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