Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham

Mrs. Ingham's Message for January 26, 2020

WELCOME TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2020

WE ARE A ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND WE ARE PROUD!

As a member of the Catholic community of elementary schools across the nation, we celebrate our Catholicity. All that we are, and all that we are able to do and be, in a special way during this week, earmarked by the Catholic Diocese, as Catholic Schools Week.

The theme is a familiar one and one that we at SPS live each and every day in a variety of Christian ways;

LEARN.SERVE.LEAD.SUCCEED.

We are here to LEARN all that we need to know in order to be successful in the real world and beyond. We are here to LEARN about our faith and to live it in all that we say and do as we share God’s message with others.

Our true meaning comes through in ways when we act as Children of God and take care of others. We SERVE God when we take care of His chosen ones in need.

We LEAD for all good causes...even when we might stand alone. We are strong in our convictions as we LEAD others to Christ through our words and actions.

True SUCCESS is found in the eternal kingdom. We will have reached ultimate SUCCESS when we see God face to face and we will earn that gift by working here on earth performing in His ways.

Saint Peter RC School learns, serves, leads and succeeds because that is our mission. Please see the schedule of events included in this bulletin, and join us at school any day this week to see how we live this theme in all that we say, all that we teach, all that we practice and all that we are to one another.

Thank you to all members of our parish for helping us to continue to build up the Body of Christ through the children and families of our great school. Your belief and support are greatly appreciated each and every day. You are in our prayers daily!

-Maureen Ingham, Principal


 Mrs. Ingham's Message for January 19, 2020

I haven’t been a cheerleader since back in the elementary days at St. Mary’s of the Cataract School in Niagara Falls, and trust me when I tell you that cheerleading was not my forte (surprised?) But...here in 2020, if I were to be a cheerleader, I know absolutely, positively, unequivocally, what I would be cheering for...pom-poms and all:

Want a school where kids are neat

And the teachers are really sweet?

Everyone here is treated fair

Everyone here takes time to care.

Lots of technology to make us set

To change the world...on that you can bet!

Math and Science are a must

Three high school credits ...we leave no dust!

Lots of friends and sports and clubs

SPS is the Lewiston Hub

From seven in the morning until six at night

Saint Peter is here with child care...we leave on the light!

Giving back is the name of our game.

Children of God is our special name

Spanish, Future City and Geo Bee

“Extra” things... just to name only three

Check us out...Come pay us a call

You’ll love what you see...But most important of all

You’ll love how you feel after talking with us

And you’ll love how you feel when you walk down the hall

Learning for all whatever it takes

Everybody tries...those are the breaks!

One for all and all for each other

When it comes to elementary schools

There is no other!

Saint Peter RC School of Lewiston

Dedicated to the Saint upon whom Jesus built His church

For sure...we are the best place upon which to build your child’s education!

Rah-Rah-Rah

OK...I warned you that I wasn’t a very good cheerleader...or a great poet, but my heart is wise and I know the best when I see it, live it and share it every single day.

In this week’s bulletin we are including some general information about our school and a registration form. We are hosting an Open House next Sunday January 26, 2020, from 9-12 noon, and if you are curious what all this cheering is about...come and take a tour. No pressure...no heavy marketing...just good old-fashioned friendly folks who want you to know all that they have experienced while their children have attended Saint Peter RC School. If you take the tour, we invite you to be our guest at our “French Toast Fling” being held in the cafeteria from 9-12 also. A delightful breakfast is being served by our parent group, and hosted by the Gagliardo family...guaranteed to be DELICIOUS!!! If you are not interested in the tour, but do come with an appetite, breakfast tickets are available at the cafeteria door for $6 adults/$4 child. Or if you would like to see our school during the day, evening or on the weekend, depending on your work schedule, please call our school office at 754-4470 and we will be sure to make arrangements. God bless us all at SPS and in our community.

-Maureen Ingham, Principal


 Mrs. Ingham's Message for January 12, 2020

Boy are we busy working!!!!! This weekend, 12 of our Middle School students, along with their teachers, Mrs. Say and Miss Carlson, their SPS alumni coach, Jeremy Ferguson and our engineering friend, Mr. Ricotta, traveled to Mt. St. Mary Academy in Buffalo to participate in the annual FUTURE CITY competition. Students are challenged each year with a theme around which they will design, plan, build and demonstrate a “city of the future.” This year the students named their city SAN AGUA, based on the challenge of implementing clean water throughout their city. Best of luck to this team who has been working together since the second week of school...God bless and we know you will make us proud! I will share results once they are in.

