What are your school hours?
School begins promptly as 8:10am and concludes at 3:15pm. You may drop your child off as early as 7:50am without using the before school care and pick your child up as late as 3:40pm without using the after school care. Before 7:50am and after 3:40pm, all unattended children will be sent to Clubhouse.

Do you offer full-day or half-day Kindergarten?
Currently, we have both available. School begins at 8:10am for both full and half-day students. Those students who are enrolled in half-day kindergarten leave before lunch at 11:40am. Full-day students finish their day at 3:15pm.

What is your student to teacher ratio?
Our student to teacher ratio for the 2015-2016 school year is 22:1. St. Peter’s employs ten full-time teachers and two part-time teachers. Our average class size is 24.

How can I communicate with my child’s teacher?
St. Peter’s participates in RenWeb, an online fully integrated school management program. Each classroom has its own page which offers daily assignments and resources from the teacher. You may reach your child’s teacher directly via phone or through email. Teachers are willing to meet before or after school to discuss your student’s progress. Additionally, the principal publishes a weekly all school e-newsletter, Pieces of the Rock.

How does lunch work?
All lunches are prepared in our school kitchen. St. Peter’s does not serve ‘satellite lunches’. Students have the option of bringing a lunch, purchasing a sack lunch ($2.55), or purchasing a hot lunch ($2.55). The lunch menu is available on RenWeb and Pieces of the Rock. Students receive a debit card (which the teacher keeps) and use that to “charge” their lunch purchases. This account can be seen on RenWeb also.

Do classes take field trips?
Yes! All classes take educational and fun field trips. Parents are encouraged to attend when appropriate.
 
Do you have before and after school childcare?
Yes! Clubhouse opens at 7:00am for before school childcare. After school, Clubhouse is open until 5:30pm.  The cost is $1.50 per child per half hour.

Is there anything special that your school participates in that will help my child succeed?
St. Peter’s joyfully participates in all kinds of community service projects throughout the year including food drives, clothing drives, and penny pitches. Every year offers a different opportunity to give back! Grades K-2 participate in Minds in Motion three days per week for 15 minutes each day. Activities are designed to develop the students’ sensory systems. The program improves vision skills for reading, tracking of digits in math, focusing ability, and sensory and motor integration. Grades three and four participate in Little Praisers choir which gives them a chance to experience singing in front of different groups in different settings. It meets only once a week so it lets them have a taste of being in a choir before they are eligible for the junior choir. Some of the special academic events for St. Peter’s upper grades include a school wide Spelling Bee and Geography Bee which are both held in January. Winners have the opportunity to move on to further competitions. St. Peter’s participates in a Bible Bowl competition at Concordia Seminary. The children also prepare an Advent service or a spring musical every year. Beginning in fourth grade, students have the opportunity to participate in several sports. Soccer, basketball, wrestling, and track are offered for the boys as well as an option to play football at a sister Lutheran school. Girls may choose volleyball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, and track. The purpose of St. Peter’s athletic program is to give our children exercise, build self-esteem, highlight sportsmanship, and acquire new skills; therefore, activities are offered on a non-tryout basis. The Achievement Challenge Excellence (ACE) Program is available for students in grades 7-8. This honors program will not be required for any student, but will be available for all students. More information regarding this program is available in the school office.

What is the dress code?
Students are required to wear a St. Peter’s polo shirt (purchased HERE and delivered to school for free). Students may wear any solid colored bottoms with belt loops including jeans. Students in grades 3-8 are required to wear a belt. Comfortable shoes with heel backs are required.

Do you have financial aid?
Yes! Thousands of dollars are awarded in financial aid every year. SGOs and vouchers are also accepted. Please contact our school office for more information. Financial aid is offered to those of modest income or whose circumstances exclude them from being financially able to send their children to St. Peter’s. The deadline to turn in your financial aid application for the 16/17 school year is July 1, 2016. You can get a financial aid application from the school office. Applications must be submitted directly to the office. Please be aware that vouchers are available. You will be contacted regarding applications for vouchers in May before school starts in August.