Sister Maria Armida Fabela, MDPVM, 75, of Kingsville, Texas, passed away February 13th. She served in Catholic education in the Diocese of Camden for more than 20 years, including Saint Peter School, Merchantville. She was born on November 16, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, to Hector M. and Enriqueta Fabela. She was a member of Missionary Daughters of Pure Virgin Mary for 56 years and a former principal and teacher. She was a graduate from Texas A&M University, earning a master of administration degree. In 2015, Sr. Armida penned an article in the Star Herald about her choice to make the religious life her vocation. In the Diocese of Camden, a Mass for Sister Armida will be celebrated 7 p.m. on March 24th at the Parish of All Saints, Millville, NJ.
St. Peter School hosted their annual Open House this Sunday, January 26th, during Catholic Schools Week.The focus was on "What makes St. Peter different from local public and private schools?" Parishioners, prospective parents and students, and current school families were welcomed to the school for a school tour and discussion with staff, administration, and students. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now fully underway and they are almost at full capacity. Seats are still available in pre-K through 8th grade and may be reserved by means of the application process, which includes the completion of the registration form with payment of the fee - $100/child, $300/family. A second Open House opportunity will be offered on Thursday, January 30th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Peter School will have a Trunk or Treat & Car Decorating Contest for students & students families on Friday, October 25th. Spooky or Scary? Kooky or Crafty? Decorate your vehicle with any fun-themed decorations! All cars will be judged on creativity and originality and, the top two cars will win a prize! Admission: $5.00 per Family/one parking space included. Advanced Sales only. A numbered pumpkin will be sent home and is required for entry. Volunteers are needed for set up, food sales, pumpkin checker and parking. Please click the link for SignUp Genius to lend a hand. Please plan to bring enough individually wrapped candy for 200 students.
Saint Peter School in Merchantville has rounded out its curriculum with a Latin Studies program for students in all grades. Principal Joseph Saffioti said that nine students from Saint Pete's were recognized for their stellar marks on the National Latin Exam. The test, which is administered globally, requires students to read and interpret passages and answer questions relating to Roman culture, Latin grammar and Latin vocabulary - all in Latin. The exam was administered to the school's 7th and 8th grade honors students, and nine out of the 25 students obtained national recognition for their performance including AnaMair Muller, who obtained a near perfect score. New Jersey is among the more competitive states in terms of the number of students participating in the National Latin Exam, so these initial achievements are no small feat. Furthermore, there is a clear correlation between those students who perform well on this exam and top level performance in all English Language Arts domains.