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Run for Ronald 5k Walk/Run

Hosted by Saints Peter and Paul’s Class of 2015

Where: Old Outlets Kent Island Cross Trail

When: November 16, 2013, at 7:30 am, Race at 9:00 am

All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore

To register online:
1. Go to www.ssppeaston.org/schools/high_school/index.html
2. Click on “Event Details & Signup”

Runner Registration Post October 25th – $25.00
Runner Registartion Day of Run – $30.00


Fourth Grade Students Support St. Jude’s

SSPP Press (400 x 300)Fourth Grade Students at Saints Peter and Paul worked with room mothers Cristy Morrell and Karen Bonuccelli to make more than 1,000 origami paper cranes to send to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students made the cranes after reading the story of Sadako, a young girl from Japan who battled cancer many decades ago. The cranes are a symbol of hope and were made with prayerful hearts for all the children who are undergoing treatment for cancer at St. Jude’s in Memphis, TN.

Area Schools Raise Nearly Half-a-Ton of Pet Food For Pet Pantries

PP sspp (400 x 300)From March 18th through March 22nd several area schools collected a total of 925 pounds of pet food and treats in Pet Pantries’ Second Annual School Drive. Schools from Talbot County — Easton Elementary (Moton and Dobson), St. Michaels Elementary, and Saints Peter and Paul – joined first-time participant Hurlock Elementary of Dorchester County in raising the record amount of food that will help stock the pantries of local Humane groups in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties.

“WOW was the single word heard by all from everyone,” said Pet Pantries’ President Barbara Mulready. “We topped expectations, and we want to give a special thanks to all of those students whose help and dedication made this our most successful drive to date. How do we say ‘thank you’ from the animals?”

Thanks to the students’ efforts, pet food and treats were delivered to Humane organizations who had turned away people because those organizations were completely out of food. The drive kicked off when notes were sent home with students explaining the need for the pet food drive. A teacher-coordinator at each of the participating schools worked with Pet Pantries to coordinate the schools’ efforts. Posters were put up throughout the participating schools, and bins were placed in classrooms and school lobby areas. All students had the opportunity to be involved by collecting and donating any type of pet food or treats.

As great as the results of this drive were – and as positively as they affected the local Humane organizations – Mulready notes that food does not last long in the pet pantries because there are so many people with need. An ongoing effort is needed to keep the pantries stocked.

“The three Humanes that we help — Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot — give anywhere from 200 to more than 300 pounds of food from their public pantry every week,” she explained. “One Humane organization distributed 18,000 pounds (that is NINE TONS!) from their public food pantry in 2012.”

Other News From Pet Pantries: Volunteers will be out in full force at the upcoming Oxford Day Parade on April 27. Pet Pantries will also have a table of fabulous items to raffle off on Oxford Day. See the Pet Pantries’ Web site for details: www.petpantries.org.

Visit the Pet Pantries’ Web site at www.petpantries.org to volunteer, make a donation of pet food or money, host a pet food drive, and keep up with the latest news. Make a “Friend” of us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/petpantries).

About Pet Pantries, Inc.: Pet Pantries was founded in 2011 by Easton residents and community activists Barbara Mulready and Mary Kramer in response to an article that sought food for a local animal shelter’s pet food pantry. Pet Pantries, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Its 501(c)3 status is pending – all contributions are fully tax deductible to the limit allowed by law.

In photo: Ben Gardner, Jennifer Douglas, Natalie Prochaska, Katie Schisler, Maddie Marciniak and Jake Conlon of Saints Peter and Paul Middle School’s Student Council organized food drive which resulted in over 7oo pounds collected.

Erase Name Calling

What a great “Erase Name Calling” Poetry Contest at Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School! Pre-K through First Grade wrote class poems, while second through eighth grades wrote individual poems. The theme ideas varied but focused on friendship, hope, cooperation, problem solving, and teamwork. We had all types of poetry including acrostic, haiku, cinquain, rap, and just rhyming fun. Our rubric included use of an appropriate poetic form, vocabulary usage, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, illustration, and overall effort. All poetry has been displayed on our hallway bulletin boards or doors with one blue ribbon winning individual poem chosen from each class.

The class poem titles:
Pre-K: “Getting Along” and “Let’s Be a Friend”,
Kindergarten: “Cooperation, Working Together” and “The Nice Names of K-2”,
First Grade: “Friendship”.
The blue ribbon winners:
Second Grade: Rachel Andrew “Friendship”, Preston Evans “Hopeful”,
Third Grade: Abigail Silva “Friendship means to me…honesty,” Cole Mister “Friendship”
Fourth Grade: Samuel Carter “Hopeful”, Madison Rudder “Faithfulness”
Fifth Grade: Sophia Marciniak “When Someone is Nice…”, Madison Masterson “You Were Always There…”
Sixth Grade: Emily Zwobot “Never Be a Bully to Others”, Kelsey Foster “Why Name Calling is Wrong”
Seventh Grade: Jack Singelstad “No Name-Calling Rap”, Annie Ray “Erase Name Calling”
Eighth Grade: Savannah Masterson “No Name Calling”, and Katherine McGeehan “Name Calling.”

