Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

2018 National Blue Ribbon School
2021 School of Distinguished Instruction
The Crusader Times for March 31, 2022
April 1: First Friday Mass 9:30 AM
Coffee with the Principal 10:30-11:30 AM in the MECI
April 2: Parish Easter Egg Hunt 9 AM
April 3: Children's Mass 9:30 AM
April 4: Women's Evening Cafe 6:30 PM
April 6: Clothing Drive 7-10 AM
April 13-18: Easter Break
April 19: Classes resume
April 20: Dress down day
May 7: Roaring 20s School Auction
Please see the school calendar for all important dates and information.
The Crusader Times is published on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Please contact the Advancement office for any news that you would like to schedule.

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Roaring 20s Spring Auction Update

We need you!  
The Home & School Association’s Roaring 20’s Spring Fundraiser is less than 2 months away!!!  
Save the date for this in-person auction event on Saturday, May 7th, 7-11 pm.  
Event tickets are now available for Purchase 
Click Here to Become a Sponsor Today!
Gold Sponsorship l $1,000
Silver Sponsorship l $500
Bronze Sponsorship l $250 
All Sponsorship levels include:
    Special acknowledgment of your sponsorship during the event
    Listing on the SSPP website, HSA website, and Crusader Times
Silent Auction Items Needed
Individuals / Families are needed to support the fundraising efforts for the Roaring 20’s event. Click the link below to sign up to contribute a business connection, service, or item to our Silent Auction! The HSA will be in touch with you to coordinate.
Click here to sign up! Roaring 20's Wish List
Student News
Middle School Scholarship Essay Winners Announced

Congratulations to fifth-grade students, Maura K. and Lila P., sixth-grade student, Cecelia T., and 7th-grade student Ava Z. on winning the 2022 Middle School Scholarship Essay Award. The fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade classes were asked to write an essay on what Saints Peter and Paul School’s mission statement means to them. Each student’s essay was given a number and their names removed from the essays before they were given to the selection committee. The selection committee consisted of the school Principal, Mrs. Veronica Chandler, two teachers, and three Board of Limited Jurisdiction members. Each of the girls was awarded $1000 in scholarship money to be applied to the 2022-23 school year. Nicely done, ladies!
Mission Moment
"Saints Peter and Paul School is a Catholic community dedicated to academic excellence and the development of future leaders to be disciples of Christ with hearts to love and hands to serve."
Dress Down Day for Ukraine
On Tuesday, March 22, the students of Saints Peter and Paul School had a dress-down day to raise money for the people of Ukraine. The students raised a total of $2,827.54. The dress-down was organized by the student council. The donations were sent to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. The charity is currently donating to the people of Ukraine, but they still need more supplies. They are using the donations for medical aid for Ukrainian citizens. #heartstolovehandstoserve
Chester County Safe Schools Summit
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
This event will focus on examining current digital interaction apps and platforms, increasing parental awareness of digital interaction threats, and identifying parents' steps to keep children safe. Digital connections children make through social media, gaming systems, and various online applications will be explored.
This is a great opportunity for all parents! 
Enrollment Update
There are currently 370 students enrolled in Saints Peter and Paul School for the 2021-22 school year.
Current enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is 394 students! There has been so much interest in PreK, that we will be adding a second Pre K3 classroom and will be keeping the 2 Pre K4 classrooms. This will allow for a strong feeder into the Kindergarten classes and beyond.
Our preschool and Kindergarten have very limited openings. Please email Diana Poole if you are interested in enrolling a child in one of these programs advancement@sspeterandpaulrc.org.
Thank you to our families and staff who have referred neighbors and friends to Saints Peter and Paul. We currently have 10 new families enrolling for next year that are a direct result of your referrals! As a reminder, SSPP families receive a discount on next year's tuition for referring families that enroll at SSPP. Please support this program and reach out to Diana Poole if you know of any families that are still looking for a school community that they can call “home”.
2021-22 SSPP Annual Fund
Our 2021-2022 Annual Fund Together in Faith Campaign is underway and thanks to donations made on Giving Tuesday we are off to a strong start for reaching our goal of $175,000. The school relies on the Annual Fund to provide the financial resources necessary for our day-to-day operations. With 370 students attending SSPP, that's 370 reasons to make a gift today to the Annual Fund! Thank you in advance for your generous support!
Clothing and More Donation Drive
The Clothing Drive is this Wednesday, April 6th!
Summer Camp Opportunities
Summer Enrichment Program 2022
Saint Agnes School
211 Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Program Overview
The Summer Enrichment Program was developed to enhance students’ Reading and Math Curriculums, as well as provide an advanced start to their upcoming school year. We have a staff of vibrant teachers who bring their dynamic teaching styles into the classroom to teach writing, vocabulary, grammar, test-taking skills, and math to small groups of energetic learners. Our program strives to boost confidence and enhance academic skills to set your child up for success both in and out of the classroom. Designed with engaging activities, the Summer Enrichment Program makes learning fun, and it’s flexible enough to fit your summer schedule.
Ages: Incoming First through Eighth Graders
Class dates:   
Tuesday, June 14th Wednesday, June 15th   
Tuesday, June 21st
Wednesday, June 22nd 
Tuesday, June 28th
Wednesday, June 29th 
Tuesday, July 5th
Wednesday, July 6th   
 Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
*Please note: The program provides a wrap-around teacher for any student who may miss sessions due to sickness/vacation. 

