Monday Morning Assembly message sent to students and faculty this morning by Mr. Dupont!

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March 30, 2020

MONDAY MORNING ASSEMBLY

Good morning!

As we begin our third week of distance learning, trust you and your family are well. I couldn’t be prouder of our entire St. Paul community in the way we have responded to this global health crisis. You’ve been inspiring! We pray this morning, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops coronavirus response. 
 
MORNING PRAYER
 
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be
patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to
our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.
Amen.

ACADEMICS

As previously announced, this Wednesday (4/1) will be a two-hour delay. A Period will begin at 9:57 am and we will follow the normal two-hour delay schedule. We remain grateful to everyone for contributing to eight successful days of distance learning. St. Paul continues to be an exemplar in transitioning seamlessly to online learning. My expectation is that everyone will remain engaged and perform at a high level consistent with our core value of excellence.  

IMPORTANT: The end of the Third Quarter has been extended to Thursday, April 9. Students should check their portal or ask their teachers to confirm if they need to make-up any quizzes or tests missed prior to March 13, when school was officially closed. If you do, please contact your school counselor to schedule a time in the next week to complete make-up work online. Also, you are responsible for any missed work during distance learning. Failure to complete any missed work may result in an incomplete grade. DO NOT DELAY in taking personal responsibility for your third marking period grades.  


ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Student Government met last Thursday and has scheduled several online student activities for this week. I want to acknowledge my thanks for their involvement in planning these and other activities coming in the future. If interested in participating in any of these activities, be on the lookout for a Zoom invitation email from Mrs. Kendrick or Mrs. Mancini.
 
Pet Zoom on Tuesday (3/31) from 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Bring your pet to our online conversation. Be prepared to share name and a little bit about your pet.

Relaxation/Meditation on Thursday (4/2) from 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Mrs. Mancini and Mrs. Glynn will guide you through this stress reducing session.

Zoom Game Night on Friday (4/3) from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Join classmates to participate in a variety of virtual games in breakout rooms.

  • Student government will meet again this Thursday (4/2) at 2:30 pm. Mrs. Kendrick will send out the Zoom invitation email.

  • Thursday morning (4/2) is the virtual Chapel Prayer Service from 7:40 – 7:50 am. with Sr. Marie Benedict and Sr. Mary Mercy. This is an opportunity for building community, praying together, and growing in our faith, in union with Christ's Paschal Mystery. Faculty, students and parents wishing to participate can respond to the weekly Zoom invitation to join the prayer service.
 
  • Friday, (4/3) is designated as Crazy Hat Day! Students are invited to wear any hat that day for their online classes. Faculty will choose three original hat winners who will be mailed a $10.00 gift card.

  • This Wednesday (4/1) we will begin our Perspectives from the “Classroom” series featuring a distance learning reflective piece from one of our faculty members. This week, we will feature Mr. Wallace. Students interested in writing/sharing their “classroom” perspective should email Mrs. Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com in the advancement office. Based upon the response, we will begin to schedule distribution dates.  

  •  Happy Birthday this week to: Jeremy Rinaldi and Mr. Crowley.
 
 
GUIDANCE
 
  • If seniors need transcripts for scholarship applications, please email Mrs. Kilbourne at lkilbourne@spchs.com.

  • Juniors should remember they need to ask two teachers for letters of recommendation by email before 4/30. They should copy their counselor on the email and make sure to give the teacher their resume and reflection form. The reflection form was included in an email sent out by guidance last Wednesday (3/25).

 
ATHLETICS
 
Reference is made to the athletic section of the school website for home workouts from Coach Joe & specific spring team training info from coaches.

Mr. Dennehy announced some Bristol Swim Team accomplishments from the CCC Championship held earlier in March … CONGRATULATIONS!
  • All CCC Conference Swim Selections: Davis Kroll and Mikel Palaj
  • 200 Medley Relay – 1st Place, new CCC meet record - Mikel Palaj (relay team member)
  • 100 Butterfly – 1st Place, Mikel Palaj
  • 100 Freestyle – 2nd Place, Mikel Palaj
  • 400 Freestyle Relay – 1st Place, Mikel Palaj (relay team member)
  • 200 Individual Medley – 3rd Place, Davis Kroll
  • 100 Backstroke – 3rd Place, Davis Kroll


During these unsettling times, stay true to our core values: faith, character, community, excellence and service. Choices matter in helping you cope during this health crisis: hope vs. fear; grateful vs. complaining; engaged vs. indifferent; accountable vs. excuses; and servant vs. self-centered. Let’s continue to define ourselves by living our core values and being GREAT in the face of this adversity. Together, we will get through this! St. Paul, pray for us!  

Seniors, lead your classmates out of here to your online learning classes. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other this week.

We miss you,


Mr. Dupont
P.S. To the parents, how are you holding up? Here’s a cute quote that I recently saw.
#HomeSchool

Hmmm, if we do this, I can indicate that we completed a fire drill this month for the fire marshal's report. ( haha )