St. Mark School hosts ‘Whoville’ breakfast

STRATFORD—Christmas came early for St. Mark School, which hosted its traditional Breakfast with Santa. The event drew more than 230 children and parents together for holiday fun on December 4.

This year, the school gymnasium was transformed into Whoville  — complete with the Mayor of Whoville, Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch. But the hit of the morning, of course, was Santa Claus himself, who listened to Christmas wishes while posing for photographs with the children.

Breakfast was hosted and coordinated by Andy Tsichlas — owner of Paradise Pizza in Stratford and a St. Mark parent. Waffles, sausage, bacon and Grinch-scrambled eggs were served, along with coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

The event also featured Christmas arts and crafts, a cookie bake sale and themed basket raffles. Upper grade students and recent alumni helped with set-up and clean-up and provided entertainment for the children.

“There’s nothing better than seeing the children’s faces as they look upon the characters and decorations with awe,” shared St. Mark parent and Event Chair Michele Rouse. “It’s a magical time!”

St. Mark School is a 2009 Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence and a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredited school, serving students in Pre-K through Grade 8. Enrollment is at an all-time high at St. Mark School as the school continues to attract families looking for an exceptional faith-based education.

St. Mark will host a PreK – Grade 8 Open House on Sunday, January 29, 2023 in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. For more information, visit or email