April 15, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Community & Friends,

In a message last week to our current and new school parents, I shared some great plans in the works for the 2020-2021 school year at Saint Paul School including:
  • New math program for Elementary school. We have a contract with Pearson for the Envision 2020 series.
  • IPads (5) for each Kindergarten-Grade 4/5 Math classrooms. They will support the new mathematics program. 
  • Increase in teacher allocations for classroom supplies.

In addition, I announced the 2020-21 school year tuition rates and that tuition payments will be moved to start in June instead of May. Given our current economy, if your family is interested in applying for Financial Aid consideration, please apply via FACTs Grant & Aid. Saint Paul School continues to plan to render aid decisions beginning the week of April 27.

Below are some impressive enrollment facts
  • We have the lowest rate of withdrawals = the highest rate of retention in five years
  • Enrollment is on the rise for the fifth straight year 
  • Elementary level (K-5) has seen an increase in applications
  • We have applications for every grade at Saint Paul School 
  • 100% of our Grade 8 students that are interested in attending a Catholic high school are accepted. This year’s graduates will be attending St. Sebastian’s, Fontbonne, Archbishop Williams High School, Boston College High School, Xaverian Bothers High School and Notre Dame Academy

Next week is April break. Since March 16th our teachers, staff and students have been actively engaged in interactive learning. This will be the time for all to step back from technology and take care of yourselves. This morning I made a list of things I want to do – pick-up the yard, clean the windows, go up into the attic and find my first communion pictures, and donate the furniture in the garage to someone in need. It might not seem like a “fun” list but I am looking forward to feeling accomplished. Maybe you could make a list of things you would like to do over break? 

If you do not already, I encourage you to follow us on social media (see links below) and visit the COVID-19 School Resources page on our web site for updated school information and resources for your family. Please share these resources with friends and family.

I know the past four to five weeks have not been easy for our students and that nothing can replace face-to-face lessons between teachers and classmates. I am more proud of them now than ever and hope you will help me encourage them to keep up the extraordinary work. 

Sincerely,
Principal
DAILY PRAYERS

CARE TO SHARE MORNING PRAYER?
Would your student or family like to lead our school in morning prayer? Please share a video clip (approx 1 minute) of your morning greeting and prayer. We look forward to featuring as many of our families as possible.

Email to or text videos to:  Jean Schnorr  at 617.416.4934




WEEKLY PRAYER AND MASS RESOURCES:
SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATES

APRIL CALENDAR

Mon, April 20 - Fri, April 24: Spring Break - No School

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OTHER IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATES

MAY
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR / GRADE 5 SCIENTISTS - Moved to May 20th
FIRST COMMUNION - (May 2) n ew date to be announced
SPRING MUSICAL - (May 8 & 9) TBD
GR 4 STATES FAIR / GR 5 FAMOUS REVOLUTIONARY AMERICAN - May 27
PTO END OF YEAR SOCIAL - TBD (daytime June 2?)
NEW PARENT ORIENTATION / UNIFORM FITTING NIGHT / ARTS NIGHT   - June 2
GRADUATION - June 5

PROJECT GRATITUDE:
Honoring our Healthcare Heroes
On behalf of all our SPS families, we want to thank Braden Hussey (PS) and his parents, Janelle and Chris Hussey, for organizing this thoughtful endeavor and all planning efforts.

During this past week Braden, and our SPS students, have been recognized by local media. In case you missed, please click on one of the articles below.

