ELMO and OSMO are two new additions to St.Peter’s School! While this sounds like children’s cartoon characters, they are actually two new forms of Instructional Technology our students will use in the classrooms. Special thanks to Jocelyn Gnirrep (Harrison, 3rd grade) for the OSMO device which is a tool used with an ipad to promote creative and social thinking, visual discrimination and processing. The OSMOs will rotate through all of the classrooms.
The ELMO is a document camera, donated by Dr. Norris (Case, 4th grade). This classroom technology can be used to actively engage students in the learning process. Visual learners will benefit from the use of a classroom document camera by seeing small items, text, and demonstrations in a much bigger way. Hands-on learners will benefit from the use of the ELMO by allowing them to be the ones placing objects or items under the document camera and explaining what they are showing.
These generous donations are just another example of the amazing support we have at St. Peter’s School. On October 9th, we have planned a Donor and Volunteer Appreciation Reception which will allow us, in a small way, to show our gratitude for the many benefactors of our school. This special evening will begin at 6:00pm with the blessing of our beautiful mosaic of our new logo in the school hallway.
Speaking of blessings, this month we continue the tradition of the feast of St. Francis with the blessing of our furry friends. Fr.Linsky has invited our students to have their pets blessed on Friday, October 3rd at 2:30 on the soccer field. If it is not convenient for a parent to bring the pet to the school, the student may bring a picture.
Another special event taking place this month is Grandparent’s Day. On Friday, October 10th we invite grandparents and those special friends who are like grandparents to join us in the school from 7:30-11:30am. We will have refreshments, opportunities to visit classrooms, a professional picture taken of grandchildren and their grandparents, a visit to the Scholastic Book fair, and a prayer service in the church. This is an enjoyable morning, which has become a well-attended event. Our children love sharing their school with their grandparents, and we love having the grandparents here!
I look forward to being in the classrooms throughout the month of October for formal observations but, as I walk through the halls, check Tuesday folders, and review progress reports, it is evident to me that learning in a variety of modalities is taking place. Instruction is being individualized and differentiated. Our teachers take seriously their responsibilities as professional educators, and they care deeply for their students, your children.
Our first quarter ends on the 23rd of this month and report cards will be distributed at Parent/Teacher Conferences on Friday, October 31st.
Finally, we look forward to another popular event on the 30th of this month, the PTO Family Halloween Party. Parents and children are invited to a pizza dinner, fun games, prizes, and dancing. All are invited to come in creative costume. Maybe we will see an ELMO and an OSMO!!
Wishing you all the blessings of fall,
Mrs. Kathy Preston, Principal