August 20-24, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

Welcome to a new school year! I hope you all had a blessed time during the summer with your families! I feel so blessed to be back at St. Peter’s and I know we will have a wonderful year. I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 28th.

This year I will be teaching only fifth and sixth grades. If you are looking for what your child will be doing in sixth grade English, Social Studies, and Religion, please check Mr. Coller’s fifth grade page. Let’s have a wonderful first week back!

This Week in Class

5th Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value, decimals, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals this week. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process.

5th Grade Reading: We will be discussing the qualities of good readers and evaluating ourselves as readers. We will also discuss the procedures of Readers Workshop.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

6th Math: We will be reviewing place value, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals. We will also begin to talk about financial literacy to prepare for starting their class business.

6th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process. Then, we will begin discussing energy.

6th Grade Reading:  We will be discussing the qualities of good readers and evaluating ourselves as readers. Then, we will read nonfiction articles about the first people to climb Mt. Everest.

The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

Reminders & Important Dates

August 23, 2018        Full day of school /after school care program available

August 28, 2018        Back to School Night 6:30 in Neglia Hall and school

August 29, 2018        First school Mass hosted by the sixth grade! (Dress Uniforms)

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


Welcome to Third Grade!

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Welcome back to school!  I am excited to begin another year here at St. Peter’s.  It is sure to be packed with learning, creating, and exploring.  Your children are about to enter a pivotal year in their educational lives.  In third grade, not only are we learning academic basics, but we are beginning to learn how to think critically.  Your children are growing up!  We will work on responsibility, organization, and being self-aware all while learning our multiplication tables, reading to learn, and so much more.

This first week, the class will work on classroom and school routines, procedures, and safety lessons.  We will also get to know each other better as learners and friends.  We have several new students joining us this year and I eagerly await their arrival and to learn more about each of them.  By the end of the week, your child will have a STAR binder they will bring home.  We will discuss this at Back to School Night on the 28th, but feel free to look through it and familiarize yourself with some of our classroom workings.  This binder will be the connection between school and home.

In case you might not think your little one is telling you the correct information, we will not have any homework this first week.  Take this time to get back into the swing of things as a family and to finish up those summer reading projects which are due by Friday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful first week back!



Monday, August 20th- First Day of School!  Arrive by 7:55 and dismissal at 11:30

Tuesday, August. 21st- 11:30 dismissal

Wednesday, August 22nd- 11:30 dismissal

Thursday, August 23rd- First full day of school!

Tuesday, August 28th- Back to School Night! 6:30pm (Parents only)

Wednesday, August 29th- First school Mass

Monday, September 3rd- NO SCHOOL for Labor Day

Monday, September 17th- 2:00 dismissal

August 15th- Welcome To First Grade!

A Note from Ms. Smith:

Greetings! Parents and 1st Graders,

The first day of school is approaching! I hope you are excited to learn and to grow in faith together.   This year, I will encourage you to constantly try your very best and to believe in yourself.   During the first week of school, we will learn about school and classroom rules, routines, and what it means to be a good student.  We will also learn about  each other. On August 21st-22nd, students will participate in an in-class “All About Me- Brown Bag” activity.  During this activity, you will have the opportunity to share 3 special items with the class.  I encourage you to start thinking about what you would like to share.  (A separate note will be sent home in student take home folders with details).

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

July Newsletter

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


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


April and May in the Art Room

A Note From Mrs. Wyrick

I hope this finds you all enjoying a nice summer day!  Our last couple of months in the art room were really packed with activity.  The annual art show was held on May 8th, here at school.  So many students and their families came to see the beautiful art that their students worked on all year.  Thanks so much to all of you that took the time to come and show your support!  I am so proud of each and every one of you!  Summer will fly by and I will see you all in August!



I missed several weeks with the K-class due to activities at the school, but we were still able class and make some soda bottle fish and some plastic egg aliens!  They did a great job but I failed to take pictures of either of these projects!  Sorry, they were really cute though!



