Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)
Our academic performance continues to soar as we reached our goal of an Academic Performance Index (API) of 900. Credit is due to our students, parents, our SRHS staff, and community support. The administrative team visits classrooms daily and confirms our belief that our staff is committed to giving all our students the best education possible.
Because we want to meet all our students’ needs, we have an extensive after-school tutoring program for those struggling in English and math. The program began in late November and runs until Thursday, Jan. 17. We invited more than 200 students to participate and are excited about the opportunity it affords them to improve academically.
Students remain on campus until 5 pm Monday through Thursday. During this time they are exposed to a variety of teaching and learning styles to improve their skills and confidence in their education. Students receive an elective credit for attending all six weeks of the program. It is our goal that at the end of each day, students receive tutoring services, complete their homework, and receive a “light snack” to help keep their focus.
Along with maintaining our academic level, we urge parents to make sure their students arrive to school on time! Having students in class on time, ready to learn, continues to support their academic achievement. Safety concerns continue to arise during the rush hours of school, so once again, we ask everyone to do their part and make safety a priority.
Congratulations to the SRCA Bob Dingeman Scholarship winners: Alvin Hui, Keilani Sakumoto, and Sarah Shaffer. They will be presented with checks at our Senior Awards Night in June.
Our fall sports had a very strong finish to their seasons and several teams and individuals competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) finals. These accomplishments are a reflection of the commitment and dedication of our student-athletes, parents, community, coaches, and volunteers. Congratulations to all our students who participated and benefited from fall sports.
Our winter sports, which include boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ water polo, and wrestling, started in November. Teams are preparing for preseason tournament play, so visit [www.srhsfalcons.org] for upcoming games and contests.
Students and teachers in our Visual and Performing Arts program (VAPA) are making final preparations for the holiday season and upcoming concerts. I want to encourage you to attend one of these events and get into the holiday spirit. The Band and Choir Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19, and the Orchestra Winter Concert is the next night, Thursday, Dec. 20. Looking ahead, the dance class performances are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1. Again, please check our website for updates and times.
Mark your calendar for the annual “Falcon Night” on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 pm in the gym. Our incoming Falcon families will get the chance to learn about our wonderful curricula, along with the other programs that make high school so memorable. We look forward to meeting our future Falcons!
Please check our school calendar on our website at [www.srhsfalcons.org] for times and locations of the events below.
- Tuesday, Dec. 4–Minimum day, 11:30 am dismissal;
- Wednesday, Dec. 5–Governance/School Site Council meeting;
- Thursday, Dec. 6–Financial aid meeting;
- Monday-Friday, Dec.17-21–ASB Spirit Week;
- Wednesday, Dec. 19–Band/Choir Winter Concert;
- Thursday, Dec. 20–Orchestra Winter Concert;
- Monday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 4, 2013–Winter break; and,
- Monday, Jan. 7–Classes resume.
Finally, I want to wish each and every family a restful and enjoyable winter break. Time spent with family and friends is priceless. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your students and the Scripps Ranch community.
Ann Menna, SRHS Principal
Marshall Middle School (MMS)
Dear Scripps Ranch Families and Community Members,
This month at Marshall is filled with many student performances. I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our winter band, orchestra, and choir concerts to see our students’ artistic abilities. Our students have worked diligently to master their performances. Check our website for dates and times.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 pm we will hold our next World Café in the MMS theater. The World Café is open to any parent, teacher, or community member who would like to engage in a discussion about our students and the global society they face. At our first event in October we explored issues from the book Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future by Tim Elmore.
At the World Café in January we will view and discuss the documentary, The Finland Phenomenon and discuss the book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. We extend this invitation to any parent, community member, or teacher who would like to explore these fascinating topics.
