The past few months brought unprecedented challenges for our families, students, and faculty. We have all been amazed by the determination and grit exemplified through Zoom classroom sessions, virtual projects, and online tests. But it hasn’t all been hard work! As the school year comes to a close, we want to celebrate the recent happy moments of connection across the St. Paul’s community. Read below for just a few fourth quarter highlights.
Daily Virtual Chapel
As an integral part of the St. Paul’s experience, our faculty team was committed to making daily chapel happen during e-learning. Starting each day with a positive message, a cheerful song, and prayer created a vital time of connection across all grade levels. St. Paul’s families can access our virtual chapel archive to watch recordings over the summer months.
Book Clubs and Storytime
Simply sharing a book and seeing a smiling face over lunch was a fun weekly tradition for our younger grade levels. Many thanks to the parents who volunteered to be mystery readers for Pre-K and Kindergarten!
Nailed It! Competition
Who wouldn’t love a break from e-learning for a cake decorating contest? Students across all grade levels whipped out the icing, food coloring, and spatulas to make huge cheeseburger cakes at home. Our judges had a tough time selecting student winners in each division!
After creating individual Field Day activity Bingo cards, students headed outdoors to get moving and enjoy the sunshine during family picnics. This was a great way to celebrate our annual event from home – complete with plenty of activity demonstration videos from P.E. teachers, Ms. McGee and Mr. Strookman!
Move-a-Thon for Haiti
We asked students to take a break from their screens to raise money for our sister school, Holy Cross, in Haiti. We are so proud of students and families for contributing more than $20,000 to our Haiti fund! Over 100 St. Paul's students participated by jumping rope, swinging across monkey bars, biking, and much more.
Even though we couldn’t be together for our annual STEAM fair, teachers and students still found plenty of ways to celebrate connections between art and innovation. Between the student virtual art galleries for every grade level and the at-home STEM activities, it ended up being a great morning for St. Paul’s students!
Our amazing auction chairs, Bettine Freeman and Sara Gentry, brought the auction, A Night Under the Lights, to life virtually the weekend of May 8-10. While we missed not being able to gather in person to celebrate and support our wonderful school, we were able to raise more than $200,000 for St. Paul’s.
Farewell to 8th Grade Graduates
Likely the hardest hit group throughout the spring has been our graduating 8th grade students. It’s been difficult for them to miss out on some of the fun traditions and rites of passage in these recent months, but our community has found plenty of new ways to celebrate these students. Everything from special teacher messages, social media spotlights, yard signs, and even a massive all school virtual Zoom meeting to say goodbye have given students plenty of culminating St. Paul’s memories.
When we look back on the 2019-2020 school year, we are certain to remember the difficult circumstances and sacrifices, but it’s also been a time of deep connection across the St. Paul’s community. As we look ahead to more months of uncertainty, we remain grateful for and proud of this supportive, generous, fun, and loving St. Paul’s family.