St. Paul News

St. Paul School - Kevin Brever, Principal - 1/8/16

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Inspirational Quote

Children have such vibrant minds. They need to play. They need to be creative. They need to imagine. It's so important for their sense of self discovery. And it helps them learn problem solving."


~Jan Brett (1949) an American illustrator and writer of children's picture books. She is known for colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa. [see contest below]

From Desk of the Principal
  • Re-Enrollment for Current Families - 1/8/16 to 2/1/16

  • Professional Development Early Dismissal - 1/13/15

  • EdChoice KY

  • --- Scholarship Tax Credit Programs

  • St. Paul Parish School Calendar Link

From the Parish Office

  • Journey to Poland Presentation - 1/19

From the Classrooms

  • Library
  • ---January Book of the Month
  • ---Contest - Jan Brett - Author Visit
  • ---Clifford the Big Red Dog Literacy Program - 1/23
  • ---Book Fair - 2/12-2/18
  • ------Seeking Volunteers for Book Fair!
  • 8th Grade Project

  • ---Exciting New Energy Project

MUSIC
  • Spring Musical Meeting with Parents - 1/12

SPORTS

  • Upcoming Sports Events
  • St. Paul Sports Calendar Link
  • STUDENT-ATHLETE INFORMATION & SIGN-UP FORM Link
  • Catholic Sports Athletic Association Basketball Website Link

PTO NEWS

  • PTO Committee Members
  • THE PTO 2015-2016 CALENDAR

Community Happenings

  • Events at Local Branches of the Louisville Public Library

Special Links

  • Lunch Menu

  • Bookworm of the Month for November is (coming soon)!

  • St. Paul Catholic School Facebook Link

  • Sacrament Information
  • Inclement Weather Policy
  • Stay Connected with Engrade
  • Last Week's Newsletter Link
  • Saint Paul Catholic Community App

From the Desk of the Principal

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Re-Enrollment for Current Families - 1/8/16 to 2/1/16

Re-enrollment Fee for 2016-17 school year:

The Re-enrollment fee for current families with students entering grades K-8 is $100 per student or $200 per family. The amount charged for new families with students enrolling in grades K-8 is $150.00 per student. The enrollment fee for all families with Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten students (Age 3 and 4) is $50.00 per student.

  • The re-enrollment and registration fees did not increase this year.


All fees are a one-time, non-refundable charge that help subsidize the expenses that accrue for standardized testing, school handbook, marketing and communications materials, copying equipment and supplies, accreditation, professional development for teachers and other general operating expenses that tuition, parish investment and fundraising do not cover.

  • In order to secure a space for next year, your re-enrollment fee is due Friday, February 1, 2016, along with the Re--enrollment Form (click the link below).
  • If you have a child entering Pre-School (3YO) or Pre-Kindergarten (4YO) and another entering any grade K-8, please write separate checks.

Re-enrollment Form 2016-17 Link - download, complete and return with fee.

Professional Development Early Dismissal - No After-School Care - 1/13/15

All students will be dismissed at 11:30 on Wednesday, January 13th. There will be no After-School Care. Teachers and staff will be attending Professional Development Workshops and meetings as we develop our Instructional Improvement Plan.
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EdChoice KY - Scholarship Tax Credit Programs

KY State Sen. Ralph Alvarado Files Scholarship Tax Credit Legislation
  • New way for citizens to expand educational opportunities for all students
(Frankfort) State Senator Ralph Alvarado filed legislation (SB 44) that would create scholarship tax credits in Kentucky. The bill is called “Opportunities in Education” and would provide more choices to lower income Kentucky students. This bill creates a nonrefundable tax credit beginning January 1, 2016 which may be applied against the individual income tax, corporation income tax, the limited liability entity tax, or the bank franchise tax, for donations to scholarship granting organizations or a fund to improve public schools.
  • “I am excited about this idea, which has been enacted and working in some form in 16 other states,” Alvarado said. “We owe it to our children to give them the best education we can, especially ones from lower incomes families who often feel like they cannot afford a different solution for their child."
Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, said this bill is an attempt to expand educational choice and bring together advocates for public and non-public schools.
  • “This bill provides tax credits for Kentucky taxpayers who wish to donate to either nonpublic school scholarship organizations, or to a fund that would be used to improve public schools. Truly, we are trying to empower citizens to get financially involved in offering more educational choices and improving our public education system,” said Hall. “This is a win-win for education activists who value a role for nonpublic and public schools in Kentucky.”
Charlie Leis, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company, is supporting the effort and is a member of EdChoice Kentucky, a coalition of educators, business owners and citizens who want more choices for Kentucky students.
  • “The fact is that wealthy families have school choice already, as they can afford nonpublic schools or to move to a different public school district. But poor families lack those choices, and providing greater access to scholarships would level the playing field for Kentucky kids regardless of their socio-economic background. Getting this right is critical to developing an educated workforce designed to compete in the 21st-century economy,” Leis said.
The Friedman Foundation, a non-profit education think tank, has conducted a fiscal analysis of the legislation.
  • “This proposal, if enacted, will have a negative estimated net impact of $2.4 million on the state General Fund and a positive estimated net impact of $15.5 million on school district revenue for FY 2016-2017. The net combined impact would be positive, equal to $13.1 million,” according to the analysis, which looked at three buckets:
  • ---State impact: The state would experience a decline in revenue of $25 million (the maximum credit allowed under this bill). This would be offset by $22.6 million in reduced state aid (SEEK) expenditures. After factoring these savings, we estimate there will be a net negative state impact of $2.4 million.
  • ---Impact on local property taxes: There will likely be no impact on property taxes, at least in the short run, because they are set locally and independent of enrollment. In the long run, districts that experience significant enrollment change may choose to adjust property tax rates.
  • ---School district impact: Local public school districts would experience $22.6 million in reduced SEEK revenue from the state. This reduction would be completely offset by $38.1 million in cost burden relief for students diverted from public schools. Thus, there will be a net positive local impact of $15.5 million.
  • “This bill expands choice, is supportive of nonpublic and public schools, saves the state money, infuses money into local public school districts, and gives lower income families hope that their children can get the best education available. For so many reasons this is a good idea, and we are hopeful that this is an education reform Republicans and Democrats can rally around in Frankfort as a common-sense, bipartisan solution,” Hall said.
  • Read more about this proposal at www.EdChoiceKY.com
St. Paul Parish School Calendar

