Weekly Bulletins

School of Saint Peter Martyr 
425 West Fourth Street 
Pittsburg, CA 94565 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 

O Christ, our teacher, we thank you for the gift of Catholic schools, where the message of your life, death and resurrection is proclaimed, Christian community is experienced, service to our brothers and sisters is modeled and worship of you is cultivated. Increase our zeal for ensuring that all children and families can benefit from a high-quality Catholic education and that Catholic schools grow in their ability to nurture the soul of our nation. Give us patience and understanding, justice and prudence, humility and fear of the Lord. Grant us wisdom and charity so that with a pure and holy love of God we ourselves may enjoy all these gifts and impart them to others. May the blessings of your sevenfold gifts be in all who teach and in all who learn through the Holy Spirit, who is the love of the Father and the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


  • January 17th, Wednesday, Progress Reports for students in grades 1-8 are being sent home today.
  • January 19th, Friday, is Straw Hat Pizza Lunch. Students may purchase cheese or pepperoni pizza for $2.50 a slice and soda or water for $1.00 and small Gatorade for $1.25
  • January 22nd, Monday, hot lunch is available in our cafeteria. For $2.00 students may purchase Carne Asada Soft Tacos. We will accept donated baked goods to count towards your volunteer hours.
  • January 28th, Sunday, is the start of Catholic Schools Week. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join as a school community to celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Peter Martyr Church, Eighth and Black Diamond Streets. Choir members should arrive by 8:15 a.m. Mark your calendars!  After Mass there will be an Open House from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at St. Peter Martyr School where you will have the opportunity to visit classrooms. Free donuts and coffee will be available in the cafeteria, and application packets will be available for students not currently enrolled at SPM School. We look forward to seeing each of you. Bring a friend.


Make your plans to enjoy a pasta dinner on Friday, February 2nd, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St Peter Martyr School.  If you are unable to dine in you may order to go.  The cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.  The menu includes pasta, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert.  The evening will also feature a silent auction, musical entertainment from our choirs and a raffle.  Orders must be placed in advance. Seating is limited.  A special flyer is enclosed today for your convenience.  Tickets are also available at the school office.  If you wish to volunteer your help please complete and return the volunteer portion of the flyer.  We are seeking help in the kitchen, serving, and of course clean up.  Your support is needed and always appreciated. We are still gladly accepting items for our auction and/or raffle. Perhaps you have an “extra” gift from Christmas or a gift card you are willing to donate. We also need empty baskets to fill with prizes. Thank you. 


Catholic Schools Week is a long-standing tradition at St. Peter Martyr School and throughout the United States. This year Catholic Schools Week is celebrated nationally January 28th – February 3rd. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core values and expectations that are at the heart of a Catholic education. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, we, as educators, are growing with them. In Catholic schools we are all learners, servants, and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools succeed. At St. Peter Martyr School, children are openly taught about God and students and faculty put their faith into practice on a daily basis. In addition to learning the practical knowledge of reading, writing, and math, our students receive spiritual knowledge of God and truth. We are also a community of service, a place where helping one another and aiding the needy are the normal way of living life. Our school will celebrate this special week with many activities and events that will include an Open House and special school mass on Sunday, January 28th, spirit activities, Spaghetti Dinner, auction, and raffle. To help us celebrate Catholic Schools Week we are also asking each family to complete a family project. Each family received a project sheet and directions. Contact our office if you need another copy of the project. All completed family projects are to be returned to the school office on or before Wednesday, January 24th. We will display the projects at our Open House on Sunday, January 28th. Watch future bulletins for updates, further details, and information.


Our school is sponsoring a raffle. There are many wonderful raffle prizes you can win. Our First Prize is 4 one-day Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets, and $200.00 cash. Second Prize is a 55-inch LG 4K SMART TV. There are many, many more assorted prizes including gift certificates, gift baskets, household items, and accessories. Last Wednesday each family is receiving four books of raffle tickets. The tickets are $5.00 each or a book of six for $25.00. We are counting on everyone’s help to make this a success. This is an opportunity to invite others to support Catholic education. Please send the money to the school office and make checks payable to St. Peter Martyr School. Send the payment and stubs in an envelope clearly marked with your family name. As a special “Early Bird Bonus”, if you send in $100.00 by January 18th, your family name will be entered into an early drawing for a special Gift Basket. Additional books of tickets are available upon request through the school office. Please help us by selling additional tickets. The drawing will be held Friday evening, February 2nd, at our Spaghetti Dinner and Auction in our cafeteria. You need not be present to win. We thank you for your support.


Please make plans to join us for our SPM School Crab Feed on Saturday, February 24th, at Good Shepherd Church Hall. The menu includes Appetizers, Crab, Pasta, Salad, Bread, and Dessert. Tickets are $45.00 per person and must be purchased in advance and will be available in our office. No tickets will be sold at the door. Make your plans to attend this special evening. Remember to invite your friends!


Our school participates in the General Mills Box Tops For Education Program. This program gives our school the opportunity to earn cash. To promote this program we are sponsoring a contest throughout this school year. Each month families handing in a minimum of 50 eligible Box Tops will receive a Free Dress Pass for your children. It is important that you put your family name on the envelope with the Box Tops when they are turned in. All Box Tops must show and have current due dates. Contact Nancy Ferris in the school office if you have any questions.


Our Annual Fund Campaign is a program which each year invites gifts from the various constituencies of the school. The ultimate purpose is to broaden the base of support for the school by inviting contributions from grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and the community-at-large. Annual Fund proceeds will assist in meeting the ordinary and sometimes, extraordinary costs of operating our school. All Annual Fund proceeds remain at St. Peter Martyr School. The Annual Fund is designed to generate unrestricted funds to be used in the areas of greatest need based on priorities generated from our strategic planning efforts. We are slowly making progress towards this year’s Annual Fund Goal of $30,000.00. It is not too late to take a moment to respond to this year’s campaign. Pledge envelopes are available in the school office. If you have already responded you may wish to pass a form on to a relative or friend. No gift or prayer is too small to be helpful or missed. God bless you.


Our Critics Corner Club is once again taking orders for candygrams to be delivered here at school on February 13th. For 25 cents you may order one of six messages sent with one Hershey’s Kiss. For 50 cents you may choose one of six messages to be sent with both a Hug and Kiss (2 Hershey’s candies). For $1.00 you may write your own message to be sent with either two candies or an artificial flower. Last day for all orders is Wednesday, February 7th. See the enclosed order form for further details.


We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year for all grade levels, Preschool (3 years old by September 1) Prekindergarten (4 years old by September 1), Kindergarten (5 years old by September 1), and grades 1-8. If you have a child who is not currently enrolled at St. Peter Martyr School and wish them to attend during the 2018-2019 school year, please pick up and complete an application. Re-registration for students currently enrolled in our school and choosing to continue their education at SPM School next school year will begin in February.

“Tell A Friend”: Current St. Peter Martyr School families may earn a tuition credit of $200.00 for each new family they bring to our school. The new family must list you as the source of the referral on their application to SPM School. The credit will be issued upon the acceptance and payment of the new family’s registration fee. If more than one family is listed as a referral the $200 tuition credit will be shared equally among the names listed.  


We are seeking used SPM School uniform skirts or jumpers, current plaid or plaids used in past years. We are using the material to make school memorabilia. Please send the donated items to our school office.



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