I would like to wish everyone a very merry and blessed Christmas!!  May you enjoy the peace of the season and relax and enjoy time with family and friends.  Happy and Healthy New Year to all!
                        Mrs. Lederer



During Fire Safety Week the Fire Department visited our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes.   The students had a chance to listen to the work of the firemen and rules of safety.  Then they had the privilege to sit in the fire truck and wear their firemen hats.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery



Grades 7&8 had their first Hangout Night recently.  The students spent a fun Friday night hanging out with their friends in Msgr. Lawlor Hall. They competed in board games, pool, and air hockey as they listened to music and had a good time with their friends. 


Bibles
Our 6th and 7th grade students received their Bibles this week as part of their Confirmation preparation.  The students attended Mass after which Msgr. Steve blessed their Bibles and presented them to each student.  Msgr. explained the importance of the Bible referring to it as “The Book”.   He told the students to read it and reflect on its passages.  The students will be studying parts of the Bible in Religion this year.


Additional photos in the Photo Gallery


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday morning Santa came to St. Chris for Breakfast with Santa.  The children greeted him with a wonderful rendition of “Jingle Bells”.  Everyone enjoyed a hearty breakfast as they waited for their turn to have their picture taken with Santa.  The children also wrote letters to Santa, made Christmas crafts and colored Christmas scenes.  So many people made this fantastic morning happen... Thank you to Mrs. Freyman, Mrs. Findley, Mrs. Egidio, Mrs. Wesselhoft, Mrs. Mendoza and all their volunteers.   Sixth, 7th and 8th grade students also helped to make the morning run smoothly.


Christmas Dance

On Friday night our 7th and 8th graders had a fantastic time at their annual Christmas dance.  The well-dressed group spent the evening dancing to their favorite music and showing some real talent in the dance-off.  Great food, great friends, great music equals a great time for all.  Thank you to Mrs. Cavanagh and Mrs. Dillon and their helpers for organizing this event.

More photos in the Photo Gallery


Grade 3 Thanksgiving Day Play

Our third graders entertained family and friends with a wonderful play about the first Thanksgiving.  The students also shared some very interesting but little known facts about life as a Pilgrim.  The students expressed their thanks for all that God has given them and ended the play with the patriotic song, "My Country Tis of Thee".  A delicious feast was shared with their guests.  Thank you to the parents who helped for the preparation of the feast and the decorating of Msgr. Lawlor Hall.  Thank you to Mrs. Whalen and her talented students.

Additional Photos in the Photo Gallery

Halloween was celebrated at great party hosted by the Home and School.  Students and adults came dressed in a myriad of costumes.  The younger children had fun trick or treating, playing games or doing craft activities all of which were run by our older students.  Thank you to Mrs. LLompart and the Walsh family for all their hard work.

Halloween in Pre-Kindergarten
Halloween Party
See Photo Gallery for additional pictures.

Honor Society Project
Our Honor Society has been working a a SUSS project in conjunction with the CAPS program to promote a positive environment in schools.

We finished our first project, a poster contest.  We did 3 separate themes for the different grade levels;
Pk-2 "Bearing Christ to one Another"
3-5 "Character Counts at St. Chris"
6-8 "Crusading for a Cause"
We then picked one winner from each level.

Winning poster pictures can be viewed in the Photo Gallery

The student nurses from Molloy hosted a Health Fair for the students of St. Christopher School.  The students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 visited each of the stations that were set up in Msgr. Lawlor Hall.  The students learned about good nutrition, personal hygiene and bicycle safety.  They also performed some exercises that are good for maintaining healthy hearts. 


Additional photos in the Photo Gallery



Third Grade Trip to Schmitt's Farm

Additional photos in Photo Gallery


The Kindergarten students celebrated All Saints Day by dressing up as their favorite saint.  The students learned about their saints and then participated in a prayer service led by Father O'Brien.

Photos in Photo Gallery



Fantastic Family Fun Day at Adventureland

Thank you to the Home and School Association and all the great volunteers who helped to make this day possible.  Over 200 people participated in this fun day!!!

Additional Photos in the Photo Gallery


2011 Graduates, Carina Schmitt, Andrew McPherson and Thomas Lane, have become Eucharistic Ministers at Kellenberg Memorial High School.


Congratulations to our students who received Confirmation on Oct. 27th.  May they continue to grow in their faith having received the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you to Bishop Brennan who conferred the sacrament and his inspiring words to the students.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery


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

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."


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
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
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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

2nd Annual St. Chris Day at Adventureland- Click here for more information
Adventureland_flyer_2014_BMv2-1.docx
 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. 

Monday, December 22
No School
Christmas Recess
Tuesday, December 23
No School
Christmas Recess
Wednesday, December 24
No School
Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25
No School
A very Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!
Friday, December 26
No School
Christmas Recess

Advent
Advent flyer.pdf
Family Mass Choir
FAMILY MASS YOUTH CHOIR flyer.docx
Go Green Flyer
Go Green.docx
Click here for this week's flyers

Today, 12/22/2014
High: 43 Low: 41
Chance rain
39% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/23/2014
High: 51 Low: 47
Chance rain
51% chance of precipitation.



Black and Blue Night is a fun night of friendly competition between parents.  Divided into two teams the group competed in 21 Layups, Steal the Bacon and a tug of War just to name a few activities.  Their children watched and cheered them on.

Additional photos in the Photo Gallery


Earn Money for the school while shopping online

See flyer for details
Goodshop Flyer (1).docx
The Home and School Facebook page is up and running.  Please visit for information about upcoming events.