St. Peter School provides a variety of services that promote the wellbeing of students, advocate for student growth, enhance individual development, and develop community and spiritual life. Additionally, St. Peter's Student Services Team provides students with opportunities to connect with their campus, leaders, peers, and community at large,  fostering success in the present and preparation for tomorrow.  
For more information about our services and team, please view our individual services page or contact Mariana Knea, Director of Student Services at MKnea@FullLifeInChrist.org.

Student Services

St. Peter School believes that all students can learn and have great God-given abilities which enable them to contribute to our community. We know that the path to excellence is different for each child in our school. St. Peter offers several services to help students make the most of their educational experiences and reach their full potential. Services are offered to kindergarten through eighth grade, and the student service and special education team also meets with preschool teachers during the transition into Kindergarten. Support for each learner is grounded in service learning and accommodation plans. St. Peter School partners with District 25 and outside evaluators to determine the best support systems for our students who are looking for education services.

When are services offered? Monday through Friday from 8:00-2:30pm

To whom are services offered? Kindergarten through 8th grade students who qualify for special education services and are within our scope fo meeting their needs.

What curriculum is used? Classroom curriculum coupled with Envision Math, Treasures, Making Connections, Read Naturally, Touch Math and additional supplemental material.

Is there a fee associated with these services? No

How does the local public school district (D25) work with St. Peter regarding special education? Special Education Services for Private and Parochial Schools

What is the St. Peter RTI Tier Framework? RTI Tier Framework for Kindergarten RTI Tier Framework Grades 1-5

Whom should I contact with questions? Colleen Bukala, Special Education Coordinator, CBukala@FullLifeInChrist.org, phone - extension 165

COUNSELING

St. Peter School encourages intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. We believe it is our responsibility to support students and families as they grow and development in these areas. St. Peter provides many opportunities for students to reach their maximum potential and helps students to live the full life that God created them to live. To facilitate this, we provide individual counseling relating to mental health, behavior, social, and emotional issues. Additionally, we offer support groups in areas of social success, organization and stress management, grief and loss, transition, and impulsivity. Students are also offered opportunities to use their spiritual gifts and passions through service learning and extracurricular programming. We continue our services in the home by assisting parents in accessing programs available to students with special needs. We provide consultation to families, teachers, and staff regarding social and emotional, mental health, and behavioral issues. St. Peter hosts parent and teacher resource meetings on a monthly basis to encourage communication and collaboration between home and school.

When are services offered? Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:00-2:30pm

To whom are services offered? Kindergarten through 8th grade students

What screenings are performed? Various screenings are necessary depending on student. All screening require consent.

Is there a fee associated with these services? No

Whom should I contact with questions? Kelly Baker, School Counselor, is available by appointment, by email at KBaker@FullLifeInChrist.org, and by phone at 847-253-6638 extension 196.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SERVICES

St. Peter Lutheran School offers speech and language services. Students are regularly monitored for success academically and in areas of speech articulation, voice, fluency, and receptive, expressive and social language. At times, we may plan short-term speech-language services to address mild needs and teach strategies to students or we may decide we need to refer for a complete evaluation. The evaluation process can take up to 60 days once consent is signed by a parent or guardian.

When are services offered? Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-2:30 PM.

To whom are services offered? Kindergarten through 8th grade students who qualify for services.

What screenings do we perform? Speech and language screenings and observations.

Is there a fee associated with these services? No

Whom should I contact with questions? Kate Ipsen, St. Peter and District 25 Speech and Language Pathologist, can be reached by appointment, by email at kipsen@sd25.org, or by phone at 224-387-3883.

If you have concerns about your preschooler, please contact Greenbriar School, District #25.

PARENT RESOURCES

Sensory Tool List

Redirection Strategies

Discipline Strategies

Referrals Handout

Bibliotherapy Recommendations

DIFFERENTIATION

St. Peter Lutheran School offers differentiated math and reading teams for grades 1 – 5. This approach is based on the belief that we are unique gifts of God, created with various talents and interests. Our goal is to provide opportunities for children to reach their full potential and have success with the core curriculum. This is accomplished by offering three math and reading teams at each grade level (1st – 5th) which provide appropriate challenge and pacing, critical thinking activities, varied learning formats, and flexible groupings. St. Peter also offers differentiated math and science teams for grades 6-8 which follow a similar format. The team approach allows us to combine students from each grade-level class and provide three different teams led by grade-level teachers and support staff who collaborate weekly. Our teams allow all students to interact with the same core curriculum with varied activities and pacing, and focus on the specific skills children need within each team. This approach narrows the zone of ideal learning within each team for more targeted instruction, promotes periodic combined team activities to foster unity, and provides quarterly opportunity for review of team placements. We have found that this approach is building student confidence, increasing skill development, and fostering an environment where strengths and struggles are accepted and differences are celebrated. When are services offered? Teams meet Monday through Friday during school hours.

To whom are services offered? Differentiation instruction is facilitated in classrooms 1st-8th grade. What curriculum is used? Envision Math, Treasures, Making Connections, Read Naturally, and Touch Math for grades 1-5

What is the St. Peter RTI Tier Framework? RTI Tier Framework for Kindergarten RTI Tier Framework Grades 1-5

Whom should I contact with questions? Mariana Knea, Differentiation Coordinator, is available by appointment, by email at mknea@fulllifeinchrist.org, or by phone at 847-253-6638 extension 148.

MOBILE THERAPY CENTER SERVICES

Mobile Therapy Centers of America (MTC)'s primary mission is to foster the social, emotional, and behavioral development of children, teens and families to help them reach their maximum potential. MTC's services compliment early intervention or district based services and offer additional resources for those families who are seeking private support. MTC's services are provided onsite at St. Peter Lutheran School by their licensed qualified speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists and mental health professionals which allows for frequent collaboration with our classroom teachers. When are services offered? MTC provides services Monday through Friday during the school day as well as before/after school.

To whom are services offered? MTC works with children age 2 years or older as well as adults and families.

What screenings do we perform? MTC provides free developmental screenings in the areas of speech/language/ literacy and fine and gross motor skills. MTC provides free consultations in the areas of sensory processing and social/emotional skills.

Mobile Therapy Center Permission Form

What types of services can be provided? Speech/language, literacy, behavior and occupational therapy services. Are there fees associated with these services? MTC provides free screenings and free consultations which are typically 10-15 minutes in length. Fees are associated for comprehensive assessments and direct services. MTC is in network with most major health insurance providers.

Whom should I contact with questions? Nicole Brachfeld, Director of Operations is available by appointment, by email, nbrachfeld@mtcus.com, by phone, 847-816-7200. Please visit MTC's website for additional information mtcus.com Mobile Therapy Center