Timeless traditions return
By Tina Banks
Saint Peter’s School hosted two notable events in February - the Sweetheart Luncheon and the Mardi Gras Celebration.
“The luncheons are wonderful occasions to celebrate our Saint Peter’s community,” said Principal, Nelson Abreu. “These events provide an opportunity to educate the whole child by going beyond the classroom to provide enhancements of both spiritual and emotional growth.”
Pre-K students invited a special guest to the heart-filled Sweetheart luncheon to celebrate the feast day of Saint Valentine, a Saint Peter’s tradition dating back more than a decade.
As the guests waited with anticipation for the luncheon to begin, each student decorated their place setting with special artwork. In honor of Valentine’s Day, students dressed out of uniform in colors of the season – red and pink – adding to the festive occasion. The special guests enjoyed the lunch hour chatting with their ‘valentine,’ taking pictures, and most of all making memories that will last a lifetime.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with our children and get a glimpse into the amazing relationships the students have with each other and with their teachers,” said Pre-K 4 parent Melissa Smith. “We’ve been away from each other for so long. I truly hope we have more of these cherished opportunities to come together and spend time with our children, teachers, and parent community.”
The littlest students were not to be outdone by their older school peers who enjoyed a Mardi Gras party and luncheon to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the start of Lent. Room parents from grades fifth through eighth transformed the Parish Hall into an indoor Mardi Gras festival complete with feather boas, beads, masks, and mini hats. Students played Lenten trivia while they enjoyed a sumptuous lunch of baked ziti and socialized with friends. Of course traditional king cakes were part of the celebration!
"I really enjoyed the party and had a great time hanging out with my friends," said seventh grader Paige Hutchcroft.
"It was great to see another pre-COVID tradition return to Saint Peter's,” said middle school department chair Ms. Gallagher.
More events are scheduled in the coming months to deepen the bonds of the Saint Peter’s community and provide opportunities to create partnerships, friendships, and cherished memories.