Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 5/25/17

Greetings!

Well here we are. Our year is ending, and we say goodbye for the summer. St. Paul is an outstanding community dedicated to learning and the growth of faith in each person we meet. We have had an excellent year. Our students have shown their academic strength in some demanding extracurricular competitions. They have shown their creativity in areas from art and writing to engineering.

We have had a great year sacramentally. Our retreat days have been an exciting way to urge us on toward a stronger faith life; bringing faith into everyday things. Our second graders continued their faith journey as they received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. Our eighth graders completed their Sacraments of Initiation as they were confirmed. Throughout the year, we attended Mass together, we attended mass and Eucharistic Adoration on First Friday, joined our prayers in the Rosary, and commemorated special days like May Crowning.

We have come together for some excellent social events. From the back-to-school bash, through events like the walk-a-thon plays, talent shows, and the Blue and Gold Bash, we have celebrated our friendships and common purpose. I have said often “we sure know how to have a good time.” There are so many ways to help each of us celebrate our success even as we continue to work hard for the success of our school.

There are innumerable people who have helped us. We always begin by thanking God, of course, for giving us the opportunity to do what we do here at St. Paul. We thank Fr. Barth and Fr. Bertke, for their vision and leadership within our community. We thank all the members of our Education Committee for their dedication and involvement as they help keep our school strong. We thank the faculty and staff of St. Paul for their dedication as they have worked so hard to help our students grow in faith and knowledge. Thanks, also, to the parents and families of our students. We are grateful for your choice to entrust us with the education of your children. We are honored to have been your partners in their care and formation over this past year. Finally, our thanks to our students. They have worked hard, learned so much, and are growing to be the kind of young people we can all be proud of.

I hope you have had the opportunity to join us from time to time. While we try to describe our experience, it is something best experienced in person. Please consider joining us next year.

For our last reflection, I leave you with this thought: “Jesus wants to bring peace to the world through you.” How we live our lives matters. We influence those we meet every day. Our challenge is to live our lives in a way that increases the peace—to be a Peace Builder.

I have been honored to serve the St. Paul community and will always remember my experience here with gratitude and affection.

Have a great summer.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 5/18/17

Greetings!

Well, here we are; at the end of another wonderful year of school! These last few days are always so hectic—we have graduation and all that goes with that, closing out of projects and activities, those last make-up tests, and, of course report cards. There are also lots of opportunities to congratulate those who have worked so hard and achieved so much this year.
We had a wonderful retreat day yesterday. Our whole school came together in activities and prayer to help keep Christ at the center of what we do. The theme involved the last two items of our PeaceBuilder pledge – noticing hurts and making up for those we might have caused. Be sure to ask your child how the day went.
We have had a great year. Our students have proved themselves academically and as members of various teams and clubs. We have over 50 stars in our Galaxy of Achievement recognizing individual and team accomplishments this year. Our students won several awards for writing and science. Scholarships and Terra Nova scores will be released as soon as we have them.
Some of our students will qualify for Title 1 lessons over the summer. You will receive an invitation if your child qualifies for the opportunity to attend those classes. Contact your child’s teacher if you believe there is a need.
There are many changes on the horizon as we look toward next year. As you know there are several personnel changes expected as we go through our summer. We will have more on that next week after we have more information on who may be changing rolls. Please be patient as everyone decides.
As May is a month dedicated to Mary, I will close with a thought from Saints and Sinners. “Mother Mary, little did you know what God had in store for you. May your example of simple day-to-day faith help us to unfold the presence of your son, Jesus, in all we do.”

See you around Campus!

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 5/11/17

Greetings!

Here we are in the last few weeks of school. With our year rapidly coming to its conclusion, there are so many things going on. Please check the calendars often as we move through our last days. We want to make sure you get to attend all of those special events for your children.

We are so proud of our eighth graders as they were confirmed this week. They have completed their training so nicely and demonstrated the commitment appropriate for those receiving the sacrament. Bishop Foys passed along his congratulations for a job well done. Many thanks to everyone who helped our eighth graders be ready.

