Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter School

1231 N. Court St.  Rockford, Illinois 61103  
815-963-3620    FAX 815-963-0551

James Burns, Principal
Betsy Conery, Secretary

Mission Statement

Developing the talents from the Father...  Sharing the gifts of the Spirit...
Living the example of the Son... We are St. Peter Cathedral School

Principal's End of Year Message

Dear Families and Friends of Cathedral of St. Peter School,

Yesterday our staff reluctantly returned to their parents, the child/children whom they so entrusted to us last August. Parents will notice some differences in their child/children --- taller, has gained some weight, smarter, more responsible, has grown spiritually, and is more mature. You may have noticed I indicated reluctantly returned. This is so true because in the time we have spent together, our school staff has enjoyed watching each child accomplish the challenges placed upon him/her, achieve expectations he/she thought were unachievable, and come closer together as a family. Our educators are pleased, and take pride in, what your child accomplished this school year. Hopefully, you are equally pleased and proud with the growth you have seen in your child/children.

As a school family this year we have grown together. As educators we have enriched the lives of your child/children. Your child/children have enriched our lives as well. This has been accomplished through studying, working, and learning together; playing together; laughing as a class and as a school; and enjoying the uniqueness each one’s personality brings to our school family. This certainly makes our school special!

For our graduates and their families, as well as those children not returning next school year, please remember you will always hold a special place in our hearts, we will remember you, and continue to think about you. We will think about wonderful accomplishments you will attain in your future, the goals you will fulfill, and the adults you will become. Essentially, fulfilling the destiny God has chosen for you. Our hope is that you will remember your family members at Cathedral of St. Peter School.        

It is hard to see family members leave, even for a few summer months. As stated above, some of our Cathedral of St. Peter School family will not be returning in August. Besides some children there is staff. Mrs. Michelle Olsen has accepted a position at a middle school in the Belvidere School District. While she will not be teaching she, intends to stay involved in our school family as a parent. Mr. Yann Biancat’s family is expecting another child (or more) later this year. He has accepted a position at a school close to their home in Madison, Wisconsin, so that he can be more helpful with his wife and children. All, children and teachers, will certainly be missed. I am sure you join me in wishing each the best in his or her future.

Speaking of the future, our school’s future looks bright and exciting with the new curricular changes. Also, mark your calendar for Parent Night on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:00 pm, and our Parish-School Picnic on August 19.

Until then, enjoy a restful and safe summer!

God Bless you all.


James Burns



Request a Personal Contact

 If you wish more iformation about our school or would like to visit, please call 815-963-3620. Our summer hours are in effect Monday through Friday, 8:30-2:30. If no one answers, please leave a message or call the Church office at 815-965-2765. You may also comlpete this a contact form by clicking on this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1whuG59Hhj7GMg6kAxJrXyw8lXiLG62Jari3-DDO3-RQ/edit?usp=sharing Thank you. We look forward to hearning from you.

Four-Year-Old Pre-Kindergarten 



Cathedral of St. Peter School Pre-K is returning! Our Pre-K will focus upon developing the minds, hearts, and spirits of our youngest learners. We see your child as you do – as a child of God. Your child’s love of learning starts here!

Children in the Pre-K program will explore concepts described in this handout to develop skills for future success. Mastery is not required before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace through the guidance and instruction of a certified teacher. Children will be taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples. Philosophically our youngest children learn best through play, creativity, movement, and activity!

Pre-K Program Overview:

  • Children must be 4 years-old by August 31

  • A child may attend half day, 8:10-11:05, for five days a week or full day, 8:10-3:05, for five days a week

  • Tuition and fees will be part of the school’s tuition and fees structure

  • The program will be located in the lower level of the school building in the current first grade classroom

  • Children will eat lunch and enjoy recess with those in grades K-4

  • Children will wear play clothes


Educational Goals:  

  • Learn foundational precepts in reading, comprehension, writing, math, religion, and music

  • Befriend older student “buddies” who model a love of learning, being a kind friend, and living a virtuous life

  • Experience Spanish, PE, and Music with specialized teachers

  • Benefit from our expanded digital learning environment utilizing interactive whiteboards and chromebooks




  • Listen to Old and New Testament Bible stories

  • Recognize that plants, animals, and human beings are God’s creations

  • Recognize that God created families to love and take care of one another

  • Learn about God’s love

  • Listen to stories of the life of Jesus

  • Learn Jesus’ teachings to love God and love others


  • Numerals 1-10

  • Counting objects to 10

  • One-to-one correspondence of objects

  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size

  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC

  • Sizes: small, medium, large

  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle

  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.

  • Same and Different

  • More, Less, Same

  • Time: Day and Night

  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play


  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds

  • Phonics

  • Develop reading skills

  • Recognize, spell, write first name

  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly

  • Retell familiar stories

  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences

  • Answer questions about stories

  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays

  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up

  • Build new vocabulary

  • Build listening skills

  • Strengthen visual discrimination

  • Sequencing

  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

Social Skills

  • Practice problem-solving skills in social situations

  • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects

  • Share classroom materials with the group

  • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners

  • Communicate his/her needs

  • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap pad, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.

  • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country

  • Explore types of work and workers

  • Explore modes of transportation

  • Participate in service projects to help others in need: Haitian Project, Day of Service for Education, missions, etc.

Register by calling the school office, 815-963-3620, to request a Registration Packet.

Vanishing Tuition Program 

Poof!!! And your tuition is gone. Yes, you can make your tuition disappear through the school’s Vanishing Tuition Program. For every new student that you recommend to attend our school you will receive the $500.00. There is no limit to the amount you can have deducted or receive. To take advantage of the Vanishing Tuition call the school office.


Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nationally recognized prgram that presents STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to children in an engaging manner while preparing them as 21st Century learners, future success, and careers in STEM. Children use their critical and creative thinking while applying the knowledge and skills from their core subjects to problem solve, create, and/or design projects. To learn more about how your child in grades Kindergarten through eight will benefit from his or her experience with PLTW at our school click on this link PLTWHandout.pdf




Illinois State History Fair

Congratulations to those who qualified for State on May 4 in the Illinois History Fair. Those qualifying in papers are: Jack Dorsey, Ashley George, Brynley Huber, Emi Manaligod, Ryleigh McGirk, Michael Murphy, Ella O’Boyle, Annabelle Okite, Jack Osborne, and Willie Thienemann. Qualifying in exhibits are: Lauren Black, Max Caltagerone, Grant Campbell, Matthew Largent, Connor Linnabary, Haley Massari, Rachel Meisinger, Sam Satterlee, and Noah Wirtjes. Qualifying in performance was Emmet Finn. Qualifying in documentary was Elizabeth O’Connor. Congratulations to Richard Reynolds for his efforts in working with all students on this excellent learning activity. Good luck students!


Meemic Foundation Art Contest

Four of our students were selected as the top 50 in the recent Meemic Foundation Art Contest. More than 1000 entrants participated in this contest. Our winners are: Haley Massari, Dylan Oliver, Joel Prochnicki, and Dottie Rose. Each student received a Kindle Fire HD. Additionally, our school received $1,200 for the Art Department. Congratulations students!



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