A summary of the week's news, upcoming events and friendly reminders...

November 15, 2017

Nov. 15 Christmas Shopping Pricing – 6:30 PM – 2nd floor

Nov 15 Online Lunch ordering ends at midnight

Nov. 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

Nov. 17 PreK to Grade 1 Open House for Prospective Parents – 9:30 – Church Hall

Nov. 17 Drama Club Production of Annie, Jr. – 7:00 PM – Nashua Catholic Jr. High

Nov. 20 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Nov. 21 Crazy Sock Day

Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 11:30 AM – Church

Nov. 22-26 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Vacation

Nov. 28 Christmas Shopping Set-Up – 5:00 PM – Church Hall

Nov. 29- Dec. 1 Christmas Shopping – All Day – Church Hall

Nov. 29 Paper Wednesday News

Nov. 30 In-house 2018-2019 PreK to Grade 2 Registration Due

 

Thank you! This week’s thank you’s go to our parent chaperones for yesterday’s 5th and 6th grade trip to the Museum of Science. By all accounts, the kids had a GREAT time!

 

NEW! Teacher Good NewsWe have some awesome news to share about one of our teachers! Mrs. Litch has been named one of Parenting NH magazine’s Top Teachers and will be featured in the December issue of Parenting! This is the first time that Parenting magazine has honored select teachers from around the state and we are thrilled that Mrs. Litch was chosen for this honor. We think everyone will agree…this is a perfect award for this amazing teacher!

 

 

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THIS FRIDAY! PreK-Grade 1 Open House for Prospective Families THIS Friday, November 17, at 9:30 AM, we will hold our annual PreK to Grade 1 Open House for families with little ones who are interested in joining the St. Chris community. We are well aware that our best publicity comes from those who are already part of the St. Chris community....our current parents! If you know of a family with small children who might be interested in joining us, please give them the flyer included in last week’s paper News and let them know how much you love St. Chris! Feel free to ask post the flyer in your office or in any business around town that will allow it! (Contact Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need more!) Thank you to all for your help in keeping St. Chris a strong school full of happy children!

 

TONIGHT! HO-HO-HO! Christmas Shopping Pricing Night -- Calling all elves! TONIGHT, November 15 at 6:30 PM, we need helpers to sort and price our Christmas Shopping goodies! We have boxes and boxes and boxes of great items for the shopping event, but we need to organize ourselves so that set-up the night before the event is speedy and efficient! We will be pricing in the hallway of the second floor of the school, so please enter the front door and come on upstairs!

 

NEW! Annie, Jr. We are so excited about this Friday’s Drama Club production of Annie, Jr.! If you did not pre-order your tickets, no worries…tickets will be available at the door! The show takes place at Nashua Catholic Regional Jr. High at 7:00 PM. Our Drama Club kids have worked VERY hard over the past 8 weeks to produce this show…you don’t want to miss it!

Please note: Due to licensing restrictions for Broadway Jr productions from Music Theatre International, videotaping of the Annie Jr production is strictly prohibited for everyone. Therefore, we will not be recording the production and selling DVD’s as we have in the past for Disney Jr shows. We apologize for this inconvenience.

 

St. Chris Spirit Wear Christmas is coming…and it’s time for a new batch of Spirit Wear, offered through Red Brick! These St. Chris hoodies, pajama pants, half-zip sweatshirts and long and short sleeve t-shirts are only available for order through November 27…with delivery by December 15…just in time for Christmas gift giving! Check them out HERE!

 

NEW! Teacher Treats for Parent-Teacher Conferences – Parent-Teacher Conference day is a loooooong day for our teachers! To help make their day a little easier, the Parent Group has traditionally provided a smorgasbord of treats for the teachers to grab during the day or in between conferences in the evening. Although it is short notice, the Parent Group is hoping that a few more parents could step in and provide treats for tomorrow’s conferences! If you can provide a small tray of cookies, candy, cake, breads, etc, please add your name to the Sign-Up Genius HERE. Thanks!

