last Friday from the state. Kentucky public schools were tested under a new program called Common Core Standards. In addition to testing academic skills needed for higher learning and in the real world, it also measures critical thinking skills.
"It is not a surprise that the results show the Jefferson County Public Schools need improvement on the whole, but there were good results, too.” For more information on JCPS scores, go to: http://goo.gl/Do9Hu
"What are educational standards?
"Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning.
How have educational standards been determined before?
"Each state had its own process for developing, adopting, and implementing standards. As a result, what students are expected to learn can vary widely from state to state.
"Is having common standards the first step toward nationalizing education?
"No. The Common Core State Standards are part of a state-led effort to give all students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The federal government was not involved in the development of the standards. Individual states choose whether or not to adopt these standards." -- http://goo.gl/pHaIs
Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt the concept of common core standards.
The Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative
"A national working group has begun the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) to develop and disseminate resources and guidelines to assist Catholic elementary and secondary schools in integrating elements of Catholic identity (Catholic values, Scripture, Church social teachings, encyclicals, etc.) into curriculum and instruction based on the Common Core State Standards.
The initial phase of CCCII focuses on K-8 English/Language Arts/ Literacy. Resources for other subjects and for 9-12 curriculum will be developed in later phases." --http://catholicschoolstandards.org/common-core
More information on the CCCII will be presented in next week's bulletin.
Annual Christmas Play
The time has come to begin planning for our annual Christmas play which is presented on Christmas Eve at the 6:30 Children’s Mass. I will be directing and need to know who wants to be a part of this meaningful ministry for St. Paul Church.
In the process of choosing a play, it is important to know how many students are participating. Please discuss this with your child or children and if they are interested, respond by Monday, Oct. 29. I will then have a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 after school for those students (and parents, if you wish to attend).
Practices will more than likely be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 until 4:15. If your child plays a sport and their practice time conflicts with the play practices, I would encourage them to continue with the sport. It’s not fair to either activity to attend part of the time. If the sports practice is after play practice, then I welcome all who are interested.
Please contact me by e-mail or note to indicate if your child is interested.
Prospective Parent Referrals - February Open House
We can never underestimate the power of referrals and the testimonials our own children and parents provide for the school. This is much better than any yard sign, building sign, letter or anything else we can do.
I encourage all parents to continue to provide testimonials and encouragement to prospective families about checking out St. Paul for their children's education. It really does make a difference and hopefully we will have a huge turn out at our Open House February 12, 2012. Be sure to let others know about this Open House at that we provide individual tours daily, by appointment. Just call the school office for an appointment.