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    101 North 3rd St
    Thorndale, TX 76577
    (512) 898-2711
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    Weekly Newsletter 1/23/18

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    01/22/2018
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    There are a number of important updates and announcements in this week’s newsletter. Please take a few minutes to read and stay up-to-date with all that is going on.

    ILLNESS UPDATE:
    We have had multiple cases of flu at St. Paul. Several of our friends are out today with fever, confirmed flu, or confirmed strep. While we are sanitizing as often as we can, and staying diligent with hand washing, students and staff have likely already been exposed. Please keep a close eye on your child for signs of illness. Many students simply don't feel good, or complain of headache and/or stomach ache, with no fever, before a VERY RAPID onset of high fever and obvious illness. In order to help curb any outbreak, and to allow for scheduling appointments and beginning treatment, parents will be contacted at the first sign of illness here at school and may be asked to pick up their child even without a fever. Remember students must be fever-free WITOUT MEDICATIONS FOR 24 HOURS before they can return to school. Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff, and their families at home as safe as we can!

    C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S!
    We are thrilled to congratulate our competitors for a job very well done at Friday’s Spelling Bee! These students (and teachers and families) worked diligently to prepare to compete against other central Texas Lutheran schools – Cross, New Braunfels; Immanuel, Giddings; St. Paul, Serbin; Zion, Walburg; and Redeemer, Austin. When all was said and done, our own Lions claimed the overall championship for the third year in a row! Kudos to the following students for advancing to the final round and placing in the top three:

    • Grade 3: Grant Van West (1st), Ethan Schramm (finals), Garrett Schramm (finals)
    • Grade 5: Bella Qualls (2nd)
    • Grade 6: Emily Reeves (2nd) and Madison Masek (3rd)
    • Grade 7: Natalie Newton (2nd) and Harrison Bender (finals)
    • Grade 8: Emmerson Fisher (1st) and Chloe` Qualls (finals)

    SURVEYS:
    The beginning of the calendar year is also the time we begin to look at next school year. Two very important issues guiding our planning are a possible Mother’s Day Out program for two year-olds and classroom ratios for our elementary grades. In order to plan, we will send surveys to current school families regarding these issues. Your feedback is extremely important. If you receive a survey (emailed) please take the few minutes to read and reply. Registration for next year is slated for early March.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Tonight: Meeting for Washington, DC trip (spring of 2019) at 6 PM in cafeteria. This trip will include our current Grade 6-7 students. At least one parent per student is asked to attend, as we discuss the new format of this optional opportunity.
    • Tomorrow: GAMES HAVE CHANGED! Lions host First Baptist, Caldwell. Due to cancellations by the visiting team, we will only have two games. JV Boys at 3 PM and V Girls at 4 PM.  Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Thursday-Friday, JAN 25-26: No Pre-K classes. Teachers will attend their annual educators’ conference.
    • Tuesday, JAN 30: Lions host St. Paul, Serbin. JV Girls at 3 PM, JV Boys at 4 PM, V Girls at 5 PM, V Boys at 6 PM. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Thursday, FEB 1: Lions host Aggieland Homeschool. JV Boys at 4 PM, JV Girls at 5 PM, V Girls at 6 PM. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Saturday, FEB 3: JV Lions travel to Immanuel, Giddings for JV tournament. Bracket will be sent home with players and posted to BAND app. Hard copies in the office.

    NOTES AND REMINDERS:

    • Registration forms for Milam County PONY (baseball and softball) are available in the office. Please see their website for turn-in dates or more information.
    • Flyers for local karate instruction are available in the office.
    • Concordia High School will host a Prospective Parent Dinner Wednesday, JAN 24 at 6 PM. Their campus is located at 1500 Royston Lane, Round Rock, TX 78664Register HERE.
    • Keep in mind that all students should have a parent/guardian with them if they choose to stay for basketball games. Students should not be asked/expected to just stay for games without an adult here with them. Unsupervised students who are not playing that afternoon, cheering, or watching the game with an adult will be checked into the after school program. This allows us to keep all students safe and supervised, until they are in the care of a parent/guardian.
    • Keep in mind that students participating in activities after school should be picked up at the scheduled end of the activity. Volunteer coaches are asked to not leave until all students are picked up, and we want to minimize their time waiting.
    • Lion athletes/families should book their hotel room for the state tournament ASAP. Information was emailed to families or posted on BAND. Contact School Office for more information.

