News & Announcements 2011-2102
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ST. PETER CLASS OF 2012! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!
St. Peter Class of 2012

The second grade visited Congressman Scalise of the 1st District in Louisiana. Fantastic field trip filled with underground train trip, tour of the hall of senators, Lincoln's first seat and a pizza party.

The Kindergarten class has been learning and practicing the Rosary during the month of May
Kindergarten Rosary
Kindergarten Rosary
Kindergarten Rosary

Our annual field day was held on May 25. Thanks to the DC YMCA and Mr. Sand for for all their help in making it a great day for our students!
Field Day 2012
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Field Day 2012

The fifth grade recently performed Much Ado About Nothing at the Folger Theatre.  Their performance in the George Didden Shakespeare Festival was wonderful.  We spent the past few months working for a few moments in the spotlight- and it was definitely worth it!
5th Folger
5th Folger
5th Folger
5th Folger
5th Folger
5th Folger

Congratulations to St. Peter School CYO Boys 5/6 basketball coach Chaz Beasley for being honored by the Archdiocese.  Coach Chaz was presented the “2012 For God and Youth Award” at the Sixty Seventh Annual Archdiocese of Washington Office of Youth Ministry/Catholic Youth Organization Awards Banquet on May 9 in Greenbelt. Several team members and Father Byrne were on hand to celebrate the honor with Coach Chaz.  Congratulations Coach!
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Coach Chaz Award May 2012
Coach Chaz award with Father Byrne and boys

Congratulations to everyone who ran in the Capitol Hill Classic yesterday. Our St Peter’s team came in 1st place overall for the biggest team at the race, and we came in 2nd place in the 3k. Eight of our students came in the top ten of their age group, and parent Chris Ryan won the 10K for his age group.

In the 10K, Jack Beckham came in 2nd place, Andy Beckham came in 5th, Courtney Hrdy came in 4th, and Celia Herdic came in 6th.

In the 3K, Henry Ryan came in 5th place, Adisa Buchanan came in 9th, and Maggie Drelichman came in 7th. A special congrats to Annie Ryan who WON her 3K race!
Great job runners!

Capital Hill Classis 2012
Capital Hill Classis 2012

The fifth grade visited Nationals Park on May 15 to attend the second annual Weather Day.  While at the park, students learned how weather can affect everything from field maintenance to pitch speed, even the likelihood of a homerun. 

5th Nationals Park
5th Nationals Park
5th Nationals Park

Our school-wide barbecue, grilled up by a corps of St. Peter School dad volunteers, took place on  Friday, April 27th. A BIG thanks to our HSA for sponsoring this special luncheon treat. It was a great opportunity for students and families to enjoy lunch together. Thanks to all of our volunteers who made this day a great success!

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BBQ
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BBQ

Newbery Club students read A Door in the Wall and completed weekly activities related to this Newbery winning book.  Each student also read three additional Newbery Books.  These students, along with Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Lane, and Mrs. Bishop, went to Medieval Times to celebrate and learn more about life in the Middle Ages!  A special congratulations to Delina Sheth and Elizabeth Quinn for going above and beyond and reading 18 Newbery Books!  They were knighted by the king in a special ceremony on the field trip!  What an accomplishment!

Newbery Club
Newbery Club
Newbery Club

It was quite an exciting morning at St. Peter School as the entire student body, faculty & staff watched the shuttle, Discovery, fly over the school three times!!!  We gathered across the street at Providence Park when we heard the shuttle was on its way to the Capitol and National Mall area.  After ten or fifteen minutes of great anticipation, the view was beyond our expectations!  It was so great for the students to see a part of history. 

If you haven't already, "like" our St. Peter School facebook page to see video footage of the event...you will see (hear) the level of excitement - it speaks for itself.
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Discovery
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Discovery

Second graders read Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax to grasp the importance of seeds in the plant life cycle. Mrs. Pruitt was so impressed by the students’ higher level thinking about the moral of the ecology story that she launched a genre study of stories with morals. Students got so expert at detecting the life lessons in literature that they wanted to develop their own stories complete with characters faced with a moral decision. Some examples of life lessons that second graders wanted to dramatize were about honesty, sharing, gratitude, good vs. evil and forgiveness.  Finally, students stretched their art and design skills by drawing and sewing a rendition of their original character to be used when they read their moral tales aloud to younger students.

