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

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 3/2/17

Greetings!

We are in our last trimester. Wow, where is the time going? Report cards will be published tomorrow afternoon. Look for a note from the Ascend program. So many exciting things are happening! From academics to sports, our students are excelling. See the information below for individual achievements.

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.

We hope you are enjoying the booklet, Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families. For each day of Lent, there are reflections, family prayers, short lessons, and a story from Pope Francis’ life. We hope the booklet will be a useful resource on your Lenten journey.

We have several congratulations to pass along. We have two winners in the NKU Science Fair. Michael R. (You May Find This Electrifying) earned First Place in the category of Physics and Astronomy. He also received two other special awards: The Broadcom Masters, and the NKU Department of Physics, Geology, and Engineering (Middle School – 2nd place). The Broadcom Masters competition is reserved for the top 10% of middle school students in affiliated science fairs nationally. Michael is eligible to participate in the national competition. In the Environmental Science category, Rachel G. (The Solution to Pollution in our Creeks) received 3rd place. Rachel received a special award from the Water Environmental and Reuse Federation. The Foundation is a world-wide body which supports actionable research in the field of water preservation and reclamation. Aidan M. has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! Only 100 students throughout the state qualify for that honor. The Kentucky State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. McKenzie C. did very well last weekend in a top regional gymnastics competition in Michigan. In the girls 13-14 years old, she won Champion in the trampoline and double mini, and 4th place in level 7 tumbling. All are very demanding events.

The St. Paul Panther’s second grade boys’ basketball team won the Mary Queen of Heaven tournament this weekend. They came in second place in the league, but clenched the tournament beating the team, who was the only team that beat them all year (St. Pius). They all played fantastic. The championship game was a very close. They received two nice trophies for their accomplishments. Team members are: Ty M, Nik M, Hunter W, Ryn R, Carson B, Tristan K, Griffin B, Joseph M, Andrew B, Brady F. and Andrew D.

Our St Paul VEX IQ Challenge robotics team will compete in the state finals this Sunday, March 5th. This year we have two separate teams qualifying for the state finals. The competition is held at Elkhorn Crossing School, Georgetown, KY, at 12:30 PM. Both teams are highly competitive, and could advance to the top level competition   “It’s official,” the St Paul Archery (middle school) team will compete in the state finals on Saturday, April 1st.

Karate class has begun after school on Wednesday afternoons during March. The class is free and will meet during the month of March. There is still room; so you may send in the permission slip between now and next Tuesday if you wish to join the group

Way to go Panthers!

Many thanks to everyone for your help and patience during yesterday’s nasty weather. Severe weather at that time of day is always a challenge. The swiftly changing conditions make it hard to predict and then plan for. Please remember that whenever severe weather is a factor, you should place your personal safety, and your child’s safety, foremost in your decision to travel to school or to stay home. We generally excuse all tardys on days like yesterday.

As we have begun our Lenten Journey, I share a passage from St. Augustine (courtesy of the Paraclete Press). “[Do not think that] when this life comes to an end, that is the end for us of God’s praises. Not at all; we shall praise him then much more, when we are living without end. If we praise him during the exile we are passing through, how, do you think, shall we praise him at the home we are never to leave? . . . Living the blessed life in which God is to be perceived without any uncertainty, to be loved without any weariness, to be praised without end, why, yes indeed, that will be what our being alive consists of—seeing, loving, praising God.”

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 2/23/17

Greetings!

We are two thirds of the way through our year. As we finish our trimester tomorrow, it is fitting to recognize our students for their hard work and achievements. While it will take a few days to collate all the grades, one can see so many examples of high degrees of learning. Many thanks are due to everyone involved: Teachers, students, and parents. Report cards will be published on March 3rd.

We are now 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.

Tomorrow, you will receive a booklet, Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families. For each day of Lent, there are reflections, family prayers, short lessons, and a story from Pope Francis’ life. We hope the booklet will be a useful resource on your Lenten journey.

Play Like a Champion training focuses on helping us make our sports programs formative and ministerial for all who are connected with them. PLAC is optional at this time, but will be mandatory starting January 1, 2018. After that date, no person will be allowed to coach unless he or she has received the training. A member of our staff will be trained and certified as a PLAC trainer. Having a trainer on staff will give us much flexibility when it comes to getting and keeping our coaches certified under PLAC. The next training session is February 28th at St Thomas School. Look for the flyer on the web page.

