Monthly Archives: April 2015

St. Michael School Principal already making an impact his first year

KristoffMr. Paul Kristoff was appointed Principal of St. Michael School in August of 2014. Since then, he has already made an impact on the School. In the first few months, he secured a grant from the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation for $45,000 for technology.  Founded in 1977, the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring its founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen the community within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  For more information: www.knottfoundation.org.  In addition, Mr. Kristoff was awarded a grant from the State of Maryland Aging Building’s Fund in the amount of $24,000 for electricity and plumbing updates. Mr. Kristoff also has plans to cover all of the chalk boards in the school with a film so that they will be white boards for the teachers to use. He spent hours of his own time and with the help of several parents and faculty members, painted a majority of the school. He encouraged the students to paint murals which now hang in the school hallways. Mr. Kristoff was instrumental in updating the phones in the School and Parish offices. He has implemented a positive behavior recognition program whereby teachers teach a positive behavior to the students each week, i.e. Respect, and then teachers recognize the behavior in their students throughout the week and these students are recognized during announcements. Mr. Kristoff’s energy has permeated the Faculty, Staff, Parents, and School Community and he and his family have been warmly welcomed to the St. Michael’s Community.
Mr. Paul Kristoff is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception parish in Towson.  He served as Assistant Principal for Baltimore County Public Schools for eight years.  Prior to this leadership role, Mr. Kristoff was an elementary school teacher and a teacher mentor for the gifted and talented program.  His knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, commitment to mission and personal desire to share his faith with the school community will honor traditions inspire innovation and enhance the learning experiences for all students.  Mr. Kristoff holds a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a BA in Business/ Economics from Randolph-Macon College.  In addition, Mr. Kristoff has earned his Administration Level II certification and is the recipient of both teaching and leadership honors and awards.
Mr. Kristoff has been happily married to Kelly for sixteen years and they have three children: Cate (13), Carter (11) and Charlie (8).  Outside of school, Mr. Kristoff is an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast.  He also loves to work around the house and spending time with his children.

Overlea Fullerton Recreation Council (OFRC) Dance

Overlea has a gem of a resource for families. Overlea Fullerton Recreation Council (OFRC) Dance has been serving the community for over 40 years.

Programs

A variety of dance and fitness classes from Children’s Dance, Modern, Hip-Hop, Boys Dance, Adult Tap/Jazz, Aerobics, Ballroom Dance, Zumba, Zumba Gold and Basic Mat Pilates are offered to the community.
The primary program is the Children’s Dance program.  Children ages 3 to 7 take ballet and tap. Ages 7 and up take ballet, tap and jazz.  Ages 10 and up can take pointe in addition to ballet, tap and jazz.  Pointe students must have 3 years of ballet experience.   Also offered- modern dance and hip-hop dance which are both co-ed classes. In May, the annual recital is held that showcases all dance classes.
Adult Tap and Jazz is for those ages 18 and older. This class goes over the basics of tap and jazz.
Aerobics is one of the fitness classes held in mornings and evenings. This hour-long  cardio class includes fitness dances, step aerobics, kickboxing and floor and stretching exercises.
Zumba is a latin-inspired cardio fitness dance class with most of the music in the class either Latin or internationally-based.  You will get to dance the merengue, cha-cha, salsa and more, adding fitness elements to the routines to help tone your body. It is a cardio dance workout.
Zumba Gold is a latin-inspired cardio fitness dance class.  It is Zumba, but at a lower intensity and a milder pace.
Basic Mat Pilates focuses on core strengthening to stabilize and support the spine.  Using your own body weight and gravity, you will tone, strengthen and lengthen your entire body.
Ballroom Dance, as seen on “Dancing With The Stars”.

Locations

Elmwood Elementary School Recreation Room location is where Children’s Dance, Modern, Hip Hop, and Adult Tap/ Jazz classes take place. Elmwood is located at 531 Dale Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206.
Fullerton Elementary School Cafetorium location is where P.M. Aerobics, Zumba, Basic Mat Pilates, and Ballroom Dance classes take place.  Fullerton is located at 4400 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21236.
Fullerton Community Center is where A.M. Aerobics and Zumba Gold classes take place.  It is located at 7209 Belair Road. If you are traveling down Belair Road from 695, the community center is located to the left after the traffic light at Taylor Avenue.
To learn more visit www.ofrcdance.com

St. Anne Medal awarded to Librarian Mary Kay Boland

UntitledCONGRATULATIONS to Mary Kay Boland, St. Michael the Archangel School Librarian, who on May 17, 2015 will be receiving the ST. ANNE MEDAL for her contributions to Catholic Girl Scouting. The St. Anne Medal is the highest national recognition for adults who serve Catholic youth through Girl Scouts and Camp Fire. The recognition was inaugurated in 1957. The purposes of the St. Anne recognition are to honor the outstanding services of adults who contribute to the spiritual development of Catholic young people in these organizations and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through these national youth-serving organizations. The award is being presented by Archbishop Lori on behalf of the Girl Scouts of America at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City during the Annual Scout Sunday Services 2:00 pm. THANK YOU Mary Kay for your service to Catholic Girl Scouting.