The Messenger

St. Peter School News

October 3, 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.


"If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."

St. Francis of Assisi


Dear Parents,


Welcome, October! This quote from St. Francis seems so fitting right now. God calls each of us to do His work every day. Our Diocesan administrative team had a retreat last week and the theme was "Be Still", one of the messages was to listen in silence and let God do His work through us without getting in His way!


October is Respect Life Month and the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. See Rosary reminder below...


We have been busy at St. Peter School during the month of September, which by the way, seemed to fly by! It was wonderful to see the children and reconnect. The staff members have worked tirelessly to make their classrooms safe havens for their students.


We continue to focus on literacy and during the month of September, our two outside consultants made visits to the school and classrooms to meet with teachers and set the literacy roadmap for the school year. We are fortunate to have these professionals work with our staff and indirectly, with our students.


Allow me to take a moment to review some important reminders with you...


Face Coverings


We all know that face coverings are one of the best ways to reduce the risk of COVID 19 transmission. Therefore, students are required to provide and to wear masks. Students are required to wear masks during times when social distancing can not occur. Mask breaks will be offered throughout the school day. (Extra masks will be available - just ask!) Masks are expected to be worn by students, staff, and visitors daily until further notice. This is based on the current state and local mandates.


Morning Procedures:


We will begin receiving students at 8:00 AM unless prior arrangements have been made for Before Care. Note well: It is more important than ever for students to be dropped off on time. If a student is tardy, the parent will need to park, walk their child to the side door and remain until someone is able to greet the student. School officially begins at 8:25 for K-8 students. Students are considered tardy after that time. No adults are allowed to enter the building and walk their child(ren) to the classroom. We will ensure that they safely reach their destination.


  • Pre-K families will continue to enter St. Peter School through the Playground Door.
  • Students who are dropped off by a parent/guardian will enter via the Playground Door. Parents are reminded to use the Rectory driveway to enter the St. Peter School playground lot for drop off and pick up.
  • Students who arrive via bus will enter the building using the side door across from the Rectory.
  • Morning Prayer/Pledge/Announcements will begin precisely at 8:35 daily. All students are expected to be in their classrooms ready to pray with their peers and teachers.


Afternoon Procedures:


Students are dismissed at 2:40 PM each day. Early dismissal is at 12:30 PM. Emergency Early dismissal is at 11:50 AM. Please stagger your arrival.


Students who are picked up after school will be dismissed from their classroom to the playground parking lot. Upon arrival, the staff member in the lot will radio the names of the student(s) being picked up. A staff member will be waiting near the playground doorway to ensure they get into the correct car. Be mindful about driving carefully around the children by taking your cell phone calls at a later time, and staying in line.


Students who take the bus home will be called by bus to meet a staff member at the Rectory side door. They will be walked to the bus by a staff member.


Students who are walkers will need to bring a note. They will be dismissed by their classroom teacher at 2:40. They will exit through the door across from the Rectory.


Before Care/After-Care:


This will be by reservation ONLY. If you need this service, please contact Martha in the school office to get your name on a waiting list.


School Handbook:


The School Handbook is available on the website and within this newsletter. School safety, student learning, and communication continue to be among our highest priorities.


It is mandatory that the Signature Pages and Acceptable Use Policy be completed and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher ASAP as some are still missing. All signature pages will be kept on file in the office.


Behavior Expectations:


Please remind your child that it is their responsibility to make good choices at school and off school grounds. As Catholic school students, they are called to represent themselves as Jesus would wherever they may find themselves.


Communication:


In addition to Facebook, Instagram, the St. Peter School Website, phone, text messages and e-mail, a monthly newsletter will be sent to families electronically in an effort to maintain ongoing communication between home and school. Note Well: This newsletter can be translated into any language by clicking Translate.


Tuition Policy for COVID - 19:


Due to continuing financial obligations relating to operations costs, including administration, faculty and staff salaries, there will be no suspension, reduction, or refund of tuition or applicable fees.


Open House:


Thank you to all the families who attended Open House this past week. I know the teachers were excited to meet with you.


Progress Reports:


Progress reports will be going home on October 12th with your children. Please be on the lookout!


Sickness:


Students must stay home if they are feeling sick, have a temperature of 100.0 degrees or above, have any symptoms consistent with COVID 19, have traveled to a location on the quarantine list, or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID 19. We ask that parents refrain from administering any fever-reducing medications prior to sending children to school to avoid risk of transmitting any infection to another person. If a child becomes ill and must go home, arrangements for pick-up must be done within the half hour.


Visitors:


No visitors will be allowed in the school unless an appointment has been made. In most cases, appointments will be conducted by telephone/Google Meet/video conference.


School Procedures:


School procedures will be reassessed and changed as needed to promote the safety of all.

Mass will be celebrated weekly and Diocesan protocols will be followed.


Classrooms will be set up to allow for maximum strategic social distancing and to limit face-to-face contact as necessary and based on current protocols. Middle school students WILL be able to change classes this year.


Outside time will occur in cohorts (to the extent possible) on a scheduled basis.


