This past Sunday, thanks to the planning and organizing by Sister Marian Rose and Ms. Janice Vela (our Interim Development Director), we celebrated the St. Peter’s Alumni Memorial Mass, where we celebrated all the wonderful work the alumni have done. Many have returned to St. Peter’s to volunteer their time or their finances. In particular, we recognized the generous contributions of the Lagger family, the Pineda Family, and Mary O’Rourke—all of whom have deep connections with St. Peter’s and continue to help and pray for the students of St. Peter’s. They are examples for us and for our students of living out the mission of Mercy and our KEYS and core values to grow, accomplish, love, serve, and unite.
This week, we also honor our veterans. They have given their lives and their lifetimes to serving our country at home and abroad, so that people may enjoy their freedom. Here at school, we recognize our very own Mr. Frank Gonzalez, an army veteran, and all of your loved ones who are veterans as well. Although our country and the world have a long way to go so that all are treated with equal respect and freedoms, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the struggle and commitment of our veterans!
--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez
APPOINTMENTS WITH TEACHERS
Thank you, parents, for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Besides Parent-Teacher Conferences, feel free to make additional appointments with teachers when you have a question or concern. Please avoid last-minute morning meeting with teachers, as teachers use this morning time to prepare their materials for the day so that they can best meet your child’s needs. If you would like a morning meeting, notify the teacher ahead of time by email or by calling the office a day in advance. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.
Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped the past few weeks with Halloween and Alumni Mass and Reception preparations. Your time and donations are valuable! We especially thank alumni parents Karina King, Rosana Nava Robinson, and Diana Gallardo in the planning and preparation of Alumni Mass and Reception this past weekend.
We depend on parent volunteer support throughout the school year! If you would like to help plan future events and fundraisers, or would like to join one of our parent groups, please contact Mrs. Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your name and number at the office.
SWEATS ON THURSDAY
Since there is no school on Friday, and there is no special mass celebration this Thursday, students may wear the gray athletic sweats for this Thursday, November 9.
IN THE CLASSROOM
KINDER - Parents, it was a pleasure meeting with you last week and sharing your child's hard work in class. I really appreciate it. Thank you! Our faith focus this week is that God tells us about his love for us in the Bible. We will demonstrate ways to learn to live as children of God. Also, we are continuing to work on identifying and pronouncing the beginning, middle, and ending sound in words. In math, we are still working on addition.
1A - In first grade we are reading and talking about buildings and what they are made of. In math we are beginning to work with fact families. In religion we are continuing to discuss Baptism and how we are welcomed into our parish. In science we are experimenting with how air moves objects by constructing rockets. In social studies we are continuing to learn about the continents and oceans.
2A - We will be learning about forces of gravity; counting backwards with 1, 10 and 100; telling time; defining what service to others is and how to show this; learning about saints Martin de Porres and Sister Cabrini; investigating puddles in science (weather permitting).
3A – This week in English class, we are writing letters to wounded and ill soldiers at the Veteran's hospital. In Religion class, we are continuing to practice our church responses. Finally, in Math. class, we will begin our unit on addition with regrouping using 1's, 10's, 100's, and 1000's place numbers. All of these lessons and units will encourage accomplishment which is one of our school-wide KEYS.
4A - I want to thank 4A parents for meeting with me last week for Parent-Teacher conferences. This week 4A will learn about the Ten Commandments, subtract 3-digit whole numbers and money amounts while regrouping twice, and understand story characters' behavior and relationships.
5A - This week, 5th grade will finish reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and analyze the plot structure of the story. We're reviewing problem solving strategies and all of Math Unit 1 in preparation for this week's big test as well.
6A Religion – Students will be reflecting on their class retreat and continuing to talk about the Mercy Promise that they made on November 3rd. Language Arts – 6th Graders are now working on the revising and editing stage of their short stories. We will also begin reading our first novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and begin with research into the historical context of life in the depression-era South for African Americans. Math – 6th graders are being introduced to the wonderful world of absolute values, negative integers, exponents and order of operations. Social Studies – 6th graders are continuing their Ancient Egypt Unit. Science – Students will be learning about isobars and continuing to discuss air pressure's impact on weather formation this week.
7A/7B Language Arts - Students will wrap up their novel study on Walk Two Moons with their Unit Test this week. They will participate in a review game, Jeopardy, to complete the test successfully. Students will continue their introduction to Drama with review of specific terms, dramatic opposites, and the element of acting with improv games! Math – 7th graders are learning that equations are just equivalent expressions, and will be working on simplifying one and two step equations and finding the story of the variables. Social Studies – 7th graders watch the movie Unbroken to reflect on the sacrifices made by Veterans as we prepare for Veterans Day. Science - Students are continuing their exploration as to how cells replicate: mitosis!
8A Religion – 8th Graders are learning about major events in the history of the Catholic Church that impacted the Church as we know it today. Language Arts - Students have successfully completed their Mockingbird Debate! They will continue to work, individually, on their Woodworking Project, due on Friday, November 17. Students are also continuing to prepare for their High School Entrance exams with lessons centered on vocabulary and grammar. Math - 8th graders are jumping into equations, and the story behind them. Social Studies – 8th graders will watch the movie Unbroken to reflect on the sacrifices made by Veterans as we prepare for Veterans Day. Science - Students are continuing their exploration about compounds and prepare to move into a study of how compounds react with each other.
Nov. 6-17 STAR Testing Window
Nov. 10 No School—Veterans Day holiday
Nov. 14 8:15 AM School Mass
Nov. 14 7th Grade field trip to Riordan to watch
Nov. 16 3rd grade field trip to Marian Oaks
Nov. 17 LifeTouch Pictures Re-takes and Make-ups
Nov. 19 9:30 AM Sunday Family Mass