CHINESE AUCTION is approaching and we are looking for New unwanted
items to use in creating baskets. If you would like to use your creativiting and make a basket that would also be very much appreciated.  Items can be dropped off in Church or at the school.

All is greatly appreciated and many thanks for your continued support.
 The St. Christopher's Home & School Association



How do you entertain young children during winter break?  Take them to a reasonably priced play right near home. Many of our students attended a production of Pinkalicious and got to meet the actors after the play.  Thank you to Home and School for organizing this event.  Hope to see you at another play during Easter break.

Additional pictures in the Photo Gallery



Our students in Pre-K to Grade 3 invited a "senior" friend to school.  The student and their friend worked on projects together as the students had the opportunity to share their school.  Everyone had a great time.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery


Congratulations to Kenny Bradley!

Kenny received a Certificate of Excellence - First Place- for his participation in the STEM Diversity Summit 2014 at Farmingdale College.


Quickly press that button and give the correct answer.  Game Show is annual tradition that out students look forward to each year. Physical challenges along with answering trivia, historical facts, science questions make this fast paced event a favorite.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery

Catholic Schools Week was a wonderful experience in so many ways.  St. Christopher School was fortunate to have a Newsday reported visited us on "Grade 8 Teacher for a Day".   The students took on the roles of teacher, secretary, nurse and principal for some time during the day,  It was a terrific experience both for the younger students and the 8th graders.

Click here to view the Newsday article.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/students-learn-by-taking-over-baldwin-classrooms-1.6909330

Congratulations to the students from St. Christopher School who were chosen to be in the Diocesan Honor Band.  The students performed with band members from other Catholic schools on March 1st at St. Anthony High School.  The concert was an amazing presentation of the talent of our students.  Thank you to Mrs. Maglio, our band instructor, for all her hard work in making this possible.

The following students were members of the Honor Band:

Madison Findley                        Daniel Tellis                      Jason Villarruel
Matthew Arato                          Jordan Kinsler                    Patrick Milne
William Stockdale                     Afia Kuragu                       LJ Vodopivec

Congratulations to Wilmarr Saint Surin!

Wilmarr has been declared a National Winner, Elementary Class, in the National Piano Auditions.
"Piano-playing is an ideal, all weather, lifetime hobby or a profitable profession."


Kung Hei Fat Choy!! Our Kindergarten class celebrated Chinese New Year with an “authentic” Dragon dance and a sampling of Chinese food.  Each child also learned their name in Chinese.  At the end of gym class the children marched around the gym using a dragon head that one of the students shared with his class. 

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery


On October 28th our 8th Grade students received the sacrament of Confirmation. The students were confirmed by Bishop Murphy.  The Bishop met with the students prior to the celebration of Mass and was very impressed by how well the students were prepared for this day.  The students shared with the Bishop the preparation which they had participated in, most notably the retreat, service projects and classroom instruction.  The Bishop spoke eloquently to the students about their faith and the need for respect throughout their lives--respect for God, respect for others and respect for themselves.  Congratulations to all our confirmandi.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery

Who can believe that we celebrated our 100th Day of School already?  Many of our classes celebrated with activities that involved using the number 100 in many ways.  Our Kindergartners counted block to show numbers.  Another group worked together to count out 100 gears and then create a pattern where they all worked to turn at the same time.  Pegs and counting bears were used to show ways to make 100.  Everyone got to decorate the 100 day glasses.  Fun and learning go hand in hand.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery

 

 



On October 24th, Mrs. Whalen's 3rd grade went to Schmitt's Farm in Melville. They learned about the growth cycle of the pumpkin, the importance of rich soil and root systems, and got to pick their own radishes and string beans. Best of all, each student picked a pumpkin to bring back to decorate in the classroom. A fun learning experience for all!

A day at Adventureland may sound like a day of fun and games.  Our 7th grade students on Tech Day learned the work sometimes comes before pleasure.  Before spending time on the rides they learned how the rides operated and had to complete worksheets that showed they understood the physics of amusement parks.  The day ended with the thrill of enjoying the rides.


