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​December 6, 2017

WEEKEND ALTAR SERVERS 
Saturday, December 9th, 6 PM – Juliana Marshall
Sunday, December 10th, 8 AM – Clancy & Gracie Koch
10 AM – Brody & Madison Schindler 

SLE of the week:  SPPS Students are Life-Long Learners who: are self-motivated and independently seek new knowledge.  

FREE DRESS DAY…. Tomorrow, Thursday, December 7th. Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook for dress guidelines. Theme: Anything Christmas: festive sweaters, Santa hats, etc.

CALLING ALL BAKERS… We are gladly accepting cookie donations for students and their families for after the Christmas concert next Thursday (Dec 14th). Please drop them off at the school office Wednesday or Thursday. Thanks for sharing your talents! 

SCRIP…  There is only ONE more chance to order Scrip before Christmas! All orders must be returned by 9:00 AM on Tuesday, December 12th. For your convenience, a Scrip order form is attached.  

REMINDER…When a student in K-8th grade wants to wear a sweatshirt in the classroom, it must be a school dress code approved sweatshirt/sweater. They are: solid red or navy or the school logo sweatshirts. Thanks for your help in making sure your child has uniform clothing for indoor use in this cold weather. Any outer-wear/jackets can be worn during recess. 

AMAZON SHOPPING… Christmas is coming and if you are shopping through Amazon, remember to make St. Paul Parochial School’s website your first stop every time you shop. From the SPPS homepage, www.saintpaulparochial.org, simply begin your search by clicking on the Amazon link at the bottom of the page and you will be directed straight to Amazon.com. Shop as you normally would and SPPS will receive 10% of your purchase amount!

SHOPAROO…Congratulations to Tori Wolf who won a Banker’s Cup gift card for having the most points snapped in November! If you want a chance to win a Banker’s Cup gift card, sign up for Shoparoo and snap those receipts!

CALLED TO PROTECT ONLINE TRAINING…If you are background checked and volunteer 4 or more times a year, an online training course is required. The training this year is through a company called “Covenant Eyes”. If you haven’t done your training yet, please complete it by the end of the year. Attached is a flyer that explains how to log on and set up your account to view the video. Once you have viewed the video, print out the certificate and bring it to the office so we can mark you as having viewed it. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

ST. PAUL PAROCHIAL SCHOOL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY… SPPS is looking for an afternoon bus driver to transport students from St. Paul to the Gervais/Woodburn area. All training and licensure will be paid by SPPS. This would be a perfect part-time job for someone who enjoys working with children. Please pass the word along to anyone you know who may enjoy this opportunity.  

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE…Wednesday, December 6th, 1:30-6:30 PM at the St. Paul Fire Hall. No appointment necessary. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of the blood drive. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ellen Pohlschneider at 503-633-8341.

PARISH BREAKFAST…Please join us for our upcoming St. Paul Parish Winter Breakfast at the St. Paul Community Hall on Sunday, January 10th from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Our menu includes all you can eat Ham, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs and Milk, Juice, or Coffee. Adults $6.00; children 6-12, $4.00; children under the age of 6 are free, or families are $24.00. Enjoy a hot breakfast, goodies from the country store, and raffle prizes. Hope to see you there!!

YEARBOOK INFO….This year we are excited to announce again that you will be able to upload pictures directly to our yearbook program, Lifetouch Online Yearbooks. Uploaded pictures will be considered, but not necessarily guaranteed to be used in the yearbook. Thank you for your understanding. Here is the following link: community.lifetouch.com. The access code is WJSHDE. Follow the step online to begin the uploading process. Please upload high quality pictures in a JPEG format and select the best pictures from the particular event. For example, rather than uploading 20 pictures from the pumpkin patch, we are asking for 2-3 pictures. Photos need to be at least 300 dpi to ensure acceptable print quality. In other words, some phones and iPad photos will not work for this program. Also, please make sure to upload pictures to the correct online folder and please add a detailed description of the picture(s) being uploaded. Thanks you! If you have any questions, please email Mr. Williams at jwilliams@saintpaulparochial.org. 
  Thank you! Mr. Williams and Mrs. Stout, Yearbook Advisors.

ATTENTION ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS! Children in grades 1-8 are welcome to attend a coed skill development workshop held on Sunday, Dec. 17th at the St. Paul High School Gym. Registration form attached.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HIGHLIGHT AWARD WINNERS….
  KG – Lane Woodhouse
  1st/2nd Gr. – Olivia Robinson
  3rd/4th Gr. – Mikayla Davidson
  5th/6th Gr. – Sophia Alicata
  7th/8th Gr. – Lesley Sloan

DATES TO REMEMBER:
  -Wednesday, December 6th, 7:30 PM, 6th/7th Gr. Winter Band Concert at St. Paul Public School
  -Thursday, December 7th, Free Dress 
  -Tuesday, December 12th, 12-2 PM, 3rd-8th Gr. Reconciliation
  -Wednesday, December 13th – Progress Reports
  -Thursday, December 14th, 7 PM Christmas Concert
  -Tuesday, December 19th – Last day of school before break – It is a full day!
  -Wednesday, December 20th – Conferences as needed – contact your child’s teacher
  -December 20th – January 1st – Christmas Break 
  -Tuesday, January 2nd – School Resumes
  -Monday, January 15th – No School – MLK Day 
  -Thursday, January 25th – 2nd quarter ends
  -Friday, January 26th – Noon Dismissal – Prof. Dev. for teachers
  -January 29th – February 2nd – Catholic Schools Week
  -Wednesday, January 31st – Report cards out
  -Friday, February 2nd – No School – Archdiocese in-service for teachers
  -Saturday, February 3rd – Auction/Dinner Dance
  -Monday, February 5th – No School – Conferences as needed

FAITH FOCUS
Isaiah 40:3-5; Psalm 85:8-9, 10-11
Mark 1:1-8
“Turn Back to God” 

To prepare the way for Jesus to come, John the Baptist went into the desert and preached, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Your sins will be forgiven.” Many people came, listened to John, and were sorry for their sins. John baptized them in the Jordan River. John also told them, “Someone more powerful than I am is coming. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
Jesus travels the path to reach us, but he respects our timing. We clear the path. We make it straight. We can start with prayer. In the days ahead, help your family experience prayer in this new way: When night falls, if your Christmas tree is up, turn on your tree lights. If it isn’t, light just your Advent candles or another candle. Sit together in silence and enjoy the wonder of light in darkness.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING ATTACHMENTS: 
  -Child Protection Online Training flyer
  -Basketball Camp Information/Registration 
  -Scrip order form