It started with a song, “The Fruit of the Spirit,” that we learned at worship. All the students and staff can now recite the fruits, based on Galatians 5:22-23, as the words flow through the recesses of our mind whenever we hear one of them: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That song led to the fermenting thoughts about what we want our students to reflect as a result of going to our school, and then eventually, how we get them to live those words sincerely and authentically.
There are so many divine thumbprints along the way that led us to construct our school’s values. Through some professional development classes and in-depth discussions, our values have taken shape. We are excited to share them with our school families and community.
St. Paul’s Lutheran School is dedicated to the values outlined below. We commit to the families we serve that we will nurture these FRUIT in our students through all we say and do so that they, too, will reflect them to the world.
At St. Paul’s Lutheran School, all students and staff work to reflect these values, the FRUIT:
Faithful | I am faithful to God, myself, and others.
Respectful | I am respectful by listening, using self-control, and accepting authority.
Use manners | I use manners by saying “Please,” “I’m sorry,” ”Thank you,” “You’re welcome,” not interrupting, patiently waiting.
Integrity | I am doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
Teachable | I am flexible, adaptable, and ready to learn.
One of my favorite stories describes a meeting of a very poor little girl on a cold November day, peering hungrily through the frosty window of a bakery. A tall woman gently invites her in to share a cookie and steaming mugs of hot chocolate. After eating the cookie the little girl suspiciously asks the woman, “Are you God?” To which the woman replies with a smile, “No, but I am His child.” For the first time, the little girl relaxed and said with relief, “I knew you had to be one of His kin.”
We hope and pray that by instilling the values defined by the FRUIT, the students, who one day leave the halls of this school, will reflect the kinship they have with God, so that when others will see them, they will see God.
Galatians 5: 20, 22-23
“Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them… But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”