Dear Parents,

       Our focus of the KEY “Knowledge feeds GROWTH” for September was so appropriate as we began our school year together.  This was a time when we adjusted to different environments (such as different classrooms), got to know teachers and classmates, and learned how to collaborate with others.  Think about how your child has grown so far (academically, socially, spiritually) since the first day of school.  The knowledge they have gained will help to feed their mind and spirit, but they should not stop there.  We’ve only just begun!  Together, let us guide them to use that knowledge to take action to better themselves, to positively guide others, and to improve their communities.   And when they take action, they can understand that “Every ACCOMPLISHMENT needs courage”--which will be our October focus of the KEYS! Together, let’s keep our growth mindset going strong as this first month of school draws to a close.

       Also, congratulations to the September Students of the Month!  They are inspiring examples of living out the St. Peter’s KEYS!


--Mrs. Sandra Jimenez




Please fill out the Family Income Survey which first went home with last week’s Que Pasa.  You will receive another blank survey if you have not already returned a completed survey.  Students who return the survey will receive an ACCOMPLISH key!  Thank you for your cooperation!



The order form for the gray St. Peter’s sweatshirt, sweatpants, and t-shirt was sent home last week, and additional order forms are available in the office.  This is the only time of the year that these sweats will be sold, and the last day to submit your order form and payment is October 17.  Don’t miss out!



Join us on the St. Peter’s School schoolyard this Saturday, September 29 at 12:30 PM for a Family Bike Fair.  Parents can learn about bike safety, and children can learn biking skills.  Practice bikes will be provided, or bring your own bike!  Register online at www.sfbike.org/TallerDeBicis or call 415-431-2453, ext. 314. 



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 sjimenez@sanpedro.org or print out the “Training Report” page and submit it to the school office.  You will receive 2 parent hours.




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 - Minerva Chamul Lopez is a very hard working student. She is always ready to learn and gives her best effort in any given learning opportunity. She is also kind, patient, responsible and a good friend. She gets along well with others and shows a great interest in learning.


1A - Genesis Garcia is a student who is always trying her best and is eager to learn and grow. She is kind and loving to all those around her and is always quick to help a friend in need. For these reasons Genesis is our first student of the month!


2A - Milena Arevalo Zelayandia is always ready to try new things and gives her best. She stays focused on her work and has a positive attitude. She contributes to class discussions and is eager to help others.


3AAnthony Ortiz is a hard worker, comes to school ready to learn, is always in complete uniform, and has all of his school supplies. Anthony is quiet and focused on his assignments.  He stays busy whether he is working on a tablet task, reading at Silent Sustained Reading time, or figuring out his "daily do" challenge. Anthony, thank you for being a great example of our St. Peter's KEYS!


4AByron Lopez is committed to making our classroom community a better place. He comes each day ready to learn, is open to growing his brain power, and shares his knowledge with his classmates. He is respectful to all of his classmates, and is a true bucket filler inside and outside the classroom. Way to go, Byron!


5A - Aleska Salas Donis has been off to a great start this school year and is living out St. Peter's key values every day. Aleska's compassion and love for her classmates unites our class. She's always willing to serve others, whether it's by helping a classmate or patiently untangling the Chromebook cords. Her willingness to work hard means that we know she will grow and accomplish a lot this year. Aleska, keep up the good work!


6A - Gabriela Clemente has had a great start to Middle School! She learned the Middle School procedures quickly and has been a wonderful example to her peers in the classroom.  Gaby brings her growth mindset to school every day and always seems excited about learning new things! She has been supportive to her teachers and peers and has been an example of each of our core values here at St. Peter's! Her hard work and kind heart show us that she will continue to Grow, Accomplish, Love, Serve, and Unite all year!


7A - 7A's Student of the Month is Miranda Hernandez.  Although new to the school, Miranda has demonstrated courage and has opened her heart to new friends.  She has been an amazing addition to St. Peter's School. We are blessed to have her as a part of our school community.


8AAnahi Hernandez, now as an 8th grader, has opened the school year with her continuous ability to grow in the classroom, both academically and personally. She constantly asks questions or seeks advice, ALL to better herself. Anahi has also exhibited love and service to the St. Peter's community. She is always lending a helping hand to peers and teachers alike, not because she has to, but because she genuinely wants to. She is a great, first example of someone who is living out the keys!


