Congratulations! Collectively, and in partnership, we have made it through the first quarter. There is no disputing the serious nature of providing in person learning in the face of a pandemic and COVID-19. The health and safety of the St. Paul community is our highest priority. So many factors come into play in order to achieve this goal: Leadership and communication provided by Mrs. Rivera, staying in front of the ever changing guidelines and keeping us well informed; Teachers and support staff planning for and delivering in-person and remote learning (very few school systems are asking teachers to handle both responsibilities); Parents who are responding to and supporting the school contingency plan; and lastly, but probably the most important, students are working hard every day to follow directions and respecting established routines and procedures. Clearly, this does not come without challenge as we welcome middle school students and teachers back for the start of the second quarter. Simply put, thank you all and please stay the course as we navigate unchartered territory!
We remain grateful for your commitment to your child’s education and participating in “virtual” Parent/Teacher Conferences. While not having exact numbers yet it appears that our turnout was strong. Teachers work hard to provide meaningful feedback. Our preference will always be in-person conversation and will return to “normal” as soon as possible. Again, thank you for sharing in these important conversations! We will plan for the best and safest way to recognize students for outstanding academic performance. Please stay tuned.
We continue to monitor daily attendance. Our school wide first quarter attendance was 96.1% which is outstanding given our current circumstances. A big shout out to 1st grade class who had the highest attendance in the school at 98.2%!! That said, the message remains to keep your child (ren) at home if they are not feeling well. This expectation becomes even more important as we enter cold and flu season. We respect your judgement!
In closing, please consider attending our first in person Panther Parents/Home and School Association (HSA) meeting rescheduled for Monday morning, October 19thafter Mass in JPH (Julie Penrose Hall). We have a number of new families and would like to increase participation in spite of COVID limitations. This organization and existing members have been a strength at St. Paul. You will learn about opportunities to contribute and possible leadership positions that are open the 2020-2021 school year.
We hope your children enjoy the long weekend.
Stay safe and healthy!
With Gratitude, Jim and Sandy
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”