Program Details        
Grades 1 to 6: (Reading/Language) Students will be instructed in developing strategies to help ensure success on standardized tests. Through writing and thinking skills the program fosters growth in comprehension and places an emphasis on language skills and word recognition. Students learn how integrating the skills of listening, speaking and writing will develop their achievement in comprehension and testing. Concentration is placed on the benchmark skills that contribute to success in reading. Grades 1 and 2 will be using key components from the “Wilson Fundations Program” to enhance phonemic awareness, reading fluency, and comprehension strategies. 

Grades 7 and 8 (HIgh School Entrance/Scholarship Exam Test Prep): Each incoming 7th and 8th grader will receive a Master the High School Entrance Exam book. This book will begin to prepare the students for high school entrance exams, scholarship exams, and high school placement tests. It is also an excellent resource to strengthen a student’s standardized testing. This book develops test-taking strategies, enhances verbal logic, reading, and composition. A great deal of emphasis is placed on developing quantitative reasoning and critical thinking. 
Grades 1-8 (Math): The Math Curriculum is designed to maintain, reinforce, enrich, and think critically. The program reinforces the mathematical skills that were taught throughout the school year, yet introduces new concepts so they have a jump start to their upcoming school year. In addition, our summer math curriculum teaches “Process Skills in Problem Solving” to all grade levels. This teaching method demonstrates step-by-step problem-solving strategies to help students handle higher-level problem solving and develop the correct thinking process. The goal is to build confidence in solving visualization and application-based questions in mathematics.  
The cost of the program is $360.00 per child.  
 Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis - Space is limited. 
A $150.00 family deposit is required upon registration. The final payment is due on June 3rd. 

Registration Link:

