Happy Catholic Schools Week! This week, we’ve been taking the time to reflect on Catholic education and all the ways that we learn to grow, accomplish, love, serve, and unite here at St. Peter’s School. We are thankful that here, both our faith and our minds can grow. In gratitude, I offer this prayer (adapted from www.thereligionteacher.com):
You sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people. As Teacher, he has given us the prime example of the importance of education. As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength. Thank you for the many sisters, brothers, priests, and laypeople who have dedicated their lives in service to our Catholic schools. Thank you for the teachers and administrators who sustain our schools today. Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives. Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.
Bless St. Peter’s School and the many people who advance our mission. May our building be a home for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service of others. May our community always support one another and exhibit hospitality to newcomers. Fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom. May our understanding of the world help us to grow in appreciation for it. Fill our hearts with gladness. May we always turn to you in times of need. Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others. May we show them your unceasing love through our actions. AMEN.
--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! Friday, January 19 was the first early deadline to receive prizes. The due date for all money to be turned in is Friday, February 9. Thank you in advance for your support!
RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019
The re-registration form (on bright orange paper) was sent home for the second time last week. 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.
St. Peter's School will be initiating a sports committee this year. The committee will be working directly with the Athletic Directors and Mr. Suárez. We will be working on policies related to the sports program and brainstorming on fundraisers to help bring in money for equipment, uniforms, and awards. If you would like to be involved please contact Mr. Suárez. We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.
--Jim Sanchez and Lissette Lopez, Athletic Directors
Please continue to ensure that your child 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.
Sister Marian Rose and The Sisters of Mercy Solidarity Committee invite you to attend a special gathering: “Conversations for Relationship Building” on Sunday, February 4 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at Mercy Center Burlingame, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA.
IN THE CLASSROOM
KINDER - This week we will be reading Mama Is It Summer Yet? and Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafazai. I am looking forward to sharing/reading a true story and how Malala might be similar or different to other inspirational historical figures. We will discuss what Malala is passionate about and how she tries to help the world. Then students will share what they would do if they had a magic pencil.
1A - This week in first grade we are reading and discussing the ways that we get our food. We are practicing words that end in -ook and -ood. In religion we are naming special gifts that we should thank God for. In math we are working on counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. In science we are observing the moon and its different phases. In social studies we are continuing to talk about different places that people live.
2A - Second grade will be reading folktales to learn about the themes of stories, we will continue subtracting and adding 3-digit numbers, talking about the importance of Catholic schools, we will go and check on our toothpaste experiments (is it a liquid or a solid?), and learning about our cities we live in. Reminder: First Communion meeting on Wednesday, 2/7/18 at 6 p.m. in St. Peter's Church.
3A – We are just beginning the 3rd quarter of the school year. We are busy with many new projects. Unfortunately, our third science unit project cannot begin as our live crayfish have not arrived. However, we are moving along on our geography unit in social studies. Also, we will finish reading Stone Fox and have several projects on it before our final comprehension and vocabulary tests. Let's keep working on our subtraction with regrouping in 2 places. We are working on these types of problems but we are not successful YET!
4A - This week 4A students will identify cause and effect relationships, estimate quotients, and understand that Jesus, our role model, is both human and divine.
5A - 5th grade is learning about homophones in Language Arts this week and long-division with 2-digit quotients in math.
6A Religion – 6th grade raised over $420 in our January Bake Sale! Thank you, students, parents, and teachers, for your support as we fundraise for Caritas Creek! 6th grade religion will be looking into the life of Peter the Apostle as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week! Language Arts – 6th Grade is preparing to present their research slideshows on a historical figure. We'll look at best practices for public speaking, both how to be clear and professional and how to engage one's audience. Social Studies – 6th Graders will be exploring the other side of the Himalayan Mountains as we switch our focus over to Ancient India. Science – 6th grade scientists will graph climate data and investigate more about the connection between latitude and certain weather patterns.
7A/7B Language Arts - Students have ended their unit on Poetry and are now transitioning to the introduction of their third novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. They will participate in a series of pre-reading activities: the author and various themes/topics to ensure comprehension as students begin to read. Social Studies – 7th Graders will begin a family shield, inspired by the Middle Ages! Science - Students are wrapping up presentations of their slides and organ system models. Now we begin our review process as we prepare for our test.
8A Religion - Students will be looking into the life of Peter the Apostle as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week! Language Arts - Students are continuing their Poetry Unit. They have successfully completed their "Where I'm From" Poem and will present their work next week, Thursday, February 8, with a potluck of food and beverages that are indicative to their heritage. Parents, please make sure to sign and return your child's Potluck Form, no later than Tuesday, February 6 to Mrs. Fuaau. Social Studies – 8th Graders are focusing on the question: "What problems did George Washington face while he was president?" as they look at documents from the 1790s. Science - Students are putting the finishing touches on their rockets as we prepare to for flight trials this week. Actual measured flights will occur next week!
Feb. 2 No School (Archdiocese Educators’ Conference)
Feb. 6 School Mass, 8:15 AM
Feb. 6 Kindergarten Field Trip with Precita Eyes
Feb. 7 Free Dress for No Tardies in January
Feb. 7 First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:00 PM in
Feb. 8 Fraction Fair hosted by 6A
Feb. 9 Aztec Trek money due
Feb. 5-16 STAR Testing Window