Patriot Ledger
Saturday, April 11, 2020


Hingham Anchor
Friday, April 10, 2020

Hingham Journal / Wicked Local
(see tomorrow's publication)

More thoughtfulness can be found in the responses from members of our community.
Visit our social media postings for these heartwarming replies.
ONLINE LEARNING
Saint Paul School teachers are creating videos that inspire discovery and creativity for our school community and friends.
AT HOME ART WITH MRS. BRUNO


Mrs. Jackie Bruno, our Art Instructor, encourages every SPS student to use their creative talents with items you can find easily in our home.
ZOOM ART CLASSES
SPS Parents will see noted under ART in the LMS that Zoom (live) art classes have begun.
Please join Mrs. Bruno for this opportunity
Also noted is all log-in information and a listing of the art supplies to have prepared prior to the start
of class is noted.
Tuesday 10-10:30a: Preschool - Kindergarten
Wednesday 1-1:30p : Grade 6-8
Thursday 10-10:30a : Grade 1-5

Mrs. Bruno will take attendance, If classes are too large large, she will split further.
Making 3-D Designs with Grades 6-8
Making Springtime Flowers with PS - Kindergarten
MUSEUMS ONLINE
Here is an additional list of museums around the world that have online collections and virtual tours.
Check them out - and just think you can still travel the world from home!

Uffizi Gallery (italy)
Vatican Museums (Italy)
Musee d'Orsay, (France)
Louvre (France)
British Museum (England)
Dali Theatre (Spain)
Van Gogh Museum (Amerstdam)
Acropolis Museum (Greece)
State Hermitage Museum (Russia)
"SPECIAL TREATS" WITH MRS. KNOBLOCH

It's Wednesday...and that means "Treat Day" from Mrs. Knobloch. Today's treat can be made with either peanut or sun-butter (click title for video):





INGREDIENTS:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Step 2
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together peanut butter, egg, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, if using, and salt until well combined.

Step 3
Using a 1 3/4-inch scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on each scoop in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle with sugar and transfer baking sheet to oven. Bake until slightly puffed, 11 to 12 minutes. Cookies will still be soft. Let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. 

Enjoy!
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: PRESCHOOL
Mrs. Pessa is so impressed with the work Preschool is putting into their assignments.
Avery
Terry
Lauren
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: GRADE 3
Mrs. Melcher is so proud of the creative efforts from her Grade 3 students.
Lily Richardson created a Holy Week banner project.
Some good looking Zoom spelling tests!
Claire McManus following directions to get outside on last week's Outside Day.
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: GRADE 6
LANGUAGE ARTS
Mrs. Clark loves the great work being done in Grade 6 language arts.. Here is a visual project representing the growth of the character of Dell Duke, from the book  Counting by 7's.
by: Sofia Pichay
by: Emma Collins
PRINCIPAL'S CHALLENGE #2
During this time away from school, it is important for all of us to balance our body and mind. Each day Principal Fasano is challenging our students to take a break from their learning and see how many of her favorite childho od activities they can complete!

What can you complete this week?
Decorate Eggs
Jump rope
Make up a dance routine
ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Saint Paul School will continue to process applications, render admissions decisions and respond to any inquiries.

During this time of school closure, tours are postponed. We will plan to continue with screenings for all prospective PS – Grade 8 applicants.

We welcome you to contact us with interest and any inquiries by calling Jean Schnorr, Director of Enrollment, on her cell at 617.416.4934 or at  jschnorr@spshingham.org
SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY
Many have inquired how they can best support our families, neighbors, and those who make our towns so special. There are many local businesses that have shared much with our school. Please consider patronizing these locations or purchasing gift cards to share or use at a later date. It is our time to show our appreciation.
(Please forward community contacts and updates to Jean Schnorr .)
Mad Hatter Cafe (Weymouth) is run by the Doran family (SPS P'22, 24 & '28) and has an incredible take out menu.
The Hingham Downtown Association has compiled information about how you can best help our neighbors downtown: CLICK HERE
Jake's Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market  (Hull, MA) (SPS P'15) is providing fabulous curbside pick-up.
LEARNING IS FUN!
Keep sharing these great ideas and images of our students and families 
making the most of learning opportunities at home! 
Go on a Scavenger Hunt!
Learn to mow the grass!
Build a tower!
For more resources, ideas and school updates from Saint Paul School, watch us on: