Dear Parents,

       This week, we look forward to celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a role model for us and our students as we discuss how others should be treated with dignity and love.  We can reflect on how Dr. King is an example of thinking critically, living out the KEYS, and taking action for social justice.  It’s a perfect opportunity to apply our growth mindset along with the children, and to take action through service!

       At the same time, we pray for peace in our world.  I am reminded of Jesus’ words: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you.”  Like Jesus and Dr. King, let us remember to be examples of respect and peace for our children.


--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez




Last Friday, your child received the collection envelope for our annual mandatory fundraiser, the AZTEC TREK.  Students and families can help support our school by collecting pledges for our walk-a-thon and game day.  This fundraiser helps to keep St. Peter’s School’s tuition the lowest in the Archdiocese.  The minimum mandatory amount to be collected by each student is $100, but the more a student collects, the more prizes and class points can be earned!  The due date for all money to be turned in us Friday, February 9.  Thank you in advance for your support!



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!



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 sjimenez@sanpedro.org or leave your name and number at the office.



Since we will be attending a school prayer service this Friday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all children must be in complete uniform, and not in the gray school sweats.  Also, no free dress passes may be used on this day.



As the weather gets colder and you bundle up your child, please ensure that he/she follows uniform policy as posted by the school office and stated in the school handbook.  All undershirts, including long-sleeve undershirts, should be white.  If your daughter wears tights, they should be solid black or white and extend to the ankle.  Socks must be black or white.  Boots may not be worn.



The Christmas food drive still continues, as we work towards our goal of collecting 1200 pounds of food to help the St. Peter’s Church Food Pantry and victims of the North Bay fires.  Although this was originally a Christmas food drive, we want to continue to unite in love and service and help those in need, and also reach out school’s goal!




KINDER - This week we will be reading My Garden by Kevin Henkes.  We will discuss what it means to "observe" and what we observed in the story. We will share our observations and visit our school's garden. We will predict and brainstorm ideas of what we will find in the garden. Lastly, we will write/illustrate what we saw in the garden and have a "gallery walk" in the classroom.


1A - This week in first grade we are reading and discussing how plants change as they grow and working on reading and writing words with the long i sound. In religion we are praying through song and thanking those who donated books to our classroom over Christmas. In math we are continuing to work on place value and numbers up to 100. In science we are observing and comparing different types of clouds and in social studies we are discussing the differences in weather across the nation.


2A - Second grade will be reading about Alaska and Rain Forests, subtracting with regrouping, talking about making good choices and asking forgiveness, investigating puddles in science, and using our mapping skills. First Communion meeting, Wednesday, January 10 at 6 PM in St. Peter's Church.


3A – This week we continue reading Addie's One Wish to the Brightest Star by Gloria St. Joy. In Math, we are continuing to practice regrouping with one and two places. This is proving difficult for many students. PARENTS, PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD WITH THE HOMEWORK IN MATH EACH NIGHT. The test will be given at the end of January so, the more practice in class AND at home, the better. We're not there, YET! Also, please send in any pictures that you have of our 3rd graders. We want to display them at our January 28th Family Mass and reception.  


5A - 5th graders are using their non-fiction reading skills to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy this week. In math, we will be applying our division skills to problems with larger quotients.  


6A   Language Arts – 6th Grade ELA will continue our unit on non-fiction text and argumentative writing.  Students will learn about the rhetorical techniques used to persuade an audience as they continue to debate with their peers.    Math - 6th graders are working on adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.  Social Studies – 6A students are completing research on an Ancient Chinese Dynasty. Science – Students will be reviewing convection vocabulary and investigating how convection currents move through the air.


7A/7B   Religion - We are talking about the different types of prayer and how prayer and meditation can lead us away from temptation.   Language Arts - Students are continuing their Poetry Unit, writing a When I... Poem. They also began their introduction to their Grammar Unit, beginning with sentence structure.   Math - 7th graders are investigating percents, the different ways they are looked at, and how they change a situation.  Students are using percents for their career financial comparison analysis.   Social Studies – 7th Graders will be comparing the Feudal System in Japan to Feudalism in Europe in the Early Middle Ages.   Science - Students continue their work on human body systems as we prepare for an assessment this week.


8A   Language Arts - Students are finalizing their Night Literary Analysis Essay this week. They will also prepare for their Holocaust Guest Speaker Presentation on Thursday, January 11. As they wrap up Night, students will transition to their Speech and Poetry Units.   Math - 8th graders are working on inequalities and their business ownership project.  This week they will determine if their business will be profitable or not.  Social Studies – 8th Grade Social Studies is finishing up their Constitution Unit with research on a specific Amendment to the Constitution.  They are writing a speech to Congress (their classmates) that convinces them that their Amendment is important to add to the US Constitution.  Science - Students sharpen their measurement skills this week, working on length, mass, and volume as they prepare for their rocket project.




Jan. 10    First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:00 PM

Jan. 12    School Prayer Service for Dr. Martin Luther

                 King, Jr., 8:30 AM

Jan. 15    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday—No


Jan. 16    School Mass, 8:15 AM

Jan. 19    End of the 2nd Quarter