Cynthia Vita Clarke » November Principal Letter

November Principal Letter

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Christopher School,

I want to begin by thanking you for your continued support of St. Christopher School and for your encouraging words during my ninth year as principal. This school has a welcoming nature that most people don’t understand and I see that caring side expressed among our students, parents and staff members. It’s one of the many reasons that I am happy to lead St. Christopher School to a new level of excellence. I want our parents to know that our staff members are working very hard to carry out the mission and vision for our school and that this has me convinced that St. Christopher's future will continue to be bright.

 

November is upon us already!  Where have the days gone?  It will soon be time to “fall back” and the ritual of the clocks heralding the coming of winter begins. I love November because it is the beginning of one of the most wonderful seasons as we begin the new liturgical calendar. The season of Advent is just around the corner, and I look forward to this time of preparation and thanksgiving for all God has given to me and the wonderful blessings I receive each day as I work with the children, parents, Fr. David and the wonderful staff of St. Christopher School and Parish. As we enter this season, I hope all of our families will take some time together to celebrate in thanksgiving for all that God has given you.

 

The annual Calendar Raffle fundraiser was a big success.  This success was truly because of your generosity. This was the first of our three fundraisers for this year and we couldn’t have been happier with the results!  Over $22,000 was collected!  Crazy Mrs. Clarke Day was a big success!!!  There was a lot of “horsing around!”   Thank you for all your support!!!

 

Faith Outreach held its Twenty-eighth Annual Vocation Day on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Befittingly, the day began with Fr. Matt Mason saying Mass, concelebrated by Fr. David Harris, Fr. Von DeRosia, Msgr. Richard Kelley, Deacon Bill Lavallee and Deacon Geoff Ashman.  It was big success!  We were so blessed to have Bishop Peter Labasci join us for Vocation Day. He was present for our mass and shared some wonderful stories about his childhood in Catholic School. After mass he joined us for some refreshments and more joy filled conversation. He even ventured out to the playground for some added fun with our students!  Throughout the day, students attended sessions at which guest speakers; both lay and professed, shared their faith journey and responded to students’ questions.  We received so many compliments from our honored guests as to how reverent our children were and how inquisitive and respectful their questions were. I am so proud of each and every one of our students.  After lunch and recess, students created cards for our troops. You could feel God’s presence in every room! The grand finale was our first annual Catholic Quiz Bowl with Fr. David. The students were given a study sheet by Lorrice Bedard and they took this task extremely seriously! It was amazing to watch our students compete in a friendly and supportive manner.  God’s presence was everywhere! 

Mirroring the outstanding efforts of parent volunteers, and speakers, the students committed themselves fully to this faith-filled day; once again proving that example is the best teacher!  My deepest gratitude is extended to all parent volunteers, speakers, and staff.  For their vision and dedication, the Faith Outreach Committee is to be commended for providing our students with such an inspiring program.

 

The Cross Country season has come to a close.  Every runner on the team gave it their all and I am very proud of them!  Thank you to everyone who came to cheer them on!  A big thank you to Stacey Marino for coaching this team and to all the volunteers for their time and efforts with the runners!! It was a fabulous season! I received so many positive comments on how amazing our runners were at the races.  I was especially pleased to hear about the level of sportsmanship that the athletes showed when they thought no one was watching.  I am a very proud principal!  Please check out our trophies in the lobby from their last Invitational.  Our boy’s team came in 1st place, and our girl’s teams came in 2nd place!!!!   Way to go!!!

 

Father David has continued to spread the word of God to our students through his visits to the classrooms, attendance at cross country practices and the growing of our Altar Server program, just to name a few.  The Holy Spirit shines through Fr. David and his presence at our school has brought love and joy to us all. We continue to be blessed!

 

I am pleased to recognize the following students who led the school community in Morning Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance this month:  Shea Hansen, Talin O’Connor and Rebecca Nardone.

 

I’m looking forward to a wonderful November!!

 

Love and Prayers,     Cindy Clarke