April 17, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Community & Friends,

As we embark on April Break you may be looking for things for your children to do (especially if mom and dad are working from home). It is important to use this “break” to balance social-emotional well being with physical activity. I truly recommend students stepping back from technology as much as possible. 

Teachers will not be holding classes but may be holding alternative activities … pajama party, lip sync battle, show and tell, art lessons, and more! Visit the LMS for more information. 

I have scheduled the following “Show and Tell with Ms. Fasano” ZOOM videoconferences. Links to join will be posted on the LMS Class Wall. 

Preschool – Prekindergarten    Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 am
Kindergarten – Grade 1    Wednesday, April 22 at 10:00 am
Grade 2 – 3     Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 am

In addition to the Principal Challenge, below are some activities I have come up with for the students over Spring Break:

·Have a spa day at home
·Make a family scrapbook
·Rock painting 
·Have a fashion show
·Create a garden
·Have a family picnic
·Learn the art of origami 
·Caribu with grandparents (FREE app that integrates video calling with reading) 
·Start a new book series

Many have inquired how we can support our SPS families. One way is by patronizing our SPS business owners. Please consider supporting the business listed below by ordering meals or purchasing gift cards to share or use at a later date.

If there are any changes or announcements to our school closure I will communicate to our school community immediately. I hope you are able to take some time for your spiritual, physical and social-emotional well being in the coming days. Have a safe break! 

Sincerely,
Principal
DAILY PRAYERS
WEEKLY PRAYER AND MASS RESOURCES:

Virtual Daily Mass

Virtual Weekend Mass

LIfe Teen Mass

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
" SWEET TREATS " FOR OUR HEROES
Mrs. Knoblock (also SPS P'98, '09,, '12 and '13) surprised the staff at South Shore Hospital today with over 175 cupcakes and messages of gratitude from our school! With the assistance of Ms. Katie Puzo (SPS '94), Philanthropy Officer of Major Gifts at the hospital, they were able to deliver these sweet treats and capture the expressions of joy on faces of SSH staff members!

Also wonderful to note, Ms. Puzo is currently working to solicit and coordinate meal sponsorships for frontline workers from the community and hospitality industry.
Thank you for the care you share!
South Shore Hospital CFO, Mr. Stephen Coco.
"Thank you all for keeping us safe!"
SHARING THANKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
Payton & Hunter Mahery
Grayson & Kieran Lenhardt
The Snell Family
Our community continues to share the thoughtful efforts of Braden and our Preschool - Grade 8 students. We can make a difference in the lives of others - even when we are not in our school building.

Patriot Ledger
Saturday, April 11, 2020

Hingham Anchor
Friday, April 10, 2020

Hingham Journal / Wicked Local
Thursday, April 16, 2020
SUPPORT SPS BUSINESS OWNERS
Many have inquired how we can support our SPS families. One way is by patronizing our SPS business owners. Please consider supporting these businesses by ordering meals or purchasing gift cards to share or use at a later date.
(SPS families and business owners, please forward your preferred contact for us to share. )
The fabulous Mad Hatter Cafe (Weymouth) is run by the Doran family (SPS P'22, 24 & '28) and has an incredible take out menu.
Give the gift of healing to your family members, friends or to yourself:
Balance N Bodywork Massage (Hingham) is selling gift certificates to be used at a later time (Hingham). Owner Jen Desmond (SPS P'28) welcomes assisting with purchases. Visit their website   or call 781-556-5287. 
Jake's Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market  (Hull, MA) (SPS P'15) is providing fabulous curbside pick-up.
IDEAS FOR HOME LEARNING 

from the Director of the SPS Academic Excellence and Support Center 
DICE GAMES
You can use Dice for a lot of learning concepts. Here are some ideas!  

Counting On using 2 dice.  
Have your students count on, using their dice. Prompt them to start counting at the smaller number and continue counting until they reach the higher number. This helps to reinforce the difference between the numbers.  

Math Fluency!   
Roll a double dice cube, then add, subtract, or multiply the numbers depending on what you’re practicing in your classroom. For more advanced subtraction practice, have students subtract the inside die from the outside die, no matter which number is greater. This will give them work with negative numbers.

