I share this prayer (written by Christine Sine) with you all:
The coming of our Lord is near,
And we wait in joyful expectation.
Draw close, Lord Jesus Christ,
Shed your light on all that is filled with darkness.
The coming of our Lord is near,
And we wait with hope filled hearts.
Draw close, God’s beloved son,
Teach us the wonder of your all-embracing love. AMEN.
During this Advent, I keep the entire St. Peter’s School family in my prayers--I am grateful to be a part of this loving community. I pray that everyone has a safe and relaxing winter break. Have a joyous Christmas and a happy new year! See you in 2018!
--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez
7th GRADE CARITAS CAMP
Next Spring, our 7th graders will be attending Caritas Creek Environmental Education Program and retreat at CYO camp. To help these students raise funds for their trip, visit their GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/send-mission-kids-to-env-camp) and make a donation, or submit a cash or check donation at the school office. Any amount would help, and please share the GoFundMe page with your family and friends!
HOLIDAY CHEER GEAR
Student Council wants you to spread Christmas cheer with your best holiday gear! On Thursday, December 14, get in the spirit and come dressed in: Red and/or Green, Santa Hats, or Christmas sweaters! (If you choose not to participate, come to school in your uniform.)
BVCC AND COMPUTER LAB ON DEC. 15
Friday, December 15 is a 12:30 dismissal day. BVCC After School Program will be open from 12:30 – 6:00 PM. However, the Computer lab will NOT be open on that day.
We depend on parent volunteer support throughout the school year! Some upcoming events include our FAMILY DANCE and CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK FAMILY MASS RECEPTION. 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.
DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!
Homeroom teachers identify Students of the Month at the end of each month. We celebrate these students because they have exemplified living the St. Peter’s KEYS:
Knowledge feeds GROWTH.
Every ACCOMPLISHMENT needs courage.
You are LOVE.
Kinder - Our student of the month is Aaron Mendoza. Aaron is kind, patient and is always ready to learn. He strives to do his best in all areas and takes feedback positively. He is respectful to others and is committed to follow St. Peter's key values. For all these reasons, It's a pleasure to announce Aaron as our student of the month for December.
1A - Antonio Robelo Hernandez is a very kind student who is always looking out for his peers and is always offering to share whatever he has with those around him. He is an extremely hard worker and never shies away from a challenge. Because he always tries his best, he has learnt and grown so much so far this year. For these reasons, I am happy to announce that Antonio is first grade's student of the month!
2A - Annarelly Contreras is the 2nd grade Student of the Month. Annarelly is always listening, watching, and paying attention. She works diligently and tries her best in every subject.
3A – Jaykob Offril is the December Student of the Month. Jaykob is a very focused 3rd grader who is neat, efficient and timely. He is the first to volunteer as a teacher helper and does any chore or job completely. He is a good friend to his classmates and shows LOVE to all of us. He is a unifying force so UNITY is very important to Jaykob.
4A - The 4A Student of the Month is Jayden Grajeda. Jayden has been a shining of example of a student who lives out our KEYS. He is excelling in class and is always kind and respectful.
5A – Guadalupe Gonzalez-Cabrera puts in a full effort on everything she does. She lives out the St. Peter's KEYS constantly, asking questions and working hard to grow and accomplish new skills. Guadalupe is also always compassionate to her classmates and eager to serve others.
6A - Carlos Hernandez is our student of the month. This is Carlos' first year at St Peter's but he has been ready to meet the expectations of Middle School since the first day of the year. He is always prepared for the school day, ready to participate, and offering to support his peers. Carlos has brought much kindness and joy into the 6A classroom and we are happy to have him as a member of our classroom community!
7A - Rony Umana has accomplished a lot recently, and has really been a model of good leadership and responsibility. He has shown care, kindness and has also demonstrated some great academic growth in the classroom. Keep up the great work Rony!
7B - Priscilla Guerrero shows love in so many ways, from her kindness to teachers and staff, to her generosity of spirit with friends, to her compassion for the younger students who look up to her. Priscilla is one of the reasons why St. Peter's is more than just a school; it's a family. Her positivity, warmth, and thoughtfulness truly shows that St. Peter's students "Are Love!"
8A - Christian Ramirez shows knowledge feeds growth as he transitions from 8th grade to high school. He enthusiastically applies himself to the task at hand, asks questions and constantly seeks advice to better his future. He also shows love for his community as a classmate and as a tour guide to highlight the awesomeness that is St. Peter's!