On behalf of MMS, I wish you and your family a restful winter vacation. We look forward to continue to work with our students and families on Monday, Jan. 7. Sincerely,
Michelle Irwin, MMS Principal
- Friday, Dec. 7–Progress reports distributed;
- Tuesday, Dec. 11–Orchestra Winter Concert, 7 pm, theater;
- Wednesday, Dec. 12–Band and Jazz Band Winter Concert, 7 pm, theater;
- Tuesday, Dec. 12–School Site Council/Site Governance Team, 5 pm, community room;
- Friday, Dec. 14–Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), 9:30 am, community room;
- Tuesday, Dec. 18–Choir Concert, 6 pm, theater;
- Wednesday, Dec. 19–Choir Concert, 6 pm, theater;
- Monday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan 4–Winter vacation, no school; and,
- Monday, Jan. 7–School resumes.
The second progress report period ended on Friday, Nov. 30, and progress reports will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 7. Remember to ask your child to see his or her progress report! If you do not like what you see, please contact your child’s teacher(s).
In November Marshall’s counselors worked with 8th grade social studies classes in the library/media center computer lab to begin the dialogue about school to career transition. Students filled out a career interest inventory, and they became familiar with high school programs as well as post-high school options as they relate to career interests.
High School Four Year Planning Conferences
High school graduation requirements have changed effective with the class of 2016. Marshall’s current 8th graders are the class of 2017! Although the district no longer provides funding for high school planning, MMS counselors will host two nighttime High School Four Year Planning Conferences in February, with the specific dates to be determined.
New high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements will be discussed in order to create tentative High School Four Year Plans. Both conferences will be held in the MMS multipurpose room from 6:30 to 9 pm. Letters regarding specific meeting dates will be mailed home to all 8th grade parents in January.
SRHS Falcon Night
Attention prospective students and parents for 2013-2014: Hear all about Scripps Ranch High School from students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Get your questions answered at this informative meeting scheduled for:
- Thursday, Jan. 17
- 6-8 pm
- SRHS gym
You are cordially invited to attend Falcon Night to find out what SRHS is all about. Representatives from the English, math, science, and social studies departments will speak. Other departments will be represented as well.
The 2012-2013 Course Catalog is available online. Please visit the school website at [www.srhsfalcons.org], click on Counseling Center on the left-hand side, then click on Course Catalog on the right-hand side. The 2013-2014 catalog will be available online in March.
Marshall Choir Happenings
The choir students are very busy this semester! The advanced and chamber students performed a show-stopping performance at James Madison High School in November at a fundraising event for the districtwide VAPA department. The entire choir department also performed its annual solo’s concert at Marshall in November to raise money for their individual choral department.
What’s next for these performers? The advanced and chamber students will perform in an area concert at Mira Mesa High School on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 pm. They will be joined by Scripps Ranch High School along with other area schools. Please come show your support.
The chamber choir students have been selected to perform at a charity event at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Friday, Dec. 14. This performance raises money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The entire choral department will perform its annual Holiday Concert in the Marshall theater on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 pm. The students would love to see you there! Annually community members say this concert is the highlight of their holiday season. Come join the fun and feel the spirit of the holidays!
Katherine Girvin, Choral Director
Have you purchased your yearbook yet?! It’s not too late! You can easily purchase an award-winning yearbook from the comfort of your own home by signing onto the Marshall website at [www.marshallmiddle.org] and clicking on the “Click to buy your yearbook” tab at the top right. Hurry and buy your 100% full color yearbook now for the low price of $40 either online or in the financial office…quantities are limited!
We need 8th grade baby pictures and photos of after-school activities! If you would like your 8th grader’s adorable baby picture in the yearbook, or if you have some amazing photos of MMS students doing what they do best, simply go to the website and click on the “Submit pictures for the yearbook” link. Make sure to include names of students in all photos. We cannot include photos with no names. The deadline for baby pictures is Monday, Jan. 28. No late entries will be accepted.
December Greetings from our Principal
Dear Dingeman Families, Friends, and Community,
`Tis the season to celebrate our students! Over the past few months our students have expanded their learning and been engaged in critical thinking for math, science, and using i21 technology across the curriculum. For example, students use netbooks and iPads to research their own topics and present their work via PowerPoint or Keynote. One class made Keynote presentations on each of the 18 Habits of Mind!
