Curricular & Spiritual Connections 2-19-21

Parent Teacher Conferences
Seems like yesterday that we opened our doors and now, next week on Feb. 24, we end our second trimester of our 2020-21 school year. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Feb. 25 from 4-7:30 p.m., March 3 from 2:30-6 p.m. and March 4 from 4-7:30 p.m. On Wednesday of this week, Allison sent you an email with a link to sign up for your conference time-slot.

The following are some tips to ensure that you get your questions answered.

Before the Conferences:

  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that you should talk about with his teacher.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
    1. What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
    2. Does my child hand their work in on time?
    3. Does my child participate in class?
    4. Does my child seem happy at school? Do they have friends?
    5. What can I do at home to help?
    6. Does my child follow the Fruit Values?

During the Conference:

  • Be on time for the meeting.
  • Relax and be yourself. Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services such as Title I, ask about your child’s progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don’t understand.
  • Ask your child’s teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.

After the Conference:

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Fear vs. Caution
Fear stems from helplessness to control those things that are bigger and more powerful than us. We feel driven to take measures to control the situation. As followers of Christ, we read in our Bible that we are not to be afraid. We’re to trust God. We don’t want to have blind trust, but we also don’t want fear to rule our lives. Caution gets the facts, weighs the options, calculates the risks, and moves forward anyway, trusting that after we’ve done all we can, God will take care of the rest. Caution puts on protective gear, and then opens the door to face the threat.

This pandemic has been a threat. Last spring when we were forced to close our doors there were a lot of fears, what will happen to our kids, will we ever be able to catch them up, how can we provide the right amount of support and learning? As we opened our doors this fall we all had a lot of fear and spent a lot of time researching, developing, and training to ensure that we had the appropriate mitigation in place and that we had the tools and resources to ensure learning would happen whether at home or at school. Today at St. Paul’s we are continuing with caution. We are watching the pandemic numbers, talking to other school leaders and determining the impact of the vaccine and herd immunity and how all this could possibly help us lift some of our mitigation efforts. Unfortunately living in a state of caution during a pandemic it isn’t always black and white. While I write this article we started the day with all our students out of quarantine and a couple phone calls later we now have 2 more families in quarantine.

Personally I cannot wait to fill our rooms and hallways with smiling faces, classroom volunteers and visitors. “Patience Tamela,” I can still hear my mom reminding me!

Mental Health and Coping During a Pandemic
Free Webinar: Mental Health and Coping During a Pandemic. Join Counselors from Catholic Charities on March 1 at 6 p.m. for the first session of our “Pandemic Life Series” to learn more about mental health and coping during a pandemic. This webinar is free and open to the public. Click HERE to register below and the zoom link will be sent via email. Contact us at 319-272-2141 or email with webinar registration questions.

Sneak Peek at Lutheran Schools Week
During Lutheran Schools Week, some of the highlights at St. Paul’s are the Dress Up Days! We are giving a sneak peek of all the fun to come—so you can plan ahead:

  • March 8: Day 10-God of Steadfast & Encouragement. 
    Burning Bush-We are Hot!!! Beach Day/Desert Clothing/Hot Weather clothing.
    On Monday the students will learn about Moses and the Burning Bush and the Battle of Jericho. They will learn that hope and joy are formed when we remain steadfast and encourage one another. (Exodus 3:1-15; Joshua 6:1-20)
  • March 9: Day 2-Live in Harmony with One Another
    Joseph Amazing Coat-Wear that AMAZING color clothing. (Color mismatch/wear multiple colors, etc.)
    On Tuesday the students will learn about Joseph. They will study about the trouble with his brothers and how he ended up helping his family. They will learn that hope and joy are found when we live in harmony with one another. (Genesis 37:1-28; 45:1-15; 50:15-21)
  • March 10: Day 3-Life in Accordance with Jesus Christ
    Greatest Commandment: Love—wear something that you love (ex. favorite outfit/sports team shirt/shirt with favorite saying, etc.)
    On Wednesday the students will learn about The Greatest Commandment. Jesus taught us to love. We can have hope and joy when we love others.  (Matthew 22:34-46)
  • March 11: Day 4-Be Together with One Voice
    The Holy Spirit/Early Believers: Early Riser come in PJS
    On Wednesday the students will learn about the Holy Spirit and the Early Believers. They will study about how the early church came together with one voice to listen to the prompting of God. (Acts 2:1-21, 36-47; 4:32-37)
  • March 12 Day 5: Glorify God and Parent of our Lord Jesus Christ
    Praise God/Salt and Light: St. Paul’s colors/clothing
    On Friday the students will learn about praising God and being the salt and light of the world They will study God’s awesomeness! How amazing is it that OUR children can talk about that at school? They will learn that hope and joy are found when we not only praise God, but are the salt and light (the examples of Christ) in our world. (Psalm 8 and Matthew 5:13-20)