Tuesday evening, Principal Gina Wagenblast welcomed over 20 new families to the Saint Paul Catholic School community. The new family night, typically scheduled for earlier in the spring was a welcome reminder that even in uncertain times, SPCS continues to have an eye towards the future.
Joining Mrs. Wagenblast was Pastor Douglas Mayer, who thanked the parents for supporting Catholic education and welcomed the group to the Saint Paul Catholic School family.
While joining a new school community can be challenging under the best of circumstances, Mrs. Wagenblast eased parents' concerns by sharing the school's commitment to safe classroom spaces, building sanitation, and health screenings. Wagenblast told the group that she is working diligently with local stakeholders to craft a reentry plan she hopes to release in the next few weeks.
She also encouraged families to reach out to her directly throughout the summer with questions or concerns. “I’m in the building throughout the summer and available by email or phone to answer any questions you may have,” explained Wagenblast.
Throughout the meeting, families were introduced to many of Saint Paul Catholic School’s unique educational, social, and spiritual offerings. Wagenblast and others spoke of the school’s commitment to non-core academics such as music and PE, even at the PRE-K level.
The group also walked the new families through the curriculum, school policy, and extracurricular offerings such as robotics, chess, and athletics.
Wagenblast also spoke about the school’s Family Friday initiative. She explained, “Family Fridays are our innovative approach to cross-grade level socialization, and fostering a deeper sense of being a part of the school family.”
Family and community were recurring themes throughout the night. Current SPCS parent and School Advisory Council member Tom Calhoun spoke with parents about the challenges of joining a new community.
“You’re never going to be alone during this transition. Our priests, teachers, and current families are here to support you on this journey,” Calhoun stated.
New Saint Paul Catholic School families will also benefit from a “buddy family” that will help answer any questions that may arise before and throughout the school year.
Principal Wagenblast closed out the evening by reminding families that the first day of school is scheduled to begin on August 12th. “The teachers, staff, and I are so excited to welcome the kids back to school!”
Saint Paul Catholic School is currently accepting new students. Please contact the school office with questions about the enrollment process, including financial aid at (219) 462-3374.