Every year, the SPCC 8th grade presents a wonderful tradition of presenting the Stations of the Cross. The students create all of the art for each of the Stations. They write about the meaning of their Station and then offer a prayer for their station. They take the time to memorize what they have written and then recite it during the presentation. They perform silently as they take us along the journey of the Crucifiction of Jesus.
We are so proud of them. We pray you enjoy their hard work and prayerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross. We also pray you had a blessed Easter.
Congratulations to all of our Ferbruary Star Students! We are so proud of all of you. Keep up the wonderful work.
Matthew Manzi Lagorce-PK
Luciana Tupayachi-Gr. K
Nashira Francois-Gr. K
Kaleia Henchar-Gr. 1
Gavin Aho-Gr. 1
Chase Labonte-Gr. 2
Zuriel Leshore-Gr. 2
Eden Killebrew-Gr. 3
Teagan Dumas-Gr. 3
Noah Connolly-Gr. 4
Angelica Nguyen-Gr. 4
RJ Carr-Gr. 5
Morriah Victor-Gr. 5
Matteo Padilla-Gr. 6
Michelle Asare-Gr. 6
Rodrigo Tupayachi-Gr. 7
Bryce Atuquayfio-Gr. 7
Shawn Sullivan-Gr. 8
Ainsley MacDonald-Gr. 8
Keep up the good work. We are proud of you!
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Dear Parents and Guardians,
For whatever reason, I was made aware that some of you did not receive the message about no school on Sunday night, not sure what happened so I am just going to chalk it up to another technological glitch. As if the COVID wasn’t enough for all of us to deal with, the snow keeps coming. I know that many of you are questioning, why we are calling off school when the storm has passed or not yet begun, please understand that in twenty-one years, I have never made the NO School call. It is generated from Worcester Public Schools and based on the transportation. We do not technically pay for the buses, so we are at their mercy to make the call. Most of the time they are good calls. This year, I will say that without the public school students in session, I think they make the call more hastily than in other years. We have five buses of students, transported to SPCC, the number of riders is smaller due to social distancing., but many of our families rely on the buses. I understand how trying all of this has been for all of you, our teachers and our children. I stand by our Diocesan decision to stay remote until January 25th. The spike of the virus was so high following the holidays, our families were affected by the virus. Unlike the spring, when everything was shut down, many of our parents are working outside the home in front line positions and exposure is happening despite precautions. When someone in the household tests positive, the children must quarantine for fourteen days. This equates to a lot of interruption to our in-person learning, as teachers try to teach remotely to several at home and address the needs of the students in attendance in class.
When I set up the remote program, I did so at the request of families who are compromised or have circumstances that made it too risky to have a student attend in person. In grades Kindergarten through Grade 5, I designated one teacher at each grade level to be the remote teacher. In grades 6, 7 and 8, since the students have multiple teachers each teacher is set up for remote learning. I offer this as a way of explanation. Lately, we are receiving phone calls about travel or appointments, and the desire to have your child go on remote for the day. Our system is not set up for this. Remote access will be reserved for students who are ill or must quarantine, due to exposure to the virus. In the case of illness, if that teacher is not one of the “remote learning teachers”, it will take them a day to gather the necessary equipment, needed to teach remotely. I also hear your concerns for better acoustics for your remote students. We are working on that too, but please understand that the teacher moves around the room and also attends to the students in the classroom. Some teachers are understandably more comfortable with all of this, but I am so proud of all of them for learning and doing all they can to make this challenge work for our kids. Thank you for your understanding.
We have over two hundred chrome books in the school and are busy writing grants for additional devices. When we went to remote learning in January, we were prepared and able to assist with some who lacked enough devices at home. Some chrome books were returned
missing parts and others needed to be cleaned from food spills. We do not have the money to automatically replace such expensive pieces. We have had requests to keep them at home throughout the snowy weather. Unfortunately, we cannot do that because they are always being used in the classrooms while we are in attendance.
Snow days are quickly becoming a thing of the past across New England. I have heard from many of you, who think that removing a snow day from a child’s life is a terrible thing. Agreed there should always be time for sliding, snow angels or shoveling out a grandparent but since we have all mastered the technology, some educators want to do away with them altogether.
We have made a decision at St. Peter’s, after listening to parents, teachers and students that snow days will be from 9-12 with synchronous learning with the teacher. We will fulfil our requirement for a day of learning by abbreviating the length of each class. I heard, your comments about not enough technology at home or difficulty managing the remote process. I have heard the concern in your voices about child care and how many grandparents or day cares are not equipped to help with the remote process. So, the afternoon will be snow time.
Most important, I cannot thank you enough for your honesty, attention to our COVID checklist, reporting and patience. You have helped us to remain in- person learning, which we all know is the right thing for our children.
May God bless you all,
Here is a copy of the SPCC Remote Learning Handbook that went home with the children today. Please review it with your child/children in order for them to understand what is asked of them. This will also help you to better help your child in this process. There is a page that both you and your child/children need to sign and return to school. Thank you for your help and support.
Click here to download a copy of SPCC remote handbook 2020. You can also find it in the list of documents on the Documents Page.
Congratulations November Star Students!
Congratulations to our November Star Students: Alessandra Rodriguez-Pre-K, Kyleigh Coakley-Pre-K, Ryan Amour-K, Rhema Toekulah-K, Rachelle Baiden-Gr. 1, Andrew Rigber-Gr.1, Tiffany Njenga-Gr. 2, Evan Rodriguez-Gr. 2, Precious Nyutu-Gr. 3, Austin Quattrucci-Gr. 3, Grace Gray-Gr. 4, Khloe Siergie-Gr. 4, Shayna Thurman-Gr. 5, Mark El-Nemr-Gr. 5, Amelie Rodriguez-Gr.6, Samphina Zinnah-Gr. 6, Laura Martinez-Gr. 7, Kim Nguyen-Gr. 7, Francis Cardinal-Gr. 7 and Davin McGrath-Gr.8.
Congratulations and we are proud of you!
Congratulations to our October Star Students: Eleanor Anderson-Pre-K, Giovanni Jean Jacques-Pre-K, Daniel Masumbuko-Gr. K, Leo Voyer-Gr. K, Emily Lebron-Gr. 1, Nevaya Kneeland-Gr. 1, Brielle Atuquayfio-Gr. 2, Hannah McLaughlin-Gr. 2, Pya Poku-Mensah-Gr. 3, Trenaya Leshore-Gr. 3, Lila Barranco-Gr. 4, Jack Cardinal-Gr. 4, Travis Kuria-Gr. 5, Erin Gregoire-Gr. 5, Alina Rozo-Gr. 6, Owen Browne-Gr. 6, Abby Simpson-Gr. 7, Brady Coonan-Gr. 7, Miya Gardner-Gr. 8, Claire Boucher-Gr. 8. We are proud of you!
Congratulations to all of our September Star Students. We are so proud of all of you. Keep up the wonderful work.
Our September Star Student are:
Preschool: Tanner Dumas and Caroline Gemme
Kindergarten: Ellie Cavanaugh and Madison Gemme
First Grade: Maurice Fogue and Stephen Scanlon
Second Grade: Anthony Hernandez and Patrick Kelly
Third Grade: Keryn Brown and Jade Dorvilus
Fourth Grade: Jasmine Nesbit and Julia Nordahl
Fifth Grade: Adriana Barrett and Charles Zellmer
Sixth Grade: Kassidy Gibree and Colin McCarthy
Seventh Grade: Madeline Olson and Victor Wairimu
Eighth Grade: Larissa Aweh and Samara Masiki