Thanks to our generous Family Faculty Connection (FFC), all students have 24/7 access to Brain Pop! One class used it last month to answer self-generated questions about the presidential election process. The students were intrigued by the electoral process and used Brain Pop to research their questions to deepen their understanding.
Speaking of elections, last month we had an amazing number of highly qualified candidates run for Student Council. They were all very persuasive and it was not an easy choice. At the November Tiger Rally, we congratulated the candidates for running positive campaigns and then welcomed the 2012-2013 officers!
Our Team Green motto is “Kids Can Make a Difference”! Our team provides useful tips on saving our planet with practical things we can all do. You can see how our students are leading the way as they make their daily rounds collecting recyclables. Our Team Green is led by 3rd grade teacher Sara Church. Team Green analyzes each classroom’s contribution and then the results are tabulated. Classes are recognized and honored each month at our Tiger Rally for their outstanding recycling efforts!
We have joined forces with the San Diego Zoo who is adopting the Team Green program as a model for other schools! Kids can and are making a difference! It’s exciting to see students collaborate, communicate, problem solve, and use higher level thinking skills in their everyday lives. We are preparing our children for tomorrow’s global society and community!
Have a restful winter break beginning on Monday, Dec. 24. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 7, and we will have a Tiger Rally our first day back! Until then, see you next year!
In Partnership for Excellence,
Kimie Lochtefeld, Dingeman Principal
Holiday Book Fair and Choir Performance
Please join us for a Holiday Concert performed by the Dingeman honor choir on Thursday, Dec. 6! The performance begins at 7 pm, in conjunction with the Holiday Book Fair at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Westview Drive. Eighty students–grades 3-5–will perform songs guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood, directed by Mr. Garner Saguil, assisted by Mrs. Antonette Harris, and accompanied on piano by Ms. Dolores Thomas.
Twenty percent of Holiday Book Fair proceeds throughout the day–from 9 am to 10 pm–go back to our school. It’s a perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Stop by Island’s for dinner to raise even more money for our school. They will host Family Dinner Night from 1:30 pm to closing time.
Website Volunteer Honored
Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and countless hours of research performed by Lisa Hagerman, we now have a wonderful new FFC website. It is easy to navigate, allows parents to sign up for weekly e-news, volunteer, make donations, and purchase spirit gear. You will even be able to buy tickets online!
Lisa single-handedly transferred all the content from our old antiquated website to this brand new one and managed to keep smiling throughout! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom on our team. Thanks, Lisa, for all you do for our school! Visit and register at our new site at [www.dingeman.net].
Hansel and Gretel Musical
We are proud to announce the upcoming musical production of Hansel and Gretel performed by the students from Mrs. Schwartz’s and Mr. Saguil’s classes. Don’t miss it on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 pm. Students, teachers, and parent volunteers have been working hard on this production, so we hope you join us for a night to remember.
Hello, Scripps Ranch. I am Captain Sophia Ippolito, a 5th grader and head of the Dingeman Parking Patrol Squad, and I thought it might be helpful for you to know a little about how we keep everyone safe. There are two different squads that work in the mornings and afternoons: Safety Patrol and Parking Patrol.
Safety Patrol, the kids in the red and white uniforms, helps everyone cross the street safely. Parking Patrol, in blue and khaki, helps with the flow of traffic, keeps it moving, and records traffic violations that may occur in the school zone.
Please remember that during drop-off and pick-up, you can only come into the parking lot if you are a staff member or employee. Please obey all the laws and listen to our officers. Safety is our first priority and we appreciate your patience while you are driving in the school zone.
Wishing you all a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season. See you in 2013!
From Our Principal
Dear Scripps Ranch Community and Jerabek Families,
What an exciting and busy month at Jerabek! Students had a great Halloween and we collected 592 pounds of candy! We teamed up again this year with Super Dentists on their candy exchange program and Rady’s Children’s Hospital is the recipient of $592. Way to go, kids!
