June 3, 2020

Dear K-5 Parents,


It has been a pleasure to work with each of your children this year! I am very grateful to have met each and every one of them. The ending of the school year may not have ended as we had expected, but I am thankful we had so many opportunities to meet through Zoom and Google Classroom.  This summer, a kindergarten review packet will be sent via email.


I wanted to thank all of the K-5 parents once more for all the incredible work put into this school year, especially during this distance learning process.  Thank you again for all your support and kindness.


I hope everyone has a fantastic, fun-filled summer! 


God Bless,

Miss Rovelli

Kindergarten Supply List 2020-2021

Mrs. Tara Gilliam, Teacher





  • Tri-fold sleep mat- 45”Lx19”Wx1”H (The mats are red & blue. Due to storage limitations in our room, we cannot allow mats that are larger than these dimensions. Any mat that is larger will be sent home and a new mat will have to be purchased. The required mat size is available at Wal-Mart.)
  • 1 Back Pack (Please make sure the Back Pack can hold a small blanket for quiet time and a letter size folder; Please NO wheels, animal shaped, or messenger bags.)
  • 1 Water Bottle (students will need to bring a water bottle daily to school filled with water only. Please make sure your child knows how to open and close the water bottle.)
  • 2 BLUE sturdy plastic folders with pockets
  • 1 pair round tipped scissors for school and 1 pair for home. If your child is left-handed, please make sure to buy left-handed scissors.
  • Full change of uniform clothing (place in a large zip lock bag to be kept in your child’s backpack)


Please label the above your items with child’s name. Thanks


1 BLUE pencil box

1 box Crayola crayons (16 count)

1 package of Crayola washable markers (10 count)

1 bottle of Elmer’s liquid school glue (4 ounces)

2 large boxes of tissue

2 reams of white copy paper

1 package of baby wipes

1 large container Lysol/Clorox disinfectant wipes

2 black and white marbled composition books

Girls: 1 package of white cardstock

Boys: 1 play-doh 4-pack assorted colors

1 bottle of plain (fragrance free) hand soap


Optional:  Face Mask


Kindergarten Reading List 2020-2021

Mrs. Tara Gilliam, Teacher




Research has shown that single greatest factor in predicting reading success is whether a child is read to when young. Here are just some suggestions to get you started!


Freight Train

By: Donald Crews


Ten Little Fish

By: Audrey Wood


Hop on Pop

By: Dr. Seuss


The Mixed Up Chameleon

By: Eric Carle


Goodnight Moon

By: Margaret Wise Brown


Any Easy Readers Level One

Summer Bridge activity book highly recommended for practice of taught skills in K-4.


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Dear Parents:

Below please find the assignments for each grade. Please encourage your child to read every day. What a wonderful time to catch up on a book, read a book together or write a book yourself! 🙂

K4 Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and Gaston. Links were sent through the email from Mrs. Wall.

K5 Read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Gaston. Links were sent through the email from Mrs. Wall.

Grades 1-3 Read Drum Dream Girl, Gaston, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, Wolfi the Bunny, Stone Soup, and The Night Gardener. Links were sent through the email from Mrs. Wall.

Grades 4-6 Read The Hundred Dresses and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. (Links were sent through the email from Mrs. Wall. Listen to at least a chapter of each.) Please also keep a diary or create a diary of your life/daily activities (it can be fiction – it doesn’t have to be an accurate account of your life at home!) while you are away from school.  Think of Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy Kid as an example.  Be creative – draw pictures to accompany it.  It can certainly be a graphic novel. 

If you do not have access to a computer to go to youtube.com, do not worry. Please read for at least 20 minutes a day. All students please keep a record of all the books you read over the break.

Stay well! I look forward to seeing you soon, and happy reading!

Mrs. Abramson

March 16th

Dear Parents and Guardians of 5th and 6th grade students,

With the recent decision to close our school until March 31st, please be assured that your child was provided with packets of work and instructions to keep their learning current, relevant, and supported by these activities.

Each assignment was written in the back of your child’s agenda on the June 1st page; this is done because of my assumption that this particular page would not be used in the future.  With the exception of Social Studies, all materials have already been brought home.  Your child was instructed to take home their Social Studies composition book that contains an outline and notes on the current lesson being studied,  “The Human Face of War”.  We have an upcoming test on that lesson.  Should your student want to supplement their study with our textbook, please come to the school by 3:00 today to retrieve that and anything else you would like your child to have with them during this unexpected departure from school. 

Should you wish to contact me, you may do so at


Monday through Friday.  I will check my messages close to noontime, and I will respond to you on that day unless a circumstance prevents me from doing so.  

I will miss seeing my precious students.  This class of fifth graders has become so special to me–I love being their teacher and regard it as a blessing direct from God.  Every day I find a reason to remind them of how wonderful they are.  Please give them a hug from me, and tell them I will be thinking of them and praying for them and all of us during this uncertain time.

In closing, I found a quote written by a child named “Joseph”.  It made me smile, and I hope it does the same for you…

       “When it’s dark, be the one who turns on the light.”

