Weekly Update

October 16th – October 20th

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

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SATURDAY, October 14th:

  • IESA Crusaders girls Basketball HOME games vs QJHS 9:00 am at QND gym

SUNDAY, October 15th:

  • Gr 8 Washington DC trip today through Oct 20th

MONDAY, October 16th:

  • QFD Fire Safety House visiting w/3rd and 5th grade classes 9:00 am
  • Grade 7 field trip – Woodland Cemetery 8:45 am -1:30 pm
  • Jubilation Choir rehearsal 3:00-3:45 pm in Parish Music Room
  • Chess Club Meeting – 6:00-7:30 pm
  • IESA 7th gr Boys Crusaders Basketball Try-outs at QND 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Protecting God’s Children Session – Blessed Sacrament 6:00-9:00 pm; Call 222-2759 to register

TUESDAY, October 17th:

  • PK4 field trips – Mill Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch 9:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Grade 7 field trip – Illinois Veterans Home All Wars Museum 9:10 am- 1:30 pm
  • Kelsey Celek w/QCT here w/Kindergartens, 3rd grade classes, Rms 4E, 6E
  • 5th grade PMO students begin rehearsals at QND 3:30-4:30 pm
  • PMO Band Rehearsals-QND Music Room: 6th gr 4:30-5:30 pm; 6th-8th gr Jazz Band 5:30-6:00 pm; 7th/8th gr 6:00-7:30 pm
  • IESA Girls Crusaders Basketball HOME games vs Hamilton 6:00 pm at St. Peter gym
  • CYO 3rd/4th gr Volleyball Games 5:30, 6:15, 7:00 pm at both St. Peter and St. Dominic School gyms

WEDNESDAY, October 18th:  

  • Children’s School Mass 8:30 am 7th grade preparing
  • Gr 7 field trip – Villa Katherine 9:30-11:15
  • PMO Band Rehearsals: 5th gr 1:15-1:45; 6th gr 1:45-2:15; 7th/8th gr 1:45-2:15
  • After School Cooking Class 2:30-4:00 pm Cafeteria Kitchen (first class of 2nd session)
  • Quincy Art Center Art Classes 2:30-3:30 pm Maria Goretti Rm (registered students only)
  • PMO Choir Rehearsals: Gr 7/8 3:00-4:00 pm; Gr 4-6 4:10-5:00 pm at QND Music Room
  • IESA 7th gr Boys Crusaders Basketball Try-outs at QND 5:30-7:30 pm
  • CYO 7th/8th gr Volleyball Games 6:00 and 7:00 pm – St. Peter School gym
  • Early Dismissal at 2:17 for students in grades PK-8. (This will occur throughout the school year.)

THURSDAY, October 19th:

  • Moms are Praying – Martha Jane Room 8:10 am
  • Kelsey Celek w/QCT here w/1st grades, 2nd grades, Rms 4W, 6W
  • NO Handbell Choir Rehearsal today
  • CYO 5th/6th gr Volleyball Games 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 pm – St. Peter gym
  • IESA 7th gr Boys Crusaders Basketball Try-outs at QND 5:30-7:30 pm

FRIDAY, October 20th:

  • Peter Parish Men’s Group 6:00 am – gym
  • Grade 1 field trip – Mill Creek Farm Pumpkin Patch 1:00 pm
  • Gr 7 field trip – Mercantile Bank 10:45 am – 1:00 pm
  • IESA Girls Crusaders Basketball AWAY Games- QJHS Tourney at QJHS; time –TBA
  • Gr 8 students return home from Washington DC trip this evening
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards sent home with students today
  • After School Spanish Class 3:00-4:00 pm Martha Jane Room (registered students only)

SATURDAY, October 21st:

  • IESA Crusaders girls Basketball HOME games vs QJHS 9:00 am at QND gym

SUNDAY, October 22nd:

  • IESA 8th gr Boys Crusaders Basketball Try-outs at QND 4:00-6:00 pm
  • FOUND Youth Group Hayride 6:30-8:00 pm

ST. PETER 8th GRADE WASHINGTON D.C. CLASS TRIP – Oct. 15th – Oct. 20th

Once again our 8th grade class will be traveling to Washington, D.C.  This is a once in a lifetime educational experience they will remember for many years.  The knowledge they gain on this very fast paced trip is unbelievable!  A huge thank you to Mrs. Martin, Miss Metz, and Mr. Dave Cawthon for working with the 8th grade and organizing the details of the trip.  Mrs. Martin has been going on this trip with her students for 9 years and this marks Miss Metz’s fourth year.  Dave Cawthon took over the planning of the trip in 2004 upon Fr. Bauer’s retirement from St. Peter.  Fr. Bauer, although retired, chaperoned and shared his knowledge for a total of 39 years.  The trip will not be the same without his added insight and wisdom.  He will definitely be missed.  This has been an amazing educational tradition from year to year for our 8th grade students.  The students are very prepared in understanding what they are going to see, what they need to look for in the venues they visit, and the historical content and religious history of what they are touring.                We also thank our parents who will chaperone this trip and a very special thank you to Dave Cawthon for all of the planning that goes into this trip.  Mr. Cawthon will start planning for next year’s trip the week after he is home from this trip!