    Serving Him and You,

    Mr. Corey Moss
    Principal


    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Notes from the Secretary 1/18/18

    Dear St. Paul Friends,
    I am sending a second email this week, one typically reserved for only parents, to notify you of a few changes to today's basketball schedule. The JV Boys team will play at 4:30 PM. The Varsity Girls game has been canceled. We hope to see our favorite blue-and-white backers at a game soon!
    Thanks, and go, Lions!
    Courtney Fisher
    School Secretary
    St. Paul Lutheran School

    01/18/2018
    (512) 898-2711

    Happy Thursday!

    We’re doing our best to stay roasty-toasty up here, and looking forward to warmer temps by the weekend! Mornings may still be chilly, however, and we are still smack-dab in the middle of flu and strep season. Please ensure your students are dressed accordingly for the weather, and that they are healthy for school. Should there be multiple cases of any specific illness in a classroom, we will notify those parents directly.

    Because this week’s schedule wasn’t already zany enough, this afternoon’s basketball schedule is as follows:

    • Girls will only practice during PE. No after school practice today.
    • JV Boys host South Austin Warriors at 4:30 PM. Cheerleaders will cheer.
    • V Girls game has been canceled by the visiting team (so they will cheer for the boys’ game).

    Keep in mind that all students should have a parent/guardian with them if they choose to stay for basketball games. Students should not be asked/expected to just stay for games without an adult here with them. Unsupervised students who are not playing that afternoon, cheering, or watching the game with an adult will be checked into the after school program. This allows us to keep all students safe and supervised, until they are in the care of a parent/guardian.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Tomorrow: Concordia High School Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8). Spellers will eat lunch at 11 AM, and depart at 11:45 AM. Dress in Sunday best.
    • Monday, JAN 22: Meeting for Washington, DC trip (Spring of 2019) at 6 PM in cafeteria. This trip will include our current Grade 6-7 students. At least one parent per student is asked to attend, as we discuss the new format of this optional opportunity.
    • Tuesday, JAN 23: Lions host First Baptist, Caldwell. JV Girls at 3 PM, JV Boys at 4 PM, V Girls at 5 PM, V Boys at 6 PM. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Thursday-Friday, JAN 25-26: No Pre-K classes. Teachers will attend their annual educators’ conference.

    NOTES AND REMINDERS:

    • Registration forms for Milam County PONY (baseball and softball) are available in the office. Please see their website for turn-in dates or more information.
    • Flyers for local karate instruction are available in the office.
    • Concordia High School will host a Prospective Parent Dinner next Wednesday, JAN 24 at 6 PM. Their campus is located at 1500 Royston Lane, Round Rock, 78664Register HERE.
    • NEW TIME! Lunch for K-4th Grade students has moved up a bit, to accommodate the large number of students. Lunch will now begin at 11:25 AM for this group.
    • Keep in mind that students participating in activities after school should be picked up at the scheduled end of the activity. Volunteer coaches are asked to not leave until all students are picked up, and we want to minimize their time waiting.
    • Lion athletes/families should book their hotel room for the state tournament ASAP. Information was emailed to families or posted on BAND. Contact School Office for more information.

    Thanks!

    Courtney Fisher
    School Secretary

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 1/15/18

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    01/15/2018
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    “Winter weather” is the phrase of the day, as we keep a close eye on the forecast for tonight and tomorrowAs of now, all regular after school/evening activities will proceed as planned. This includes boys basketball practice, PSIA practice, robotics, and the PTF meeting. As soon as we make any decision regarding a delay or closing tomorrow, we will:

    • Post to our Facebook page. Be sure to like and share our page so all families and friends can see the latest news about St. Paul.
    • Send an email via Praxi to parent email addresses on student accounts.
    • Announce via KRXT 98.5 FM.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Today: Boys basketball practice 3:30-5:30 PM.
    • Today: PTF Meeting at 6:04 PM. Join our busy volunteers for some important discussion and planning decisions regarding our very active spring semester. This is an impromptu meeting, not previously announced, to allow us to tie up some loose ends and keep our momentum going strong!
    • Tomorrow: Lions host Immanuel, Giddings. JVG at 3, JVB at 4, VG at 5, VB at 6. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Thursday: Lions host South Austin Warriors. NEW GAME TIMES! JV Boys at 4:30 PM, and VG at 5:30 PM. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Friday: Concordia High School Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8). Spellers will eat lunch at 11 AM, and depart at 11:45 AM. Dress in Sunday best.
    • Monday, JAN 22: Meeting for Washington, DC trip (Spring of 2019) at 6 PM in cafeteria. This trip will include our current Grade 6-7 students. At least one parent per student is asked to attend, as we discuss the new format of this optional opportunity.
    • Tuesday, JAN 23: Lions host First Baptist, Caldwell. JV Girls at 3 PM, JV Boys at 4 PM, V Girls at 5 PM, V Boys at 6 PM. Sign-up for concessions HERE.

