Principal's Corner

Mrs. Maureen Ingham

Mrs. Ingham's Message for October 13, 2019

With our new month, and the new season, comes many exciting happenings.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS goes out to Mike and Danielle Elia, and their committee, who planned and executed an awesome OKTOBERFEST Event last Saturday night at the Sunset Grill in Wilson. If you weren’t there, you certainly missed a great night, and if you did attend, we thank you for your ongoing support of all we do at SPS! Our after-school STREAM academies have begun, and as we incorporate Science, Technology, Religion, the Arts, Engineering and Mathematics into our classroom experiences, over 110 children are involved in the following clubs that build on that knowledge and those experiences, and that meet after school:

Future City Superpower Senses

Martial Arts

Seasonal Crafts

Drama Club

Chorus

Junior St. Vincent DePaul Society

From PreK-Grade 8 our students are deeply immersed in all forms of technology. We are grateful to the Lewiston Porter Central School District for completing our Smart Schools delivery of all that we requested through this mandated grant to all schools, public and non-public. Not only did we receive much needed hardware to increase our individual and small group instruction with sets of I=Pads and chrome books for each classroom, but we have purchased and put into place, many on-line programs that are built to reinforce skills and make the learning experience more fun. These first graders are using IXL, and working together. Their teacher, Mrs. Montante, was so excited with the learning that was taking place, (even if your arm is in a cast), that she sent this to show all.

This Friday, our students will celebrate their weekly Mass with a Pro-life message to all. Teachers at all grade levels have shared the message that all life as a gift from God to be treasured and taken care of always. After our Mass celebrating life, our entire student body will follow our Student Council president, Joshua DeSilva and pray at the Shrine of Mary as we recite a decade of the rosary.

ST.PETER RC SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR YOU!

If you are interested in helping us out when members of our staff are ill and cannot come to school, give us a holler. We are currently looking for substitute teachers and classroom aides, and help with our before and after school program. Please call the main office at 754-4470 and Barb will get you all of the information you need. -Volunteers for the lunchroom who are available any day from 11:15-12:30 are always welcomed. -We are currently looking for a part-time Art teacher. - If you have a talent, skill or interest in any of the STREAM components and can give SPS an hour on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm, please contact Ann Kerr, our STREAM coordinator at [email protected], and let her know you want to join out STREAM team. - An extra pair of hands in many of our classes is always appreciated, especially during our Literacy Block time. If you would like to offer your time, please let us know and we will connect you with a class, a day and a time that works for all.

God bless all of our St. Peter Family for helping us out!

*****SAINT PETER RC SCHOOL BOARD…A TRUE BLESSING*****

Our St. Peter RC School Board met this past Monday for the first time this school year, and our committees were formed to help get the work done that is needed to keep our school moving forward. We are blessed to have the time and talents of so many people who have offered to sit on this Board. The Board members are:

Father Thomas Mahoney - Chairperson

Dr. Irene Elia - Vice-Chairperson

Mrs. Darlene Sprague - Secretary

Mr. Adam Burns - Treasurer

Mrs. Maureen Ingham - Principal/President

Mrs. Ann Kerr -Assistant Principal

Mrs. Carol Beebe

Mrs. Colleen Caprio

Mr. Michael Hibbard

Mr. James Ingham Mrs. Candyce Ingwersen

Rev. Joseph Levesque

Mrs. Jeannine Miller

Mrs. Sarah Nelson

Ms. Christine O’Hara

Mr. Patrick Reilly

Mrs. Patricia Wrobel

Each committee has a chairperson, listed below, and via this message, we are asking for volunteers from the parish who feel they have some expertise to offer in a particular area, and would be willing to assist with some of the tasks of the specific committees.

If you feel that you would like to be part of all that is happening, please email the committee chairpersons below:

EDUCATION [email protected]

FINANCE/HUMAN RESOURCES [email protected] and [email protected]

OPERATIONS/TECHNOLOGY [email protected] PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING [email protected]

 

I am so grateful for the continued support of our outstanding Board members and deeply appreciate all they do for our school.
Thank you one and all, and may God bless you as He has genuinely blesses Saint Peter RC School.

-Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for October 6, 2019

For those of you who attend the children’s school Mass every Friday, you know that each week a different class prepares the Mass. They select the theme, choose the readings and songs and share the culmination message through the closing Communion meditation. This protocol encourages the children to truly engage in the celebration of the Eucharist...the greatest lesson that we share each week as a school community.

