Principal's blog

Swangard!

I know I keep saying this, but I can’t believe how quickly the year has passed. This Wednesday is Day 1 of the CISVA Track and Field meet, which is a hallmark sign that we are nearing the end of the school year.  This meet, which has close to 40 of our Catholic Schools participate, is an impressive day of sportsmanship, athleticism, fun, organization, and healthy competition.  If you have been around the school and Minoru track these past 6 weeks, you will have seen every teacher on staff coaching the various running and field events.  Our track team wouldn’t be possible without the early mornings, lunch hours, and late afternoons that our teachers give for extracurricular support.  It truly is a team effort.  I am forever grateful for the dedication of our teachers, and equally grateful for the commitment they receive in return from the students who participate, and the parents that get them out of bed for those early mornings at Minoru.  Wish us luck at the meet!  

Yours in faith,

 

Maureen Moorehead.

 

 

 

Human Sexuality and Your Child

On Tuesday, June 20th we have a very important parent meeting for all parents in Grades 4 to 7.  We are all aware that parents are the first teachers of their children, and helping children form a healthy understanding of human relationships, sexuality, and dating through the lens of our Catholic faith is of significant importance.  It is normal for parents to have some discomfort when talking about such issues, therefore our goal is to allow you, the parents, the opportunity to learn about the topics that directly relate to your children at this time, and in the teen and young adult years to come.  In turn, you can then pass along the information to your children with the knowledge and confidence that you are guiding their development into young adulthood with an informed approach, and from the perspective of our faith. 
 
The staff of St. Paul’s are excited to support you in this important journey, and look forward to welcoming you on the evening on June 20th at 7:00 pm.  At least one parent from each family in Gr. 4 to 7 is expected to attend.  More details to follow in a letter from Archbishop Miller.  
 
Yours in faith,

Maureen Moorehead.
 
 

HoBo!

Dear St. Paul Families,

You may have noticed all the students wearing their purple HoBo buttons on their sweaters.   Msgr. Luterbach handed them out after the Ash Wednesday Mass to remind the children that they are Homeward Bound.  Where is home?  Well, Heaven of course.   Through the season of Lent we nurture and shape the hearts of our students to focus on fasting, service, and prayer.   Fasting from food or personal habits, doing a little something extra for their family or community, and making intentional prayer a greater part of their everyday are just some ways that our students can experience the Lenten season.  We encourage you to do the same at home, since undergoing these Lenten sacrifices as a family brings greater strength to the family bond. 

Second term Communicating Student Learning reports will come home Thursday, March 9th, and Friday March 10th is the last day of school before Spring Break.  Safe travels to those who are going away, and a safe, fun-filled break to all!
 

Yours in faith,

 

 

Maureen Moorehead.
 
 

Catholic Schools Week - Feb. 5th to 11th

 

February is a busy month in our Catholic Schools.  Not only do we gather as a Catholic community for our two-day Catholic Educators Conference in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 9th and 10th, but we also celebrate Catholic Schools week from Feb. 5th to 11th.   During this week, we will celebrate ways Catholic schools create an educational community where the Catholic Christian story is shared and celebrated.  Catholic schools are the lifeline of the Church, where future clergy and lay leaders are formed.  We set aside time to reflect on the value of providing formation by offering an education that is infused with our faith.  We celebrate the wonderful school that is St. Paul’s, and give prayers of thanks for the families who entrust their children to our care. 


Yours in faith,

 
Maureen Moorehead.

Principal

 

 
 

Happy New Year!

With January comes a new season of reflection, planning, and learning. Through December we had the anticipation of Advent, the celebration of Christmas, and now the "opening" of the gift of Christmas through the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.  Epiphany allows us to revel in the birth of Jesus a little longer, reflecting on his human presence in our world.  Soon we will enter back into Ordinary Time,  and the remaining six months of the year are busy ones.  Before we know it, another year will have slipped by.  The decisions and planning we make now will bear wonderful fruit come June.  In the meantime, there is much to do!

We continue to push forward with the redesigned curriculum,  as well as incorporating the Catholic Principles of Learning thoughout all aspects of curriculum here at St. Paul's.  I am very proud of the St. Paul staff, and the dedication with which they have come together as a team to develop the curriculum with one goal in mind - guiding every child to reach his/her full potential.  As always, this can never be complete without support and encouragement from home.  Parental involvement in a child's growth and development is paramount to successful learning.  I continue to be inspired by the dedication with which the parents and caregivers of the St. Paul community give of their time and heart to support the children and the school.
 
As always, the best way to keep in touch with everything happening at school is to refer to the Thursday letters (emailed home every Thursday; see the home page for past issues), and the individual class/PE/Music blogs.  

All the best for 2017- an exciting year for learning! 
 
Yours in faith,
Maureen Moorehead
 

We wait and prepare...

Having spent most of my teaching career in a primary classroom, I found Advent to be the most joyous liturgical season to share with children.  With a busy calendar full of family, personal, and professional obligations each December, it is very easy to become distracted and ultimately off course with what is meant to be a time of patient waiting and preparation. Sharing and celebrating Advent with young children allows the frenetic pace to subside, and our hearts to be filled with the true spirit of the season.  The staff of St. Paul School wishes all our families the same opportunity to find joy in preparing for the celebration of His birth, and anticipation of His return.   

Be ready and watchful, for the light of the world has come, and will surely come again. 
 
Yours in Faith,
Maureen Moorehead
Principal
 
 
 

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Dear Parents,

Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten.  This well-known poem by Robert Fulghum reminds us of the fundamental life lessons that we learn at 5 years old, and which apply throughout our lifetime. Simple rules such as “play fair, don’t take things that aren’t yours, and say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody” go a long way to forming children who hopefully take those lessons to heart as adults.  Each time I enter our Kindergarten classroom I am met with shouts of joyful greeting, smiles, happiness, and wonder; it is truly a magical place. (Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I go in there without administrative purpose!)  We learn many lessons in our formative years, and if we trust in God, and “hold hands and stick together”, we are well on our way.

To stay up to date with weekly Principal messages and news, be sure to see our Thursday letter postings on the home page.

 

Yours in faith,


Maureen Moorehead. 

 

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another school year! The teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready for the first day of school, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back. Our Archdiocesan theme this year is Care for Our Common Home.  Based on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, the Holy Father highlights how everything in our world is connected and ultimately points to God. We look forward to a year of activities surrounding our theme and what it means to the St. Paul community. We would also like to officially welcome our new Assistant Pastor, Father Mark, to our school community.  We look forward to his spiritual leadership and guidance through the year.

As the new year settles in, we also turn our attention to the official launch of the redesigned K to 9 curriculum for all students in British Columbia. Big Ideas, Core Competencies, Curricular Competencies, and essential Content provide the framework for teachers to create a personalized, student-driven, inquiry-based learning environment.  Students will be able to "know", "do", and "understand" real world issues and problems.  The staff of St. Paul's have responded to this paradigm shift as expected - with enthusiasm, passion, and a relentless pursuit to provide your children with the best education possible.  Exciting times are here!

I wish to extend my warmest wishes for a successful and fulfilling year for all members of our school community.  Be sure to check the school web site regularly for information and updates, and please join us for our AGM/Meet the Teacher night on Tues. Sept. 20th at 6:45 pm. 

Yours in faith,
Maureen Moorehead
Principal