November 20, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Community,

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving it is a time for all of us to think back on the blessings of the past year.  While an unusual eight months we have a lot to be blessed for.  I am particularly blessed for a dedicated staff that worked with me to reopen our school to 196 students and to 134 families for entrusting us with your most precious gift – your children.  

It has been decided by the RCAB that the South Shore Basketball league will not be hosting games this winter season.  While this is a disappointment for our players, we appreciate their efforts as they are aligned with our efforts to keep our students safe.

This shared, it has come to our attention that many families are considering enrolling their students in indoor winter sports leagues.  We ask that before you enroll in such programs that you consider the risks to not only your student / family but to our school.  We hope that you value the efforts that have been put into opening Saint Paul School and making a daily in-person education available to all our students and will forgo activities that may risk the safety of our students, faculty and staff and cause a shift to remote learning. After the new year we will be looking into the possibility of athletic skills enrichment among cohort groups. 

Music Teacher, Mrs. Joanna Manning-Souza will be leaving us this week as she has accepted a full-time teaching position in the Brookline Public School district.  We are working with Young World to secure a new music teacher for our return from Christmas break.  Until then we will secure an in-house substitute.  That being said, and given the restrictions of COVID, we will not have our traditional Christmas Concert of carols. Classrooms or grade levels will have other celebrations, and we will put out more information following Thanksgiving Break.

For safety and security purposes teachers will be issuing NEW ZOOM links for our remote learners and will go into effect December 1. 

A few weeks back I was asked by the Catholic Schools Office to attend a Verbal Intervention Certification Program. This Verbal Intervention training prepared me to provide my staff with the skills to safely recognize and defuse challenging behaviors.  There were three components - online coursework, a one-day online training followed by a certification exam.  I am pleased to say I completed on Wednesday and received word on Thursday I passed!  I look forward to training our staff after the first of the year and sharing this knowledge with our school community.

THANK YOU….
We have AWESOME families at Saint Paul School and cannot thank you enough for keeping the faculty and staff well fed.  

The Stenfors Family - Thank you for delicious luncheon from Alma Nove on Monday!

The Schmitt Family – Thank you for a delicious lunch from Lavishly Dunn in Hanover on Wednesday!

UPDATES and REMINDERS…
The Saint Paul School PTO Christmas season is in full-swing.  The Christmas Bazaar is scaled down this year with ample accommodations made for COVID guidelines.  Please read the email correspondences carefully and reach out if you have any questions. 

PTO wreath sales sold out and ordering has been closed!

Our Annual Gingerbread House making for students with Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Knobloch has sold out too!

TEAM SPS: Embarking on a new adventure together! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,
Principal
THANK YOU,
FRUIT CENTER &
OUR SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

Michael Dwyer, Marketing Director at Fruit Center Marketplace, recognized Saint Paul School this week for their terrific fundraising during their recent School Fundraising Week. 

With the support of school families, parishioners and friends a record $3,510 was raised for Saint Paul School.  This is almost double what was raised last year!

Ms. Fasano shares, "Saint Paul School is so appreciative of the support of Fruit Center Marketplace during this fundraiser and throughout the year. I hope our community will continue to support the local businesses who so generously support our school. 

WEEKLY ROSARY
via Zoom
Mondays at 9:00a
Every Monday morning Saint Paul School families and friends join together for a weekly rosary prayer group.  We welcome anyone who would like to join!  You may sit silently and pray or decide to be an active participant.  It starts at 8:55 am for volunteer assignments and begin praying at 9:00 am. 

Please join using the below information: 
Meeting ID: 846 0847 7021 
Password: Rosary 
COOLER WEATHER IS HERE!

Please make sure to send your students in with the appropriate clothing for lunch and recess outside. They will have indoor recess if the temperature is below 30 degrees.

ALSO - All students are asked to wear PANTS for Gym Class (navy windpants or sweatpants). Shorts are no longer permitted.
LOST & FOUND
Monday, November 23 @8:30 -9:00a

There are a number of items in our lost & found bin - especially SPS fleece and sweaters. While we have tried to return any marked with names, we are not able to identify the owners of all items.

If your child is missing any SPS gear, please come visit the table of items that will be laid out at the WELCOME entrance of SPS on Monday.
As you make your Thanksgiving plans, please use these guidelines to keep yourself and your family safer:
SAINT PAUL SCHOOL
2021-2022 ADMISSIONS UPDATES
To ensure the well-being of our prospective families, all 2020 admissions events will be held virtually. We hope you will join us to learn about Saint Paul School, our mission, our offerings and most importantly, what makes our community so special.  

Please call the Admissions Office at 781-749-2407 with any questions about our events.
Prospective families are invited to join us for a Virtual Open House. 

This event offers an introduction to our community and mission and is a great opportunity to meet with our Principal, teachers, parents, and Admissions staff! 

This week, Saint Paul School conducted its first Virtual Open House. We were so pleased to have over 25 attend and are so grateful for the support of Principal Fasano, our teachers: Ms. Barnes, Mrs. Lagrotteria, Mrs. Melcher and Mrs. Polvere, and SPS parents: Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Oravitz.
OR
2021-2022
ADMISSIONS APPLICATION
The application for our 2021-22 school year is now open.

