"And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." - Matthew 16:18

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Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham  

Mrs. Ingham's Message for July 5, 2020

*Saint Peter RC School is currently looking for a part-time Cafeteria Manager to oversee all government operations and protocols in our brand new school cafeteria. If you are interested, or perhaps know someone who has this experience, please call the school office at 716-754-4470 or email the Principal, Maureen Ingham at [email protected]

*St. Peter’s is also looking for a part-time Cafeteria server to work in our cafeteria serving and helping to prepare lunches on all school days. No experience is needed. Please follow the above information if you are interested in applying.

*I am sure you have seen our new bus that we haven’t even been able to use due to the conditions in recent months, however, we are hopeful to start up in September and we are looking for a part-time bus driver who can share the daily pick-ups and drop offs. Application information is listed above.

*There are still a few remaining St. Peter School lawn signs. Show your pride and help promote our school. Send $20.00 to the school with the address where you would like the sign delivered and we will get it out to you right away. God bless and thank you for support!

Mrs. Ingham's Message for June 28, 2020

Since my very first year teaching back at Ferry Avenue School in Niagara Falls, in 1975, I remember the deep sigh I took, and the relaxed feeling that came when I knew that school was ended for the year and summer had arrived for fun times with my children, my family and my friends. And, not until the very end of August, were we allowed back into our classrooms to begin to prepare our rooms for the coming school year...so two full months of “real summer!”

Fast forward to June 28, 2020 and so many things have changed. Ferry Avenue isn’t a school anymore, schools in general are looking different, my children have their own children, and some of us will be doing school on site and remotely, throughout the summer, as we plan for a strong start to our St. Peter School in September.

We are technically in “waiting mode” at this time, but we have a committee of folks who are ready and starting now to help to plan for the three options that lie before us at this time:

• Opening the school with all of the precautions outlined

• Working 100% remotely

• A hybrid of both 1 and 2

Our committee includes teachers and parents, operations and technology, higher education, facilities and maintenance, medical and safety, and local public school folk who will work together and do whatever it takes to create a plan(s) that includes all that is best for all of our children. As we end this school year, that is my promise to all of our families and all of our parishioners as we move forward this summer. As always, I am open to thoughts and ideas, and promise to keep you informed as decisions are made. Please reach out to me at [email protected] Summer office hours at the school are still limited, however, I check my email each day and will get right back to you, if needed. We will conduct tours, and I encourage you to see the new “Virtual Open House” of SPS that we have posted on our website. Personally, I think our school looks much better filled with children, but this will tell our SPS story as best as we can at this time.

Our Grade 8 students have left our walls and we wish them the best of luck wherever their high school years take them. We also held a motorcade honoring our littlest SPS students and we wished them all a happy summer...see you in September with a warm send-off :


You have brains in your head

You have feel in your shoes

You can steer yourself any

direction you choose!

Always follow your heart & your soul and trust in God to lead the way. God bless...love you all!

Mrs. Ingham's Message for June 21, 2020

I sent my last memo of this school year home to parents this past week and the theme was most certainly that of “thanksgiving”. I am so thankful for our families ...the parents and the students, who worked so hard, doing the best they could, during this very different and difficult time. And as this “year to remember” draws to a close, along with thanks to families and children, I cannot say enough about the absolutely “amazing in every way” staff at SPS! Each one of them is a gift who has gone above and beyond, to make the learning as relevant, and accessible and understandable for each child each day as possible. God bless you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart. At this time, although in a very different type of ceremony, we will bid farewell to the Grade 8 class...the 17 young men and women who will leave St. Peter’s and move into high school. They have been real troopers...even as they have missed so many of the fun traditions that go along with being the senior class in the building. But I would like to let you know that the teachers and the parents and the Home School Association, and the staff worked hard, and have been creative and understanding as we have planned the final evening for graduation and as we bid farewell to the following students. Their names, their high school choice and their favorite saying is included...all wonderful “Children of God!”