 

NEW! Snack Cart Reminder We’ve been noticing a little bit of creative accounting at our Snack Carts lately!  All snacks available from the Snack Carts both upstairs and downstairs are 50¢, but it seems that some children are helping themselves to a snack from the cart for free and/or giving themselves a “discounted rate”. We’ve even created an interesting collection of foreign coins left by our student shoppers! Over the past week, we’ve worked out ways to monitor the carts more carefully, have reminded the children that the cost is 50¢, and discussed the moral consequence of not paying full price. However, we would be MOST grateful if parents could reinforce that message at home. Thanks so much for your help!

 

NO After Care on December 15 – Christmas may seem a looooong ways away, but we’re looking ahead to December already! Please note in your calendar that there will be NO After Care on Friday, December 15 so that the staff and faculty can attend their annual Christmas dinner. Thanks!

 

Registration for 2018-2017 School Year – Believe it or not, it is time to begin the registration process for the NEXT school year! Because of heavy demand, we must do our in-house registration for students currently in grades Pre-K to 1 during the month of November. Students currently in grades 2-5 will register in January.

We are doing the registration process online again this year. Families with children currently in grades Pre-K to grade 1 were sent an email with a link to the registration form. (Due to volume constraints on our system’s email system, the link was sent to whoever is listed on the student online registration as the “primary” contact.) The online registration form must be completed and submitted for these students by November 30, along with a $160 registration fee to be paid online at the time of registration. Please know that students whose registrations are returned after that date will not be guaranteed a seat for next year.

 

New students from current families -- Current families who would like to enroll a child who is not currently a student at St. Chris are also welcome to complete an admission form at this time. The admission form can be found on the school website HERE. Please note that there is a $15 fee for new student applications.

 

THIS WEEK! Chorus at Bruins Alumni Game – The last paper News included a flyer for the upcoming Boston Bruins alumni hockey game to be held at Conway Arena on November 18. We have exciting news…our Chorus will be performing the National Anthem at the start of the game! Chorus members will receive a free ticket to the game and will have their photo taken with the Bruins alumni. This is a great opportunity for families to support our Chorus and school, as well as have a great night out watching the action on the ice! More information is available in the flyer HERE .

 

TOMORROW! Parent Teacher Conferences – Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for TOMORROW Thursday, November 16 from 4:00-8:00 PM. You should have made an appointment on Meet the Teacher night. If not, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP to schedule an appointment. At least one parent/guardian must meet with each child’s teacher at this time in the school year!

 

NEXT WEEK! Thanksgiving Break – Don’t forget that there will be NO SCHOOL for our Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

 

TONIGHT! Hot Lunch Ordering Hot Lunch ordering for December on Boonli.com is open until midnight TONIGHT. Please be sure to order as soon as possible, just in case of technical difficulty! As usual, we cannot accept orders past midnight.

 

NEXT WEEK! Crazy Sock Day and Thanksgiving Prayer Service – November 21 will be a busy day around school! Students can wear their craziest socks with their uniforms on the 21st, plus we will have our Thanksgiving Prayer Service (prepared by 4D) at 11:30 AM.

 

NEW! Thanksgiving Lunch in the Church Hall Our new Hot Lunch service in the Church Hall is going so well! Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have been working to make it so successful!

Next week, we are ready to make the “next step” in utilizing the Church Hall for lunch service. On Tuesday, all children will be EATING in the Church Hall! This includes both children who get Hot Lunch for the day and those who bring their lunch from home! Although Tuesday is a test of the Church Hall as a “cafeteria,” we hope to eventually have a few days a week that include eating in the Hall. We are excited about this next step and think the kids will really enjoy the change!

 

Mark Your Christmas Calendar – We are quickly coming up on the busy holiday months, so we thought everyone might appreciate a heads-up on our upcoming Christmas events:

 

UPDATED! Christmas Shopping for KidsThis event has been expanded to a 2 ½ day event! It will take place on November 29 through December 1 and it is one of the kids’ favorite events of the year! Each class will visit the “store” in the Church Hall and shop for gifts for family and friends! Each item is $6 or under and will be wrapped before the kids leave the event. Many, many volunteer elves will be needed! A Parent Packet of information was sent home today and can also be found HERE . Please take a moment to read through it so your child is prepared to have a great shopping experience!

