artist in residence

March 19, 2017 | Published by St. Paul School


For the fifth year, Artist in Residence, Victoria Carnate, is visiting St. Paul school for several weeks to provide a unique art experience for all of our students, preschool through elementary! St. Paul has been hosting this program off and on over the past 17 years in order to expose our students to different art mediums and artists. St. Paul has hosted other artists in the past like Miwako Bagley, a talented water color artist. 


Victoria Carnate is a mixed media artist and photographer. She has been a professional artist for 30 years and a classroom art instructor for 11 years. Her many artistic interests include clay, collage, jewelry, found object art, and multicultural art. This program is offered through Umpqua Valley Arts Association. 


This year Mrs. Carnate had the students paint oil pastel and watercolor creature monsters, credit card acrylic painting and painting with tissue paper, and clay pinch pots that the students turned into crazy creatures, which turned into lots of creativity! The older students made Picasso inspired collage and paint combination guitars, which gave the students the opportunity to talk about Picasso and how he started and his works that included painting, collage, and sculpture. The older students also talked about Louise Nevelson (an American sculptor), which led to the creation of three-dimensional designs out of cardboard and hot glue, which they then got to spray paint. 


Mrs. Carnate believes that art education is so important because there is lots of problem solving involved in art and it leads to so much creativity and individuality. She says that art is everywhere...it isn’t just a gluing project, it is something that the kids are learning about color combination, design, texture, form, and shape while adapting cultural traditions into modern curriculum.


Scroll down for pictures of students in action and some of the art projects or click here for even more pictures.  

the little blessings

March 7, 2017 | Published by St. Paul School


The Little Blessings preschool class is truly a blessing.  Watching the students now enter the 3-year-old world has been a very fun and enjoyable time.  Every journey we take is new and exciting to them.  I love hearing the students talk about our Lord as a friend who is always with us and will never leave us.  When shown the shape of a heart and asked what it is, often the answer is “Where Jesus lives!”  We have been learning how to pray by just talking to God as a friend. No problem is ever too big or small for our God. 


Our class has been learning to play together not just beside each other.  We are also learning to share and take turns with our friends.  I feel great friendships are starting to develop within our group.  It brings such joy to watch these new friendships develop. 


So far, nothing is too big of a challenge for our class.  We had a great time starting the year with the bike-a-thon.  We had so much fun singing on the UCC stage during our Christmas program.  We have even sang in front of the entire school when it was our turn to lead chapel.  We recently took part in an mannequin challenge where we froze in place next to the oldest students in the school.  We participate in every event we can with great joy and enthusiasm.  


Every day we work on our manners.  We are learning how to sit at a table in a chair properly and use basic table manners.  The students are so polite and can follow directions very well.  We also work on our shapes, letters and numbers daily. I cannot be more proud of our little class.  The connection I feel with the students and their entire families brings such joy to my heart.  The Little Blessings this year have blessed my life more than words can say.


- Grandma Dole (Patti Cook), Little Blessings Preschool Teacher

LEarning with butterflies

January 18, 2017 | Published by St. Paul School


The school year is flying by, just like the most recent learning experience in the 1st/2nd grade classroom!  This fall we studied butterflies and invited them into our classroom.  Much to the delight of the students, all 5 caterpillars emerged as butterflies a few weeks after they arrived.  We studied their life cycle, learning that each butterfly must go through four unique stages in life.  We learned about their migration and discovered that some butterflies travel thousands of miles and are tracked using tiny stickers that adhere to their wings. 


Next, we did a messy and fun art project where we explored the symmetry in their wings.  Best of all though, was having the chance to observe, up close, our tiny critters and chart their changes day by day!  The squeals and excitement were hard to contain as each butterfly emerged from its chrysalis and slowly spread out, pumping blood to the tips of each wing.  


