Yesterday I sent three separate emails to SPPS. Each email had a different way in which I needed to get my children home because, in our family, getting our kids to and from school is a daily challenge due to ever changing schedules. And instead of being frustrated with me for constantly changing what I needed to happen, I got reassuring replies (on each of them), “Don’t worry about it, we will make sure the kids are taken care of and are where you need them to be.” It made me realize that I truly have a village helping me raise my children at SPPS and without them we would be lost.
Both of our kids started at SPPS in the Little Angels program; Jackson started when he was 2 and Maddie started when she was just 3 months old. When we chose SPPS we knew the many great qualities we saw from our walk through and knew of their dedication to the arts which we valued so much. But what we didn’t know is we were finding the village that we all seek to help us raise our children. As two working parents, which I imagine most of us are, we had to entrust SPPS to help shape the little people we are trying to raise into amazing big people. But what I did not know was the commitment and love the SPPS community had for my children would be beyond what you expect a non-relative to have. SPPS was there when I was desperately trying to potty-train Jackson, they were there for Maddie’s first steps, they were there when our family had a tragedy, and they were there for every magical moment in my children’s early education.
When it came time for our kids to move onto Kindergarten, both Craig and I lost our breath at the thought of losing the relationships and love we created with the staff, families, and friends. We knew we could never replace the warmth and affection that we felt, just from walking through the doors at SPPS. We knew, from the bottom of our hearts, that the sacrifice of our family’s finances to continue to go on to K-8, would far outweigh any extra vacation, fancy car, or bigger house, because we had found our village. The village that calls me when Jackson seems a little off that day. The village that texts me when Maddie has an amazing moment that they knew I should not miss. The village that I know I can always be open and honest with when I have a problem, and the village that hugs our family early in the morning until I pick them up late in the afternoon. This is where we belonged and GOD made sure we knew it.
Choosing to go on to the K-8 program was the best decision we could have ever made for our family. I am thankful for the support, commitment and even more so, the patience that everyone in the school has for all of us. I am especially thankful on those days when my world has been flipped upside down, and I need extra help from our entire village to take care of my family.
...AND THAT’S MY VIEW FROM THE NEST
Written by Lesley Farmer, SPPS Parent and Council Member
Sts. Peter & Paul Middle School is truly a unique and special place. It is about preparing your “tween” for high school and supporting their growth spiritually, academically, and socially.
Spiritually, Middle School students attend daily religion classes, weekly mass, and monthly Adoration. Within this area exploration of adolescent issues are covered in the Theology of the Body curriculum.
Academically, a challenging curriculum is led by experienced teachers who partner with you and your child to achieve academic success supported by the High Marks Program, which is open to all. A rich variety of Enrichment classes and opportunities offer experiences in the Arts, Technology, and Athletics as well.
Socially, a House System for grades 6-8 to promote community and spirit. Elementary School “buddies” help teach responsibility and caring, while other programs such as KYA teach understanding of local and world-wide political issues. Extended field trips (i.e. Carter Caves, Space Camp, and Washington D.C.) support the curriculum and create lasting student bonds.
It’s a great day at Sts. Peter & Paul Middle School! Click the following link for a glimpse into a Middle School Morning.
…And that is a View From the Nest.
Recently someone asked me, “Why do you volunteer?” Without hesitation the answer was simple: “To make a difference.”
For me I think that a huge part of what makes SPPS so special is the community in which we have formed. Over the years, I have built friendships and relationships with families and staff that I truly cherish. I want to make a difference in my children’s lives; I want to teach them that volunteering and giving back is rewarding and appreciated. Deepening friendships, meeting new people, maintaining significant ties to the school, and being involved in my children’s education gives me a sense of pride and mission for SPPS.
I am proud to be part of an amazing community. I am proud of the relationships and friendships I have formed over the years and I am proud to call SPPS my family. So next time someone asks me why I volunteer, the answer will still be the same. I am making a difference in my community and in the eyes of my children.
“It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” –Mother Theresa
Middle School and PK Parent
…And that is my View From the Nest.
The best thing about working at the Early Childhood Campus is that when your day is a bit rough or you are feeling slightly stressed you can walk down the hall and rock a precious, tiny baby for a while or visit a toddler room for some hugs and snuggles. You can crawl into Mrs. Hellard’s PK3 classroom teepee with a group of kiddos and listen to knock-knock jokes. Your glum mood will be lifted instantly.
There is a purity and innocence with the age of the children that I am blessed to work with that serves as a constant reminder that Christ is ever present in each and every one of us. That is never more evident than when you look into the eyes of a baby that only God is capable of creating the miracle of a new life.
The importance of our work at the Early Childhood Campus is reinforced each time a young mother and father walk through our doors with their young child and place him or her in our arms; entrusting us with his or her care, to protect, to love, and to nurture this glorious little being. I love my work!
Co-Director of the Early Childhood Campus
…And that is my View From the Nest.
Our 2016-17 journey may have started with dark clouds in the sky, but the smiling faces of your children coming to our first school day were bright lights. Your children are so polite and well mannered, reflecting the values you have instilled. I am so blessed to work with your children and
already appreciate your support.
And what an exciting start to the school year! As I walked the halls visiting the classrooms, I saw so many exciting things happening from day one – Ms. Lynn practicing routines with her 1st graders, Ms. Coleman’s 2nd grade starting the day with brain games, Ms. Kaelin having her 5th graders use
critical thinking skills to solve a problem, Ms. Parker integrating Spanish into Kindergarten calendar time, and the Middle School teachers reviewing behavior and classroom expectations with their students to get them off on the right foot, just to name a few.
I can’t wait to see how this year develops and to watch and guide your children’s development through the wonderful faculty here. I know the first few weeks of school can be a challenge, and I am here any time to talk to you about any aspect of SPPS life you would like to discuss.
I am blessed to serve as principal here and SPPS is blessed that you have chosen us for your children and your family.
Jamie Burch, Sts. Peter & Paul School Principal
…And that is my View From the Nest.