Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham

Mrs. Ingham's Message for December 8, 2019

GOOD NEWS STORIES

As we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception today, I ask you to sit back and enjoy this reading...no busy schedules...no dates to add to the calendar...nothing for sale...just plain old “good things” to read about and know:

We try very hard each day to live out our theme of being “Children of God.” At our school Mass on November 22, 13 children received an award for their words and actions of kindness to others during the previous week...that is an all-time record, and I couldn’t be more proud of the good works and the examples these students (and teachers) are showing to all of us!

Junior St. Vincent DePaul students worked right along-side of our parish volunteers as they prepared food baskets for the needy. These students also collected personal products to add to the gifts baskets...we are teaching them young, that helping others is a part of our Christian responsibility.

Grade One presented the Mass on November 22 with a very crowded Church celebrating with them. Their songs and readings were outstanding, and sent us all the message that no matter how young our age, we are all about sharing the love of the Lord!

A frequent question asked when giving a tour of our school, is “where do our students go to high school”, and “how do they do when they get there?” “Are they ready for high school???” “Are they prepared??? “

At the end of each marking period we are sent the list of students who have achieved honor roll status. This is just one letter we received and needless to say, I was beaming when I received this list from Mt. St. Mary’s Academy after their first marking period.

Dear St. Peter School Lewiston:

The following students who previously attended your school were honor roll students at Mount St. Mary Academy for the 1st Quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Elisabeth McIntyre 9

Olivia Pyrczak 9

Mackenzie Gall 10

Amelia Olander 10

Mia Quarantillo 10

Isabella Correa 11

Tatum Conrad 11 Emily McNamara 12

Kayleigh Harrigan 12

Alaina Winkworth 12

Thank you for your dedication to their education!

Joan McDonough Coordinator of Alumnae and Public Relations [email protected] | 716-877-1358 ext. 304

PROUD PRINCIPAL??????? You bet I am!

Saint Peter RC School...filled with amazing teachers and staff, great children and parents, high school preparedness opportunities and the Lord’s message intertwined in all we do, as well as ongoing “good news stories” that truly tell our story.

What more could you ask for as you search for an educational setting for your children? Give us a call and check us out!

PS Happy Birthday Dad in heaven.


Mrs. Ingham's Message for December 1, 2019

It’s December...the last month of 2019, and a very busy time for all of us. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the “goings-on” this time of year, and as I wrote my weekly message to the staff this past week, I included a short meditation that I thought might help put a few things into perspective...even if for a moment, and I will share a part of it here with you.

At this most busy time of the year, we all often become caught up in the “busy” ness of life and the craziness of all that we “feel” we need to do.

Jesus reminds us where our focus needs to be and that only when we keep ourselves grounded and facing Him can we ever hope to achieve all that we have laid out for ourselves to do:

Jesus said:

Come to me and rest in my peace. My face is shining upon you in rays of peace transcending understanding. Instead of trying to figure things out yourself, you can relax in the presence of the One who knows everything. As you lean on Me in trusting dependence, you will feel peaceful and complete.

This is how I designed us all to live; in close communication with Me, your Lord and God.

Stay in touch with Me, your Lord, even in your busiest moments. Let my spirit give you words of grace as you live in the light of my peace.

I know all of this is much easier said than done...but we owe it to ourselves, and to our God, to trust that He will show us the way to make all things happen (and get done) the way they are supposed to happen.

So...read...pray...breathe...God is in charge, not us. At school this month...along with all of the fun activities of the season, we guarantee that there are moments of time with Jesus just as He has requested:

Advent Wreath Ceremony...each Monday morning during Advent the entire school convenes in the cafeteria for a prayer and a lighting of the Advent wreath as we prepare for the Birth of Jesus.

Advent Family Mass and Breakfast...each Tuesday in Advent, children and their families are invited to attend the 7:45 am Mass and then meet in the cafeteria for breakfast

Advent Penance Service...All students in Grades 3-8 will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation with several local priests on December 10 at 1:00 pm in the Church.

Morning and Afternoon Prayers...all are focused at these times as we begin and end our day in prayer awaiting the birth of Jesus and as we prepare as a school community for His arrival in Bethlehem

Lessons, Songs, Performances...all that teach and share the message that Christmas is first about the Birth of the Child Jesus as He came into the world to save us all

Nativity Scene and Re-enactment...Our school wide Christmas Program concludes with our Grade 8 students living the Nativity scene in actions and words...the BEST way to enter into the true Spirit of this most holy season.

