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 Message

Dear Families,

When meeting new families a question often asked is, "Why should I send my child to Cathedral of St. Peter School?" As parents or guardians, you have many options in selecting an educational opportunity for your child. It is indeed one of the most important decisions you can make for your child’s future. The importance of a Catholic education is ongoing formation of our faith and the development of each child’s God-given gifts and talents.

Cathedral of St. Peter School welcomes children of all backgrounds and faiths to experience the comprehensive education of heart, spirit, and mind. In choosing Cathedral of St. Peter School, you are providing your student with the spiritual and developmental skills they will need to build a bright, successful future. Our proven record of success and academic excellence is second to none.

Consider your student’s academic career a success story waiting to be written. Consider the possibilities and potential to be realized. Many of our graduates are now leaders in their community, serve their community in the health professions, or have careers in the entertainment field. These individuals and generations of others have excelled because Cathedral of St. Peter School has a proven record of academic success. Our school promotes self-discipline with moral values to serve others and help develop leadership. The caring educators teach in a safe and disciplined environment where respect to oneself and others is expected.

Those parents who have chosen Cathedral of St. Peter School quickly discovered that they provided their child with the spiritual and developmental skills they will need to build a bright academic future. Additionally, they reallize that because of our high expectations, their child has been prepared to be productive citizens and good stewards of resources. Please give serious consideration to the important decision you will make about your child’s future. You will find that the investment you made in your child’s future will be returned many times over.

If you are interested in learning more about our school or would like to visit, please call 815-963-3620. Should you call in the evening, a holiday period, or a weekend, please leave a voice message with your name and phone number to contact you. Your message will receive a reply.

James Burns



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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