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On Sunday, May 31, Jefferson Huang, Ph.D., president of The St. Paul's Schools, shared the following message with members of The St. Paul's Schools community.


On Sunday, May 31, Jefferson Huang, Ph.D., president of The St. Paul's Schools, shared the following message with members of The St. Paul's Schools community.


Dear Families,

With the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, our country is confronted with another senseless loss of life. Coupled with other events that have been in the media, it is distressing and unacceptable that, in 2020 America, we are still witnessing such acts of violence and discrimination across our country. These acts disproportionately affect the families of color in our communities, causing pain and anxiety, and I write today to express that we care about you and are here for you. 
 
At times like this, our job as educators is to reflect on what we can do to make our communities and our society more just and equitable. A diverse and inclusive climate is essential to who we are and what we stand for as an Episcopal school. In this difficult time, we are ever more resolute in our purpose and mission to develop the hearts and minds of our students. We continue to focus on building a community of young people who respect and value each other's differences, who actively listen to one another's lived experiences, who challenge injustice where they see it, and who are determined to serve as a force for good in the world. 
 
Complex systemic problems do not have easy solutions, but we believe the work begins with education and with making space to listen and engage in honest dialogue. So we write today to share some resources. First, our school counselors, chaplains, and inclusivity directors are excellent supports and sources of information. They are working together to schedule open forums for members of our community to come together to share and learn (details below). In the meantime, you and your children are welcome to reach out to any of them for one-on-one support or conversation.
 
Also, we invite you to consider using the summer as an opportunity to speak with your children about national and world events. Consider reviewing a news feature entitled "Why All Parents Should Talk With Their Kids About Social Identity" from NPR and the Sesame Workshop, the researchers behind Sesame Street. This episode discusses the importance of talking about race and other social categories with kids and provides parents with some helpful strategies. In addition, you can initiate these difficult conversations by finding age-appropriate books and reading them together. A reading list like this one provided by Embrace Race offers an opportunity to stimulate your child's understanding and develop empathy. 
 
Education is a solution. Respect and inclusivity are values worth protecting. It is vitally important that we work toward a safer and more just world for our children. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jefferson Huang, Ph.D.
President, The St. Paul's Schools

 

Please contact the Communications team (communications@stpaulsmd.org) for Zoom links to access the events below.

 

Community Forum for Faculty and Staff
Monday, June 1, 2020
4 – 5:30 p.m.

SPSG Student Forum
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

The St. Paul's Schools Community/Parent Forum 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
6:30 p.m.

 

We are excited to recognize our fourth grade students for their academic accomplishments as well as celebrate their contributions to the life of the school.

We are excited to recognize our fourth grade students for their academic accomplishments as well as celebrate their contributions to the life of the school. Please click on the image below to be taken to the virtual ceremony.

 

The St. Paul's Schools is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and planning for a variety of possible scenarios. Visit our COVID-19 information page where we share updates we have for the community.

The St. Paul's Schools is monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and planning for a variety of possible scenarios. Nothing is more important to us than protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are grateful for your partnership and will continue monitoring this situation and providing updates as necessary. Click here to visit our COVID-19 information update page.

At The St. Paul's Schools, we have been brainstorming ways to help our first responders, who are serving our community so courageously through this pandemic. As our health suites are not currently in use, we donated our N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, gloves, and paper bed rolls to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hopkins COVID-19 planning team.

At The St. Paul's Schools, we have been brainstorming ways to help our first responders, who are serving our community so courageously through this pandemic. As our health suites are not currently in use, we determined we had supplies we could spare. We donated our N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, gloves, and paper bed rolls to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hopkins COVID-19 planning team. We are proud that our leadership team sent a message to our fellow Maryland/DC-area independent schools encouraging them to donate supplies to their neighboring hospitals as well. Pictured is Dr. Cozumel Pruette, pediatric physician at Johns Hopkins, wearing one of the N95 masks.

