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

December Newsletter

 

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

 

“For God so loved the world

that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him

shall not perish but have eternal life.”

-John 3:16

 

Advent has begun!  The month of December is an incredibly busy time for us all.  If you’re anything like me, you’re most likely decorating, planning time with friends and family, and shopping, shopping, shopping!  Father Andrew Fryml, Parochial Vicar of The Basilica of St. Peter, shared with us this morning at Mass the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas!  As humans, sometimes we become so busy planning that we lose sight of exactly what (and Who) we are planning for.

Despite what our television commercials are advertising or what Starbucks is serving on its seasonal menu, the Christmas season has not yet begun.  The twelve days of Christmas are not the twelve days leading to Christmas.  The twelve days of Christmas are the days following His birth, culminating on January 6th, The Feast of the Epiphany.  Advent is when we ask God to forgive us of our sins.  Advent is a time for renewal.  Advent is a time for faithful preparation. As Catholics, we are given an opportunity to renew ourselves to be the best Catholics we can be as we fulfill our duties as parents, grandparents, children, and teachers dedicated to His holy word.

On behalf of the staff and faculty, we wish our St. Peter’s Catholic School families all the blessings of this most joyous season.

Thank you for giving your child the gift of a Catholic education and for choosing St. Peter’s.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Aubrey Herkert Wall

Principal

November Newsletter

As the St. Peter’s Family prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving we reflect on the gifts we are thankful for in our lives. This year, I am thankful our Lord led me to St. Peter’s to join this blessed family. I have enjoyed this new season in life – meeting the children and families, visiting classrooms, and seeing first-hand what a friendly, supportive, and faith-based community we have at St. Peter’s Catholic School.

It is difficult to walk down our halls or around our campus and not feel the Holy Spirit in action. God has been on the move in our community ushering in a season of change with new leadershp, teachers, and our new and much-celebrated minor basilica designation by Rome.

As seasons change, there are constants at work that endure to assure St. Peter’s Catholic School remains an authentic and successful institution serving our Father in heaven. One of those constants, is you. Over the years you and our community of faithful have been generous supporters of our school, and we are beyond thankful for your contributions. For 166 years St. Peter’s Catholic School has been a part of the greater Columbia community, and our alumni, parishioners, and supporters are the reason we have persisted for so many years. We are all part of St. Peter’s history and we all continue to shape its future.

As we move forward serving the next generation of Catholics, we know we must uphold the qualities that make St. Peter’s exceptional and uniquely Catholic. We wish for our students to not only know their worth as a child of God, but to also be equipped with the life and academic skills. We focus on the skills necessary to become citizens of an ever-changing world needing strong leaders empowered to promote the common good with faith and reason. We are fortunate to have an incredibly strong and faithful foundation to build upon.

This Thanksgiving, I pray you and your loved ones are blessed with the gifts of love, hope, and faith.

Blessings,

Aubrey Herkert Wall

 

October Newsletter

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

Between Hurricanes Florence and Michael, we’ve had quite a lot of excitement here at St. Peter’s these last two months.  We are grateful that we have not been heavily impacted by either storm and pray for all of those who were affected.

We have had a few wonderful events on campus celebrating our parish and school communities: Blessing of the Pets and Grandparents’ Day!  Fr. Linksy shared how much he enjoyed hearing the giggles of the students watching their pets bark, meow and howl.  A grandmother shared how much she enjoyed visiting during Grandparent’s Day and praised the environment provided by our faculty.  What a joy to observe our community in action and feel the excitement experienced by our students!

I’d like to remind everyone of our upcoming PTO Halloween Party!  It will take place in Neglia Hall on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30-7:30pm.  Enjoy this opportunity to laugh, play and get to know other families in our school community.  Students (and parents) are welcome to come dressed in their best costumes.  In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to get caught up in the many “to dos,” but it’s important to remind ourselves of the importance of family and fun.  Take the time to relish in the simple joys of childhood!

Thank you for giving your child the gift of a Catholic education and for choosing St. Peter’s.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Aubrey Herkert Wall

Principal

Back to School

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

What a phenomenal first few days of school we’ve had!  I have spent this week getting to know your children, visiting classrooms and finally seeing first-hand what a friendly, supportive, faith-based community we have at St. Peter’s Catholic School.

I was touched by the pure joy I witnessed on students’ faces the very first day of school.  I have spent this summer, working away in the front office, learning the administrative duties of my new role.  I realized quickly that I missed the frequent sounds of laughter, the footsteps of busy children, and the many silly stories shared by students.  Having students back in our classrooms, filling our hallways, gives me such delight!

I ask that you please join our school’s PTO to work with us in our fundraising and community-building efforts.  PTO meetings will be held monthly and will be a collaborative process that I hope will be both engaging and meaningful.  A schedule and agenda for each PTO meeting is listed on our school’s website under “Current Families” and can also be picked up in the front office.

