Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve

2018 National Blue Ribbon School
2021 School of Distinguished Instruction
The Crusader Times for October 21, 2021
Oct 24: New Parishioner Gathering 10:30-12:00
Trunk or Treat 5:30-7 PM
Oct 25: CYO Basketball Registration Closes
Oct 28: Parent/Teacher conferences 3-7:30 PM
Oct 29: NO School. Parent/Teacher conferences 8 AM - 12 PM
Nov 1: NO School-All Saints Day
Nov 1-14: Place Your Pie Orders to support 8th grade
Nov 5: First Friday Mass -Grades K-5 participate 9:30
Nov 10: Picture Day
Nov 13: Happy Hour at Barnaby's hosted by the CYO
Nov 14: Priority Registration for the 2022-23 school year ends
Please see the school calendar for all important dates and information.
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SSPP Named a 2021 School of Distinguished Instruction by the Archdiocese
Based upon the standardized test scores of the Terra Nova exams of 2020, Saints Peter and Paul School was named as an Archdiocesan School of Distinguished Instruction. The school was awarded this honor in both categories of Growth and Exceeding Potential. The Growth criterion was met by comparing the normal curve equivalent score from the 2020 testing and the last test taken. Our students gave evidence of expected or greater than expected growth. The Exceeding Potential criterion was met from the analysis of data from the ability testing and achievement testing. 90% of all of our classes met or exceeded potential in all content areas at every level tested.             
This is the first time that SSPP has been awarded this distinction in both categories from the Archdiocese. A truly amazing accomplishment during the challenging time of teaching during a pandemic! Congratulations to our students, Principal Veronica Chandler, and all of our dedicated faculty!
Join Us for Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 24
On Sunday, October 24th Saints Peter and Paul School will host the beloved "Trunk or Treat" event from 5:30-7 PM. The event is open to all school and parish families! The school is in need of inflatable decorations and participants to decorate their cars. In order to best prepare for the event, can you also use the sign-up to let us know you're coming, We hope to see you at this spooktacular event! Please see the map below for car line-up, parking, and entrance/exit ways.
CYO News
Basketball Season Information - Registration Closes October 25th
Hello Crusaders, 
As our fall sports head into their final month and playoff preparations begin, we are busy planning for our basketball season. It officially starts on 11/2/21. 
We do anticipate a few Covid related adjustments to our season and as it gets closer to the season, we will announce them accordingly. We appreciate your flexibility and support. 
Registration for basketball will begin on October 5th and close on October 25th. After registrations are completed, we will announce the schedule for evaluations. Evaluations will start on November 2nd. We anticipate evaluations possibly being scheduled over the first two weeks of November. 
 When signing up for basketball this year, you will be asked to note, “Regional” or “Parish.”
Regional basketball is our most competitive level. Practices can be 3-4x a week with games throughout the week. Playing time is not guaranteed at this level, but we will make every effort to give every player a meaningful experience. A high commitment level is expected for regional basketball and it should be your primary sport and team from November-February. Regional players are expected to attend the evaluation which could include 3-4 sessions. 
Parish basketball is less competitive than the regional level. Equal playing time is mandatory for each player. Practices are scheduled for 1-2x a week, with 1 game per week. 
Both levels have tournament options for teams. Playoffs are available for each level at the end of the season in February. 
If you have any questions regarding your child’s selection for basketball, please reach out to Joe Rodia before attending our evaluations. 
More detailed information will be released on the evaluation process once registrations are completed. Please make registration a priority as we have several plans to make and understanding our registrations will be very helpful to our basketball planning. 
To register your child for basketball, please visit the CYO registration page.
Thank you.

All Parents Are Invited to the CYO Happy Hour on Saturday, November 13th
What a great way to meet new families or catch up with dear friends!
HSA News
Happy Fall everyone! 
Thank you to all who signed up to attend and volunteer for the upcoming Trunk or Treat event! It’s not too late to join us for a spooky and silly good time! On Veterans Day, we will be honoring our community’s servicemen and women. We hope you will invite a Veteran and join us for a special assembly. In a few weeks, our 3rd-5th grade classes will be putting together Lego kits for those less fortunate. During the 11/16 HSA meeting, the Chester County Intermediate Unit will join us to speak about technology safety for our children. 
In addition, please SAVE THE DATE for SSPP’s annual "Santa’s Secret Sale” where the cafeteria is transformed into a Winter Wonderland shopping experience!
Upcoming Events - Check out our upcoming activities/events and visit the link to learn more and volunteer.  
Sunday, 10/24 5:30pm Halloween Event
Thursday, 11/11 9:30am Veterans Day Program
Sunday, 11/14 1:00pm LEGO Service Project - Grades 3-5
Tuesday, 11/16 7:00pm HSA Meeting @ SSPP Cafeteria
Thursday, 12/9 All day Santa’s Secret Sale!

Health & Wellness - Walking Wednesday is Back! Beginning Wednesday, October 27th, students will have the option to walk the fields during recess to promote health & wellness, earning a charm on their necklace for each week they participate. The students who wish to participate are allowed to wear sneakers on Wednesday to school, and volunteers will be there to guide them during the respective recess period as they walk 4 laps around the fields. The necklaces & charms will be provided.
Service - Thank you to those who volunteered for this Committee! Stay tuned for an invitation to our kickoff meeting in the coming weeks!  
Details of all HSA happenings can always be found on our HSA website, https://sspeterandpaulhsa.org or by contacting us at hsa@sspeterandpaulrc.org. See you all soon!

