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Nativity of Our Lord School is a community of parents, teachers, staff, and parishioners committed to helping each student grow into the person God has called them to be through faith, academics, and character development.
Good Morning Nativity Families,
We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and found ways to stay warm.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17, we enter the season of Lent. Our fifth-eighth grade students will attend Mass virtually and will receive ashes. We will hold a prayer service and distribute ashes to our younger students. We are reminded that Lent is the time given by the Church to help us remember that our primary purpose on earth is to serve and glorify God.  The ashes of Lent remind us that we are here preparing for everlasting life.  We are reminded that all our actions should direct us to heaven.   We pray that during Lent we find the courage to change our hearts and to do our very best to fulfill our Lenten promises. 
This week at school, we are launching our initiative To See, Acknowledge and Honor the Superheroes who inspire us by their contributions to making our world a better place. We will spend time the rest of this school year focusing on celebrating black heroes in the content areas, including saints, scientists, artists, leaders, authors, teachers, etc.
Today is our first Spotlight on a Super Hero. This week, we are honoring NASA scientist, Katherine Johnson.  Katherine was one of the 1st African American women to work as a scientist at NASA.  She calculated trajectories, launch windows, and emergency landing paths for space flights including the flights of the 1st American in space, the 1st American in orbit, and the 1st flight to the moon. 
Katherine loved math from a young age and counted everything she saw.  She graduated from high school at the age of 14 and then college at 18.  Katherine became a teacher and then was hired at NASA.  During her more than 30 years at NASA, Katherine had to face both race and gender barriers but was determined to follow her dreams.
Katherine was a hidden hero while working at NASA but was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NASA Group Achievement Award, and the Congressional Gold Medal for her achievements in Science and for her fight for Civil Rights.
Katherine believed that “you learn if you want to learn, so you’ve got to want to learn.”  When she was 14 and told that she was moving to Virginia during a tough time in history for black women and men, she bravely responded, “Well, tell them I’m coming.”
Today we thank Katherine Johnson for being a hero through her fight for racial and gender equality in Science and for paving the way for others to follow their dreams.
  • Ways to Reduce Your Tuition:
    We recognize that the cost of Catholic education continues to grow and can be, for some, a source of great concern. Some families are torn between their desire to offer their children a Catholic education and the potential strain it may place on their household income. Many families make tremendous financial sacrifices to send their children to Nativity School. They make this sacrifice because they desire to work with the school in helping their children grow in God’s love and gain a deeper understanding of the teachings, traditions, and rituals of our Catholic faith.  Please click here for the email sent out to families in January for more scholarship information and important dates. As a reminder, the deadline to apply for the Aim Higher scholarship is this Saturday, February 20th. 


  • February - March Playground Volunteers Needed:
    Thank you to the parents that have signed up to help supervise our playground the last few weeks! It's been working well, and we have another call for volunteers to help us supervise recess on the playground each day.  We invite you to come see the JOY that your children bring to Nativity each day.  If interested, please click this link below and sign up to help starting next week. 
    https://nativitystpaul-ourhub.secure.force.com/HUBVolunteers/

  • February Lunch Menu Change:
    Due to Ash Wednesday and the first Friday of Lent, we will be making a menu change for this Wednesday, February 17 and this Friday, February 19th.  On Ash Wednesday, February 17, the BLT sub will be replaced with a blueberry muffin square and yogurt parfait. On this Friday, February 19 - the Turkey sub will be replaced with a cinnamon roll and yogurt parfait. Please click here to view the updated menu.

  • Update on Spring Conferences - Moved to March 2nd & March 4th:
    Emails for signing up for conferences will be coming out later this week. At Spring Conferences, teachers may request a conference with parents or parents may request a conference to see a teacher. All kindergarten parents will meet with their child's teacher. If a conference has been requested for your child, an email will be sent out by the classroom teacher tomorrow to indicate this request. If you have any questions about conferences, please contact your child's classroom teacher.

  • Update on Spring Break...Holy Week: March 29-April 5:
    We have made the decision to hold four days of distance learning beginning Tuesday, April 6th through Friday, April 9th as a post spring break pseudo quarantine.  This will allow families to celebrate Easter without the worry about a return to school right away.  We are asking all families who are considering travel over the break to please return home by Easter Sunday so that the seven-day window would be met allowing all of our in-person learners to return to school on Monday, April 12th. We will ask any families who plan to travel over the break to be tested five days after returning home.  The students with a confirmed negative test will then be able to return to school on Monday, April 12th.


  • Quarantine Guidelines for Travel Out of State:
    We want to clarify the requirements for quarantining after travel. If families are traveling out of state, students will be required to quarantine for 7 days upon return to school and provide a negative Covid test result (testing to be completed on day 5-7 after return). If the student has tested negative, the child will be able to return to school on day 8. If families are traveling internationally (including the Caribbean and Mexico), the quarantine period shifts to 10-14 days, with a return to school on day 11 or 15.


  • Nativity Early Learning Center Summer Camps:
    Please click here for information about the summer camps offered by the Nativity Early Learning 
    Center.


  • Men's Club Fish Fry:
    Green Mill + Nativity Men's Club = Take-Out Fish Fry! Green Mill (at Hamline & Grand) and the Nativity of Our Lord Men's Club are pleased to bring you a take-out Fish Fry on two Fridays this lenten season, on February 26 and March 19.

    For just $11/box (including taxes and fees), you get two pieces of delicious battered cod, golden fries, and classic coleslaw! 

    To place your order please click here by Thursday, February 25 or Thursday, March 18 at 5:00 P.M., and let us know the number of take-out boxes and your preferred pick-up time: 4:00 P.M., 4:30 P.M., 5:00 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 6:00 P.M., 6:30 P.M., and 7:00 P.M.

    Note: There is a limit of 50 boxes per pick-up time. Pick-up times are on a first-come, first-served basis, so we thank you in advance for your flexibility. 

Catholic Services Appeal:
Together in Hope: The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation partners with fellow local Catholics to share Christ’s love with neighbors in need through ministries that serve the poor, support life and strengthen the faith.
Your gift brings hope by helping provide: Thousands with life-giving care via hospital chaplains; 12,000 people/week with fresh groceries and hygiene items; 1,200 hot meals monthly; 635 people with housing/emergency shelter each month; 33,000 young people with faith-filled outreach;
1,300 women and families with pro-life support; 28,000 Catholic school students with in-person learning; Over 50 seminarians studying to be future priests of our Archdiocese with tuition assistance, room, and board.

Click here form more information to donate or visit www.GiveCSAF.org to donate today (and be sure to choose Nativity-St. Paul)!

FEBRUARY and MARCH Look Ahead:
Wednesday, February 17th
  • Ash Wednesday
Thursday, February 18th
  • PreK-5th grade - Celebrating 100+ days of learning! Dress as 100-year-olds!
  • Middle School - out-of-uniform day
Thursday, February 25th
  • Pajama Day for all!
Friday, February 26
  • All School BINGO
  • Green Mill Fish Fry through the Nativity Men's Club
Friday, March 5
  • End of Trimester 2
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