    NOTES AND REMINDERS:

    • NEW TIME! Lunch for K-4th Grade students has moved up a bit, to accommodate the large number of students. Lunch will now begin at 11:25 AM for this group. Please make note of the new start time, especially if you plan to join your student or bring lunch.
    • Keep in mind that students participating in activities after school should be picked up at the scheduled end of the activity. Volunteer coaches are asked to not leave until all students are picked up, and we want to minimize their time waiting.
    • Lion athletes/families should book their hotel room for the state tournament ASAP. Information was emailed to families or posted on BAND last week. Contact School Office for more information.

    Serving Him and You,
    Mr. Corey Moss, Principal

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 1/9/18

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    01/09/2018
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    We are finally easing back into our routines and regular academic schedules. Thank you for quickly jumping back into the new quarter!

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Today: Report cards and academic awards will be sent home. Congratulations to our many Lions for a job well-done last quarter!
    • Today: JV Lions travel to Brenham (games vs. St. Paul, Brenham, but played at St. Mary's PAC). JVG at 4 and JVB at 5. Departure from SPL at 2 PM.
    • Tomorrow: Thorndale Youth Basketball League (TYBL) registration form/payment due to School Office. Forms available in the office. Make sure you note the details for try-outs this Saturday!
    • Thursday: Varsity Boys host Trinity, San Angelo at 4 PM. Trinity will then play St. Paul, Serbin, here, immediately following. Help is needed in the concessions! Sign-up HERE.
    • Friday: JV Boys travel to Grace, Brenham. Departure from St. Paul at 2 PM.
    • Friday: Girls Basketball practice 3:15-5:15 PM (moved, due to home games on Thursday)
    • Monday, JAN 15: PTF Meeting at 6:04 PM. Join our busy volunteers for some important discussion and planning decisions regarding our very active spring semester. This is an impromptu meeting, not previously announced, to allow us to tie up some loose ends and keep our momentum going strong!
    • Tuesday, JAN 16: Lions host Immanuel, Giddings. JVG at 3, JVB at 4, VG at 5, VB at 6. Sign-up for concessions HERE.
    • Thursday, JAN 18: Lions host South Austin Warriors. VG at 4, JVB at 5. Sign-up for concessions HERE.

    NOTES AND REMINDERS:

    • Permission Forms are coming home for Grade 3-8 students participating in the upcoming Spelling Bee at Concordia High School (JAN 19). Please complete and return by Monday. You should have already received an email from Mr. Moss to confirm if your child is participating. Please see complete details on the participation form, including dress code, change in lunch schedule, and departure times for travel. Good luck, L-I-O-N-S!
    • Keep in mind that students participating in activities after school should be picked up at the scheduled end of the activity. Volunteer coaches are asked to not leave until all students are picked up, and we want to minimize their time waiting.
    • January tuition is due. Please also ensure your lunch balances are paid in full or paid ahead, as our lunch program is not designed to run on credit. I am happy to help you determine balances at any time.
    • January lunch menu has been posted to Praxi, and hard copies are available in the office.

    Serving Him and You,

    Mr. Moss


    S​t. Paul Lutheran Church and School
    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 1/3/18

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    01/03/2018
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    Welcome back! We are so pleased to be back in your children’s lives. We hope their first day back has been fun and rewarding. We also hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were all you hoped for.

