Weekly Update

February 20th – February 24th

Mission Statement:  St. Peter School provides a quality education built on Catholic values and teachings.

SUNDAY, February 19th:

  • Jubilation Choir sings at 9:30 am Mass
  • CYO Basketball Games Boys Gr 1-6 St. Peter gym or St. James gym; Girls Gr 1-6 St. Dominic gym

MONDAY, February 20th:

  • No School – President’s Day
  • Chess Club Meeting 6:30 pm Maria Goretti Room
  • IESA 7th/8th gr girls Crusaders Volleyball HOME games vs Macomb 6:00 pm

TUESDAY, February 21st:

  • 2017-2018 Preschool Registration – 3yr/4yr olds accepted today beginning at 7:00 am in the gym
  • Kelsey Celek w/QCT here w/gr Kindergarten, 4th, 5th
  • PMO Band Rehearsals – QND; 6th 4:30-5:30 pm, Gr 6-8 Jazz Band 5:30-6:00 pm, Gr 7/8 Concert Band 6:00-7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, February 22nd:      

  • Children’s School Mass – held at 8:30 am – 7th grade in charge of preparation
  • PMO Band Rehearsals: 5th gr 1:15-1:45 pm; 6th gr 1:45-2:15 pm
  • Early Dismissal at 2:17 for students PK-8th. (This will occur throughout the school year.)
  • IESA 7th/8th gr girls Crusaders Volleyball AWAY games vs Payson 6:00 pm

THURSDAY, February 23rd:

  • Kelsey Celek w/QCT here w/gr 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Beau Viehmann w/Anti-Bullying Presentation here w/2nd and 5th grades (rescheduled from last week)
  • Vision and Hearing testing – School Conference Room/Library; No classroom library visits today
  • Handbell Choir Rehearsal 3:00-4:15 meet in School Music Room
  • Long Range Planning Meeting – School Conference Room 6:00-8:00 pm

FRIDAY, February 24th:

  • PK4 classes field trips to Quincy Dental Center 9:30 am/1:30 pm
  • Vision and Hearing Screening continues; no classroom library visits today
  • Scholastic Bowl Team practice – 3:00-4:30 pm in the Martha Jane
  • IESA boys and girls basketball uniforms due to school office

SATURDAY, February 25th:

  • Protecting God’s Children Session – St. Peter Church (Martha Jane Rm) 9:00 am-Noon

SUNDAY, February 26th:

  • FOUND Youth Group Pizza Party – Martha Jane Rm/Cafeteria
  • CYO Basketball Games Boys Gr 1-6 St. Peter gym or St. James gym; Girls Gr 1-6 St. Dominic gym



What makes St. Peter Church to be light and salt as Jesus challenges us, are the many people who volunteer in so many ways to help our Church and school. These are the stewards—people who are willing to share their time, talents, and treasures with us. As a way of saying thank you to these many stewards, we are sponsoring an informal evening of enjoyment and togetherness on Saturday, February 18th, right after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. This thank you will be in the St. Peter School Gym and will include a light meal along with sitting back and enjoying the Quincy Notre Dame Jazz Band. They will be sharing their musical talents with us throughout this evening as we enjoy a meal together and great fellowship. Realizing that Fr. Leo cannot multiply the loaves and fish as Jesus did, we need somewhat of a count by February 12th.

Did you volunteer at the Parish Picnic?  Do you earn your 10 service hours helping at the school/parish?  Are your children altar servers?  Just some examples of ways YOU serve.

Who:  Families/individuals that serve our church and school

What: St. Peter Parish Celebration

When: Feb 18, 2017 After 5pm Mass

Where: St. Peters School Gym

Why: To Celebrate our fabulous, thriving ministries; our stewardship; our church family…we are glad YOU are actively involved in a St. Peter Ministry

PLEASE Join us to break bread, listen to the QND Jazz Band and share laughs with old and new friends.  RSVP:  by Feb. 12th – either the insert in the bulletin OR directly to Molly McClure at [email protected]  List #adults and #kids.


