Along with excellent academic curriculum, St. Peter Catholic School offers growth to students in gaining leadership development, public speaking skills, and experiential learning while in class. Below is a list of activities that are offered during the school day, dependent on a student’s grade.
All-School Service Projects
In preparation for Christmas, the children get together in their classrooms to organize and manage small-scale treat sales and drawings to raise money for the school’s “adopted family”. They may also choose to save their pennies for the Holy Childhood Association during the Easter season, may participate in the “Math-a-thon” to benefit St. Jude’s hospital and may partake in the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart.
The Buddy System is offered to the 5th grade class. The fifth graders help the younger children on the playground and during all-school activities. They are specifically paired with a kindergarten student to mentor and act as a positive role model to them throughout the year. The 5th graders build leadership skills, and show compassion and empathy for younger children. Children participate in the “adopted grandparent” program in conjunction with local area nursing homes.
Students work on projects and present them at the science, religion, history, cultural or invention fair on alternating years. They come up with some amazing presentations.
Junior Achievement Program
This program teaches students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through a series of hands on and engaging activities. It is offered in 4K-5th Grades. It is a partnership we have with the business community.
Mass participation and planning – Because of regular opportunities to read in church, speaking before others becomes “second nature” for many children. They may work together as a class to plan parts of a special Mass. The first grade prepares for and takes part in their first planned mass in February. The second grade plans and participates in the All Saints Day Mass, and the fifth grade plans their graduation Mass. Children in the 3rd through 5th grades may also become mass servers for the weekly all-school Mass.
Each school day begins with prayer, pledge of allegiance and announcements. Children enjoy taking turns with this responsibility. The students pray before lunch, at the end of the day as well as throughout the day.
Winners of classroom spelling bees will compete in an all-school spelling bee, with the school winner advancing to the Archdiocesan district competition.