I hope to see you at Walk-a-thon tomorrow. As our largest fund raiser (and even a fun raiser), it is always a great day. The weather is looking good as I write, so we expect a good day—even if we may need some adjustments for wet fields. Our PTO has had an army of volunteers working on the activities and planning. Please join us for what always proves a great day.

Congratulations yet again to McKenzie C for another championship on her path to the national gymnastics meet. McKenzie captured first place in the double-mini at the Region 4 championships. She also had a respectable place in tumbling and trampoline. We wish her good luck as she goes to nationals this summer. We also wish good luck to Austin B. as he goes this weekend to compete in the national archery championships. Congratulations Panthers!

At confirmation, Bishop offered a very simple message during his homily. He simply encouraged us to remember always that we are children of God and God loves us. That love is unconditional and constant. We are, therefore, at our best when we reflect that love by doing the same for others. That means sharing the Gospel message, as well as treating others as children of God.

God bless, and see you around campus,

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 4/28/17

Greetings!

Welcome back! I hope you had a blessed Easter and a restful spring break. I enjoyed hearing about so many of the adventures our students enjoyed with their families. We have certainly hit the ground running! If you look at the calendar, there is hardly any room left to “pencil in” something. Please be sure to check the calendar, as well as your child’s teacher to keep up on all that is happening.

We had a wonderful gathering at Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom this morning. I enjoyed an opportunity to visit with so many moms and dads. It is always nice when we can have those informal meetings. Of course, the Book Fair is also here, so please stop in to shop! Tomorrow, we will honor our grandparents with a special day. Grandparents should meet us in the church for Mass. You may sit with your grandchildren. After Mass, there are activities in the school. I hope to see lots of grandparents.

Congratulations to Pantherbots Gold, our VEX robotics team. They are fresh back from the World Championships. The best teams from over 30 countries came together in Louisville earlier this week. While they did not medal, for a first-year team, they did a great job—placing in the middle of the pack. John B, Ethan K, Sam M, and Matt R. are coached by Jeanette and Stephen Bolin. Well done Pantherbots! Congratulations also to Aiden M. for earning State Recognition based upon his scores on the ACT test as part of the Duke TIP program. State recognition is earned by about 1/3 of those taking the ACT. Great job Aiden!

Our reading today is from John 3:31-36. In verse 36, we read” Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life…” What a wonderful realization as we move forward through the Easter Season. We are indeed blessed to have been given such a wonderful gift through Jesus.

God bless, and see you around campus,

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 4/13/17

Greetings!

As we approach the Triduum, I hope you will have a wonderfully spiritual Easter experience. We celebrated Mass yesterday morning and prayed the Stations of the Cross in the afternoon. Our students seem to have taken their Lenten Journey seriously, with a real emphasis on growing spiritually.

We have some more congratulations to pass along. McKenzie C., 8th grade, finished first in the double mini and in tumbling at the USAG State Championships on April 2nd. She also finished second on trampoline. She also qualified for Nationals in all three events. Her next competition is Regionals in Evansville, IL in May. Nationals are in Milwaukee near the end of June. Way to go McKenzie! Our Girls On The Run squad had their first 5K practice run this past Monday. The distance was a real challenge for some of our elementary girls. The squad is working very hard and doing well. We had a send-off ceremony for our Precision Panthers on Wednesday for their RCX Robotics State Championship competition. They competed and placed 3rd out of 24 teams.

Remember, there is no school on Holy Thursday and Good Friday; we hope you will have the time to pray and give thanks for all Jesus did to bring us salvation. Next week is spring break, so we will see you back again on April 24th. There are many things going on this time of year. Please be sure to check the calendar for events that you may want to be a part of.

I hope you had a chance to see the coverage on WXIX, Fox19, last Friday. The reporters did a great job of highlighting all the energy and enthusiasm our Boosters pour into our school. We are so lucky to have such a capable and dedicated group. Not to mention some wonderful cooks!

At Mass yesterday, Fr. Bertke shared a thought I wish to pass along. In the Gospel reading, MT 26:14-25, Judas is confronted by Jesus and denies his conspiracy. The question during today’s homily is “why?” Is he trying to fool Jesus (highly unlikely), fool the other disciples, or fool himself? Perhaps all three. I found myself wondering about those times when, in our Human imperfection, we look for excuses to justify something we know we should not do, or for not doing something we should be doing. The challenge for us is to spot those times, take charge of them and make amends—not always an easy task. But, then we have the example of Jesus, who, in his humanity, went through terrible suffering for our benefit. Perhaps we can do better with that example in mind.

