Updates during COVID-19

2020-2021 RE-ENTRY PLAN FOR ST. PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL – Click here to view


Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools Plan for School Re-Entry for the 2020-2021 school year – cLICK hERE TO VIEW

School Office Available for Phone Calls:  Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

School Office Available for Visitors:  Mon, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm; Fri, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Panther Morning Prayer – May 21, 2020


Dear St. Paul Panther family,

Special thanks to all who contributed pictures of your children holding candles for a special St. Paul School video. That video is now ready, and I am so excited to share it with you! It can be accessed through this link:

Also, this is the last panther prayer of the 2019-2020 school year. I will be in touch this summer, and I will see you all in August!
In Christ’s Peace,
Sister Mary Lawrence Wright, O.P.

Querida familia de St. Paul Panther,

Un agradecimiento especial a todos los que contribuyeron con fotos de sus hijos sosteniendo velas para un video especial de la Escuela San Pablo. ¡Ese video ya está listo, y estoy muy emocionada de compartirlo con ustedes!

Además, esta es la última oración de pantera del año escolar 2019-2020. ¡Estaré en contacto este verano y los veré a todos en agosto!

En la paz de Cristo

Hermana Mary Lawrence Wright, O.P.


Wednesday, May  6th from Sr. Mary Lawrence, O.P. (Principal) for all St. Paul Catholic School Parents

Dear St. Paul Panther Family,

Please read the attached letter to school parents concerning the Transition Advisory Committee geared toward helping schools prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. I think it’s important for you to be aware of the efforts being made for next school year as we move through COVID-19. GOD BLESS YOU!

Lea la carta adjunta a los padres de la escuela sobre el Comité Asesor de Transición orientado a ayudar a las escuelas a prepararse para el año escolar 2020-2021. Creo que es importante que esté al tanto de los esfuerzos que se realizarán para el próximo año escolar a medida que avanzamos en COVID-19. ¡DIOS TE BENDIGA!

In Christ,

Sister Mary Lawrence Wright, O.P.



Please see the Superintendent’s full message below:

Letter from Superintendent 5.6.20

Carta de Superintendente – 5.6.20


Home Learning Expectations Update from Sr. Mary Lawrence, O.P. to all St. Paul Catholic School Parents 

Dear St. Paul Panther Families,

I can hardly believe how the course of events have progressed since Spring Break. When I travelled to Nashville on March 4th for an Administrator’s Workshop, I had no idea how much our lives would change as COVID-19 spread across the United States. Until the week of March 23rd, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was not recommending the closing of schools, and so I was hopeful that we could return to St. Paul Catholic School sooner rather than later, but how things have changed! I miss seeing you, your children, the teachers and entire staff. Although we are united in this common struggle, I know that feelings of isolation, frustration, and anxiety will be difficult for all of us. Let us remain united in our common efforts to provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and academic needs of your children. Let us continue to live out this year’s school theme: “Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). Now more than ever we must bring the light of Christ into the fears and anxieties that plague our country, our state, our school community, our homes. Let us pray for one another!

On Friday, March 27th, you received a letter from Janet Donato, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, officially stating that Catholic School buildings will remain closed through Friday, April 24th, and that the Memphis Catholic Schools are committed to educating students through Home Learning.  Since Mrs. Donato’s letter was sent to you, President Trump has extended federal social distancing guidelines to April 30th , and I will let you know as soon as I hear a response from the Diocese to this new guideline.

The turn-in date for completed assignments/pick-up date for the next educational packet will be Wednesday, April 8th.  In order to adhere to the social distancing practices during this time, we are going to have 3 pick-up times on Wednesday, April 8th: 7:00-8:30 a.m.; 11:00-1:00 p.m.; 3:00-4:30 p.m.  We are asking that you make two car lines in front of the cafeteria doors, and we will bring your student(s) packet to you. Please do not park and/or leave your car as we are trying to comply with the CDC (Center for Disease Control) on social distancing.  If you would like to pay tuition, please drive to the School Office area, and someone will come to your vehicle to receive payments via cash, check, or credit card. You will receive a receipt at that time.

SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION.  I want to give you an update on the new Home Learning Program at St. Paul Catholic School.  Although we have begun the process of Home Learning using both educational packets and Google for Education, we continue to explore all that Google for Education has to offer in our efforts to integrate online learning strategies. SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION.  This week the St. Paul School Grade Level Team Leaders, Mrs. Pyrdom, Mrs. Thomas, and Ms. Alonso met via “Google-Meet” with the teachers in their teams to discuss and implement grade-level appropriate Home Learning Models as time goes on.  SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION.  We are committed to meeting the needs of each child to the best of our abilities during this Home Learning time period. It will take all of us–teachers, students, parents, office staff, and administration—to make this happen. SCHOOL IS STILL IN SESSION.  Each of us have a part to play, and I would like to address the various roles and expectations now.

