This week marks the beginning of the 3rd quarter. It’s another fresh start as we begin a new section of the school year.
During this time, let’s not forget our growth mindset, and remember that we can be positive examples of growth for our children. There’s still much more we can learn, and there’s still plenty of time in this school year to be challenged, to ask questions, and to grow! I’m trying to keep an open mind and keep a growth mindset, too. I’ve been learning plenty this year, and I know there’s still a lot more for me to learn. United, let’s not be afraid to try new things and learn from our mistakes; because, like our St. Peter’s KEYS state: every accomplishment needs courage. And every day, with our children, we’ll keep on growing!
--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez
On January 5, 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 is Friday, February 9.
RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019
Last week and again today, the re-registration form (on bright orange paper) was sent home. Please return this form no later than February 21. The form and new tuition rates are also available on the school website, www.stpeterssf.org. In order to reserve your child’s space for the next school year, the registration fee of $450 per student is due by March 28.
ARCHDIOCESE ELEMENTARY FAMILY GRANT
The application process for the Archdiocese Family Grant for the 2018-2019 school year has now begun. Please go on to mytads.com to begin the application process. Be sure you have your 2017 income tax information or 2017 income information (Calworks, social security, food stamps, etc.).
New students entering for the 2018-2019 school year must complete the BASIC Fund Application no later than March 16, 2018.
Renewal families will be filling out their BASIC Fund Renewal Application in March and April. All student accounts must be current with no past due balances. Please be sure you have your 2017 income tax information or 2017 income information (Calworks, social security, food stamps, etc.). Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
An update from the BASIC Fund: The BASIC Fund will increase the maximum scholarship amount from $1600 to $2000. This means that the deadlines for applications will be especially important, so please submit applications for new siblings by the BASIC Fund deadline.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 28 to Thursday, February 1. Please see the attached flyer for details on the special events of the week! Below is a brief list of events:
Sunday, 1/28 – 9:30 AM Family Mass and Reception
Monday, 1/29 – Inspiration Day
Tuesday, 1/30 – Grandparents Day Mass at 8:30 AM
Wednesday, 1/31 – Teacher and Student Appreciation Day
Thursday, 2/1 – St. Peter’s School Spirit Day
Friday, 2/2 – No School
Sister Marian Rose and The Sisters of Mercy Solidarity Committee invite you to attend an “Interfaith Prayer for Peace” on Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at Mercy Center Burlingame, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA.
JANUARY 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 - Hilary Benitez is an excellent listener and a hard worker. She works well independently and is always willing to help others. Hilary is kind, responsible and has shown tremendous growth over the past several months both academically and socially.
1A - Alejandra Nava-Gomez is a kind, caring, and thoughtful student. She always puts others first and is quick to help those in need. She takes pride in her school work and always does her best, no matter how challenging the task. She loves to make her brain grow!
2A - Celeste Rivera is the student of the month. She is diligent about doing her homework and always tries her best. Celeste is a leader that is always up for a challenge. She helps out her classmates when they need it.
3A - Cecilia Farias Tietze is a one-of-a-kind third grader. She is an excellent student who is always eager to learn new things. She loves a challenge and won't quit until she has figured out an answer. She's a wonderful example of the growth mindset. Cecilia is supported by caring parents who do everything possible to help her succeed and SUCCEED she does!
4A - Brisia Castillo has been doing a great job living out our school's KEYS. She demonstrated courage by asking for help when she did not understand a math concept in class. She stayed after school for tutoring and practiced multiplication problems until she understood. She currently has an A in math.
5A - Diego Diaz is 5th grade's student of the month for January. Diego has a strong work ethic and keeps trying even when he doesn't get something right away. He has a big heart, a clear sense of justice, and consistently shows compassion to those around him.
6A - Angela Miranda is an excellent example of a 6th grader with the KEYS. She is quick to notice when her peers need support and she is a wonderful help to her teachers. Angela is a very kind member of our Faith Community and she makes others feel welcomed and valued everyday with her words and her actions. It has been a joy to have Angela in the 6A this year and we look forward to seeing her continue to LIVE THE KEYS as she moves through middle school!
7A - Selena Muñoz has a warm and confident smile, and a positive, never-give-up attitude. She tries her best in the classroom and is kind and polite to every single classmate and teacher around her. This month we see the quiet, determined leadership and great example set by our student of the month Selena!