God bless, and see you around campus,

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 4/6/17

Greetings!

I hope your Lenten journey has been spiritually rewarding. As we near the end of the season, there are so many wonderful examples to ponder. We have so much to learn and to be thankful for. We have completed our Terra Nova testing of students in grades 2, 3, 5 and 7. Our students seem confident they did well. Scores usually come back near the end of May. If we get them in time, we will do our best to send them home before school is out. Otherwise, we will mail them as soon as practical.

Tomorrow is First Friday; as usual, we extend a special invitation for grandparents to join us at Mass or Adoration. Grandparents should also look for the information regarding Grandparents’ Day on April 28th. We are happy to host a special day for grandparents to join us in the classroom for some fun family activities with the children.

Please remember there is no bus transportation next week, as Boone County Public Schools is on their spring break. Please allow a little extra time for drop off and pick up as we will have significantly more traffic than usual.

St. Paul Fish Fry will be spotlighted during the morning show on WXIX, Fox 19, tomorrow morning. The news crew will arrive early, beginning their shoot at 4:30 am. They will conclude at about 8:00 am. The crew will concentrate mostly on the fish fry, but will highlight the school at 7:00 and 7:30. We do not know if the news crew will want to do student interviews, but, please let me know if you would object to your child being interviewed for a few minutes. We will have a spirit wear day tomorrow to show our pride in our school. Also, there will be no breakfast service tomorrow, as the cafeteria will be preparing food for the fish fry.

Big congratulations to Austin B. who finished ninth overall in the KY State Archery Tournament, and qualified for the national championship tournament. Austin shot 290 out of a possible 300. The top score was 295, so you can see how competitive the tournament was. Way to go Austin!

This time of year is always so active. Please be sure to keep checking the calendar.

You have, no doubt, seen the correspondence about our activities and fundraisers. Our school is blessed with so many willing, dedicated and generous volunteers! But, we do not have 100% participation. I encourage everyone who has not found an opportunity to help out, to take some time to find a project or activity of interest. Even one event can be so helpful. Our bingo, the largest fundraiser we have, can always use some additional volunteers. Remember, the activities we sponsor all provide direct support to the learning of our students.

I close with this thought from “Lent with Pope Francis.”  It is a prayer he shares with us..

“The Lord can change us,
he wants to change us,
he loves to change us.
And this he does through love.
He only asks us for our faith:
to give space to his love
so it may act and bring about a change of life in us.”

God bless, and see you around campus,

Tony Riegling

 

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 3/30/17

Greetings!

Well, here we go; into spring! Hopefully, we will enjoy a comfortable spring as we complete our school year. Our students have completed their Terra Nova testing, with only a few make-up tests to be finished. We will be complete by tomorrow. Those I have asked have shared confidence that they did well—often saying the test was “easy.” We usually get results back late in May.

Another reminder about the Rice Bowls. We will collect the Rice Bowls at the end of Lent. Please remember your Rice Bowl when you can. The change collected in the Bowls goes directly to the Catholic Charities for use in their world-wide outreach to those in need. Catholic Charities is the largest and most generous charitable organization in the world. It is also among the most efficient; all but a few percent of donated funds go directly to those in need. Please be generous as you consider the Rice Bowl.

We are having a very good year when it comes to student achievement. It seems we have several students to congratulate each week. Today, we acknowledge Michael R., who received several awards at the Northern KY Science Fair, as he prepares for his competition in the State Science Fair held this Saturday. Good luck Michael! We also acknowledge our MS Archery team which will compete in the State championship on Saturday as well. We also received word our RCX Robotics team (Precision Panthers) won their Regional competition last week and will compete for the state championship in April. This is the 4th year in a row the Precision Panthers have qualified to compete in the state competition. Team members are: John C, David O, Trey R and Michael R., all in the 8th grade. They are coached by Mr. and Mrs. Rice and assisted by Mrs. Ross. Congratulations are also in order for Ashleigh D. whose level 2 team won first place in the Ohio state gymnastics championships last weekend. So much talent! Way to go Panthers! Please join us for a short pep rally tomorrow at 2:30 as we send our weekend competitors off to their state level competitions.