The students and chaperones will depart at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 16th.  Please join us in prayers for their safe and healthy travel.


Our 8th grade class will travel to Washington DC. Some of the sites we plan to visit are: The Ford Theater, The Peterson House, Washington Monument, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Smithsonian Museums, The Newseum, The Archives Building, Hard Rock Cafe, The White House, The Pentagon, Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception, Union Station, Evening tour of the monuments, Library of Congress, the US Capital, Arlington National Cemetery & Mt Vernon. On Wednesday afternoon we will travel to Baltimore Md. and visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Fort McHenry, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, & The Baltimore National Aquarium. The last tour on our schedule is The US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

This is a once in a lifetime educational experience our students will remember for many years to come. I would like to thank our outstanding 8th grade teachers, Ms. Metz & Mrs. Martin for all of their support!  Thank you to the parents who will chaperone the trip. We will depart today, October 15th from St. Peter for anyone who would like to see us off and return Friday October 20th at 7:00 pm. Please pray for our safe & healthy travel, and that the adults may keep their sanity as we learn many interesting things about the trials and tribulations of 8th graders!

~~David Cawthon, Trip Coordinator

Families’ scheduled times were sent home on Wednesday, Oct. 4th with the youngest child (K-8) your family has in St. Peter School.  If you did not receive this form (on bright yellow paper) please ask your child/ren for it.  Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences will be held the week of Oct 23 – Oct 26.  We will have supervised activities in our school library for school aged siblings.  Please do not bring other children to these conferences.  This is your time to see and hear your child tell you of his/her accomplishments and goals.  We are very proud of our students and want them to have you full attention!



       Thank you to our families that have sent in Box Tops for Education.  It has been brought to our attention that there is a series of these box tops expiring November 1st.  We are planning to mail in our shipment by next Wednesday, October 18th.  If you have any of these box tops we are asking that you please send them to the school office so we can process them for shipment.  Again, thank you to everyone for sending these in to help benefit our school.

      Sign Up Genius is available for you to sign up for Pizza Making Day on Nov. 4th.
Please click on the following link:

Remember – This is a great opportunity to earn service hours.  We always have so much fun and would love for you to join us!  Please don’t miss out.
                      Also – please remember the info below about the pizza sale!

It’s Pizza Time!  Pizza order forms/information letters were sent home last week with your children.  Pizza sales will run through Monday, October 23rd.   Last year our wonderful families sold 2500 pizzas.  Three years ago we sold over 3,100 pizzas.  Our goal is to reach the 3,000 mark again!  If we hit our goal of 3,000 pizzas, we will raise approximately $20,000 for the SPS Technology Fund!  As an incentive, each family that sells 10 or more pizzas will receive an out of dress code day on November 7th.  Additionally, the top five selling families will receive a full week of Out of Dress Code.  Finally, the top selling family will receive a $25 gift certificate to TCBY!  Please collect all money at the time of ordering.  Checks should be made out to St. Peter School.  Please send in checks only – if paid in cash we ask that you write one check for all cash received.  All orders and money are due October 23rd.  This is our only official “fun”draiser for the school year and we hope that everyone works together to raise money for St. Peter School.
Please also keep in mind that all pizzas are to be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 4th between 8:00 a.m-11:30 a.m.  If you cannot pick up the pizzas that you sold you must make arrangements for someone to pick up your order as we do not have the freezer space to store pizzas that are not picked up.
We also need help from parents, teachers, and staff on the morning of Saturday, November 4th to assemble all pizzas sold.   Our 7th & 8th grade students can volunteer to help as a “runner.”  We truly appreciate any and all help that we receive with this day!  Please sign up to volunteer at our sign up genius listed above.  If you have any questions please contact Karen Sedevic at [email protected] or at 217-779-1507.  Pizza Assembly Day really is a fun morning and goes by quick!  It is a very busy morning!!  Please come join us!!

We have 2 changes to our original October Lunch Menu:
On October 24th instead of a Turkey and Cheese Wrap, we will have a Turkey and Cheese Sandwich, baby carrots with dip, chips, and applesauce.  October 31st (Halloween), our menu will be Bat Burgers, Freaky Fries, Vampire Veggies, Googly Eyes Grapes and Dirty Worm Pudding.  Sounds Spooky!

The QND Choirs will present a Fall Choral Concert on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church.  The Concert Chorale, Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Choir and Women’s Glee will sing a variety of sacred and secular music, including several selections from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, featuring musical settings of texts by American poet Robert Frost.  All choirs are directed by Monica Scholz and accompanied by Robert March.

