With all the different responsibilities we have as parents, it is very easy for us to feel overwhelmed and tired. Yet let’s not forget how Jesus can be a source of strength and a loving comfort to us, and how we can follow his example to spread that love and be a positive example for our children.
How true are Jesus’ words, which invite those who are tired and weary to come to Him to find rest! His arms outstretched on the cross show that no one is excluded from his love and his mercy, not even the greatest sinner: no one!
-Pope Francis, 11/12/16
Heavenly Father, your son’s death on the cross stands as a testament to your endless love and care for all of us. No one who seeks you out is excluded from your love, no matter what we have done. No one is cut off from your mercy, no matter how great our suffering. Give me the courage, Lord, to always look to Christ crucified as the promise of mercy for me. In this Lenten season, give me the confidence to trust that your love for me will never die. AMEN.
(from “The Joy of Lent: Encouragement and Daily Prayers”)
--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez
If you’d like to join the Community Builders parent group in planning events, or join another parent group—including our Madrinas/Padrinos, Campus Care, or Sports Committee—please contact Mrs. Jimenez or Mr. Suarez. The success of these groups makes our school community stronger, and this depends on our helpful parent volunteers!
The next Sports Committee meeting is on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00 PM in the Faculty Meeting Room.
The next Community Builders Meeting is Wednesday, March 21 at 5:45 PM in the Faculty Meeting Room.
ST. PETER’S YOUNG ALUM EVENT
Attention parents and siblings of St. Peter’s Alumni who are currently in high school!
Please remind your high school son or daughter to check their email for an invitation, “Back to St. Peter’s” on Thursday, March 22 and to RSVP for the event. We want to make sure that we’re well-prepared with pizza for them to enjoy that afternoon.
RE-REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019
If you have not done so already, please return the bright orange re-registration form to school. 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 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 this month. 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.
BVCC SPRING CAMP
Registration is open for BVCC Spring Camp, which will be held from Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6. Registration forms are available in the school office and after school at BVCC in the Parish Hall.
ONLINE TRAINING FOR SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
In order to be a volunteer at school events (such as a field trip chaperone or a sports team coach), adults must complete the online training on www.virtusonline.org.
*If you have already completed the online training by Shield the Vulnerable, your volunteer clearance is still good for 3 years from date of completion of that online course.
Follow these directions to complete the VIRTUS online training:
· Go to www.virtusonline.org
· Click on “First-time Registrant”
· Click on “Begin the registration process”
· Select San Francisco (Archdiocese)
· Create a User ID and Password for yourself
· Fill out the requested personal information
· Select St. Peter Elementary (San Francisco) **DO NOT SELECT St. Peter Parish**
· Provide your digital signatures for downloading and reading the documents: “Standards of Conduct for Those Working with Children and Young People” and “Policies and Procedures Regarding Child Abuse”
· Select the online course “Protecting God’s Children for Adults” (Online Training)
· Once you’ve completed the course, go to your Toolbox and click on “Training Report” to verify the completion of your course.
Upon completion of the online course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or print out the “Training Report” page and submit it to the school office. You will receive 3 parent hours.
Sister Marian Rose and The Sisters of Mercy Solidarity Committee invite you to attend a special gathering: “Conversations for Relationship Building” on Sunday, March 18 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at Mercy Center Burlingame, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA.
IN THE CLASSROOM
KINDER - This week in Kindergarten, we are learning about things people use to move from one place to another. We will sing a song about "moving in a boat." Then, we will take turns sharing and writing how we get to school and what different kinds of transportation we have used. In math we will review math facts and count to 100. Also, we will practice writing numbers from 1-100.
1A - This week in first grade we are reading and learning about how we classify and categorize things. We are focusing on the /ar/ sound in words such as, art and barn. In religion we are continuing to celebrate the Lenten season. In math we are finishing up our unit on geometry and beginning our unit on money and time. In science we are continuing our study of air and wind, by making pinwheels to observe the speed of wind on different days. In social studies we are continuing our unit on occupations.
2A - Second graders will be reading “Why Fir Tree Keeps His Leaves” and “The Golden Flower” (fables and folktales). We are reading and making more graphs in math. We are learning about how laws can be changed. We continue to talk about the Lenten season and how we can pray and give to others. We will explore clay in science.
3A – In 3A, we are enjoying the very funny book, Mr. Popper's Penguins. We will have a test on the vocabulary and understanding of the story once we complete reading it. In Science, we are studying insects and their various habitats. In Social Studies, we continue a unit on the rainforests of the world. In Religion, we continue to learn about the Lenten season which leads us up to Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection.
4A - This week 4A will continue to identify cause and effect relationship, recognize the numerator and denominator of a fraction, and explore ways of following the example of Jesus Christ.
5A - In math this week, 5th graders are starting their fractions unit. We will also continue our black box investigation in science and continue our novel study of A Wrinkle in Time.
6A Religion – 6th graders will be participating in their Lenten Reconciliation. Language Arts – 6th Grade is continuing the exploration of poetry. This week we will be analyzing poems from Shel Silverstein, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes. Students will annotate their text by identifying figurative language, sound devices, and themes in the poems we read. Math - Our unit on expressions will morph into equations as the 6th graders study equivalent expressions and the properties of equality. Social Studies – 6th graders will begin learning about the Physical Geography of Greece and how geography affects early Greek life. Science – 6th grade scientists will investigate the difference between heating by conduction and radiation.
7A/7B Religion - 7th graders will be taking what they have learned about parables to create their own modern day parable that will aim to help others understand what a 7th grader’s journey to the Kingdom of God may look like. Language Arts - Students are continuing their Nonfiction Unit with the conclusion of Author's Purpose. They will now be introduced to Author's Point-of-View, its characteristics, in nonfiction text. Math - Last week the 7th graders got to see how percents are used in news articles to sway opinions. This week, they will be calculating simple and compound interest, and discovering when and why they are used. Social Studies - 7th Graders will continue with their Renaissance Unit by looking closely at the changes that took place in Europe in the 1500s. Science - Students continue their study of heredity...this week we explore incomplete dominance.
8A Religion - 8th Graders will be researching the life of St Patrick. Language Arts - Students are well into Zoot Suit, they have completed Act 1 and will begin Act 2 next week. Will the Pachucos win the appeal or continue to suffer unfair punishment? Students will also interpret the role of Pachuco, is he real or an imaginary character to Henry Reyna? Math - functions and equations continue their happy union as they work together with different forms of linear concepts proving to the 8th grade that algebra is indeed used every day in real life. They will be learning about the different forms of a linear equation and how they help us. Social Studies – 8th Graders will be researching the inventions from the 1800s that were significant to America's Industrial Revolution. Science - Students continue their progress on the egg drop project as we continue to explore energy.
Mar. 14 8:30 AM 5th and 6th grades Lenten Reconciliation
Mar. 20 8:15 AM School Mass
Mar. 21 8:30 AM 7th and 8th Grades Lenten Reconciliation
Mar. 21 6:00 PM First Communion Meeting in Church
Mar. 23 End of the 3rd Quarter
Mar. 27 Report Cards sent home