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The Glacier Gazette

April 18th, 2024

Principals Message:​

Good evening, SPES families!

     I hope this message finds everyone doing well. As we count down the final weeks before graduation (June 5th) and the start of our summer break, there remains much to be done. Fun events are being planned, and special school projects need to be completed.

 Remember that volunteers will be needed! Your skills, talents, and energy are very much appreciated. There is still time to complete your volunteer hours. I have listed several opportunities in this newsletter. Please contact Mrs. Fales if you are available, especially over the summer to complete your hours.

            Our Pre-Kindergarten program has openings for the 2024-2025 school year. We appreciate your referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations to St. Peter’s. I will gladly provide private tours for any referrals. I have read wonderful comments made by our parents on some local sites. Mrs. Carlee has worked hard to completely refresh our Pre-K program. In addition, we have ordered new resource materials, technology (including new individual electronic tablets), and curriculum options which will be enjoyed by our littlest learners next year. I am excited.

            Be sure to read about PACE’s Spring Dance Party for SPES students and their siblings on Sunday, April 28th from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a flyer attached to this Gazette with the details. I know this event will be great fun for everyone!

            Families that refer students who register with SPES in any grade with open availability will enjoy a $1,000.00 tuition incentive. I’m happy to share the details. Feel free to reach out.

You are always welcome to call the school if you have any questions at 410-665-4521. Our regular school office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.



  • Thank you for starting the new year off by bringing your children to school on time! Children can be dropped off at the blue awning beginning at 8:45 a.m. This extra 15 minutes gives them time to unpack and get prepared for the day. Instruction begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • Providing accurate contact information to the office is critical in case of an emergency and for maintaining good communication with the school. If your address, phone numbers or email addresses change for any reason, please let us know! You can contact Ms.Darney in the school office or send the information to your child’s teacher.

  • Please remember to send in a water bottle with your child every day. We are no longer providing water bottles since the municipal water supply issues have been resolved. The school water fountains have been cleared for drinking.

  • Our weekly chapel services are every Wednesday morning at approximately 9:15. Parents and families are always welcome to join us!

  • New sessions for Science Guys have just been announced. Please don’t forget to register online.

  • The Board Game Club meets on Fridays, after school, from 3:30-4:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Please contact PACE if you need more information or would like to sign up your child.

  • Another Upcycle pick-up is being planned for April. A flyer will be sent out next week. Start collecting those electronics that you would like to donate!

  • Pizza hot lunches began April 9th and will continue every Tuesday through April 30th. If you did not order a lunch for your child, please don’t forget to pack them a lunch.A new May 2024 Chick Fil-A hot lunch order form was sent home this week. All orders and payments are due on or before Thursday, May 2nd. No exceptions 



  • A special reminder to our fifth grade parents: Please remember that when you register your child for middle school, you will need to sign a Release of Records form at the new school which will be sent to Ms. Darney in our SPES school office. Once received, she will scan and forward your child’s confidential records, as requested. These records cannot be transported otherwise. 

  • As you are getting ready for the beginning of the school year, please remember that if it is necessary to keep medicine for your child in school, whether for daily administration or in case of emergencies, you must provide us with a copy of the Medical Administration form, completed by yourself and your child’s doctor for each prescription. A copy of this form is attached to this newsletter. Please DO NOT send in any medication with a child.

  • The BOOST Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic school year. It is essential that you do not delay in submitting your application. Many families across Maryland will be requesting tuition assistance. The state allocation of funds will not cover every student. Please submit your online application NOW. The website will also be open to new applicants on that date. The link is:

  • The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Baltimore has notified all families by email in February that applications were being accepted for the 2024-25 academic school year. IMPORTANT, do not wait. Please check your email and follow the link. Contact Mrs. Fales with any questions.

  • New Student Referral: SPES offers a $1,000.00 tuition credit to any registered SPES family that also refers a new student who registers.


PACE NEWS: We need you!

  • Our “Spirit Wear” apparel is available via this storefront link:

  • SPES is making every effort to support families. PACE is developing a “Business Binder” to promote the business endeavors of our school families who operate private businesses. If you are interested in providing us with a business card or a promotional flyer highlighting your business, please be sure it makes it to the school office, to Mrs. Fales’ attention.


  • Our church offers a $1,000.00 incentive to families who attend 20 church services during the 2023-2024 school year. Each week you must complete and return the goldenrod-colored attendance form, found in the bulletin. These are collected during the worship service in order to receive credit. Contact Mrs. Fales for more information at

  • There is also a “Prayer Jar” on the table in the lobby. Anyone may write an anonymous prayer request and leave it in the jar. There is a group of prayer “warriors” who get together each week to pray for these requests.

  • Pastor Lans is always willing to make himself available to anyone who seeks individual prayer or counseling. You may leave your request in the prayer jar or contact Joy, our church secretary in her office or at 410-665-7300.

  • Regular, Sunday morning worship services are at 8:45 (traditional) and 10:15 (contemporary). Sunday School begins at 10:00 in the lower level of the church for children. There is also an adult Bible class that meets in the conference center at 10:00. All are welcome!


  • We need to dismantle two of the school signs outside our church and school.

  • SPES needs a skilled plumber for several small projects, including faucets installed, trap replacement, etc.

  • Two large bulletin boards need to be wall-mounted (36X49”).

  • Volunteers will be needed to relocate a classroom in June/July. Furniture will need to be moved.

  • Please contact Mrs. Fales if you have experience working with carpet removal and laminate floor tile.

  • All of our classrooms will need to be emptied while floors are stripped, cleaned, and waxed. Then, furniture will need to be returned to the classrooms. Help will be needed in June/July.

  • Painting volunteers are needed for the Conference Center ceiling, touch-up areas, and both bathrooms.

  • If you are interested in accumulating volunteer hours, please contact Mrs. Fales at or PACE at

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