As we did last year, we will offer a Karate class after school on Wednesday afternoons. The class is free and will meet during the month of March. We will need at least two parents to stay with the class in order to meet our Virtus requirements. Please call the office if you can sign up for that responsibility. The permission slip is posted in the newsletter, and is due by Feb 28th.

Congratulations to Aiden M. for winning our school Geography Bee. He will now take a written test to see if he will move on in the process. We are proud of Aiden and the other finalists, Matt R., David S., Ago M., and Morgan F.   Last weekend the 4th grade boys’ basketball team won their league and the league championship tournament. Members of the teama are: William M., Ben Mc., Ben M., Cody C., Josh A., Aaron B., Gunnar B. Liam D., Bryan M., Jonah T., and Wesley F.   Congratulations to all of our Panthers! We are proud of all of our students for their hard work and dedication to their teams. We are always happy to share stories of success. Please let us know about any activity your child is active in, and how he or she is doing. We love to brag about our panthers!

Today, I am thinking about the field trip accident Tuesday evening. One of the vehicles took a wrong turn and drove off a boat dock into a shallow lake. While there were no serious injuries, it was a frightening and certainly stressful event for everyone involved. I am struck by the many what-ifs I have heard from folks who were there. The thing I noticed most, though, is how well everyone reacted to take care of those involved—including some witnesses who were upset as well. The driver stayed calm and made sure all the passengers got out of the vehicle safely. Witnesses helped find dry clothing and a warm spot for those who were in the van. I am so very proud of how those present acted immediately to provide immediate help and comfort. I also see the hand of God in this. In any accident, there are always other things that might have made things worse. Those did not materialize. I believe God was looking after those involved and that He provided grace and wisdom to those who needed it. In essence, God helped the caregivers serve as His instruments to help those in need. I believe we are all called to do that. Sometimes we recognize that call, sometimes not. My hope for you is that you recognize those opportunities God gives you to serve as His instrument. Your life will be better for it as well as those you might help.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 2/16/17

Greetings!

We are rapidly approaching the end of the trimester. While we do not routinely schedule conferences in the spring, you are always welcome to request a conference to discuss how your child is learning at school. Contact your child’s teacher if you wish to have a conference.

Our in-school registration window closed on February 10th. 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.

Don’t forget, Bishop Foys has directed that, in celebration of Catholic Schools Week, all Diocese of Covington schools will have the day off on Friday, February 17th. That will allow for a 4-day weekend, since Monday, February 20 is Presidents’ Day. So, no school tomorrow, and again on Monday. Enjoy your long weekend! Please remember to let us know by noon if there is a change in the transportation home for your child. If you let us know after that time, your message may not be relayed in time.

In the next week or so, you will receive a booklet, Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families. For each day of Lent, there are reflections, family prayers, short lessons, and a story from Pope Francis’ life. We hope the booklet will be a useful resource on your Lenten journey.

Play Like a Champion training took place Monday, February 13 in our cafeteria. We had a group of about 16 coaches and some parents as well. PLAC, as it is also known, focuses on helping us make our sports programs formative and ministerial for all who are connected with them. PLAC is optional at this time, but will be mandatory starting January 1, 2018. After that date, no person will be allowed to coach unless he or she has received the training. A member of our staff will be trained and certified as a PLAC trainer. Having a trainer on staff will give us much flexibility when it comes to getting and keeping our coaches certified under PLAC. If you were not able to make it on Feb 10th, there are two additional training sessions: February 22nd and 28th at St. Thomas School. Look for the flyer here.

As we did last year, we will offer a Karate class after school on Wednesday afternoons. The class is free and will meet during the month of March. We will need at least two parents to stay with the class in order to meet our Virtus requirements. Please call the office if you can sign up for that responsibility. The permission slip is posted in the newsletter, and is due by Feb 28th.

Our 4th and 5th grade Governor’s Cup Academic Team finished third overall in district competition this past Saturday.  The Quick Recall team was first in the district.  Members of the QR team are Aaron M., Evan P., Samuel L., Jacob F., Gunnar B., William M., Kosi I., and Madee W. Students also took tests to measure their master of various subjects.   In Science, Aaron M. finished 1st, Alexa R. finished 2nd, and Claire K. finished 3rd. In Math, William M. finished 3rd, and Jake E. finished 5th. In Social Studies, Jake E. finished 4th. In Language Arts, Autumn S. finished 5th. Jacob F. finished 5th in Arts and Humanities. Winners will be moving on to the regional competition on March 4th.  Go panthers!