And then... Grade 5 joins the middle school in being a part of the National Geographic Geography Bee...better known at SPS as the GEO Bee. Mrs. Marlene DiNardo, our Grades 5-8 Social Studies teacher, leads this national competition beginning at the school level with a myriad level of questions, and the school winner then is challenged with an online component. Winners from this level proceed to the State competition in Albany, and last year our very own Olivia Ambrosia, a “fifth grader” competed to this level. Students have been studying hard in the hopes that they might get this opportunity...or perhaps Olivia will shine again. Anyway it comes out, students at SPS are being challenged to be the best they can be in all areas and at all times and we are always so proud of their efforts and ambitions.

“Writer’s Cramp” is the common complaint as we return from our winter break, and every student in every grade is working with Ms. Ferenc, our Reading Intervention Specialist, to “write” about the virtue assigned to their grade level. Because the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was so short this year, we decided to leave the lights on the Christmas trees in the cafeteria but refrain from the Christmas ornaments that the students make each year. Instead, now returned from Christmas, all are working on a writing piece to be displayed on the trees, reflective of the virtue assigned to their class. Grade 3 is GRACE, Grade 8 is JUSTICE...and everyone is busy sharing their thoughts on paper. These displays will be completed and hung on the “trees” beginning January 26 and throughout Catholic Schools Week. Come in and see what a great job we have done and all that we have learned.

And all are getting ready for

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

January 26-30, 2020

Following the theme

LEARN...SERVE...LEAD...SUCCEED

Students will celebrate our Saint Peter Roman Catholic School with a weeklong schedule of activities which will be shared in an upcoming bulletin. We are a Catholic School...we are proud and we want to share all that we are! God bless Saint Peter RC School and our parish family!

-Maureen Ingham- Principal


 Mrs. Ingham's Message for January 5, 2020

Another new year is upon us and the school children came back last Thursday. Sometimes it is a bit easier to return for a “short” week than to come in for a full week right after almost two weeks off. It also helped that they had a dress down day for the first day back,…a bit easier for them…and the staff… to get out of pajama mode and back into work mode.

With a new year comes all of the resolutions and promises that people make about the things they are going to do, places they will go, and goals they plan to reach. Here at SPS, we will keep constant our goal that serves as our theme this year…we will continue to be challenged to “B” Children of God.

I remind our school children every day that we are all “children of God,” and because of that, we have certain responsibilities for how we act and speak to one another. We all look for ways that we see each other acting as a child of God, and we see through the example of others the way Jesus wants us all to be. Our New Year’s resolution will be to continue to find ways and show each other ways to be more Christlike…and after all…won’t that make this world a better place for all and most certainly better prepare us for our home in heaven!

My personal promise to you, the parish, is to continue to do the best that I can to grow our school spiritually, morally, educationally, technologically, and physically, and to do all of that, with the power, knowledge, strength and guidance, given to me by the Lord. I know that it is only through HIM that all that we accomplish can happen. Your continued prayers and support are also needed by me, for sure, and always are appreciated more than you know!

2020 holds many new and exciting things for us at school and I, for one, am anxious for this coming year. Our parent meeting on January 14 will unveil some of these items, and we have open registration beginning January 26 for the coming school year. We will be making plans for our bus, for an after school program and possible full time summer camp on our site, a bullying prevention program and lots more… stay tuned to this bulletin and our school website for more information as it becomes available.

ST PETER RC SCHOOL IS THE PLACE TO BE IN 2020 AND BEYOND!!!

As I write this note to all of our Saint Peter Family, I write it with the deepest thanks for your ongoing support and prayers for all of us at the school. We could never do all that we do if it were not for your belief in us and in Catholic education. From the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU, God bless you and yours and may 2020 be filled with all of the blessings of the Lord. May we continue to build His kingdom here on earth as we live each day as he would have lived.

-Maureen Ingham, Principal



Mrs. Ingham's Message for May 26, 2019

Back on April 8, Josh Maloni from the Lewiston Sentinel called and asked me to respond to the question, ”How do you feel about the announcement of Father David being transferred?” Like I was hit on the head with the proverbial brick...like I am losing my very dear friend, like what will I ever do without him here as my teammate and my support??? What I told Josh in my message to him is what follows as I tried to add some meat to those very obtuse and rather generic feelings. I am not really sure what he expected when he left me that message on Monday morning, but here is a piece of how I tearfully responded. And as I wrote this to do my best to let Josh know how I felt, I am pretty sure I was speaking on behalf of all of St. Peter’s School and Parish and the entire Lewiston area community.