The Home & School Association
SSPP to Honor Veterans on November 11
SSPP Parish & School Community,

Saints Peter & Paul School is honored to host a Veterans Day Program for local veterans in our parish and school community. We will recognize those brave men and women on Thursday, November 11th at 9:30 am in front of our school’s American flag.  

We will conduct a short ceremony led by our Student Council, 3rd-grade classes, and SSPP scouts. They will honor each individual present with our heartfelt thanks and explain SSPP’s commitment to supporting our Veterans and active duty military through our school’s participation in the Pocket Flag Project

We hope you will join us to honor these selfless men and women. If you or someone you love is a Veteran who would like to attend or you would like to pray for an active duty military member, please complete this form, Veterans Day Signup, with the requested information.  

In the event of inclement weather on November 11th, we respectfully ask that attendance be limited to the Veteran and one loved one in order to maintain safety guidelines in the school building.  
An Important Message from the Nurse's Office
Parents, please note that the exclusion deadline for Physicals and Dentals is November 1, 2021.
This means that all physicals and dental forms for the following students need to be in the Nurse’s office by 11/2/21 to avoid your child being excluded from school:

Physical Exams are required for Kindergarten and 6th graders, as well as any new students, regardless of the grade they are entering, and must be signed and dated on or after August 2020 to fulfill the PA state mandate.

Dental Exams are required for Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th graders, as well as any new students, regardless of the grade they are entering, and must be signed and dated on or after August 2020 to fulfill the PA state mandate.

If you have any questions or want to verify what your child needs or confirm what you sent in, please contact Laurie Hopton, Staff Nurse (M-Thurs) lhopton@wcasd.net and Megan Foytack (Fri) mfoytack@sspeterandpaulrc.org at 484-473-8308 or Colette Dugan, Certified School Nurse at 484-266-2006 or cdugan@wcasd.net

Please Review SSPP on Facebook and Niche
Are you a current family, alumni family, or alumni that want to share your experience of SSPP?

SSPP is asking you to take a moment to review our school on FaceBook and Niche.

As an incentive, Niche.com is holding a monthly sweepstake to win a $1000 scholarship for those who review their school on Niche.

For those of you who review the school on our FaceBook page, you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card.

To review Saints Peter and Paul School on Niche and enter their sweepstakes, please use their sweepstakes link.

Thank you for your support!
Show Your SSPP School Spirit

New car magnets celebrating our school's 20th year of nurturing hearts to love and hands to serve are available for purchase.
The 5 3/4" magnets are $7 each or 2 for $10.
You may send a check to the school or purchase online here. Please note in the comment section that you are purchasing car magnets. Thank you, and #cheersto20years!

Golf Outing Hats Available
A limited number of golf outing hats are available to purchase for $30. Proceeds go towards the Teacher Enrichment Fund. Please send a check to school or purchase online here. Please note in the comment section that your payment is for a golf hat.
SSPP to Sell Linvilla Pies for Thanksgiving
Alumni News
If you are alumni, or parent of alumni and have exciting news to share, please let the Advancement office know! We want to celebrate you!
Student News
Congratulations to our seventh-grade student, Ava Altringer, who performed piano at the Kimmel Art Center on Saturday, October 16th.

Want to share your student's accomplishments? Please email the advancement office at advancement@sspeterandpaulrc.org so we can spread the news!
Parish News and Events
Saint’s Peter and Paul Men’s Group

Hello! my name is Joe, and I have been fortunate to participate in the men’s gospel reflection group which meets at the SSPP Rectory early every Wednesday morning from 6 to 7 AM since May of 2019.
Yes, there is coffee. 
It has been a blessing and something we all look forward to each week. 
We greet each other and then pray. 
We read the upcoming Sunday gospel and then whoever is inclined will talk about how the gospel is important to them, in what way it may be used in their life or perhaps we may hear cultural or historical remarks that help put the gospel into perspective. 
We learn from the gospel and each other and then pray. We pray to be better Christian men, husbands, fathers, brothers, friends, neighbors, citizens, etc.
Should you want to feel a little closer to God or have someone you know learn more about our group, have that man join us any early Wednesday morning sometime. We are even joined occasionally by one of our priests, just another man. You will not be disappointed, but encouraged. We do not all speak, but we all hear. We lose a little sleep, but we gain a little awakening. 
Finally, we pray for intentions put forth by anyone who asks about people they know who need prayer, which has been effective, or for those suffering in one way or another. 
Thank you for your time and God bless you all.
If you have any questions, please email 
Chris at cpickell@gvsd.org    or    Joe at brackenfamily7@verizon.net

New Parishioner Gathering
October 24, 2021, 10:30 AM to Noon

We are excited to once again host our annual New Parishioner Gathering in the Parish Center on Sunday, October 24 after the 9:30 AM Mass! If you have registered in our parish in the last two years, or are considering joining our parish, please come and receive a proper welcome! Parish and school leaders will be present to answer your questions and help you get to know us better.  This has become a popular event over the past few years and is a great opportunity for you to meet others who are new to the parish and those who have been here for many years.
Light refreshments will be provided. 
Please RSVP by October 18 to Judy Magee,
484-473-8205 or jmagee@sspeterandpaulrc.org. 

2019-2020 Annual Report
Please click on the 2019-2020 GIF to link to our school's Annual Report
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"Talk to Us"
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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