Our Archery Team was also in action last weekend at the Region 8 meet.  Our Middle School placed 13th out of 30 schools and achieved the highest score any team at St. Paul has ever achieved with a 3062.  Our Elementary Team posted their highest score of the season with a 2320. Austin B. won 1st place overall for Middle School Boys with a 291 out of 300 points, his personal best.  Austin’s score was so high he took 3rd place overall, Male, even when including all the High Schools. Rick E. led the Elementary Team with his personal best of 262 and placed 6th in the Regional Tournament from the Elementary Boys Division.  Our Region is considered one of the toughest in the state with 51 schools competing.  Austin qualified for the Individual State Tournament.  Most likely the Middle School team will qualify as well.  We won’t know until Feb. 20th for sure. The Elementary Team is finished for this year, wrapping up a great season.

We are proud of all of our students for their hard work and dedication to their teams. We are always happy to share stories of success. Please let us know about any activity your child is active in, and how he or she is doing. We love to brag about our panthers!

A representative of the Faces & Our Cultures Program (www.facesandcultures.com) will visit school on February 23rd. Faces & Our Cultures is an international student exchange program seeking to place students from Guatemala with host families in our area. Please let me know if you are interested.

Today’s Gospel passage is from Mark, Mk 8:27-33. I am struck by the conversation that Jesus has with Peter, in particular; reminding Peter that he is thinking like a Human, and not like God. Seeing things as God does is at once so easy and so hard. Sometimes we are able to see God in those around us and in our world, and at other times it is really difficult—like when our best friend has accidentally hurt our feelings. But, we are always called by our faith to think as God does; to see that person as a child of God and treat him or her as that status calls us to.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr Tony Rieglings Letter 2/9/17

Greetings!

We had a wonderfully successful Catholic Schools Week! I hope you had an opportunity to visit school to see the examples of the impressive learning of our students. I am always so impressed by the depth of their learning. Of course that only happens when everything comes together—parents, teachers and community—to focus on our students. We can be proud of all the good things happening here.

Can you believe that Ash Wednesday is only a few weeks away? March 1st will be here before we know it. Now is a good time to invite that friend or family member, who might not be as active as he or she could be, to join us at Mass. Lent is ultimately about renewal and glory. What can be more renewing or glorious than Jesus’ rising from the dead? Perhaps there is someone you know who is in need of renewal in faith. Invite him or her to join us on our Lenten journey. We miss them and they will be most welcome.

Our registration process is on-going. In-school registration ends tomorrow on Feb 10. Please do your best to return registration forms as soon as possible. Registration helps us make viable plans for the next year. As always, we do our best to match resources and costs.

Don’t forget, Bishop Foys has directed that, in celebration of Catholic Schools Week, all Diocese of Covington schools will have the day off on Friday, February 17th. That will allow for a 4-day weekend, since Monday, February 20 is Presidents’ Day.

Parents and coaches are invited to attend a training session for Play Like a Champion on February 13th (Monday) in our gym. PLAC, as it is also known, focuses on helping us make our sports programs formative and ministerial for all who are connected with them. In a world where materialism and competition seem to be the primary motivator for so many athletes, we are called to help our students find the deeper reasons behind our sports programs. As Christians, we recognize that sports are an opportunity to develop and highlight our God-given talents. They are a way to help us recognize the strength in our diversity. Coaching and mentoring Christian athletes is a privilege and a responsibility. The PLAC program gives coaches and mentors tools and information to perform their duties in a highly effective and formative fashion. The program is introductory this year, but will be mandatory beginning next fall. If you cannot make it Monday, there are two additional training sessions: February 22nd and 28th at St Thomas School. Look for the flyer in the newsletter.

Congratulations are in order for our VEX robotics team. The St Paul Panther-Bots Blue robotics team competed on Feb 4 in Scott County and earned the Excellence Award, which is the highest award presented at a VEX IQ Challenge event. There were 30 teams competing and our team placed 2nd in Robots Skills, 2nd in Teamwork qualifiers, and also impressed the judges during the interviews. The Panther-Bots Blue team is headed to the VEX IQ Kentucky state competition in March, along with the Panther-Bot Gold team that qualified in December.  Congrats to Rhet R, Nathan R, and JM P for their great work and enthusiasm!