THE ST. PAUL'S SCHOOLS PRESENTS The Lower School Production of...

THE ST. PAUL'S SCHOOLS PRESENTS

The Lower School Production of

Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $7 and all seating is RESERVED SEATING.

Get tickets at: https://ward.booktix.com starting Feb. 10.

During summer time, boys and girls, preschool through 18 years old have been building lifelong friendships during camp at The St. Paul's Schools. Located on our stunning, 121-acre campus just 10 miles north of Baltimore City, campers quickly feel connected, engaged, and safe. With a ropes course, nature center, community garden, and swimming pool, we offer programs including, but not limited to, cooking, 3D printing, community service, soccer, STEAM, Little Veterinary School, dance, visual arts, and our signature coed Gatorland Day Camp. Take advantage of our swim lessons and weekly field trips, during which your camper can unplug, try new things, make new friends, and gain greater self-confidence! Our programs, guided by highly-qualified, experienced, and caring staff, provides exciting days with theme-based activities. 

Click here to learn more about camps for preschool-age children.

Click here to learn more about camps for rising Pre-K through 12th grade children.

For information on summer programming, please contact Shannon Duckett, Director of Auxiliary Services, at sduckett@stpaulsmd.org.

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Each year lower school students and faculty gather for Lessons and Carols at Old St. Paul's Church.  

Each year lower school students and faculty gather for Lessons and Carols at Old St. Paul's Church.  

At 2019 service, three students earned special recognition for their service and character.

St. Paul's School for Boys Headmaster David C. Faus and SP alumnus and former Trustee Jon Price '74 presented the Smith Awards to three students who embody the traits of Walter Smith. "These awards celebrate the character traits that Walter Smith demonstrated during his life: selflessness, service, and concern for others," Mr. Faus said.

The Smith Award is given to a fourth grade student in the lower school and an eighth and twelfth grade student at St. Paul's School for Boys. These students are selected for friendliness to peers and adults; generosity with others, and also with their time and talents; and for demonstrating a charitable vision for those outside the St. Paul's community.

The 2019 Smith Award was presented to lower school student Olivia Jones.

 

2019-20 Walter S. Smith Jr. Award

For friendliness, generosity and community involvement

 

LOWER SCHOOL SMITH AWARD WINNER

 

To Olivia, "community services means helping people who don't have as much as we do. It makes me feel good, by giving, you can help others and be a better person." Olivia has been involved in many community service projects. She volunteered this year at Share Baby with Mrs. G-H and helped package diapers. She belongs to a children's ministry group which packaged and shipped holiday boxes overseas. She helped serve Easter breakfast brunch to single moms and their children at the Salvation Army. She collected and packaged toys and art supplies and shipped them to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She also has her own book club in which she and her group packed 40 backpacks to be distributed to the homeless, and assembled welcome home packages for two families transitioning from the Hannah Moore Shelter to their own residence. She also participates in the vestry.

Olivia not only understands the importance of service to others, she also demonstrates what it means to be a good friend to her peers.  She goes out of her way to speak up for her friends and always makes sure everyone feels included.   

It is a pleasure to present the lower school Smith Award to Olivia Simone' Jones.

A year and a half ago, our schools came together to form The St. Paul's Schools. As part of this evolution, we have been working to ensure that our public image conveys our unique three-school model. Read more to learn about our process and unified brand identity.

A year and a half ago, our schools came together to form The St. Paul's Schools. As part of this evolution, we have been working to ensure that our public image conveys our unique three-school model. The first step was identifying our "Edge"—a message that captures what is special and distinctive about our schools collectively. Through interviews with our community and market research, we arrived at the tagline "Small Schools. Big Opportunities." You will see us using that message anytime we promote the schools jointly.

