The Messenger

St. Peter School News

September/October 2020

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.

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matthew 6:34

Dear Family and Friends of St. Peter School,

As September draws to a close, October will be here before we know it. The fall is such a special time of year as we transition to cooler weather and more hopeful days. We have had an unusual start to the 2020-2021 school year; I am sure we all look forward to brighter days ahead.

Distance Learning Options:

In September, I shared some options regarding Distance Learning. It has been recapped for your information below. Please note that if you wish to change your option for Quarter 2, please notify me via email ( by October 16th,

  • Option 1 = 5-day in-person learning as long as it is safe within the community.
  • Option 2 = Distance Learning


  • If a family has chosen Option 1, they will have to decide two weeks prior to the end of the quarter if they are staying with Option 1 OR choosing Option 2 for the next quarter.
  • If a family has chosen Option 2, they will have to decide two weeks prior to the end of the quarter if they are staying with Option 2 OR choosing Option 1 for the next quarter.

Quarters: (Subject to adjustment based on any days impacted by weather or COVID-19.)

Quarter 1 - Now through October 30 - Decision needed by October 16.

Quarter 2 - October 31 - January 20 - Decision needed by January 6.

Quarter 3 - January 21 - March 26 - Decision needed by March 12.

Quarter 4 - March 29 - End of School Year


Wearing a mask continues to be a regular part of the routine at St. Peter School. Be sure that your child wears a mask to school and carries an extra one "just in case." Mask wearing on the bus is also required. We also have extra ones on hand in the case of an emergency.

Personnel Update:

We are still searching for a Music Teacher, a PE Teacher, and a second grade teacher. We are also looking for a Building Substitute. Please be aware that with the COVID - 19 restrictions, Music and PE opportunities will be modified in accordance with regulations. If you know anyone who is interested in any of these positions, please let me know.

We will have a guidance counselor beginning the week of October 5th. She is through Catholic Charities and will be availailble two days a week. She will be meeting with students virtually at least to start.

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.

Signature Page:

These are due by October 2.

Open House:

Stay tuned for information about St. Peter School's Virtual Open House coming up on October 8th.

School Telehealth Services:

Be sure to check out My Catholic Doctor document which is attached.

In closing, please know that you can call our office and speak to a secretary or me if you have any questions. You can also email,, or Thank you for your partnership. May God bless you richly during this school year.

In Christ,

Mary Lou Torre, St. Peter School Principal

St. Peter Catholic Theme for the 2020-2021 School Year and Gospel Values

Every year St. Peter School staff adopts a theme for the year as well as identifies monthly gospel values.


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:1

Monthly Gospel Values:

October - Community

November - Service

December - Faith

January - Hope

February - Love

March - Justice

April - Courage

May - Reconcilliation

Grade Level Teacher E-Mails

Mrs. Boyle: (K)

Mrs. Lazzara: (1)

Ms. Amy Pantaleo: (2) (Temporary Substitute Teacher)

Ms. Escudero: (3)

Ms. Marchese: (4)

Mrs. Galante: (5)

Mrs. Puglisi: (6) - MS Science

Mr. Rendich: (7) - MS ELA

Mrs. Hanrahan: (8) - MS Math

Ms. Vill: (MS SS/Tech)

Family Survey Link - Please follow the link to complete the survey... Thanks!

Elementary School Athletics

Please review the letter which is attached. In light of the current circumstances, St. Peter will not be participating in Basketball at this time. This includes team formation and conditioning in cohorts. We all recognize how important it is to educate the whole child and we will seek other opportunities to foster extracurricular activites as appropriate and allowable given COVID-19 restrictions.

Important Dates

Week of October 4 - Fire Prevention Week

October 5 - Winter Uniform Transition

October 8 - Virtual Open House

October 9 - Early Dismissal - 12:30

October 12 - No School

November 3 - Teacher PD - No School for Students

November 5 and November 6 - Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Handbooks - Please check out the handbooks by following the links below...