A representative of the Faces & Our Cultures Program (www.facesandcultures.com) will visit school on February 23rd. Faces & Our Cultures is an international student exchange program seeking to place students from Guatemala with host families in our area. Please let me know if you are interested.

Today’s Gospel passage is from Mark, and describes the encounter between Jesus and a woman asking Him to rid her daughter of a demon. Of course, Jesus does. This was not a highly public miracle, but one between a faith-filled woman and Jesus. I am struck by the opportunity we have to be the conduit for miracles in our own lives as well as the lives of others. We hear about medical miracles like those associated with Lourdes. But, what about those unseen miracles where Jesus helps someone change their life so completely, they are virtually a different person? Sometimes, we are the tool. Our action or reaction is what helps open that heart to God’s grace; to help that person see the love of God and the hope it brings. Our challenge is to be aware of our impact on others and to strive to let it be positive.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr. Tony Rieglings Letter 11/17/16

Greetings!

This letter finds us off and running on a brand new trimester. Our students are doing so well! The school grade average at the end of the trimester was 93.5%–an A. That is remarkable, especially when we note that students do not “test in” to be here. Of course, averages do not tell the whole story. So, as conferences come up, please take the opportunity to discuss how your child is as a learner in general. There are so many other important things the numbers just don’t tell us.

Conferences are next week, of course. Our only school day is Monday. Tuesday is for conferences only. Thanksgiving break is Wednesday through Friday. We will not publish the school news again until December 1st.

Thanks to those who attended and helped with our Veterans’ Day celebration. I was moved by the many wonderful things people said and did to help us recognize our veterans. Our Veterans Roll continues to grow. Thanks, to all those who sent in a name. Please remember to send the name of a veteran in your family so that we can add him or her to the roll.

Open house was a wonderful success. We had many visitors (17 of whom completed contact forms). Our building looked wonderful, with so many examples of student work available. Our student guides were outstanding, presenting a wonderful confirmation of how our students grow into confident and capable young people. Many parents were here, as well, to help. It was a great demonstration of community. Thanks to everyone who helped and who came by.

Book Fair began yesterday. It is always one of our most popular events. Please come by to shop. There are so many things going on at this time of year. Be sure to check the school calendar for all that is happening.

This is the last Panther TRaks of this church year. Our next one will be during the first week of Advent—which means the Jubilee Year of Mercy will have concluded. As we come to the end of this special time, I am struck by the reasons the Holy Father call for such a celebration. I share the following from Catholic Relief Services.   Our challenge is to answer the calling every day, in everything we do.

Jesus’ message of mercy shines all through the Gospels, challenging society and the law to see the divine justice present in mercy. His greatest parables tell of an ungrateful steward forgiven of his debts, who tragically fails to show the same forgiveness to his debtors (Matthew 18:21–35); of a wasteful son who carelessly spends his father’s inheritance, only to be embraced by his father when he penitently returns home (Luke 15:11–32). In his ministry, the Lord reached out to the hated tax collector (Luke 19:1–10) and rescued the accused adulteress (John 8:2–11), reconciling them with society and with God—and with themselves. This is our calling.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr. Tony Rieglings Letter 11/10/16

Greetings!

We had a wonderful Mass again yesterday and last Friday as we celebrated First Friday. Family members are always welcome to join us for Mass whenever there is an opportunity. On First Fridays, we also have Eucharistic Adoration from immediately after the 8:15 Mass until Noon. Each class has a time to attend. I encourage you to join us when you can. Yesterday was the feast day for the Dedication of the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John Lateran. It celebrates the first church built in Rome after Constantine made Christianity legal. The church serves as the cathedral for the Pope. St. John Lateran is significant because it marked the first time Christians could gather openly to worship in a common space. It helped reinforce the community of the Church. Early Christians recognized the importance of coming together to worship and support one another in their common commitment to the gospel message of Jesus. They clearly understood that we, the faithful, are the Church; that coming together for worship and support are essential to helping each other live and grow in our faith. That need has not changed over the centuries. Joining together in the celebration of the Mass on Sundays offers our best connection with each other and with God through Jesus. As we approach the holidays, please take some time to invite back anyone you might know who is feeling less connected. It is good for us all.

We will have one change in our Veterans’ Day ceremony. As we have a funeral at an overlapping time, we will move the ceremony to the gym. Please park in the back lot. We will assemble in time to begin at 9:15. Many thanks to those who submitted names for our roll call of veterans. We are pleased to add their names to those we seek to remember.

