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Seventh/Eighth Grade Teacher & Principal – Dr. Bruce McLaughlin

Dr. Bruce McLaughlin – Principal

  • Saint Paul’s School Gearing Up for the New School Year Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The school board at St. Paul’s Lutheran would like to keep you as updated as possible about the staffing changes that are happening here for the 2017-2018 school year as we have done thus far.  Five out of the seven school board members have children of their own enrolled here as well and we understand that these changes are a lot to handle for both you and your children.  We want to reassure you that despite the staffing changes that are happening, we have been able to fill the positions rather quickly and with multiple highly qualified and experienced teachers which we are blessed to have.  God is providing and God will continue to provide!  The school board is hard at work as we continue to fill these positions with nothing less than excellent teachers for your children. As scheduled, the back to school night is Wednesday, August 9, 2017.   All Preschool through Grade 8 families will meet in the gym at 6:00 p.m.  The MWF PRESCHOOL 3s and MORNING PREKINDERGARTEN 4s student families will meet with the teachers in their classrooms beginning at 5:30 p.m. and then be dismissed to attend the general meeting in the gym.  The T-TH PRESCHOOL student families will meet with the teacher in her classrooms AFTER the general meeting in the gym.  K-8 parents and students will also have an opportunity to visit with the teachers in their classrooms after the general meeting.  Supplies and any outstanding paperwork may be turned in that evening also.  Note:  Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. We welcome any questions or ...
  • Washington, D.C. Trip Hello Friends, The 7th and 8th grade class will be leaving early Tuesday morning for their trip to Washington, D.C.  We ask you to keep us in your prayers during the week.  We will be returning to St. Louis late Friday night.  Please be watching Facebook for photos and updates throughout the week.  Dr. McLaughlin will be in regular contact with Mrs. Craig and will not have much opportunity to check school email correspondences this week.  Any issues of an urgent nature should be sent to Mrs. Craig during this week. Thank you.
  • How Good Is Your Grain? Hello Friends, I was recently reminded of a short piece I wrote back in the mid to late 90s.  It was written for the staff at a school – not our school.  It was written at a time when the school and district I was affiliated with was undergoing some challenges.  Different time, different place, different people.  But, you know what?  Not terribly different from any other time or place or institution.  This essay is delightfully dated.  But I don’t want to change it to fit ‘modern’ times.  It was written for educators, but it applies to all.  Just replace the word ‘educator’ with nurse, truck driver, checker, dentist, whatever you do.  I hope this piece blesses your day. Please keep reading below my signature. May the Peace of Christ (way beyond what you can understand) be with you today,   Dr. McLaughlin   How Good Is Your Grain?               My uncle is a farmer south of Chester, Illinois.  He has been a farmer his whole life.  Every year at harvest time, just like all farmers everywhere, he takes his crops to the market to get the best price he can.             He lives out in the middle of nowhere, and depending on what he is selling, there are a number of routes he can take to get to where he’s going.  When he gets to the selling place, I’m sure there is a certain amount of conversation about farming and other things, but the main business of the day is to determine how good the grain is.  I doubt if he is ever ...
  • Kitchen Assistance Needed Dear Parents and Grandparents, We are in need of assistance in the kitchen for the remainder of the school year.  We began the year in good shape, but through injury and illness our kitchen helpers have experienced, we are running low on help.  If you can help us by spending two or three hours once a week/month or even just once during the remainder of the school year, that would help a lot.  If you can assist, please contact Mrs. Craig at 667-6314 and we will get you set up.  Thank you for your consideration.   Dr. McLaughlin
  • The Golden Rule and Our Responsibility as Christians The Golden Rule is truly an age-old message that bears repeating often.  It comes from the Gospel of Matthew 7:12 – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Let’s take this apart a little and get an idea of what ‘do’ actually means.  To ‘do’ something refers to an action.  And this action will often give us an idea of our status in practicing our Christian values.  In other words, it lets us know if we are behaving consistently to our profession of faith.   When considering our status, it is helpful to put ourselves in the shoes of another.  ‘What do I want the other person to think about me?’  ‘Do I feel this way about the other person?’  If these two questions do not have the same answer, then we know we are not being consistent.   In the section of the Saint Paul’s handbook entitled “Christian Responsibilities” we have some helpful reminders of our expectations in this regard.  Here is what our handbook states: It is the Christian responsibility of everyone associated with Saint Paul’s Lutheran School (students, teachers parents, staff, coaches, volunteers, etc.) to exhibit Christian behavior and attitude.  As Christians, we should: Encourage and uplift each other ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events. Set a good example ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events. Let our words and actions reflect God’s winning attitude ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events.  Win or lose, agree or disagree, ...

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