From concerts to chapel services to parties to collection drives for those in need, the St. Martin’s community is preparing for the holidays and celebrating Advent and Christmas.
Service and Collections
Advent is traditionally the time to prepare for Christ’s arrival, and many people do so by assisting their neighbors, near and far, to experience the joy of Christmas. St. Martin’s students are no exception. Several collection drives have been scheduled:
George Cottage will collect diapers and unopened wipes, lotions, and gift cards. These will be donated to the Junior League New Orleans Diaper Bank. This collection will take place Dec. 2 - 20. Upper School is collecting new, unused toys now through Dec. 5 for children ranging in age from newborn to early teens. The drive benefits Angels’ Place. Donations may include board games, balls, puzzles, or toys of any kind. It is requested that no items be donated that may be perceived as violent in nature, such as toy weapons. Also, no stuffed animals are accepted. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off in the Upper School office or Ms. Heather Patterson’s office.
Celebrate the music of the season at St. Martin's Winter Concert in the Solomon Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will feature student and faculty performances by: 5th grade handbells, 6th grade choir, 7th and 8th grade band, 7th and 8th grade choir, and the Upper School student and faculty choir.
Lower School students will host Christmas programs for family and friends. The pre-kindergarten through first grade Christmas program, “Crazy, Busy, Peaceful, Holy Night,” will take place Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Solomon Theater. This program will also feature the George Cottage three-year-old students. Second, third, and fourth grades will present ”Angels We Have Heard” at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 19, also in the Solomon Theater.
Parties and Celebrations
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Fine Arts Department will host Cookies with Santa, a fun-filled event for the entire family. This will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Saints Hall. Attendees will celebrate the season with cookies, hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves. Come join the fun and have a picture taken with Santa, listen to storytelling by Mrs. Claus, create a holiday craft, and enjoy holiday music. Participants will also go home with a bag of reindeer food for when Santa visits their homes. Cost: $20 per family. Tickets may be purchased online here. Contact Meredith Long-Dieth via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Even the littlest Saints are getting into the Christmas spirit. Students in the George Cottage will celebrate the season with Christmas parties. The infant classes will celebrate with a special holiday party on Dec. 19. The three-year-old classes will host their holiday party on the same day. On Dec. 20, the one-year-old and two-year-old classes will celebrate with parties in their classrooms and the Little Gym, respectively. Lower School students will have parties in their classrooms on Dec. 20 to celebrate the season.
Looking for holiday care for your Lower School student? Take a look at St. Martin’s Winter Camp! Activities include basketball, kickball, soccer, yoga, Zumba, art, board games, computer lab, cooking, and science. Winter Camp is open to students in Pre-k through 4th grade. A new feature this year is single day registration. Each day is $55 and can be registered for individually. Camp dates are Dec. 23, 26, 27, and 30 and Jan. 2 and 3. Before- and after-care is available for an additional cost. Hot lunches are included with registration. For more information and to register online, visit http://bit.ly/2KGafX5.
Christmas break begins for students on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m. No after-care will be available that afternoon. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 6, 2019.
St. Martin’s wishes everyone a joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year.