Dolls
Ugly Dolls
Ugly Dolls
Ugly Dolls
Ugly Dolls
Ugly Dolls

Our annual Math Bee took place on Thursday, March 15th. Congratulations to our Math Bee winner 8th grader Harrison Howe and runner up 8th grader Jensen Kasting! Delina Seth won the Pi contest with a new school record of 480 digits of Pi memorized (previous record from last year was 113 digits by Summer Batterson). Congratulations to all our participants and a special thanks to Ms. Ferry for all her hard work! 
2012 Math Bee
2012 Math Bee
2012 Math Bee
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2012 Math Bee


The 7th grade class took a math field trip to the National Building Museum in February to participate in a program called Fuller's Fantastic Geodesic Dome. Students learned about the engineering principles used to construct domes, and worked together to build a geodesic dome (think of Epcot Center!). 
7th National Building Museum
7th National Building Museum
7th National Building Museum

In science 5th grade has been studying terrestrial and aquatic environments. This week they started a week long investigation on how salinity in water affects the hatching of brine shrimp eggs.
5th Grade Science
5th Grade Science

The Fifth Graders recently took a trip to the National Archives.  The students enjoyed going on scavenger hunts, creating movies and digging through duplicates of famous documents in the National Archives resource room.  We are thrilled to teach and learn within walking distance of such a wonderful place so that when we read about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution one week, we can see it the next! 

5th National Archives
5th National Archives
5th National Archives

Students learned of the history of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and celebrated by decorating shoe boxes and masks. They pranced around X Park with their beads and adorned floats. Then, each class ate King Cake and listened to Zydeco music. A big thank you the Masters family for the shoe boxes, Monica Gibson for the beads and decorations, Alison Cernich for ordering the King Cakes and Sally Aman for organizing the volunteers! Mardi Gras (also known as Carnival and Shrove Tuesday) is the last day before the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting and repentance leading up to Easter. Traditionally, it is the day for eating up the last of the rich foods that remain in the house and for having a big party before a long period of discipline and repentance.
Mardi Gras 2012
Mardi Gras 2012
Mardi Gras 2012
Mardi Gras 2012
Mardi Gras 2012
Mardi Gras 2012

Congratulations to Ms. Gennings and our middle school Science Bowl Team for taking second place in this year’s regional competition!!  We are extremely proud that, for the second year in a row, we were able to compete in the Science Bowl with a winning performance!
Science Bowl 2012

Valentine's Day at St. Peter's was full of treats, sweets and colorful postcards!
Valentine's Day 2012
Valentine's Day 2012
Valentine's Day 2012

The 4th graders invited parents in for their "Famous Americans: Guess Who?" popcorn viewing party!  They have been busy researching and writing about famous Americans from.  Next, they used VoiceThread, a multimedia slideshow program, to give a "voice" to their writing.  Some are even in voice and character! 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FAMOUS AMERICANS VOICETHREAD!

4th Famous Americans
4th Famous Americans
4th Famous Americans

St. Peter's Science Fair was a huge success! Grades 3-8 have been working on their projects since December and the fair February 2nd showed all of their hard work. The students put together extremely impressive investigations, showcased through their wonderfully layed out display boards. A special thank you to all who helped to ensure the Science Fair would be another success!
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2012 Science Fair
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2012 Science Fair Parent Judges
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2012 Science Fair
2012 Science Fair

ST. PETER'S VALENTINES POSTAL SERVICE

Once again the second grade class is serving as the St. Peter School postal service on Valentine's Day. Starting Monday, February 6th through Monday, February 13th, second grade students will sell Valentine's Day post cards for .25 cents each morning at the car line and during lunch period. Parents you too can participate by sending a Valentine to your favorite student, teachers and administrators! Purchase your cards from a 2nd grader at morning drop off, (Ms. Costantino will be there to help in the morning), fill it out and return it to one of the safety patrols who will make sure the post cards are placed in the mailboxes. Life size mailboxes will be placed around the school so students can "mail" their purchased post cards to friends, teachers and administrators. The second grade students will deliver the cards Valentine's Day. This is a time honored St. Peter School tradition, students, teachers and administrators alike look forward each year to see who has sent them a special post card delivered via the 2nd Grade Postal Service.
All proceeds will go to charity, once the 2nd grade class has decided on the intended recipient we will provide that information. Happy Valentine's Day!