May you and yours be lights for each other,


Miss L. Boron

COVID-19 Update: School Closure

Dear Parents:

Due to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic and recent developments in guidance from public health, state, and local leadership, we will be suspending our classes from March 16 through 31. Based on the recommendations of officials and reflection among our leadership here in the Diocese, we believe this is the most necessary course of action to meet our obligation to the common good of our students, families, and communities.

In an effort to continue academic enrichment, St. Peter’s Catholic School will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Learning packets must be distributed to students as part of the approved school closure plan, which was approved by the S.C. Department of Education. Principals and teachers will provide details to students and parents via email.
  • The school must ensure that all students have the necessary learning tools (books, instructional materials, etc.) to enable students to be prepared to complete all assignments.
  • In applicable elementary schools, each teacher should include, in her/his plans, posted times when s/he will be monitoring and answering email questions and inquiries.

If your child or children need to come to school tomorrow to gather textbooks or school assignments, we will be open until 3:00 p.m., the end of our normal school day. We will not re-open until April 1, at the earliest.

Regarding online learning, major internet service providers, including Comcast and Charter, have expanded their offerings to make sure more students and families have access. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Comcast is removing data caps and opening up their nationwide network of Xfinity Wi-fi hotspots free for the next 60 days.

Officials with our school, alongside those in the Catholic Schools Offices, will continue to closely monitor this evolving health crisis and remain committed to keeping you informed. We will communicate with you as needed in the upcoming days and weeks.

The Diocese of Charleston has launched a special website that will include updates and information about the coronavirus. You can visit that at https://charlestondiocese.org/office-of-multimedia/covid-19-response

Blessings Always,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

March 9th – 13th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

In light of the COVID-19 virus, I want you to know that the classroom and the school already has excellent cleaning procedures in place.  We wipe down our desks, surfaces, and anything that would be touched daily.  We wash hands constantly and the church has stopped the cup and shaking of hands.  We only have the best interest of your child in mind.  With that said, if your child is not feeling well, we ask you keep them home.  This is nothing new, but sometimes we just need a friendly reminder.  Also, if your child has a fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will continue our Lenten journey by looking more closely at the spiritual works of mercy.

Reading: The students will continue with our “Little House on the Prairie” novel.  We will continue the lapbook of comprehension questions as well.  We are almost done!  This week we meet new Indians and a panther.  Uh oh!  The class will receive a new spelling list this week and the test will be next Friday.

Language Arts: The class will continue pronouns this week.  Their spelling test with both spelling and definition will be next Friday.  STAR homework due this Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will begin division!  The class is excited for this new unit.  Continue to practice multiplication tables each night, as I will still be testing for mastery each Friday.

Science: In science, we will look more closely at the plant life cycle.

Social Studies:  The class will be continuing with our SC explorers.  We will learn what brought them to America and what Catholic connection they have to their explorations.


Monday, March 16th- 2:00 dismissal

Friday, March 20th- NO SCHOOL- Teacher In-Service


March 2-7, 2020

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This is our first full week of Lent. Fourth Grade will be leading Mass this Wednesday at 8:30am in St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Please check the schedule to see if your child will be assisting with the Honor Guard. If you cannot locate your copy, the schedule may be downloaded from Mrs. Grant’s classroom webpage: https://stpeterscatholicschool.org/newsletter/sixth-grade/ 

Have a wonderful week!

This Week in Class


This week we will prepare to present our next morning Prayer on Monday, February 9 at 8:30am in the Basilica of St. Peter.  We have divided into groups and will discuss the Pillar of Lent: Prayer. Students have researched and are ready to explain different ways in which we can pray and deepen our Faith during this penitential season.  Also, in class we will begin our study of the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. 


This week we will complete our study of Chapters 8-10 from The Castle in the Attic. Students will continue to focus on the correct way in which to answer comprehension questions. Questions must be answered in complete sentences that start with a capital letter and end with a period. They must answer every question asked in the prompt, and they must include evidence from the book and the page number where they found their information. We will focus on some of the more important details of the narrative this week. For example, the riddle written outside of the castle gates gives clues as to the role of each character in this tale. We will discuss the significance of tapestries in the tale and their importance in history.  Students should be prepared to take the test for these chapters on Tuesday, March 11. Notebooks will also be due at this time. Please check the class link for the updated table of contents.

For more information on different tapestries, please check out the following link:

Bayeaux Tapestry



We will begin our study of vocabulary later in the week due to interruptions in our schedule. This week’s vocabulary will focus on -er, -or, -ist, and -ian suffixes.

Word Sort 8:

If your child has a modified list, please only use words 1-16.

speaker, artist, historian, prisoner, director, Asian, librarian, survivor, creator, traveler, decorator, believer, vocalist, guardian, visitor, finalist, defender, specialist, inventor, attacker, Australian, Christian, Egyptian, terrorist


This week we will explore Investigation #5 on using and finding percentages. We will also cover lessons 51-53 on using and checking division equations with and without remainders and  adding and subtracting numbers with more than 3 digits. For extra practice with place value, please check out the following links!



For extra practice with multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals;  please check out the following websites!






