From the Principal's Desk
Dear Saints Peter and Paul Community,
My deepest thanks to the community for the outpouring of support and kindness for all the wonderful teachers here at SSPP! We are blessed for their commitment and dedication! On behalf of the faculty and staff of SSPP, thank you to the fifth-grade parents for a truly outstanding job on the 2021 Spring Fundraiser. The time, treasure, and talent they shared were incredible and went above and beyond.
Mrs. Veronica Chandler, Principal
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3-7. Thank you to the HSA Committee for organizing all the events.
Teacher Appreciation Week, a week “for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” This year, SSPP will express our T*H*A*N*K*s with a week of recognition and gratitude. Below are the ways the teachers were honored.
T - Monday, Thank a Teacher. Using hashtag #ThankaTeacher, share online how your teacher or
SSPP teachers have brightened you and/or your child’s life! On behalf of all SSPP families, the Home & School Association will provide a flowering plant to all teachers to thank them for helping all of our children grow so beautifully!
H - Tuesday, Hearts to Love and Hands to Serve. Wear your teacher’s favorite color. Ask him or her but don’t let on why you are asking. Donate a school supply to your teacher’s stash - wipes, tissues, dry-erase markers, etc.
A - Wednesday, Appreciate & Applaud. Please join us during dismissal on Wed, May 5th to applaud the teachers. Stand next to your car and clap for the teachers as they exit the school and walk our kids out. Then honk, clap, and express your thanks as you exit the parking lot! Students will tell jokes and thank their teachers on the wake-up call.
N - Thursday, Nice & Notable. Write a handmade thank you note for your child’s teacher. In school, students will write what they love most about their teacher on sticky notes to be posted in the shape of a heart on their classroom door today.
K - Friday, Keen to be Kind. Student choice - Perform an act of kindness for your teacher today. On behalf of SSPP families, the Home & School Association will provide cupcakes and a small thank you gift for our teachers! If you wish to contribute to the gift, Keurig coffee and tea pods would be a welcome addition and can be dropped off at the front office.
Mrs. Trainer is our fabulous Honors math teacher. She shares her love of math with her students. Here is what is happening in her class:
4th graders are making their way into geometry using formulas.
5th grade is focusing on finding the volume and area of 3D figures.
6th grade is working on slope in class.
7th grade finished learning about radicals
8th grade is working on finishing Algebra 1 and factorials.
Mrs. McWilliams teaches the children everything they need to know about physical education.
In gym class:
Grades Pre K through 3rd are working on their track and field skills.
Grades 4th through 8th are golfing using the 7 iron. This is the first time ever the 4th graders have used the 7 iron and they are doing a fantastic job!
Field Day will be May 28th. The students will show off their skills in six activities moving around the field from one quadrant to the next with their cohort. We are thankful Mrs. McWilliams is making this fun day work for the students!
Mrs. Levitan is teaching the students all there is to know about new tech apps.
Here is what the students are doing in class:
Kindergarten is using coding apps and robotics.
Grades 1-2 are also working on coding apps and problem-solving sequencing.
Grades 3-5 are learning about various Google apps and Google Slides for Animation
Grade 6 is working with Google Earth to follow a scavenger hunt around the world.
Grades 7-8 are learning about 3D design using Sketch Up for schools.
Mrs. Luciano is our talented art teacher. She loves art and it shows when she teaches.
Eighth grade has been introduced to various styles and artists. Some examples are: the style of DADA, FANTASY between the Wars, Pop Art, and Surrealism. Some of the artists are Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, and Salvador Dali.
Seventh graders were introduced to Impressionism with artist Claude Monet, Post Impressionism with Henri Rousseau, Fauvism with Henri Matisse, and Realism with Janet Fish.
Sixth graders were introduced to 19th Century Romantic painting with Thomas Cole, Realist Genre Painters, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and Tanner.19th and 20th Century Illustrators, Randolph Caldecott, N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. They are currently working on creating a painting in the style of Western painter, Georgia O'Keeffe.
Fifth graders have done Dutch artist Vermeer, drawing a figure proportionally correct, created a room in the style of Van Gogh, and are currently working on perspective.
Fourth graders have made many creations and crafts. Most recently they have created a Japanese vase with cherry blossoms that are 3D.
Third Grade was introduced to artist Albrecht Durer, a Renaissance artist, and created prints. They have created Optical art with a ball and most recently painted a Barn scene using watercolors.
Second grade began the year with the Middle Ages then Gothic sculpture, painting, and crafts.
Kindergarten created a painting on brown paper that was crumpled to represent the cave walls.
Music Classes at SSPP are currently exploring the various sections of the symphony orchestra. Introductions to the various sections of the orchestra are presented with a short film produced by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, that allows the students to see and hear the various instruments of each section of the orchestra. Follow-up questions are then presented to the students regarding what they have just seen and heard in the film. An educational packet containing grade-level appropriate assignments is then provided to the students to reinforce what they have just learned in the lesson.
New HSA Committee
Please come out to join us for the first HSA meeting on June 1st. This will be through a zoom. A warm welcome to Mrs. Kelly Smith, Mrs. Courtney Zentz, Mrs. Erin Oschell, and Mr. Stephen Diorio. They have been working behind the scenes and having meetings to prepare for a great year next year. Please come out to support them on June 1st at 7 PM. Please lookout for an email with the HSA meeting zoom link the week before the meeting.
SSPP Spring Fundraiser
My sincere gratitude to all the 5th-grade parents for their time and dedication to organizing this year’s Spring Fundraiser. I also want to thank all classroom parent volunteers who were part of making the class baskets. They are truly outstanding! We are so grateful to the parish community for your support in ensuring the success of technology in our classrooms.
Heart to Love, Hands to Share
Thank you to the 7th grade for continuing to make lunches for the people at Saint Agnes Day Room in West Chester. Tommy O. headed up this service project during the Lenten Season and it continues.