The Rock N° 41

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

19 Dogs, 3 Dog Photos, and 1 Rabbit!


Thank you for bringing your other family member to our first Blessing of Family Pets. Thank you, Father Gary and Father Gurnee, for a delightful morning. It was a pleasure to meet your dogs and rabbit and hope to see them around more!


Annual Fund


Hope to see you tonight at 6 p.m. at the St. Peter’s Church Rectory, 313 2nd Street SE (building to the left of the church), for 2018 – 2019 Annual Fund Kick-Off Party.  Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served – make it your dinner!  Donate Here or go to  Donation envelopes will be available at the party. 


Free Dress for EVERYONE Tomorrow


To celebrate sunshine, beautiful weather, completion of one month of school, and other things that bring your child joy, the entire school, including faculty and staff, will enjoy Free Dress tomorrow!


For the other Free Dress Days (November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 14), we will select Student Family groups to earn the coveted day. In addition, Student Council will have Tag Days for various charities; those dates will be forthcoming.


Who Couldn’t Use a Little Encouragement? Online Class Begins This Weekend!   


The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982, providing classes, events, and other educational resources to parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.


PEP offers between 30 and 40 core classes, short courses, and workshops each season—fall, winter, spring, and summer. Their comprehensive, multi-week classes begin in September, January, and March/April. Shorter courses (4 to 12 hours) and 2-hour workshops are offered throughout the year. Click here for more details, or copy and paste the link -


Winter Uniforms Begin November 5


With warmer weather lingering longer, wearing Winter Uniforms will begin on Monday, November 5; though, please dress in winter uniforms for Picture Day on Tuesday, October 9.

First Gallery Walk/Coffee Talk, Tomorrow, 8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


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. 


National Walk & Bike to School Day, October 10, 7:30 a.m.


St. Peter School will join other local schools at Lincoln Park in celebration of National Walk & Bike to School Day – Participants are encouraged to arrive at Lincoln Park by 7:45 a.m. to join the St. Peter School group as we walk/bike to school. We want to ensure on-time arrival to school so join in another celebration… our 150th Anniversary Mass. 


150th Anniversary Mass, Wednesday, October 10, 8:45 a.m.


Parents: Following the Walk/Bike to School, please join us for our 150th Anniversary Mass at St. Peter’s Church on October 10 at 8:45 a.m. Bishop Michael Fisher will be our celebrant with Father Gary. Immediately following Mass will be a brief reception in the school’s multi-purpose room. We hope to see you there!


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

Student Families/Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center


Last Friday, our 10 Student Family groups made 55 layette bags for the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center to share with their parent clients.  The Center was absolutely thrilled by the student commitment to the project and your generous donations.  We hope we can collaborate with them again soon.  Thank you for your support!


School Picture Day! Next Tuesday, October 9


Just a reminder school picture day is next Tuesday, October 9 with Victor O'Neill Studios.  Order forms were sent home last week. If paying by check, bring your order in on Picture Day.  


For your convenience, you can also order online 


Please note:  Uniform change will occur November 5, but for Picture Day only, students should wear the winter uniform.  Guidelines are specified in the Parent-Student Handbook.


Victor O'Neill Studios has been a great fundraiser for our school, let's keep the tradition going!

Haiti Stewardship Committee

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!


Registration for the 2018-19 St. Peter’s CYO basketball season is now open.  Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays (TBD) starting early November at St. Coletta’s (1901 Independence Avenue SE, Washington DC).  Games for tournament teams will begin in December and other teams in January 2019.


Registration fee is $220 per player with discounts for additional siblings. All registrations must be completed through Sports Pilot, click here, or copy and paste the link -

Registration will close October 25, 2018; late registrations will be subject to approval by the Athletic Director.


For the 2018-2019 basketball season, we will offer boys and girls teams in U10, U12, and U14 divisions. Players on the U14 teams must be 14 and under by November 30, 2018. For basketball teams, priority for rosters will be given to U14 teams first and then to grades/participant age groups. Players on U12 teams should be 12 and under as of November 30, 2018. Players on the U10 teams should be minimum Grade 3 and 10 and under by November 30, 2018.


We need coaches for the U10, 12, and 14 girls’ teams! Coaches must be 18 and over and are required to have VIRTUS training.


Students and parents are expected to abide by the St. Peter’s Code of Conduct and the Archdiocese of Washington DC League rules.


Please email Maura Jeffords at if you have any questions.

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.


Have You Ever Played Squash?


Squash is a growing sport in the United States and is a fun and challenging contest of agility, strategy, talent, mental and physical strength. Along with its health benefits, squash is safe and can be played year-round by players of any skill level and age.


Squash facilities and teams are part of many colleges and universities, and now Gonzaga College High School. On Oct 5 at 6:30 p.m. Squash Revolution will be hosting a free squash showcase event at Capitol Hill Sport & Health.  The event will feature Harvard Head coach, Mike Way and World Squash champion, Greg Gautlier.


For more information, please contact Shahier Razik (, Director of Squash Revolution.

Health News: Important Reminders

Think Pink: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. Here are some facts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


  • Each year in the United States, more than 240,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.

  • Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.

  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

  • Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk.

  • Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

  • Staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer, and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs.

    The Symptoms of Breast Cancer:


    What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer


    For More Information on Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (American Cancer Society)


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

Counselor's Corner

Dear Parents,


Next up is understanding common cognitive, social, and emotional behaviors of your child in Grade 7.


Developmental Behaviors of 7th Graders




  • Your seventh grader’s brain continues to rapidly grow, especially in the prefrontal cortex area of the frontal lobes.   This area is responsible for functions like mediating conflicting emotions, making ethical decisions, inhibiting emotional urges, general intelligence, and predicting future events.  It is going through a significant rewiring process that solidifies certain neural highways while abandoning most others.  This transitional phase is often disorienting for tweens, and can manifest itself in recklessness, poor decision-making, and emotional outbursts. 

  • Research and study skills advance, but still need frequent and on-going help from parents with organization, homework and breaking down long-term projects into chunks.  Parents can help by giving encouragement and redirecting them to the task at hand.

  • Their ability to be totally responsible and totally irresponsible at the same time can be annoying to adults.

    Social/Emotional Behaviors


  • Emotionally, 7th graders are changeable, unpredictable, and often very hard to read.  

  • Fascinated by group dynamics, hierarchy, and the code of behavior required to be part of a group.  At this age, groups set the standards.  In conversations with friends, they figure out the standards and try to meet them.

  • Girls tend to focus on close relationships; boys tend to travel in small groups and engage in a lot of horseplay and practical jokes.

  • Searching for “fidelity” in relationships, which is a faithfulness or loyalty to a person or belief.  Minutes turn to hours on cell phones and in front of the mirror. School becomes the place to be, but not always for our intended purposes.

  • Is more tolerant and reasonable than at 6th grade and has an increased ability to see others’ perspectives.

  • The prefrontal cortex continues to develop and the amygdala (responsible for fight or flight and primitive emotions and responses) continues to control decision-making.  The result: tweens are highly sensitive to rewards.  The highly pleasure-seeking and impulsive 7th grader is vulnerable to the dangers of risk taking and experimentation.  It is important to talk to them about peer pressure and the importance of safety.

  • Adult personality begins to emerge.

    Communication Style


  • Sarcasm emerges

  • Double meanings, word play, jokes of intellectual interest

  • Peer “vocabulary” (slang) important


    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)