St. Peter's Postings

Called to be Saints! February/March 2020

Big News!

As many of you have heard, St. Peter School will soon have a brand new backyard! The parish was approached by a group of caring generous parishioners who proposed to fix the drainage in the backyard which has been plagued with swampy conditions since underground drainage pipes were crushed over the years. This will make the backyard Prayer Garden more accessible to students and anyone from the parish who wish to visit there. The plans also include a playground and swings. The playground will be commercial grade and be handicap accessible. The PTA has generously offered to finance the playground portion of the project with current funds and upcoming spring fundraisers. THANK YOU PTA! Donations are also being accepted to help finance an outdoor pavilion to be named after Monsignor Tomaselli. Many are donating their labor, materials and machinery to make this project a reality and we couldn't be more grateful. Work will begin as soon as weather permits. It never fails to amaze me the spirit and love that people have for this school whether it is on a grand scale of a new playground or baking cookies for the entire school for your pastor's birthday or dropping off a couple reams of paper just because. This school may only be a one hallway building but the love that is within it and given to it on a regular basis by our benefactors, volunteers, teachers, students and families is enough to fill 100 hallways. Thank you one and all, and God bless our school!

Lent & Joy...A Lenten Opportunity

Have you ever had a relationship that has become strained or too much time has passed since you replied to a text or phone call or you had a misunderstanding that resulted in a distancing of resentment and sadness? When we asked students what they would do if this happened to them, they said "I would pray for them," "I would take the time to talk to them," and "I would do something nice for them." These are they very things we are called to do during Lent - strengthen, renew and heal our relationship with God. Acts of prayer, fasting and alms giving are to remind us and join us in the sufferings of Jesus but they also are invitations to "return" to God in our hearts after sin and the daily busyness of life has drawn us away. Sometimes the distance seems too great to be healed - but the good news is he is just on the other side of the door waiting for us to invite him in so we can greet each other and settle in to a nice conversation like two friends getting reacquainted. This morning's Lent devotions with the students talked about how following Jesus is like putting on a pair of glasses that help us see how God is present in our world even in the toughest most difficult and seemingly meaningless situations around us. Each day our school family is gathering in the hallway to offer up a Lenten prayer together and we receive a faith challenge about how we can do a specific act of prayer, fasting or alms giving to bring Jesus closer to us this Lent. How is your family observing Lent at home? If you are looking for some good ideas, see the purple calendar sent home this week with students. May this Lent be a time of joyful reunion of the most important friendship of all as we journey together. Be sure to check out our Facebook page (StPeterSchool1) for the daily faith challenges so you can join along or talk to your children about them!

St. Peter School Stations of the Cross - Could be the Best 1/2 Hour of Your Week!

Monday, March 2nd, 12pm

433 West Church Street

Somerset, PA

Join us Monday, March 3rd and every Monday during Lent for our school Stations of the Cross in the church. Stations are also offered for the parish on Sunday evenings during Lent at 7pm.
How to Live This Lent for Others

PTA Marianna's March Pizza and Sub Sale

The St. Peter School PTA will hold another Sub and Pizza sale during March. Order forms will be sent home the first week of March and all orders and payments are due by March 18th. Since we are in Lent, the delivery day has been moved to a Monday to allow the tasty subs and pizzas that include meat, to be enjoyed that day or whenever you choose. The Deliver/Pick-up day will be Monday, March 30th in the Hall as before. We plan to do our best to have them available during morning drop off but can never be certain of the truck arrival time. They will definitely be available for your lunch enjoyment! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! This sale has been very successful and we hope to continue the enthusiastic participation as we are challenging everyone to join in and "recover" the cost of the new playground with the final two pizza/sub sales and the upcoming golf event. The last few sales have been very successful with less than 50% of our families participating - imagine what could be done if everyone lent a hand!

"Divinely Inspired" Art Show Honorees

St. Peter School paricipated in the second annual Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Art Show, "Divinely Inspired," February 14 - March 2 at the Bottle Works in Johnstown. Grades K-4 all submitted a class "collage" project and individual pieces were selected from grades 5 & 6. This event aims to highlight all the amazing student art from all the diocesan schools. At the awards ceremony, the following art pieces and artists were recognized: Grade K Second Place; Grade 1 First Place; Grade 3 First Place and Jake Stoy received a First Place ribbon for his individual entry. Congratulations artists and thanks to our teachers for their work preparing this artwork! (Left Picture - Kindergarten "Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist" - Second Place)

Record Setting Year for Forensics Team!

