September, 2017

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A Note from Mrs. Preston

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

Labor Day truly signals the end of summer, and for students, time to get back to work. It is always a joy to have the students return to school. The younger children enter with some trepidation and boundless energy, the older grades looking taller, older, so self-assured!

It was wonderful seeing so many parents at the Back to School Night. I appreciate you making the time to hear about St. Peter’s rules, procedures and plans for the 2017-18 academic year.

We begin this month with a new Diocesan initiative, MAP (“Measures of Academic Progress”) testing in grades 1-6. This will take the place of the previously given ITBS standardized test. A Parent Information sheet has gone home in the Tuesday folder which I hope you have time to review. I am especially excited about this new form of testing because it is adaptive and results will be given in a more expeditious manner. Teachers will be able to use the information from the MAP test to individualize instruction and differentiate lesson plans.

We will provide a brief overview of the MAP test at the first PTO meeting, Thursday, September 21st in Neglia Hall. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm and the meeting should be done by 7:00pm. At this same PTO meeting our Art Teacher, Mrs. Wyrick, will share student work inspired by her trip to Poland this past summer. There are only three PTO meetings a year. Please make every effort to attend.

We can certainly empathize with the residents of the Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Two years ago when Columbia was affected by destructive flooding, the city received support from all over the country. I remember receiving calls from other Catholic schools, reaching out to offer help and prayers. Our school-wide service project this month offers us an opportunity to reciprocate. Working with the National Catholic Education Association, “Student to Student, A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey” we are asking each student to donate one dollar with the goal of $165.00, correlating to our 165th year. I am confident we can meet and possibly surpass this goal. This is a wonderful way to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service and generosity to others.

Throughout this month may you find your work to be safe, satisfying and faith-filled.


Kathy Preston