School pictures will be on Monday, October 5th. Order forms will come home soon!
7th and 8th grade will be doing our first school mass this year on 9/10/20. At this time we are asking that no parents or parishioners join this Mass; students and staff only.
Remember, students must wear a red shirt with a collar, with khaki, navy or black pants or a skirt. NO JEANS, SHORTS or LEGGINGS. Students may change into shorts after Mass.
St. Peter's School Families,
I know that in times of uncertainty its important to feel informed. We created a document to help parents gain insight of what the school day will look like for students and what some of the new expectations are when starting school in the fall. Please know that this is a fluid document and things may need to change. We will inform you when changes are made to this document. Thank you for your continued support of St. Peter's School! As always, email me with any questions you might have.
2020 School Re-Entry Plan
I want to start out by saying that due to the Governors Mask Order, all students in grades K5-8th as well as staff will be required to wear a mask while in the school building until September 28th. At that point, should the Governor not extend the order, the Emergency Response Committee will re-evaluate the use of masks. What I have learned so far through all of this is that even with the best laid plans, things are going to change. We are doing our best as a school to adjust accordingly. The Committee met this morning to discuss more details about school re-opening in the fall and I wanted to provide families with a few of those updates.
Back to School Night-
School Hot Lunch Program-
I am still in process of conducting interviews to fill the 2/3 and 4th grade positions. I plan to have a final decision on the candidates by next Thursday. Please understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially teachers and as a Committee we are doing our best to consider our school families as well as our school staff. It is my goal to hire experienced and dedicated teachers to be a part of our St. Peter's family.
Please get your registration paperwork for next fall in as soon as possible. We have gotten many phone calls this week about new students and its important that we have an accurate picture of what our numbers are for staffing purposes. We have decided that we are caping class sizes at 17 currently in order to maintain social distancing protocols in the classrooms. If numbers continue to increase we are considering hiring a classroom aide or splitting classes. I will continue to update you as things evolve over the next few weeks.
Building Improvements Parent Survey-
The Committee as well as the school maintenance staff have been working together to formulate a list of potential building improvements that we would be completed before the start of school in the fall. Many of these improvements are costly and therefore it is unlikely that we are able to do all of them. We are asking parents to take this brief survey regarding building improvements to gauge what are the most important improvements you would like to see happen before your child returns to school this fall. I have linked the survey below. Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Building Improvements Survey
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the school office or me directly. Thank you for the continued support. God Bless!
Good Afternoon! I wanted to be sure to give you a few updates before the weekend! As always, feel free to contact me or the school office with any questions.
Thank you for the continued support of our school and I will do my best to update you as I know more. Have a blessed weekend!
St. Peters School uses the East Troy School District buses for student transportation and that will continue for the 2020/21 school year.
At the beginning of the school year, please be sure to:
This morning the Emergency Response Committee met and made some final decisions regarding returning to school in the fall. Please understand that we made these decisions based on recommendations from The Department of Public Instruction as well as the Health Department and out of the best interest of our students and staff. I appreciate everyones understanding and cooperation during these difficult times. There are still many details that need to be discussed and finalized, however I felt it was important for parents to have some insight into our plans for fall.
-Drop off car line (no parking)
-Deb and I will be temperature checking as the child exits the car
-3K-1st grade teachers will be outside to gather the students before entering
-Students can enter and hang mask in locker before entering the classroom
-Parents are to park and come get their child from the teacher
I know many families are concerned about another possible shut down happening this year and what that would look like. The teachers have been working hard to create year long plans. In the event a shutdown is mandated they will know exactly what standards are to be covered. This should make the transition easier if we find ourselves in a virtual learning scenario. As a school we will be using the Google Classroom platform for all virtual learning instruction. Beginning in September students will be shown how to use this platform so that they feel more comfortable and confident using this technology.
The committee is going to be meeting again next week to discuss additional items such as procedures if a student or staff member contracts the virus, specials classes (music, gym, etc.), virtual learning guidelines, and building improvements. Possible building improvements that have been proposed include touchless sinks, touchless hand sanitizer stations, and a drinking fountain with a bottle filling station, among others.
