Dear parents and friends of St. Peter’s School,
The students looked perplexed as I pulled out the cleaning supplies at Morning Prayer this week in church. What did the bucket, sponge, broom and spray bottle have to do with the season of Advent?
Advent is a time of preparation, I told them, giving the example of how we prepare our homes for special occasions. Other examples are how the teachers prepared their classrooms back in August for the students’ return, and how we often have St.Peter’s families who are preparing for a new baby’s arrival. We prepare for Christmas by decorating our homes and buying presents for family and friends. Yet during this holy season we must also prepare spiritually.
How are we preparing for the Christ Child in words, actions and prayer? Much preparation comes in the form of traditions. Here at St.Peter’s we have many lovely traditions, such as lighting the Advent Candle and singing “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” as students process from church to school after Morning Prayer. Our annual Christmas music program is another opportunity to open our hearts and feel God’s presence during the Advent season. And recently our first grade students performed for our seniors in the parish. While this time of year can become hectic with social engagements, shopping lists, and special events, let us take the time to prepare for welcoming the greatest gift, the Birth of Jesus Christ.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in our November/December service project, The Festival of Trees, which raises funds for Palmetto Children’s Hospital. Our Angels in the Vista tree was beautifully decorated with many donated angel ornaments. Over $200 was raised to benefit the Children’s Hospital.
Congratulations to our Capella Pueri for their hard work over the last few weeks. They sang beautifully in The Nutcracker at the Township during the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you also saw Capella Pueri on TV performing at Vista Lights.
Please note the following special events that will be taking place during the month of December:
• Monday, December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception, students in grades 1-6 attend noon Mass
• Friday, December 12 –Santa Claus is Coming to Town, students in grades K4-6 will attend this performance at the Koger Center
• Monday, December 15 – Strength and Movement Parent Presentation, 1:30-2:30 in Neglia Hall
• Thursday, December 18- Christmas Music Program, St.Peter’s Church,7:00pm
This year 3 new stockings will be hung in the Preston home, two new sons-in-law and one new granddaughter. Needless to say, my Advent prayers are full of gratitude! Wishing all of you the blessings of this holy season,
Mrs. Kathy Preston, Principal