Those who know me well know that sometimes I speak from my “big girl” head...that’s when I say the things that are logical and sensible and very grown up. So from that perspective I am proud of this opportunity for Fr. David and know, from having worked with him here at St. Peter’s for the past six years, that this is a new and important step for him at a parish that needs his leadership, his creativity and his masterful way to move a community forward. The challenges that await him are great, but because he has taught me, and so many others, that we can do whatever we need to do if we place our trust in the Lord...the community of Our Lady of Victory—the school, the foundation, the parish, the basilica, and all of the people that it encompasses—will flourish as they too learn that they need only to trust in the Lord and follow the path that He has laid for them. I have absolutely no doubt that Monsignor David LiPuma is the man for this job and that God, who has had this plan for him, will guide him in this newest endeavor, just as he has always done. I know that Fr. David is leaving Lewiston to continue to do God’s good work among the people of Lackawanna and the larger Diocese of Buffalo. And I also know that under Father’s unstoppable efforts and deep commitment, Father Nelson Baker will be canonized in his time!

But...when I am not in “my big girl head,” and I am speaking from my heart, the real me, my response to Josh moves to a whole different level of feeling. Fr. David came to St. Peter’s and immediately we connected. We shared the same vision for Catholic education and for meeting the needs of each and every child and family. We worked together to make sure we were doing all we could to meet those needs and to find new and different ways to bring our school and parish community together. We even learned, early on, that we read the exact same morning devotions and often compared our thoughts about the passage for the day, before the day even started for most. We continuously marveled at the wonders of the message and how, so very often, it carried a meaning that was spot on for the charge that laid ahead of us for that day. “Just God having a sense of humor,” Father would say!

He taught me about support, and caring and compromise...about patience and listening and always having time to do the right thing...he taught me because he modeled all of those things. That is who he is and who he wanted us all to be...more like Jesus...kinder, more thoughtful, less judgmental, always aware and deeply sensitive to others. I will miss seeing those characteristics every day and know that he came here to leave those messages with me, and others, to carry on. I hope I can do half of what he taught me. Father loved our staff and made them feel special every time he was in their presence. He loved his parishioners and was there for each one...no matter their need or the time or the place...he was there. But he mostly loved the children...and the love that our SPS kids have for Fr. David is unmatchable. Just come to Mass at 9:00 a.m. any Friday and you will witness the greatest outpouring of love and respect and the deepest devotion as they listen for every word. Ask any child...Friday Mass with Fr. David is their favorite part of the week!

I will miss our weekly meetings where we planned and shared together, that sometimes went on for longer than we intended because he was such a great listener...and I am known for being such a great talker.  I will miss early morning and late night texts with a thought or an idea shared, an emotion put in check or a funny story that couldn’t wait to be retold...he was always there! I will miss his sense of humor and his willingness to try anything, with a smile, and later tell me that maybe next time we might do that a bit differently... a gentle way to let me down. I will miss Mass, where words had new meaning and understanding my faith grew deeper than it has ever been in my 66 years of life. I will miss fun times with laughter and celebrating, knowing my family events and moments were just as important to him as they were to me. He is family! I will miss his ability to always get to the point, in a smooth and gentle way, with fewer words and deeper thought. (I still need to work on that). I will miss his willingness to step into whatever I needed him to do: cover a meeting, speak to a student, call the Diocese, or bury a friend whose pastor was not there. I hope I can do the same for others when I am needed. I think I got the message to Josh: I am going to miss Fr. David very much!!! But while he is not here physically, the imprints he will leave are the legacy that will get us through these tough weeks ahead and encourage us as we warmly welcome his successor and carry on the great work that has built us all over the past six years...physically, structurally, educationally and most importantly, spiritually.

Fr. David is my pastor, my priest, my confidante, my boss, my right arm, and sometimes my left, and my dearest friend. He is moving away from Center Street, but he will forever be close in my heart. He has taught me more than he knows and I am a better Christian because of the gifts that he has shared. God bless you, Fr. David. Go with God, as you always do, and I will do my best to be part of the team you are leaving behind, that continues to sow the seeds that you have so lovingly planted here in Lewiston.

Love, Maureen