We understand that these guidelines may cause you to have questions. Please feel free to reach out to the school office, myself, or Michael Cotter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding.
THINK AHEAD TO NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!
All parents, grandparents, volunteers and employees of St. Peter’s parish MUST be safeguarded trained, an initiative by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to keep our children safe. If you plan in anyway to be involved in or around children in the school, CCD program and any activities involving children this class MUST be taken before you attend. For the month of June and July because of the COVID virus, the Archdiocese is holding on-line training. You must pre-register for the class just as you would if you would have to attend in person. They will be taking attendance periodically throughout the class. Please contact the parish office or the Religious Education department 642-7225, ext. 5 and we will send you a packet of information to assist you in this most important training, to safeguard our children.
Please be aware that there is an issue with report cards. The system did not change the wording at the top of the report card to indicate that a 1 refers to the student having Insufficient Evidence. This will not negatively affect your child in any way moving forward. This is not an issue on our end, but I have reached out to the company to see if we can have the wording changed. If they are able to change the wording I will reprint report cards for all families. Thank you for understanding.
I wanted to make you aware that the ETSD sent out an email yesterday stating that they have no confirmed cases in the school district. St. Peter's would like to echo that sentiment, as of now there are no confirmed cases in our school community that we have been made aware of at this time. I will remain in constant contact with you throughout all of this so that everyone is aware of any changes that may come up. Within the email they also stated that all school district buildings and grounds will be closed until further notice. This includes the tennis courts, skate park, and playgrounds. St. Peter's is still going to have our first set of double doors open for drop off and pick up of materials at this time. However, our playground will also be closed until further notice.
As we continue our work from home, please be aware that each family has their own set of needs and we are doing our best to accommodate. The teachers have been working hard this week setting up Google Classrooms for the middle school students. Make sure that students are logging in everyday and completing necessary assignments. For our younger students we are asking parents to continue to check in everyday with the teacher so that we are able to take attendance for the day. Thank you for your continued efforts during this time.
Next week Wednesday red folders will be available for pick up and will contain the students third quarter report cards. Grades can also be viewed online through Powerschool if you prefer. Please reach out to the school office if you are in need of new login information for Powerschool.
Per the Governor's order we will not be returning to school until Monday, April 27th. Unless the order is lifted sooner. Updates will be provided as I have them. We are going to keep our Spring Break from April 6th-April 13th.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. I am grateful for the hard work that both the teachers and parents have done over the last few weeks. Keep up the great work and stay healthy!
Please note that the school with be open until 6pm tonight to pick up or drop off any necessary work. Sorry for the late notice, just wanted to open this up to all parents! Thank you!
I want to start out by thanking everyone for their continued patience with us during this time. Please know that like everyone right now we are doing our best to adjust and make this work as effectively and efficiently as possible. Every family has their own set of circumstances and we are doing our best to accommodate as necessary. If your family has a specific need, please reach out to your teacher or myself and we will do our best to help.
With the ETSD going virtual, we are doing our best to keep up, but this is going to look very different depending on the grade level of the students and the comfortability of the teacher. We are all going to be learning new technology skills through this process! If your family needs access to a Chromebook please let the teacher or school office know so that we can have one available for pick up. It is imperative that our students have access to technology to continue communication with the teacher throughout this time.
Lastly, attendance is very important right now. We are asking each family to "check in" with their teacher once a day. We are trying to be flexible with all families to make it work best for you, but this is a vital step in the process. According to the Archdiocese and the State of Wisconsin we are required to be in school a certain number of days/hours. With being out of the building we still need to know that each student is checked in for the day. Your teacher will email you with more information regarding their checking in process. Again, this will look different depending on the grade level of your student.
Any questions or concerns you may have can be directed to me. I am available through email at this time. Thank you again for all your support and understanding. I promise to keep you updated with any changes that come our way through this complicated time.
The East Troy School District released an update this evening regarding school closures in East Troy. As of this afternoon, the CDC issued a new, updated guidance regarding the virus. The new guidance recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. As a result, the school board held another emergency meeting this evening and decided to close all schools in the district effective tomorrow. Health and safety for our students and families is first and foremost.
St. Peter's will follow this guideline and we will be open Monday from noon to 3pm for all parents to pick up their children's educational materials and personal belongings. Staff will be preparing materials from 9 AM until noon. If you are unable to pick up the materials tomorrow, this will not adversely affect your child's grades. We will make every effort to coordinate with you so that your child will be able to move forward with their education this month.
Thank you for your patience during this time. Please call the office tomorrow morning if you have any questions or need to make arrangements for a later pick up time.
Our school office number is 642-5533
Earlier this morning, East Troy Public Schools released a statement that they will remain open Monday March 16th and Tuesday March 17th, but will close from March 18th through April 14th. This encompasses the previously scheduled Spring Break. Keeping in line with my previous communication, we are also going to follow this schedule. With many other schools in the area choosing to close beginning Monday, we understand if you prefer your child to stay home. These absences will be excused, but we ask that you please call the school office to inform us of the absence.
We will do our best as a staff to make sure that your child is given the resources necessary to continue learning during this time. Next Monday and Tuesday will be used as a time to prepare the students and staff for this period of modified instruction. Thank you for your continued commitment to our school and if you have any specific questions you are welcome to reach out to me via email or by calling the school office.
As many of you may have heard, Governor Evers declared that all schools will be closed starting Wednesday March 18th until Monday, April 6th. I have spoken with Father Mark and at this point we are going to follow East Troy School Districts decision on whether or not we will have school on Monday March 16th. Please know that as soon as I am aware of their decision I will notify you. Students were sent home from school with resources and assignments that they can do from home. More information will be provided in the coming days as to how we are going to continue this altered format of in-home instruction. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this ever-changing situation.
Color Day (each class will be assigned a color)-
Board Games in the gym (please bring your favorite board game from home)
Superhero Day (dress as your favorite super hero)
Career Day-Dress to impress
Mass and Field Trip-wear red polos (permission slip and payment due asap)
School Spirit Day-Ice cream social 2pm (sign up sheets in red folders)
January 27th-31st- Catholic Schools Week
January 31st- Ice Cream Social-2pm
January 29th- Report cards coming home-Grades K4-8th
February 2nd- Children's choir singing at 10am mass
-Open house and bake sale following mass 11am-12pm
February 7th- Sledding & Spaghetti Night-4:30-7:30pm
February 13th & 14th-No School
February 17th-No Bus Day
You are invited! To celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Friday January 31st we will be having an ice cream social. We are asking for $2.00 a person for ice cream, toppings and supplies. Please come enjoy some ice cream with your child(ren)! Please submit your payment by January 24th.
Lunch statements have been sent home today for anyone who has a balance of $10 or less. If you have a negative balance, please send in payment as soon as you're able. Dont forget - you can submit your payment online! Make Payments Online
Please remember to contact the school office if your child will be late or absent from school. We cannot make absences excused if we have not heard from you.
Each year, the PTO collects money for the teachers to receive gift cards. This allows the teachers to get a little bigger gift and alleviates the necessity for all families to buy individual gifts. Typically, all staff can get a gift if we raise about $500 from school families. There will be a jar for donations at the cookie table tonight at the play or you can give directly to Tami Bartoli. If you can’t donate tonight, feel free to send your donation to the office marked ”teacher gifts” no later than Monday.
Thank you for your generosity!
Monday: Christmas Colors
Tuesday: Santa/Elf/Winter Hat
Wednesday: PJ Day
Thursday: Dress Your Best
Friday: Christmas Shirt/Sweater
Please take a moment to check out our new website form for volunteering. We have many happenings at our school and we are in need of helpers! Volunteer Signup
Report cards are going home today in red folders. Please be aware that along with traditional achievement grades, there are also standards listed on the report cards. Given that this is the first quarter there are only some standards that have been assessed to this point. Please reach out if you have any questions about the new format.
On November 25th, our last day before Thanksgiving Break we are going to be having a PJ day! Students are welcome to wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, and pajamas that are school appropriate.