We fed our butterflies for a few days and then released them to continue the life cycle that they were destined for.  What a beautiful reminder of 2 Corinthians 5:17 our butterflies were: “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”  We are so blessed to celebrate the new life in Christ that we have through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection.  St. Paul Lutheran truly is a great place to grow!


- Casey DeGroot, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

what's so special about music class?

December 8, 2016 | Published by St. Paul School


All of St. Paul’s elementary students are working hard to prepare for their performance of The Loaned Manger, a Wild West celebration of Jesus, at St. Paul's Christmas Program on December 15. 


Music teacher, Hayley Ziebart, who has been teaching the students the songs for the musical production, says this about teaching music to children: “Every day that I am privileged enough to guide, excite, and inspire a student to want music in their life is an honor. Coming to St. Paul is just one more of those days--outside of my studio--where I get to come 'play' and laugh and soak in all that music has to offer all of us. Whether we are dancing goofily to learn about musical articulations, playing with our rhythm sticks to learn about rhythmic patterns and sequences, or crunching our Christmas music for the upcoming program, sharing in the joy that is music is hardly work.” 


When asked why music education is important, Mrs. Ziebart said she is continually inspired by this quote of her own: “Besides being an outlet for creative potential, self expression, and individual uniqueness, music is one of the most important manifestations of our earthly heritage. Music gives us a way to communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings without even saying a word. Our desire to embrace music during life's most significant moments is purely a testimony of how powerful and profound a symbol it really is. Therefore, the ONLY thing more fulfilling than studying or performing music, is teaching it.”


Each elementary class spends time learning with Mrs. Ziebart every week because St. Paul values music education!

Sustainable Lutheran Schools Initiative

November 1, 2016 | Published by St. Paul School


St. Paul Christian School, a private school in Roseburg, Oregon, is participating in the Sustainable Lutheran Schools Initiative (SLSI), a program of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, designed to strengthen and grow Lutheran schools through the study and implementation of excellent leadership and operational practices. SLSI primarily interfaces with school principals, and through the principal, the various elements of SLSI impact all aspects of participating schools, from faculty to governing boards to pastors. 


Direct benefits of SLSI involvement include:

  • Monthly leadership coaching sessions for the school leader.
  • Two webinars each month related to leadership and school operational topics.
  • Two administrator professional development conferences (fall and spring).
  • Networking with other leaders around the Northwest, sharing resources and experience.

Northwest District schools that participate in SLSI have found it a benefit in developing stronger, more sustainable school ministries.


St. Paul's principal, Kyle Crane, has seen great benefit for St. Paul in that he is able to glean helpful information from other schools that are growing and thriving and he has the opportunity to be personally mentored by a man who was a very successful principal within the Northwest District.  St. Paul is currently one of the top growing Lutheran schools in the Northwest District.


The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (headquarters in Missouri) operates the largest, single-denomination, non-Catholic, Christian school system in the United States with over 2,000 schools currently.

bully prevention at st. paul christian school

October 7, 2016 | Published by St. Paul School


Girl Scout troop 30019 is earning their Bronze Award by partnering with Dynamic Martial Arts to bring awareness for Bully Prevention. October is Bully Prevention month. The Girl Scouts have spent 10 hours so far researching, training, and learning about bully prevention. (The gold award in girl scouts is the same as an eagle scout in boy scout.) The troop will be presenting to elementary and middle school students in the Roseburg area and they started with a presentation for the elementary students at St. Paul on Friday.  