Another step in this process was to create a graphic identity for The St. Paul's Schools that visually unites three individual schools. For SP and SPSG, this mark does not replace the school seals or icons but adds another layer to their identity. For our newly unified third school, St. Paul's Pre and Lower School, we wanted our youngest learners and their families to feel a part of The St. Paul's Schools from the very beginning, so we gave them the same mark as our parent organization and all four school colors. For the three individual schools, you will see that we unified our typeface and our naming conventions to add clarity and cohesion. 

We are grateful to the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni who offered feedback on the logo through the survey and focus groups. Now that this work is complete, you will see a few tangible changes on our campus. Some of our signage will be updated, including the main entrance sign at Falls Road and Seminary Avenue. In addition, a sweatshirt will be available for purchase in both school stores and will be part of the approved uniform.

We still get questions about whether we plan to merge into one large, coeducational school. Our new tagline—"Small Schools. Big Opportunities."—is a public promise that we will maintain our three small schools. In fact, we define ourselves by that small-school feel, where each child is known individually and feels comfortable to stretch his or her abilities. By operating as one system, however, we already are sharing ideas and resources to create more opportunities for our girls and boys.

The St. Paul's Schools Unified Logo from The St. Paul's Schools Video on Vimeo.

At St. Paul's Lower School, learning is an adventure — and faculty are putting students in the navigation seat next to their teachers as co-pilots.

At St. Paul's Lower School, learning is an adventure — and faculty are putting students in the navigation seat next to their teachers as co-pilots. If they need a little more time with the teacher to master a skill or want to delve deeper into a subject matter because it excites them, St. Paul's educators are making sure they get exactly what they need through the W.I.N. program.

What does W.I.N. stand for? "Whatever I need." The program provides dedicated time during the school day for all students to receive enrichment or small group support that doesn't interfere with core classes. Every day, teachers and learning specialists have an opportunity to offer personalized instruction tailored to a student's interests and skill level. The result? Students are empowered to take risks and grow as learners, while teachers have ongoing professional development and time for reflection.

The program started last school year and was the brainchild of lower school reading specialist Kara Horst. Horst heard about a similar program while attending a Reading Workshop conference at Teachers College at Columbia University and excitedly shared the idea with the rest of the team. Math specialist, Susan Faint, enthusiastically agreed that it was a brilliant idea, and the idea quickly gained support from Lower School administrators.

Beginning in fall 2018, the school instituted a schedule that provided each grade with a daily 30-minute block of time dedicated to W.I.N. The daily schedule was then integrated into the Lower School's six-day rotation. Days 1 through 5 are used to provide W.I.N. instruction. On Day 6, grade level teams meet to discuss how to best support each student during W.I.N. time. Regular meetings, evaluation, and reflection ensure students get exactly the support or enrichment they need to move to the next level.

"Every day is a new and exciting adventure in the W.I.N. program because we are constantly tailoring our instruction to our students' needs and interests," said Mrs. Horst.

Students are selected for small group intervention or enrichment opportunities during W.I.N. based on multiple measures, including reading/math screenings, teacher observations, student interests, and benchmark data. During W.I.N., students work intensively with classroom teachers and intervention teachers during 30-minute lessons. The sessions focus on the specific skills each group needs to be successful learners, and require a cohesive, creative partnership between the classroom teachers and reading/math specialists.

Since beginning the W.I.N. program, both Mrs. Faint and Mrs. Horst have noticed that their students have more confidence and are thriving.

Read more on the Cool Progeny website. 

Join us in November when St. Paul's School for Girls and St. Paul's Upper School students perform a tale as old as time. Get your Disney's Beauty and the Beast tickets before the shows sell out.

Be our guest this fall at The Ward Center for the Arts when

St. Paul's School for Girls and St. Paul's Upper Schools Present 


 Disney's Beauty and the Beast

 

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This year's show will offer four evening performances and two matinees. At both matinees, children are welcome to a meet and greet with characters after the show. Purchase tickets here.
 

Showtimes:

  • Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m. - Post-show meet & greet
  • Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. - Post-show meet & greet
  • Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. - Student Night: $5 tickets with Student ID
  • Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

 

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