Additional photos in the Photo Gallery

Help Protect Religious Liberty

Dear Friend,

The Diocese of Rockville Centre joins with Long Island Citizens for Religious Liberty, a non-partisan group of concerned citizens dedicated to the protection and promotion of the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religious belief, to work against the federal government's rule, issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, requiring religious organizations to buy, or subsidize, products and services that violate their religious beliefs and moral consciences ("the HHS mandate.")

We are asking citizens across Long Island to petition our representatives in Congress to vote to rescind the HHS mandate and to repeal the provision of the law that allows the federal bureaucracy to issue future mandates of this kind. We seek only to protect the ability of religious persons and organizations to live out their faith according to their own sincerely held beliefs, free from government interference and coercion. We hope that all Long Islanders who cherish the natural and constitutional right of religious freedom will work to secure this most ancient pillar of American civic life.

Add your voice today by clicking here to send a message to your representatives in Washington, DC. The HHS mandate's callous disregard for the bedrock religious liberties sacred to all Americans cannot be permitted to stand.

Thank you for your help in this critical battle.

Most Reverend William F. Murphy Robert C. Minion
Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre Long Island Citizens for Religious Liberty



Congratulations to Adrina Rodriguez, a 2010 graduate of St. Christopher School, for being awarded Third Place in the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?".  She received her award from the Hicksville VFW Post 3211.  Adrina is a student at Holy Trinity High School.

Parent Portal -- New Link

To access the Parent Portal click here:
 
https://drvcpowerschool.org

 St. Christopher School is a Middle States Accredited School.


After School Program Registration Form
After School Program Registration Form.doc
Recently, St. Christopher School added another club to its long list of activities. The Math Mentors Club, under the direction of Mrs. Kopf, meets weekly at lunch time. Honor Society students are paired with sixth and seventh graders who wish to improve their math proficiency. The students work together on puzzles, games and SmartBoard activities designed to sharpen computation and problem solving skills. One student commented "The club improves my math skills while having fun!" The club is another example of the wonderful spirit of the students of St. Christopher School!

Tuition Rates for 2013-2014 have been announced.  Please click here for rates.
Tuition Rates for 2013-2014.doc
St. Christopher School has much to offer your child.  Read some of the reasons the students of the school like their school:

"At St. Christopher's it is a warm environment.  When I first came to this school I was very shy but then I noticed how nice everyone was and I made a lot of new and loyal friends." GT - Grade 7

" Now, in my 8th grade year, I look back and realize all the time and effort the teachers put into help me...We have gotten this far and have been prepared for high school."  JS -- Grade 8

"I like St. Christopher's because everyone here is like my family.  We learn new things everyday.  The people here are nice and kind.  At recess we play games together and it teaches us that we must be fair like God is to us."  JR - Grade 6

" At St. Christopher's the teachers are very friendly.  They care for each child they teach...St. Christopher School is really serious when it comes to Religion.  Therefore, we pray and learn about God everyday."  AV Grade 4

" A good education is what I love about this school." PM - Grade 7

" St. Chris is an amazing school with many attributes.  It has great academics and clubs.  The best part is that St. St. Christopher School has nurtured and developed my Catholic faith." KB Grade 7

" St. Christopher School is a school that gives students the chance to excel in their education and faith...St. Christopher School is full of wonderful people that care for and love one another and I know that God is very proud of them." BS Grade 7


Click here to read additional comments
comments.doc
St. Christopher School offers 2 programs to meet the needs of our students.  Students in Grades 1-3 who are recommended by their teachers attend an Enrichment Class once a week.  We also offer Academic Intervention classes for students.
 Click below for more information on both programs.
The_Academic_Intervention_Services.docx
You can access the school library at home!
  • You can search to see if the school library has a specific book. 
  • You can see if a specific book is available.
  • You can see if the school library has books you need for a report. 
Click the link above to enter the school library.
Once you are on the main page, click the hyperlink, St. Christopher School.  This will bring you to the search page.  You do not need a username.
 

If you miss our call . . . .

  • Your call must originate from a phone number that our school has uploaded into SchoolReach.
  • Message history dates 30 days from current date.

