Dear parents and friends of St. Peter’s School,
Emerging research points to gratitude as a potential bridge between a student’s academic and social well-being. Studies show that grateful youth have higher Grade Point Averages, experience more positive emotions, and ultimately lead more meaningful adult lives. Practicing gratitude at a young age promotes the development of self-control, so important to lifelong success (Education Update, ASCD).
Here at St. Peter’s, gratitude is imbedded in the curriculum and culture. Helping students to be aware of the blessings in their lives and teaching them to be aware of the needs of others begins in the K4 class. This is evident as our 4-year-olds collect canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Last month the school shared our gratitude for two very special groups, our grandparents and our many wonderful donors and volunteers.
Our school-wide service project this month will support the Palmetto Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees. We are asking each family to donate an angel-themed ornament which will decorate St. Peter’s Angels in the Vista tree. This tree and many others will be auctioned off the weekend of November 22-23 at the Columbia Convention Center. All proceeds from this popular event go to enhancing programs at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.
Our Capella Pueri is honored to have been asked, once again, to participate in two community events. On Thursday, November 20, the Capella will be singing at Vista Lights, the official kick-off to Columbia’s Christmas season. On November 26, 28, and 30, the Capella is the guest chorus for The Nutcracker, performed by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, at the Township Auditorium. Our auditioned children’s choir, under the direction of Mr. Mark Husey, is an impressive group, performing at a very high level with a well-earned reputation for excellence, not simply for their music, but for their exemplary behavior as well.
Our students will also be in attendance at the Veterans Day Parade on November 11. This is an important opportunity to show our gratitude for the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in our military.
Finally, all of our students in grades K4-6 contributed to this year’s Christmas cards, which will be available in the office before Thanksgiving break. Special thanks to our Art teacher, Mrs. Wyrick, for her work with this project.
It is my hope that each of you have much to be grateful for–your faith, family, friends, health, and happiness. Let us all tap into the power of gratitude during this month of “Thanksgiving!”
Mrs. Kathy Preston, Principal