Here are a few things the St. Paul students learned today:


Facts about bullying:

  • 85% of bullying has no adult intervention
  • 160,000 kids miss school each day due to bullying
  • Almost half of all kids have experienced bullying by middle school
  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied on a regular basis

Rules of Engagement:

  1. Avoid the fight if at all possible
  2. If physically attacked, you must defend yourself
  3. If verbally attacked, follow the T-steps (below)
  4. Never punch or kick the bully; instead, establish control and negotiate

The T-Steps:

  1. Talk: Respectfully and confidently ask the bully to stop
  2. Tell: Tell your parents, teachers, and principal about the bullying situation

Abduction Prevention:

School Safety:

  • Just because someone looks familiar doesn't mean they can be trusted
  • Never go home with any stranger that doesn't know the code word

Street Smarts:

  • NEVER get in or near a stranger's car for any reason
  • If a car pulls up near you, run the opposite direction the car is pointed
  • Never take shortcuts, stay on the beaten path
  • Never go into anyone's house without your parents' permission

House Rules:

  • Never open the front door without parent permission
  • Never answer the phone without parent permission
  • Do not give personal information to anyone on the phone

can we teach your preschooler to read?

October 2, 2016 | Published by St. Paul Barnabas House Preschool Teachers


At St. Paul’s Barnabas House Preschool, we hear parents express their desire for their children to begin reading before Kindergarten. Early reading may be possible for only a few preschoolers, aged 4 – 5 years. However, please be assured we are teaching ‘reading’ to your early learners. Parents and other caregivers can, just as importantly, teach your little ones Phonological Awareness. The only thing complicated about this is the name. It’s really all about helping your child become aware that sounds make up words (b-a-t, bat & rrr-o-ck, rock). 


Many articles and resources state that “Phonological Awareness Is Child’s Play!” The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) believes that, “for young children, developmentally appropriate phonological awareness activities are a form of play. Riddles, games, singing, and dramatization will bring on laughter, silliness, and experimentation.” (click here


The fun part is what makes learning so worthwhile to children and what we strive for at Barnabas House. For adults, knowing that phonological awareness is highly related to later success in reading and spelling can be very motivating to start ‘playing’ these early reading activities with your children. 


A good video is available online to demonstrate just how easy it is to incorporate phonological awareness into your child’s learning. The U.S. Department of Education has a detailed eight-minute video that includes practical suggestions and examples. Click here for the video.  


If you would like to hear the correct pronunciation of all the English phonemos (letter sounds), please refer to the following five-minute video. Click here for the video.  


A great way to get started is to read aloud some of the listed books that play with sounds and language. 


Books in English: 

  • Altoona Baboona, by J. Bynum. 1999. San Diego: Harcourt. 
  • Cock-a-doodle-Moo! by B. Most. 1996. San Diego, CA: Harcourt. 
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama, by A. Dewdney. 2005. New York: Viking. 
  • Tanka Tanka Skunk, by S. Webb. 2004. New York: Orchard
  • There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss. 1974. New York: Random House


Books in Spanish:

  • Mother Goose on the Rio Grande, by F. Alexander. 1997. Lincolnwood, IL: Passport
  • Los niños alfabeticos, by L. Ayala & M. Isona-Rodriguez. 1995. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge
  • Tortillitas para Mama, by M.C. Griego, B.L. Bucks, S.S. Gilbert, & L.H. Kimball. 1981. New York: Henry Holt.

At St. Paul’s Barnabas House Preschool, we love learning to read!


 - Your Barnabas House Preschool Teachers: Mrs. Arrowood, Mrs. Seal, Mrs. Castle, & Mrs. Stinson (pictured left to right)

new music instructor for St. Paul christian school

September 8, 2016  |  Published by St. Paul School  


We are very excited about an addition to our elementary teaching staff this year!  We are pleased to welcome music instructor Hayley Ziebart.  Mrs. Ziebart studied Music Education at the University of Oregon and received a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. She also has her Oregon Teaching Certificate. She was the Music/Choral director and an English and Leadership teacher at Rosemont Ridge Middle School for four years; she was also the Music/Choral director at Roseburg High School for one year. She has owned Studio Z since 2008, where she teaches voice, piano, and beginning guitar lessons. 


Mrs. Ziebart's passion is to instill the love of learning and love for music into every student she is gifted the opportunity to do so with!


Do you know anyone interested in a private, Christian school or preschool in Roseburg?  We still have a few spots available!  Call our school office for more information: 541-673-7212.