St. Peter’s Lutheran Church offers innovated digital education with traditional Christian values.
Our students participate in weekly chapel services, foreign language classes, Accelerated Reader program, computer lab and classroom computers, field trips, Edmodo, physical education, music, mission outreach programs and extra-curricular programs.
Spanish is taught twice per week using a DVD program developed by Northern Arizona University.
Accelerated Reader is a motivational practice reading program. Qualified books are selected and read by the students. The students then take a comprehension test on the computer which provides immediate feedback. This is in addition to our basic reading series. The goal is to increase reading comprehension and fluency.
Primary classrooms are equipped with computers. In addition, grades 2 and 3 will use the computer lab to learn keyboarding. They will use Mavis Beacon to practice twice a week. They may also use the lab to take AR quizzes, and practice Math Fact in a Flash. Grades 4 through 8 will use the computer lab twice a week. We focus on keyboarding, word-processing, Power Point, Publisher as well as thinking and research skills. Our classes use the lab to do research projects. Our computer lab has been updated with Dell PC’s, printer networking and internet access.
The 4th and 5th Grade experience California by spending 3 days in Coloma. Teachers and parents help chaperone a well structured program. This is an every other year experience and during the in between year the classes have an all day Field Trip to the Sonoma Mission.
Every other year, grades 6 and 7, have the opportunity to attend a overnight science camp at Wolf Mountain.
Every other year, middle school students grades 7 through 8, have the opportunity to attend a trip to Washington D.C.
Each class chooses a Mission project for the year. The goal of these projects is to help our students learn both compassion and service for others and gratitude for what they have. Some of these have included making gifts for shut ins, going to the Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento and helping, collecting socks for the clothes closet in Elk Grove, Operation Christmas child, gleaning the fields at Davis Ranch, serving at LOVE, INC or knitting hats for the homeless shelters.
The students use our full service library on a weekly basis.
The volunteer librarian is Mrs. Bredeman.
We worship together as a community in Chapel every Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. The message is delivered by one of the St. Peter’s pastors or a visiting pastor. Each class provides the message once during the year. We invite our parents to join us.
MATH FACTS IN A FLASH
This program is an approach to learn basic math facts in grades 1-8. Practice is done at home on the computer and student testing is done twice a week at school. The goal is to learn the four math functions for a good math foundation.
This program is an excellent phonics program in which a student is able to progress at his or her own rate. Practice is done at home with student testing twice a week at school. Victory Drill is used in 1st and 2nd grades.
In the Elementary grades there is a visual discipline program. In each classroom there is a chart with each student’s name. When a student’s behavior is disruptive or non-productive they will be asked to place a marker (colored strip of paper) in their chart pocket. Each color represents a different area of behavior. For example, Green=Assignment missing; Pink=Talking at inappropriate times; Red=Disrespectful or hurtful behavior; Black=Tardy; and Purple=Exemplary behavior. This will help children identify their inappropriate behavior, why it is inappropriate and what other options are available to them in that specific situation.
Home and school communication is a vital link to your child having a successful school experience at St. Peter’s. It takes all of us working together to provide for your child. Each class has a class page on Sycamore School Management Systems. Each Friday the events and curriculum for the next week, (Friday notes), will be posted on the class page. You can communicate with your child’s teacher on Sycamore through the PAN (Pass A Note) system or email. The teacher will respond within 24 business hours. Please use this feature whenever you can. You may also call the school office and leave a message for the teacher to return your call.
Your Friday notes and Sycamore pages are the best way to know what is happening in your child’s school life. Your child will also bring home an envelope on Friday which will include previous finished work and the homework packet for the coming week.
Students in 3rd – 8th grades use an assignment notebook daily. Parents are asked to sign the book each night. This is also a good place to leave notes for teachers.
In primary grades, homework packets are sent home on Friday to be returned the following week. Please help your child nightly with this work. It will also include Bible memorization, practicing Victory Drill and Math Facts in a Flash, and nightly reading.