Claver Chronicles

Sharing the Good News about St. Peter Claver Catholic School

November 13, 2022

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Thank you to all families who attended parent-teacher conferences last Friday. Effective communication between teachers and parents leads to a strong partnership that will ultimately impact student success! If you did not have a conference with your scholar's teacher, please email the teacher directly to arrange a conference time.


You should have received an email from StepUp to approve your student's 2nd quarter FES/SUFS distribution payment for the 2022-23 school year. Please check your email. Simply follow these steps:

  • Login to your Step Up account
  • Click "Check the Status of an Application"
  • Click the link found within the red text to review the student's payment.
  • Review, complete and submit the electronic form.

Please contact us in the School Office if you need assistance.


11/01 - All Saints' Day - Mass @ 9am

11/03 - Early Release @ 12:15pm - Faculty & Staff PD

11/04 - End of Trimester 1

11/11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students)

11/18 - Welcome Opera Tampa!

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28 - Classes Resume


As you know, families are required to complete 10 volunteer service hours each year. We need parent helpers to assist with this year's field day activities usually held during the month of May. The following requirements must be completed in order to volunteer/visit in-person during the instructional day.

Fingerprinting-based background screening:

Safe Environment Training Program:


This year, St. Peter Claver Catholic School students in grades Kindergarten through six are using Lexia® Core5® Reading—a fun, computer-based program that helps students improve their literacy skills. The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Here’s how Lexia Core5 Reading works:

· Your child begins Core5 at a starting point that fits his or her needs and then engages in online activities throughout the week.

· Online activities include direct instruction and immediate feedback as your child learns new skills.

· Progress and performance in the program are reported directly to teachers so that they can provide assistance when needed.

· Students receive certificates as they progress through the levels of the program.

Students can access Lexia at home anytime (How to Access Lexia at Home Using Clever), and the program has provided ways that families can help further their children’s love of reading (Lexia Home Activity Sheet). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Badman, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment:


Lisa Hook Bell is an author and former Elementary School teacher who recognizes the importance of children being able to see themselves in the books they read. She and her family are members of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and her husband, his siblings and their sons attended St. Peter Claver School.

Her book, Kenya and the Terrible Tornado Toilet is about a funny and spunky kindergartner who is terrified of the loud ferocious toilet in her new classroom. In the end she learns about the importance of facing and overcoming her fears. This book is the first in a series of books about little Kenya. Every book is written to make the readers laugh out loud, while building moral character traits and learning valuable life lessons.

You will have an opportunity to meet Mrs. Bell on Saturday, December 3 from 3 - 6pm in O'Keefe Hall at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. See you there!

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