St. Peter School is excited to announce all students grades K-8 will be participating in Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart to benefit the American Heart Association.  This special event will take place during PE classes February 13th – 24th. Students will be sent home with special envelopes during PE classes. Last year students raised over $7,400 and this year’s goal is $7,500.  With hard work and dedication this goal should be reached.  Thank you to all our families for participating in this worthy cause. ~Mr. Shinn


       We would like to hear from families about our Catholic Schools Week.  Please take a few moments and complete the survey we are attaching.  A lot of planning was done by our Catholic Schools Week committee to make this a special week for our students.  However, we value your feedback.  Please share your thoughts and opinions with us.  Thank you!!


       Registration for next year’s preschool classes was sent home last week with the Weekly Update, our school families, and was mailed to all parishioners that have 3 and 4 year old children.  We have had a lot of interest in these classes so we will follow the procedure we had in place last year.  Please read through the information letter and registration form as we have had several changes.  On Feb 21st, beginning at 7:00 am, we will be set up in the gym to accept registrations for these classes.  It will again be on first come – first serve basis for morning or afternoon classes, in conjunction to following the enrollment policy.  This day will be the first day registration will be open for both the 3 and 4 year old classes.  We are not able to accept registrations at any earlier date.  We look forward to seeing our preschool families on Feb. 21st.


       Kindergarten Round Up for those who will be attending kindergarten at St. Peter School for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, March 24th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in our school gym.  We are sending home a Round Up registration form with all of our families, Friday, February 17th.  If you know of anyone that might like to come to our Kindergarten Round Up or be interested in sending their child to St. Peter School Kindergarten, please share this information with them.  Some of our best advertising and promoting of our school comes from our school families!  Registration forms are also available on RenWeb and our school website at www.stpeterschool.com.  These are due to the school office by March 6th.  All potential kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1st, 2017.  Copies of both certified birth certificates and baptismal certificates will be required.  We look forward to seeing you at Kindergarten Round Up!

*Special note for our current kindergarten classes – Because of Kindergarten Round Up, kindergarten students will only have classes in the morning of March 24th.  You will be dismissed at 11:30 am.  Kindergarten students will not be staying for lunch and there will not be afternoon bus service or afternoon daycare for this special kindergarten dismissal.

ST. PETER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – MARCH 2nd 6:00 – 7:00 pm

       St. Peter School will be hosting an Open House for anyone interested in enrolling their child in St. Peter School Preschool through 8th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.  We ask you to please share this information with any families you know that might be interested in attending our school.  This is an opportunity for parents and their children to come and meet the teachers, check out the classrooms, tour the school and ask any questions they may have about our school.   If you know of anyone that might be interested in our school please invite them to our Open House.  We would love for visitors to learn more about us.  Registration and financial assistance information will be available.  If families are not able to attend on March 2nd please have them contact us at 223-1120 or [email protected].


       We are sending home Registration Forms for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, Friday, February 17th.  Please read through the letter from the Quincy Catholic Schools Leadership Team.  Several changes have been made regarding tuition and fees payments.  Instructional and Technology fees can no longer be included in tuition loans and must be paid by May 1st to avoid a late fee penalty.  FACTS will now assess all tuition assistance applications.  These applications are due March 31st.  Informational Meetings concerning the new FACTS tuition assistance program will take place on March 8th and 9th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament School.  The leadership team will also provide assistance completing the FACTS application form.  If you would like to take advantage of this assistance, please contact Mrs. Venvertloh, [email protected] or 223-1120 and she will set you up with a tuition mentor.  This will be someone outside of St. Peter Parish and all information given will have strict confidentiality maintained.  If you have any questions regarding registration for next year, please call the school office and we will do our best to find the answers for you.


Quincy Notre Dame High School will hold an Open House on Sunday, February 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 1400 S. 11th Street. Parents and students interested in QND are invited to attend.  Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet QND students, parents and faculty, find out more about the 1:1 learning program, explore the school and discover the new things happening at QND.