In January we will follow-up with all applicants to schedule required screenings.

Should you have any questions when completing, please contact a member of our Admissions team at (781) 749-2407.
TOURS / MEETINGS
Our Admissions staff look forward to prospective families getting to know our school better and responding to any inquiries. Please click below to to schedule a time to talk or Zoom with the Director of Enrollment, Jean Schnorr, as she welcomes the opportunity to secure a block of time to discuss your questions and interest. 
IMAGINE DAY: Virtual Class Visit
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th
for applicants entering Grade 1 - Grade 8

In addition to our Virtual Open House, we are also glad to offer students entering Grade 1 -Grade 8 the opportunity to get to know Saint Paul School and the class they would be joining next Fall by attending a virtual class.

Parents and students are asked to register to join us for this Zoom class. Attendance is optional.
BETTER THAN
A SUGGESTION BOX

Please use this online form to offer virtual compliments, shout outs, concerns, suggestions and solutions. Ms. Fasano will check weekly and either respond individually or include in her Friday newsletter. 

SCHOOL PHOTO UPDATE

If you ordered your student's class photos online they should arrive in the mail - to your home - within the next two weeks.
CAR DROP OFF / PICK UP
Thank you for your patience and care.
As a reminder - please keep your name placard available for staff to see and keep to this arrival & departure schedule.
**Parents, please make sure your student is dressed in their coat / warm gear and ready to enter school before you leave home.**

MORNING Drop-Off 
8:00 am: Families last name A - F 
8:10 am: Families last name G - Q 
8:20 am: Families last name R - Z

AFTERNOON PICK UP
2:15 pm: Families last name A - F
2:25 pm: Families last name G - Q
2:35 pm: Families last name R - Z
2:45 pm: All walkers / bikers & students
on buses to be dismissed 
REMINDERS & UPDATES
NOVEMBER MASS TIMES

At all Masses, wearing of a mask properly over nose and mouth is required

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil, 4pm
Sunday 7am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 5:30pm Life Teen Mass
Outdoors at Resurrection, weather permitting
Advance registration required in the event that Masses must be inside
ADDED: Indoor Mass at St. Paul, Sunday 10am
Advance registration required

Daily Masses:
9am Monday - Friday, Indoors at St. Paul 
please wear a mask - you may choose to bring a chair to sit outdoors in the courtyard
Doors open at 8am, Rosary at 8:30am
7pm, Monday - Friday, outdoors at Resurrection
please wear a mask and bring a chair

Adoration and Confession:
Following the 7pm Daily Mass at Resurrection until 9pm,
Wednesday through Friday only
SCHOOL CALENDAR

NOVEMBER

24 DARE Graduation
25-27 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

DECEMBER
1 Gingerbread House making for
PS - PK - K @ 2:30-3:30p
2 Early Release @ 12:45p
Confessions - Gr 7 & 8 @ 10a
3 Mission Education Day retreat (Gr 3-8)
PTO Meeting @ 6:30p
4 K-5 Term 1 Report Cards home
5 Gingerbread House making
9:00-10:15 am for Grade 1-2-3
11:00-12:15 pm for Grade 4-5
1:00-2:15 pm for Grade 6-7-8
8 Admissions: Virtual Open House @ 9a 
9 Admissions: Imagine Day Virtual Class
Confessions - Gr 5 & 6 @ 10a
10 Grade 7 & 8 Liturgy @ 10:30a
10/11  Christmas Bazaar 
11 Grade 3 & 4 Liturgy @ 10:30a
Gr 6-8 T2 Progress Reports home
12 Breakfast with Santa: Box Pick-up
16 Confessions - Gr 3 & 4 @ 10a
Virtual Nutcracker (TBD)
17 Grade 5 & 6 Liturgy @ 10:30a
Christmas play via Zoom (details TBD)  
18 Grade 1 & 2 Liturgy @ 10:30a
21 - 31 NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


Parents please check ParentsWeb
for the most up to date class calendars.
PTO NEWS & UPDATES
We welcome all SPS families to join us.
Please note for your calendars the following PTO meetings planned this school year:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 6:30pm 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 9:00am
Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 9:00am
Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 9:00am 
June End-of-Year Social/Thank You Event, TBD 
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
HOLLY JOLLY HINGHAM
2020 Dates:
11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Hingham Square is full of merriment during the month of December!

Holly Jolly Hingham is a month long celebration to accompany your holiday shopping. Festive events kickoff Thanksgiving weekend and run up until Christmas eve. Take photos with our character cut-outs and drop off a letter in Santa’s mailbox ~ express to the North Pole ~ and Santa may even respond!

Horse-drawn hayrides take place every Saturday.
AMAZON SMILE
If you are not able to complete your holiday shopping locally, we encourage you to please consider registering your Amazon account to generate AmazonSmile donations for Saint Paul School.
Enjoy our the activities and fun at Saint Paul School.
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