Weekly Bulletins

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 

God, our heavenly Father, walk with us as we begin this school year. Our days will be full of learning, new friends, joys, and challenges. Strengthen and inspire in us your gifts of faith, hope, and love. Guide us in our mission to love and respect each other and appreciate each person’s unique gifts and talents. Open our hearts and minds to all and give us your grace so we may work cooperatively and responsibly with others. Bless us with your tender mercy and lead us in your way of peace, so that all we do this year will be according to your holy will. Amen. 


Our 2017-2018 school year has begun. This is the first of our weekly newsletters that will be sent home in your family envelope. Weekly newsletters normally are sent home on Wednesdays to the oldest child in your family. Please read the information sent home each week, sign the enclosed salmon colored form next to the appropriate date, and return the form and plastic envelope back to school with your child the next day. Your cooperation in this process helps assure accurate and timely communication between home and school. There is a $1.00 replacement fee for lost envelopes. Our newsletters are also posted on our website www.stpetermartyrschool.org. Enclosed with this newsletter is our Family Handbook & Signature Page, School Counseling Permission Form, August Calendar, Family Survey Comparable Data, Chorus Application, Girls Chorus Application, and a Student Accident & Health Insurance Program Pamphlet. Please complete the information requested on each form and return them to the office.

The Emergency Health Information and Disaster Release form was sent home with our summer mailing. This form must be completed and on file in our office. Please remember to fill in all information legibly and accurately and to sign the form. Keep the office informed each time any information on this form changes. This information is necessary to assure the care and safety of your children. Please contact the office if you have questions.


  • August 17th & 18th, Thursday & Friday, we have regular class hours. Grades 1-8, 8:10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Kindergarten, 8:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Preschool & Prekindergarten, 12:00 noon – 2:45 p.m. Students (Kindergarten through Eighth Grade) are to be in uniform. Students in grades 1-8 are reminded to bring lunch.
  • August 18th, Friday, is Back to School Night from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The evening is an informational and social opportunity for parents, guardians, and school staff. We will all gather in the cafeteria for a general informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. At approximately 7:15 p.m. you will be invited to visit your children’s classrooms. Our evening will conclude at 8:00 p.m.  We look forward to visiting with each of you.
  • August 22nd, Tuesday, our school’s cafeteria Hot Lunch Program begins. The main lunch items are Hamburger or Chicken Fingers for $2.00. Students may also purchase salad, chips, ice cream, desserts, milk, juice, or water for 75¢. Please refer to the monthly calendar for daily menus and prices.


Please take time to read the Family Handbook and to review the information with your children. The handbook has been updated and it is important for you and your children to know our school policies and procedures. Please review our school uniform policy on pages 14 & 15. Enclosed is a Family Handbook signature page for you and your children to sign and return to the office.


Families are required to complete a minimum of 20 parent participation hours including 14 hours of service towards the cafeteria lunch program during the dates assigned to your children’s grades. Failure to complete the cafeteria hours during your assigned weeks will result in a charge of twenty-five dollars for each hour not completed. The purpose of assigning dates by grade levels is to assure there is sufficient help each date. If you can volunteer additional help beyond your assigned hours please contact the cafeteria room parent listed on the monthly calendar to schedule time.


A very special thank you to Fr. Robert Rien, of St. Ignatius Parish, and all the parishioners of St. Ignatius Parish for their continuous generosity towards St. Peter Martyr School. The parish recently held a collection of backpacks and school supplies for children in our school.  We thank Fr. Robert, and the parishioners for supporting Catholic education at SPM.


As is our tradition, our first fundraiser for the school year is the World’s Finest Chocolate and Gift Catalog Sale. The World’s Finest Chocolate bars sell for $2.00 each. Each family that chose to support fundraising is responsible for selling 2 boxes, 60 bars of chocolate, $120.00. (Please note that each box has 30 chocolate bars so each box is $60.00). If you chose to support fundraising when you signed your family contract, you will receive 2 boxes, 60 bars of chocolate. Additional boxes of chocolate will be available in the office. You are also receiving a Gift Catalog. You are encouraged to buy and sell items from the Gift Catalog. Be sure to mark the order form carefully and to collect payment along with the orders. Please make all checks payable to St. Peter Martyr School. Tell out of town friends and family, or anyone who likes to use the Internet, they can shop online at www.udfundraising.com and enter our school’s group ID: GGPETE. The deadline to send in the money for the chocolate and Gift Catalog orders is September 1st. All families that sell $200.00 or more in World’s Finest Chocolate and/or catalog orders will earn a Free Dress Pass for each of their children at SPM. Preschool & Prekindergarten students will receive a small prize. Separate prizes are earned for catalog orders from a cumulative prize program. Prize pamphlets are included with the gift catalogs. In addition, Cash Prizes will be awarded as follows: $400 - $500 in sales earns $25, $501 - $700 in sales earns $50, $701 - $999 in sales earns $75, and $1,000 or more in sales earns $100. All money must be in by the September 1st deadline to be eligible for prizes. All support is needed and appreciated. Please stop by the school office to pick up an extra box or two of chocolate to sell or simply contact us, or send us a note requesting additional boxes.


  •   Milk Service is available to your children every day at lunch for only $50.00 per child for the entire school year. Payment should be sent to the school office.

  • Lunches brought for your child during the school day should be placed on the table in front of the office clearly marked with your child’s name and grade. Lunch times: Grades 1-4, 11:55-12:25, Grades 5-8, 12:25-12:55.
  • Extended Care is available each school day from 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and when Kindergarten is dismissed at 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Children dropped off on school grounds before 7:55 a.m. or left on school grounds fifteen minutes after dismissal will be brought to Extended Care for their safety. Extended Care information may be found in our Family Handbook (pages 18 - 20). You are encouraged to send in the $75.00 Extended Care registration/snack fee if your children will be using Extended Care so that we can plan for your children and you can receive the lower hourly rates. Hourly rates for families paying the registration fee are $5.00 per hour for the first child and $4.00 per hour for each additional child. The hourly rate for families not paying the registration fee is $8.00 per hour for each child. Extended Care registration fee due August 23rd. The Extended Care direct phone number, available during Extended Care hours, is 432-3586.
  • Our school participates in the General Mills Box Tops For Education Program. This program gives our school the opportunity to earn cash. Each month families handing in a minimum of 50 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 (coupons with expired dates do not count). Contact Nancy Ferris in the school office if you have any questions.


Dr. Brouette, the music instructor for St. Peter Martyr School, is accepting applications for students interested in joining SPM Chorus and/or SPM Girls Chorus. The SPM Chorus meets Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7:30 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. in the cafeteria. All students in Kindergarten through eighth grade may apply. The SPM Girls Chorus meets Friday afternoons from 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Another rehearsal takes place during school hours on Thursday afternoons. Girls in fifth through eighth grade are eligible for membership. Applications are being sent home today and additional applications are available in the office. The SPM Chorus starts Wednesday, August 23rd (7:30 a.m.) and Girls Chorus will start on Friday, August 25th (2:45 – 3:30 p.m.).


Please notify the office if you need a carpool or can assist others. The office can provide you a list of school families that live in your area. If you choose to have your child walk to school and/or home from school it is necessary to have written permission from you on file in the office stating that your child has your permission to walk. Forms are available at our office and on our website.


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Marti ONeil,
Aug 17, 2017, 1:20 PM