Mater Christi School

35 Hurst Avenue
Albany, NY  12208
Phone: 518.489.3111
Fax: 518.489.5865


Traditions help form community and make memories. Students look forward to special events or projects that they know they will get to experience as they move up the grades, or each year.

Annual school-wide traditions:

  • Family Fun Day
  • Halloween Parade
  • Yearbook
  • Christmas and Spring Concerts
  • Santa's Secret Shoppe
  • Book Fairs
  • CYO March Basketball Tournament
  • Race for Education
  • Dress Down Days for charity
  • Catholic Schools Week Learning Fair
  • Hat Day
  • 8th grade vs. faculty volleyball game
  • Ice skating night
  • St. Catherine of Siena Feast Day
  • Jesus' Birthday cake
  • Clothing drives
  • Field Day

Annual class traditions:


  • Mystery Reader
  • Halloween parade through the "big school"
  • Thanksgiving "feast"
  • Christmas hats & mittens collection for the needy
  • "Lucky the Leprechaun"
  • Making Easter baskets for nursing home residents with Kindergarten
  • "Hopping Along the Bunny Trail" Easter party
  • Family Fun Day for the 3-year-old's last day of school at a local park
  • Graduation ceremony and reception for the 4-year-olds


  • Ice cream social
  • Apple Day
  • Family potluck dinner
  • Christmas Nativity Play
  • Reading buddies with the 3rd grade
  • Spring Fun Day
  • Fire safety with the Albany Fire Department

First grade

  • Reading buddies with the 5th grade
  • Math buddies with the 4th grade
  • Fire safety with the Albany Fire Department
  • Las Posada
  • International Festival
  • Scotia-Glenville Museum in school field trip

Second grade

  • Star attraction
  • Thanksgiving play
  • First Reconciliation and Communion
  • Scotia-Glenville Museum in school field trip

Third grade

  • Reading buddies with Kindergarten
  • Saints project
  • Black History Month presentation
  • Field trip to the Children's Museum of Science and Technology
  • Field trip to St. Peter's Hospital
  • Pajama party

Fourth grade

  • Native American Longhouse project
  • St. Patrick's Day presentation
  • Math buddies with 1st grade
  • 4th grade Fun Day
  • Game Night

Fifth grade

  • Reading buddies with 1st grade
  • State Research project
  • Field trip to the Capitol
  • Field trip to Fort William Henry and Lake George
  • Jesse Tree Prayer Service
  • Stations of the Cross Prayer Service
  • Game Night

Sixth grade

  • Field trip to Nature's Classroom
  • Field trip to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Scotia
  • Middle Ages Research project
  • Prayer Service about the Liturgy

Seventh grade

  • Socratic Seminars
  • Scientist Research project
  • Field trip to Boston (Science Museum, Aquarium, Quincy Market)

Eighth grade

  • Science Topic Research project and debate
  • Teachers for a day
  • Joshua House retreat
  • End of the year field trip
  • Students as Open House Ambassadors
  • Class Night dinner and dance

Middle School traditions:

  • Drama Club production
  • Halloween party
  • Christmas, Valentine and Graduation dances
  • 7th/8th grade candlelight prayer service and breakfast
  • Welcome Table at St. John's/St. Ann's
  • St. Peter's Rehab/Nursing home visits
  • Student Council speeches and elections
  • Multi media research presentations
  • Bowling during Catholic Schools Week
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Pi-day pies