Name Calling Rap
by Jonathan Singlestad
So you want to go diss on someone that you don’t like?
Well I’m telling you it hurts them and it’s not right.
Put yourself in their shoes and understand their plight.
It’s circling around and around their head every day and night.

You’re ruining their lives stop making up excuses.
For all the pain you’re causing, those marks and bruises.
It’s really a shame that you’re playing this cruel game.
The pain you’re inflicting when you’re shouting out mean names.
Think about your actions before you give their feelings another shove.
Stop spreading rumors start spreading the message of love.

Friendship means to me:
by Abigial Silva
Hours of laughter!
Old or new, a friend is true!
Never alone when you have a friend.
Encourages me to be my best.
Sticks around in good times and in bad.
Tells the truth.
You’ve got a friend in me!”

Never be a Bully to Others
by Emily Zwobot
Never bully.
Act kind and not mean.
Many people should not judge but love.
Even if someone bullies you do not bully.

Caring is better than name calling.
Always appreciate others.
Live without being a name caller.
Like others and you will not be bullied.
I will not bully others.
Never say mean names.
God would not want bullying to be.

Sts. Peter and Paul 8th Graders Learn From Londonderry Retirees

When 42 eighth graders from Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School recently visited the residents of Londonderry Retirement Community to read their essays on the interviews they had conducted with residents, smiles and laughter filled the room. Londonderry resident Elaine Utley, who helped coordinate the project commented, “Even though we are with each other every day, we found out things about each other that we never knew before.”

The project was the idea of Sts. Peter and Paul’s language arts instructor, Karen McLaughlin, who hoped the experience would accomplish two overriding goals for the students. She commented, “First, it broadened their horizons and gave the students a better appreciation for age, experience, and time. Secondly, it helped them polish their verbal communication skills as well as their note taking and report-writing skills.”

The students made three visits to do research and interview the Londonderry residents. Eight students were selected to read their essays. Resident Bill Kepner, who had an illustrious photography career, spoke of his student interviewer, saying, “It was like talking to a friend.”

Following the essays being read, each of the 20 Londonderry residents received his or her essay in its raw, unedited form. You could see in the residents’ eyes how flattered, and in some cases tearful, they were to hear their stories told. Retired New York City police officer and Londonderry resident, William Farberman, commented about his students, Robert Smoloski and Nick Deluca, “They were fine young men. The fact that they were interested in me and my profession was wonderful.”

Resident Fran Appell, retired RN and nursing school administrator, commented, “It was just wonderful to expose us to the younger citizens of our town. In addition to them asking me questions, I got to ask them questions and be interested in their lives.”

Student Abigail Barcus, who interviewed Appell, added, “I loved this experience. It was something different than regular English class. I didn’t think it would be as wonderful for the residents as it was for us, but it was.”

Utley added, “It was a shot of adrenalin into the retirement community. In learning about this generation of students, we learned that the world will be in good hands when we are gone.”

In photo above: Pictured are residents at Londonderry Retirement Community listening to Sts. Peter and Paul eighth graders reading their essays based on interviews they did of the residents for their English class. (Photo courtesy of Bill Kepner)

In photo: Pictured is Sts. Peter and Paul eighth grader Claudia Sadler reading her essay about Londonderry Retirement Community resident Joan Clements.

In photo: Pictured is Sts. Peter and Paul eighth grader Olivia Webb reading her essay about Londonderry Retirement Community resident Joan Farberman.

WRUS, GDS, SSPP Lead Discussion of Teen Stress Together

They may be competitors on the fields and courts but their common concerns proved reason enough for three area high schools and one college to gather one cold, winter evening in the Todd Performing Arts Center in Wye Mills, Md. Over 250 people assembled to view the documentary “Race to Nowhere” and participate in the discussion following.

The professionally produced film examines the rising tide of stressed out teens as they seek to achieve, compete and score higher on tests, while building competitive resumes to gain admission and scholarships to college. The 81 minute film features teachers and parents who feel their students may be losing their passion to learn, and are instead guided by a determination to acquire facts and figures in order to score well on tests. Teen suicide, anorexia, depression and loss of family recreational time were all explored.

Wye River Upper School, Gunston Day School and Sts. Peter and Paul High School, supported by Chesapeake College, collaborated to bring the film to the Eastern Shore community. “We felt strongly that the issues the film addresses are not unique to one particular school, but to children, youth and their families in general, particularly those who may be caught up in a treadmill of sorts. The three Heads of School were all fervent in their desire to raise awareness of the issues for each of our individual communities as well as the community at large,” reports Chrissy Aull, Executive Director of Wye River Upper School.

In her opening greeting, Aull welcomed a variety of local and regional school leaders, including Dr. Barbara Viniar, President of Chesapeake College, Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, Head of School of The Summit School in Edgewater and Neil Mufson, Headmaster of The Country School in Easton. Aull noted the presence of at least one representative of the Caroline County Board of Education. She noted that all five superintendents of the Mid-Shore Boards of Education and the principals of all middle and high schools had been invited to the event.

