Pursuit of Excellence – VIDEO

Saint Paul, our patron Saint, said it best”…finally, whatever is good, true and beautiful, whatever is praiseworthy and excellent… think on these things…” – and pursue them!  In short, that is what we are all about at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic school: the pursuit of excellence in all things: spiritually, personally and academically.

The world needs people who are formed and shaped to think, reason, and act with a strong moral conviction, and with a sound mind that can think and reason  and act with correct courage in this diverse and confusing world.  Each day at Saint Paul’s, surrounded by loving and caring teachers and staff, our students are shaped and formed into saints and scholars.

In fact, we have been shaping these saints and scholars (with God’s help!) since 1965.   If your child is not a student here, would you consider it?  If your child is a student here, share us with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member who should know about what we can offer to their child.

In all things, Soli Deo Gloria!  (with excellence!)

“Do you feel the warm Breezes?”

Our biggest, (and most fun) fundraising event is coming!  Save the Date for February 8!  SPAuction19.  We will leave the cold, wind and snow, and make our way to the South (east) Pacific, specifically to Damascus Hall, otherwise known as the Gym!

Here is what you can do:

  1.  On November 27 – go to www.SPAuction.org and sign up to attend.
  2.  Offer items for bidding.  call or email mcook@stpaul-school.org
  3.  Think about a financial gift to the vision and mission of the school, and contribute before, during and after SPAuction.
  4. Share the Website, link, and video with your family and anyone who loves your child and wants to support their education.

Thank you… Cool Runnings, and Peace be the Journey… !!!

Animoto Education

Technology has opened so many doors of opportunity, especially for educators, to expand and enhance our ability to engage students.  Animoto is one example.  Educators and educational professionals are gifted with a free account to create visual learning experiences for students.

This technology can also be used to help other people discover our great Saint Paul school, and to get a glimpse through music and images, of the our ethos and environment.

Enjoy this short video that helps you discover the 5 main reasons we think Saint Paul’s is a great Catholic school, and perhaps the right choice for you and your children.

Text us at 616.528.2379 or email at mcook@stpaul-school.org to schedule your tour today.

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Guest Blog: Mrs. Gott and 5th Grade – “America’s White Table”

 

 

America’s White Table

Each year on or around Veteran’s Day, the book America’s White Table, by Margot Theis Raven, is read to 5th grade students. As the book is read, a MIA/POW Remembrance or Missing Man Table is set. Each of the items on the table represents something in relationship to the war.

*a small table to show one soldier’s lonely battle against many
*a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty
* a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved one to return
* an empty chair for the missing soldiers who are not here
*a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity
* a glass turned over for the meal that won’t be eaten
*a white candle for peace
* a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon in the hope that all our missing will return someday.

The tradition of the “the white table” originated during the time of the Vietnam War and is still continued today in mess halls and military events around the country. In this book children are given the opportunity to understand the bravery and courage men and women take to serve our country and protect our freedom. It is my hope that they gain understanding and deep respect for those who have, continue, and will serve our country.

5th graders then wrote reactions/reflections to reading the book and understanding Veteran’s Day.

“I had goosebumps while reading this story, and it wasn’t because I was cold. I felt sad, but also this odd feeling. I was sort of like I had to honor these soldiers somehow. I am happy we set a white table for all the soldiers who were serving during this time. I hope that all people in America honor the soldiers in some way, anyway.” –Molly

“I like the book. This year I will honor Veteran’s Day more than I have in the past. I enjoyed learning about this and it really made me think. When I think about this table, I see people gathering around it with a flag behind it.” -Jack

“I learned that we all should be thankful and appreciate all of our people that serve in wars to protect our country. The story made me feel sad, but it also made me happy to know that lots of people show their appreciation as setting up America’s White Table!” –Molly

“One of my thoughts were, I feel more respect for Veterans everywhere, dead, alive, captive, old, young, black, white, families who lost someone and families who have someone serving. The main thing is I feel like veterans should get more respect than anyone.” –Brody

“I really liked this book because I think it teaches me more about Veteran’s Day. It made me appreciate how fortunate I am, and taught me why they put up the white table. They place a white plate for the meal that won’t be eaten. They put a lemon and salt for the tears people have cried because they have lost a loved one. They place a cup upside down for the drink no one will drink and rose for all the loved ones they have lost.” –Arabella

“I liked this story but it made me sad but happy at the same time. I felt sad for all of the people that died but happy that all of these people do this to remember every person that died. I am happy that people love our country so much they are willing to sacrifice themselves. I am very sorry for all of the families that had their mom or dad die in a war. This story was very deep and make me feel sad more than most books do.” –Ian

I really liked the book. I felt very sad. It makes me think how they have felt during the war, such as missing their families and fighting, almost getting killed. I want everybody who fought to know: “Thank you for serving!”” -Ben

 

Thank you Mrs. Gott and 5th grader class, for this wonderful reminder of sacrifice and fidelity.