The Messenger

St. Peter School News

December, 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.

"And, in the end...everything else will turn out to be unimportant and inessential , except for this:

Father, Child, and Love." Pope John Paul II

Dear Parents,

December has arrived! While the first days were on the warm side, winter seems here to stay for a few months.

We will have our annual Christmas Pageant this year on December 19th at 6 PM at St. Peter Church. Please open the attached document detailing all the information you will need regarding the concert/pageant. The students have been rehearsing their songs and their parts every day with great enthusiasm! I hope you will be able to come and enjoy an extra special Christmas Pageant this year. I think you will find it to be a beautiful way to celebrate the blessings of the season.

As we prepare our hearts and minds during this season of Advent, may we be filled with the warmth of Jesus' love. This time of year calls us to become reflective and recall the many blessings we have received over the past twelve months. For me, being the principal at St. Peter School is a blessing because every day I am greeted with young children bursting with joy to come to school and share whatever is on their mind. The wonder of this season shines through these children, whether they are 3 or 13 or somewhere in between. My hope is that they will carry this wonder with them throughout their lives. When we look at the Baby Jesus laying in the manger, we can not help but be filled with love and joy. But, perhaps Pope Francis says it best, "Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace." As you spend time with family and loved ones, may this joy be ever present as you go about your activities. All of us at St. Peter School wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

In Christ,

Mary Lou Torre, Principal

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

Principal - Mrs. Torre

Important Dates

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

December 23 - Early Dismissal - 11:50 a.m. - Free Dress Down Day for Students...

December 24 - January 2 - Christmas Break

January 3 - School Resumes

January 13 - Early Dismissal - Staff PD - 11:50

January 16 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

January 27 - End of Quarter 2

January 29 - February 4th - Catholic Schools Week

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.

5. 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.

6. With the flu season upon us, even though it is not required, we do encourage you to send you child to school wearing a mask.

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.

Our Gospel Value for the month of December is Generosity.

Our December Faith Prayer focuses on:

Prayer for Generosity - St. Ignatius of Loyola: Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God, Teach me true generosity. Teach me to serve you as you deserve. To give without counting the cost, To fight heedless of wounds, To labor without seeking rest, To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward, Save the knowledge that I have done your will. 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


This is an important message for all parents regarding registration for the 2023 - 2024 school year. St. Peter School is going automated starting next year. More information to follow as it becomes available. Please be on the lookout for updated information.

With regard to Bishop's Scholarship Fund, please see below:

  • K-8 Only
  • Apply online via FACTS Grant and Aid , complete all questions regarding BSF, and submit supporting documentation and a $30 FACTS processing fee.
  • The application requires the entire 2021 IRS Federal tax returns along with 2022 W2s. If applicants do not receive W2s, then they must submit a 2022 tax return.
  • Deadline to apply: March for current families and April 15 for new families.
  • Award Notifications - Early May for current families and Late May for new families.

The BSF Brochure and the FAQs are attached below for your perusal.

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: