The Messenger

St. Peter School News

May 2021



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.

“Jesus loves hidden souls. A hidden flower is the most fragrant. I must strive to make the interior of my soul a resting place for the Heart of Jesus.”

Maria Faustina Kowalska


Dear Family and Friends of St. Peter School,


May is the month of Mary! Our students have engaged in a whole-school Rosary this month and individual classes always celebrate Mary in their own special way.


If you have not yet registered for the 2021-2022 school year, please add it to your to-do list. Information has been provided to families personally and it can also be found on our website which is stpeterschooldanbury.org. We know this year has been difficult for so many and we are grateful for your partnership. We look forward to having your child continue learning, thriving, and growing both spiritually and academically with us in the upcoming year. If you know of any new families who would like to have a Catholic School education for their child, please have them reach out to zsolis@spsdanbury.org, mcorrea@spsdanbury, or mtorre@spsdanbury.org. If a family registers their child at St. Peter School because you recommend the school, as a thank you, you will receive $100 off your own tuition. All the family needs to do is mention your name to Zaida Solis, Mary Lou Torre, or Martha Correa at the time of registration.


We are celebrating the Gospel Value of Reconciliation this month with St. Peter School students. They are working on forgiveness, mercy, compassion, humility, and conflict resolution. Our second grade students along with a few third grade students celebrated First Communion this past week. We are so proud of them and wish them great joy and many blessings as they follow the heart of Jesus. Our eighth graders will be celebrating Confirmation in late June. The rite for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will occur at St. Peter Church. It confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord) upon the students.


End of the year festivities have already begun and will continue through the end of June. This past week our 8th grade students and their families were treated to a BBQ! Thanks goes to the Middle School Staff for planning, preparing and serving at this memorable event. We learned that Ms. Vill is quite the grill master, and she makes some mean marinated chicken! We also learned that Mrs. Puglisi and Ms. Marchese have some secret familiy recipes that made the BBQ that much more special. It was a memorable and enjoyable evening for everyone! Pre-K students and K students will have a moving up ceremony in June while the first graders will also have a mini celebration because they missed celebrating all together last year as kindergarten students. Our 8th graders will celebrate graduation as part of Mass on June 11th. Then, they will engage in Confirmation on June 26th. Hot Dog Day, sponsored by Father Mecca, is a time honored tradition at St. Peter School. Last year we could not hold it due to the virus, but this year, I am happy to report that Hot Dog Day is back! We do not have a firm date yet, but we are looking at a day during the week of June 7th.


As May winds down and June knocks on our door, we pray for an end to the virus that has disrupted so many lives. Thank you for all of your support these past months. Working as a team, we have climbed some steep mountains and are coming to the end of a year which has been filled with uncertainty; yet, if we look deeply, I bet we will find some silver linings!


Peace and blessings...


Mary Lou

Grade Level Teacher E-Mails

Mrs. Boyle: vboyle@spsdanbury.org (K)

Mrs. Lazzara: tlazzara@spsdanbury.org (1)

Ms. Pantaleo: apantaleo@spsdanbury.org (2)

Ms. Escudero: mescudero@spsdanbury.org (3)

Ms. Marchese: amarchese@spsdanbury.org (4)

Mrs. Galante: scapone@spsdanbury.org (5)

Mrs. Puglisi: spuglisi@spsdanbury.org (6) - MS Science

Mr. Asaro: sasaro@spsdanbury.org (7) - MS ELA

Mrs. Hanrahan: mhanrahan@spsdanbury.org (8) - MS Math

Ms. Vill: cvill@spsdanbury.org (MS SS/Tech)

Important Dates


May 28 - Early Dismissal Day - 1:15 p.m. dismissal - PD for staff members - $1 Dress Down Day

May 31 - Memorial Day - No School

June 8 - (Tentative) Mini Golf Day!

June 11 - 8th Grade Graduation - 6:00 PM - Last day of school for 8th graders...

June 11 - K Graduation - 1:00 PM with a Rain Date on June 14 - 1:00 PM

June 14 - Grade 1 Stepping Up - 10;00 AM... Stay tuned for details from Mrs. Lazzara

June 18 - Last Day of School

St. Peter School News

Recognizing Our 8th Graders...


