The Rock N° 37

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

Principal Clay's Notes

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


A Reminder About Car Line


The well-being and safety of your children is our primary concern. To that end, we want to remind everyone about our carline procedures at drop-off and pick-up.


First, all cars must join the line on E Street east of 4th Street – either from 5th (if coming south) or 6th (if coming north). Police officers at the First District Substation request that our car line remain on E Street, extending back in front of the station.


Second, you are welcome to park in the neighborhood and stand at the E Street door at dismissal time. If you choose this option, you must cross the street at the cross walks either across E, 4th, or 3rd Streets.


The reasons for these procedures are two-fold: (1) too many cars turning from 4th onto E and into our car line can block the intersection, and (2) most importantly, there is a safety concern when our car line monitors call for children in the order cars are lined up on E Street. Particularly on inclement weather days when we see the most car line traffic, we want to avoid young children needing to cross 4th Street to find their waiting vehicles.


Thank you for helping us to keep every child safe during carline!


Back to School Picnic


The annual Back to School Picnic is this Sunday, September 9 at St. Peter School from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the lower school playground.  Thank you to all the volunteers filling our request for water balloons!   The battle will surely be legendary! 


Moms’ Night Out


The HSA’s 3rd Annual Moms’ Night Out will take place on Thursday, September 20th at 8pm 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!

School News

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 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.


First Student Families Project!


Our first Student Families project will benefit the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (, 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 in bins on the Multi-Purpose Room stage, starting Friday, September 7.


A receiving blanket is one of the items in the layette.  If you are a knitter or know someone who is, they LOVE hand-knitted blankets and will take them throughout the year, even if you don’t have time to knit one by September 29.


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 found in each layette:


2 Onesies

1 Sleeper

1 Outfit


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)


Cotillion 2018


Back by popular demand:  St. Peter School Middle School (Grades 6, 7, 8) students are invited to participate in Cotillion 2018!  This fun-filled program conducted by The Manners Lab blends contemporary social training with traditional ballroom dance instruction. Do not worry if your child participated last year.  Refreshers are always good!  For more details, see Cotillion Sign-Up Sheet, Cotillion Announcement, and Reference Guide emailed directly to Middle School parents.


  • Cotillion classes will be held in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on four Friday evenings:  September 28, October 5, October 19, and October 26. (NOTE:  We are skipping October 12, when school is closed.)  The first hour of the evening will focus on etiquette; the second hour will focus on ballroom dance instruction.

  • The October 26 Dinner Dance will feature a sit-down catered dinner, where students can practice their etiquette and dance skills.

  • Appropriate dress is required for all four sessions:  dresses and gloves for girls and coats and ties for boys.

  • Fee:  $175 (includes dinner and girls’ gloves).  Financial assistance is available to qualifying families.  Please see Mrs. Duff.

  • Parent volunteers are needed for the October 26 Dinner Dance.  Please consider and make a note on Sign-Up Sheet.

To register, please complete the sign-up form and return to Mrs. Duff with payment ($175 check made payable to St. Peter School) by Friday, September 14, 2018.

Community News 

Cross Country Registration is Open!

Registration for 2018 St. Peter’s Cross Country team is open!  Practices will be a mix of mornings and evenings to be determined by coaches and runners.  The first meet will be September 16.  Runners from Grades 4 through 8 are welcome!  Please register by clicking here, or copy and paste the link into your browser.

Health News

When Should You Keep Your Child Home From School?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests asking yourself these quick questions to determine your decision:

1.  Does your child have a fever?

2.  Is your child well enough to engage in class? If your child seems too run down or is unable to focus due to discomfort, then keep him/her home.

3.  Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as the flu, croup, strep throat, or pinkeye? If so, consult your physician and keep your child home until he/she is no longer infectious and has been cleared to return to school.

Keep Your Child Home for the Following:


Fever is the body's mechanism for fighting germs and is a common symptom of infection. The CDC recommends keeping children home if they have a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. To prevent the spread of infection, your child should not return to school until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.


Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect of a medication. Keep your child home until stools are formed and make sure he/she stays well hydrated.


Vomiting is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. If this symptom persists, consult your physician.


Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep children home from school. Often children will feel run down and unable to participate in class. They will require plenty of rest and hydration.


Sore throat can be a symptom of strep throat or a common cold. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, he/she can return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic therapy. If you child has a mild cold with mild sore throat, he/she can come to school. If the sore throat is severe for more than 24 hours, consult your physician.


Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) is the inflammation of the thin tissue covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. Bacterial and viral pinkeye are contagious, and children should stay home from school for 24 hours after treatment begins and symptoms have subsided. Symptoms include eye redness, pain, swelling, watering eye sensitive to light, green or yellow discharge, and eyes crusted shut in the morning.


Bad pain can be associated with other illnesses, especially if other symptoms are present. Keep your child at home for observation and contact your physician.


Rashes can be a sign of contagious conditions. If an unusual rash appears keep your child home until a diagnosis can be made by your physician.


I cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper hand washing and proper cough/cold etiquette to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. Please instruct and practice proper hand washing with your child. Many children do not wash their hands properly, especially after using the toilet. Also, please remind your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow or into a tissue and then his/her hands.


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

Counselor’s Corner



I really enjoyed meeting so many of you at Tuesday’s Back to School Night and am looking forward to meeting our Grade 4-8 parents this evening.


My focus this month during classroom lessons is on our Virtue of the Month, courage. I will discuss the various ways we can be courageous at school, at home, and in our community. Take a moment to encourage your child when you see them being courageous this month!


An important part of keeping our students safe is the practice of safety drills. Although these are necessary, they can sometime be confusing for our younger students. Here are some things you as a parent can do to help your child deal with school drills.


  • During quiet time at home, talk to your kids about the various drills they may encounter at school.

  • Role-play the parts of student and teacher (swap roles, too) to show your child exactly how it might sound and feel to be involved in a drill.

  • Reassure your child that while these drills may feel scary, the teachers are just helping him/her learn how to think and react in an emergency, which is unlikely to happen.

  • If your child has anxiety about drills, speak to their teacher about it so the teacher can be aware and help your child.

  • Explain to your child that as a member of our school community, we all look out for each other. That involves being aware of how to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency. We must learn how to keep ourselves and our friends safe by practicing.


As always, please let me know if I can answer any questions.


Mrs. Motion

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)