Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham

Mrs. Ingham's Message for March 24, 2019

All around our school campus are signs that the students, staff and all that enter our building are aware that this is the Lenten season. Even our youngest of students can tell you that Lent is a time when we pray extra, because Jesus is going to die for us and then rise from the dead because He loves us so much...all in their own words of course!

Students can choose a kind act from the CAN box and perform the deed that is written on the paper, as a special offering for Lent. The DID box is the place where teachers and students can write their Lenten offerings, and the good things that they say and do. We are collecting all of our thoughts and deeds to present to Jesus at the altar at our last school Mass before Easter.

We are praying for the return of good health for two people who are very special to our SPS family. We all made cards for Mrs. Squaires and Mrs. Ponzi.

Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 sold bracelets to remind us all of something we can all do very easily...pray for one another. The bracelets carry the message,

“I said a prayer for you today.” I cannot tell you how touching it is to have someone give you a bracelet that has that message on it. I received a couple of these bracelets...and my heart was filled because of the message it carried from two very special students.

Prayer is the focus for our third grade students as Mrs. Grenga shows in her bulletin board. Each student completed a poster and a research project on a specific saint and after sharing their learning with their classmates, they created the bulletin board showing each of them, “praying like a saint.” What better way to prepare for the reception

of their First Holy Communion this coming May!

With many other special thoughts and acts of kindness, I am confident that the children and staff of our school will most definitely be ready for the celebration of Easter.

But at the risk of taking away the solemnity of our Lenten practices, I just wanted to share a couple of comments from our “little folk” that brought a smile to all of us...and I am sure it will do the same for you.  Apparently, after lunch on Ash Wednesday, a student came back into the classroom and was quite upset because her ashes were all gone. She was worried and the teacher was trying to console her when a classmate yelled from across the room... “Oh, no...you are supposed to keep your ashes for 40 days and 40 nights!!!!”

And one last smile... Another student went home and looked in the mirror to see that her ashes were no longer there. Her reply, which was overheard by her grandma…“I don’t know what happened...my eyelashes are all gone!!!!!” 

I LOVE my job! God bless us all in Lent and always.

Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for March 17, 2019

Top of the Morning to all of our St. Bernard and St. Peter families and friends. Being so very Irish, Maureen O’Hara being my name, I come from a family who proudly wore green and ate corned beef and cabbage for as long as I can remember. Whether you are Irish or not…

“May the road rise to meet you and may the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields,

and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

In keeping with the Irish theme, Mrs. Montante’s class learned about St. Patrick, and the history of the leprechaun and his(her) ability to bring good luck. The children all wrote stories about why they felt they were so lucky. Number one on their list was “family”… especially Mom and Dad, but the presence of Jesus was written in almost every story...a true testament to all that we are doing to help our children keep Jesus in their lives. Of course, pizza, pets and special friends, also made the list of why our SPS first graders believe they are lucky!

****TWO SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK****

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY recognizes and advocates for persons with Down syndrome and hopes to create an awareness and a single global voice that supports the rights of, inclusion for and well-being of people with Down Syndrome.

At St. Peter School, we are joining in this day of awareness by recognizing and celebrating all that makes us different and unique, on Friday March 22 at our 9:00 a.m. School Mass. Students will follow the global tradition of wearing “crazy socks” with their uniforms that day. Grade 2 will be planning our school Mass, where together, with all in our parish community, we will gather as that single voice, to welcome all differences into our community. Please join us for this most special event...and be sure to wear your crazy socks! For more details, please call the school office.

Belle and the Beast, Gaston and Mrs. Potts, Lumière and all of the rest will grace the SPS stage at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening, March 22nd and 23rd. Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be performed by the students of St. Peter RC School and we are inviting all to attend. Since early in the Fall, the students have been practicing their lines, singing their songs and learning their dance steps to be ready for “the big night!” Tickets are available at the door. You will not want to miss this outstanding performance!

