St. Peter School Families,
I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. This letter is to inform you of our decision to forego the final two days of in-person instruction scheduled for Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. Please note that this decision DOES NOT mean that we have experienced another confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at St. Peter School or that we have
additional students or staff being asked to quarantine. This decision was made in consultation with the Wyandot County Health Department as well as the staff of St. Peter School and is a safety measure to prevent further shutdown of our school beyond the Thanksgiving Holiday. We believe that the loss of two in-person instructional days is better than two weeks or more. This extended Thanksgiving Break will also allow us to continue to sanitize and clean the building further so we can maintain this environment once we return. We wanted to provide this information to you in a timely manner so that you can begin making preparations.
Our intention at this time is to resume offering in-person instruction on Monday, November 30th following Thanksgiving Break. This also coincides with the USEVS district resuming in-person instruction. However, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will be in continuous consultation with both the public school district as well as the health department to determine the safest way and time to return to school.
While we will not be offering in-person instruction on November 23rd and 24th, we will be taking the opportunity to enhance and engage in our virtual learning platform. Each classroom teacher will be in contact with you soon to discuss the learning expectations for these two days. Your student(s) WILL NOT be required to attend virtually taught lessons during these two days but there will be materials posted that will need to be completed by Monday, November 30th. Again, the classroom teachers will be in contact with you soon to discuss individual classroom
We are thankful for every day of in-person instruction we get to provide and we don’t want to do anything to jeopardize future opportunities. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. May God continue to bless our community and our school.
St. Peter Catholic School
Parent Newsletter #10 11/16/20
Well the magical run of luck that we have had at St. Pete’s in terms of COVID came to an end this weekend as we unfortunately experienced two positive cases at school. One of those cases was an in-person staff member which required the quarantine of our third grade class until November 26th. These
families have been formally notified of the situation and all close contacts have been contacted as well. The second case involved a staff member who was remote teaching and was not in close contact with any students or staff. While our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this pandemic, we remain focused on providing quality in-person instruction as long as we can do so safely and productively for any family wishing to utilize it. In light of the presence of COVID-19 in our midst, we have taken some additional safety precautions in order to further enhance and sustain a safe and sanitary school environment. First, we have added an additional recess area during lunch to allow for each classroom to be better socially distanced. Next, we have deep cleaned the entire building using an industrial cleaning company to further combat the pandemic. A very special thank you goes out to Ryan Kitzler of Dust Busters Cleaners who donated his time and resources yesterday to sanitize every inch of the building using a
non-toxic, EPA approved cleaning solution that kills 99% of viruses and germs including COVID-19. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Mr. Kitzler and his generosity and dedication to helping keep our school, students, and staff safe as we continue forward in the academic year. If you have any
questions or concerns about this unique situation, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to support your needs. Thanks again for your support and dedication and may God continue to bless our school and our community.
In Case You Missed It...
● Congratulations to all of our first quarter Honors Awards recipients. These students were recognized at our last liturgy service that was conducted by the 1st graders. This week our
Kindergarteners will be leading our weekly liturgy service. Reminder that due to seating and capacity restrictions, we will only be allowing students and staff in the church for this Mass.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
● We are still in need of volunteers for lunch and recess. It can be moms, dads, sisters, uncles, grandmas, we accept them all. Any way you can help out goes a long way and the kids love
seeing our volunteers. We are extremely grateful for all of the help we get. Please contact the school office if you are interested in helping during lunch and/or recess.
● With our increased emphasis on technological learning and digital assignments, we want our families to know that all students (2-6) have personal Chromebooks assigned to them this year and if any family would like to use these Chromebooks at home, we can accommodate. If you would like to utilize your child(ren)’s Chromebook at home, please stop by the office and
complete a borrowing agreement.
● GREAT NEWS! The free school lunch program has been extended until the end of the school year. This allows free school lunches for all St. Peter School students who choose to receive a lunch.
● Please check out the bulletin board located in the church foyer. This bulletin board is decorated every month by a different St. Peter School classroom and the students work really hard and put a lot of time into making the board fun and meaningful. This month’s bulletin board was decorated
by the 5th and 6th grade students.
Just Thought You Should Know…
● CYO basketball practices are currently underway and that means physicals must be completed before any student is allowed to practice. Physical forms are available in the school office for any student needing to complete a sports physical this year. If you have any questions, please contact
CYO Director Katie Goodrich at 419-294-1268.
● Calendar clarification: St. Peter School WILL NOT be in session on Wednesday, November 25th. The original version of the calendar listed St. Peter School being in session that day but that day has since been removed. Please note that this is different from the public school calendar. If you need further clarification, please contact the school office.
● St. Peter School will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 25th from 9:00-2:00 in the gymnasium. If you would like to sign-up, please visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment.
● St. Peter School will also be treated to a NED’s Mindset Mission show on Tuesday, November 24th from 9:00-9:45. NED’s Mindset Mission is an interactive program that talks to students about the importance of using growth mindsets as well as the the Power of Yet (If you’re not good at something, it just means you’re not good at it yet), how to spark courage in others, and how to keep learning and growing, even when they think they already know something. The show will be shown virtually and will include yo-yo tricks and other fun things to further enhance the lessons being taught.
● Congratulations to our November For the Love of Pete raffle winners. The $1,000 winner was Chris Vent, the $500 winner was Ernest Hoover, and the $250 winner was Sherri Jaqueth. Our next For the Love of Pete raffle drawing will take place on December 8th. There are still tickets available to get entered into next month’s drawing. Please contact the school if you would like to purchase a ticket.
● Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in an attempt to limit large gatherings, we are unfortunately unable to provide a live Christmas program this year. However, we will be
recording the performances and posting them to YouTube and possibly other social media platforms. The link to the programs will be shared with each family who can then share the link
with anyone who wishes to view it. The link will also be available on our school website. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes but it is the best solution for the health and safety of our families and our community.
● The Transfiguration of the Lord youth group is collecting food items for Thanksgiving food drive. Please bring any canned or non-perishable food items to the school or the rectory.
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Goodrich at 419-294-1268.
● St. Peter School will once again be collecting used coats for the annual Coats for Christmas drive this year. If you have any unused coats that you would like to donate, you can stop by the school and drop them in the donation box located in the gymnasium.
● Happy Birthday this week to: McKenna D. (2), Troy S. (2), and Grayden C. (2)
● Please check the school website at www.stpeterupper.com for latest updates, schedules, or changes.
Quote of the Week: “ I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach
my destination.” - Jimmy Dean
THANK YOU MR. KITZLER
During the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the need to create and sustain a clean and sanitary environment is an ongoing battle. In an effort to continue to keep our school as sanitary and safe as possible for our staff and students, Ryan Kitzler from Dust Busters Cleaners graciously volunteered his time
and resources to deep clean the entire school this past Sunday. Mr. Kitzler used a non-toxic, EPA certified cleaning solution that eliminates 99% of viruses and germs including COVID. The generosity of Mr. Kitzler and his company is so greatly appreciated and we are so thankful for his services. If you see Mr. Kitzler out and about please be sure to thank him.
Catholic Ladies of Columbia's
Day of Giving Program
Nov. 24 No School Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 25 No School
Red Cross Blood Drive 9:00- 2:00
Nov. 26 No School Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 27 No School Thanksgiving Holiday
St. Peter School is thrilled to announce a new fundraising opportunity with Lifetouch and Shutterfly, who’ve joined forces to capture, preserve and share your memorable moments. With their help, we’ve created a custom online storefront where you can shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, premium stationery, keepsakes, home décor and so much more—and for every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our organization.
It’s easy to support us:
1. Visit our Shutterfly Storefront at: stpeterupper.ShutterflyStorefront.com
2. Click through to start your holiday shopping!
3. Purchase thoughtful gifts and keepsakes for friends, family and yourself.
4. That’s it! For every purchase made, 8% of the proceeds will go toward helping our organization.
It’s that easy. Plus, you can even use applicable Shutterfly discount codes to save on your entire order.
Congratulations to all of our students who earned honors for the 1st quarter!
The Catholic Ladies of Columbia sponsored a Make a Difference Day this past week and two St. Peter School teachers were nominated for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in the lives of the students they teach. Mrs. Benjamin (right), the Kindergarten teacher at St. Peter School, was nominated by Cashden Wagner and received a $100 award for being nominated. Mrs. Wendell (left) is the 6th grade teacher at St. Peter School and was nominated by Adalee Wagner. Each nominated teacher was then entered into a drawing for a grand prize and Mrs. Wendell was the lucky winner of $300. In addition, St. Peter School also received a $600 check from the Catholic Ladies of Columbia for having two teachers nominated. We want to thank both Mrs. Benjamin and Mrs. Wendell for their dedication and commitment to Catholic education and we are grateful for the difference they make in the lives of our students
CALLING ALL ST. PETER SCHOOL ALUMNI!
We need your help. We are compiling a contact list of our alumni in order to keep you all up-to-date on the happenings here at St. Peter School. This is part of our continuing effort to further connect our past with our present so we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please click on the link below and fill out the contact information and we will be sure to keep you in the loop! Thanks for leaving a great legacy that our future and current generations can look up to.
Click HERE to submit your contact information.
Google Classroom Overview.webm For Parents
Click on the video below to view.
The 6th grade class programmed their new robots to complete the maze. Here are the results.
Free Meals Extended Through the End of the School Year!
We are pleased to announce that students will receive free lunch for the remainder of the school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Education announced extensions of nationwide waivers permitting school meals to be served at no cost through June 30, 2021. Students have been able to receive free meals since September 14, 2020, and will now continue to be able to eat lunch at no cost until the end of the school year, June 3, 2021.
Any questions, please contact me or Mrs. Melissa Rall
our Federal Food Coordinator.
St. Peter Catholic School
St. Peter’s School is now registered through Amazon Smile. This program is a fundraising program through Amazon.com. Each time a purchase is made through this program, Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price back to the School. Please consider using this each time you purchase an item on Amazon. There is no limit on the usage, and this can be used by anyone who currently has an Amazon account. Please go to https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_ge_ul_lm_raas for more details on the program.
Reminder to St. Peter School families who are enrolled in Smart Tuition to please check the due date for tuition payments to ensure they are paid on time. Smart Tuition charges a $50 late fee for all delinquent payments so please pay attention to due dates. If you have any questions please let us know. Thanks.
Online Learning Option
Attention St. Peter School Families:
Please see attached memo concerning our school's online learning option. Please also complete the Google Form in the link below to let us know if you intend to enroll in our online learning platform to begin the school year.
Also, the start date for school has been moved from August 26th, to September 8th in accordance with the USEVS district change. All other school activities planned for August are still tentatively scheduled. New school calendar will be coming soon.
St. Peter Catholic School