Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham

Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 23, 2018

What a wonderful and inspiring two days were spent with our Grade 8 students last Monday and Tuesday. What has become an annual event is exactly what we all needed to start the year off on the right and solid foot for all.

Father David, Mrs. Flynt, Rich Helfrich, Ann Yarussi and I shared two days at Christ the King Seminary with twenty Grade 8 students and our retreat directors as we all learned more about ourselves, each other, our relationships, and our connection with Our Lord. It is interesting how a short time away from the routine of school and home allows all of us to be, feel and say things that might never happen otherwise.

We believe that team building is critical for students in their last year at SPS to help prepare them for their future… regardless of their high school... and their destinations beyond that. All of the students came away feeling “good” (as did all of the adults in attendance) and with, perhaps, a new look at decision-making, at sensitivity to differences, and a deeper sense of responsibility as a member of a class, a family and a community.

Thanks to Mary Palmer and the other retreat facilitators who created and implemented this outstanding opportunity for our students.

Our closing Mass at the Seminary included prayers for and from all of us that we each bring the things that we learned back to the real life of family and school and help each other to be the best that we can be because of all we experienced.

God bless Michael, Sian, Olivia, Layla, Lauren, Matthew, Ethan, Sydney, Cole, Mario, Carlo, Marisa, Libby, Joe, Alexandra, Kieara, Jamie, Jillian, Patrick, and Kathryn. May your final year at St. Peter RC School be the BEST ever and help you to be the best YOU in every way.

Maureen Ingham, Principal

Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 16, 2018

We just finished our first full week of the 2018-2019 school year and everything and everybody is falling nicely into place. We are happy and busy and getting “fuller” every day. Families continue to reach out to us, even as school has opened, and we are doing our best to accommodate requests while honoring our small class size commitment. Thanks to all for continuing to spread the great news about our school.

SPS was visible in the Peach Festival Parade with a float filled with happy children and parents tossing candy to all in attendance. What a great way to show school spirit and community pride! Thanks to all who participated.

Father David welcomed back our entire school community at the opening Mass on Friday, September 14. Our chorus sang beautifully as once again Mrs. Mary Ruth Baumler led our children in song. As we do each week, we choose a theme that is carried out through the readings, songs, prayers and meditation. This week we all shared our feelings on being “together again.” At the conclusion of Mass, Father David and I read a story to the children to introduce our yearlong theme where we are asking our entire school community to be “bucket fillers.”

What is a bucket filler, you ask??? As you walk through the school you will see many visual reminders of how you can “fill someone’s bucket,” and what it feels like to have “your” bucket filled. “Bucket filling” is kindness in action. It is treating ourselves and others well. This metaphor of a simple bucket helps even the youngest students learn that their words and actions affect others. To increase the significance of filling a bucket, each child was given a personal bucket to take home and fill by doing thoughtful things for their family, and filling their buckets.

We believe this message will help us all to be a bit more thoughtful to the needs and feelings of others. Isn’t that what Jesus expects us to do?

Have a wonderful week, and thanks for all you continue to do to support our school.

Maureen Ingham, Principal

Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 9, 2018

The first three days of the 2018-2019 school year have passed and a great three days they were… WOW…it was so good to get back into the routine… and I know that most parents are feeling exactly the same way. 

211 students entered the doors for what promises to be a year of new learning, new friends (55 new students to SPS this September), and new opportunities and experiences. In a special way we welcome our new students who are coming to us in Grades 7 and 8 due to the closure of Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School. We were saddened to receive the news of the closing of the only Catholic High School in Niagara County and we feel for the families affected by this decision.

We had a few tears...mostly from the Pre-K and K parents...but once we assured them that their children would be fine, and we got them safely buckled into their cars, all went off without a hitch! As I begin my 43rd year of teaching/principaling, I never cease to be amazed at how quickly everyone...children and adults alike, fall into a new grade, with a new teacher or new if we had never had a summer break to slow us down. That is a very good thing!

We have many new things going on this year and many new staff members that have joined our SPS family. I will use this area of the bulletin to keep you aware of many of the things that are happening at our school and with our staff and students, but I will guarantee you, it is nothing like coming in and taking a walk through our halls to see “all of the good stuff,” in action. ALL ARE WELCOME!

The traditional blessing of backpacks and Grilling with Grandpas picnic was a huge success and a great “meet and greet” opportunity for all families. Our participation in the Peach Festival Parade speaks to our commitment to this great Lewiston community, and next Friday, September 14, we will celebrate our opening of school Mass with Father David helping us roll out our theme for this school year. You are welcome to join us at Mass every Friday at 9:00 a.m., where we gather as a school family to celebrate the Eucharist and the great faith that we share. It’s going to be a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!!! God bless us all.

Maureen Ingham, Principal

Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 2, 2018

Just a warm welcome from all of us at 140 North Sixth Street...aka St. Peter RC School. We hope everyone had a great summer and that you enjoyed restful, sunny days with family and friends.

We have been very busy preparing for this coming week and the 2018-2019 school year and we are excited to welcome back teachers and students, families and friends.

I want to thank so many folks for all of their hard work this summer in helping to get our school ready. Mr. John Scozzafava heads the list as he moved and built and cleaned and organized everything and everywhere, so that our school looks better than ever! Ron and Tara TerHalle have joined our staff and have worked side by side with John, taking great pride in “their school.”

Barb J. and Barb M. in the office committed lots of summer hours, along with Mark Gaynor in our technology department who was busily preparing all of our new equipment for our students.

Our doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5, and we are looking forward to continuing the great programs we offer our students, as well as many new and innovative projects we have planned for this year.

As Father David says so often...ALL ARE WELCOME...and I personally invite you to visit our school and see what we are all about. Our enrollment has increased once again and we have limited openings in most classes as we maintain our strong philosophy of smaller class sizes.

God bless us all and I ask that you please keep all of us… students, teachers, principal and staff…in your daily prayers. We promise to keep you, our parish family, in ours.

Maureen Ingham, Principal