The Messenger

St. Peter School News

November 22, 2022

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.

“So walk in Him, established in your faith, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Colossians 2:17

Dear Parents,

The month of November is flying by! Tomorrow we will have our Thanksgiving
Feast - the first one since the start of the pandemic. We are so grateful to be able to come together as a school community to break bread. Thank you to all the families who contributed food, money, and time to bring this tradition to life.

Foundations in Education recently sponsored a breakfast with Bishop Caggiano for students selected to be Leaders of Tomorrow. Congratulations to these St. Peter students: Aaron Gonzalez (4), Danielle Smitherman (8), Genesis Castro (1), Iker Castro (3), Jayden Contreras (2), Mariluz Saldana (5), Monica Quinde (2), Nayeli Tapia (1), Samantha Nugra (4), and Steven Taapia (7).

With the colder months upon us, please be sure your child comes to school with a coat, mittens/gloves, and a hat to protect them from the elements. Thank you!

Thursday is Thanksgiving. We all wish you a wonderful holiday with family and friends. May we always give thanks to God for what we have.

In Christ,

Mary Lou Torre, Principal

PK-8 Staff

PK - Mrs. Redmond

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 - Mrs. Correa, Ms. Burnside, Mrs. Rodriguez

Principal - Mrs. Torre

Important Dates

November 23 - November 25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 27 - First Sunday of Advent

December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - No School

December 19 - Christmas Concert - 6 PM - St. Peter Church

December 23 - Early Dismissal - 11:50 a.m.

December 24 - January 2 - Christmas Break

January 3 - School Resumes

Health News - Update

St. Peter School will be employing the guidelines to support healthy in-person learning set forth by the Danbury Public Schools. Therefore, please pay close attention to the following information.

  • Vaccine Promotion: Vaccines remain the first line of defense against COVID 19, seasonal influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases.
  • COVID Testing: Free test kits are available to all students, families, and staff through the office. Any student or staff member who develops COVID 19 signs and symptoms will be asked to wear a mask and sent home to test. The Sick Day Guidelines will remain in effect. Please see the link for the guidelines:

    Fall 2022 Sick Day Guidelines for Parents - Google Docs.pdf

    Portuguese Sick Day Guidelines 8-22 - Google Docs.pdf

    Spanish Sick Day Guidelines for Parents Rev 8-22 - Google Docs.pdf

  • Quarantining/Isolation: Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID will

    need to isolate for 5 days and may return to school on day 6 if symptoms have

    significantly improved, and the individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. The individual will need to wear a mask on days 6 through 10. Any individual who is unable or unwilling to wear a mask must remain at home for 10 days. Isolation days are determined as follows: Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, regardless of the test date, or the date of the positive COVID test if the individual has not had COVID symptoms. Parents and staff should contact their School Nurse or administrator during school hours to notify them of a positive COVID test result. Repeat testing is not required to end isolation. Quarantining is no longer required for those who are exposed to COVID-19, regardless of immunization status. The individual will need to wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 5 after exposure.

From the Nurses Office:

As we approach the colder months it is important to maintain a healthy learning environment for our students here at St. Peter School.

1. If your child is going to be absent (i.e. sickness, appointments,
vacation, or any other reason) a call MUST be placed to St Peters School.

2. If a child is out two (2) or more consecutive days due to illness we will require a note from their physician.

3. Any child who has a fever or has several other symptoms (cough, runny nose, headache,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc.), will be sent home.

4. If your child has a fever or several of the symptoms mentioned above, prior to coming to
school, please do not send them to school. Follow up with your child's pediatrician and place a call to the school to let us know.

Nurse Johnson

Catholic Identity

Theme and Gospel Values for 2022-2023 School Year:

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

Our Gospel Value for the month of November is Stewardship

Be sure to check out the Disciples of the Month for October (Reverence). We are so proud of them for showing and sharing their faith with others!

Our November Faith Prayer focuses on Stewardship:

Almighty God, Your loving Hand has given us all we possess. Grant us grace that we may honor You with our substance, and, remembering our call to lovingly share our gifts, may be faithful stewards of Your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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