Please plan to join us tomorrow as our preschool students perform some songs at the opening of the fish fry. This week we will have live television broadcasts of some games (depending on the local feed). We hope to have some great fun as we enjoy dinner and cheer for our favorite team. If you can’t stay, everything is available for carry out. Why cook when you can pick up and enjoy a great dinner while you watch in the comfort of your home.

I continue to hear about rumors regarding bus service for St. Paul next year. I want to assure you that the Director of Transportation for Boone County Public Schools has stated without reservation that there is no plan to reduce the level of transportation support for St. Paul in the foreseeable future.

We remain in open registration. Our registration numbers help us plan for the coming year. If you intend to register for next year, but have not done so yet, you should contact the office as soon as possible to complete the required paperwork. If you have not informed us one way or the other, we will probably call to check in.

As we head into April and see Easter on the horizon, let us pause to reflect on the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving: Are you still avoiding what you’ve given up? Still working at what you’ve taken up? Whether you’re observing Lent in the way you initially planned or you’ve had some setbacks, we can take comfort that God is always with us and willing to help. We can also find solace in our fellow parishioners and Christians. We do not have to do all of it alone.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 3/23/17

Greetings!

There are so many things going on at this time of year. Of course, we are in the midst of Lent. Our students are studying the reason for and meaning of Lent. We will collect the Rice Bowls at the end of Lent. Please remember your Rice Bowl when you can. The change collected in the Bowls goes directly to the Catholic Charities for use in their world-wide outreach to those in need. Catholic Charities is the largest and most generous charitable organization in the world. It is also among the most efficient; all but a few percent of donated funds go directly to those in need. Please be generous as you consider the Rice Bowl.

We have begun our annual standardized testing. Students in grades 2, 3, 5 and 7 are taking their Terra Nova tests. TN is a national test used by about 80% of Catholic schools in the US. The results usually come back around the middle to the end of May. While the tests attempt to measure academic achievement, there are some things we can do to help make that measurement as good as possible. Help your student get a good night’s sleep. Well rested minds are more agile and better at working through options. Also, help your student get a good breakfast. Fuel for the body is fuel for the brain! Of course, attendance is very important. Tardiness or absence will complicate the testing immeasurably. Students may not begin a test once the session is already under way. That means the student will need to make special arrangements for testing—before or after school, during lunch, etc…Rushed testing is almost always less accurate.

Congratulations to Isaac Eibel, who finished first in the freestyle and backstroke at the recent Special Olympics meet at the University of Louisville. We are always happy to share good news about how our students are doing in their activities. Please remember to let us know about your child’s accomplishments—those at school and associated with community activities.

I hope you had an opportunity to attend the talent show on Monday and Tuesday. Our students were amazing as they shed their shyness to get up on the stage and perform all manner of activities. Look for photos and a story on our Facebook page. The performance on Tuesday (during school hours) also featured a finale by the faculty—the “Saint Paul Faculty Retirement Lounge.” It was a hilarious spoof of faculty life in a retirement residence.

I invite you to join us as the St. Paul Fish Company, sponsored by our Boosters. We have a special treat for fish fry this week. Come early to get your seat! This week, and for the duration of the NCAA Tournament, we will have live television broadcasts of some games (depending on the local feed). We hope to have some great fun as we enjoy dinner and cheer for our favorite team. If you can’t stay, everything is available for carry out. Why cook when you can pick up and enjoy a great dinner while you watch in the comfort of your home? Please plan to join us on March 31st as our preschool students perform some songs at the opening of the fish fry.

We remain in open registration. Our registration numbers help us plan for the coming year. If you intend to register for next year, but have not done so yet, you should contact the office as soon as possible to complete the required paperwork. If you have not informed us one way or the other, we will probably call to check in.

