Newsletter April 2018
7th grader Ella Byers was awarded the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Award for the state of Vermont at the middle school level. During a ceremony held at Mater Christi School, Ella was honored by a representative from the Prudential Insurance Company of America. Ella also received a commendation from Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, for her service to the Burlington Community. This award program is the largest youth recognition program in the country, and honors students for outstanding service at the local, state, and national level. Next month, Ella’s mother, Sara Byers ‘86 will be honored with the Catherine McAuley Award at the annual luncheon of the Mercy Associates. Sara served on the Mater Christi School Board of Trustees from 2012 – 2015.
Mrs. Coulter’s 3rd grade collaborated on a math project that took top honors for its grade category at the second statewide math fair held by the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics at the University of Vermont. Coached by parent volunteer, M.C. Baker, students Ziva Baker and Xavier Fuller represented their class with their math concepts presentation at the competition. “This project utilized artistic elements to create a comprehensive explanation of the mathematical concept of a transformation and its four different types: reflection, dilation, translation and rotation.” This video was part of the presentation, and was shown to appreciative faculty in advance of the competition.
Andrew Bailey ‘03 played trumpet in the Mater Christi band, and participated in jazz band from 4th to 8th grade, and he remembers his years at Mater Christi fondly. Andrew and his wife Maggie recently gave a $3,000 gift to support Ms. Heath and her band program. With the funds, Ms. Heath purchased new instruments, made some repairs and upgraded equipment, specifically, drums and drum stands, and acquired some new sheet music. Andrew Bailey now lives in Atlanta, GA, but whenever he’s in town, he makes a point of attending Mater Christi band performances.
Mater Christi’s 8th grade 3D team, Design Disciples, won the People’s Choice Award at Vermont 3D on March 31st for their 3-D representations of churches in Vermont. Students were lauded by VT Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe, who cited their work as examples of critical thinking, STEM work, and collaboration. Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch also sent congratulations.
Christina Nolan ’93 serves as Vermont’s 38th top federal prosecutor. She was recommended by Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republican Gov. Phil Scott, and was sworn in November 2017. Nolan stated that her office must collaborate with partners in the community and in federal, state and local law enforcement to tackle threats to the health and safety of Vermonters, “from the opiate epidemic and violent crime to crippling financial frauds to child exploitation.” She leads an office of about 45, including 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil litigation in Vermont. Nolan has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2010.
Mater Christi School recently announced the decision to create two fourth grade classes as well as two kindergarten classes for the next academic year, and part of the decision-making process was facilitated by gifts to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the greatest fundraising priority for the school because support from the parents allows the school to make strategic financial decisions that advance its mission and purpose. Thank you to those families who have already contributed.
In partnership with the Sisters of Mercy, who generously sponsor the school, we ask every family to make a contribution to the Annual Fund in a way that fits their budget. As a school, we are stronger together. Please drop off a check or give here. Every donor will be thanked in the Annual Report at the end of the year.