2nd Grade Postal Service
2nd Grade Postal Service
2nd Grade Postal Service

First Graders in Ms Constantopoulos’ art class are busy enjoying, what is for many, their first experience into the romantic world of watercolor creating surfaces of luscious, soft  liquid hues on paper . . . not commercially produced tempera, generally designed for very young artists, but the paint that real artist’s use.  They also will be learning how translucency, transparency and opacity communicate feelings.  Beginning with  “The Hearts of Valentine’s Day” they will then graduate to more complex watercolor painting as they describe the variety of color in butterflies and the issuing in of Spring.                

1st Grade Art

The theme of the 2012 Catholic Schools Week is: “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service.”

The theme focuses on three priorities that Catholic schools establish that make them stand out from other educational institutions. Children are taught faith – not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God. Academics, which in Catholic schools are held to very high standards, help each child reach his or her potential. Service, the giving of one’s time and effort to help others, is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.

This celebratory week was kicked off properly with weekend Masses at St. Peter’s Church and students participating as greeters, altar servers, gift bearers and readers.  Bookmarks thanking the parishioners for their support of Catholic education were handed out in appreciation.
For the remainder of the week’s activities click here.

For more information about Catholic Schools Week, please visit the following links:
http://www.ncea.org/news/CatholicSchoolsWeek.asp
http://www.ncea.org/news/pressrelease/article.asp?article_id=361

Hat Day
Hat Day
Hat Day
Ned Show
Student Families Free Dress
Ned Show
Paseries with Parents
Paseries with Parents
Paseries with Parents

In Spanish we have been working with the verb "Ir"(to Go) combined with expressions that describe directions and location. 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades used the iPads to explore vocabulary related to this topic, and the Flip cameras to record interviews between themselves. 2nd and 3rd grades used a voice recorder to listen to their own voices while talking in Spanish, and they love it! We just finished our cultural project called Ritmos Musicales y su Historia, where 4th through 8th grades had to research about different types of Hispanic American music. Some students were thrilled to learn that "Salsa" means sauce, and it was mainly developed by musician in New York city during the 70's. Their projects were fantastic! Pre-K had a great time learning about and listening to Tango. We all agreed on two things: Tango music is beautiful, and Argentina is not in Chinatown, it is located in South America. Maravilloso!!

Hispanic American Music

The Pre-K children have been using the iPads as a tool to review and reinforce basic skills.  They have used the iPads in Language Arts to practice writing letters and learn letter sounds.  They have used them in Math to practice counting, writing numbers, and identify basic shapes.  The iPads help the children work on making choices and following directions in a fun and engaging way. Pre-K children and parents also made a beautiful quilt that will be auctioned off at our School Auction on February 11, 2012!

PreK iPad
PreK Quilt
PreK iPad

Zach Denton, eighth grader, won the school-wide competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 26th.  The school-wide Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. Zach will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine state competitors. The Washington, D.C. competition will take place on March 20, 2012. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition on May 22-24, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

The National Geographic Society is one of the worlds’ largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting Geo Bee Challenge, on online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees.

Our Contestants
Contestants with Certificates
Zach Denton & Ms. Woodside

The Pre-K children have been busy building structures as part of their science curriculum.  The children have been creating many unique buildings, including towers and enclosures.  They especially enjoy making structures for the toy mice and cars.  They have been using a variety of blocks including large and small wooden blocks, foam blocks, and Kapla blocks.  The children are encouraged to talk about and/or draw their structures.  The children use problem solving skills to try to make structures that are strong.  They explore different designs in order to make a building that is balanced and stable.  This is a fun way to learn about forces such as gravity, tension, and compression, as well as problem solving, perseverance and team work.

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Shhhh!  It’s a surprise! 
St. Peter’s kindergarteners made mangers for their parents as Christmas gifts.  Father Riffle visited our classroom to bless the mangers before wrapping and sending them home. Merry Christmas! 


The annual St. Peter School Christmas Concert was a spectacular display of holiday and religious themed music. We are very proud of our students and Mrs. Towson for all their hard work.
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert

Kindergarten celebrates annual Thanksgiving Soup Luncheon On November 22nd the St. Peter School kindergarten students welcomed parents to our annual Thanksgiving Friendship Soup Luncheon.  Each child was asked to contribute a few ingredients and participated in soup preparation on November 21st.  We look forward to this time each year – preparing Friendship soup as we talk about how the Pilgrims and Indians worked together to celebrate their first year together. We had a great crowd – 31 parents plus 25 students – an opportunity to sit down, enjoy each other’s company over a warm delicious bowl of vegetable soup, and to thank God for the gifts he has given us. The children performed by singing a song ‘’The Great Big World’’ - lyrics emphasized the unlimited possibilities ahead of us all. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! On behalf of Mrs. Kiyonaga, Sister Tirhas and the kindergarten class we wish the St. Peter School community a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!
Kindergarten Soup Luncheon
Kindergarten Soup Luncheon
Kindergarten Soup Luncheon

