- St. Paul 7/8 Volleyball Tournament is all day Saturday, August 24th. St. Paul plays in our gym at 8 & 9 A.M. Come out and cheer on our Cougars.
- Youth Group BBQ Sunday, August 25 5:30-8 P.M.
- Sports Boosters Hot Lunch will begin on Friday, 8/30.
- Jeans Day for $1.00 on 8/30.
What’s Happening at St. Paul:
What can we as Love and Logic parents do right now to help our kids enjoy the best academic success? The answer may surprise some of you: Ensure that our kids are contributing to the family by consistently helping with housework, yard work, and other duties.
Kids in the habit of successfully completing chores are far more likely to develop a habit of successfully completing academic assignments.
In one of my books, From Bad Grades to a Great Life, I describe why chores meet an essential human emotional need: The need to feel needed. When we treat our kids like guests in a five-star, all-inclusive resort, their true self-esteem plummets and they develop attitudes of entitlement.
Low self-esteem and entitlement go hand in hand. Both equal low achievement motivation.
To prevent this from happening… or to begin the process of healing… follow Love and Logic’s ABCs for training kids to do chores:
A - Assign every member of your family some meaningful contributions.
Ask yourself, “What am I doing that my kids could do on a regular basis?” Many parents find it helpful to post this list on the refrigerator complete with names next to each contribution.
Caution - Don’t say, “Do it now.” This just creates power struggles. Instead, allow them to have a deadline for each contribution.
B - Be quiet.
Avoid reminding or nagging.
Remember - Kids who have to be nagged into doing their chores are kids who need to be nagged into doing their schoolwork and homework.
C - Consequences preceded by sincere empathy will do the teaching.
When their children refuse to do their chores, forget, or do them haphazardly, many parents find it helpful to complete the chore for their child… and expect their child to repay the time and energy expended to accomplish those contributions.
Sometimes this means doing extra chores for the parent. Sometimes this means staying home or doing without some privilege so that the parent has time to rest and relax. Other times this means paying the parent or a professional to do the job. A memorable example involved a teen who had to pay a maid service to complete her housework contributions.
Remember - Anger and frustration create resentment, while sincere empathy creates responsibility.The key to success hinges on sincere empathy!
Please look for an invite from Sycamore Education for our online grading system for Gr. 1-8. Invites went out on Friday. If you don’t find it, look in Junk also. If you still didn’t get it, let the office know, and another invitation will be sent to you. The invitation will include user name and password which you can change. Parents, please share the password with you 5th-8th graders so they will monitor their grades.
We have an all-school Curriculum Night this coming Thursday, 8/29. Please meet in the sanctuary at 6:30. There will be two sessions in the classrooms followed by a Sports Meeting back in the sanctuary. Mrs. Agnello’s preschool class should attend the 1st session only. This night is for parents only. Thank you.
DROP OFF for School
Preschool parents, please park your car, cross at the crosswalk, and take your child to class.
Kindergarten – Gr. 8 can pull up and drop off at the sidewalk.
PICK UP from School
Until the modulars are removed, please park all your cars, cross at the crosswalk, and pick up your child. Older students can walk to their cars. Please do not come in the building. If it is raining, stay in your car until you see that students have assembled outside, and then come out. Thank you so much for your patience and caution.
A white Yeti coffee cup was left in our opening service. You can pick it up in the office.
This year’s theme is “H.E.R.O.E.S.” which stands for Helping Everyone Reach Our Everlasting Savior. We will be looking at everyday heroes from the Bible each month. We are beginning with Daniel who demonstrated FAITH in his (our) God. We did that today in our first weekly Faith Friday. All the students assembled in the gym to spend some time together in a Faith spirit and in a Cougar spirit. Ask your child every Friday what they did at Faith Friday.
Our Bible verse for this year is from Psalm 18:32 – “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” One of the commentators likens these verses to a “boot camp for warriors” similar to the spiritual armor that Paul outlines to the Ephesians (such as the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness and shield of faith). We may not have to fight our enemies, but we do battle against the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
May I extend a rallying call that we to take up our shield against the fiery darts of the enemy, whether they be words of discouragement or a disbelief in the power of the almighty God. If we call on the Lord, he will train our arms as we hold the sword of the Spirit and the Word of God.
Prayer: Lord, you are my shield, defender, strength, and security. Your right hand sustains me and you provide a broad path for my feet. Train me to serve and love you.
Attention! There are changes to the Box Tops For Education program!
What’s staying the same? If there’s a box top on your product, cut it out and send it in with your child, just like you’ve been doing. All box tops are still good until their expiration date.
What’s changing? Download (or update) the BTFE app on your phone (Apple or Android). Make sure you’re logged in and earning for St. Paul Lutheran School in Aurora. When you purchase items with Box Tops on them, use the updated app to take a quick pic or two (or four...) of your receipt and upload it. The app quickly determines which Box Tops items you’ve purchased and credits the school. You earn $.10 for each product and may earn bonus points depending on the current promotions. Receipts must be submitted within 14 days. The app will award earnings for items that have the traditional Box Tops AND for the new ones that say to scan your receipt.
What if you don’t want to mess with the receipts and app? Send in your store receipts and a PTL member or our Box Tops coordinator will scan and submit them. Just remember they’re only good for 14 days.
Each receipt scanned between now and November 15th earns the school an entry into a sweepstakes for $20,000!
PTL members have been using this app, and it’s very easy. Let us know if you have any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
So far this school year, we have collected $58,000 toward the Annual Fund Appeal. Our goal is $120,000.
We are asking you to join us and help support St. Paul School in its 154th year, as it continues to bring academic and spiritual excellence to this generation and future ones as well. We have established this GoFundMe to open up the opportunity for others to join us in this outreach ministry by contributing to our Annual Fund Appeal.
We are a very diverse private Christian STEM school in the second largest city in Illinois, Aurora. We will be using this year’s Annual Fund Appeal funds to fortify our STEM program, supplement and update other curriculum, and continue to offer tuition assistance to those students in need.
Here are two opportunities to show your support for St. Paul School:
We thank you for your Support!