The Rock N° 37

Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve.

Pray Love Excel Engage

 

“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!


HSA

 

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 xoadak@gmail.com.


School News

 

First Student Families Project!

 

Our first Student Families project will benefit the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (www.capitolhillpregnancycenter.org), a privately funded 501(c)3 charitable organization here on Capitol Hill 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 are going to make as many layette bags as possible, and we hope you will support our efforts by donating supplies from the following list. Donations can be placed on the stage in the Multi-Purpose Room stage.

 

Thank you in advance for supporting the Center, located at 713 Maryland Avenue, NE!

 

Layettes are created for baby girls, boys, or unisex. Following are the basic items:

 

2 Onesies

1 Sleeper

1 Outfit

OR

2 Sleepers

2 Blankets

(1 heavier blanket and 1 receiving blanket OR 2 receiving blankets)

Miscellaneous NEW items

(stuffed animals, baby bottles, pacifiers, teething rings, baby toys, and any other items for babies)

A sleeve of diapers from a package or case (usually 36 to 40 diapers)

 

5th 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 at The Tune Inn.  Individual entry price:  $300; Foursome team price:  $1,000.  Early Bird rates will be available starting next Thursday, September 20 – Thursday, October 4, reducing the entry fees to $250 for an individual and $800 for a foursome.  Check out next week’s Rock for Early Bird digital sign up!  The Golf Classic directly benefits St. Peter School scholarships, facility improvements and curriculum development. It’s for the KIDS!!

 

Cotillion Sign-Up Extended

 

Cotillion for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 begins Friday, September 28, and includes sessions on October 5, October 19, and a final dinner/dance on October 26.  Sign-up has been extended to next Friday, September 21, but that is the latest, as we need to order gloves for girls. Click here for the sign-up form.  Please return ASAP to Mrs. Duff with $175 check made out to St. Peter School.

 

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

 

Join your friends at the St. Peter’s Church Rectory at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 to kick off this year’s Annual Fund.  Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.  We look forward to seeing you!  Click here to view the Save-the-Date card.

 

The Smart Lunches Program is HERE!

 

We are pleased to partner with Smart Lunches this year to provide your child with delicious, reliable and convenient lunch options. Smart Lunches is enjoying a growing reputation for exceptional food and service in schools throughout the region. With Smart Lunches, quality, reliability, and value are just a click away.

 

If you’ve opened a Smart Lunches account for your child but not yet ordered specific lunches, here’s a reminder about deadlines:

 

All orders as well as changes and cancellations need to be submitted two business days in advance. 

 

  • Lunches for Monday: order needs to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Thursday
  • Lunches for Tuesday: order needs to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday
  • Lunches for Wednesday: order needs to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday
  • Lunches for Thursday: order needs to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday
  • Lunches for Friday: order needs to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday 

If you haven’t yet signed up and want more information, click here to see a short video, download the current menu, and learn how easy it is to get started. There is no obligation or minimum order, and you can opt out at any time.

 

 

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 (www.capitolhillpregnancycenter.org), 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:   501auctions.com/stpeterschooldcgolf.  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 dduff@stpeterschooldc.org.


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 virtusonline.org, 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

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/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.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Baby-Walkers-A-Dangerous-Choice.aspx

 

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


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 maturity.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)