Calling All Reporters and Editors!

Are you a StJP student in fourth,fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade? Do you like to write? Do you want to share the news about StJP with our community? The Daily Protector needs your ideas and writing skills!

Last year, our team of students grades four and up posted over forty articles in a variety of styles from school news, local news, continuous stories, and our newest feature, “Creative Classrooms.” Watch this space for information about our newspaper staff meetings. We meet at lunchtime from 12:20-1:00. (Day and place will be announced when the school year begins.) Staff members bring their lunches, so we can eat, meet, and plan. 

Ideas or questions? Email us at

StJP Class of 2016 Mural

(Photo courtesy of Mrs. Terry Heinz)

Joining the work of the class of 2014 and 2015 is the new mural created by our current eighth grade. This recent StJP tradition features the design work of the students, challenging them to create a mural that reflects the individuality of the class. Once the design is selected (voted on by the class), the students create the work and add their signatures.

This piece graces the hallway just outside the Science lab on the bottom floor of the upper building. Congratulations to the eighth grade and Mrs. Heinz for their beautiful work!

Lessons from D.A.R.E.

-Sara S., grade 5

D.A.R.E has taught me so much in the past ten weeks. I know that tricky and very risky situations may occur at any time in my life. I could be asked if I wanted to eat or drink something that is illegal for me because I am underage. If I give in to the peer pressure I could get seriously hurt or sick . D.A.R.E has also taught me how stress can get very overwhelming for everyone, and how to communicate this effectively. I know that some choices are hard to make, and sometimes we don’t make the right ones. We have responsibility for these actions, and we need to know how much this could hurt us.

StJP fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Thursday, May 26 at Saint Basil Academy

StJP fifth graders celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Thursday, May 26 at Saint Basil Academy

I have learned numerous facts about smoking and drugs in general. Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause lung cancer, mouth cancer, tooth loss, and other health problems. For example, chewing tobacco reduces the amount of blood that flows to the brain, which could hurt you physically and mentally. Without the right amount of bloodflow to your brain long term damage could occur. There is more than two hundred known chemicals in cigarettes, which could hurt anyone that uses or has used these harmful drugs.

D.A.R.E has also taught me resistance strategies for smoking, for example: avoiding the situation–staying away from any places that you know have drug users, and strength in numbers–hanging out with nonusers especially where drugs are expected. Walking away is another example. If someone asks you to smoke say no and walk away. Saying no while giving a reason or excuse is another strategy–giving an excuse or good reason to not use drugs, and changing the subject– changing the subject without giving into the drugs. During D.A.R.E we use a method called “FLIP THE FLAP!” Which means we use the D.A.R.E. decision making model: Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate, we use this method a lot to figure out our “What Should They Do?”section of our D.A.R.E.manual, which asked us questions about what someone should do in a hard situation.

The next thing we all learned about was bullying. Now, we had learned about this in the past at my school, so I knew a lot about this topic. I learned the five W’s of reporting bullying: Who, What, When, Where and Why.  These are all very important for the steps of reporting bullying and now I know them all–Who: tell a trusted adult,then who the bully was and most importantly, did it happen to YOU?, What: what kind of bullying, (be very specific!), When: the time of the bullying, and if it was recent and constant, Where: where you tell someone can be very important and this could also change what there is to tell, and Why: so this bullying can stop and so no one else can go through what you had to go through.

I have learned about a lot of other words and definitions like the My Help Network: a person or a group of people you can call on for advice, and that there is also a difference between tattling and telling. Telling is providing information to a trusted adult to help someone or keep them safe, while tattling is when you want to get someone in trouble for a harmless behavior. I can use this information to help me in the future by know what’s right for me to have and what is not. An example would be if someone told me “Hey Sara if you don’t take this I’m gonna punch you in the face!” I would know how to handle it.

In conclusion D.A.R.E has showed me so much and taught what and what not to do. I know that life can be tough, and we could be asked or pushed into something that we don’t want to do or that is illegal. My D.A.R.E officer has taught me and my fellow students so much and so well. I have learned about so much about drugs, smoking, tobacco and a lot more! I loved the experience of D.A.R.E and wish I could do it again!

Art Tips: Happy Mistakes


Artist Mary Kate’s charcoal study, using no eraser!

-Mary Kate M., Grade 7

When drawing you will always make a mistake. However some times your mistakes may work in your favor.

In the Art Workshop  program, erasers are rarely used. Teacher, Mrs. Cipolla, believes that some times mistakes can lead to happy mistakes. A little mistake can be turned around to fit the drawing. Not using erasers shows her students how to take a mistake and use it to fit the drawing.

Turns out almost all of her students have come across at least one happy mistake while in the program, and have learned how to turn a little accident around to make their work better.


Creative Classroom: Bio Poem

-Grace M., grade 7 wrote a poem about herself in a format called a bio poem.


Friendly, nice, kind

Daughter of Christine and Matthew

Who loves hanging with friends, enjoys reading good books, and likes summer vacation

Who appreciates weeks at the beach with family, adores playing field hockey, and goes to Mass every Sunday

Who fears big, crawly bugs, is scared during thunderstorms, and is frightened of the world ending

Who competed in and won the field hockey CYO championship game with her team, studies hard and gets good grades, and danced in a Walt Disney World parade.

