September 2, 2021
Dear Saint Paul School Families and Friends,

I hope you enjoyed the summer break and had some family time.  I would like to personally welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 school year. This week we opened our doors to 51 new students and 18 new families for a total of 219 students! 

I am looking forward to all the good this school year has coming our way.  Although we remain in masks, we will be allowing visitors during the month of September for lunch duty, recess duty, annual Scholastic Book Fair.  Visitors are to be masked at all times.  PTO will put forth more information on these offerings in their upcoming weekly newsletters.  We will continue to reevaluate our visitor policy and hopefully expand the options for October.  

Next week we will be practicing our fire drill and shelter in place procedures.  The safety of our students is very important to us.  The following week we will repeat them, but unannounced.  

The teachers and I will be planning Back to School Nights next week.  There may be some changes to date, time, and format in order to provide a safe socially distanced experience. 

If you have a change in dismissal, please complete the “yellow pad” note and send in with your student(s).  Faculty will not be checking email during the school day and may not see your request until it is too late.  During the first two days of school there were a number of changes to manage. Only call the school if there is a legitimate family emergency that requires a change.  

Saint Paul School strives to keep our school communications to you electronic.  Please take the time to read emails from the Main Office and Classroom Teachers.  Much of what we send home is time sensitive. For example, lunch order deadline allows Mrs. Knobloch to purchase in advance.  We are seeing a shortage of supplies and will not be able to guarantee lunch after the closing date.  We are trying to limit the number of communications and not flood your email.  Most of all, you won’t want to miss the great happenings at our school this year! 

A daily prayer that I shared with my faculty at our Back to School meeting  … 


Dear God, as I begin this day
Let me turn my thoughts to You,
And ask Your help in guiding me
In everything I say and do.

Give me the patience that I need
To keep my peace of mind,
And with life’s cares, I hope, Dear God,
Some happiness to find.

Let me live but for today,
Not worrying what’s ahead,
For I have trust that You will see
I get my “Daily Bread”.

Give me the courage to face life’s trials
And not from troubles run,
Let me keep this thought in mind,
“Thy will”, not “Mine”, be done.

And if some with I do not get
Though I have prayed to Thee,
Help me to believe and understand
You know what’s best for me.

I’ve failed you many times, I know,
But when tonight I rest,
I hope that I can kneel and say,
“Dear God, I’ve tried my best”.

Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift … your children!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Learning is an Adventure of a Lifetime!
September Hot Lunch and Milk
begin on TUESDAY.
You may review your student orders and our menu at any time via ParentWeb (student / lunches).

Updates about October lunch ordering will emailed to our parents the last week of September.
Pizza Fridays begin next Friday.

If you have any questions about this program and offerings, please contact our Food Service Manager, Mrs. Jennifer Knobloch. 
Please send notes to teachers / changes in dismissal / absence updates using these NEW yellow pads.

This week each school family has received a gift of a school message notepad. We ask that you use these notes to share updates about changes in dismissal or absences. Updates to dismissal must be received by morning attendance.

We ask that you do not send updates to our teachers during the school day via email. If there are any emergency day-of changes needed, please contact the Main Office at 781.749.2407 and we will relay the message.
THANK YOU for your patience as we try to identify the best format for dismissal allowing students to maximize class time and to make pick-up a pleasant process for our parents and students.

  • Hingham Kinder - Gr 8 Families eligible for Hingham bussing are encouraged to please utilize the offering provided to SPS students (AM: SPS + Derby Academy students & PM: SPS students, only) Please contact Mrs. Breen by next Tuesday if you choose to update your bus participation.

  • Extended Day begins next Tuesday, Sept 7. Please make sure you student is enrolled by THIS FRIDAY should you have interest in participating.


  • PRESCHOOL / PREK: FULL-DAY dismissal at 2:20p*
* If your PS / PS student has an older sibling in K - Gr. 8 - you may pick up at 2:45p
  • K-Gr 8 Parents arrive at 2:45p
  • Students will stand in "alpha" marked areas upon dismissal. After your car is parked, please come up to the cones - with your name placard - and come receive your student(s)
  • Parents walking to SPS from an outside parking area - we invite you to come up to the school yard after all cars are parked and turned off in the lot - starting at approximately 2:50p

  • There is NO IDELING on North Street while waiting to enter the school property. If the lot is filled, please circle around the block until the next wave of cars are allowed to enter.
  • No cellphone use in school parking lot
  • Turn off your car once positioned for drop off / pick up (we do not want the classrooms to fill with exhaust).

Thank you for your patience and care as we identify the best new process for our growing school.

As we embark on another successful and healthy school year, we will share reminders and updates to help educate our families and keep our community informed. Most importantly, if you have any concerns over the well-being of your student, please keep them home and contact your pediatrician for guidance. Do not hesitate to contact our School Nursing staff should you have any additional questions.
COVID-19 symptoms list:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
Please have students wear Gym Uniform to school on "gym day.". Gym class will be held for the following classes on:
TUESDAYS: Preschool ~ Grade 3
FRIDAYS: Grades 4 ~ 8
Any student in grades 5,6,7 & 8 wishing to run for SPS Student Council is invited to submit an application to Mrs. Brown by the end of school next Thursday (Sept. 9). Students will have the opportunity to campaign (NO FOOD GIVE AWAYS) from Sept. 9 until Sept. 16. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, those students running for office (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) are invited to give a short (3 minute max) speech via ZOOM. Voting will take place in homeroom on Thursday, Sept. 16, and ballots will be counted and the winners announced at the end of the day.
Please click on the detailled documents below that were also shared with your student.

Rev. Tom F. Nestor, Pastor
Fr. Matthew Norwood, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Mike McNamara, Part-time Parochial Vicar

St. Paul

7:30 AM Resurrection, Mon & Wed
9:00 AM St. Paul, Mon-Fri  
9:00 AM Resurrection, Sat  
7:00 PM Resurrection, Mon-Fri 

7:00 AM and 10:00 AM St Paul
9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Resurrection 
5:30 PM Life Teen at Resurrection

4:00 PM Resurrection 

Due to current pandemic restrictions, all attendees must wear a mask and sit six feet apart.

6  NO SCHOOL Labor Day
7  Extended Day begins     
   Lunch begins
8  Liturgy at 9:00 am
16  PTO Parent Social
20-24 Book Fair

6  Early Release at
12:30 PS/PK and
12:45 pm K-8 
7  Liturgy at 9:00 am
11  NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day
12  Traditional Uniform begins
13  Picture Day 

Parents please check ParentsWeb
for the most up to date class calendars.
All parents are welcome to join us to hear about school updates, classroom news and the variety of opportunities for families to get involved and help grow our school community. Zoom links will be shared in this school newsletter.

Thursday, September 16th @ 9am- Parish House
Thursday, October 7th @ 6:30pm- General Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, November 4th @ 9am- Parish House
Thursday, December 16th @ 6:30pm- General Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, January 6th @ 6:30pm- General Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, February 3 @ 9am- Parish House
Thursday, March 3rd @ 6:30pm- General Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, April 7th @ 9am- Parish House
Thursday, May 5th @ 6:30pm- General Meeting (Zoom)
June Meeting &/or End of Year Appreciation Event, TBD

The Saint Paul School community resides in 13 different towns along the South Shore. Help us share the fun happenings in your town or area that you believe our school families would also enjoy (ie: scouting opportunities, parish events, holiday happenings). Please send updates and details to Jean Schnorr
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