Today’s reading is Lk 11: 14-23. Verse 17 reads, “But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” This was one we discussed often in the military; for we could see the absolute truth in real battles. We also considered a different lesson; one of spiritual support within the body of the church and the communities it is made of. It is so rare for ordinary people to be able to get through all that life brings our way without the help of our fellow Christians. The unity we enjoy when we are all committed to helping out brings the strength we need in order to maintain our resolve in the face of difficult tasks. Our challenge is to be resolute in the face of difficulty and to do our best to buoy each other up as we strive to be worthy of the gift of salvation.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 3/16/17

Greetings!

We are moving rapidly through our last trimester of the year. Things are going quite nicely here at school. We continue to receive accolades for the performance of our students in any number of endeavors. As we look to the finish line, be sure to chat with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about how your child is learning.

Our Terra Nova testing window opens on Monday and extends through March 31. As directed by the Diocese of Covington, we test all students in grades 2, 3, 5, and 7. Each class follows a slightly different testing schedule, based upon the specific tests assigned for that grade. Your child’s teacher will provide more information. While the tests attempt to measure academic achievement, there are some things we can do to help make that measurement as good as possible. Help your student get a good night’s sleep. Well rested minds are more agile and better at working through options. Also help your student get a good breakfast. Fuel for the body is fuel for the brain! Of course, attendance is very important. Tardiness or absence will complicate the testing immeasurably. Students may not begin a test once the session is already under way. That means the student will need to make special arrangements for testing—before or after school, during lunch, etc…Rushed testing is almost always less accurate.

We have lots of news about how well our students are demonstrating their learning and talents. Our VEX IQ Robotics Team won the Team Work portion of the State competition, and is headed for the World Competition in Louisville, April 23-25. Way to go Pantherbots! Congratulations to Ellie Q, 8th grade. She earned First Place in the Diocesan Academic Showcase; Art, Drawing category. This year, we had a very tough competition, so finishing first is quite an achievement. We are proud of Ellie for demonstrating her skill in a great way. Our Elementary Archery team competes on April 1st in the State championships held in Louisville. We are anxious to see what they can do. Congratulations are also due to our 5th grade boys basketball team for their championship of the Heritage Academy league tournament. Team members are Max M, Rick E, Cooper R, Carter M, Paul S, Brady S, Drew F, Owen E, John Paul S, Jake E, and Ean E. The team is coached by Mr. Steve Schild and Mr. Brian Shea. Finally, Congratulations to Andrew B. for his performance at the recent YMCA AA Championship swim meet at Miami University. Andrew had to qualify for the meet, which included teams from all of Ohio and Northern KY. He placed well in several events; 5th in the 100 IM, and 6th in both the 25 backstroke and 25 butterfly. He also finished 14th in the 100 free style, and 17th in the 25 breast stroke. These placements were enough to make him the top scorer on the boys’ team, and the third place scorer overall for the R.C. Durr Barracuda team. Great job Andrew!

I invite you to join us as the St. Paul Fish Company, sponsored by our Boosters. We have a special treat for fish fry this week. Come early to get your seat! This week, and for the duration of the NCAA Tournament, we will have live television broadcasts of some games (depending on the local feed). We hope to have some great fun as we enjoy dinner and cheer for our favorite team. If you can’t stay, everything is available for carry out. Why cook when you can pick up and enjoy a great dinner while you watch in the comfort of your home? Please plan to join us on March 31st as our preschool students perform some songs at the opening of the fish fry.

We remain in open registration. Our registration numbers help us plan for the coming year. If you intend to register for next year, but have not done so yet, you should contact the office as soon as possible to complete the required paperwork. If you have not informed us one way or the other, we will probably call to check in.
Today’s reading is Jer. 15:5-10. Verse 5 begins, “Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.” I am reminded that many in our world are totally wrapped up in things. Things they own, things they do, things they use, things they eat, things they wear… They are so embroiled in the acquisition of “things” that they forget to acquire the most important thing of all – salvation. Of course we don’t acquire salvation, it is a gift we become worthy of. But it does challenge us to think differently about what is important. Our relationship with God should be a central theme in our lives. It guides us as we decide how to be and decide what “things” are important—because they help us improve the lives of others, for instance. Lent is a time to challenge ourselves to do better at paying attention to the gift we have been given and how we might be more worthy of it.
See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 3/9/17