Click on this link for Upcoming Events

From the Parish Office

Journey to Poland Presentation - 1/19


Collett Travel and Father Dismas will discuss the Pilgrimage to Poland in September 2016 in Hilary Hall at 7:00 PM. For more information call the church office at 502-935-1223.

From the Classrooms

Library

January Book of the Month


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson


  • Pay-it-Forward - What does it mean?


  • Ripple Effect - What is it?

Contest - Jan Brett - Author Visit

We have a chance to win a visit from Jan Brett! With over forty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
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The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, friends, or supporters who enter the contest will win a free school or library visit from Jan in the 2016-2017 school year.

Contest ends April 4, 2016. One entry per person allowed. 2nd to 10th prizes of 10 Jan Brett books. 11th to 100th prize of a signed Jan Brett Poster.

Click Here to Enter

Clifford the Big Red Dog Literacy Program - 1/23

The Southwest Regional Library is hosting a fun, literacy program on Saturday, January 23. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be our special guest for a morning full of fun activities at Clifford's BIG Pajama Party on Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • This special family event celebrates the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge and is presented with support from Junior League of Louisville.
  • If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at 502-933-0029 or through email at: Aimee.Swift@lfpl.org.

Book Fair - 2/12-2/18

Our school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from February 12th through February 18th! The book fair will run throughout the school hours The book fair will also coincide with the start of our Fish Fry and second-trimester conferences.

  • This will be a great time to earn free books and money for our school, but this also means that we will need several volunteers to help run the fair.
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Seeking Volunteers for Book Fair!

  • Volunteers are the motivators to help any Book Fair become a success. We hope that you share with us your skills to help students discover the power of reading.

If you have some time to help us conduct our Book Fair, please complete the form by clicking on this link and circle the areas where you would like to help out. Send the form back to Beth Trusty by January 15th. I will send a more specific volunteer form with dates and times when I receive forms from interested volunteers.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Beth Trusty

St. Paul School - Media Specialist

Book Fair Chairperson

8th Grade Project

Exciting New Energy Project

The Issue

The World as we know it is on the verge of a global energy crisis. In the United States and around the world, fossil fuels have become the dominant source of energy. We use coal, oil, and natural gas to power our homes, businesses, cities, cars, airplanes, buses and seafaring vessels.

Unfortunately, fossil fuels are running out and the costs of energy are becoming too much for average Americans to handle. Thus, we find ourselves at a crossroads as an American and global society.

Fortunately, alternative energy sources are starting to emerge as the need for a change becomes more in need. But which is the best to use? Hydro, Wind, Nuclear, Biomass, Solar, and Geothermal energy sources all have their pros and cons, depending on location, availability, and practicality.


Procedure

The class will be divided into five groups. Each group will be given a city and a scenario. The group will read the scenario and then decide which type of alternative energy is best for their city based on a series of questions that must be answered.

As a group you must:

  • Research the alternative energy that best fits your scenario
  • Answer the questions that accompany your scenario
  • Create a bibliography (sites used)
  • Create a presentation according to the guidelines you are given
  • Work as a group, as a team, as a unit to best complete the project

For more information on this exciting project, click this link:

https://engradepro.com/wikis/a8thgradeenergyproject

Music

Spring Musical Meeting with Parents - 1/12

There will be a meeting to discuss the needs for this year's musical, "Aladdin, Jr." with the students. It takes many helpers to make this kind of thing happen. Please join us next Tuesday, January 12th at 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria.

Thanks,

Anthony Ransom

Sports

Upcoming Sports Events

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STUDENT ATHLETE INFORMATION & SIGN-UP FORM

Click here for Sports Information and Sign-up Form.

St. Paul Sports Calendar Link

To see more upcoming Sports events, click this link.

From the PTO

PTO Committee Members

President -------- Stephanie Gayheart ----- 502-379-0323
Vice President -- Michelle Huber ----- 502-671-3851
Secretary -------- Melissa Logsdon ----- 502-762-5066
Treasurer -------- Becky Baird ----- 502-418-6343
THE PTO 2015-2016 CALENDAR

Click on this link to find the Parent-Teacher Organization Calendar

Community Happenings

Events at Local Branches of the Louisville Public Library

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Special Links

Saint Paul Catholic Community App

The Saint Paul app is designed to keep parents and students informed with recent news and information regarding the school and parish. Features include things such as push notifications, calendars, request for information forms, menu updates, athletics, etc.

To begin using the new app, scan the appropriate QR Code below for your device or click on the website links below the QR Codes.