The Rock N° 35

Principal Clay's Notes

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2018!

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1Peter 4:10)

Join us to celebrate the Class of 2018 this Friday, June 8! The Rose Ceremony will begin in St. Peter’s Church at 9 a.m. The Graduation Mass and Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Friends and family are welcome to a reception following the festivities in the Parish Hall.

  • Kaia Danielle Anderson - St. John's College High School
  • Ella Dadey Callahan - International School Manila
  • Samantha Grace Cernich - St. John's College High School
  • Elena Doris Conic - St. John's College High School
  • Alexandra Shelly Corrigan - St. John's College High School
  • Bella A. Costantino - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • John Anibal Drelichman - St. John's College High School
  • Ava Jane Easton - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • Isabelle Audrey Easton - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • Efrain E. Enriquez - DeMatha Catholic High School
  • Taleyah Lanfong Chase Evans - Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
  • Samson Gedib - Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
  • James Theodore Hrdy - Gonzaga College High School
  • NiyaMarie Humphries - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • Simryn Gupta Musante - Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • DaNae L. Peters - St. John's College High School
  • Sophia Phillips - St. John's College High School
  • Ava Gabriela Schutter - St. John's College High School
  • Andrew Tyler Zagurski - Duke Ellington School of the Arts





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Lunch Program Survey

We are considering offering a hot lunch program, but we need your help. Please complete this quick four-question survey. Thank you!

Thank you for a terrific year!
This is our final edition of The Rock for the 2017-2018 school year.

Your summer letter/packet will be sent home during the last week of June.
We pray you have a summer filled with fun, peace, and abundant blessings!

Alumni News

Continuing to Build on 150 Years: Faith, Service, Academic Excellence

On May 23, a 2009 graduate of St. Peter School became a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Tess Heimerman entered St. Peter's in Pre-School in 1999. She spent a total of 10 years at St. Peter’s, then graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington. 
Andy Beckham, SPS Class of 2014, was the Gonzaga Class of 2018 Valedictorian!

Congratulations to our alumni!
Please email great news about our alumni for inclusion in The Rock.


Save the Date for Movie Night, Featuring COCO!

Movie Night will take place on the final night of school. Come join the St. Peter School Community for ice cream, popcorn, and a movie to celebrate the start of summer! Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; the movie will begin at sun down. Please note that students must be accompanied by an adult; this is not a “drop off” event.
If you are able to volunteer at Movie Night, please click here to sign up.

Volunteers Hours Update

As stated in the Student Parent Handbook, each two-parent family at St. Peter School is required to volunteer 15 hours each school year. Single parent families are required to volunteer 7.5 hours. A fee of $25 is charged for each hour not served.  
HSA will be sending emails this week to families who still need volunteer hours.  If you do NOT receive an email, then our records reflect that you have satisfied the volunteer hours requirement this school year.  

School News

Library Books are Due, June 12!
All library books need to be returned ASAP.  Please look in your students Thursday folder for any overdue notices.  There is a hard deadline of June 12.  Please have all library books returned or reimbursed by next Tuesday.  Contact Mrs. Freed if you have any concerns.
Get Ready for Summer Reading Fun!

Future Grades 2 through8 families, the summer reading assignment is in today’s Thursday folder. Students have all summer to complete the Summer Reading Bingo Card. Directions are included on the assignment. Students who complete their summer BINGO reading will be invited to attend the Annual Summer Reading Partyat the beginning of 2018-19 school year.
Mrs. Freed is collecting cornstarch for the summer reading party.  If you can, please donate a box during the month of June.

Yearbooks Still Available!
The students are loving their yearbooks and collecting autographs.  There are still plenty of copies if you want one for your child or household. See Mrs. Duff.   $35 cash or check made payable to St. Peter School. We will be selling through the last day of school or until they are going, going, GONE!
SPS Science Rocks the DC STEM Fair

Congratulations to Brady Cookson, Michael Schaefer, and Grace Novascone for their showing in the DC STEM Science Fair. Brady earned 2nd place in the “Environmental Sciences” category and Michael placed 3rdin the “Earth Science” category. Thank you, Ms. Hinkson, for preparing them so well!

Community News

Summer School at Two Archdiocesan Schools
This summer Saint Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro and Saint Francis International School in Silver Spring are offering summer academies for students in elementary and middle school. Click on each school for more details.

Health News

Teaching Our Children Important Life Skills
When we attended college freshman orientation with our son I was shocked to learn that many college students were sending their dirty laundry home via FedEx AND expecting it to be cleaned and returned! Really? These teenagers had not learned a basic important life skill – doing your own laundry.
One of our responsibilities as parents is to teach our children to become independent young adults. Children need the opportunity to learn significant life skills to be prepared for life on their own and this opportunity should begin during childhood, before they enter high school. Learning these skills at an early age helps build confidence and resilience and gives children the capability to navigate life’s challenges in grade school, high school, and beyond. Children and young adults also should know that they can always ask for help and advice.  
Here’s a list of life skills children should know how to do on their own by age 13:

  • Get yourself up in the morning and ready for school or other activities.
  • Make your own breakfast and pack your own lunch. Parents supply the healthy ingredients.
  • Be responsible for your belongings, which means remembering to bring your lunch box, homework, school projects, and other required items to school; make your bed and clean up your room.
  • Do your own laundry. This includes folding and putting clothes away.
  • Do basic household chores, and offer to help other family members when help is needed.
  • Cook a meal on your own. This is an opportunity for parents to teach the value of a home-cooked meal to promote healthier and more cost-effective eating.
  • Grocery shop. Parents can teach children how to read nutritional labels and make healthy choices, what to look for when choosing fresh foods, how to shop on a budget and understand money basics.
  • Fill out your own paperwork to the best of your ability. This is a good learning experience for completing high school, college and job applications.
  • Be your own advocate. Children should know how to approach a teacher, coach, or another adult with a problem or concern, or ask you to help them. 
  • Learn how to fail. Actions have consequences and learning from mistakes builds problem-solving skills, responsibility, and resilience. Parents need to step back and allow their children to fail. “How Allowing Children to Fail Helps Them Succeed” 
  • Manage stress. A survey by the American Psychological Association found that stress is extremely common among teenagers, especially during the school year. Persistent stress effects your mental and physical health. Beginning at a young age, parents can teach their children how to cope with stress.

(Sources: Brittany Anas,; Amy Carney, Red Tricycle 2017; Psychology Today; American Psychological Association)
Have a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer! Here’s some further reading to work on over the summer.

Staying Safe this Summer Sports Season

Middle School Health:
Healthy Year Checklist
Adolescence Vaccines Checklist
Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers

FDA Recalls:

Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray (generic for Flonase) recalled for potential safety alert

Counselor’s Corner

Students, Staff, and Parents of SPS,

Thank you all again for an absolutely, fantastic year! I feel blessed to have had the privilege of serving as your school counselor, if even just for a little while. I wish I had found SPS years ago. This truly is a very special community and one I will miss very much.
I appreciate all the support and well wishes in my decision to focus on family life moving forward. I leave very confident that your new school counselor, who you will learn more about very soon, will continue to deliver a strong school counseling program and give our students the very best. I will keep you in my prayers.
Mrs. Tavares

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