Ministry Matters - School News - April 2019
As we study and learn more of our Heavenly Father’s great love during this Lenten and Easter season of the church year we are reminded how blessed we are to be cared for daily. Our Heavenly Father’s provision is incredible. There is so much to be thankful for, and so much to share with our community at large. This time of year brings a flurry of activity in and outside the classrooms. We hope that you might be able to join us for some of our upcoming activities and celebrations.
The end of April finds us at mid-term of our final trimester. MAP testing will soon begin as we look to reach our schoolwide goal of having each class achieve their projected progress marks for the sixth time in the past six testing sessions over the past two years. This is no easy feat. Our results provide documented data demonstrating that our student, curriculum, and staff performance is well above the national norms.
Journeying into May we fold our hands and bow our heads with others across our nation as we participate in May 2 National Day of Prayer activities. We will thank God as we ask for continued blessings of wisdom and guidance for our country and for those in governmental authority. Our choirs are prepping for their annual Spring Choir Concert on the 3rd. Maybe you can join us at 7:00pm in the church?
Eleven of our 7th and 8th graders are taking their science fair projects to the state fair at SIU in Carbondale on May 4. The students have been working on these projects diligently since September. It amazes me that 11 of our 14 student projects taken to state regionals have earned the honor of being “state worthy”. Incredible! This is getting to be the “norm” of our student performance. I can’t wait to hear the state results. 7th and 8th graders are also gearing up for their class trip to Springfield, St. Louis, and Hannibal. We are thankful for the on-site learning opportunities students will have as they visit historical sites, learn from the experts and get an opportunity to witness their faith along the way.
We will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10 with a variety of activities. We’re thankful for the service and dedication of our teachers and aides. We have a couple of staff changes in the works for next year as we lose two faithful servants. Mr. Josiah Hahn (7th Homeroom) has announced his upcoming marriage and the resulting change in his having to relocate to Wisconsin. We are thankful for his two years of service to the families of St. Peter and we wish him God’s continued blessings. An official Call has been extended to Miss Hannah Johnson, to serve as teacher in our middle school and assist with athletics. Miss Johnson is a December graduate of Concordia University Chicago. She majored in middle grades education with a math and literacy endorsement. We are excited about the strengths she brings and the possibility of her joining our staff. Please remember her in prayer as she prayerfully considers our Call and God’s plans for her service. Mrs. Pam Johnson has served St. Peter families for 26 years at St. Peter. She has announced her retirement effective the end of this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8 when we will celebrate her faithful service and recognize the gifts God has provided through her dedicated service to children and families at St. Peter. We wish her God’s best as she transitions to spending more time with her husband, family and grandchildren. A PTL sponsored Movie Night is May 11. The community is invited to visit to learn the benefits of a Christian education at St. Peter. Will you invite someone to join us? We have preschool and kindergarten celebrations, end of the year field trips and a number of special classroom projects still on the horizon. Before you know it, the eighth grade banquet, graduation and closing chapel will be a reality. Looking back it has gone all too quickly. Looking ahead we are excited about the future for our students. Please continue to pray for each of them, that they will stay connected to Christ, and that the seeds of faith that have been planted will continue to bear fruit.