Peterson's News


Good Evening,

I love it when the weather is beautiful on the weekend and I hope all of you were able to get out and enjoy it!

Teachers will teach the first lesson of our Second Step Curriculum this week. CASEL defines Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. Here is the link to the CASEL website: and below you will find more information about Second Step.

We had incredible spirit on Friday! It was wonderful to see so much purple and gold! Our primary (K-2) Spirit Day winner is Mrs. Ammons' room. They had 100% participation and our intermediate (3-5) winner is Mrs. Decker's room. 1A and 5D will each get to keep a traveling stuffed panther and have a sign outside their door for the month.

As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Alli Landstrom

Picture Day

Our school Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 15th. Picture Day forms were sent home with students last week.

PTA Updates

  • PICNIC IN THE PARK - SEPTEMBER 14TH Picnic in the Park! Tuesday, September 14th from 5:30-7:30pm on the blacktop. Food will be available for purchase from GoDoggyRun and Smallcakes!

  • SEPTEMBER DINNER NIGHT: Please join us for our next dinner night at Panera Bread

    Wednesday, September 22nd from Open-Close at the Showplace Drive Location. See flyer below.

  • SOPHIA STRONG! Sophia Miller is a 5th grade student at Peterson currently battling cancer. We will be hosting a special dinner night at McDonald's (Rte 59 location) on Thursday, October 14th from 4pm-8pm. All proceeds will be donated to Lurie Children's Hospital.

  • REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM: Reflections is a program sponsored by the National PTA that encourages students to express themselves creatively through art. This year's theme is "I WIll Change the World By...". Deadlines for submissions will be announced shortly, stay tuned! Further information can be found by going to the site listed below.

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Second Step

This week, we will begin our first lesson of our Second Step curriculum. The Second Step curriculum teaches students the Social Emotional Learning standards in a developmentally appropriate way. Please see the following link for more information: The curriculum aligns with our Panther Pledges of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Here is the link if you’re interested in more information:

Each month has a theme. The themes are Setting the Stage, Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, Problem Solving, and Friendship Skills. For the first four weeks, we have been Setting the Stage by reviewing our Panther Pledges of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. Beginning on Monday, our school-wide theme is Skills for Learning: listening, focusing attention, using self-talk to stay on-task, and being assertive when asking for help with a learning task. In our morning announcements, we’ll be reminding students of these skills, which help students be successful learners. Second Step lessons teach skills for learning. You’ll be receiving a Home Link this week describing why these skills are important and including fun activities to do with your child to practice them. We hope you enjoy them!

The Home Links do not need to be returned.

  • In Kindergarten - Third grade, Home Links are sent home based upon the content, so a Home Link will not come home every week in these grade levels.
  • In Fourth and Fifth grade, a Home Link will be sent home every week on Monday.

All links for all grade levels are posted on our website: If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me or your child's teacher.

ELL Question and Answer Event

Our ELL teachers, Mrs. Sidhwa and Mrs. Brolley will be hosting an ELL QandA event on Tuesday, September 14, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Parents who have students in the program were emailed. Below is the link to the Zoom Meeting. If you didn't receive an email about this event, you do not need to attend. Any questions, please reach out!

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Sophia Miller - #SOPHIASTRONG

Please make sure you support our October 14th dinner night!! The Peterson PTA will be donating the proceeds of our October 14th dinner night at McDonald's to Lurie Children's Hospital in Sophia's name. We hope to see you there and are grateful for your support!

Important Dates

  • September 15 - Fall Picture Day

  • September 22 - PTA Dinner at Panera

  • October 11 - No School in observance of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • October 14 - PTA Dinner Night at McDonald's all proceeds to Sophia Miller

  • October 14 - PTA Meeting

  • October 15 - Spirit Day