The Rock N° 39

Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve.

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“Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another, compassionate, humble.” (1 Peter 3:8)

Principal Clay's Notes

Flag Design Contest for Haiti


To honor our relationship with our sister school in Cap Haitien, Haiti, St. Peter School and the Haiti Stewardship Committee are sponsoring a flag design contest.  All students are invited to enter a submission by Friday, October 12.


The design of one lucky winner will be made into a flag that will be shared with our sister school and parish, Notre Dame D'Altagrace.  The flag will be presented to Father Delva at Notre Dame D'Altagrace when Archangel Airborne and St. Peter School visit Haiti on a mission trip in November.


The winner will be announced in The Rock on October 18 and will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card.  Good luck and happy designing!

Moms’ Night Out, TONIGHT!

The HSA’s 3rd Annual Moms’ Night Out will take place on Thursday, September 20 at 8 p.m. on the roof deck at Red Rocks at 1348 H Street NE.  We hope lots of St. Peter School moms will join us for cocktails and conversation!


Back to School Picnic RESCHEDULED


Due to last weekend’s rain, the annual Back to School Picnic has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Grocery Rewards

Link your Harris Teeter card by October 9 to help St. Peter’s earn an extra $100!

Harris Teeter: HT rewards cards must be re-linked to St. Peter School each year.  The school code is 4753.  Parents can link their card by clicking the "Link Your School" button and signing into the Harris Teeter site: Together in Education - Harris Teeter LLC.    Also, if SPS increases the number of parents who link their cards by 25% as compared to October 9 last year the school will get an extra 100 dollars!  

Giant: Giant reward cards do not need to be re-linked each year, but you can check to ensure that you already selected St. Peter School as your grocery rewards beneficiary (or link a card for the first time) on the Giant website by clicking here. Our school ID is 40368.

If you have questions about the grocery rewards program, please contact Nick Tabori, at

School News

Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Needs Your Help!


Time is running out to make donations in support our first Student Families project on Friday, September 28.  Our featured charity is the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (, a privately funded 501(c)3 charitable organization at 713 Maryland Avenue NE dedicated to supporting women and men facing a crisis pregnancy through the provision of services, supplies, and counseling.


CHPC clients are given a layette bag of baby supplies at their last Center visit before the baby is born.  Student Families will make as many layette bags as possible. We know you are busy, but donations have been thin so far.  Please consider supporting this worthy cause by selecting one or two items from the layette list below.  Donations can be given to Mrs. Duff or left on the stage.  Thank you for supporting the Center, located at 713 Maryland Avenue, NE!


Fifth Annual St. Peter School Golf Classic


Calling all golfers!  Save the Date for this annual classic, held at the Country Club of Woodmore on Thursday, October 25.   Shotgun start at noon with the post-links awards reception from 6-8 back on the Hill (location TBD.)  Individual entry price:  $300; Foursome team price:  $1,000.  Early Bird rates will be available starting next Monday, September 24 – Thursday, October 4:  $250 for an individual and $800 for a foursome.  Link for sign up:  The Golf Classic directly benefits St. Peter School scholarships, facility improvements, and curriculum development. It’s for the KIDS!!


Yearbook Club for Grades 6, 7, and 8


Calling all budding writers and photographers!  On the heels of last year’s fabulous 150th Anniversary issue, we are looking to pull together our next creative team of seven middle schoolers.  Please encourage your child to submit a 2 – 3 paragraph Statement of Intent explaining why they would like to join Yearbook Club to Mrs. Ossio or Mrs. Duff by Friday, September 28.


Annual Fund Kick-Off Party, October 4


As we begin a new school year, please join the St. Peter School Community on October 4 for the Annual Giving Campaign Kick-Off.  A reception will be held in the St. Peter Church rectory starting at 6pm.  The Annual Giving Campaign is essential in allowing the school to obtain the resources we need to provide a top-quality curriculum, up-to-date technology, and a safe and secure facility for our children. 


Each year, we kick off our Annual Giving Campaign with a special event at St. Peter’s rectory which includes refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres, student, alumni and parent speakers, and a chance to chat with members of the St. Peter School community about the wonderful things happening at our school!  Please RSVP today to Mrs. Debbie Duff at

Community News

Calling All Volunteers!

If you are a new SPS family or returning family and want to volunteer, plan to attend the Archdiocese of Washington class, “Protecting God’s Children for Adults”, at St Peter’s Church on October 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, click here or copy and paste this link, then go to 'First time registrant', next click 'Archdiocese of Washington', and finally scroll down the list to find the St. Peter's option. Thank you for your support of SPS activities.

Health News 

Herd Immunity = Protecting the Community from Flu and Infectious Diseases


When you get vaccinated for the flu or any other vaccine-preventable disease, you’re protecting yourself as well as our community. This is known as herd immunity or community immunity. When enough people are vaccinated against the disease, germs are not easily spread from person to person and it is less likely that the entire community will become ill from the disease. This is especially important for those who are unable to get vaccinated because they will have some protection from getting sick. And with the community protected, there is less chance for an outbreak to develop if a person does get sick.


Flu Season 2018 – 2019 Reminders and Recommendations from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

* All persons 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October.

* The injectable flu vaccine is the primary choice for children because it has provided the most consistent protection against all strains of the flu virus in recent years.

* The nasal spray vaccine may be used this year for children who would not otherwise receive the flu shot, if they are 2 years of age or older and healthy without an underlying medical condition.

* It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies in the body to develop and provide protection against the flu. So, receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

* The vaccine may also make your illness milder if you do get the flu.

* The annual flu vaccine is updated each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. This is why everyone should receive the vaccine every year.

* Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, such as young children (especially infants younger than 6 months who are too young to receive the vaccine), older adults, and people with chronic health conditions.

* The vaccine can reduce visits to the doctor, missed work and school days, and the risk of more serious flu outcomes, such as hospitalizations and deaths.


Herd immunity protects everyone from the flu, especially those who can’t get vaccinated and those with weakened immune systems. Every vaccinated person adds to the effectiveness of vaccine protection, so the more of us in our community who get the vaccine, the more likely flu will not be widespread.


(Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, AAP)


Vegetable of the Month: Leafy Greens


Safety Report:

The AAP Has Called for a Ban on the Manufacture and Sale of Infant Walkers in the U.S.


Please contact Mrs. Ackerman, school nurse, for any questions or concerns by phone or email:

Counselor’s Corner

First Gallery Walk/Coffee Talk, October 5


Dr. Kaplan, with the Washington Anxiety Center, will present a 4-part parenting series on addressing anxiety and behavioral problems in your child. This will include being able to recognize when your child may have clinical anxiety, depression, or a behavioral issue and how you can design/implement a very specific, individualized approach to parenting these concerns.


Each coffee talk will build on the other, so it is recommended you attend all or as many as you can. If you miss any session, please contact Mrs. Motion for the missed materials. The first part will be the coffee talk presented on Friday, October 5. 

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide our students with an education that is characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence.  We are dedicated to addressing each child's unique talents and abilities.  In each student, we strive to instill an educational foundation for lifelong growth in knowledge, wisdom and spiritual maturity.

Deadline for The Rock, Thursday folder submissions: Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. to Principal ClayThank you.


“May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”  (1 Peter 1:3)