Math Fluency Game to 20 
Players roll two dice cubes. They then turn each into a two-digit number and add or subtract, with the goal of a sum or difference as close to 20 as possible. Their score for the round is the difference between 20 and their number, with the goal being the lowest score possible. 

Early Addition Practice 
Make a chart with numbers 1-12. Addition Bump can be played alone or with a partner. Roll a cube and add the two numbers, then cover that number with a marker on the sheet. If the other player already has a marker on that number, you can bump them off! 

Probability  
Have your child predict the results for a total of 24 rolls and then test their predictions.  

Reading Fluency Practice
Make a chart with each side of the dice (1-6) label each side with a way to read a story/sentences. 1 could be an excited voice, 2 for a scary voice, 3 with a worried voice and so on. They roll the dice to determine how they will read the story. This supports both fluency and expression while reading out loud.  

DOMINOES! (LakeShore Learning Ideas) 
Demonstrate that if you take a domino, you can make it into an addition statement.  Have them count the dots on each side, and write an addition sentence.  

You can also use dominoes to practice equivalent fractions . Turn a domino with 1 dot and 2 dots vertically, so that the single dot is above the pair of dots. Explain that this represents the fraction ½. See how they can find a domino with an equivalent fraction. 2/4 or 3/6...repeat with other examples.  


KEYBOARDING SKILLS
Do your students want to practice their typing?  

https://typetastic.com/  (For all grades) 


App KeyBoard Fun (K-3) 

STEAM Learning 
LEGO Education has some great ideas for all grade levels on home learning.  

Breakout EDU uses online games to bring the fun of escape rooms to learning across the elementary curriculum.

Learning More About Space with Space Exploration!  
Study the Stars!  Star Walk HD - Night Sky View App  
Explore Pictures and data https://www.nasa.gov/nasaapp
IDEAS FOR HOME LEARNING 

from Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Donna Brown 
TONIGHT @ 7:00pm
Mindful Activity of the Day #15: Bumble Bee Breath 🐝

Listen to "Coronavirus Crash Course for Parents: Keeping Kids with ADHD in
'Study Mode’ While Home from School"

A good explanation for students grade 4-8. Also has a link to making a comic book which may appeal to some students .
ONLINE LEARNING
Saint Paul School teachers are creating videos that inspire discovery and creativity for our school community and friends.
OUTDOOR DISCOVERIES
Join Mrs. Lightfoot as she explores and discovers the animal life and beauty we can find in our back yards and neighborhoods in Outdoor Discoveries.


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.
Sloth Art by Grades 1-5
by: Charlotte Higgins (grade 3)
by: Ella (grade 4) & Charlie (grade 1) Montgomery
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

How lucky we are! Mrs. Knobloch is sharing another
"special treat" for us to try over vacation week.


This Dole Whip recipe was shared on the Disneyland App in April—and the “frozen pineapple treat” is  so  easy to make and requires only three ingredients.

Here’s what you need to make a single serving:

  • 1 big scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple

That’s it!
Then you simply add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is totally smooth. If you want to be totally authentic to the Disney style, you’ll squeeze it out of a pastry bag into a swirl (though you can also just spoon it into a bowl ) Enjoy!
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: PRESCHOOL
Mrs. Pessa is so impressed with the work Preschool is putting into their assignments.
Delia completed a Music class worksheet.
Jack creates number block towers.
Emma draws a picture of a favorite Bible story.
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: PREKINDERGARTEN
PreKindergarten was focusing on the letter "P" this week.
They presented their work to Mrs. O and each other during a Zoom class.
Charlie
Quinn
Grayson (& his brother Kieran)
IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLWORK: KINDERGARTEN
Kindergarten is busy completing many research projects.
Mrs. MacKay is so proud to share this impressive work.
Harry's workspace includes a picture of all his classmates!
Jack completed research on one of the US Presidents.
Grant show us his plant lifecycle hat.
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 a bird feeder.
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
LEARNING IS FUN!
Keep sharing these great ideas and images of our students and families 
making the most of learning opportunities at home! 
Build a castle!
Climb to new heights!
Plant a garden!
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