Students will not move freely about the building as in the past, but will be able to switch classes for PE, Music, Spanish, and Art if warranted and scheduled.


We understand that there is a delay in the processing of uniform orders. IF your child does not yet have uniform, it is expected that he/she will attend school wearing neat clothing, i.e. no jeans, etc.


If your child is going to be picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, send in a note for the teacher or call the office. The person picking up your child will be required to show identification before your child is released.


Athletic Association:


If you are able to get involved with any sports (basketball, track, cross country), please let me know as soon as possible. (mtorre@spsdanbury.org) Thank you in advance for your consideration! We want to be able to offer our students this extracurricular opportunity.


Transition to Winter Uniforms:


October 11th is the official date!


Basketball:


We are in the exploratory stages of scheduling practices. We have several volunteers to support the girl's basketball team and a few volunteers to support the boy's basketball team.


Please email me (mtorre@spsdanbury.org) if your child is interested in being on a team this year. While we must follow protocols, I would like to see who is interested in this potential opportunity. I will share the information with volunteer coaches.


Closing Thoughts:


Thank you for your support as we enter into another adventurous school year. Our primary objective is to provide a safe environment for all as we look forward to coming together as a community.


Together we continue to pray for God’s blessings on St. Peter School and the parish community. We pray for wisdom, strength, hope, and God’s grace. We also pray for the safety and health of our St. Peter community members. May Our Lady continue to watch over us.


In Christ,


Mary Lou Torre, Principal

PK-8 Staff

Staff Members - K through 8


K - Mrs. Boyle/Mrs. McCabe - vboyle@spsdanbury.org


1 - Mrs. Lazarra/Mrs. Kolitsas - tlazzara@spsdanbury.org


2 - Ms. Galli - lgalli@spsdanbury.org


3 - Mrs. Moody (nee Escudero) - mescudero@spsdanbury.org


4- Ms. Marchese - amarchese@spsdanbury.org


5 - Mrs. Galante - scapone@spsdanbury.org


6 - Mrs. Hanrahan (Math) - mharahan@spsdanbury.org


7 - Ms. Vivirito(English) - dvivirito@spsdanbury.org


8 - Mrs. Puglisi (Science) - spuglisi@spsdanbury.org


Social Studies - Middle School/Innovation/Technology - Ms. Vill - cvill@spsdanbury.org


Specialists


Mr. Bellucci (PE) - pbellucci@spsdsnbury.org

Ms. Campbell (Music) - rcampbell@spsdanbury.org

Mrs. Preveza (Art/Special Education) - apreveza@spsdanbury.org

Ms. Pantaleo (Spanish and English Language Teacher) - apantaleo@spsdanbury.org


Danbury Support Team


Ms. Kruijs, Mrs. Carino, Mrs. Conron


Office Staff


Mrs. Correa (mcorrea@spsdanbury.org) - Administrative Assistant

Ms. Burnside (kburnside@spsdanbury.org) - Administrative Assistant

Ms. DeFlumeri (kdeflumeri@spsdanbury.org) - Bookkeeper


Preschool Staff


Ms. Lucy Rice - lrice@spsdanbury.org

Mrs. Patti Norman-Paez - ppaez@spsdanbury.org

Mrs. Jessica Arconti - jarconti@spsdanbury.org

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.


Our first community project is Box of Joy. Box of Joy is an annual Christmas gift ministry organized by local Catholic schools, parishes and groups across the United States and facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach. Using donated dollars, St. Peter School staff members will purchase needed toys and supplies on the approved list, and then students will pack up the boxes to be shipped to various developing countries around the world. This is a simple and tangible service experience that has both a material and spiritual impact on the poorest of the poor in developing countries. It is a chance to spread the Good News of God's love with children worldwide.

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.


Immaculate Update:


October 28 - Tentative High School Placement Exam at St. Peter School - Time to be determined...


Questions about Immaculate? Check out this inquiry form.


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.


Henry Abbott Technical School will be having an Open House on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 5:45 p.m. The weather date is Tuesday, November 16.


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 preschool students took a trip to the Senior Center on Thursday to pick up hats, mittens, and stuffed animals all hand crafted by the community! We thank them for their generosity, and especially look forward to sending the stuffed animals to other countries as part of our Box of Joy service project! We are delighted to have the involvement of the community in this service project!! Take a peek at some of the pictures.


We have restructured the Preschool in the following manner: Mrs. Arconti will become the faith-based preschool teacher. Mrs. Paez and Ms. Rice will be in charge of SR2 and SR1, respectively. We look forward to this new configuration. Ms. Radeschi will assist Mrs. Arconti and we are in the processs of finalizing assistants in each of the other two classrooms.

Important Dates

October 8 - Early Dismissal - 12:30 for students

October 11 - No School

October 12 - Progress Reports sent home - Transition to Winter Uniforms

October 28 - Tentative High School Placement Exam @ St. Peter for 8th graders

Novemnber 2 - PD for Teachers; PK and SR are OPEN

November 4 & 5 - Early Dismissal - Parent Conferences - Details to follow...

November 11 - Veterans Day - No School - SR is OPEN