I’d like to remind everyone that next Tuesday, August 28th is “Back to School” night.  Please join us in Neglia Hall at 6:30pm to hear more about our school, extra-curricular programs, and for the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and talk to his/her teacher.

Thank you for giving your child the gift of a Catholic education and for choosing St. Peter’s.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Aubrey Herkert Wall

Principal

Principal’s Letter

July, 2018

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

I introduce myself to you this month with tremendous joy.  July marks the beginning of my journey as principal of St. Peter’s Catholic School.  I have been given the opportunity to work alongside Mrs. Kathy Preston during the month of June as we begin the transition into the 2018-2019 school year.  Mrs. Preston has shared a warmth and a vision for St. Peter’s School that is truly inspiring. I hope to foster her warmth and sense of community as we move forward with the development of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

This is a very exciting time for the St. Peter’s parish and community as we have recently been recognized as a Minor Basilica by the Vatican.  A church must offer historic value, the ability to host worthy and exemplary celebrations, and stand out as a center of active and pastoral liturgy to receive such an honored distinction.  In the excitement, I overheard someone describe St. Peter’s as having a “beautiful past and a glorious future.”  I believe that with this designation, we have been given a great responsibility and opportunity for growth and development, not only for our parish but also for our school.

During the 2018-2019 school year, I would also like to recognize our newly hired and re-positioned staff: Mrs. Tracie Wiggins, 5K; Ms. Alison Smith, 1st; Mrs. Ellie Russell, 2nd; Mrs. Shannon Ronald, 4th; Mr. Christopher Coller, 5th; and Mrs. Katie Labelle, academic interventionist.  Mrs. Preston and I are confident that we have developed a tremendously strong team of professionals who are going to direct our school towards our vision of academic excellence and moral upstanding.

I am grateful for the opportunity to support St. Peter’s Catholic School in this role and I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children.  I will be in the office this summer preparing for a smooth transition into the 2018-2019 academic year, so please stop by to say “hello.” Thank you for your trust, support, and warm welcome.

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Aubrey Herkert Wall

Principal

June, 2018

 

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A Final Note from Mrs. Preston

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

I write this final letter as Principal with a heavy yet grateful heart.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the teachers, parents and parishioners of the St. Peter’s faith community. However, what has brought me the greatest joy throughout my 20 years in Catholic education has been being a part of a child’s early development – recognizing each student as a child of God and fully embracing our mission of preparing each student for a life of faith, virtue, and excellence.

I am deeply grateful for the many caring and supportive people who have shared this mission; our pastor, Fr.Linsky, dedicated faculty and staff, volunteers, benefactors, PTO Board, Advisory Council, and friends.

I am confident this new beginning will be an exciting time in the rich history of St. Peter’s Catholic School.

Please know that each of you and this sweet school will remain in my prayers and heart.

 

Many blessings,

Kathy Preston

Principal

May, 2018

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A Note from Mrs. Preston

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

We begin this last month of the 2017-18 school year participating in an exciting on-line fundraising event, Midlands Gives. St. Peter’s Catholic School has significantly benefited from this opportunity over the past three years due to many loyal, generous donors. All money raised goes right back into our school, supporting instruction for our terrific students.

We will continue the long- standing tradition of the May Procession and International Rosary to honor our Blessed Mother on Tuesday, May 8th at 8:30am. Please join us for this beautiful prayer service if at all possible.

May is filled with many special events that highlight the student’s accomplishments and offer opportunities for fellowship. On Tuesday, May 8th our student’s art work will be displayed in Neglia Hall. This Art Show is always an impressive display of a variety of mediums and creativity.

On Friday, May 11th the PTO will host the ever-popular, end-of-the-year Family Picnic. There will be games for the children, a Book Fair that will include summer reading selections, a Used Uniform Sale, and a delicious meal. This is always an enjoyable evening.

The halls are alive with the sound of music this month! The Capella Pueri will have a concert in the church Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm.Our School-wide Spring Music Recital will be on Thursday, May 17th at the USC Band Hall. Another wonderful music presentation this month is the Midlands Catholic School Music Festival being held at Cardinal Newman High school on Monday, May 14th at 6:00pm. We have 9 students who auditioned for this program who will join students from the other Catholic schools in the area to perform.

The Baccalaureate Mass for our 6th grade class is Wednesday, May 30th. We are very proud of this delightful group of young men and women. Please keep them in your prayers as they move on to Middle School.

Finally, during the month of May we celebrate teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11th.We are blessed at St.Peter’s to have such wonderful, hard working professionals who see their job as a true vocation!

God bless teachers and mothers…unselfish, unconditional, and loving.

Many blessings,

Kathy Preston