Gideon Abbondanza Lewiston Porter High School

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Amaya Avojan Lewiston Porter High School

“I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.”

Natalie Bonnette Undecided

“My motivation might seem trivial compared to yours, but I can’t lose either. I have to live up to the hopes of those who supported me.”

Joshua DeSilva St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Reece Gall Mt. St. Mary’s Academy

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work!”

Marissa Gibas Lewiston Porter High School VALEDICTORIAN

“You will always have me.”

Olivia Hopkins Lewiston Porter High School

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Jack Ingwersen Wilson High School

“I am a man with few words and I wish to have a mildly successful life.”

Kaliope Krassopoulos Wilson High School

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

Ty Mangione Cardinal O’Hara High School

“SUCCESS isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is DUE every day.”

Robert McCartney Cardinal O’Hara High School

“Try my best...be my best...learn to YouTube.”

John Robinson Lewiston Porter High School

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Camila Santiago Cardinal O’Hara High School

“Being happy is not having a perfect life. Being happy is recognizing that life is worth living despite all of the difficulties.”

Alexia Seider Nichols High School SALUTATORIAN

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

Alexander Thom Lewiston Porter High School

“Winners are not people who never fail, but people that never quit!”

Ava Vanoni WNY Christian Academy

“This is life and imperfection...don’t ever be afraid of that!”

Elizabeth Wagner Niagara Falls High School

“I want to be a singer or a doctor, and always remember Saint Peter’s.




Mrs. Ingham's Message for June 14, 2020

It was definitely a different kind of week this past week. As our community entered Phase 2, and things around us all began “to open,” the teachers were busy at school, as they began to “close down” their classrooms. Wearing gloves and masks and lots of hand sanitizer, teachers across all grades and all subject areas, entered the building amidst what we began to call March madness! St. Patrick’s Day decorations, Lenten reminders, Dr. Seuss celebrations and the Frozen stage and props were all sad reminders of just how long it has been since we were in our beloved school. After sharing a few minutes to reconnect and make sure everyone was doing “OK,” or as best as they could due to the circumstances, little by little, toys and books were packed away, student materials were bagged and readied for pick up, rugs were rolled up for cleaning, and end of year paperwork was underway.

A common theme from all of the teachers as they came into school those days was just how very much they missed their students and hope that we will all be back in the classroom again in September. As promised, regardless of the final decision for September, SPS will be ready... and we will spend our summer here at 140 No. 6th Street making sure everything is in tip-top shape... however it needs to be...I promise!

As we wind down our lessons and prepare for summer, we are excited to say that we will be honoring our Grade 8 graduates on June 22. While the “graduation” will not be the usual Mass with a Grade 7 honor guard, we are doing an alternate plan that promises to keep traditions as alive as we can. Pre-Kindergartners and Kindergartners will also celebrate moving up to their next grade on June 23 and 24. These events are closed to all but one car per family, but we will make the most of the fun evenings we have planned.

If you are a Facebook follower, I am sure you have seen the increased presence of SPS in this space. Please LIKE and SHARE as that is one way you can spread the news of Saint Peter RC School. We are posting teacher lessons...that is teachers in action teaching the lessons, and our very own Mrs. Shanks, among others, had over 1000 hits in less than one day (Kristen said her Mom was 998 of them J). We have decorated our school window and the side of our bus with words about our great school and have been moving the bus around the community to share our message. We are here and we are here to stay and everyone’s kind words and messages about our school only help to make us stronger.

God bless us all as we continue down this path towards our new normal...together. Take time to smell those roses that you have been walking by each day...because, as we have all learned...each day is a gift never to be taken for granted or wished away.

I share this prayer that I shared with staff this week...it fits and it is real:

I said a prayer for you today

I prayed that He’d be near you at the start of each new day...

To grant you health and happiness and friends to share your way.

I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small

But that you’d know His lasting care

I prayed for most of all!


Philippians 4:6

God bless us all and have a wonderful week!

Maureen Ingham - Principal