Our open house is tonight from 5 to 7 PM. We have lots of activities set up to showcase all the great things about our school. Please invite any new family prospects to join us at the open house.

First trimester ends on Friday, Nov 11. Conferences are scheduled for the evening of November 21 and all day on the 22. Look for the sign-up tool soon. Conferences are a great time to check in with your child’s teacher. Most of our students are doing quite well, and you will be happy to hear about all the great things your child is doing. The Amazing Race is on Saturday, the 12th. This annual event helps our 8th grade class to raise money in support of their trip to Washington D.C. I invite you to join the other teams for a fun afternoon of completion. There are lots of other events happening this time of year. Be sure to check the school calendar.

Congratulations to our archers! The elementary and middle school archery teams competed at the St. Henry meet on Sat. Nov 5th. The elementary team placed 2nd and Middle School Team placed 3rd. Austin Bailey placed 1st for middle school boys, Jake Elfers placed 2nd for elementary boys, Rick Erwin placed 3rd for elementary boys, and Maddie Bailey placed 3rd for elementary girls.

Today’s Reading is from Phlm 7-20; but I concentrate on verse 7: “I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother.” Once again we see evidence that our early Christian leaders recognized the value of being together as they strove to learn, grow and practice their faith. So I am challenged to recognize the value of being together in community as “church” to practice and grow in our faith. We each have an opportunity to invite someone back or to invite someone who would be new. The challenge is, of course, to take it by making a joyful invitation.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling

Dr. Tony Rieglings Letter 11/3/16

Greetings!

I hope you enjoyed a great Halloween. It is always so much fun to see the children dress up and trick-or-treat. You may not know that Halloween has strong roots in our Christian traditions, as a day to mock the devil in celebration of Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. Thanks to everyone who donated food at trunk-or-treat. Our St. Vincent de Paul chapter is grateful to add it to the food stores they use to help feed the poor and those who have hit hard times.

I hope you were able to celebrate All Saints Day by attending Mass on the holiday. We enjoyed a wonderfully uplifting Mass yesterday as Fr. Barth reminded us of the promise of eternal salvation and our earthly responsibility to pray for those souls still in transit to their heavenly reward. Since tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, we will have an all school Mass. While we always welcome family members, First Friday is a day when we extend a special invitation to grandparents. Our community is at its best when we join together to celebrate the wonderful gift of salvation Jesus’ sacrifice earned for us. Please join us at the regular 8:15 Mass.

We have one clarification regarding the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony on Nov 11th. The roll call of veterans is for any veteran relative of a St. Paul family, school or parish. The roll call of veterans is for any veteran living or deceased. Please forward their information to me for inclusion in the roll call by November 9th. If you know it, include the name, rank, dates of service, branch of service, and any conflict served in. It is OK if all of the information is not known. The ceremony is at 9:15 AM at the flag pole in the front parking lot, and normally includes a short prayer and a flag retirement ceremony in addition to the .In the roll call of veterans. In the event of bad weather, we will have the ceremony in the gym.

Our open house is November 10th from 5 to 7 PM. We have lots of activities set up to showcase all the great things about our school. Please invite any new family prospects to join us at the open house.

First trimester ends on Friday, Nov 11. Conferences are scheduled for the evening of November 21 and all day on the 22. Look for the sign-up tool soon. Conferences are a great time to check in with your child’s teacher. Most of our students are doing quite well, and you will be happy to hear about all the great things your child is doing. The Amazing Race is on Saturday, the 12th. This annual event helps our 8th grade class to raise money in support of their trip to Washington D.C. I invite you to join the other teams for a fun afternoon of completion. There are lots of other events happening this time of year. Be sure to check the school calendar.

We welcome Mrs. Dawn Leedom as a full-time teaching assistant in preschool. Mrs. Leedom has worked with us for many years as a substitute teacher.

Today’s Gospel is from Luke, 15:1-10. We are reminded that Jesus “…welcomes sinners and eats with them.” It goes on to share the parable of the lost sheep. Most of us probably know someone who isn’t quite “there,” but with a little help, encouragement and prayer might see and embrace the Gospel Message. Rather than criticize and exclude, we as Christians, are called to invite the “sinner” among us to join us in our journey to salvation. It most certainly is not easy, but it is our calling.

See you around campus.

Tony Riegling