Who wants to visit Disney World with her dance studio again, experience the excitement of dancing on stage, and wants to see the world at peace

Born and living in Glenside


Creative Classrooms: Bridge to Terabithia

The sixth grade has recently done a compare and contrast essay of Bridge to Terabithia, the book and the movie .

-Ryan P., grade 6

Is sinking into a comfy chair with a good book your idea of fun, or cozying up and watching the movie unfold before your eyes? Either way, you will not be disappointed.  Bridge to Terabithia is a story that unfolds about an unbreakable friendship.  Although the book was interesting, the movie had many unexpected tweaks that leave you on the edge of your seat.  The three topics  I will be comparing are Jess, Leslie, and Terabithia. You will see how these three topics make you want to be a character in the story of Bridge to Terabithia.

First, let’s get acquainted with Jess, one of the main characters. The first difference you will see is that Jess has blond hair in the book, but brown hair in the movie. Secondly, Jess receives the same presents;  in the book he receives them at Christmas and in the movie for his birthday. Thirdly, in the book, a teacher almost walks in while Jess is putting a love letter from “Willard Hues” in Janice’s desk. While in the movie, it was a janitor who appears to walk into the classroom. Another difference was May Belle planting purple flowers in the greenhouse during the movie, but no mention of the greenhouse was in the book.  Finally, Jess was scared of Terabithia and thought that he was the reason for Leslie’s death.

So many things could be said about Leslie, the second most important character in the story.  Leslie played an important role in the plot of the story especially by being Jess’ best friend. Leslie meets up with Jess at his house in the book, but the movie shows them meeting for the first time at school.  One big difference I noticed, was that Leslie has quite the imagination in the movie as opposed to the book. Also, Leslie has a dog that is a troll hunter instead of a court jester.  As far as Leslie’s appearance, in the book she has brown hair and in the movie her hair is blond. Unfortunately, Leslie tragically dies by drowning in the book and movie, which absolutely destroys her best friend. Leslie also comes up with the name for Terabithia. Lastly, Leslie is a strong willed person who is not afraid to stand up to anyone or anything, including the school bully Janice Avery.

Terabithia, the magical, imaginary kingdom that was invented by the main characters Jess and Leslie.  Magical creatures in the movie ranged from ogres to giants while the book had no magical creatures. Entering Terabithia was done by swinging on an enchanted rope, both in the book and movie. Jess and Leslie did a lot of exploring in the book but fought off magical creatures near their hideout in the movie. Jess is the king and Leslie is the queen. While in the movie, Jess and Leslie come upon an abandoned fort already made, they need to create a fort in the book. Lastly, the book and movie both show the importance of love and grief and how it can happen to anyone at any time and place.

Bridge to Terabithia has many similarities and differences when it comes to the book and movie. However, the underlying theme of both the book and movie were to express the strong friendship that was formed between Jess and Leslie. In doing so, the rope and the bridge connected the imagination of two kids in fifth grade, who were not old enough to deal with adult issues. However, they somehow managed to deal with joy, grief and conquering their fears. With this being said, Jess was able to honor his friendship and deal with his fears and the loss of his best friend.                                          

Archdiocesan Festival Chorus: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

-Sara S.,  grade 5

I have preformed at concerts before, but never like this one. When I was picked for the Archdiocesan Festival chorus, I discovered that the performance would be held  at the Kimmel Center.

When we arrived at the Kimmel on March 22nd,  I could barely believe it. Verizon Hall was so big! My mom dropped me off in the room that  I was supposed to be in, and I waited with my friends until they told us to get in our lines. I was not the only StJP singer there. Sarola M. and Aryana D sang along with me, and  there was also many musicians from our school including Shavon L.,  Jennifer M., Eamon .F and many more.

We walked through the long hallways and up a lot of stairs until we made it up. We entered our seats, and I could slowly watch more and more people piling into the empty seats. As I glanced around I could see my parents, and my sister who was waving at me frantically.

The lights went down. Everyone was nervous–you could tell by all the chatter–and the music teachers hushed us, explaining that the microphones were on. Then it happened, we started! The two readers walked on stage, said the blessing, and told the crowd that we were about to sing the National Anthem. My hands started to sweat, as I heard the band warming up. When it was our turn , my stomach was in knots as I sang. After the National Anthem, the special needs children sang their songs, the the band played their tunes , and it was our turn. As the readers started talking about the songs we were going to be singing, I got that sweaty feeling, like my head was going to blow up.

Our conductor came onto the stage, and  I opened my mouth and sung. The crowd gave us a  big round of applause, and after we took two bows, we sang our last song, “We Are One.” Following our performance, the other chorus and band groups played and sung their songs  and the strings performed.

Finally, the finale came, and we were ready to sing “I Hear America Singing.” Then, it was time to go. I found my parents and jumped in my car. I was kind of upset that it was over, but at the same time, I was also relieved. After being in the car for two minutes, I fell asleep.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of night!


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