Mark your calendars. Our 4th and 5th grade student choir will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and band and strings will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Don’t miss these concerts!
I want to thank everyone who participated in our Super Pledge Drive. Your generosity makes it possible to fund the extra programs that make us a wonderful school. Super Science, Family Math and Science Nights, and Art Corps are just a few of the programs funded by our Family Faculty Organization (FFO).
The year may be winding down, but Jerabek continues to roll along at full speed! Our before-school Sing `n Speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese classes are in full swing, along with after-school enrichment programs of Mad Science, Academic Chess, Cheer 4 Fun, Flag Football, and Play-well TEKnologies, which involves engineering fundamentals with Legos. Talk about a well-rounded education with fun included!
The last day of student attendance before winter break is Friday, Dec. 14, and students return on Monday, Jan. 14. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Paul Gilroy, Jerabek Principal
- Friday, Dec. 7–Holiday Choir Concert assemblies, 1:45-3:15 pm;
- Wednesday, Dec. 12–Jerabek’s Holiday Choir Concert, 7 pm, auditorium; and,
- Monday, Dec. 17-Jan. 14–Winter break, merry holidays!
Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock…The Vote!
Since the Student Council election in October, the new officers (below) and class reps have been rockin’ and rollin’ with confidence. Hosting a Halloween Costume Contest and collecting nearly 600 pounds of candy for the troops–and perhaps a few for our friends at the North Pole–were the first activities checked on their list. A Sock Drive for the Salvation Army takes place this month. So “pair” up to place the most socks in your classroom’s stocking box. The Student Council has big plans for the new year and we look forward to watching our young leaders contribute to our school.
Thank you to all who ran and congratulations to our new Student Council officers: president, Gavin Hunter; vice president, Grady Pond; treasurer, Mike McGibney; secretary, Sydney Johnson; volunteer coordinator: Davis Pond; student affairs, Johnny Merkin; safety marshal, Ella Brislin; and, Green Team coordinator, Jason Dhand.
`Tis the Season to be Green…
In our constant effort to “Grow Green,” Jerabek’s first Green Team Eco-Club commenced last month. Club members urged students, staff, and families to “Pledge to Be Green” and sign their names to the green banner hanging in the courtyard. Run by kids for kids, this club is for anyone interested in making our school and community a better place.
From Lunch Recycle Learning to campus clean-ups and Coins for Critters, the Green Club will educate and raise awareness for a healthier and cleaner future. With all sorts of monthly fun and earth-friendly themes planned, Jerabek is proud to be doing our part to keep Scripps Ranch green. The Green Team Eco-Club meets once a month in the Family Faculty Organization office.
Koalas Can’t Forget
`Twas the month of December, the year’s coming to an end
But alas a huge “Thank You” we still needed to send
To all whom have helped with their time and donation
Making this school year a cause for celebration.
A record-breaking Pledge Drive insures a great year
And great test scores confirm what we always make clear–
Jerabek is one of the best schools around
A better group of families and staff ne’er be found.
So to our Koala Kubbies and families of Scripps Ranch, for goodness sake–
We wish you all a fun, memorable, and safe winter break!
Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)
From Our Principal’s Desk
Dear Families and Friends of Miramar Ranch,
November and December are busy months with lots of hard work and celebrations in our classes. We welcomed new student members of our Student Council and new parent and community members of our School Site Council. Both groups have met and are focused on keeping the school running smoothly and improving student achievement.
Our students brought home their first progress reports in November and all parents were invited to meet with teachers for conferences. This year our goal was once again to have 100% participation by all families. Thanks so much to all the parents who made a special effort to spend time with your child’s teacher. We are so much more effective working together to support your children.
Teachers have been focused on two topics in their professional development meetings: instructional interventions for students and the use of technology to support instruction. Instructional supports are created and implemented to assist students who are at risk of falling below grade-level expectations. Teachers meet in grade-level groups to discuss ways to best support students and to monitor their progress.