Virtus Training and Volunteer Requirements

ALL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS (PARENTS) are required to have the following on file:



  • Volunteer Application Form
  • Signed Code of Conduct
  • Background Check Authorization Form
  • VIRTUS Training Certificate

 

 

Click here for a list of Virtus Training Sessions

 


Before School Program
 
For more information about the program, please click here.
Before_School_Program[1].pdf
 Governor Cuomo and the lawmakers are working to finalize the state budget by the end of March. While they are considering our proposal to generate $150 million in scholarships to help families pay tuition, lobbyists from the public schools teachers' unions are urging lawmakers to fund only public schools. Tuition-paying families need and deserve their fair share. 
 
Without your help, this legislation may not be enacted!
 
Please take a moment to send a message to the Governor and your elected state legislators urging them to enact the Education Investment Tax Credit proposal this year.

Thanks so much for your help.


Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/nyscatholic/JfE2GQB4P.aspx





The Department of Health has issued a guide for parents about seasonal flu.
Click here for more information.
#2423 Seasonal FluParent072011.pdf
FAST Athletics will have a Fall program for Pre-K, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5.
Please check the school calendar for dates and times

Catholic School Funding Increased.
Thank Your Elected Officials Today!

Thanks to you and the roughly 40,000 e-mails that were sent in from the Catholic Action Network, Catholic schools will see an increase in funding in the 2013-14 state budget. Lawmakers have printed the final bills that will make up the state’s $135 billion budget – expected to be approved before March 29. Included in the budget is a nearly $14 million increase in funding for mandated services reimbursement.

Moreover, lawmakers provide $4.5 million in a new funding stream to our schools for safety equipment – in response to the horrific school shootings that have occurred around the country.

Just as it was important to advocate for these funds, it is equally important that you thank the governor and your legislative representatives for the increased funding. Please take action right now by clicking the Take Action link below. Your message will automatically be sent to your correct legislators.


Tomorrow's Hope Foundation
 
The mission of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic Schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and by providing scholarship and program funding for the needs of students and schools.
 
Any family who wishes to apply for financial assistance needs to fill out an application.  Applications are available on the web site,  in the main office or online at  tommorowshopefoundation.org .

The applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now available.  The application is attached.  The application is also available in Spanish.
2014-2015 Application English.pdf
Reminder
 
Don't forget to use GoodSearch!!!
Every time you use GoodSearch.com as your search engine, a penny will be donated to our school.  Results of searches are the same as yahoo.com.  Now you can also shop through their online shopping mall, where you can select from 900 top online retailers.  GoodSearch will donate a percentage of your purchases to St. Christopher
School.
 
When you visit  www.goodsearch.com  make sure your enter  St. Christopher School under the "Who do you GoodSearch for?" field to verify your school before searching.  There is more than one St. Christopher School, make sure you click St. Christopher School (Baldwin).
GoodSearch Flyer (1).pdf

Important Reminder!!!
 
All students must be registered in their School District in which they live.  In order for St. Christopher to order textbooks for next year and for you to receive services such as busing, this must be done.  If you have any questions and reside in Baldwin, please call Textbooks and Transportation Services at 377-9317.  Registration must be done in person at the District Office between 8:30am and 3:30pm. 

Sunday, April 20
Easter Sunday
Mon, Apr 21 - Fri, Apr 25
No School
Easter Recess
Sunday, April 27
Cub Scouts -- Den 2
Meetings are held in the Buckley Room at 10:00
Cub Scouts -- Den 8
Meetings are held in the Faith Formation Room--10:00am
Grade 4 - 9:30 Mass
Grade 5 - 11:00 Mass

Click here for this week's flyers

Today, 4/20/2014
High: 56 Low: 40
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/21/2014
High: 58 Low: 46
Partly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.

The Home and School Facebook page is up and running.  Please visit for information about upcoming events.

Help raise money for St. Christopher School by using GoodSearch to search the web, Good Dining or Good Shopping.



http://goodsearch.com/


Scrip Contact Forms
scrip[1].pdf
Scrip Order Forms can now be downloaded.  
Scrip_order_form[1].doc