The results are in! The 3rd grade class will be enjoying a pajama/onesie day, complete with a movie showing. Congratulations to Laura Knaub in 3rd grade and Mia Spanier in 4th grade for bringing in the most Box Tops for the month. The prize for our next collection period will be donuts! As always, class prizes will be given to 1 class in preschool/kindergarten and 1 class in 1st-8th with the top 2 individuals in preschool/kindergarten and 1st-8th also receiving a prize. Remember to clip and send in your Box Tops!
I was tempted to title this article, “Gaining the Respect you Deserve.” My reluctance involves the common psychological result of believing that we’re owed something. When I believe that my kids must respect me because I inherently deserve it as their elder and their provider, I set the stage for resentment and damaged relationships.
Something better… purer… more noble… happens when we view respect as something we want for both parties. This implies that this important commodity is something that’s learned and earned through experience.
Respect is Learned and Earned
Sooner or later most kids develop sewage detectors. This sophisticated network of neurons allows them to sniff out the slightest hint of hypocrisy. When we believe we deserve, and therefore must demand respect, we are likely to behave in ways that trigger this alarm. Demanding respect due to our perceived entitlement to it usually leads us toward failing to walk the talk.
Let’s consider how a Love and Logic parent or educator might discuss the concept of respect:
Kids tend to demonstrate the greatest respect for adults who are both loving and powerful. That’s the love and logic of Love and Logic
What a wonderful Dedication Day it was last Sunday. Thank you to all who helped make the day special. We appreciate all your hard work! Thank you to over 400 who participated in St. Paul’s Day. May the Lord continue to bless our school through you.
Save The Date – The PTL is busy planning for this year’s Daddy Daughter Dance. We will be hosting a luau themed dance on Saturday, March 2nd. If you’re interested in volunteering (shopping, prepping, decorating, chaperoning, take down, etc.) please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
Every Friday Sports Booster hosts a hot lunch for the Students. This lunch is the main fundraiser for sports and the kids LOVE IT! This is also a great way to meet other parents in the school. Please consider donating some of your time to help! The link below allows you to sign up for a Friday shift from 10-1:30. If you are interested in doing different hours than that or would like to come in to help prep earlier please email Louise at email@example.com
Gr. 3-8 will be serving at Feed My Starving Children on the east side of Aurora on Thursday, 1/31, in the morning. Fieldtrip forms came home this week. Drivers are needed. Come serve with us.
Preschool through 8th grade will be singing in church on Sunday, January 27th as we kick-off National Lutheran Schools Week. Gr. 3-8 will be singing in the 8 A.M. service. Preschool-Gr. 2 will be singing in the 11 A.M. service. Gr. 3-8 will wear their school uniform. Please let your teacher know if you can participate. Gr. 6 & 7 will also be serving breakfast to earn money for Walcamp in May or DC next school year. Come enjoy a great spread for breakfast.
Attached please find the Save the Date for the Furnish Our Future Silent Auction on Friday, May 3, 2019. The proceeds raised from this auction will go to replace desks/tables in PK to 3rd grade. In addition, reading tables, etc.
What’s Happening at St. Paul:
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Happy New Year! A lot of coverage has been made about New Year’s Resolutions – improve health with exercise, better ourselves in our jobs, spend more time with family, etc. Have you thought of rededicating yourself to serving your Savior with joy in all aspects of your life? I was thinking about that especially while planning for our dedication of our new school addition this coming Sunday.
There are ways you should dedicate yourself to God, in seeking Him. Two basic day-to-day activities are praying and reading the Bible. You can’t be wrong when you prioritize those two activities; when they are permanent fixtures in your daily activities.
You can meet with God while lying in bed. You can meet Him in the shower, while driving to work (my favorite), or when stuck in a traffic jam. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t set apart time for God, but you should also take advantage of any time you do have that you could be talking and listening to the Lord. Grasp every idle minute you have to spend with God.
We like to wait when our circumstances seem out of control. He is already there in those circumstances. He is already working everything together for your good. So this new year, rededicate yourself to God. Once you dedicate yourself to God, then go on about your business. But expect His leading all day long. Listen for His voice to direct you in the way you should go. Accept the challenge to be an instrument for the Lord's use today.
We look forward to seeing many of you this weekend at our celebration.