 

Christmas Tree Lighting – Join us for our fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 8 at 6:00 PM! This year’s festivities will once again include “pre-lighting” fun and festivity in the Church Hall! Coordinated by the Parent Group, this wonderful event is a great way to celebrate the holidays with your St. Chris family!

 

Christmas Concerts –Here’s a great way to get into the holiday cheer! Our students are busy preparing two wonderful daytime Christmas concerts. The schedule is:

  • Christmas Concert for grades PreK-2 – December 12 at 10:00 AM in the Church
  • Christmas Concert for grades 3-6 – December 19 at 10:00 AM in the Church

 

Christmas Free Dress – Students will get into the holiday mood by wearing their favorite red, green and white on December 21! Santa hats, jingle bells, flashing necklaces, and other Christmas accessories are welcome and encouraged!

 

Christmas Prayer Service – Celebrate the real reason for the season – the birth of baby Jesus! December 21 at 11:30 AM in the Church. 2nd grade will be preparing the service.

 

Christmas Early Release – December 21 at 12:30 PM, with no After Care.

 

NEW! Christmas Shoebox Collection We are excited to announce that our Faith Outreach Committee is sponsoring our 7th annual Christmas Shoe Box Drive for the less fortunate children of our area!  (Click HERE to download a copy of the information that was sent home today). Through this drive, we join the Santa Fund and the Salvation Army in working to provide help to hundreds of families this Christmas – including many, many children! Please consider making their Christmas a little merrier by putting together a box or two of small gifts for a needy child. Bulk donations of items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, pencils, pens, crayons, etc. from local businesses are also welcome and encouraged. Boxes must arrive at the school by December 8.

 

RESCHEDULED! Lifetouch Portrait RetakesSince our Lifetouch portraits were delayed in arriving until today, we postponed our retake day to Wednesday, December 6. Any retake portraits ordered by that day will be delivered to school by December 19, in time for Christmas gift giving! Students should wear regular uniforms that day.

 

AmazonSmile for Christmas – Who is thinking ahead to Christmas shopping already? If you are like most parents, at least one of the gifts you purchase this holiday season will arrive in an Amazon box….so don’t forget to use the school’s AmazonSmile program to donate .5% of your purchase price back to the school! AmazonSmile doesn’t cost you a penny extra, but St. Chris receives money from each purchase! The shopping interface is identical to the regular Amazon (with the exception of the AmazonSmile logo!) and the selection is exactly the same also. To start supporting St. Chris through AmazonSmile, click HERE.

 

And SCRIP for Christmas, too! – Did you know that you can purchase gift cards to most popular retailers and restaurants quickly and easily online through the Shop with Scrip Program…AND benefit St. Chris at the same time? Click HERE, create an account using our school code 751C7D6L13155, order gift cards from a loooooong list of retailers and restaurants (click HERE to see the list!) and the gift cards will be shipped directly to the school. You’ll usually receive your gift cards in under a week, and the school receives anywhere from 1.25% to 14% of your gift card purchase! Christmas is a perfect time to give the program a try, with gift card options like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, Target, Toys R Us, and Barnes and Noble!

 

DEADLINE TODAY! Ski Club - Registration for Ski Club ends TODAY, Wednesday, November 15.  If your child needs a spot on the bus, please email Tara ASAP if you have not done so already!  Ski Club is open to independent skiers in Grades 3-6, will start on Friday, January 5th, 2018, and runs for 5 weeks. To register, purchase your passes on the Crotched Mountain website.  Please see this year's program flyer for prices and other details at https://tinyurl.com/StChrisSkiClub2017. New this year - kids get season passes valid at all 7 peak resorts with their ski club pass!!!Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/voyager-program/

 

  • Scroll down, click the “BUY NOW” button.
  • At the VIP Login page, use the following user name and password to access St. Chris Ski Club:
  • User Name:  CMSTCHRSC
  • Password:  scscmember (case sensitive)
  • Click ‘See Available Items’, then ‘Friday Voyager’ for the pass you need (with or without rentals).  Lessons and seasonal equipment rental will be listed as an optional add-on after you select the pass.
  • Follow directions for checkout.  (Note for returning skiers:  click Add/Change guest from the shopping cart to look up your info if you purchased passes last year.)

