A Note From Mrs. Preston
Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s School,
Closing out a school year is a jumble of activities, celebrations and emotions. On the faces of students, teachers, and parents you see expressions of excitement, anxiety, happiness, and exhaustion.
Tears were shed as we said good bye to those not returning to St.Peter’s, families that are moving and our graduates who are moving on. It was very hard to let this 6th grade class go. They are a delightful group of young men and women whom we have watched grow over the years. As they came to the end of their time at St.Peter’s, they wrote eloquently about their memories and the impact that St.Peter’s School has had on their young lives.
“Coming to the day of Graduation is not easy. I have mixed feelings of sadness and happiness. I am sad because I have to say good bye to all the teachers, students and the staff that I deeply love. I am happy that I am going to use what St.Peter’s School has taught me to meet my future challenges and goals.”
Now, as the school has emptied for the summer months, we focus our attention on preparations for the 2016-17 academic year. Classroom supplies are ordered, a fresh coat of paint goes on the walls of some classrooms, and all carpets and floors are cleaned. Meetings are held addressing curricular developments, campus security, instructional technology, and facility upgrades.
Our Auction Committee has met to organize acquisitions for the Angels in the Vista Auction, already scheduled for Friday, November 11th. Be sure to get this on your calendar! Also, as you are out and about this summer, if you should come across a fun auction item, or destination, please be sure to contact our Auction Chairs, Mrs. Stephanie Hall (theHalls@sc.rr.com) or Mrs. Jennifer Penso (firstname.lastname@example.org). St.Peter’s Angels in the Vista Auction is known for its terrific and varied auction items…and for being a lot of fun!
I am especially proud of our teachers who are using these summer months to further enrich their teaching skills. Four of our teachers attended a week long program that completed a yearlong Nature-Based Inquiry Professional Development Initiative through the University of South Carolina. Our Technology teacher attended Googlefest in Charleston; three of our teachers are attending Diocesan Curriculum Committee meetings. Also in Charleston, two of our teachers attended a seminar on special needs modifications and accommodations in the classroom and two teachers will be attending an Educator’s Workshop presented by Richland County Storm Water Management Division. This time spent on professional development is a testament to our faculty’s dedication to excellence.
However, I believe that these warm, summer days serve a higher purpose. This past spring, while at the Diocesan Principal’s retreat, I learned of a very special virtue, Eutrapelia. This virtue spoken about by Aristotle and St.Thomas Aquinas teaches us the importance of relaxation and “re-creation.”
This rest from work reminds us that it is God’s world, not ours. The progress of the world depends on Him before it depends on us. Human life is a gift and a grace to be received and lived with joy. The human being needs time to relax and to rest, time for enjoyment and games, for witty and warm conversation with friends. If we are to be useful to our friends, family and co-workers, we need to respect the limitations of our energies. We need to know when to stop and relax.
Eutrapelia is the virtue that enables us to give ourselves fully to the very serious business of enjoying the delights of friendship and love, family and friends, books and games, music and laughter.
Wishing all of the St.Peter’s faith community slow, peaceful summer days and joyful moments with family and friends,
Mrs. Kathy Preston