Happy, Blessed & Meaningful Advent Wishes To All


Mrs. Ingham's Message for November 24, 2019

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FROM A MOST GRATEFUL PRINCIPAL

(and a Mom and a Grandma and a wife)

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of this great school called Saint Peter Roman Catholic School.

Thank you, Lord, for all of the children who fill our halls and our hearts each day.

Thank you, Lord, for the teachers and staff who come each day, ready to give all that they have to make the learning of heart, mind and soul, be the very best it can be for each and every individual child.

Thank you, Lord for the parents and families of our students who sacrifice much to enable their children to partake in a Christ-filled nurturing learning environment, where we are free to share the good news that God has given us.

Thank you, Lord, for our Pastor, Father Tom, who has come into our midst ready and willing to continue the fine traditions of SPS and to add to them as he walks with each of us on this journey called school.

Thank you, Lord, for our amazingly kind and generous parish family who always has our back and supports 110% all that we are trying to do as a school community.

Thank you, Lord, for all of our generous benefactors, without whom we would not be able to do all that we do at SPS.

And on a personal note, dear Lord...

Thank you, Lord for the gift of my patient and understanding husband. Without his daily support and reassurance, I could never do all that I try to do, here at school, at home and in the community.

Thank you, Lord for the knowledge, skills and understanding you have gifted me with so that I can accomplish the tasks that I am working so hard to do, to continuously build up your Body and Blood for the children and families of Saint Peter School.

Thank you, Lord, for a Mom and Dad who raised me and my sisters, in the O’Hara tradition of loving God, living His message of kindness to all and being the very best I could be at all times. They were the best examples of Christian living, by far, and I owe all that I am to them and all they did to help mold me into the me I am today!

Thank you, Lord for my seven sisters; Mary Margaret, Katie, Julie, Bridget, Jane, Christine and Connie, While each of us has grown into very different adults, and we are spread across the country, you have gifted me with the knowledge that no matter what I needed each of them, in their own way, would step forward to do whatever they could, to be there for me. The gift of sisters is a lifelong bond of friendship.

Thank you, Lord, for the four best children in the whole wide world. My love and gratitude for your gift of Matthew, Sean, Sarah and Andy is immeasurable...one special request...please continue to watch over each one of them in a very special way as they raise their families, grow in their careers, and add to our spiritual community of family.

Thank you, Lord, for your most generous gift of grandchildren. Thanks for loving me so much to send Lawson, Trevor, Alexander, Sienna, Nathan, Cooper, Callan, Cuyler, Camden, Sydney and Liam. They are your image and my constant reminder of just how wonderfully awesome you are.

On Thanksgiving Day, and every day...please remind me to always be thankful for YOU, Lord, and all of your many wonderful gifts.
Amen

Warm Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to All of our St. Peter's Family!!

Maureen Ingham
Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for November 17, 2019

Tis the season to be thankful, and that I am, for sure. God has been so good to me personally, and so very good to us here at SPS, that I want to reach out to all of you today to let you know that all of your prayers, your support and your commitment to continuing to build up our school, spiritually and financially, is a gift for which I am forever grateful.

 We had 174 teachers at our school for a conference last week and they couldn’t say enough about how bright and clean and cheery our school was...from the desks to the hallways to the atmosphere...rave reviews were received all day long. Thank you!

 Hopefully you will win, but even if you don’t, so many of you supported our calendar raffle this year and we appreciate that gift. Thank you!

 Angel fund letters have been sent and many folks have already responded with a gift to support the tuition costs of a student or family that really wants to come to SPS and cannot afford it...and THAT list grows each year. Thank you!

 A family toured our school this past week and remarked about the warmth and friendliness they felt just walking through the halls and in talking with the students and staff. Their comment was that we all seemed so happy to be here. Little Ben began Grade 4 the next day. Thank you!

 The angel tree and the Saint Vincent DePaul food drive benefit many of our school families, as well as teaching our students the importance of giving to others. Thank you!

 Clothing, school supplies, books, and many other needed items find their way to our school to be shared with teachers and students and families that can use them. Thank you!

 You count our money, serve on our school board, fill us with your positive comments, and reach out to others who can help us when there is something that we need. Thank you!

 Your prayers, your support, your understanding and your strong faith are gifts that truly have no measure, but without these special gifts we could not do all that we are trying to do...each day...in every way...for all children.

Thank you!

-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