Last spring Candi Fredrick Brekus donated funds in honor of her mom’s teaching career which included 11 years as a preschool teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Her mother, Tedi Fredrick, loved the little children and nurtured their every need. So many of her students and their parents remained close to her throughout the rest of her life. This generous gift was used to purchase chromebooks for our 3rd and 4th graders.
Our students are using the chromebooks to access websites to enhance their learning as well as preparing for remote learning should we ever have to go to a virtual setting. We have had a few students that have been under quarantine and they have already experienced success at home using their chromebooks to connect back up with their classmates and teacher.
The students are very excited about the possibility of taking their Chromebooks home if they have to be a remote learner and they are very appreciative of this gift!
100 Things we are Thankful for
Steffany Kroeger, our Social Emotional Therapist who is working with our classes each week gave the students a challenge. Each class was asked to come up with 100 things they are grateful for by the end of the month. By Nov. 30, the school will have 1,000 things collectively. Some of the things our kids had on their lists are teachers, God, the bible, our family, food, scientists, engineers, doctors. Fourth graders really went to work and elaborated on their thankfulness: Songs-they make us feel good; Farmers & Factories; Roofs over our heads; For art-without it the world would be plan; Worship-to learn about God. So far we have gathered hundreds of things to be thankful for.
Research shows the active practice of gratitude retrains our brains to look for what is going well
and creates feelings of well being. When we are in states of positive emotions, we learn faster, are more creative and get better at problem solving. Living in the practice of gratitude opens our awareness and ability to connect with each other and our lives.
We also encourage families to also do the same. An idea might be as a part of an evening or dinner prayer, each family member says something they are grateful for.
With families and friends not all gathering in traditional ways this year many people are looking for alternative ways to give to others. Sending gift cards provides an alternative to shipping packages to our loved ones. The St. Pauls’ School Fund Committee has relied on the sale of SCRIP cards as a means to support the school. Of course the sale of the cards is down this year, due to the uncertainty of easily stopping by the office to pick up the cards.
To help alleviate the stress of picking the gift cards up, members of the School Fund Committee will meet you under the canopy of the Corson Family Riverside Entrance of the church on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1-3 p.m.
Get your Holiday shopping done today while helping to support our school fund. Click on the shopping bag to access the order form and a list of the cards you can order. Please submit all orders by Friday, Dec. 4.