Please remember to contribute to the Lord's Diner Christmas project!

Thank you for joining with us in this important and worthy endeavor!

Advent Angels:

Dec. 3-7: card

Dec. 10-14:  fruit

Dec. 17-19: candy

Dec. 19th/Christmas party: $5 gift


Holiday Strategies


A Deeper Meaning

What makes this season magical to your family? These ideas focus on celebrating the spirit.


  • Revive holiday traditions from your own childhood. You’ll enrich your child’s understanding and appreciation of her family history.
  • Bond over a good book. Reading holiday favorites together is a great way to share spiritual beliefs and cultural customs.
  • Protect your child’s naptime, mealtime, and bedtime. Amidst the excitement, he’ll have more fun and be less cranky when you incorporate the celebrations into his regular routine.
  • Rethink gift-giving. New traditions — like making presents or taking a family trip instead of shopping — can be freeing, touching, and tons of fun.


Get in the Giving Spirit


Teach your children the joys of caring, and show them the true meaning of the season.

This year, create a new holiday tradition with your family — get involved in a charitable activity. It's an ideal way to teach your child values such as generosity, compassion, and gratitude, and prevent her from coming down with an annual case of "the gimmes." The months of November and December are a great time to get involved, as there are a plethora of opportunities to suit your family's interests and availability. It's also a chance to try out several different types of activities and find one your family can get involved in all year round. We've got a number of ideas to get you started, but to find more options and specific opportunities in your neighborhood, visit
  1. Host a Coat or Food Party
    Drumming up donations is a great way to start a tradition that not only helps your community but also strengthens bonds within it. It's great to give some canned goods or your family's old coats to a charity, but making it a party takes it up a notch. For a coat party, have guests bring coats that are used but still in good condition. If you want to have a food party, ask for canned and dried food and have kids help pack it up for food banks and shelters.
  2. Sing and Dance for Joy
    If your child is the type to surprise you with impromptu puppet shows or sing from dawn to dusk, consider harnessing that energy to put on a play (or other performance) at a nursing home or community center. Involve everyone in the family in making costumes and sets, and recruit other families and friends to play parts.
  3. Help Furry Friends
    For animal lovers, helping out at a pet shelter is an easy choice. Donate a few days or just an afternoon to give the regular staff a break and fill in for vacationers. Even during the holidays, dogs need to be walked, cats need petting, and all animals need to be played with, fed, and have their cages cleaned. If you have young or sensitive children, a no-kill shelter is a good option (especially if you don't want to come home with a new pet!).
  4. Serve a Senior Citizen
    If your child is unable to spend time with his grandparents this season, consider reaching out to an elderly person. The winter and holiday months are often the hardest on the elderly and a little help will be much appreciated. Help your child connect with past generations by visiting with seniors in a retirement community or nursing home. Your child can give manicures or makeovers, deck the halls with boughs of holly jolly décor, help wrap gifts, or read to the hard-of-sight.
  5. Feed the Needy
    The most familiar way to volunteer is still a perfect one: help out at soup kitchen or food bank. The holidays are the busiest time at shelters, and they need help setting up, serving, and cleaning up. If your older child is interested in cooking, he can don an apron and help prepare food in the kitchen.

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Thank you for making conferences a great success! It's a pleasure to meet with you in the interest of your students. I'm so pleased with the 2nd graders' progress leading towards the holidays!

We are studying and preparing in earnest now for the sacrament of Confession.

Elements of learning include: * the depths of God's mercy & forgiveness * our need for His mercy & forgiveness * humility * examination of conscience * the words of the sacrament * penance * the Act of Contrion * the Memorare

Many of the 2nd graders are already able to confidently recite the Act of Contrition -which is, of course, the required prayer for the sacrament. Thank you SO much for your diligence in this preparation! We'll need to hear each child say this prayer independently before Christmas break. Please make the Act of Contrition a daily vocal prayer in your home! Students will also need to recite the Memorare (the prayer of penance that Fr. Bernie prefers for Confession).

Five Ways to Get Your Child Ready for First Confession

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is integrally important in the spiritual development of your child. With thorough preparation, your child’s worries or anxieties about Confession can be eased. Here are 5 things parents can do to help in their child's formation for First Reconciliation:

Catholic Prayer Book for Children5. Check That Conscience: One parish priest recommends that parents help their children with an age-appropriate examination of conscience as close to the celebration of the sacrament as possible. It is more beneficial to children to go through such an exercise several times prior to First Confession, so that they can begin to get a sense of examining their own consciences. The Catholic Prayer Book for Children features an examination of conscience that is designed specifically for children of this age.

4. Rehearse and Review: Learn and recite the Act of Contrition together. Also, just as a dress rehearsal helps actors prepare before a performance, practicing the steps of the sacrament will help your child feel ready.

3. Ask a Godparent: Your child’s godparents promised to help that child throughout his spiritual life. Involve godparents by asking them to help reassure a child who is nervous about this sacrament. Perhaps the godparents can share their own experiences or those of their children.