Social Studies

This week we will begin our study of the initial causes for the American Revolution. Students will learn about the French and Indian War and start their exploration of how taxes impacted the Colonies. Students will debate on the necessity of taxing the colonies and whether Parliament was justified in levying these taxes. What was the real problem behind the taxation? 



This week we will continue our study of electricity and circuits. This week we will expand our knowledge of circuits and how they function. Students will learn how to build parallel and series circuits and compare these to simple circuits. What type of circuits power our classroom? How do you know? Our next quiz on circuits is currently scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2020. 

Links to Interactive Notebooks







Social Studies





 Important Dates

March 2, 2020   Read Across America Parade at 2:00 (Playground)

March 11, 2020 Class Picture Day

March 16, 2020   2pm dismissal

March 19, 2020   Rita’s Ice Field Trip – leave at 11:00 am, *students can wear St. Pat’s t-shirts to school*

March 20, 2020 No School for Students/Teacher Inservice

March 21, 2020 St. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points


February 3rd – 7th

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A Note From Mrs. Phillips

Wow!  What a Catholic Schools’ Week we had!  I know the students enjoyed it as much as I did.  Porkchop Productions was amazing and had such a beautiful message of doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.  Our class is working on this every single day.

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, the class will continue our discussion of the various Apostles and how they followed Jesus.

Reading: The students will continue with our Little House on the Prairie novel.  Their excitement has been contagious!  We have begun the lapbook of comprehension questions as well.  On Friday of last week, the class even created their very own covered wagon.  This Friday, we will continue with another mystery activity to go along with our book.

Language Arts: The class will continue pronouns this week.  Their spelling test with both spelling and definition will be this Friday.  STAR homework also due Friday.

Math:  This week in math, we will continue multiplication! We will be focusing on the 7, 8, and 9’s this week.  I recommend purchasing a set of flash cards to keep in backpacks and to study each night. The Dollar Tree has perfectly acceptable ones.

Science: In science, we will continue to look into what a living thing is and what characteristics they exhibit.

Social Studies:  The class will finish our South Carolina regions this week! Each student will be creating a study guide for the regions as we go along.  The test will be next Thursday.


Monday, February 3rd- NO SCHOOL – Teacher In-Service

Monday, February 10th- 2:00 dismissal

Monday, February 17th- NO SCHOOL- President’s Day

Saturday, February 22nd- School Auction!

Wednesday, February 26th- Ash Wednesday- all are welcome to join us for Mass


K4 February Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Religious Education: The children will discover God’s gifts: Water, Light and Air. In these lessons we will help the children to be aware and appreciative of God’s gifts.  We will let children express their thankfulness for God’s gifts through Scripture, music and prayer.

Science: We are celebrating National Dental Health Month. The children will share any experiences they may have had when visiting the dentist. We will talk about going to the dentist for a check-up if teeth hurt or even if they feel fine and learn things to help keep teeth healthy.

In class, the children will classify animals according to their habitat or environment in which various animals generally live.

The children will explore magnetism by experimenting with how the magnets interact with each other. We will explain that a magnet has two sides, called positive and negative, and that opposites pull together.

Social Studies: We will introduce the meaning of Valentine’s Day as a special day when we share our love with the people around us and discuss feelings and how the actions of others can affect how we feel. We will emphasize sharing, caring, helping and being a good friend.

Presidents’ Day makes it a great time to learn about our Presidents: past and present. It is also a good time to present money as a unit. We will identify money, its uses and the names and values of coins and paper money.

Because it is the height of cold season, we will be talking about how to stay healthy. How do we take care of our bodies? What do we eat to help make our bodies strong & healthy?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Religion: I Discover God’s Gift

God Gave Us Animals, Light, Water and Air


Animal Habitats

Valentine’s Day

Health, Dental Hygiene and Time

Presidents’ Day

Language and Literacy:

Letter of the week – Yy — Uu — Xx — Zz

Real or Make-Believe Story

Rhyming Words

Beginning & Ending Consonant Sound of Picture words


Number: Numbers 1 to 14 — 15161718

Numbers Before, After and Between

Recognize a simple pattern and extend

Compare sets of no more than 15 objects

using the terms “more than”, “less than” or “same as”

Classify objects in their environment by color, shape, size or function

Organize and represent data with real objects

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, February 3 ——– Teacher Workday (No School Day)

Friday, February 7 ———- Due date for Children’s Book Donations for Rotary Club project

Monday, February 10 —— Early Dismissal 2:00 p.m. ASP Available

Friday, February 14 ——– Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 17 —— Presidents’ Day (No School Day)

Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday

Saturday, Feb 22 ————St. Peter’s Silent Auction and Gala at State Museum (6:30 pm)

Please check your child’s backpack for seasonal change of clothes and a light jacket for outdoor activities.

For our Valentine’s Day activity on February 14th, your child will bring valentine’s treats to share with everyone.

Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson

January 20th – 24th

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Monday, January 20th- NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther Kind Day

Tuesday, January 21st- Report Cards Issued

Sunday, January 26th- Catholic Schools’ Week kicks off!  Mass at 9am- wear your uniforms!

Sunday, January 26th- Friday, January 31st- Catholic Schools’ Week!

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