Happy Fourth of July!
The weeks cannot go by fast enough until we arrive at the new school year. I am filled with excitement and hope for what the future holds for our St. Paul family. We will begin instruction on Tuesday, August 18th with a ½ day of school. We will utilize the guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Search-Results.aspx?k=Part%203). These Part 3 guidelines will be implemented as a foundational piece for keeping out kids safe throughout the year and the mitigation strategies found in this document will be implemented if the situation deems it necessary. None of us know what the future holds, but we are prepared for whatever happens.
As demonstrated by our staff during e-Learning, daily and multiple video lessons were implemented immediately following the closing on March 13th. Our teachers were readily available online and faithfully put in 50+ hours during the week and over the weekend for instruction. Most of the curriculum was completed, and students were prepared to move on to the next grade. We had 100% attendance between kindergarten and 8th grade. A great job was done by the staff, students, and parents!
I will do everything in my power to keep students, families, and staff safe. The critical piece in all of this for me is that we must place our faith in God’s plan while continuing to provide a loving and caring environment where spiritual and academic growth occurs. At this moment in time, we know more than we did when the virus came to America. We have better data to make informed decisions. We must press on, move forward, have faith, and we must love one another while following these guidelines to keep each other safe. Now, we may not be able to have the normal Fees and Records Day on July 22 or the Backpack/Ice Cream Night on August 13th, but I guarantee you this: we will continue to deliver the academic and spiritual excellence you have come to expect from St. Paul Lutheran. That hasn’t changed in over 155 years, and this pandemic isn’t going to stop us now.
I will be in touch with you later this month with more information as it pertains to the beginning of the school year.
Psalm 62: 5-8: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
May God’s love and peace be with you always!