A message from our Principal (September 22, 2014)

A message from our Principal (September 22, 2014)

This past Sunday’s Gospel is one that often brings our human emotions right to the forefront.  Jesus shares a story in which laborers who join a workforce at a variety of times during the day all receive the same pay.  Like the workers who began that shift early in the morning, most students (and adults) would respond, “but that’s not fair!” to which the ever popular reply, “life isn’t fair” would quickly be heard.  Christ reminds us that “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”  This can often be a difficult concept to wrap our heads around, but really, the focus needs to be on doing our best at all times.  Our actions should not be motivated by reward, but instead by our understanding of service for others.  Thus, it is only fitting that Tuesday is the feast of St. Padre Pio.  His love of God and service to others, often listening to confessions for 12 hours a day, was rewarded by God with… the stigmata!  What a seemingly unfair “reward.”  However, Padre Pio embraced the challenges he faced and never stopped serving those in need with a humble, understanding, and patient heart.  Imagine the world we could live in if each of us strove to live our lives in such a manner.

What an amazing Back to School Night: the church was packed, the classrooms were full and attentive, and refreshments were enjoyed!  I cannot be more grateful for the hard work and preparation of our teachers, TAs, and staff, and the dedication and service of our PWC volunteers for making last night such a success.  The excitement around campus, in my opinion, was overpowering.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve this community as we work together to implement the “ABCs” that will lead us in a “D”irection of 21st century learners.

Just a few quick reminders about the upcoming week.  Please continue to encourage your child(ren) to get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast as ITBS tests continue.  As a faculty we utilize those test scores as a component of curricular review and planning, as well as student support.  Sunday brings two great reasons to attend Mass (as if we needed additional reasons!) with a special 9:30am liturgy honoring former SPA vice principal Joan Doyle as she is recognized for becoming a nationally certified Lay Ecclesial Minister.  Later that day, the 7th grade family Mass will take place during the 5:00pm liturgy.  Finally, Festival, Festival, Festival!  Half-price tickets, at 50% off, with 2 for 1 options ends this Friday!  Be sure to go online and order those festival tickets!  I can’t wait!

Have a wonderful week, and God bless.

Mr. Richard Billups


St. Paul the Apostle School

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