This year for the first time, Grade 5 will be permitted to join the school's Forensics Team along with Grade 6. And St. Peter School has shown up in a big way! All 16 Grade 5 students are participating with a total of 21 students competing this year...a school record and one of the largest teams in the diocese...from one of the smallest schools! This will allow our fifth graders to compete for two years and grow with experience in this life-long skill. Our coaching staff has increased to with Mrs. Vinisky and Mrs. Lindsey Swearman adding their experience and expertise to our veteran coaching staff of Mrs. Holloway, Mrs. Mateljan and Mrs. Joanne Swearman. The team can be heard practicing their pieces with great enthusiasm in all corners of the school during recess and after school. The team will compete in the Regional Competition on Friday, March 20th at Bishop Carroll High School. Those that place in the top spots in each category will then compete in the Diocesan Competition the following Friday on March 27th at Holy Name Elementary School in Ebensburg. This year's team and their chosen categories are as follows: Prose - Jake Stoy, Olivia Wilson, Sophia Ross, Addy Boburchock, Kaleigh Vinzani, Gabriel Raupach and Sophia Acey; Poetry - Lane Svonoavec, Thressa Ledney, Chloe Sorensen, Annah Sechler and Emily Fisher; Informative - Colin McClelland; Peruassive - Keegan McKelvey; Impromptu - Ryan Kinney, Allison Borek; Drama - Malorie Barron, Abby Campbell, Felicity Petrosky; Duo-Drama - Cruz Santoyo & Declan Egal. Good luck team and we are so proud of you!

St. Peter School Catholic Schools Week 2020

Professional Learning Day Announced - Calendar Alert!

The St. Peter School calendar indicates a 1/2 day of school for Friday, May 8th with Special Busing in the morning and afternoon. That day will now be a full day OFF for students as teachers and staff will have a Professional Learning Day. The PLD day will include parent/teacher conferences in the afternoon as needed or requested by teachers or parents. Please mark your calendars!

PTA News!

  • The next PTA Meeting will be Monday, March 9th at 7pm in the Hall. All parents are encouraged to attend as we plan events for the spring!
  • The March Marianna's Sub and Pizza Sale will begin Tuesday, March 3rd. See the announcement in a separate article. We will have one more sale in May before summer. Thank you all for your participation!
  • The PTA Easter Egg Hunt is just around the corner...Saturday, April 11th at 11:00am
  • The Spring Crop will be the weekend of May 15-17...more details TBA
  • The plans for the Golf Outing on Friday June 26th are moving along nicely! Be sure to spread the word to golfers and potential sponsors! For more information, contact Jodi Lohr at 814-442-6483 or

Safety for All...Renewal Letters Going Out Soon!

St. Peter School works hard to protect all students with its participation in all state and diocesan MANDATED guidelines and requirements for students and volunteers and employees. All volunteers must have all necessary background checks, clearances, paperwork and trainings on file prior to any volunteer opportunities or employment or to be in attendance at any school event during school or non-school hours. Students in grades 5 & 6 are also given training in the Safe 2 Say anonymous reporting system and all students in grades K-6 participate in the VIRTUS Youth Protection lessons. Links below will take volunteers to the diocesan Youth Protection site for all required items and the second link gives parents more information about the Safe2SaySomething training.

Many parents and others in our school and parish community will need to renew their background checks/clearances and trainings during 2020 as it has been five years since these were mandated. We are in the process of sending out letters to those volunteers who need to renew theirs with directions on how to do so. The link to the Diocesan Youth Protection Office is below. A reminder to please turn in all certificates and paperwork to the St. Peter School office where they will be copied and sent to the Diocesan office.

St. Peter School Mission Statement

The mission of St. Peter School is to first spread the Good News. By providing an educational and spiritual environment rich in knowledge and experiences, students will be empowered to achieve academic, social, physical and spiritual excellence. Our mission is to create lifelong learners that are guided by their faith and commitment to “be the good” and “do good” throughout their lives. We model the Master Teacher, Jesus, by encouraging students to challenge themselves academically and to follow their faith in all of their life’s decisions.