If you have any questions regarding the Summer Enrichment Program, please contact Tina Hodlofski at (484) 433-0112 or email thodlofski@saintagnesschoolwc.org 
Girls Lacrosse Training at Villa Maria High School
Theresa Giunta, the girl lacrosse head coach at Villa Maria Academy, is running two lacrosse opportunities for youth, high school, and collegiate players this season and summer.
She is also hosting a youth lacrosse clinic on April 23rd. Please see below for all information.
*40+ sites with newly added locations in Reading, Pottstown, and West Chester. Search by zip code to find the nearest camp location to you.
Summer Enrichment and Sports Camps
During our girls-only summer programs, campers will expand their horizons while having fun and making friends. With our beautiful campus in Bryn Mawr as a backdrop, girls will enjoy educational and athletic activities with our experienced and engaging teachers and coaches. Sacred Heart is a great place for summer enrichment! 
  • Campers can choose to attend Session 1 or Session 2 (or both sessions) and can opt for a half-day or a full day.
  • Sessions are June 13-17 and June 20-24.
  • The option to stay for lunch is available.
  • Sign up before April 15 for the Early Bird Special (10% off total tuition). The price in the registration form reflects the discount.
  • Receive a 10% discount when signing up for two weeks of full-day sessions. The price in the registration form reflects the discount.
Additional camp descriptions can be found at SHAbrynmawr.org.
Parent Book Club
Love to Read and Want to Meet Up with SSPP Parents?
April 21 at 7 PM: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
May 19 at 7 PM: The Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding
Alumni News
Alumni Update: Colin Hueston '16
Colin Hueston was active in the SSPP CYO Program playing Basketball (5th grade through high school) and Soccer. He is a 2016 graduate of SSPP.
Colin went on to attend Malvern Prep where he had an outstanding academic and athletic career. A standout in Lacrosse, Colin was a three-year varsity player. He received the 2019 Most Improved Player Award and was on 2 Inter-Ac Championship teams.
In 2019 he was named a Summer “Breakout Candidate” by US Club Lacrosse. Senior year he was elected team captain, unfortunately, the season was cut short due to covid. Colin was also a two-year varsity cross-country runner winning an Inter-Ac Cross Country Championship in 2019. Colin earned both first and second honors and was an active member of the Malvern community.
Colin is currently a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College and plays midfield for the DIII Diplomats Men’s Lacrosse Team. The team is currently ranked eighth nationally.
As a freshman, he appeared in four games for the Centennial Conference Champions scoring 5 goals including in victories over Dickinson and John Carroll. He made his season debut with a hat trick versus McDaniel. Although still early in his sophomore season Colin has already scored 3 goals and has had 4 assists. He scored his first goal of the season against Messiah.
Colin is a Government Major and is on the Dean’s List. He was an Elected Diplomatic Congress Representative and served on the First-Year Class Cabinet (student government on campus). He will be interning this summer with Pennsylvania’s premier government relations and public relations firm.
Congratulations Colin on all your accomplishments! Keep up the great work in the classroom and on the field at F&M!
If you are alumni, or parent of alumni and have exciting news to share, please let the Advancement office know! We want to celebrate!
Parish News and Events
Parish Easter Egg Hunt Is This Saturday!
Children's Mass
The Culture Project Presentation
Parents and Grandparents, You Don’t Want to Miss This
The Culture Project Presentation
Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 PM in the Church Hall
Studies show that when it comes to the topics of human sexuality and dignity, no one has more of an influence on their teenager than his or her parents. This talk is designed to facilitate a conversation of affirmation and encouragement. The goal is to come alongside parents in their role as the primary educator of their family and communicate The Culture Project’s approach in speaking to young people about human sexuality and dignity. I will also provide an overview of our three presentations; sexual integrity, human dignity, and social media. I will be informing parents of exactly what students would hear from missionaries in the classroom so as to feel empowered to continue the conversation at home. I, ultimately, want to offer parents the hope that young people desire authentic love, and that they can make a difference through witness and conversation. Along the way, I will also share what led me to The Culture Project and why I’ve decided to serve for the last 4 years!
- Erick Marquez, a missionary from The Culture Project, will be offering a special presentation to concerned parents and grandparents of teenagers
Youth Group
The seminarians' last youth group for this year is Thursday, April 7th! They will be showing the movie, Prince of Egypt. Come join us for fun, faith, and friends! All children in grades 4 and up are welcome! Please sign up so we can plan accordingly at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4caaa62aa1fd0-youth God Bless! 
Women's Evening Cafe
Please join us for the next Women's Evening Cafe on Monday, April 4th. De is an inspirational speaker and coach who will speak to us about our true identity.  This session is not to be missed!!

Register here: 

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Mary and Carla
Vacation Bible School
We are looking to bring back Vacation Bible School this summer, but we need your help! We are looking for a minimum of 8 teen helpers to run the program and a minimum of 4 adults to oversee the teen leaders. This is a great opportunity for our graduating 8th-graders to get in some required service hours that they will need for high school. Please reach out to Michele D'Alessandro if you and/or your child are interested in helping. Thank you!
2019-2020 Annual Report
Please click on the 2019-2020 GIF to link to our school's Annual Report
Just a friendly reminder.  
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"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
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Our school governing body is called the SSPP Board of Limited Jurisdiction.
Members are Dan McKinney (Chair), Gary Davis (Finance Chair), Rand Ginsburg (Facilities Chair), Frank Hanna (Governance Chair), Mary Cunningham (Development Co-Chair), Erin Heinerichs (Development Co-Chair), Allison Hall (Marketing & Enrollment Chair), Andrew Parsons, Michael Parsons, Cynthia Wein, Frank Burrell, Joshua Benson, Martin Roddy, Richard Fonash, Brian Meilinger, Mark Drinker, Terry Gillin, TR Lavin, Kelly Smith, 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