8B - Maria Castaneda-Chan has entered 8th grade ready to take on new challenges and committed to improving herself. She is serving our class as a student council representative and our school as a leading choir member. She is focused on her goals and on making her 8th grade year her best one yet.




Kinder – This week, we are going to learn about baby animals and find out ways they move. We will sing "Animals in Motion" and read On the Move, Pouch, Baby Animals on the Move, and The Tortoise and the Hare. In Math, we will continue to match and count to compare two sets of objects. Words to know this week are: equal to, more than, and fewer than.


1A – This week in English Language Arts the topic is “Where We Live.” We are discussing our own neighborhoods and communities, as well as those of others. In religion we are discussing the different ways we can praise God. In math we are continuing to work on sequencing and ordinal numbers. In science we are beginning to experiment with air and its effect on different objects.


2A – 2nd Grade will be reading “Families Work Together” and continuing with strategies to subtract sums within 20 (practice!).  We will talk about prayers, Mary, and praying the rosary. Reminder: First Communion Meeting tonight, 9/27 at 6 p.m. in St. Peter's Church.


3A – This week our class will visit Sheffield Convalescent Hospital.  We will not need chaperones for this field trip. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to practice our KEY that SERVICE UNITES.  In Reading class, we are completing the story On the Pampas about a family that lives on an Estancia in Argentina, South America.  In Language, we are continuing to study and review the sounds of soft and hard "C" and "G" in our English language.  


4A – 4th Grade had an exciting week filled with building stamina and celebrating the season of Fall! The students completed their first oral presentations, and did a great job. In Religion, we will focus on the corporal works of mercy, and brainstorm ideas of service projects in our classroom. In Reading, we will continue focusing on "My Brother Martin." Our goal is to learn how to identify the author's purpose. In Math, we will continue working on Addition and Subtraction. We also began our "Word Problem Wednesdays" where we focus on step by step word problems to help with our critical thinking skills. We will continue to focus on "Me on the Map" for Social Studies.


5A – Thank you to all the parent chaperones who made our field trip to the Academy of Sciences last week so successful! 5th grade is grateful for your support. This week, 5th graders will complete their first science investigation to see if they can separate mixtures. We'll compare & order decimals in math and review the components of a complete sentence in ELA. As always, check Class Dojo for daily updates from our classroom.


6A   Religion – 6th Graders will be visited by Paula Pardini this week for their Building Bridges program, and they will finalize Works of Mercy posters to present to the class in celebration of Mercy Day.   Language Arts – Students will be analyzing how authors develop a narrator's point of view. We will read two thrilling short stories that demonstrate very different types of point of view: "The Sniper" and "The Tell Tale Heart."   Math – Students will estimate and find products of decimals and whole numbers.   Social Studies – Students will be studying Mesopotamia vocabulary for their upcoming test next week.  Science – Students will take a test on Fossils.


7A  Religion - 7A will explain the ways Mary, the mother of God, is our spiritual mother and role model of faith.   Language Arts - Students have begun reading Walk Two Moons, while also responding to comprehension questions, text connections and vocabulary. The material thus far has provided very thoughtful and lively discussions. What is in store for Salamanca Tree Hiddle?   Math – Students will add and subtract like fractions.   Social Studies – Students will be finalizing their Essay and peer editing three of their peers papers.   Science - This week students show off what they know about cellular respiration and photosynthesis. They will take an assessment on it and show off their stop motion animations!


8A/8B   Religion – This week eighth grade religion will be discussing Pentecost and will conclude the week by examining the individual lives of the apostles in relation to the Marks of the Church.   Language Arts - Students have begun reading, Mockingbird. In addition to their reading, students have created a Character Study Notebook to record their responses to character transformation. This will serve as the main focus of the novel, while also participating in mini lesson activities to aid in further comprehension.   Math – Students will write two-step equations that represent real world situations.   Social Studies – Students will continue exploring St. Peter's history and practicing their interview skills. 8A will take their field trip to El Tecolote!   Science - Eighth grade students will also show off all that they know about atoms, atomic models, and the periodic table. Good luck memorizing the first twenty elements!



Sept. 26       First Communion Parent Meeting, 6:00 PM in Church

Sept. 27       ICA High School Presentation to 8th Graders, 10:45 AM

Sept. 27       8A Field Trip to El Tecolote newspaper, 1:30 PM

Sept. 29       Family Bike Fair, 12:30-3:30 PM

Oct. 2          School Mass, 8:10 AM

Oct. 4           LifeTouch School Picture Day