The Messenger

St. Peter School News

March 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.


"Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may go to heaven."

St. Rose of Lima


Dear Family and Friends of St. Peter School,


March is a month that beckons us to reflect, pray, and serve others as we prepare for the holiest, most important solemnity of the Church - Easter. Easter is such an important time that we take fifty days to celebrate!


St. Peter students have been doing an amazing job of collecting personal care items for needy residents in partnership with St. Peter Parish as we prepare for Easter. On alternating Fridays, our students virtually participate in the Stations of the Cross or Mass. Recently, our students in grades 3-8 had the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We thank our priests Father Mecca, Father Riley, and Father Frank for coming to our school to provide this Sacrament for our students. Thank you!!


During this past week, our St. Peter School teachers had the opportunity to spend part of their day in prayer, reflection and community. The day began with a prayer for our Catholic Schools including the role of Mary in our walk as disciples of Jesus, her Son. After that, the teachers had time to begin the required online course, Formation for Catholic School Teachers. In cooperation with St. Gregory the Great and St. Joseph School, the teachers were then given the opportunity to hear Laura Phelps (Walking with Purpose speaker) share about this topic: "Mary: Standing Strong at the Foot of the Cross." Her question to all of us was this: How do we make sense of unjust suffering and believe in God? She reminded us that unjust sufferings are invitations not interruptions. When life as we know it seems over, it is really just a new beginning. She reminded us to sit with Jesus's mother, stay close to Mary, and stay present in the moment. We ended the day with a whole staff Rosary outside. It was a day for teachers to spend time recharging their spiritual batteries.


Registration is underway. 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 academicallywith us in the coming 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 at the time of registration.


We are appropriately celebrating the Gospel Value of Justice this month with students. It looks different in the different grades.


As Holy Week approaches, let us remember God's love for us as we look forward to the resurrection of Jesus.


Father, by this Easter mystery You touch our lives with the healing power of your love. You have given us the freedom of the sons of God. May we who now celebrate your gift find joy in it for ever in heaven. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Many blessings to you this Easter,


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

April 1 - Holy Thursday - No School

April 2 - Good Friday - No School

April 5 - Easter Monday - No School

April 8 - End of Quarter 3

April 12 - April 16 - Spring Break - No School

Week or April 20 - ACRE Testing (Grades 5 and 8)

May 7 - Early Dismissal for Students - 1/2 Day Professional Development -Teachers

May 28 - Early Dismissal Day

May 31 - Memorial Day

June 11 - 8th Grade Graduation

June 18 - Last Day of School

St. Peter School News


Parking Lot Update:


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.


Distance Learning:


Please remember that Distance Learning is used ONLY with students who have a pre-arranged agreement with the school. It is not for occasional absences. If a child is home sick, it would be like any other sick day. The student will make up the work when they return to school.


Thank you for your cooperation regarding this important matter.


Read - A - Thon Update:


Thank you to all of our generous donors. We have raised $5,321.60 for St. Peter School. Our students read a total of 65,295 minutes. Most importantly, I see a positive attitude toward reading lately! With the help of Danbury Public Library, new books for the St. Peter School Library, and cheering on from staff, the students have a renewed and healthy hunger for reading!



Personnel Update:


We continue to look for an Early Childhood Director and a Spanish teacher. We have put our search for a PE teacher on hold for the time being. Please be aware that with the COVID - 19 restrictions, music and movement opportunities will be modified in accordance with regulations.


Before and After Care:


Be reminded that "Before and After Care" is by reservation only this year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact the office to reserve your spot or to be placed on a waiting list. We are sorry for the inconvenience this year.


World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser:


The fundraiser is moving along. If you need another box of chocolates to sell, contact the school office. We still have some boxes...


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 such as by avoiding travel, wearing masks, maintaining proper social distancing, and staying away from large crowds.


If your family is planning to travel please follow the CDC's travel guidance. Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). While mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut, please be advised that according to the CDC, all travelers, domestic or international, quarantine for 7 days and have a COVID test 3 to 5 days after they return. They must quarantine for the full 7 days. If they test on day 5, and results are not back yet, they must continue to quarantine until a negative result is obtained.


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.


Stay healthy!


Mrs. Johnson