 

If you have questions about which passes/options to purchase, please contact Tara at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have questions or issues with the website, please contact Barb Martin at Crotched Mountain – 603.588.3668 ext 232.  Thanks!

 

TONIGHT! Nashua Catholic Regional Jr. High School Open House -- Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will hold an Open House TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The Open House starts in the gym at 6 Bartlett Ave., Nashua, and includes opportunities  to meet teachers, coaches, and parents, discuss curriculum, see student activity, and tour the facility.

 

Winter School Delays and Cancellations – In the case of inclement weather, school cancellations or delays will be posted on the website, on our Facebook page, on radio station WZID 95.7 FM and also on TV channel 9 (WMUR). Parents will also receive text messages on their cell phones, voice messages on home phones, and emails through our Notify system.

Please note that our Notify system is not foolproof….power and internet outages like those from yesterday’s storm may interfere with delivery of the text messages, robocalls, and voice messages. We will first post the information on the school website and Facebook, as well as contacting WMUR. Please also know that we do not post school delays or closings until we receive confirmation from the appropriate administrator in the Nashua public schools, which may delay notification in some cases. Thank you for your understanding!

 

St. Christopher School follows the Nashua Public School System for all cancellations and delayed openings. Therefore, delayed openings are 2 hours. When there is a delayed opening, there is no school for the AM Pre-K. Before Care will take place starting at 9:00 AM and morning enrichment activities will begin 2 hours later than normally scheduled. Please note that there will be NO Band or Fiddle Squad on delayed openings. Doors are open for regular drop-off at 10:30 AM and school starts at 10:50 AM for all grades Full Day Kindergarten through 6.

 

Parenting Resource Information:

Bullying, Technology, Kindness & Respect Seminar – The Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference is hosting a FREE Parent Forum on Monday, November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Nationally renowned speaker, parent, and special educator Carol Todd shares her story at the FREE Parent Forum on Bullying, Technology, Kindness, & Respect. Join Carol Todd for an intimate and engaging discussion around what digital responsibility looks like in our youth. Carol is the founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy dedicated to Carol's daughter Amanda who took her own life at age 15 the victim of cyber-bullying. This parent forum is an evening for students and parents to listen, learn, and engage. This critically important topic of digital responsibility brings increased awareness and conversations within families and communities about the combination of bullying and technology use. The goal is to encourage others to shift their thinking about bullying type behaviors to those of KINDNESS and RESPECT. Light refreshments will be served. A RSVP is requested HERE so organizers can plan for refreshments.

 

St. Christopher Parish – Wondering what’s going on at St. Christopher Parish? Check out their website and weekly bulletin online at StChrisParishNH.org! Fr. Kelley welcomes and encourages all families to attend mass at St. Chris and to get involved in the parish!

 

NEW! St. Christopher Parish Christmas Schedule: All families are welcome to join the parish for their Christmas masses! Please note the worship schedule below as it is a bit different that in prior years since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday:

 

Saturday, December 23 – Weekend Obligation

4:00 PM Vigil

 

Sunday morning, December 24 – Weekend Obligation

9:00 AM

(Please note, no 8:00 or 10:00 AM Mass.)

 

Sunday Evening, December 24 -- Christmas Eve Masses

4:00 PM (both upstairs & downstairs)

9:00 PM

 

Monday, December 25 -- Christmas Day

9:00 AM

 

Saturday, December 30 – Weekend Obligation

4:00 PM

 

Sunday, December 31 – Weekend Obligation

8:00 and 10:00 AM

 

Monday, January 1 -- Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (New Year’s Day)

10:00 AM

 

 

Hot Lunch Schedules – Thank you to everyone who stepped up to volunteer for the Hot Lunch program! Your help is MUCH appreciated. Volunteers for the next week are below:

 

Thursday, November 16

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, November 17

Gina Samarel

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Danielle Ouellette

 

Monday, November 20

Erin Buccellato

Marilyn Hogan

Svetlana Yanusshkevich

Carol Cyran

 

Tuesday, November 21

Louie Juris

Jane Karageorge

Melissa Michels

Steve Rooney

 

Wednesday, November 22

No School – Thanksgiving Break!

 

Friday Popcorn Poppers

Melissa Michels and Tracy Bastarache

 

 
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