For Teachers:

  • Teachers are facilitating learning through Google for Education.
  • Teachers are expected to be available to students and families Monday—Friday from 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
  • Teachers are expected to respond promptly to emails and requests for “Google Meet.”
  • Teachers are expected to submit Home Learning Lesson Plans to the Administration each week.
  • Because Mondays of each week will be the pick-up/drop-off day for student assignments, teachers are encouraging students to spend Mondays of each week reading, practicing skills, and catching up on work not able to completed during the previous week. Teachers will still be available from 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. for questions.
  • Teachers are expected to assess students based on the completion of learning packets and the student engagement in lessons which will be made available on Google for Education.
  • Diocesan curriculum standards will continue to guide instruction and student learning. Administrators will verify that curriculum standards are being followed during the delivery of instruction.
  • When posting assignments, teachers should include all necessary links so that students do not need to search for documents, websites, etc., that are listed by the teacher.
  • Teachers will post weekly schedules, assignments, projects and assessments according to the school’s approved Home Learning Plan.
  • All learning should be accomplished by the students. Parents are not teachers and should not be expected to deliver instruction. Teachers may use videos, slides, websites, etc., in order to teach a concept and follow it with independent work. Students should be able to independently carry out all of the posted activities.
  • Teachers within the same grade level or subject area within the school will collaborate with one another for consistency. It is important not to overload our students with too many assignments and activities.
  • As learning continues, assessments should be planned. Assessments should be clearly communicated as to what they are: classwork, quiz, project, etc. so that students have a clear understanding of expectations.
  • Teachers will track the progress of their students and offer feedback for all completed assignments.
  • Teachers will communicate weekly with an update for each parent of the students they serve. Primary teachers (grades PK-2) are encouraged to occasionally record a message for their students. A positive message from the teacher will go a long way in addressing fears or emotional insecurity of these younger students.


For Students:

  • Students are expected to always do their best.
  • Students will communicate with their teacher if they are unable to do their work because they do not understand.
  • Academic honesty rules apply just as they would in the school setting.


For Parents:

  • Parents will report to the school if their children are ill or otherwise unable to participate in the Home Learning Plan.
  • Parents will provide a study area for their children free from as many distractions as possible.
  • Parents will communicate with their children’s teachers or the school administrator if they have any questions or concerns.
  • Parents should refrain from doing any assigned work for their children; teachers need to know what skills students have mastered in order to proceed with the highest-quality instruction.
  • Parents will drop off assignments and pick up new educational packets each Monday of the Home Learning Program (beginning Monday, April 20th). Teachers are encouraging students to spend each Monday reading, practicing skills, and catching up on work not able to completed during the previous week. Teachers will still be available from 9am-2pm for questions.
  • For St. Paul Catholic School to remain financially stable and viable this year, and into the future, it is vital that families honor their tuition contracts and payments for the rest of this school year. We are providing your children with an exceptional education and we must meet our own expenses. Right now, St. Paul Catholic School records are showing some delinquent tuition, and if this number continues to rise, it will cause difficulty. Thank you for continuing to pay tuition during this difficult time. If you have temporarily lost your income due to this crisis, please contact the St. Paul School Business Office to make arrangements to set up a payment plan to start once you return to work.


For Administrators and Office Staff:

  • Father Kenny (Pastor), Sister Mary Lawrence (Principal), Mrs. Pyrdom (Assistant Principal), Deacon Ted Schreck (Development Director), Ms. Davis (Business Manager), and the Ms. Krissna (School Secretary) meet regularly to collaborate on best practices for Distance/Home Learning, communication, and financial management amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Sister Mary Lawrence facilitates weekly faculty meetings via “Google Meet,” touching base with teachers and continuing to implement the Home Learning Program.
  • Administrators and Office Staff remain available to teachers, faculty members, parents and families through email and phone calls. You can reach the School Office by calling: 901-346-0862. If you receive a call with the number: 901-246-6070, this is from the School Office. The School Office will continue to be open to visitors on Mondays from 11:00am-1:00pm and on Fridays from 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Father Kenny, Sister Mary Lawrence, and Deacon Ted Schreck are reaching out to all stakeholders of St. Paul Catholic School (via phone calls and social media) as we continue to seek additional funding for school operations.
  • Continue to follow the guidance of the Diocese, CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and all authorities who are charged with guiding leaders during COVID-19.
  • Continue to communicate regularly via email, Facebook, and the new St. Paul School Website: http://www.stpaulschoolmemphis.com/


Other School Updates:

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website is an incredible resource for families and for schools—click here for the latest CDC recommendations for children:
  • Due to the COVID-19 crisis, there have been delays with both Krispy Kreme certificates and Jimmy Alford School Pictures. Krispy Kreme will let us know when the certificates are ready, and Jimmy Alford will let us know when the School Pictures are ready. Thank you for your patience, and THANK YOU for selling 838 Krispy Kreme certificates, which raised $3,771.00 for SPCS!!!

I will continue to email you links to “Panther Prayer” each morning for your children so that they can begin the school day with prayer. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Be assured of my continued prayers for each of you, and God bless you!


Sister Mary Lawrence Wright, O.P.


“Walk as children of light.”

~Ephesians 5:8