Chatting with the PrinciPAL
Social media resources from Social Media Night at St. Paul School
Social Media For Parents Presentation – Bill Steller, St Francis DeSales Dean of Students
Social Media for Parents Presentation – Detective Brett Peachey, FBI Task Force for Child Exploitation
Vaping Presentation For Parents – Bill Steller, St. Francis DeSales Dean of Students
Helpful Technology Links – Bill Steller, St. Francis DeSales Dean of Students
How Snapchat works
How Technology Works on Students Brains
Parental Controls For Apple Products
Parental Controls For Android
Technology Designed For Addiction
Internet Filter Software
I am writing to share with you some of the information presented by Mr. Bill Stellar and Detective Brett Peachy at our Social Media Information night that was held on January 14th. An estimated 150 parents and grandparents attended. It was a great opportunity to come together as a community to become more informed in our efforts to keep our children safe in the digital world. It also provided an opportunity for parents to share how they are keeping their children safe. Some of the suggestions from parents included:
I encourage everyone to continue to talk openly about social media with their children. Stay informed and let your child know that you are up on the latest and greatest in the digital world. Establish boundaries with your child that you know you can maintain and enforce. Finally, support each other as parents and know that St. Paul School is here to support you.
Kathy Norris – PhD
Principal –St. Paul School
With Tom Rockhold - Franklin Computer Service Group
St. Paul welcomes you to encounter our solar system and beyond!
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy." Matthew 2:10.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 16th 2019 at 5:30pm
Where: 61 Moss Road, Westerville, OH
We will meet in the front of the school.
What's Hot in the STEAM Lab!
St. Paul School students have been very busy using their problem solving skills to explore new opportunities for learning. We are so very proud of their perseverance and willingness to work together for the good of the team. Many thanks to our STEAM teacher Mrs. Angie Kuhn and the entire St. Paul School staff for their dedication to ensuring our students are full immersed in faith-based STEAM teaching and learning. Merry Christmas!
Kathleen Norris- PhD
Principal - St. Paul School
As part of the ongoing accreditation process, St. Paul School parents, teachers, and students were recently asked to complete a school survey. The data from the results of these surveys will be used to identify areas of needed growth and improvement. Goals will then be developed to establish specific, measurable, and time-targeted objectives for the next four years.
St. Paul School, like all schools in the Diocese of Columbus, receives its accreditation from the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association (OCSAA). OCSAA accreditation also requires schools to show evidence that they are implementing OCSAA Standards. The State Board of Education has approved these Standards as comparable to the ODE's Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools. Our school’s commitment to accreditation assures parents and the community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation. As an accredited school, St. Paul School adheres to high quality standards based on the latest research and successful professional practices.
Three hundred and six parents completed the online survey. The majority of parents who completed the survey indicated they had children in grades 2 and 5. However the percentage of parent respondents in regard to their child’s grade level was fairly equal across grades K-8 as follows:
Please know that we value your feedback and we will continue to keep you informed as we develop our future goals. The results from the survey have been shared with our teaching staff and our School Advisory Board. Please visit https://goo.gl/AC1WyS to review the final results for each survey question.
Kathleen Norris, PhD
Principal – St. Paul School
ST. PAUL SCHOOL STUDENT WALK-THRU - NOON THRU 1:00 PM
“Children should be welcomed into a world of love. We want to keep them protected and innocent for as long as we can, but sometimes the world interrupts that innocence (Joyce Meyer, The Poison of Unforgiveness (2018)."
Once again our nation is experiencing a tragic incidence of school violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and citizens of Parkland, Florida. St. Paul School’s commitment to provide a safe environment for our students and staff remains a daily priority. These tragedies underscore the importance of us staying connected with students to understand any possible emotional trauma that they may be experiencing and to provide students and families with as much support as possible. We are blessed to be able to draw upon our faith for the strength to console our children through prayer and forgiveness. God asks us to forgive others and extend grace as we have been shown grace. It can be one of the hardest things we face in life! The pain and hurt others cause us is real and great. But, the pain of living with bitterness and unforgiveness can literally ruin our health and lives. When we forgive others, we are not saying what they did was OK, but we are offering it up to God and letting go of its hold on us. Luke 7:27- 36 writes “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke ends with, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Our general practice is to not enter into deep discussions with students regarding tragic mass casualty incidents, but if a question arises, it is important for us to reassure children that they are safe and validate their feelings. We feel that it is most appropriate for parents to answer a child’s question in the context of a loving faith-based family connection. It is further important for us to carefully listen to students and emphasize that we are a caring school community and everyone has an important role in maintaining a safe school environment. There are a number of resources to help parents discuss school-related tragedies with their child. I have included several links at the end of this letter and an attachment that you may find helpful.
In closing, I ask that you talk with your children this weekend about prayer and forgiveness and give them the opportunity to share any of their concerns with you. Please reach out to me or Mr. Hocker if you have any further questions or concerns. We stand with you in faith and prayer to ensure our children are safe, happy, and hopeful as we teach, live, and learn in the Light of Christ.
ST. TERESA of Avila PRAYER
May today there be peace within
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance.
It is there for each and every one of you.
Kathleen Norris, PhD
Principal – St. Paul School