Technology in the classroom is a new and ever-changing area of study for our staff. First, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, as well as Special Ed Resource classes, will be equipped with promethean boards and student response devices this year. These tools allow for new ways to instruct students and for the students to share what they know and can do. Some (like me) are old dogs learning new tricks, and it is such an exciting opportunity for us all!
Please join us for the annual Scholastic Book Fair that is just in time for your holiday shopping. Enjoy the winter break as a relaxed and special time with family and friends. Happy holidays!
Peg Crane, MRE Principal
From Our Family-Faculty Association (FFA) President
I cannot believe it is December already! As parents we’ve survived the first three months of school: homework, fundraisers, and volunteering! We will have a chance to celebrate with a couple of weeks off in December and January.
My wish for you is that you have a joyous, safe, and stress-free holiday season and break from school. It’s a time when we have an opportunity to spend extra time with those we love…take time to really enjoy it–the time will be gone before we know it. Best wishes,
Tracy Jewell, FFA President
Hawks Showing Character
Our Character Education program is in full swing. Six students (below) who demonstrated responsibility in September won our “Hawk Character Trait” raffle and were treated to pizza and cookies: James Dinning, Jake Wong, Rowan Cutler, Alec Malcangio, Dahlia Friis, and Hannah Perrins.
In October our classrooms focused on generosity. Mrs. Kelly’s class read Have You Filled a Bucket Today and practiced lifting the spirits of their hard-boiled classmate, Eggbert, by adding colored salt to Eggbert’s bucket. Mr. Kalchik’s class read The Quiltmaker’s Gift and wove a generosity quilt.
Mr. Vernia’s class restored leaves to Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. And the kindergarten classrooms collected extra Halloween candy and decorated cards for veterans at Veterans Hospital.
In November we took time to remember all we are grateful for. This month, our classes are emphasizing respect.
The Book Fair is Coming!
Our Scholastic Book Fair theme–All-Star Book Fair: Every Reader Is a Star!–is part of an exciting reading event that brings a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. The Book Fair runs from Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7. Hours varies, so visit the school website.
- Donuts for Dads–Tuesday, Dec. 4
- Family Night–Wednesday, Dec. 5
- K.I.S.S (Kids Invite Someone Special)–Thursday, Dec. 6
- Muffins for Moms–Friday, Dec. 7
We have two events that the students are participating in during the Book Fair: the Read 100,000 Minutes challenge and the All for Books contest. If we as a school read 100,000 minutes or more, the reward will be a fun and possibly legendary tricycle race between Ms. Crane, Mr. Rick, another staff member, and some of our student body.
Also, this year we are going to split the money that we raise during the All for Books event. Half will be used to purchase books for MRE students, and half will be used to purchase books to donate to the Toys for Tots program, which in turn provides gifts to less fortunate children during the holidays.
We also will collect new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. You can drop these off in the donation boxes near the office until Thursday, Dec. 13. We will present the books we purchase and the gifts we collect to Toys for Tots during the Flag Assembly on Friday, Dec. 14.
Halloween Carnival Wrap-Up
As all of you who attended know, we had a fun and successful 39th Annual Halloween Carnival. We raised more than $16,500 that goes directly to benefit MRE students. A big thank you goes to our volunteers for working so hard.
Student Council Corner
In October MRE elected its new Student Council. The Miramar Ranch 2012-2013 Student Council officers are:
- President: Cole Gorham
- Vice president: Sophie Gomez
- Treasurer: Lauren Kalchik
- Secretary: Carter Martinson
- Sergeant-at-arms: Cameron Gadalla
- Environmental marshal: Jenna Eller
We had our first Student Council meeting in November. We decided our Dress-Up Days for the year. Our first Student Council Dress-Up Day was later in November. It was Crazy Sock Day.
This year, since I have been elected president, I will continue the school newsletter that I started last year as the vice president. I am very excited I was elected president this year. My goal is for the Student Council to be accessible to the students of Miramar Ranch, and this is why I started the newsletter.
