Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.

Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, for You are God my Savior,

and my hope is in You all day long.

Psalm 25: 4-5

September 16, 2022

PARISH FESTIVAL - Join us on Sunday, September 18th for our parish festival. The day begins with Mass at 10:00 AM. Food, fellowship, and fun following Mass.

LUNCH STATEMENTS - These are in the Friday Folders. Please check the balance at the top of the statement. If there is a negative sign in front of the number, please send payment (cash or check) to school in the JI Lunch envelope. There is no option to pay online for lunch. If it doesn't have a negative sign, you have a positive balance and you are receiving the statement so you can see where your account it is at and there is no need to send a payment to school.  Statements will be sent home once or twice a month.

MENTORS - John Ireland Parent Advisory Members (JIPAC) are your experts and go to people! Their names and email addresses are always at the bottom of the newsletters. At this time we are seeking new members to the committee. If you are interested in learning more about the committee, please contact one of the current JIPAC members.

At this time, here are your grade level mentors.

  • Little Angels Preschool - TBD
  • Kindergarten - Becky Albrecht
  • First Grade - Ryan Clancy
  • Second Grade - Sam Anderley
  • Third Grade - Becky Albrecht
  • Fourth/Fifth Grades - Jen Schmidt
  • Middle School - TBD

PRAYING FOR OUR FAMILIES - Did you know we are praying for our families by name throughout the school year during some of our all school prayer services? Ask your kids about this! Prayer is a powerful thing that doesn't cost any money. It only takes a little time, and it is a great way to support our families!

PARENTS' NIGHT - Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM. This is when we invite the parents of K-8 graders to school! Kids get to stay home. More details were in last week's Friday Folders.

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd - This is a staff development day in the district.

MARATHON - Mark your calendars for our annual Marathon. It will be held on Sunday, October 2nd. More details will be going home at Parents' Night or with your child on Monday, September 26th. We are looking for a 4th grade parent to take the lead with our Marathon. Please send email to if you are interested in helping. 

TRUCK OR TREAT - We are looking for a parent to take the lead with this event. Please send email to if you are interested. See flyer below for details.

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP - Before School Supervision  Lunch Helpers  Recess Helpers

GOOGLE CALENDAR - Please check this calendar for the most up-to-date information. Click on the button below to go to the google calendar.

Blessings to you!

Colleen Wenner


Google Calendar

Mark Your Calendars

  • Parish Festival - Sunday, September 18th
  • Parents' Night - Thursday, September 22nd 6:30-8:00 PM
  • No School - Friday, September 23rd - SAC Closed - Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day
  • School Picture Day - Wednesday, September 28th

2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-2023 SPPS District Calendar

Our lunch program will go back to a paid program. This means you will be billed for lunches. The cost of a student lunch for K-5 will remain the same at $2.90 which includes lunch and milk. The cost of a student lunch for grades 6-7-8 will be $3.00 which includes lunch and milk. If a student would like just a milk or an additional milk the cost remains the same at $0.35 per carton.

If you would like lunch assistance, you will need to complete this application. Even if you have completed this in the past, it needs to be completed every school year. This application is also on our website, and copies are on the window ledge by the school office. Completed forms can be mailed or dropped off at the school or parish office.

SEPTEMBER LUNCH MENU The first day of school is September 1st.

Program Description

A comprehensive series of teaching, parenting, and learning strategies that address the challenges facing today’s Catholic school families.

In-person* Kick-off Session with Dr. Jules Nolan September 21, 2022

In this in-person session we invite all educators and families to learn about how our brains affect our learning, relationships, reactions, and emotions. We will introduce the upcoming webinars that will dive more deeply into the psychology of parenting, teaching, learning, and supporting our students.

Faculty session 3:30 PM

Parent session 6:30 PM

*The Kick-off session will take place at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye. All schools are welcome to attend, but if it is more feasible, the 9/21 event will be livestreamed and recorded (see below).

To access the livestream, parents can register with this link.

And staff can register with this link.

Our enrollment code: EELADC9L25212


I’m proud to share that Saint Peter Public Library has been selected to host Thinking Money for Kids, a traveling exhibition created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. 


Thinking Money for Kids is a new multimedia experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers, and educators. The interactive exhibit uses games, activities and a fun storyline to help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility, and charitableness. 


St. Peter was chosen to host the exhibition through a competitive application process; we are one of just 50 sites nationwide that will host the exhibit. (Nearly 130 public libraries applied.) 


As part of the award, we received an allowance to host a series of public programs. These will include: 

  • Thinking Money for Kids Opening Night: Experience the exhibit in this opening night event with Storytime (6pm), snacks and more! Mon., Nov. 7, 5-7pm 
  • Open Hours to experience the exhibit while the library is open: November 7 – December 10 
  • Special money-themed Storytime, hosted by area financial institutions 
  • Youth Flea Market: Kids 7-12 and Teens 13-18, Sat., Nov. 5, 9-12 p.m. SPCC Lobby  

For a peak at what the display will look like, please see the picture attached, or check out this interactive piece that is part of the display.  

I would love to discuss ways you might partner with us to experience this exhibit. Please email or call me to discuss options.


Many thanks for your ongoing commitment to our community! 



Brenda McHugh 

Library Supervisor 

Saint Peter Public Library  


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2022-2023 Parent Advisory Committee Members

Becky Albrecht

Jen Schmidt

Sam Anderley

Ryan Clancy

Looking for more members!

Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 PM

Notes from September Meeting

No August Meeting

Notes from May Meeting

Notes from April Meeting

No Meeting in March

Notes from February Meeting

Notes from January Meeting

Notes from December Meeting

Notes from November Meeting

Notes from October Meeting

Notes from September Meeting

Classroom Links

Little Angels


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2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade


2022-2023 SAC Contract


Teachers' Email Links

Preschool, Miss Kendall -

Pre K, Miss Mandy

Kindergarten, Ms. Olson -

First Grade, Mrs. Rabaey -

Second Grade, Mrs. Payne -

Third Grade, Mrs. Wolfe -

Fourth/Fifth Grades, Mrs. Kaelberer -

Middle School Eng Lang. Arts, Ms. Wenner -

Middle School Science/SS/Art, Miss Grace -

Middle School Math, Miss Amelia

Music & Middle School Religion, Miss Heather-

Phy-Ed, Mrs. Wavrin -

School Office -

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