    2018 began with some cold temperatures (and some snow for a few lucky ones!), which gets us to thinking about the following issues:

    • In the event of a school delay or closure due to weather, a notice will first be posted to our school Facebook page. Please “like” our page and share with other Lion families or friends, who may also want to stay up-to-date with latest school happenings. Delays or closings will then be announced via school-wide email (to parent emails in Praxi), followed by KRXT FM 98.5 out of Rockdale.
    • Please ensure our students to dress according to the weather. When temperatures are in the 30’s or below, all students should be dropped off wearing pants and a jacket. If staff feel a student is not dressed for the weather, parents will be called to bring clothing/pick-up student to change. Wearing weather-appropriate clothing is a battle we ask parents to win with their child.
    • Please remind your students to wash their hands with soap and disinfect their hands when needed. According to local hospitals, the flu cases are really piling up at this time. In the office, we will err on the side of caution when it comes to calling for an ill child to be picked up. The health and safety of our student ​and staff ​population must always be a high concern. Remember, students must be fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Today, we welcome Mrs. Margie Clifton to our staff! She will finish our the year with us as part of our middle school team. She brings with her 16 years of middle school experience and we are so thankful she is able to serve God in ministry here at St. Paul. For those that are wondering, Mrs. Garcia and baby Aaron are doing well and enjoying their time together.

    PSIA practices are already back in full swing, with many starting again today. It is important that parents/guardians are here to pick up students by the time practice ends, so our volunteer coaches are not waiting for ​you. We appreciate their prep and coaching time, and know they are ready to get back to their busy schedules and families when practice ends.

    Mrs. Karen is putting the finishing touches on the January lunch menu, and confirming order deliveries. Tomorrow she will serve chicken noodle soup/grilled cheese sandwich, and Friday she will serve BBQ sandwiches. 

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Tomorrow: Girls basketball practice 3:15-5:15 PM.
    • This Weekend: Our Annual Varsity Basketball Tournament has been canceled, due to conflicts with other team's school schedules. We look forward to rebounding next year! Those generous friends who already sponsored the tournament will be personally contacted regarding sponsorship options for our upcoming Field Day.
    • Sunday: Early Worship at 8 AM. Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 AM. Late Worship at it's NEW TIME of 10:30 AM.
    • Tuesday, JAN 9: JV Girls and JV Boys travel to St. Paul, Brenham. Departure from SPL at 2 PM. Travel forms will be sent home tomorrow.
    • Thursday, JAN 11: Lion Varsity Boys host Trinity, San Angelo at 4 PM. We will then host a game for Trinity, San Angelo vs. St. Paul, Serbin at 5 PM.
    • Friday, JAN 12: Lion JV Boys travel to Grace, Brenham. Departure from SPL at 2 PM. Travel form will be sent home next week.

    Serving Him and You,
    Mr. Corey Moss

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 12/18/17

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    12/18/2017
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    This week was going to be a special one for Mrs. Garcia. She planned to enjoy her baby shower and say goodbye to her students, but this week quickly became special for another reason. Aaron James Garcia decided to make an early appearance this past Sundaymorning! Mom, Baby Aaron, and the entire Garcia family are doing well. We praise God for the miracle of life and the gift He has bestowed upon the Garcia family. Mrs. Williamson and Mrs. Melcher will be covering the middle school this week, as we wind down the semester and continue to practice for our Christmas Eve program.

    Special encouragement:
    One of our young couples at St. Paul, Harli and George Stefek, are leading a course for Financial Peace University this January in Thorndale. Melanie and I did an earlier edition of this back in 2005 when Pr. Mann was the facilitator. It was amazing. Every married couple, those planning to marry, or even young adults should strongly consider participating in the course. Not only does this program present knowledge to change you, it provides a peace that spills over into all aspects of your life. The nine-week course startsSunday, JAN 7 at 5:30 PM (in the East Wing). Childcare can be provided for parents of young children. For more information, call Harli at (512) 992-9675 or register/purchase your course materials at http://www.fpu.com/1051613.

    Don’t forget! The DVD’s from our recent Christmas Musical are here. These DVD’s contain all performances from the Friday, DEC 1 show (Pre-K through 8thGrade). Copies are $5 each, and are available in the office while supplies last.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Wednesday, DEC 20: Christmas Parties & noon release. Party details were sent home, are on the Praxi portal, or hard copies in the office. Gift exchange instructions should be sent from your teacher.
    • Thursday, DEC 21 – Tuesday, JAN 2: Christmas Break
    • Sunday, DEC 24 -- Christmas Eve:
      • 10:15 AM Worship Service – Only one service. There is no Early Worship, Sunday School, or Bible Class.
      • 6 PM Christmas Eve Worship Service – Participating students should arrive to the East Wing by 5:45 PM, dressed in their Sunday best.
      • No Candlelight Worship Service.
    • Monday, DEC 25 – Christmas Day – Worship Service at 9 AM.
    • Sunday, DEC 31 – New Year’s Eve – Worship Services at 8 AM and 10:15 AM. Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 AM. There is NO New Year’s Day Service.
    • JAN 5-6: St. Paul Varsity Basketball Tournament. We welcome sponsors to help us make this event a success! Sponsor forms are available in the office or on the Praxi portal. Parents of Lion athletes should look for the concession work schedule soon!

    NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • Please pay all tuition, fees, and lunch balances, to help us with year-end close out.
    • Faculty and Staff “Favorites” are available for anyone who may be shopping for gifts. See the file at Mrs. Fisher’s desk (you can snap a pic with your phone or request a copy).
    • Last call for cast pictures from the musical! Contact Mrs. Fisher to see what options are available for your child.
    • Check our Lost and Found in the cafeteria! Any items not picked up by DEC 20 will be donated to charity.
    • Thorndale Cares Food Drive: Thank you for your amazing support of this effort! After all was carefully accounted for, the Team Boys eeked out a victory over Team Girls. Final count was 684 items vs. 610 items, but, more importantly, our students are able to generously help their neighbors in need.
    • Silver Santa: Thank you for your sponsorship of local senior citizens! We will take eight very-full baskets to the Thorndale Police Department, to be delivered later this week throughout our community.
    • Thorndale Youth Basketball League has dropped off registration forms to the office for the upcoming season. League is for students in Grades 1-6. Registration is due after the first of the year. Tryouts are Saturday, JAN 13. See form for more information.
    • We give thanks! With God’s blessings and help from many wonderful supporters, Little Blessings completed its fifth annual fundraiser by donation $33,500 to St. Paul. The Little Blessings Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make these five events successful. A special thank you to the anonymous donor who pitched in $1,000 this year to ensure a cumulative five-year profit reached our unofficial goal of $150,000. Sincerely, The Little Blessings Board of Directors

    Merry Christmas!

    Mr. Moss

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 12/11/17

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    PO Box 369 - 101 N 3rd St. - Thorndale, TX 76577

    12/11/2017
    (512) 898-2711

     

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    We have almost reached the halfway point of the school year! As we work through these last few instructional days, please encourage your child to continue to be diligent about their assignments, studies, and testing, to end the semester on a high note!

    Speaking of high notes, the DVD’s from our recent Christmas Musical are here. These DVD’s contain all performances from the Friday, December 1 show. Copies are $5 each, and are available in the office while supplies last.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Today: Collections begin for Thorndale Cares and Silver Santa! For more information: see below, see informational sheet sent home last week, see Praxi portal, see hard copies in office.
    • Tomorrow: Deadline for applications for CT Foundation for Christian Education.
    • Tomorrow: Lions host St. Paul, Serbin, in our home openers. JVG 3, JVB 4, VG 5, VB 6. Concessions will be open, but it takes Lion volunteers to make it work! Sign up HERE to help.
    • Wednesday: Advent Vesper Worship Service at 7 PMStudents in grades K-8 will sing at the Worship Service. PTF will host a pre-service meal (nachos) at 6 PM in the East Wing. School families are asked to bring a dessert for the pre-service meal.
    • Thursday: Grades 3-4 travel to Austin to see The Nutcracker. Look for additional details from your teacher this week.
    • Friday: Last day for Thorndale Cares and Silver Santa donations.
    • Friday: Basketball games were cancelled.
    • Wednesday, DEC 20: Christmas Parties & noon release. Party details were sent home, are on the Praxi portal, or hard copies in the office. Gift exchange instructions should be sent from your teacher.
    • Thursday, DEC 21 – Tuesday, JAN 2: Christmas Break
    • Sunday, DEC 24 -- Christmas Eve:
      • 10:15 AM Worship Service – Only one service. There is no Early Worship, Sunday School, or Bible Class.
      • 6 PM Christmas Eve Worship Service – Participating students should arrive to the East Wing BY 5:45 PM, dressed in their Sunday best.
      • No Candlelight Worship Service.
    • JAN 5-6: St. Paul Varsity Basketball Tournament. We welcome sponsors to help us make this event a success! Sponsor forms are available in the office or on the Praxi portal. Parents of Lion athletes should look for the concession work schedule soon!

    NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • December tuition is now due. Please also pay any other fees, past due tuition, and lunch balances, as we work to close out the year.
    • Faculty and Staff “Favorites” are available for anyone who may be shopping for gifts. See the file at Mrs. Fisher’s desk (you can snap a pic with your phone or request a copy). Or, email her to ask for lists to be sent home.
    • Last call for cast pictures from the musical! Contact Mrs. Fisher to see what options are available for your child. Prints are $5 each. Payment is due now for any IOU’s.
    • Looking for gift ideas for your student? Check our Lost and Found in the cafeteria! Won’t they be excited when they open up their very own lost jacket?!? Any items no picked up by DEC 20 will be donated to charity.
    • Our Lions shine in this season of giving! Please help us encourage our students to grow in compassion and as Christian leaders by helping them with the following efforts:
      • Thorndale Cares Food Drive: Students will collect non-perishable food items to be distributed to local families in need. This includes shelf-stable cans, boxes, jars, etc. It’s a Boys vs. Girls competition, where each donated item counts! Stuff your own bag from home (plastic bags/boxes are preferred for transport) and label for your team (“Boys” or “Girls”). Deliver to school next week, and watch the donations grow! Final count will be FRI, DEC 15 after school, and the winning team will be announced next week!
      • Silver Santa: Families “sponsor” a local senior citizen by bundling a basket full of some of life’s basics, to be delivered to them by Thorndale Police Department. These seniors often have no local family or network for support or holiday cheer. A shopping list of suggested items is provided. This is a great opportunity for your student to help shop, select, and prep for someone in need. Package for easy transport and deliver to the office by DEC 15.
    • Thorndale Youth Basketball League has dropped off registration forms to the office for the upcoming season. League is for students in Grades 1-6. Registration is due after the first of the year. Tryouts are Saturday, JAN 13. See form for more information.

    Serving Him and You,

    Mr. Moss


    Weekly Newsletter 12/4/17

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    12/04/2017
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    You have made this time of year even more special! At a time when studies and media show American parents to be disengaged, distracted with material possessions, or not invested in their children or faith life, we have you. YOU, the families of St. Paul, stand firm in your faith and against all the standard stereotypes of most American parents. Our school families are all in! For proof, one only has to look at our recent special events. Our largest school event, the Chili Supper, was a giant, fun success, which can only happen because of God’s divine will and because our parents and families care. Just three weeks later, we hosted a record turnout for our “Deck the Halls Event,” where we were up to our elbows in Christmas decorations, pizza boxes, and engaged volunteers. Finally, to top it all off, we saw everyone at the musical, a wonderful opportunity for our students to share the good news of Christ’s birth with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Thank you for taking the time to enjoy their special moments on stage.

    YOU make the difference. This is your school. She belongs to God and you. She exists for God’s will and for your children’s benefit. She is a giant Christian co-op to accomplish what none of us could accomplish on our own. Being a Christian parent, a real, active Christian parent, takes dedication and intentional effort. After all, we know our children grow up to follow the example of their parents. Thank you for stepping forward in faith with us. We pray that through your intentional efforts and through our program, your child will grow in Christ daily.

    CALENDAR UPDATES:

    • Today: Boys basketball practice 3:30-5:30 PM.
    • Tomorrow: Lions travel to St. Mary’s, Taylor. Departure from St. Paul at 2:45 PM. JVG 3:30 PM, JVB 4:30 PM, VG 5:30 PM, VB 6:30 PM.
    • Wednesday: Advent Worship Service at 7 PM. A pre-service meal will be served by the LWML at 6 PM in the East Wing. This free-will donation meal helps busy families with dinner plans, and includes chili, Frito Pie, chili dogs, etc.
    • Thursday: Girls basketball practice 3:15-5:15 PM.
    • Friday: Varsity Lions travel to Zion, Walburg for their Varsity Tournament. Departure from St. Paul at 12:45 PM. VG at 2 PM. VB at 3 PM. Bracket play follows. Travel form (for only Friday) will be sent home tomorrow.
    • Saturday: Varsity Lions at Walburg – tourney play continues.