IN THE CLASSROOM
KINDER - Parents, I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas! May you have a wonderful Christmas this year filled with love and joy. This week, your child will be reading "Roadwork" and talk about people that help improve their communities. We will make a plan for ways we can help our community such as picking up trash, recycling, help sick animals, or help plant crops and flowers. We will also have a discussion about Christmas--that we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas and that it's not only about receiving presents but giving and helping those in needs. In Math, students will make a holiday calendar to countdown to Christmas and the New Year.
1A - This week in first grade we will be taking a trip around the world to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. In religion we are continuing our Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar in preparation for the birth of Jesus. In math we will be reviewing our units on subtraction and data and graphing. We are also preparing and practicing for our singing of ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ with the 8th grade at Friday’s prayer service at 9:00am. Please come join us if you can. :)
2A - Second grade will be reading stories about the many ways that deaf people enjoy music. We will subtract two digit numbers; prepare for Jesus' birth during the season of Advent; learn the Act of Contrition; label the map of North America; and separate particles using screens.
3A – As 3A prepares for Christmas, we are completing our paper mache Santa ornaments and making our classroom ready for our Christmas party. We will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday at 8:30 since it was cancelled last week. In Reading class we'll be completing our 1st chapter book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. In Science, we continue to watch as our bean plants grow. Finally, in Math class we've completed our unit on money. We wish a blessed Christmas and a happy new year to all our parents.
4A - This week 4A students will learn how Jesus taught us to pray, recognize and compound predicates in sentences, and multiply 3-digit numbers by 1-digit multipliers with and without regrouping.
5A - 5th graders will be discussing the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe using Tomie DePaola's book. We will diagram the plot of this story and write our own summaries of it. We will also wrap up the second unit of our math textbook with an assessment.
6A Religion – 6th grade will be visited by Paula Pardini to continue with their Building Bridges Program. 6th Grade Homeroom is practicing their song for Friday's performance! Come watch us sing “Mele Kalikimaka” - we wish you all a warm, safe, and very Merry Christmas break! Language Arts – 6th Grade ELA is nearing the conclusion of our first novel Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, and we are excited to find out what will be the consequences of TJ's reckless actions. Will the Logans be able to find justice in the Jim Crow South? Will they be able to keep the land that means so much to them? As we discover these answers, we'll continue to find evidence to support the themes we've brainstormed. Math - We have started our investigation on Rational numbers - how is a number bigger than or smaller than 1 represented and what stories can they tell us. Science - This week, students will be exploring the effect of temperature on density of water in an investigation on convection.
7A/7B Religion - We are wrapping up our morality unit by making Morality posters to represent how we can make the right decisions to help those around us, be good role models and atone for the times when we choose the wrong path. Language Arts - Students have wrapped up their reading on A Christmas Carol. They will participate in a Change of Heart Activity, focusing on Scrooge’ s BEFORE and AFTER character transformation. Through this, they will be able to identify how and why he leads to a "change of heart". Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Math - Ratios and proportions have led us into a greater, more in-depth investigation of rational numbers, and comparisons. They are putting together their new proportional knowledge with equation skills. Last week, they got their careers, now they will start to do their 2 city financial analysis. This is the beginning of their Math in our Lives 2-year journey. Social Studies – This is an exciting week as we wrap up 2017. 7th Grade Social Studies will be finishing their Japan Unit. Science - Students have now wrapped up their studies into how cells reproduce and now it is time to begin our investigations as to how our bodies use our organs to maintain homeostasis.
8A Religion –8th grade homeroom will be visited by Paula Pardini to continue with their Building Bridges Program. Language Arts - Students have finalized their reading on Night. They will create a culminating Tear Art Visual to represent their feelings and reactions to an event in the novel. In doing so, they will be able to illustrate how mood and symbolism can convey a message to the reader. More importantly, students will be able to highlight the devastation in which the main character and other Jewish prisoners endured, while capturing the human emotion that is so vivid in the novel. Have a very Merry Christmas! See you in 2018, class of 2018! Math - To accent Equations and Inequalities, as well as review Ratios and proportions and prepare for the HSPT's, they are now getting underway with their small business ownership project, where they will open a business, and determine if it will be profitable or not, based on location and cost vs. expenses. After Christmas they will be presenting to a board of business owners in our local community. Social Studies – 8th grade will be playing Branches of Government Board Games that they have created as study tools. Science - Students continue to research chemical reactions as we prepare to introduce our first big project of the year.
Dec. 14 Holiday Cheer Themed Dress-up Day
Dec. 15 9:00 AM Christmas Prayer Service and Program
Dec. 15 12:30 Dismissal
Dec. 18-Jan. 1 Christmas Vacation
Jan. 2 Classes resume