Cole Gorham, Student Council President
December at Miramar Ranch
- Tuesday, Dec. 4–Minimum day, teacher collaborative meetings;
- Thursday, Dec. 6–FFA meeting, 8 am, lounge;
- Tuesday, Dec. 11–SSC/SBMT meeting, 3:30 pm, lounge;
- Thursday, Dec. 20–Band and Orchestra Holiday Performance, 10:45 am; and,
- Monday-Friday, Dec. 24-Jan. 4–Winter break, no school.
Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)
We Are Grateful
Dear Scripps Ranch Community and EBS Families,
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Thank you, EBS Penguin parents and students, for your generosity. With your help, the Thanksgiving Food Drive was a huge success. Your generous donations are helping feed the less fortunate in our community!
Our Penguins had a chance to pick up great books at this year’s Book Fair. We thank everyone who came and supported EBS by making purchases. A big round of applause goes to Heidi Gillett, Tina Doshi, Juneth Partridge, and their team for putting on a great event.
We have an amazing Fine Artists team and their hard work has again led us to a successful Square One Art fundraiser. Special thanks goes to the parent volunteers who attend training sessions and go into the classrooms to teach our kids.
Friends of EBS
Become a Friend of EBS. It’s a great way for local businesses to showcase themselves to our EBS families while helping cover the expenses we have in providing a top tier education.
Thank you to the following businesses for their generous support of EBS:
- Scripps Pediatric Dentistry
- North County Soccer Park
- Dr. Huttenhoff Optometry
- San Diego Combat Center
If you have a business, or know of one, and would like to become a Friend of EBS, contact Carole at 216-536-4313.
Holiday Shopping at the Farmers Market
The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is a great place to look for unique holiday gifts. You’ll also find fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. A portion of sales goes directly to EBS.
Dates to Remember
- Thursday, Dec. 6–2nd Grade Family Science Night, 6 pm, multipurpose room;
- Friday, Dec. 21–Minimum day, dismissal at 12:30 pm;
- Monday, Dec. 24-Friday, Jan. 4–Winter break; and,
- Monday, Jan. 7– School resumes!
We wish every EBS family peace and joy this holiday season and throughout the new year. Thank you for all you do to enrich the lives of our students.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School
A Busy Time
November was a special month dedicated to remembering all saints. Many students dressed up as their favorite saint for our All Saints’ Day Mass. We continue to honor saints on their feast days throughout the year. On Thursday, Dec. 6, students just might receive a little surprise in their shoe–if left outside their classroom–in honor of St. Nicholas’s feast day. Wait and see!
We were blessed with a visit from Sister Eva Rodriguez SJS, who brought pictures and videos from her missionary trips around the world. She showed us the difference our Mission donations make to children far away.
The first of four report cards was sent home before Thanksgiving. Our students work diligently for their grades and have reset their professional leaning goals for the second quarter of school.
Student Council Activities
Our Student Council has an exciting month ahead for us. Due to chillier mornings, $1 hot chocolate sales have begun. Sale dates are: Tuesday, Dec. 4; Tuesday, Dec. 11; and, Wednesday, Dec. 19, before school beginning at 7:30 am.
Friday, Dec. 7, is Tupperware Snack Day. In an effort to be more eco-friendly, students are encouraged to pack their snack in a reusable container! Our community is practicing an “Attitude of Gratitude” this month. Service projects include a Coin Drive for the Missions, Canned Food Drive, and Toy Drive.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic School Guardians have spirit! Our girls’ volleyball team wrapped up an excellent season last month. The pee wee soccer season begins in January, and teams are currently forming.
Preparing for Christ
As the season of Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2, growing anticipation surrounds us. Our focus this month is on the virtues of peacefulness, patience, and joyfulness as we await the birth of Jesus Christ. Students have begun rehearsing for our annual Christmas performance to be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 pm. All are invited to attend. We wish you all a merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ, our Savior.