Celebrating Christmas is a tradition we love at Saint Cols, and this year is no different. Santa’s elves have reimagined it and we hope you will join the celebrations. There are opportunities to give and receive; join in as much as you can! The next three weeks will be busy at Saint Cols as we celebrate the season. Events are outside, so dress for the weather! Many thanks to Peggy Wollman, Nicole Quiroga and Jenny Mileski for chairing this year’s events!
- Now through November 30: Pre-order Gifts from Saint Cols and Mrs. Claus’ Wreaths: Look for order forms in your child’s backpack or find them attached below.
- November 29 through December 6: Purchase online raffle tickets for the STCPS Teacher Basket Raffle (link coming 11/29)
- Friday, December 3:
- Early Childhood Christmas Concert at 8:45 a.m. (outside)
- Santa’s Cookie Contest entries and Santa’s Bakeshop donations due
- Annual Tree Lighting and Blessing of the Christmas Tree with traditional Christmas Carols at 6 p.m. (outside)
- Saturday, December 4: Christmas at Saint Cols 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (outside)
- Santa’s arrival (which you won’t want to miss): 9:30 a.m.
- Santa pictures: 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
- Live music and games: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Grace Givers Tree tag pickup 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Wreath and Gift pickup 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Raffles and Santa’s Cookie Contest voting 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Cookie contest winners announced: 12 - 12:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 7: Teacher Basket Raffle winners drawn live at 12 p.m.
- Friday, December 10: Grace Givers and the Giving Tree donations due
- Tuesday, December 14: The Nativity Presentation at 6 p.m. (outside), rain date December 16
- Friday, December 17: Teacher and Staff Gift Fund donations due
Pre-Order Mrs. Claus’ Wreaths and Gifts from Saint Cols, November 24 and 30, 2021
Mrs. Claus' Wreaths are lovingly decorated by our wonderful former faculty member Mrs. Ellen Ward and have been a Saint Cols holiday tradition for many years. The deadline to order the wreaths is Wednesday, November 24. The wreath order form can be found below.
Make Saint Cols part of your holiday with gifts that celebrate our school community. The deadline to order the gifts is Tuesday, November 30, and can be completed online or via the form below.
All pre-orders can be picked up during Christmas at Saint Cols on Saturday, December 4 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Should inventory remain available, wreaths and gifts will be available for sale on December 4.
Teacher Basket Raffles, November 29 to December 6, 2021
Each year, teachers create AMAZING baskets that are raffled off. Once again, these baskets will be raffled online from Monday, November 29 until Monday December 6. Families (and friends) will be able to view the baskets and purchase tickets starting 11/29 on our website. Share the link with family, friends, and colleagues. Winners will be announced Tuesday, December 7 in a Facebook/Instagram Live Event at 12 p.m.
Early Childhood Christmas Concert, December 3, 2021
An exciting note from Ms. Zani - please mark your calendars for the Early Childhood Christmas Concert! Be there Friday, December 3 at 8:45 a.m. on the plaza as pre-K, K1 and K2 perform some festive favorites! Students may dress in their Sunday Best, but please keep in mind we will be outside!
Annual Lighting and Blessing of the Christmas Tree, December 3, 2021
Join Father Fitzgerald and his Elves as we light our Christmas Tree. Bring the whole family at 6 p.m. to sing Christmas Carols.
Christmas at Saint Cols, Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join the whole school community for a fun morning celebrating Christmas. Have your family picture with Santa, purchase delicious homemade baked goods at Santa’s Bakeshop, play games in Santa’s backyard, and vote for your favorite cookie in our Cookie Contest. The winner will receive a beautiful Saint Cols cookie platter and wooden spoon. We will also be raffling off Mrs. Claus’ baskets, called our cup raffles, so plan on purchasing a few tickets. Saint Cols gifts, as well as Mrs. Claus’ wreaths, will be available for pickup and if inventory allows will be available to purchase. Santa’s elves tell us his sleigh should touch down at 9:30 a.m. and will be back up in the air at 11:45 a.m. so plan accordingly.
This year, we're reimagining Santa's Bakeshop (the beloved "cookie room") into a traditional bake sale. We know folks who have been around awhile will miss the $5 bag and glove, but to keep us all safe as we head into the holidays, we had to make some changes. You will still be able to buy the delicious baked goods you're craving, but they will be packaged and priced a little differently this year. See the Santa's Bakeshop and Cookie Contest flyers below for details.
Remember: Santa’s Bakeshop is CASH only.
Giving Tree: Donations due by Friday, December 10, 2021
We want to be sure all of our Saint Cols families have gifts to open on Christmas morning. In prior years, actual gifts were purchased, donated and wrapped. This year, we are collecting gift cards from Target, Stop and Shop and Amazon to share with families that need a little support this year. Please stop by the Giving Tree to pick up a tag or donate online so we may purchase the gift cards. A flyer with additional information is included below.
Nativity Performance: December 14, 2021 at 6:00pm, rain date December 16, 2021
The Nativity Performance, formerly called the Cantata, began in 1907. One of our most beautiful traditions will take place outside this year! On Tuesday, December 14, with a rain date of Thursday, December 16, this 114-year-old tradition will be held outside at 6 p.m. Grades 1 through 8 perform Christmas songs, and the eighth graders retell the story of the Nativity at this beautiful event.
Teacher and Staff Gift Fund: Donations due by Friday, December 17, 2021
During the Christmas season, we know many of you want to honor all the awesome teachers and staff at Saint Cols who help our children learn and grow each day, especially during these challenging times. The Teacher and Staff Gift Fund is the school's preferred vehicle for giving Christmas gifts to the staff. It allows the “specials” teachers and support staff to receive Christmas gifts in addition to the homeroom teachers. This gift, as always, is totally optional. Donations are due by Friday, December 17 via this link or via check mailed to the school office at 25 Arlington Street, made out to “STCPS” with “STCPS Teacher Fund” in the memo line, attention Lavinia Ifrim.