2The Sacrament of Reconciliation. Know Your Priest: For some children, the biggest hurdle is speaking to a stranger. To help a child who feels intimidated about talking one-on-one with Father, reassure him that the sacrament is gentle and loving and will bring him closer to God. Remind him that he is confessing his sins to God, through the priest. And let your child greet Father after Mass as the sacrament approaches, so that he will not, indeed, be speaking with a stranger. Read Father Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.’s booklet, The Sacrament of Reconciliation, with your child to help him understand to review what will happen during the sacrament.

And the number-one way to prepare your child for First Confession: Lead by Example. If you don’t regularly receive this sacrament, your child will not understand why it is important. It’s never too late to renew your own commitment to the sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents and siblings will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament, following your 2nd grader, during your family's scheduled time in February!


Please be reminded of the discussion that I had with many of you regarding the importance of continued practice of basic math facts. Many students still utilize Xtra Math for fact practice; please utilize the website, along with any other mode of practice your student enjoys.  I'm very pleased with the students who are staying true to the pledge for  fact practice: math confidence, speed, and accuracy are vastly improved.

Remember our goal @ semester is 50/50 correct for addition and subtraction in 4 minutes timed!

You can be as creative as you like with the ways you approach this! Create facts games, do them aloud in the car (no flash cards necessary), have your child turn addition facts into correlating subtraction facts, etc.

Following are some activities/links that you/your student might find enjoyable!


To teach children prayers such as the Apostles Creed and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, print lines and phrases from the prayers in large font. Glue these to pieces cardboard. Work together to solve each prayer puzzle.
  • You may also create a 'cloze' comprehension/vocabulary activity for prayers by typing the prayer in large font on your computer screen ::: but leave out key words! Your student may then attempt the prayer by reading it, saying it, and deciding what the missing words are. Printed prayers can be found in the student agenda book!
  • Great grade level Thanksgiving books to check out from the library or purchase:

Who loves the month of October?! We all do!

It's a BUSY month...full of excitement and so many extra things to accomplish!

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Ask your 2nd grader about his/her current favorite saint! Just a few suggestions among the MANY we've learned about: St. Lucy, St. Augustine, his mother St. Monica, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Brother/Apostle-Saints Peter & Andrew, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Anne & Joachim, St. Paul and more! We make the time to learn about the Saints because we aspire to the Heavenly Kingdom that they've already reached!

From them we learn to be holy, obedient, and humble.

Ask your 2nd grader to attempt to list the 12 Apostles for you using the word "Baptism!"

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It will be SO good to visit with you during conferences! I enjoy talking with you about your students so much; working with them is such a joy & privilege.

There's always *work* for *home*

* Lexia can be used from home

* Other addition/subtraction facts drills & games at home (+/-) emphasizing SPEED and ACCURACY

* Beginning multiplication games/flashcards

* Vigilance regarding homework and weekly spelling word mastery

* Increasing student responsibility & accountability

* Students reading, reading, reading for A.R.!


 We recite the The Act of Contrition at the end of each school day and the 2nd graders are joining in one by one to make a nice, full sound! Please make it routine to practice this prayer at home since it is the required prayer for the Sacrament of Confession; it is the excellent bedtime prayer. Please also make it a holy home habit to say The Memorare - this is the prayer Father assigns as penance!


We have begun learning the elements of examining conscience in order to make a good confession. Knowing the 10 Commandments is a primary assistance in the thorough examination of conscience. Your family can assist by sharing and discussing the Ten Commandments -and what they mean for your child(ren)- by sharing real examples of how each commandment is kept ... and broken.

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Once again, please let us stress that your family must attend Mass each and every weekend, as per the 3rd Commandment.

The days of allowing your child to opt out of the Sunday obligation (barring illness) are coming to a conclusion. As Catholics we have chosen Baptism for our children, making them Children of God and members of the Church. In doing this we have committed them, along with ourselves, to the sacramental life. We must strive to be appropriate, consistent examples of practicing the Catholic faith for them...something we promised at their Baptisms.

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year & to 2nd grade!

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I enjoyed meeting so many of you @ Open House on Sunday evening and I very much look forward to our first day of school on Thursday the 16th!


I am pleased to be teaching Religion and Math, as well as handwriting, for both 2nd grade classes this year.



If you'd like your child to get a jumpstart in Religion,

please begin the memorization process for

The Act of Contrition and the Memorare.


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 St. Peter will begin a basic math facts initiative K-8th this school year, lasting the entire school year,

in an effort to strengthen the basic calculating skills of our students.

I hope  your student worked on a big head start towards this endeavor during the summer!


So for math I am pleading with you -along with every math teacher on the planet!- to please have your child practice @ home every evening with (and memorize) the basic addition and subtraction facts.

 I cannot impress upon you enough just how much fact fluency aids ALL mathematics problems and procedures.



Remember that Wednesday, August 15th, is

The Feast of the Assumption

and is a Holy Day of Obligation!