May 31, 2017
Thank you parents for working with us as a team this year for a successful school year!! The students and teachers worked hard to grow in faith, academics, and maturity. I am very proud of the school as a whole in all they learned in these three areas. I am going to miss the laughter and smiles of the students this summer. Have a safe and blessed summer! I look forward to seeing all of the smiling faces back in August.
Fr. Bill challenged the students to memorize Psalm 117 this year, and they met the challenge. We instituted a simplified version of the Church’s Morning Prayer, as our school morning prayer. This summer Fr. Bill is challenging the students to pray the Morning Prayer and a decade of the Rosary each day this summer. Your children are bringing home a pamphlet with the Morning Prayer and a single decade Rosary. Please pray these prayers as a family this summer and help your children grow in faith and love of the Lord.
Congratulations to our 8th graders on the completion of the elementary education. They have provided wonderful leadership this year to our student body. The faculty, staff and myself pray for their success in high school and future endeavors.
Report cards will be sent home with students today, along with assessment reports. Please remember these assessments are snapshots of 4 days during the school year. They provide information regarding your child’s academic growth, which we use to provide more individualized instruction.
Grades K-2 will take home 2 additional reports.
Grades 3-6 will take home 3 additional reports.
Grades 7 and 8 will take home 3 additional reports.
Class lists will be emailed out to all families this summer. We are still finalizing lists as we are still enrolling new students for the 2017-18 school year.
We will email the registration letter to our families this summer. All forms can be found on our website. Registration will be on August 13 this summer, one day only.
Last summer St. Paul’s won the Davenport Library Reading Program Contest. We would like to keep the title and trophy next year!! Please sign your children up for the summer Reading Program at the Davenport Library.
Studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year. Reading more books leads to even greater success. When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children’s books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains. (radelevelreading.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SumReadCounts_3-6.pdf)
All summer correspondence will be via email and also on our school webpage, unless a parent has specifically requested postal mail. Please watch for summer registration information and class lists. If you need to contact me, please email me at Julie.Delaney@st-paul.pvt.k12.ia.us. My son and his wife are expecting their first child in June, so July 11 – 25 I will be in Texas rocking my new grand baby. I will check email during that time frame if you have questions or need help.
Keep informed about St. Paul the Apostle School on:
Facebook – St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School
Twitter – SPSCatholic
Yours in Christ,
Julie Delaney, PhD