Dr. Viniar briefly addressed the crowd to invite them to attend a screening of the film “Waiting for Superman”, on Monday February 14 in the Cadby Theatre on the Chesapeake campus. The documentary examines some realities of the public education system. Screenings are free to the public at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Laurie Reider Lewis, a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and families moderated the audience discussion following the film. Sparked by a six-member speakers panel, including the three Heads of School and a student representative from each school, the audience was eager to comment and participate in the discussion. One area psychiatrist expressed his concern regarding the film’s perceived over-dramatization of some student mental-health scenarios and that the film seemed focused largely on upper middle class families and schools. Others expressed appreciation for the film’s success in disclosing harsh realities of teenage anxiety and stress, including anorexia and teen suicide. SSPP senior Kristin Yoviene was effusive in her appreciation for relationships with her teachers, in contrast to some of the scenes portrayed in the film. Headmaster Lewis prefaced that as a college preparatory school, Gunston works to find a balance between academic pressures and adequate preparation for college. Nemeth spoke to the value of the film as a way to celebrate successful approaches and to reevaluate others. Aull spoke to the strategic process that WRUS has always followed in order to avoid the negative outcomes that were portrayed in the film. Several audience members have continued the nationwide discussion of the film through the Race to Nowhere Facebook page.

“We worked as hard as we could to offer this as the beginning of a dialogue – at home, at school and in Board rooms. We used the technologies available to us to publicize the event in order to encourage a wide cross section of guests to attend. It is satisfying to note that the discussion continues at cafeteria tables and through social media outlets,” notes Headmaster Lewis. Lewis pointed to a stance that not all competition and pressure is negative, that in fact, it can be productive, as long as the proper balance is maintained. “I was thrilled with the response by the SSPP community – I trust the discussion will not stop here,” reports Principal Nemeth.

A Christmas Fair, Sponsored by the Saints Peter and Paul (SSPP) Women’s Guild of Easton

In keeping with their tradition of providing beautiful items for sale, the members promise an even more exceptional array of goods this year. They include vintage jewelry, delectable home baked goods, gift baskets, ready-to-bake mixes, handmade crafts, books, tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christmas greenery and ornaments. The fair will feature the ever-popular selection of brand new items at 50% off, while the Silent Auction features several items, including original art and an American Girl doll complete with clothes and accessories. Included are raffles of exquisitely decorated Christmas trees and original designer jewelry, the drawings to be held at 2:15pm on November 20. On display will be the Guild’s own, original Chesapeake Bay Quilt. Chances on the quilt will be sold during the fair while the drawing for the quilt will be held in 2011. And, on sale for its debut is the all–new Authentic Women’s Guild Cookbook – a perfect Christmas gift. This family event includes a Kids Korner, featuring a photograph with Santa and a chance for kids to shop for Christmas gifts. To round out the event, lunch to please everyone will include barbeque beef, hot dogs, chili, chips and drinks.

The blue and white Chesapeake Bay Quilt was designed and constructed by members and features squares embroidered with authentic lighthouses and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay. The fair will be held at the SSPP Elementary School, 900 High Street, Easton, MD (just off of Rt. 50 Eastbound). Parking is available in the school yard.

Saturday, November 20, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM.

Easton Middle School vs Sts. Peter and Paul

This afternoon, the girls from Easton Middle School made a short trip across town to play rival Saints Peter and Paul for the Mayor’s Cup.  With Easton Middle winning the first contest between the two schools, the girl’s from Saints Peter and Paul needed to win by four goals to bring the Mayor’s Cup back home.  From the second the game started it was a hard fought game with the girl’s trading goals early and often.  As the game progressed and ended, Saints Peter and Paul won with a final score of 15-8.  Livvy Webb, Emily Granger, Kendall Sovero, McKenna Mann, Sara Paul, and Leelah Kimbler all chipped in to put 15 points on the scoreboard and the defense did the rest to hold Easton Middle to 8.  With the win, the Mayor’s cup belongs to Saints Peter and Paul for the 3rd time in four years.  Great Job Girls!

Kent School vs SSPP

January 21, 2010 —  In their home gym, on Thursday, the SSPP boys and girls middle school basketball teams each came away with their 3rd victory of the week, defeating The Kent School.

In the girls game, Lauren Wilson scored 11 points, and Emily Granger scored 6, both in limited minutes.  McKenna Mann and Kendall Sovero each had 4 points, and Leela Kimbler and Katie Penwell also scored in a 28-9 victory. For the second time this week, and the fifth time this season, the lady Sabres held their opponent to less than 10 points.

In the boys game, Sam Lipscomb led all scorers with a career high 12 points as the SSPP won 29-19.  Brooks Zentgraf continued to show a hot hand following his outstanding performance on Wednesday, and drained two clutch three pointers to help the Sabres pull away down the stretch.