Back-to-School Food Drive This Week

It’s been a busy summer in the food pantry! Our back-to-school food drive is this week, so when you’re making your shopping list, please consider adding a few of these items. Grade level suggestions are listed below for school families:
ECLC–bar soap; Kindergarten–Peanut Butter; 1st grade–crackers; 2nd Grade–Jelly; 3rd Grade–Pasta or Sauce; 4th Grade–Canned Meat; 5th Grade–Cereal; 6th Grade–Canned Fruit; 7th Grade–One-Can Meals; 8th Grade–Shampoo.

Leaders Needed for Children’s Liturgy

We need adult and high-school aged volunteers to assist with our Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministry, which is offered throughout the school year during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Children ages 4 – 2nd grade are invited after opening prayer to accompany the weekly teacher and helper to the church basement where they learn about the readings and gospel in ways they can understand. To get involved, please contact All adult volunteers must complete Protecting God’s Children.

RCIA Classes Begin in September

Classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are available for anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith. The first class is Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s church basement (Romero Room).  If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact  Fr. Bryan Amthor, at or 816.800.0106.

Parish School of Religion Begins Sept. 11

St. Peter’s collaborates with Visitation Parish to present the School of Religion, which provides religious education and sacramental preparation for children in grades 1-8 who do not attend St. Peter’s School. Classes are every Monday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. beginning September 11. Cost is $50 per child or a maximum of $150 per family. For more information, please contact Mary Pfeifer in the parish office at 816.363.2320 or

Be a “Lead to Read” Volunteer

Last school year, 15 parishioners helped 2nd graders at Troost Elementary learn to read, one lunch hour at a time. If you’re interested in reading with a student in their classroom, one-on-one, for a half hour each week during the school year, come find out more about Lead to Read KC, the program we partnered with last year, and will be part of again this year. Meet the readers who participated in the program at a social hosted by Christie Makar, St. Peter’s Lead to Read liaison, on Wednesday, August 23, at 7 p.m. RSVP by e-mailing Charlie Murphy, Urban Village Youth Sub-Committee Chair, at or call him at 816-678-6366.
Last year’s readers were: Kathleen Barry, Nancy Caccamo, Kathleen Chaney, Maria Gillcrist, Paula Holmquist, Len Jennings, Julie Kramer, Gary Kruger, Kathy Lee, Beth Madden, Kathleen Madden Riley, Barbara Maher, John Maher, Christie Makar, Katie Miller, Charlie Murphy, Leslie Shevlin, Julie Spaeth, and Paul Toigo.

Packet Day and Other Important School Dates

Packet Day is just around the corner–August 8, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Southwest cafeteria. The school board has a fun activity to help the kids take a look around the building. Don’t miss it!

See important dates for the 2017-18 school year below.

August 8 Packet Day, 2-6 pm (at Southwest)
August 14 School Supply Drop-off, 3-6 pm
August 16 First Day of School; Noon Dismissal
September 4 No School—Labor Day
September 29 2:20 pm Dismissal for Professional Development
October 6 No School—Diocesan Professional Development Day
October 7 Meyer Fest
October 26 Noon Dismissal for Conferences (1-6 pm)
October 27 No School—Conferences (8 am until Noon)
October 31 2:20 Dismissal for Professional Development
November 21 Noon Dismissal—Faculty/Staff Retreat Afternoon
November 22-24 No School—Thanksgiving Break
December 8 No School—Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 14 Grades K-8 Christmas Program (1:30 & 6:30 pm)
December 18-21 Start of Christmas Break TBD, pending move back to STP
December 22-January 7 Christmas Break
January 8 Classes Resume
January 15 No School—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 28 Open House—Catholic Schools Week
January 28-February 3 Catholic Schools Week
February 15 Noon Dismissal
February 16 No School—Diocesan Professional Development Day
February 19 No School—Presidents Day
March 3 Projected Date of St. Peter’s Auction
March 9 No School—Diocesan Educators’ Ministry Formation Day
March 12-16 Spring Break
March 19 Classes Resume
March 27-28 Kindergarten Screening Dates
March 30 No School—Good Friday
April 2 No School—Easter Monday
April 9-13 Iowa Assessments (grades 3-8)
April 20 Noon Dismissal
May 1 Marian Mass, 8:45 am
May 16 Noon Dismissal; Clap-out for Class of 2018; Kindergarten Sneak Peek, 1-2:30 pm
May 19 Class of 2018 Graduation; Brunch @ 10:30 am; Mass @ 1 pm; Dance, 7-10 pm
May 24 Grades K-7 Fun Day
May 25 Projected Last Day of School for 2017-2018 School Year, Noon Dismissal