Welcome Back to School for the 2019-2020 School Year

St Paul is a place where students succeed at high levels and where families are involved. It is a place where we nurture our children and provide a safe learning environment. We try our best each day to provide a perfect setting for children to grow and bloom. Thank you for sharing your children; they are truly a gift to us. We are committed to making every year an exceptional experience for all students. Our teachers work together tirelessly in order to impact their practice in ways that will lead to better results for student learning. Our goal is for teachers to engage in collective inquiry to identify essential student learning, create lesson plans, develop assessments, analyze scores, and set achievement goals. Our focus is to ensure that our students receive the best instruction from an action oriented team of teachers.

Your child’s elementary school years are a special time in his or her life. During this time children undergo important developmental changes. It is also a time when children become more autonomous and they transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” It is my belief that parents are the first teachers of their children and you play a central role in your child’s education. I invite you to participate in open, honest and continuous communication with your child’s teachers to ensure a successful home-school partnership. I encourage you to tell our teachers about your child’s needs throughout the year so that he or she has “THE BEST” educational experience possible.

There are several ways to keep “In the Know.” For the latest announcements please make sure you check the school website on a regular basis. Please take time to read our newsletter.

As principal, it is important for me that my staff, parents, and students become partners in this journey that we have embarked upon. It is essential that all of us come to school every day happy and ready to give it our best. A positive attitude will enable us to become problem solvers in a fun nurturing environment.

The passion and dedication of our PTC has continually impacted our school. Our PTC is an amazing group of people who commit to focus their time, talents, energies and resources for our children’s education and welfare. Our PTC sponsors many activities that support our school and I encourage you to get involved.

We have some staff changes this year, Rachel Zakaria has joined our team and will take over our music department responsibilities, please join me in welcoming Rachel! Cam Tharp will take over the elementary PE position, Cam has been with the district for 10 years and I am excited to welcome him into his new role.

The first day of school is September 3rd and our doors open at 7:45, I look forward to greeting students and parents on that day.

Thank you in advance for supporting your child’s success at school in the classroom. If I can ever be of assistance, please email or call me. It would be my honor to chat with you.


Joe Wehrli
Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Joe Wehrli