Cynthia Vita Clarke » December Principal Letter

December Principal Letter


Dear St. Christopher Families and Friends!            


It is hard to believe that it is almost December. The Christmas season is here and with it comes reflection regarding our faith as well as spending quality time with family and friends, which truly marks this time on the calendar.  I hope everyone enjoys the Thanksgiving break!


I want to thank you for your outstanding participation in the parent-teacher conferences. The teachers have told me how much they have learned about your children by meeting with you. We hope you have learned a lot about your children as students as well. We value our partnership with you and look forward to a continued relationship throughout the remainder of the school year and beyond.


Our teachers and staff are consistently attending workshops in order to improve upon their practice. I am so grateful for their enthusiastic pursuit of excellence.  How fortunate our students are!


Father David is busy getting ready for the season of Advent however, he always makes time for our students and staff.  We had a wonderful prayer service this morning prepared by Mrs. Donohue and her 4th grade class.  As always, Father David was able to make the students understand why we should all be thankful to God for the gifts He has given us. He encouraged us all to pray and thank God at our Thanksgiving table. Next, we had cafeteria day and Father David was front and center spreading his joy for life to everyone in the room. Please join me in wishing Father David a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We have much to be thankful for!!  God is good!


I am pleased to recognize the following students who led the school community in Morning Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance this month:  Sam Woodward, Rebecca Nardone and Avary Cruz.


Our Lego League team competed at Hollis Brookline High School this month.  They showed us the importance of working as a team to solve problems and reach our goals!! We are so proud of all their accomplishments. For their support and guidance, I am most grateful to the parent volunteers and the Coaches, Cliff and Tara Osinski!  Without all of these wonderful people, our Lego League would not be possible.


It is hard to believe the second quarter progress report period will be upon us in the next few weeks. However, whenever time moves quickly at a school, it speaks of an educational community, which contains great excitement and activity. The progress report grades are important indicators as to how your child is doing in each subject area. Please discuss each grade with your child so you can continue to be a support in their task to achieve academic excellence.  Starting now through spring your child will grow tremendously academically and socially. Your continued commitment to support your child’s learning can only enhance this natural development.


Our Scriptures will give us a strong and clear message for this Advent season: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” We will hear it at our Advent Masses and sing it in our Advent hymns. This message seems to tell us to reflect, pray and focus on this great event of Christmas which is about to take place. Our preparations for Christmas often find us racing through concerts, shopping, meetings, parties, baking etc. At St. Christopher, we seem to be on this same path as well! Our goal, though, is to remind the students and ourselves that we want to always “Keep Christ in our Christmas”. May this sacred time be blessed for you and your families. You all continue to impress me daily as I experience your generosity, incredible spirit, faithful support and endless enthusiasm. Your contributions are what make our school and community so special, and you are making a difference in the lives of our children. I thank God for you in my daily prayers.


On behalf of the teachers and staff at St. Christopher I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you do and for the gift that you are to our school. Our wish is that you may know the joy, hope, and peace of the Nativity this Christmas Season. I share with you from the gospel of Luke, and hope you find strength in the words of the angel:


Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Together in Christ,


Cindy Clarke