7B - Matthew Jimenez leads by example in all aspects of student life, from his stellar work in classes, his dedication to student council, and his relationships with his classmates and younger students, Matthew shows service and knowledge in all he does.
8A - Marisa Mabutas has demonstrated growth and love by continuously striving to better herself, both in and outside the classroom. She consistently asks questions and seeks advice in order to be successful as she continues her academic career. Marisa's contagious energy also adds a positive and unique presence among her classmates. She is willing to show love by acting her true self, regardless of what anybody thinks, to bring a smile to a peer or friend's face.
IN THE CLASSROOM
KINDER - This week we will be reading An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston. Students will know and understand that all living things are different. We will discuss how things on a farm grow and identify the producers and consumers in the story. In Science, we will discuss the change that occurred while the orange was in the freezer. In math, we will identify objects around the room that are spheres, or round. In Social studies, we will give examples of times we shared with friends.
1A - This week in first grade we are reading and learning about how life is different now than it was in the past. In math we are working on comparing and ordering 2-digit numbers. In religion we are reading about how God is a good father. In science we are monitoring rainfall by using a rain gauge.
2A - Second grade will be comparing and contrasting the lives of two boys in My Cousin Primo, subtracting and adding two 3-digit numbers with regrouping, talking about forgiveness and saying “I'm sorry,” observing mixtures of solids and liquids, and using our mapping skills.
3A – Last week our friend and author, Gloria St. Joy, visited and shared many writing tips. She invited and encouraged us to begin this week by writing a sequel to her book, Addie's One Wish to the Brightest Star. The class will use their newly-discovered writing tips during Language instruction to create scenarios that interest them in writing their own sequel. In Science, we have completed our unit of study on plants. We will next undertake the study of crayfish and their environment. In Social Studies, we'll begin a Geography Unit.
5A - Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 5th graders wrote essays about their dreams for our world. We're practicing our editing skills as we revise those essays to display at the Catholic Schools reception this Sunday. In math, we'll take a long division quiz and continue working on short division.
6A Religion – 6th Grade will be reading about the Ark of the Covenant and the story of the Temple in Jerusalem. Language Arts – 6A ELA is continuing to research famous historical figures for their Google Slide presentations. We'll learn how to paraphrase and cite text from websites, as well as rules for MLA style bibliographies. Students will also learn the key elements of clear, professional, informational slides. Math - Our journey through fractions takes us to multiplying and dividing those rational numbers this week, as well as continuing our prep for the upcoming fraction fair. Social Studies – 6th Graders will begin to look at the Achievements and Inventions from Ancient China and convince Ms. Land which achievement changed history the most. Science – Students will use their knowledge of Earth's tilt and radiation to explain Earth's seasons.
7A/7B Religion - As we begin our study on the Kingdom of Heaven, we look at one of Sean Covey's seven habits “begin with the end in mind” and take a deeper look at how Jesus led us to always have an eye for reaching that kingdom, as the path is there for us. Language Arts - Students are finalizing their Poetry Unit with a Poetry Portfolio. They will also begin the introduction to their next novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Math - 7th grade will be learning how to use proportions and percents to create, analyze, and apply pie charts to various forms of data. Social Studies – 7th Graders have closed their lessons on Feudalism and will begin to learn about daily life in the Middle Ages in Europe. Science - Students will continue their organ systems presentations this week!
8A Religion - 8th Grade will be learning about the growth of the monastery as a way to live out faith. Language Arts - Students are continuing their Poetry Unit, composing their "Where I'm From" Poems. They will also continue their Demonstration-How To Speech Outlines. Presentations will begin next week. Math - 8th grade will begin learning about functions, and linear equations. They will be able to apply thus skill to the conclusion of their business proposals to determine if they will profitable not. Social Studies – 8th Graders will begin 3rd quarter with the "New Country" and learn about leadership qualities of the first president and first Cabinet members of the United States of America. Science - Students will complete construction and measurements of their chemical reaction propelled rocket as they prepare to launch on Thursday of this week!
Jan. 24 Report Cards go home with students
Jan. 28 Catholic Schools Week Sunday Family Mass at
9:30 AM, followed by reception in the Parish
Jan. 30 8:30 AM School Mass honoring Grandparents
*Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 Catholic Schools Week (See flyer for
description of special events)