The 7th IESA Crusader boys’ basketball team will host tryouts on Monday, October 16th, Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th at Quincy Notre Dame High School.  The time of the tryouts will be 5:30-7:00 pm each night.  Head Coach is Scott Phillips for 7th Grade
8th grade tryouts and practices will begin the following week on Sunday, October 22nd.  These tryouts will be held at QND 4:00-6:00 pm.  Head Coach for 8th Grade is Chuck Venvertloh

The CYO is looking for applicants interested in being League Coordinator for the upcoming Winter Basketball league.  This is a paid position.  Basketball games will be held January through early March.  Please submit your interest ASAP to [email protected]

     Our amazing room parents are once again providing our Kindergarten through 4th grade with fun activities in the gym celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31st.  Our schedule for these parties will be:

8:15-9:00     1st grade

9:15-10:00  2nd grade

10:15-11:00  3rd grade
12:00-12:      Kindergarten

1:00-1:45    4th grade
Our Halloween Parade will then begin at 2:00 pm.  Grades Kindergarten – 3rd will dress in their costumes and parade from our front parking lot, up Maine Street, around the Parish Office and School.  Grades 4-8 will be outside to watch and join in the fun!  Please feel free to come join us for this spooky parade!

HALLOWEEN BASH – Grades 6-8 – October 30th

       Please mark your calendars for the 6th-8th grade Halloween Bash on October 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the school gym.  The 8th grade class officers will be hosting this event with the assistance of grades 6-8.  Students attending the dance are asked to bring in a canned food item.


       QND will host a Halloween Party at QND for 5th grade students on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Wear your Halloween costumes!


       We are looking for someone to compile the St. Peter School Buzz Book.  If you are interested in helping us out with this project, please contact Mrs. Venvertloh at [email protected] or 217-223-1120.

            At the present time seven IESA home games are scheduled to take place at St. Peter School.  We are presenting an opportunity for any Quincy Catholic grade school clubs, organizations, groups, etc. to provide concessions for those who are present at the IESA boys basketball and girls volleyball games.  All profits would go to the group who is doing the concessions.  The group would be responsible for all aspects of providing and selling items for visitors.  This includes the purchase of items sold, (bottled water, bottled soda, candy, chips, plates, napkins, etc.), set up, clean up, etc.  Storage of all sold items would not be able to be stored at St. Peter due to lack of space and security of items.  
The following are the dates of the games.  Games begin at 6:00 p.m. and are generally completed by 9:15 pm.  School doors open at 5:15 pm to set up concessions.
Boys Basketball:  Thursday, Jan. 4; Thursday, Jan. 11; Tuesday, Jan 16   (3 games total)

Girls Volleyball:  Wednesday, Jan 3; Thursday, Feb 1; Monday, Feb 5; Wednesday,  Feb 21 (4 games)
If interested in doing the concessions at the home games listed above please contact Mrs. Cindy Venvertloh at [email protected] or 217-223-1120.


Blessed Sacrament Parish/School has scheduled 3 more opportunities for parents to attend a Protecting God’s Children Session this fall.  If you are interested in helping in your child/ren’s classroom, driving for field trips, etc our Parish and the Springfield Diocese require you to attend this training.

They will have these training sessions on Oct. 16, Nov. 13, and Dec. 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Please call 222-2759 to register if one of these dates will work for you.  This is a one-time only training.  If you have already participated in a class, you do not have to take it again.



Oct. 22            IESA 8th gr boys Crusaders Basketball Try-outs – QND 4:00-6:00 pm

Oct. 23-26       Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences after school M-W; Thursday beginning at 1:00 pm

Oct. 23            Art Classes w/Stephanie Javaux – classrooms 4E, 4W, 5E, 6E

                        School Advisory Board 6:30 pm – School Conference Room

                        St. Peter Pizza Sale orders/money due to school office

Oct. 24            Art Classes w/Stephanie Javaux – classrooms  5W, 6W

                       Gr 7 field trip – Quincy History Museum 8:30-10:25 am

                        Gr 3-8 field trip – QCT – “Harriet the Spy” noon-1:45 pm

Oct. 25            8:30 am Children’s Mass – Gr 8 leading

                        5th grade Halloween Party hosted by QND; 6:30-8:30 pm at QND

Oct. 26            11:30 am dismissal w/full bus service; St. Peter afternoon daycare will not be in session; Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences begin at 1:00 pm

Oct. 27            No School

Oct. 28            IESA Boys Crusaders Basketball – QJHS Tri-Angular at QJHS; time TBA

Oct. 30            Gr 6-8 Halloween Bash

                        IESA Girls Crusaders Basketball HOME games vs Liberty at QND gym 6:00 pm

                        IESA Boys Crusaders Basketball AWAY games-Unity 8th gr Tourn. Mendon time TBA

0ct. 31             K-4 Halloween Parties 8:15 am-1:45 pm (45 min per grade level)

                        Halloween Parade Gr K-3 2:00 pm

                        Holy Day Vigil Mass (All Saints Day) 6:00 pm

                        IESA Boys Crusaders Basketball AWAY games Unity 8th gr Tourn. Mendon time TBA

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