Watching the school come to life after the quiet summer months is immensely gratifying. Textbooks are counted, supplies sorted, names placed on desks, classrooms decorated, and lesson plans developed all in preparation for the return of students. We are thrilled to welcome 32 new families to St.Peter’s as we begin the 2014-15 school year.
We are also happy to welcome three new faculty members. Mrs. Monica Wyrick, our new Art teacher, has 11 years of teaching experience and has illustrated children’s books. Mrs. Therese Carr brings a wealth of experience to St.Peter’s as our new Spanish teacher. She has a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in English, with a concentration in teaching English as a second language. Our new Technology teacher, Ms. Jenny Priester graduates this December from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Computer Science. Each of these talented individuals will enhance the strong academic program offered to our students.
It was wonderful seeing so many parents at the “Back to School Night.” We discussed the importance of fellowship and fundraising provided by our PTO. The kick-off to our first fundraiser, World’s Finest Chocolate, has been quite successful. Each family is asked to sell at least one box. Prizes will be awarded to our top-selling students at the end of September. Innisbrook wrapping paper will be our second fundraiser in the fall and our biggest fundraising event is still to be determined! Get those creative juices flowing and share your ideas with our PTO President, Tonya Roper! Please be sure to put our 1st of three PTO meetings on your calendar, Thursday, September 25, 5:30 p.m. in Neglia Hall.
As the new school year begins, we continue our collaboration with the Columbia Conservatory of Dance. Our students in grades 1-6 will be participating in this unique PE program from September 4th through December 5th. On September 26th, all our students will attend a very special presentation by Porkchop Productions. Their fanciful adaption of The Boy Who Cried Wolf will teach important lessons about honesty. Both of these programs are made possible through the generosity of the Sullivan family (Liam, 5th grade and Ava 3rd grade).
Another creative form of learning will be available to all throughout the year. I invite you to visit the “gallery” at the end of the 1st floor. Mrs.Phillips, our third grade teacher, has created an interactive display which incorporates religion, history, and technology.
The teachers use this time at the beginning of the school year to assess what their students have retained, what type of learner each student is, and areas of strengths and weakness. Another tool used to help teachers direct instruction is the ITBS test, which will be given to students in grades 1-6 the week of September 22nd.
In closing, I would like to share a simple prayer taken from Franciscan Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain for the New York Fire Department who died helping victims in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11: “Lord, take me where you want me to go. Let me meet who you want me to meet. Tell me what you want me to say. And keep me out of your way.”
Thank you for entrusting your children to us. I look forward to working with you.
Mrs. Kathy Preston, Principal