    NOTES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • December tuition is now due. Please also pay any other fees, past due tuition, and lunch balances, as we work to close out the year.
    • December lunch menu has been posted. Hard copies are available in the office.
    • Faculty and Staff “Favorites” are available for anyone who may be shopping for gifts. See the file at Mrs. Fisher’s desk (you can snap a pic with your phone or request a copy). Or, email her to ask for lists to be sent home.
    • Cast pictures are still available from the musical! Contact Mrs. Fisher to see what options are available for your child. Prints are $5 each. Payment is due by Wednesday for any IOU’s.
    • CT Foundation for Christian Education scholarship applications should be returned to the school office no later than Tuesday, DEC 12.
    • Tuesday, DEC 12: Lions host St. Paul, Serbin, in their home openers. JVG 3, JVB 4, VG 5, VB 6. Concessions will be open, but it takes Lion volunteers to make it work! Sign up HERE to help.
    • Wednesday, DEC 13 – Advent Vesper Worship Service at 7 PM. Students in grades K-8 will sing at the Worship Service. PTF will host a pre-service meal (nachos) at 6 PM in the East Wing. School families are asked to bring a dessert.
    • Friday, DEC 15 games were cancelled.

    KEEP ON YOUR RADAR:

    • DEC 11-18 -- Thorndale Cares and Silver Santa charitable drives at school. Details soon!
    • Wednesday, DEC 20 -- Christmas Parties & noon release. Party details will be sent home tomorrow. Gift exchange instructions should be sent from your teacher.
    • DEC 21 – JAN 2 -- Christmas Break
    • JAN 5-6 -- St. Paul Varsity Basketball Tournament. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities available soon!

    In Christ’s service and yours,
    Mr. Moss

    December Lunch Menu.pdf

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Notes from the Secretary 11/29/17

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    11/29/2017
    (512) 898-2711

    Happy Wednesday!

    Our performers are putting the polishing touches on their show, and we are ready to welcome you!

    It’s time for Jingle Bell Beach!

    • Tomorrow’s Matinee – 1PM – Grades 1-8 Perform. Guests are welcomed! This show is perfect or fans of all ages that may enjoy a daytime show, with space to wiggle in their seats, or a safer drive in the sunshine. All guests are asked to enter/check in at the office upon arrival.
    • Friday’s Big Show -- Doors open at 5:30 PM. Show starts at 6 PM. All St. Paul students perform. There is no entry fee, as this show is our gift to the community. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors!
    • When to arrive? Pre-K/MDO students should report to the Pre-K 3 classroom in the portable at 5:30 PM. All other students should report to their classroom at 5:30 PM (unless otherwise instructed).
    • You can donate! Help out students kick off their season of giving with a food donation to Thorndale Cares. Canned goods/non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the doors as you enter.
    • Photos and DVD’s will be available! Due to our sound and lighting equipment, there is NO VIDEO RECORDING allowed during the performance. Likewise, flash photography is discouraged, as it distracts performers. 4x6 prints of each class/group will be available for sale immediately following the show for $5 each. DVD’s will be sold as soon as we get them for $5 each (before or after the Christmas break).
    • Don’t forget the cookies! Immediately following the Christmas Musical is the “Great Cookie Reception” in the east wing, for all of our guests! All St. Paul families are asked to bring cookies before the show. 3rd Grade parents have reached a special milestone, and will host the reception, with directions and encouragement from experienced Lion parents.

    DUE TOMORROW:
    Christmas Eve Service permission forms (sent home this week). Please return to your student’s teacher by tomorrow, so that script prep and planning may begin.

    DUE TOMORROW:
    Sky Ranch Camp registration form (sent home yesterday) is due tomorrow. Late entries for Sky Ranch will not be accepted by their scholarship committee.

    DUE FRIDAY:
    Get your gift cards here! We will place an order for gift cards (purchased through the SCRIP program) for those of you who are thinking of holiday purchases or gifts. You get a card at full face value to use or to share, and we receive a rebate from the vendor! It’s a simple fundraising opportunity that comes in handy this time of year.

    • An order will be placed this Friday, DEC 1, to arrive late next week. We will send home with your child (with your permission) next Friday, DEC 8, or let you know they are here for pick up. There are two convenient ways to place an order:
    • Go to www.shopwithscrip.com . Use the following code to place order: F3FL212137463. Please bring check or cash to school office.
    • Use order forms in the school office. Please fill one out and leave cash or check.

    DUE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:
    CT Foundation for Christian Education has announced applications may be made for scholarships (approximately $250 per student) for Christian education. Given the recent news regarding Luminant, we know many of our families may be concerned with tuition expenses. Scholarship applications are available in the office, or, I am happy to confidentially send a copy home with your student. Applications should be returned to the school office no later than Tuesday, DEC 12.