Sometimes the themes selected are related to the season; Harvest, Thanksgiving, etc., while others are chosen by the students because they strike a chord for what they are experiencing at any given time. Mass plans are shared with Father Tom, and his message both at the opening of Mass and as he speaks his sermon, are directly tied to the theme.

Last week, the Grade 4 students and their teacher, Mrs. Phillips, focused on FRIENDS as their Mass theme. Students selected readings that showed how Jesus was a friend to all...even those who were not always the easiest to love. And as is the tradition, Father Tom walked amongst the students to gather their ideas about what it means to “have” a friend, and what it means to “be” a friend. The responses that came across all grades showed that our kids really “get it!”

A friend is someone who cheers you up when you are sad...

A friend makes you laugh and shares his lunch...

A friend doesn’t hit you or push you or cut in line...

A friend forgives you when you hurt their feelings by accident...

A friend acts like Jesus did.

I can be a friend when I say nice things and be helpful...

I can be a friend when someone is feeling left out...

I can be a friend when I want to have a friend...

I can be a friend when I remind someone about their homework, or show them the page we are on in class...

I can be a friend when I am happy when someone else wins.

At the end of Mass I thanked the Grade 4 class for reminding us all of our responsibilities to our friends, and I challenged all of us...children and adults, to find ways we could be a friend to one another.......SO....from our kids to you…

F...find a way to reach out to someone who may be sad and looks like they might need a friend

R...remind yourself that we all need friends in our lives

I...invite someone to your lunch table when it looks like they have no one to sit with

E...expect and accept differences as a part of God’s plan for our true variety of friends

N...never treat someone in a way that you know is hurtful

D...do as Jesus would do always, and not only will you have many friends, but Jesus will be your best friend of all!

Thanks to all of our parish friends, for taking such good care of us at Saint Peter RC School....your friendship is golden!

-Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 29, 2019

It has been a busy first month of school for students, teachers and families, and we know that the next few months will add to the business that keeps us all going. A thought that I shared with the teachers and staff in my Monday memo this week is definitely one that I need to listen to, and one that is truly worth sharing with all of the busy people in our lives:

You will not find peace by engaging in excessive planning, attempting to control what will happen to you in the future. This is a commonly practiced form of unbelief. When your mind spins with multiple plans, peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp, yet it always eludes you. Just when you think you have prepared for all the possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion.

God did not design the human mind to figure out the future. That is beyond our capability. He crafted our minds for continual communication with Him. He asks us to bring to Him all of our needs, hopes and fears and to commit everything into His care. We need to hear His words and turn from the path of planning towards the path of His peace.

1 Peter 5:6-; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 37:5

Easy to read...much harder to live by...but...Oh, if we could just try...how much more relaxed and comforted we would all be...”Happy Unplanning!”

SEPTEMBER 2019...now a memory...

-Maureen Ingham, Principal


Mrs. Ingham's Message for September 22, 2019

Our Grade 8 students are taking their role as leaders of the school very seriously. They recognize, that as the upperclassmen and women that they are, they must lead by example in all that they say and do. And...as the Principal, it truly makes my heart smile when I see the level of maturity, responsibility and overall kindness as I watch these 17 students walk through the halls, reach out to help a younger student, walk their bus buddy out to the bus, greet the Pre-K students in the hall and in the lunchroom, and generally look out for one another.

While all of them are leaders, there is a group of Grade 8 students who have stepped up and been voted in to lead the rest of the school as officers of the 2019-2020 Student Council: President: Joshua DeSilva

Vice President: Marissa Gibas

Secretary: Olivia Hopkins

Rep Grade 8 : Jack Ingwersen

Rep Grade 7: Dominic Pacillo

Nicholas Wesley

Rep Grade 6: Olivia Ambrosia

Nicholas D’Anna

The annual Grade 8 Retreat will be held this Monday and Tuesday at Christ the King Seminary. Once again, Miss Mary Palmer will be our retreat leader, as the students work and play through a variety of activities and conversations, to learn about themselves and one another in a relaxed and thought-filled two days. Each year we return well-rested and full of the Spirit. Mary Palmer is a dynamic group facilitator and we thank her in advance for what we know will be an awesome two days. Please keep us in your prayers as we begin our retreat tomorrow.

Our annual Open House will be held at 5:30 pm this Tuesday, September 24. Classrooms will be open for visitation and our Parent Group Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to come and see our great school and the wonderful work that is happening in every classroom. God bless Saint Peter RC School!

-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