May God continue to watch over all of us during the Holy Season of Lent and throughout every season.

Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for March 10, 2019

With each birthday, we all get one year older. But...on February 28 we celebrated the birthday of a famous gentleman who never seems to grow old...THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL...aka Dr. Seuss. This well-known author has been a part of early childhood libraries since forever and has written over 46 books, and while they are geared to read-alouds for our youngest of children, the messages shared within the text carry much food for thought for folks of all ages. In addition to songs and presentations, and a visit from one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters, The Cat in the Hat, the children across all of the grades learned some life lessons from Dr. Seuss that we would like to share here with you:

On LEARNING...

 You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

 I like nonsense...it wakes up your brain cells 

 I said what I meant and I meant what I said!

 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

 The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

On LIFE...

 So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact, and remember that life is a balancing act.

 Why “fit in” when you are born to “stand out?”

 Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment...until it becomes a memory...

 A person is a person no matter how small.

On EMOTIONS...

 Don’t cry because it is over...smile because it happened

 From there to here and here to there...funny things are everywhere

On YOU...

 Only you can control your future!!

 Today is your day...your mountain is waiting!

 Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind, don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind 

 To the world you may be just one person...but to one person you just may be the world!

And a final reminder to all, that...

LIFE IS TOO SHORT to wake up in the morning with regrets.

So...love the people who treat you right...Forgive the ones who don’t.

And believe that everything happens for a reason.

If you get a chance...TAKE IT! If it changes your life...LET IT!

Nobody said it’d be easy… They just promised IT WOULD BE WORTH IT.

And always remember...YOU GOT IT!

Thank you Dr. Seuss for making us laugh...for encouraging us to read...and most importantly for giving us so very many life lessons that can take us through the toughest of times with a prayer, a memory and a smile. God bless us all.

Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for March 3, 2019

In last week’s bulletin, Father David shared the parish activities and events in place as we enter the most holy season of Lent. At Saint Peter RC School, we are also preparing our students for the season and the reason behind giving up, doing extra, and increasing our prayerfulness.

 Our school community will greet this season as we attend 9:15 a.m. Mass together on Ash Wednesday and also receive our ashes.

 Every Tuesday students and families are invited to attend 7:45 a.m. Mass and then meet after Mass, in the cafeteria for breakfast

 We will celebrate Mass each Friday in Lent at 9:00, as always, with Mass themes related to the messages of Lent

 We will fill our JARS, one on each floor, with good deeds done during Lent, and then offer them to Jesus at the altar at the end of Lent

 Students in Grades 3-8 will assist with the Parish Fish Fry by baking and selling baked goods and beverages at the event

 Our Grade 2 students will receive the sacrament of Penance on March 23, 2019

 Our annual Children’s Basket Auction and Dinner will be held in the cafeteria from 5—7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. All proceeds will be forwarded to Catholic Charities along with all of our parish contributions. All are welcome!

 Grade 3 students will hold their First Communion retreat on March 30, 2019.

 Grade 8 students will perform the Shadow Stations at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019. All of our St. Peter and St. Bernard family are invited to participate.

Each class has activities and lessons prepared to ensure that all children learn of the suffering of Jesus throughout the forty days of Lent and the need for us to show our love and thankfulness by doing something good for others, by trying harder at something that is more difficult, and/or by giving up something that we really like.

ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL OF US THE GIFT OF YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR, AS A MODEL FOR LIVING, LOVING AND GIVING. JESUS FULFILLED YOUR WILL BY COMING TO EARTH AND BECOMING MAN, LIVING AMONGST US AND FINALLY, GIVING UP HIS LIFE FOR US ON THE CROSS. HELP US TO BEAR WITNESS TO YOU BY FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS...HIS LIVING, LOVING, SUFFERING, AND DYING. HELP TO MAKE US WORTHY TO SHARE IN HIS RESURRECTION. WE ASK THIS THROUGH OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST, YOUR SON. AMEN.

Maureen Ingham, Principal