    KEEP ON YOUR RADAR:

    • DEC 8-18 -- Thorndale Cares and Silver Santa charitable drives at school. Details soon!
    • Wednesday, DEC 20 -- Christmas Parties & noon release. Details coming soon!
    • DEC 21 – JAN 2 -- Christmas Break
    • JAN 5-6 -- St. Paul Varsity Basketball Tournament. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities available soon!

    See you at the show!

    Courtney Fisher
    School Secretar

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    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711


    Weekly Newsletter 11/27/17

    St. Paul Lutheran School

    11/27/2017
    (512) 898-2711

    Dear St. Paul Families and Friends,

    Welcome back!

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled school week to bring you Christmas Musical practice! Please keep an eye out for information from your teacher or the school regarding changes to class schedules, testing, or what to bring/where to be for our performances.Students have been working hard to perfect each step, each note, and each line in their efforts to share the true meaning of Christmas. We’ll see you later this week for the big show! P.S. Don’t forget your cookies! (See below/Note sent home today to explain.)

    The Christmas Musical is almost here!

    • PRE-K/MDO/KINDER -- Remember, Kindergarten WILL NOT perform as part of the musical ensemble. Instead, they will perform separately before the musical, when Pre-K and MDO also perform. Kinder and Pre-K/MDO students will then sit with their families for the musical.
    • MATINEE -- Grades 1-8 will be a part of the matinee performance on Thursday. at 1 PM.
    • BIG SHOW -- The “big production” will be FridayDoors open at 5:30 PM, with Pre-K/MDO and Kinder starting things off at 6 PM.
    • WHEN TO ARRIVE -- Pre-K/MDO students should report to the Pre-K 3 classroom in the portable at 5:30 PM. All other students should report to their classroom at 5:30 PM (unless otherwise instructed).
    • BRING COOKIES! Immediately following the Christmas Musical is the “Great Cookie Reception” in the east wing, for all of our guests! All St. Paul families are asked to bring cookies before the show. 3rd Grade parents have reached a special milestone, and will host the reception, with directions and encouragement from experienced Lion parents. Don’t worry – a reminder and details will be sent home today.

    CALENDER UPDATES:

    • Today – Boys basketball practice 3:30 – 5:30 PM.
    • Tonight – Deck the Halls @ 6:04 PM. Join us to turn the school into a winter wonderland! Pizza is served to feed our many worker bees. Students, families, and friends are welcomed! NOTE: Décor donations accepted! We need white lights, blue/white/silver PLASTIC ornaments, and fun things to hang from the ceilings.
    • Tomorrow – Lion basketball season kicks off! Lions travel to Immanuel, Giddings. JVG at 3, JVB at 4, VG at 5, and VB at 6 PM. Departure from St. Paul at 1:45 PM.
    • Thursday -- Christmas Musical Matinee Performance at 1 PM (Grades 1-8 perform). This performance is a final dress rehearsal. Guests are welcomed, especially those who may not be able to see Friday’s show, or, who may not wish to travel at night. Please check in at school office upon arrival.
    • Thursday -- Girls basketball practice 3:15-5:15 PM.
    • Friday -- Christmas Musical (all students perform) Doors open at 5:30 PM, and show begins at 6 PM. Guests are welcomed to bring canned or non-perishable food items to donate towards the student efforts to support Thorndale Cares. Don’t forget to bring your cookies!

    KEEP ON YOUR RADAR:

    • DEC 8-18 -- Thorndale Cares and Silver Santa charitable drives at school. Details soon!
    • Wednesday, DEC 20 -- Christmas Parties & Last Day of the Quarter (noon release)
    • DEC 21 – JAN 2 -- Christmas Break
    • JAN 5-6 -- St. Paul Varsity Basketball Tournament

    REMINDER:

    • It is time to prepare for our Christmas Eve worship service. This service is led by St. Paul students. In order to write the script and begin to practice, we must know which students are planning to participate. Please check backpacks today for a permission form – complete and return by THURSDAY, so that we may begin to prepare.
    • CT Foundation for Christian Education has announced applications may be made for scholarships (approximately $250 per student) for Christian education. Given the recent news regarding Luminant, we know many of our families may be concerned with tuition expenses. Scholarship applications are available in the office, or, I am happy to confidentially send a copy home with your student. Applications should be returned to the school office no later than Tuesday, DEC 12.

    Serving Him,

    Mr. Moss
    Principal

    Thanks!

    Courtney Fisher

    School Secretary

    St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

    101 N 3rd St., PO Box 369, Thorndale, TX 76577

    Phone (512) 898-2711