Catholic Schools Week Activities


 †  Catholic Schools Week  †




 Catholic Schools Week 2018 was observed in dioceses around the country January 28–February 3. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.  At St. Peter Catholic Academy we started our Catholic Schools Week with an Opening Liturgy. 8th grader, Louis, delivered a Welcome speech that was not only touching but inspirational as well.


MONDAY: All of the students at St. Peter Catholic Academy participated in various gym activities for Color Wars. Each student and teacher gets assigned a color. Each color has students from different grades promoting unity and good sportmanship. 




All students came to watch as the 8th grade and the Faculty competed in Volleyball game. 



Students showed their school spirit by wearing their silliest hats on Crazy Hat Day, one of several school spirit days this week. Also students from all grades played in the Minute to Win It Challenges. All these games were very easy to play and there was only one simple yet crucial rule – complete the challenge within 60 seconds to win!


For Student Appreciation Day students enjoyed a PJ and Movie day. Students did not get any homework and were able to make Ice Cream Sundaes after lunch. 




As Catholic Schools Week came to a close, we came together at Mass for a Closing Liturgy.  Our Disciple of the Month was announced as well as the inductees of the A.S.K (Always Seeking Knowledge) Honors Society. We remembered the theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” which encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only does St. Peter Catholic Academy teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, yet,  as educators, we are growing with them.  These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed.


Disciple the Month

Disciples the Month


Every month we celebrate First Friday Mass as a community. Each month a student from each grade is chosen who embodies what is means to be Disciple on the Month.

A disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. The disciple of the month a is a student who emulates and demonstrates the character of Jesus Christ. The fruits of the spirit are shown through their actions namely: chastity, faithfulness, generosity, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, love, modesty, patience, peace, self-control.

The Holy Spirit will prompt them to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God.

















Scholarships tend to concentrate on those awards that target graduating high school seniors or college undergraduates. Yet, there are a wide range of scholarships aimed at younger students as well. Our 8th graders are no different.

Two 8th graders, Louis Mastrokostas and Ruby Rivera, have been selected to receive scholarships from Xaverian High School and Bishop Kearney High School. 

This year’s recipients were chosen based on academic performance and high scores on their 2017 TACHS Test and scholarship examination.

Louis Mastrokostas was awarded an academic scholarship. A grand achievement based on his overall grades.  Louis was offered a scholarship covering one half of the tuition which is valued over $30,000 in four years. He is welcomed in the prestigious honors program with the STEM education program at Xaverian High School funded by Xaverian.

Ruby Rivera was awarded the academic and principal scholarship which covers $9,700 per year at Bishop Kearney High School. This award which is generously funded by Bishop Kearney for overall academic excellence. An achievement based on her overall grades. She is also accepted in the honors program.

Congratulations! We are immensely proud of you. 

Ring Ceremony

Eighth Grade Ring Ceremony

It is a tradition at St. Peter Catholic Academy  that marks the passage of our Eighth Graders from our school into High School.


Ring Ceremony is one of the most memorable events for 8th grade students. In a candlelight ceremony, 8th grade students are presented with their school rings.This tradition marks an important milestone in their St. Peter Catholic Academy career, and presents them with a unique opportunity to reflect on their time here. 

Principal, Max Catala, and Eighth Grade teacher, Ashley Romero, presided over the ceremony and expressed how proud they were of our soon-to-be graduates and that they will certainly make us proud in High School.

During his welcome address, Mr. Catala spoke about the symbolism of the rings to our students of the Eighth grade class. The entire school came to the ring ceremony to support the soon-to-be graduates of St. Peter Catholic Academy.


 Monsignor Vaccari addressed the future graduates in his Homily instructing them to “Bring more light in the world!”  The ring symbolizes their “journey as students and a sign of what has been accomplished and what’s to come.”






Christmas at St. Peter’s

Polar Express Day

All aboard! The whole school, Junior Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade, gathered together, complete with blankets & pillows, to watch The Polar ExpressPolar Express Day was a blast! Students and faculty had some fun by wearing pajamas to watch the movie. Students were given a golden ticket to board the Polar Express. The presented their golden ticket to get punched to get some popcorn.We had chocolate milk and cookies similar to the kids on the train.  



Christmas Show

On the evening of December 13th, one of St.Peter’s favorite traditions – the Christmas Show – was held in the gym on the Feast Day of St. Lucy. The whole school, Junior Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade, performed songs that got the audience in the Christmas spirit. Leading up to the show all the students practiced and performed their very best. There is no doubt that the audience was impressed by their hard work and talent. 

With a gym packed with over 350 guests, all students were 

dressed in Christmas best as they performed many Christmas hits.  Eighth grader, Massimo Bianco, emceed the extravaganza. The Jr. Pre-K wore some Christmas pajamas and reindeer ears to perform popular songs like Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The Kindergarten, in all white and gold, sang Frosty the Snowman, Away in the Manager, and S. A. N. T. A.    

1st and 2nd sang Jingle Bell Rock, Go Tell it on a Mountain, and Red Red Hat. 3rd and 4th Grade performed Bethlehemian Rhapsody (The Nativity). A fun, new, and interesting rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. 

5th through 8th grade performed both Baby, Please Come Home and Oh Holy Night. Catalina, Lucas, and Anthony Almeida wowed us with a solo. The 7th grade performed Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Whereas the 8th grade performed Last Christmas.


Multicultural Christmas Luncheon

Christmas, in many countries, is a chance to gather with loved ones, exchange gifts, and indulge in many traditional holiday foods. Under the instruction of  5th grade homeroom teacher, Mrs. Gammone, the 5th-8th grade students participated and supplied food from the country of their ancestors for this Christmas feast. Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves, especially under the influence of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas (1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902).  This multicultural luncheon had traditional dishes from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Lebanon, Italy, Jamaica, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Poland, China, Vietnam, and Colombia, just to name a few. 




Thanksgiving Food Drive

The ASK students at St. Peter Catholic Academy sponsored a food drive to benefit those less fortunate. The ASK students were able to achieve their goal of collecting food items with the help of their peers from the student body. they collected for Reaching Out Community Services, a neighborhood food panty which serves our area and other adjoining neighborhoods. It takes a village to address issues such as world poverty, the students at the SPCA community heard the call. Many student found within themselves to be more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give to a great charity by exercising our Corporal Works of Mercy; feeding the hungry.