The Messenger

St. Peter School News

November 22, 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.

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” - St. Ambrose

Dear Parents,

Happy Thanksgiving! As we prepare to give thanks this year, we have so much to be grateful for in our families. St. Ambrose says it best as the quote above represents.

The months of October and November have been busy ones! The students packed up Boxes of Joy to ship off to other countries. They did an excellent job selecting items for the child who would be receiving their special box! Students have been practicing for the Christmas concert with great heart. I have had the pleasure of hearing them practice and can not wait for their big performance!

The November Gospel Value is Love of God and Love of Neighbor (acts of kindness and patience and generosity and mercy).

Donation Button:

Please visit our website and check out our new feature. We have added a button to make it easier to donate to St. Peter School. Thank you for checking out our website.


We are so thrilled to be able to use the gym this year. Our students love using the spacious gym which is really in our back yard!


The basketball schedule is posted below for the boys. This year, the girls will engage in non-league games. That information is posted as well. Coaches for the girl's group are Ms. Morocho and Ms. Radeschi. Coaches for the boy's teams are Coach Bill and Coach Warner.

Closing Thoughts:

"In all things give thanks." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I wish all St. Peter School famililes time to share laughs, feast on food that is tasty, and create memories that will be cherished forever.

In Christ,

Mary Lou Torre, Principal

PK-8 Staff

Staff Members - K through 8

K - Mrs. Boyle/Mrs. McCabe -

1 - Mrs. Lazarra/Mrs. Kolitsas -

2 - Ms. Galli -

3 - Mrs. Moody (nee Escudero) -

4- Ms. Marchese -

5 - Mrs. Galante -

6 - Mrs. Hanrahan (Math) -

7 - Ms. Vivirito(English) -

8 - Mrs. Puglisi (Science) -

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


Mr. Bellucci (PE) -

Ms. Campbell (Music) -

Mrs. Preveza (Art/Special Education) -

Ms. Pantaleo (Spanish and English Language Teacher) -

Danbury Support Team:

Ms. Kruijs, Mrs. Carino, Mrs. Conron, Ms. Lombardi

Catapult Interventionist:

Lauren McEvoy

Office Staff:

Mrs. Correa ( - Administrative Assistant

Ms. Burnside ( - Administrative Assistant

Ms. DeFlumeri ( - Bookkeeper

Preschool Staff:

Ms. Lucy Rice -

Mrs. Patti Norman-Paez -

Mrs. Jessica Arconti -

Catholic Theme

Our theme this year is: "Building a Community of Faith and Service."

Our scripture reading for the year is: 1Peter 33:8 - "Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, and humble."

Our Monthly Virtues are:

September - Faith

October - Hope

November - Love of God

December - Prayerfulness

January - Simplicity

February - Purity of Heart

March - Sacrifice

April - Obedience

May - Reflectiveness

Each month one student from each classroom will be named a Disciple of the Month. The decision will be made based on the student's actions in accordance with the Monthly Virtues.

We will post the names of the Disciples of the Month in this newsletter. Each student will receive a certificate and will be recognized at a Friday Mass.

Stay tuned for our December Service Project!

Updates for 8th Graders

The 8th grade year is a pivotal year in student's lives as they look ahead to their high school years. Many of our 8th graders are already fully invested in the process.

Immaculate High School:

Our 8th grade students participated in the High School Placement Test and those interested in attending Immaculate High School, have submitted their applications. We wish them well in the quest to become a Mustang!

Henry Abbott Technical School:

The new electronic application will be available on November 1, 2021 - A new format is being created and details will be shared once they are made available.

For the Class of 2026, the "Priority Deadline" for 8th grade students to have the best chance for being offered an initial acceptance is December 15, 2021.

Initial Acceptance letters will be sent out in February 2022.

Preschool News

Our preschoolers are very happy learning in their classrooms. They bring so much joy to St. Peter School. Check out the pictures below to see them in action.

Important Dates

November 24 - Early Dismissal - PK through Grade 8 Only

November 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School (SR closed)

December 6 - Christmas Concert - 6 PM @ St. Peter Church - Students arrive at 5:30.

December 8 - Feast of Immaculate Conception - No School (SR Open)

December 9 - Dress Down Day for Malta House - See handbook for dress down criteria.

December 23 - Early Dismissal (All classes)

December 24 - January 2 - Christmas Break (SR closed on 12/24 & 12/31)

January 3 - School Resumes

Spotlight on Students

Gospel Value for the month of October was Hope:

We recognized the following individuals for demonstrating this value during the month of October: Melissa Roberto - Grade 8; Brenda Lemes - Grade 7; Lara Seabra - Grade 6;

Daphne Ribeiro - Grade 5; Clara Carneiro - Grade 4; Dennis Arias - Grade 3;

Andressa Arcanjo - Grade 2; Luan Maia - Grade 1; and Sasha Lopez - Kindergarten.

These students believed in themselves and others when tasks were difficult; they possessed an optimistic attitude when facing challenges; they remained hopeful for the future; they encouraged classmates to make kind and wise choices during the day; and they recognized that when things were hard, having hope helped them eventually master the task or overcome the situation!

Annual Christmas Tree Coloring Contest:

Congratulations to Ian Mejia for winning the contest and getting the opportunity to pick out his very own Christmas tree this year! Way to go, Ian!!

Reminders for Parents - Student Behaviors

We are noticing students in all grades need reminders about keeping hands to themselves lately and using kind words. Please remind your children of these rules and resulting consequences which are detailed in the student handbook.

When talking with your children, remind them to talk to an adult at school if something or someone has hurt their feelings so immediate interventions can be taken.

We appreciate your partnership in these matters.

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