Welcome Back! I long to say those words to all of our St. Christopher students and families as soon as the previous school year ends. Every time we say good-bye for the summer, I am ready for the new year to start so we can continue on the road to success. This is going be such an exciting year for us and for our faith community.
Things started off a little rough this year with some last minute resignations, but I am excited because I believe we have a strong staff and I am truly enjoying what I have seen in the classrooms so far. Please join me in welcoming our new teachers for this school year – Ms. Athena Figueroa in third grade, Mr. William McLain in 4th and 5th grade English, Reading and Religion, Mrs. Ana Saenz our aide in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, and welcome back to Mrs. Mary Gorts, who is teaching Middle School Math and Science and Mr. Jason Casper who is teaching 4th and 5th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. I would also like to welcome our twenty-two new families to St. Chris. I invite all of you to introduce yourselves, even if they are not a part of your child’s class, and welcome them to our St. Christopher Catholic School family.
As you may know, this is a very big year for St. Christopher Catholic School. Our faculty has been preparing over the last two years for our upcoming accreditation visit which is happening March 18 – 20, 2019. The visiting team will consist of five members sent from the Western Catholic Educational Association. I would like to first thank all of you who participated in taking the survey at the end of last school year. Your input is invaluable. I have seen our teachers take some of your suggestions to heart and make adjustments in the classroom. As this school year continues, I will continue to keep you informed and let you know what more we will be asking of our parents. I would like to remind you that you will continue to play an important role in this process as shareholders in our community. I do want to thank our teachers for all the time and effort they have put in preparing our document. This is a Herculean effort, but they have risen to the challenge. A special thank you to Ms. Alcala for all the extra time she has put into this. She has helped me keep my sanity with her organization and preparedness for every meeting and every step we have followed.
The beginning of the school year also saw so many wonderful things happen. We instituted a brand new science series at all grade levels. This has come with science kits that will give our teachers and students so many more hands on activities and continue to get our students to learn by doing! We have had representatives from Cristo Rey Las Vegas College Preparatory High School on campus multiple times, including at our Back to School night to talk about this exciting opportunity that will be available to our students beginning next school year. If you have questions, please visit www.cristoreylasvegas.org for more information. Our 8th grade class participated in Shadow Day at Bishop Gorman High School and had a wonderful time. And, I am proud to say that I received nothing but compliments from the teachers and staff at Bishop Gorman at how our students conducted themselves.
This is an exciting, but fast paced time of the year. Our soccer teams are quickly approaching playoffs. Our varsity team has been doing very well and our JV team has been growing in their skills and understanding of the sport with each practice and game. I love to see their improvement each and every day. Good luck to our Lions!
This weekend, October 6 and 7, is our Annual Parish Bazaar. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for both the school and parish. Please see Dulce or Desiree in the main office if you have not yet signed up for your required 4 hours of service for this weekend. Also, please remember to ask your child’s teacher what is being asked for donations from each grade level. It is so important that we all participate and make sure the bazaar runs smoothly. Plus, as most of you know, it is so much fun and the food is fantastic. Monday, October 8 is our clean-up day. There is no school on this day. Our 7th and 8th graders will be there in the morning as their service project to help put the classrooms back together. And please do not forget that October 9 – 12 is conference week. Please be sure to sign up with your child’s homeroom teacher to discuss both academic and SLE progress reports. For those parents of students’ grades 4 and up, please try to sign up with all of your child’s teachers. Remember that at these grade levels, students have multiple teachers for the different subjects. Please see our yearly and monthly calendars for all upcoming events, including trunk-or-treat, switch to winter uniforms, pictures, and any school holidays.
I want to thank you all for your support this year. It started rocky, but with working together, we have been able to endure through the adversity and come out stronger than before. It will be through working together that we will show the accreditation team how strong our school has become and how, together, we intend to keep our school moving forward. Thank you for all that you do for our community. And please remember to tell your children Mr. Zunno said, “I love you all, and I always will.”
Yours in Christ,
Chris Zunno, Principal
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