Every year in eighth grade, three key awards are presented to three deserving eighth graders.


Tracy Arias - We congratulate Tracy for being awarded the Young Citizenship Award through the Danbury Exchange Club. She is a model citizen at St. Peter School who willingly stands up for others and for herself. This year she was also awarded first place in the Danbury Lions Club Peace Poster Contest


Michelle Fisher - Michelle is the recipient of the Thomas Vincent Foley Scholarship. This Scholarship is named in memory of Tom Foley, a member of the council who passed away in 2013. The council voted to name the scholarships in his memory because he was a true Catholic Gentleman. He had a passion for helping anyone in need, especially children. He was a person with a great sense of humor that always focused the Council on their first value: charity. Michelle is a young woman who has much to offer the world around her. She has quiet leadership skills and a dedicated spirit toward making this world a better place.


Jacey Clay - Jacey is the recipient of the Thomas Aquinas Award. She was selected for this award because she exemplifies the Catholic Faith through community service and Christ-like behavior and because of her academic performance. The award is named after St. Thomas Aquinas who was intellectually brilliant in the practice of virtue and in the area of academics. St. Thomas was one of the greatest and most influential theologians of all time. He was canonized in 1323 and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V.


Parking Lot Update:


This is an ongoing reminder...


Please remember to pull forward as much as possible when dropping children off or picking children up at school. This will help to keep the overflow traffic off of Main Street. Be cautious as there are lots of children traveling from car to school or from school to car. It is equally important for parents to remain in the car and wait for his/her child. IF a parent must exit the car, he/she must park their car in order to keep the flow of traffic moving. Thank you in advance for your help with this.


Remember to use the playground parking lot, NOT the CIFC parking lot if you need to walk your child to the door. Please do not park in the CIFC parking lot and walk to the door to pick up students in K-8 as this property does not belong to St. Peter School.


Clothing Drive Fundraiser:


Thank you to everyone who dropped off a donation for the Clothing Drive Fundraiser! We are so grateful for all of the donations.


Personnel Update:


We continue to search for a Director of Early Childhood.


Website:


Please be sure to check out our website for up to the minute information: stpeterschooldanbury.org

News from the Nurse - Sickness Protocol - Travel Guidelines

Dear Parents and Families,


Our goal at St Peter School is to provide students with a safe and healthy learning environment. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our nursing office is monitoring sickness related absences. Please see information regarding calling your child out sick and when your student requires a doctor's note to cover their sickness.


  • When do I need to call the school? ANYTIME your child is out sick. Please call and state the date and reason for absence.


  • When is a doctor's note required ? If your child is absent for 3 or more days please obtain a doctor's note to cover the absence


We are still seeing activity from the Coronavirus and ask that you continue to take precautions not to spread the virus any way you can.


If your family is planning to travel please follow the CDC's travel guidance.


Attached are the CDC International Travel Guidelines. Parents should let the school know if they are planning to travel and review travel guidelines with Mrs. Johnson. Families should be aware and prepared to adhere to guidelines before the student returns to school after travel.


On another note, Spring has sprung along with allergy season. If a student has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, a note from the doctor will be required for their student health record. Cold and allergy symptoms can mimic COVID symptoms. Please keep your child home if they have any symptoms highlighted on the COVID screening form and contact the school. A doctor's note with an alternate diagnosis or a negative COVID test will be required for return to school. Please also see attachments for additional information regarding sick day guidelines.


A Reminder to all Parents of Middle School Students:


An updated Health Assessment physical is required for all students entering 6th grade in the 2021-2022 school year. 7th grade students need to supply an updated immunization record with TDAP and Meningococcal Vaccines.


A Note About Medications In School:


If a student needs emergency medication (epi pen, asthma inhaler, etc.) in the 2021-2022 school year, a doctor's order must accompany the medication. A parent/guardian should provide the medication in a labeled pharmacy container directly to the school. Medications can not be sent to school in a child's backpack.


If you have medications at the school, please contact the school nurse to pick up items once the school year ends.


Stay healthy!


Mrs. Johnson