The K-5 class read the book “If the dinosaurs Came Back” and imagined what that might look like.  They did a great job drawing pictures of it!  We also used white circle stickers to make eyes on any type of animal, creature or person of their choice!  These guys have great imaginations!


1st Grade

After traveling home with the first graders all year long, Vincent Van Gogh finally made it back to the art room for the summer.  He had so many great adventures with this first grade class.  Thanks to you all for taking such good care of him!  The first grade had fun using marshmallows dipped in paint to make these beauiful peacock paintings!


2nd Grade

The second grade learned about reflections and made a reflection city by imagining and then drawing a city of their dreams.  We used water based markers on a half sheet of paper and then we down the other half and folded it over to make a watery reflection of our city!  They invented some fabulous cities!  Then we got ready for summer by learning about 1960’s well known pool artist David Hockney.  We drew ourselves in the pool using water colors and oil pastels.



3rd Grade

The third grade learned about the self taught French artist Henri Rousseau and his dreamt up jungle paintings.  We then dreamt up our own jungles and drew them.  These look like places I’d love to visit!  Good job 3rd Grade!  We also got in the mood for summer by making under water scuba self portraits!


4th Grade

The fourth grade learned about the color wheel and mixed all of the 9 colors that are not primary colors.  We made our own wheel of sorts and turned it into a colorful peacock!  They always love the act of watching colors change right before their eyes!


5th Grade

The fifth grade learned about optical illusion artist Escher.  We then created repeating patterns called tessalations.  These aren’t easy, but they did a great job!  We then practiced our drawing skills by cutting a magazine picture in half and then reproducing the other half in colored pencil.  I think they did an amazing job!



Saint Peter’s Announces Appointment of New Principal

After a long search process involving multiple candidates from across the nation, Fr. Gary Linsky, Pastor of Saint Peter’s, and members of the Principal Search Committee are pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Aubrey Herkert as the new principal of Saint Peter’s Catholic School. She begins her tenure at Saint Peter’s on June 13th and will overlap with Mrs. Kathy Preston, outgoing principal, until June 30th.  In July, Ms. Herkert will marry and become Mrs. Aubrey (Brodie) Wall. 

Ms. Herkert received a B.S. in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from The Pennsylvania State University and M. Ed in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a focus on educational technology at the University of South Carolina.  Most recently, she taught first grade at Satchel Ford Elementary School, where, among other responsibilities, she was a leader in technology implementation.  Of great importance, Ms. Herkert is an active member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Church.

The Diocese of Charleston has an excellent program to guide new principals in their initial years.  Additionally, we’re pleased that Mrs. Preston will continue in a mentoring role and that Beth Dinndorf, JD, recent past president of Columbia College and a member of Saint Peter’s, has graciously agreed to help in the transition process. 

Ms. Herkert brings an intense love of education, a proven track record of success in the classroom, and a youthful energy that bodes well as we enter our 166th year of educating boys and girls in the Capital City!  As one of her professors said, “She has the skills to listen and learn about Saint Peter’s, rather than come in to revolutionize!” We’re thrilled to have her on board and look forward to the benefits of her organizational skills, enthusiasm and expertise. 

Please welcome Ms. Herkert and pray for both her and Saint Peter’s Catholic School as we move forward in the coming academic year.

June 5, 2018

A Note From Mrs. Horabik

Welcome rising second graders. This will be an exciting year! Below you will find the Summer Reading assignments and the supply list. It is the same list found in your report cards. Also it’s a good idea to practice your addition and subtraction facts. I hope you have a great summer!

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Welcome to Kindergarten

Hello rising kindergarten families,

In August, your child will enter into the exciting world of Kindergarten! Your child’s time in kindergarten will be full of wonder, exploration, and learning!

The summer is the perfect time to help prepare your child for the transition to kindergarten. Below you will find the 2018-2019 school supply list, suggested books to read with your child, and some fun things you can do to get them ready for the fall.

Kindergarten Supply List 2018-2019

50 Books to Read the Summer Before K5

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!