The schedule for the QND Open House is as follows:

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and overview with Principal Mark McDowell and QND students (QND Cafeteria)

1:30 p.m. – “Ways to Make QND a Reality” presentation with question and answer session about financial assistance, completing the PSAS form, Gene Grawe Fund and more (QND Cafeteria)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Meet faculty and tour QND

For more information, please contact Mary Pat Vahlkamp at 217-223-2479 ext 326 or email [email protected].


       The 15th Annual Bob O’Neal Junior Table Tennis (ping pong) Tournament will be held February 25th at the K of C, 700 South 36th.  There are 4 age level events: 10 & under 10:00 am-12:00 pm; 13 & under 4:00 pm-6:00 pm; 15 & under 2:00 pm-4:00 pm; 18 & under 12:00 pm-2:00 pm.  Trophies will be awarded in each event.  The cost to enter is $15.00.  For more information or to enter please go to www.quincytabletennis.com, email [email protected] or call 217-223-2536.


       If you were on the IESA girls or boys Crusaders Basketball teams, please turn in your uniform to the school office.  We need to have these turned in and accounted for in order for us to turn them into our QCES Athletic Director.  Please bring these into school by Friday, February 24th.


       For our 2nd quarter, Spirit Day recipients were The Advocacy Network for Children (6th grade) and Toys for Tots (5th grade).  We are very proud to let families know that we raised a combined total of $526.00 for these two very worthy recipients.  Thank you very much to all of our students, families, and staff!


       We open our school doors in the mornings at 7:50 am for students and our Tardy Bell rings at 8:05 am.  We have students that arrive tardy many mornings during the week and it is starting to affect how many of our classrooms start their day.  We ask that parents make every effort to have your children to school on time.  We should have addressed this concern as it states in our handbook but haven’t.  Currently in our handbook it states that the school will contact the parents once a student has reached 3 tardies and that time will need to be made up.  We haven’t enforced this policy for the last several years because we have found that it doesn’t really accomplish the goal for which it was set up.  Upon contacting other schools, we have decided to amend our policy to align with theirs beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  This policy will be that we will contact the parents after their child has his/her 4th tardy.  4 unexcused tardies constitute one unexcused day according to ROE guidelines.  Once the tardy count reaches 10 the ROE Office will be contacted to report truancy.  Their truancy officer will then contact parents concerning this issue.

We do not mean to appear harsh with this new policy, but students arriving late causes a disruption for the other students in the classroom, their teachers, and teacher aides.  Our school day is so short we need everyone to be prepared to start on time.   It is sometimes very difficult and frustrating for children to begin their day behind and then have to try to catch up with class assignments during the day.  Again, we ask that you please make every effort to have your children to school on time.


Feb 27             Mardi Gras Prayer Service

IESA 7th grade Regionals begin

Feb 28             Kelsey Celek w/QCT here w/gr 6th, 7th, 8th

Mar 1               Ash Wednesday – Masses 8:30 am, 12:10 pm, 6:30 pm

Children’s School Mass 8:30 am prepared by 6th grade

WCU Tuition Grant applications due to WCU today

Mar 2               St. Peter School Open House 6:00-7:00 pm

QND Freshman Registration 6:30-8:30 pm at QND

Mar 3               Spirit Day!! Grade 2 recipient choice

SmArt Kids Art Classes w/Rooms 1W, 2N, 3W

St. Peter Men’s Prayer Group begins

Mar 4               St. Peter Chess Tournament

Mar 5               Saints Alive Youth Group meets 6:00-7:30 pm – gym

Mar 13-17         Spring break; No School

Mar 24             St. Peter School Kindergarten Round Up; 11:30 am dismissal Kindergarten only

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February 13-February 17th

February 6-February 10th

January 30-February 3rd

January 23-January 27th

January 16-January 20th

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