The Messenger

St. Peter School News

May 2023

St. Peter School exists to provide a nurturing environment where students become Disciples of Jesus Christ, embrace the love of lifelong learning, and believe in the dignity of all people.

“I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings.” —Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April passed quickly and May is in full-swing! May is the month of Mary, and we are celebrating Mary throughout the month within the classroom and as a whole school.


Please be sure that your child arrives to school on time every day. Any student arriving after 8:30 will be considered tardy. Our first class period begins at 8:35 a.m. Students arriving after that time miss important a.m. routines, prayer and morning work. I am kindly asking for your support in getting your child to school on time every day.

Safety - Pick - Up and Drop Off:

Be sure you are keeping an eye on what is ahead of you and behind you when travelling through the parking lot. Please do not use your cell phone and keep your eyes peeled for stopped cars in front of you and children disembarking from parked or stopped cars.

Registration Process 2023-2024:

Thank you to everyone who registered their child at St. Peter School for next year. As a school community, we take the responsibility of educating your children very seriously.

We continue to accept registrations for students in PK - 8 if you know anyone seeking a solid Catholic education for their child. Unfortunately, our third grade is filled to capacity.

First Holy Communion:

Last week we celebrated with our students who received Jesus for the first time. While the day was chilly and rainy, the church was filled with joy and grace. Check out the pictures below...

In closing, be sure to check out the dates section noted below. As you know, Ms. Martha has resigned and we have hired Ms. Martinez to work in the office alongside Mrs. Rodriguez. We captured some pictures to share with you.

In Christ,

Mary Lou Torre, Principal

Eighth Grade News...

We celebrate the accomplishments of some of our 8th graders this month. It is the time for awards and recognition!

Daniella DaSilva - Thomas Vincent Foley Scholarship - Knights of Columbus

Isabella Tardiff - Young Citizenship program

Olivia Medeiros - St. Thomas Aquinas Award

Congratulations to each of these young women. We look forward to all that they will offer to the world as they move on to high school and beyond.

The eighth graders will be going on a field trip to St. Augustine Cathedral for Mass with Bishop Caggiano on May 25. All 8th graders in the Diocese have been invited. Confirmation for 8th graders is at 6 p.m. on the same day at St. Peter Church.

Important Dates:

June 9 - 8th Grade Dinner - Details to follow...

June 15 - Graduation - Grade 8 - 6 PM - St. Peter Church

PK-8 Staff

PK - Mrs. Redmond/Ms. Ramos

K B - Mrs. Boyle/Mrs. McCabe

K A - Mrs. Arconti/Mrs. McCabe

1 - Mrs. Smith/Mrs. Kolitsas

2 - Ms. Galli/ Ms. Bush

3 - Mrs. Escudero - Moody

4- Ms. Marchese

5 - Mrs. Galante

6 - Mrs. Hanrahan (MS Math)

7 - Ms. Vivirito (MS English)

8 - Mrs. Puglisi (MS Science)

Social Studies - Middle School/Innovation/Technology - Ms. Vill

Specialists - Mr. Bellucci (PE), Ms. Campbell (Music), Mrs. Preveza (Art/Special Education), Mrs. Vizzo (nee Pantaleo) (Spanish and English Language Teacher)

Counselor - Dr. Repole

Danbury Support Team - Ms. Kruijs, Mrs. Conron

Catapult - Ms. McAvoy

Office Staff - Ms. Martinez, Ms. Burnside, Mrs. Rodriguez

Principal - Mrs. Torre

Important Dates

May 12 - Half Day - Early Dismissal for Students - 11:50

May 18 - Ascension Thursday - Full day of school w/Holy Day Mass

May 25: Grade 8 Mass w/the Bishop - St. Augustine Cathedral - Arrival time: 10:00 am - Leave at 9:00 a.m; Confirmation - 6 p.m. - St. Peter Church

May 26 - Early Dismissal - 11:50 a.m.

May 29 - Memorial Day - No School

June 9 - 8th Grade Dinner

June 15 - Graduation - Grade 8 - 6 PM; PK Moving Up-12:30

June 16 - K Graduation - 1:30 - St. Peter Church - Last day for K students.

Health News - Update

As we are winding down to the end of the school year I would like to provide a few reminders for parents/guardians.

For students entering Kindergarten in 2023/2024

Students entering kindergarten in the 2023/2024 school year are required to provide a physical and immunization record. The date of the physical must be completed within one year of the first day of school.

For students entering 6th Grade in 2023/2024

All students entering middle school must provide an updated physical and immunization record on or before the first day of the 2023/2024 school year.

For students entering 7th Grade in 2023/2024

Students entering 7th Grade must provide an updated immunization record with the Tdap & Meningococcal vaccines completed.

A Note about EpiPens/ Inhalers in the Nurse's Office

If your child has expired medications or expired medication orders in the health office, please make arrangements with the nurse to pick up your child's medications at the end or the school year.

All medications given in school are required to have updated orders from your child's pediatrician. Also once medications have expired a new unexpired medicine should be provided to the nurse.

For Students in the Elementary Grades

Please send in an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack daily in case they have an accident.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the nurse.

Thank You

Nurse Johnson

Catholic Identity

Theme and Gospel Values for 2022-2023 School Year:

As you know, our theme for this year is Faith.

The Gospel Value for the month of March is: Mercy - Caring for those who suffer.

Scripture passages to guide our Faith journey:

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

-Hebrews 11:1

“Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

-James 2:14-16

“And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

-Luke 17:5

Please continue to pray with your children and support them along their lifelong journey with faith.

September = Faith = Believing in God and all He has revealed

October = Reverence = Showing your deepest respect for things of God

November = Stewardship = Returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent and treasure

Caring for the earth and its resources

December = Generosity = Giving without counting the cost

January= Gratitude = Seeing everything as a gift and being thankful

February = Honesty = Being trustworthy and true

March = Mercy = Caring and forgiving

April = Justice = Being fair and giving each his due

May = Zeal = Being driven by an intense love for God

We received a Vocations Chalice this year. This Chalice moved from grade to grade throughout the school year and was accompanied by prayers and pictures of seminarians from the Diocese of Bridgeport. This offered our students an opportunity to consistently pray for seminarians. By the end of this month, the Vocations Chalice will have resided in every grade level for at least a week. The teachers took some time to jot down thoughts and prayers they did when the Chalice was in their classroom. It was a fabulous learning experience for our students.

Ten Reasons Why Catholic Schools Still Have An Important Place in Our World

Recently, I read an article by Rev Ronald J. Nuzzi about why Catholic eduation still matters.

I want to share some of these reasons with you over the next couple of months.

Service for the Common Good

"Catholic schools promote service as an essential component of their curriculum. Many Catholic schools have service programs from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Higher education programs such as the Jesuit or Dominican Volunteer Corps promote service at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Diocesan organizations such as Catholic Family Services provide resources and help to people from all walks of life. Catholic school students learn that since community is at the heart of who we are, there are no strangers, only brothers and sisters in the Lord. We have a responsibility to respond to the needs of others because we are all part of God's family."

School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger - 2023-2024

Effective next year, we will be using a different uniform supplier, Tommy Hilfiger. Please go to this website for more information and to sign up for emails: