COVID-19 Extended School Closure Update

Dear Parents of St. Peter’s Catholic School:

Based on recommendations from public health, state, and local leadership that support the safety of individuals in our communities, the Catholic Schools Office has decided to extend the suspension of in-person classes at our school and all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charleston through April 30. We will, however, observe Spring Break as was planned in our school calendar.  This will give both you and your child(ren) a break from the demands of online learning and allow you some family time free from lessons and homework.

Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to partner with you in ensuring the learning and growth of every child, and this effort will continue as we all work together in providing an excellent Catholic education to our students. Please know the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Schools Office continues to support us and remains fully committed to strengthening our school communities and upholding the enduring mission of the formation of the whole child. If you have any questions or need assistance with our distance learning model, feel free to email me or your child’s teacher.

In light of the temporary suspension of public activities, our Mass schedule at the Basilica of St. Peter is also pivoting.  For your participation, we will live stream school Mass each Wednesday at 10 AM on the Basilica of St. Peter’s Facebook Page.

We recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community. It is not ideal, but, as a community of faith, we must continue to come together and help one another to communicate, share resources, and offer support.

We remain faithful to the mission of St. Peter’s Catholic School, especially in these uncertain times. We strive to instruct and support all students. We will continue to provide high quality learning opportunities and instruction for everyone in our St. Peter’s family.

We, the faculty and staff, have been blessed to partner with you and look forward to continuing the progress that we have already made this year. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

We have been closely watching the COVID-19 developments and are taking this situation seriously. In light of the President’s and Governor’s declarations of a State of Emergency, we are implementing the following precautions at our school until further notice:

  • All field trips for students are now suspended.
  • Visitor and volunteer access to schools are now restricted to parents, guardians or approved emergency contacts only.
  • Parents, guardians or approved emergency contacts may visit their students in the front office only. Parents, guardians and emergency contacts will not be allowed into classrooms, cafeteria or playground.
  • School-sponsored activities/events that involve outside participants are now suspended.

At this time we are not closing our school. However, we will be closely monitoring this fluid situation over the weekend. Please be vigilant and watch your e-mail as we plan to communicate on the status of our school no later than Sunday at 6 p.m. We will also communicate via our school website and social media presence. Finally, the Diocese of Charleston will be updating its website about its response to COVID-19 as necessary throughout the weekend. To view the COVID-19 Response page, please visit https://charlestondiocese.org/office-of-multimedia/covid-19-response/.

Blessings Always, 

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

Flu and COVID-19 Update

Dear St. Peter’s Catholic School families,

We know that you may have questions about the Coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) and how it may impact our school as well as how we are handling the general flu outbreaks in our area. St. Peter’s Catholic School has taken extra steps to add extra cleaning protocol to our facilities. We have been manually disinfecting the high touch surfaces of the buildings over the last several weeks, including faucets, doorknobs, drinking fountains, desks, and tables. We have confirmed that all bathrooms have working soap dispensers.

The precautionary protocols are the same for influenza as they are for COVID- 19. As with any public health matter, we take our guidance from state and federal agencies, in particular the South Carolina Department of Public Health (DHEC). Here are some highlights from their recommendations:

  • It is important to note that South Carolina residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses.
  • DHEC recommends that schools continue education about good hygiene. Students, staff, and volunteers should be reminded to: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
  • DHEC also recommends that schools continue to follow their regular cleaning and disinfection program.

We want to remind everyone that we are in the midst of a difficult flu season.  We want to reinforce the message of good hygiene and hand washing as well as staying home if you are sick, especially if your symptoms include a fever. We will require a doctor’s clearance if flu symptoms are present to ensure the health of everyone.

St. Peter’s Catholic School will continue to carefully monitor the guidance from DHEC and other public health agencies, and we will follow their recommendations. If you have a particular concern about your child’s health, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

DHEC has created a website that is updated regularly with the latest guidance and information, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages. If you would like to stay up-to-date on the South Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit http://scdhec.gov

For information and updates about this season’s influenza virus, please visit http://scdhec.gov or http://cdc.gov

Blessings Always,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

September Newsletter

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

What a phenomenal first few weeks of school we’ve had!  As always, I relished in the pure joy I witnessed on students’ faces the very first day of school. Having students back in our classrooms, filling our hallways, gives both me and our faculty such delight!

This year, I ask that you please join our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) to work with us in our fundraising and community-building efforts.  Our first (and ONLY) PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th at 3:30 pm in Gibson Hall. At this meeting, we will be signing up for PTO Committees and learning more about the volunteer and fundraising opportunities that are so vital to our school community.

We recognize the sacrifices you and your families make to send your children to St. Peter’s Catholic School. The faith-based education you have chosen provides an atmosphere warmed by the powerful presence of our loving and faithful God. I urge you to support our school through your prayers and cooperation. The close ties between family and school reinforce moral values and nurture our faith tradition.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

August Newsletter

Friends and Family of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

I am delighted that we are just a few short weeks away from welcoming our students back to school for the 2019-2020 academic year! At St. Peter’s, we are passionate about Catholic education and look forward to partnering with you as we continue to provide our students with an engaging, rigorous, and high-quality faith-based education.  Parents are every child’s first teacher and by working together, we can ensure that your child’s spiritual, social, emotional, and academic needs are met. As we prepare for the upcoming year, I welcome you to engage with us in this unique partnership.

I would also like to (finally!) inform you all of the happy news of my pregnancy! My first child is due October 23, 2019. I will consequently be going on maternity leave around that time.  Barring any complications, I plan to return to St. Peter’s Catholic School on Monday, January 6, 2020 after the Christmas holiday.

In my absence, Mrs. Katie Labelle, Intervention Specialist, and Mrs. Rachel Grant, sixth-grade teacher, will be taking over administrative duties. Mrs. Katie Labelle is a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher. Mrs. Labelle is currently enrolled in the Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic School Leadership Program. Mrs. Rachel Grant is also a certified Elementary teacher with a M.S. in Higher Education. Mrs. Grant successfully completed the Diocese of Charleston’s Catholic School Leadership Program during the 2018-2019 academic year.  I feel confident that, together, Mrs. Labelle and Mrs. Grant will be a good fit for the needs of our students and school community.

If you have any immediate questions, comments or concerns during my leave, please feel free to contact the front office by phone at (803) 252-8285 or email Mrs. Katie Labelle at KLabelle@StPetersCatholicSchool.Org or Mrs. Rachel Grant at RGrant@StPetersCatholicSchool.Org

Our New Parent Orientation is Thursday, August 8th. Please save the date. St. Peter’s Catholic School once again welcomes Mrs. Anna Scott Seals, our new first grade teacher, and Ms. Erica Rovelli, our new kindergarten (K5) teacher!  We are delighted to have them on our team. All St. Peter’s Catholic School families are welcome to attend.

We recognize the sacrifices you and your families make to send your children to St. Peter’s Catholic School. The faith-based education you have chosen provides an atmosphere warmed by the powerful presence of our loving and faithful God. I urge you to support our school through your prayers and cooperation. The close ties between family and school reinforce moral values and nurture our faith tradition.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

June Newsletter

Friends and Family of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

As I write my final newsletter for the 2018-2019 academic school year, please join me in welcoming our newest member of the St. Peter’s Catholic School faculty:

Mrs. Anna Scott Seals, first grade

Mrs. Seals joins us with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Auburn University and most recently with experience working as a third-grade teacher in Brookhaven, GA.  She has taught first, second, and third grade and has experience in dual language, inclusive, and gifted and talented education. We cannot wait to kick off a new school year with her on our team!

God has blessed our school with many opportunities this year. As we continue to seek out God’s path for our lives, we recognize that there will be challenges. St. Peter’s Catholic School is a great place to learn and we will work diligently together to make it even better.  

I ask for your prayers that more families will make the commitment to Catholic education as you have and enroll their children in St. Peter’s Catholic School for the 2019-2020 academic year.

As always, I ask for your prayers to give me the guidance and wisdom needed to serve as principal of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

May Newsletter

Friends and Family of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

As we kick off the month of May, I am absolutely awestruck by how quickly this year has flown by.  Our final weeks and days are action-packed, so please keep our May calendar handy!  Hopefully, you will be able to join us for some of our upcoming events: our Spring Music Performance, the PTO Family Picnic, the May Procession and Rosary, Field Day, our 6th grade and K5 Graduations, a night out with the Columbia Fireflies, and our 1st through 5th grade Awards Ceremony. 

In addition to all of our end of the year events, we have one last fundraising opportunity: Midlands Gives. Midlands Gives brings the Midlands region together as one community, raising money and awareness for nonprofits during an 18-hour online giving challenge.  This year, Midlands Gives is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th!  Our goal is to receive donations from 175 unique donors so that we may receive a BONUS of $27,000!! Help us achieve our goal by giving and sharing our call to action.  The minimum donation is $20 and every donation counts.

Why give?  Technology trends are constantly changing and evolving. St. Peter’s is committed to using technology as a tool to enhance our students’ educational experiences.  In order to update the technology at our school, we must start by updating our Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure.

I ask for your prayers that more families will make the commitment to Catholic education as you have and enroll their children in St. Peter’s Catholic School for the 2019-2020 academic year.

As always, I ask for your prayers to give me the guidance and wisdom needed to serve as principal of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

March Newsletter

Friends and Family of St. Peter’s Catholic School,  

During Lent, St. Peter’s involves students in various events of the season: hands-on experience of repentance, forgiveness, community, sadness and joy.  This week, I spoke to students about what it means to participate in the Lenten season.  More often than not, we focus on what we can give up during the Lenten season, not what we can give.  We should model ourselves after Jesus’s example by showing gentleness to our classmates, parents, and coworkers. We should accept each other’s faults.  We should refrain from gossiping or saying things that are hurtful or unkind.  We should be sincere in our apologies and forgive those who have hurt us. We need to give of ourselves and share our time, talents and skills. Lent is a time to remind us how one small, kind deed can bring us closer to the person God wants us to be.  Simple acts of kindness bring great joy to others and fill our own hearts with love.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten journey.  This Wednesday, March 6th we invite you to join our school community at 8:30 am for our Ash Wednesday School Mass led by Fr. Linsky.

As always, I ask for your prayers to give me the guidance and wisdom needed to serve as principal of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

February Newsletter

Friends and Family of St. Peter’s Catholic School,

The month of February is dedicated to celebrating diversity and Black History. Black History Month is an opportunity for our community to reflect upon and recognize the noteworthy contributions Blacks have made in education, culture, medicine, public service, art, economics, politics, and human rights. Black History Month is a continued opportunity for us to appreciate the role the Black community has played in our history, a role that has been too often overlooked in history books.

Last week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week and it was a huge success!  I want to say thank you to all of our families (parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, parishioners, etc.) who make sacrifices for your children to attend St. Peter’s.  Thank you for valuing the education they receive and for raising your children with high moral values in a foundation of faith. It is our privilege to serve you, your family and our community.

I ask for your prayers to give me the guidance and wisdom needed to serve as principal of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

May God Bless you!

Mrs. Aubrey Wall

January Newsletter

Happy New Year and welcome back!

I hope each and every one of you had a peaceful, enjoyable and holy Christmas holiday and are eager to welcome a new year. At St. Peter’s, we will continue to encourage Catholic values to help our students grow as loving and faithful followers of Jesus Christ where respect is consistently demonstrated toward people of all ages, background, race, gender, and beliefs.

As the school year advances, we urge all parents to keep in close contact with the teachers regarding their child’s progress.  January, February and March are key teaching and learning months for our students and teachers are always willing to provide parents with the descriptive feedback and tangible suggestions on how to support your child’s learning. 

Fast approaching is Catholic School’s Week and we are excited to celebrate together as a faithful community.  Please click the attached link to join us as we celebrate our Catholic identity Sunday, January 27th through February 2nd, 2019.  CatholicSchoolsWeek2019

Please keep in mind that registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins February 5th, 2019.  If you have any questions about enrollment, registration, or financial aid, please contact Mrs. Alana Jordan, Development Director (ajordan@stpeterscatholicschool.org).

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Aubrey Wall