In the Science Lab we have been enjoying learning with the FOSS kits, which have allowed us to participate in hands on labs every day! Third grade has just built their own instrument for measuring water temperature. Fourth grade is exhausted from jumping rope in class as we learn about the human body. Fifth grade just used goggles to protect their eyes from the citric acid they are using to create solutions. Sixth grade is going to begin building their own stream table when we return from Thanksgiving break. Eighth grade is preparing their own celery investigation as they ask the question, "where did all the water go?" Seventh grade has been studying force and motion and just had a very exciting experience. Paola Barbara and Chris Lobb, Ben and Chiara's (3rd) parents, came into the lab bringing along some equipment with them. Mrs. Barbara is a professor in the Department of Physics at Georgetown, and conducts experiments on carbon nanotubes and other nano-scale devices. Mr. Lobb is a professor in the Department of Physics and the University of Maryland, where he is doing experiments on superconductivity and quantum computing. With their expert assistance and materials, the seventh graders were able to view distance graphs on the smart board and move their bodies in front of motion detectors to match up with what they saw! The students were able to use their knowledge of speed and distance to move their body in a manner that would create a similar, in some cases almost exact, graph that they were viewing through the computer. It was a great way to bring all of those equations to life!
Science Lab
Science Lab
 

The fifth grade will be working with the Folger Shakespeare Library and their program Shakespeare Steps Out.  Over the course of the school year, students will be studying the life and works of Shakespeare.  We will have classroom visits from a Teaching Artist and a Docent who will present us with information and develop our confidence as actors.  And this November, we will visit the Folger for a Stage Combat Workshop.  Our partnership will culminate in a performance at the Folger Theater in May.
5th Grade Folger Theatre
5th Grade Folger Theatre
5th Grade Folger Theatre

The Pre-K children learned how the Native American Indians taught the Pilgrims about corn including popcorn and also some facts about popcorn. The children used all of their senses while making air-popped popcorn.   First the children looked at and touched the popcorn kernels and saw the small amount that was going to be popped.  Next they listened as the kernels were put in the popper.  As the kernels were heating up, they watched and listened as the kernels “danced around” in the popper.  Then they watched, listened, and smelled as the kernels started to ‘pop’.  They observed how the small amount of kernels became a bowl full of popcorn and talked about how that happened.  Finally the children got to touch the finished product and taste the results.  Yum!
PreK Popcorn
PreK Popcorn
PreK Popcorn

Boo! Books On October 27th, the students of St. Peter School participated in Boo Books!  The students read a variety of Halloween themed books including: And Then There Were None, The Halloween Tree, Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet, and The Haunting. The morning of the 27th, students took a break from their classes to enjoy doughnuts, apple cider, and discuss their Boo Book with others.
Boo! Books
Boo! Books
Boo! Books

New Playground --- All of the playground equipment and new rubber surfacing has been installed, and the students were able to enjoy it this week! Check out the tether ball set and "toss up" on the upper playground and the new spinners, surfacing, rock climbing wall, and bike rack on the lower playground! The new equipment has made a hit with the students! We are eager to add the new asphalt coating which should be done within the next few weeks.


NEW AT St. Peter School this year is a Yearbook Club with Mrs. Gina Pruitt, faculty advisor. Membership is open to all middle school students. The Yearbook Club will give the middle school students the opportunity to use their creativity to help make the yearbook a special memento -- especially for our graduating 8th graders. The Yearbook Club will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 at the school (room location to be announced). The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 5th. Please fill out the form and turn into the front office by Monday, October 3rd

Student Council Elections were held on Friday, September 16th for student council officers. Each eighth grader gave a speech in front of grades 4-8 and hung campaign signs in the hallways. Grades 1-8 will each have 2 class representatives to bring their ideas to the meetings.

"Green Club is underway, with our first meeting of the school year behind us and 25 members! Everyone is very excited about starting up the composting again soon, taking care of our cherry trees, and maintaining our new rain garden and rain barrels. We have begun discussion on planning our first field trip and ways to raise money for T-Shirts. Our next meeting is scheduled for October 19th in the Science lab at 3:30pm."

 
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