Advent is a time of preparation. It is in this preparation that we patiently wait for the coming of the Christ child.
This year’s book fair will be held at the Barnes and Noble store on Tyrone Blvd. across from Tyrone Mall. The scheduled date is Tuesday, December 3rd. This day will be specified as St. Paul Catholic School Day. All items purchased at the store and on-line this day - coffee, Nooks, magazines, and books, will be credited to St. Paul Catholic School. Be sure to inform the cashier, when checking out, that you are from St. Paul Catholic School so that the school will receive the credit. It is our hope that by having the Book Fair at Barnes and Noble, it will provide a greater amount of purchasing power for both the parents and the school library.
Several groups of St. Paul Catholic School students will be performing at the store between 6:30pm and 9:00pm to showcase the talents of our students. All families are invited and encouraged to stop by the store to start their Christmas shopping and to show school support.
For online pirchases through the Barnes and Noble website, please use the code 11264587 at checkout so that St. Paul Catholic School may be credited. This code can only be used between Wednesday, December 4th thru Friday, December 6th.
The Diocese of St. Petersburg has adapted the Common Core State Standards, and we are working to implement these standards here at St. Paul Catholic School. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is working to help Catholic schools implement these standards while still maintaining a strong Catholic identity. The president of NCEA suggests that, "Catholic education, based on the message of Jesus that all people are made in the image and likeness of God, seeks to address the whole person, presenting an education for life—how to live one's life, remembering the transcendent purpose of our lives and the hope to return home to the God who loves us. Catholic education is bigger than the Common Core goals."
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have written the following explanation of our Catholic schools participating in the Common Core Standards. More information can be found here.