Happy December everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week during our Thanksgiving break and used it to have quality family time. We have now completed our fourth month of school as we enter the Advent season. The time of waiting. As we await the birth of our Lord, this is a perfect time for us to reflect on the beginning of this school year and our commitment to Catholic education.
As I mentioned in last month’s letter, things are happening quickly. With four months down and only six to go, things are moving along, especially for our eighth graders. In November, many of our eighth grade students took the entrance exam for Bishop Gorman High School and they will be getting their results before we leave for Christmas break. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin the process of making this very important decision.
November was a busy month for us. Our boys basketball season was in full swing and I am very proud of their efforts. Unfortunately, our JV team lost in the quarterfinals of the Diocesan playoffs, however, I can’t say enough about their “no quit” attitude. We wish our varsity boys the best of luck as they begin their tournament on Monday, December 4th. On November 10th, our Student Council and our National Junior Honor Society students combined for a joint service project honoring our Veteran’s and those who lost their lives fighting for our country. The students and moderators made poppy flowers and traveled to Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City to place the plants around many of the memorials. I am so proud of our kids and teachers. If you attended our Family Skate Night at Crystal Palace, I know you had a great time. What a wonderful night of community building and fun. It was so great seeing our kids and parents in a different venue, some of you for the first time on skates. I am so excited to have more of these St. Chris Family nights!
December is a short month for us, but still one that is loaded with activity. As I mentioned, our Varsity Boys basketball team will be playing in the Diocesan tournament. December 4th – 9th is our annual Christmas Bazaar. This will be held in our hall, and we would love to have as many volunteers as possible. Please see the sign-up sheet in the main office. Also, December 9th will be breakfast with Santa. We will have food, music and fun, and Santa himself will be making an appearance! December 8th is a noon dismissal day and there will be NO aftercare that day due to staffing issues. December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and there will be no school for students. On December 19th, grades 3 – 8 will be going to confession. While teachers will review the procedure and the importance of this Sacrament, I ask you to also talk about this at home with your children and continue to stress the importance of their Catholic faith and what receiving this Sacrament means. December 20th at 6:00PM is our annual Christmas Pageant in the Church. The teachers, Mrs. Ornelas, and Mr. Casper have been working hard with our students to make this a wonderful event and I encourage you to come out and see the special talents that our kids have. December 22nd is our last day of classes before we leave for Christmas break. This is a noon dismissal day and again, there will be NO aftercare that day.
Finally, I would like to let you know of another joint service project between our Student Council and NJHS. They are holding a toy drive for children that are in Children’s Hospital during the holidays. You will be receiving information on this over the coming week and I ask for us to be as generous as possible.
I would finally like to make an announcement regarding a change in our faculty.
Mr. Casper, our middle school Math and Science teacher, will be leaving St. Christopher Catholic School. Mr. Casper has been offered and has accepted a position in Hobbs, New Mexico as a Forensic Specialist. While we are sad to see Mr. Casper leave, we wish him the best of luck in this new adventure and remind him that he will always be a part of our St. Christopher family. The search to fill this position has begun and will continue until the position is filled. I ask for your continued prayers and support as we go through this process so we can continue to give our students the best possible Catholic Education.
My prayers are with all of you as we prepare for the upcoming Christmas break. This is a season of excitement and fun for all our kids and families and my hope for all of you is that you have all the blessings and love that come with the joy of the birth of our Savior. God bless you all, and as always, please tell your children that Mr. Zunno said I love you all, and I always will.