Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

2018 National Blue Ribbon School
2021 School of Distinguished Instruction
The Crusader Times for August 4, 2022

Aug 14: New and Host Family Play Date 10:30-11:30
Aug 17: Parish Family Play Date 6-7:30 PM
Aug 26: Class/Homeroom assignments announced
Aug 29: New Student Visit Day 1-2 PM
Aug 30: First Day of School K-8 (Full Day)
Lunch/recess Parent Volunteer Meeting 9:30 AM
Pre-K Parent Meeting 7 PM
Aug 31: Pre-K visit/meet and greet
Grades 3-5 Parent Meeting 7 PM
(Full Day of School Grades K-8)

Sept 1: Full Day of School Grades K-8
Sept 5: NO SCHOOL - Happy Labor Day!
Sept 6: FirstDay of Pre-K
Grades K-2 Parent Meeting 7 PM
Sept 7: Band Parent Meeting (Grades 3-8) 7 PM
Sept 8: Grades 6-8 Parent Meeting 7 PM
Sept 9: Opening Liturgy and Student Council Installation 9:30 AM- All are welcome!
Sept 26: 22nd Annual Monsignor Foley Golf Outing at Penn Oaks Golf Club
Student Dress Down Day for Teacher Appreciation
Please see the school calendar for all important dates and information.
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School News
CYO Fall Sports Registration Is Now Open
Dear Crusader Families,
We hope you are well and have been enjoying your summer! It is time to sign up for SSPP CYO Fall Sports - Registration is now OPEN.
We apologize for the delay, but we have been busy preparing our NEW SSPP CYO Website and Registration system utilizing TeamSnap.
**Follow this link to register:
Register your children for the many offerings of SSPP CYO Fall Sports! Most fall sports start-up in August and run through November: 
Flag Football: 1st through 4th grades
Tackle Football: JV (5th and 6th Grades) and Varsity (7th and 8th Grades) **Tackle Camp starts August 15th
All football registration is done with St. Agnes, https://stagnes-cyo.teamsnapsites.com/registration
Cross Country: Co-ed All levels K-8th
Field Hockey: JV (5th and 6th Grades) and Varsity (7th and 8th Grades). Girls only. 
Volleyball: JV (5th and 6th Grades) and Varsity (7th and 8th Grades). Girls only. 
Soccer: JV (5th and 6th Grades) and Varsity (7th and 8th Grades). Co-ed. 
   *More sport/team specific details such as coaches, required equipment, practices and Tackle Football camp will be forthcoming. 
Again, SSPP CYO has moved our website and registration system to TeamSnap. We appreciate your patience as we navigate through this change together and continue to develop our new website.
Our CYO Board is currently looking for new members to help support and organize our programs. We are also looking for someone to support our new registration platform, website, and social media (this does not need to be a board position). 
If you have any questions about our fall sports, the new registration system/process or CYO, please feel free to contact Joe Rodia@chesterbrookacademy.com  
We hope to see you and your children in the fall. 
New Family Meet and Greet
We invite all of our new school families to join us after the 9:30 Mass on August 14, for an informal meet and greet on the school playground until 11:30.
We invite current families to welcome your children's new classmates.
We have 7 new Kindergarten students, 3 boys, and 4 girls
We have 7 new 1st Grade students, 5 girls, and 2 boys.
We have 6 new 2nd Grade students, 5 girls, and 1 boy.
We have 3 new 3rd Grade students, 2 girls, and 1 boy.
We have 5 new 4th Grade students, 4 girls, and 1 boy.
1 new 5th Grade boy.
We have 2 new 6th Grade students, 2 girls.
1 new 7th Grade boy.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SSPP Golf Outing- Register Now!
Alumni News
2016 Graduate Plays for US Wheelchair Basketball Team
Congratulations to Joe Rafter '16 on being selected to play on the 2022 Team USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team! The team competed in the America's Cup in Brazil in July. Joe is also a graduate of Bishop Shanahan, Class of 2020, and is currently a Junior at Auburn University where he plays for the University's Wheelchair Basketball team. Congratulations, Joe! #wearesspp #onceacrusaderalwaysacrusader
If you are alumni, or a parent of alumni and have exciting news to share, please let the Advancement office know! We want to celebrate with you!
Parish News
Volunteers Needed!
We would like to offer Children's Liturgy of the Word this fall. In order to do so, we need volunteers with clearances. Training will be provided. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is about 20 minutes during the 9:30 AM mass. We explain the readings and Gospels in a way that children can understand and learn more about Jesus. Children are brought downstairs after the Introductory Rites and are then brought back upstairs before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Please show up by 9:15 to pick up the mass book, and turn the lights on in the church hall...We have a summary for the week's Gospel which you can have ahead of time. Copies will be in the meeting room. If interested, sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caaa62aa1fd0-liturgy
This Fall, another session is beginning for our parish R.C.I.A., which stands for the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a very special journey of faith for those who desire to become Catholic, including those who may have received some of their sacraments but have not completed their sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.
For many participants, this process is a genuine gift through which they receive for the first time in their lives a deeper, adult understanding of our beautiful and rich Catholic faith. Even for the veteran R.C.I. A. team, acknowledgment is given each year that another layer of meaning and appreciation unfolds for God, His Church, and the impact our faith can have on our lives, our families, and our world.
In addition, some are unaware that in order to have their children receive the sacraments or to be eligible to be a godparent in the Catholic Church, they need to have received their own sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Parents are the primary educators of their children in faith and morals and the Church fulfills a supportive role in recognizing and honoring that fact.
If you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit on your heart to become Catholic or to complete your entry into the Catholic faith, please see one of our priests or contact the Adult Faith Formation Office at 484-473-8205.
Join Us for our Annual parish Retreat
Save the Date for VBS!
Please click below for the signup genius, so we can gauge interest and start making plans for another great event!
2020-2021 Annual Report Now Available
Support the SSPP Community by shopping with Amazon Smile !
Access the website: smile.amazon.com and select "SS. Peter and Paul Church and School" as your charity of choice. Products and prices are the same as regular Amazon, but using Smile.Amazon means a portion of your shopping dollars will be donated to Saints Peter and Paul School.
"Talk to Us"
Visit these social media platforms to stay connected with your school and other SSPP Parents!
Follow your school on Instagram:
@ssppschoolwc and @ssppschoolart
Our facebook page is:
Our school governing body is called the SSPP Board of Limited Jurisdiction.
Members are Dan McKinney (Chair), Gary Davis (Finance Chair), Mark Drinker (Governance Chair), Mary Cunningham (Development Co-Chair), Erin Heinerichs (Development Co-Chair), Allison Hall, Andrew Parsons, Michael Parsons, Cynthia Wein, Frank Burrell (Marketing & Enrollment Co-Chair), Joshua Benson (Marketing & Enrollment Co-Chair), Martin Roddy, Richard Fonash, Brian Meilinger, Terry Gillin, TR Lavin, Nancy Bucceri, Veronica Chandler, and Monsignor Angelo Citino.
Read more about the Board on our website.
   Saints Peter & Paul School
        1327 Boot Road
               West Chester, PA 19380
       p. (610) 696-1000
f. (484) 631-0181

Mrs. Veronica Chandler, Principal     
Mr. Dan McKinney, Board Chairman
Diana Poole, Advancement Director