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

May 16, 2018

May 18 Lifetouch Spring Portraits Orders or Proof Returns Due

May 18 May Crowning – 9:15 AM – Church

May 20 Parish/School Mass – 10:00 AM – Followed by Coffee/Donut Hour

May 20 Open House for Prospective Students – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – School Lobby

May 23 Walk to School – 8:15 AM – Sargent Ave Park

May 23 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch – 8:30 – 9:30 AM – School Lobby

May 25 Faith Outreach Meeting – 8:45 AM - Library

May 25 Field Day – 12:40 PM – Sargent Ave Park

May 25 Hot Lunch Ends

May 28 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

May 30 Paper Wednesday News

June 1 Faith Outreach Meeting – 8:45 AM - Library

June 1 First Friday Mass – 9:15 AM – 4D preparing

June 1 BBQ – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Back Parking Lot

June 5 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

June 7 6th Grade Graduation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

June 8 PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – Check with teacher for dismissal time

June 8 6th grade Graduation – 7:00 PM – Church

June 12 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

June 14 Grades 1-5 Last Day of School – EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30 PM

June 15 Summer Fun in the Sun!

June 24 Fr. Kelley's Retirement Mass -- 10:00 AM -- St. Christopher Church

 

Thank you! This week’s thank you’s go out to Mary Woodward and her Parent Group volunteers for the very successful Used Book and Uniform Sale last week! Under their enthusiastic organization, the sale brought in $600, which will go toward the school-wide BBQ on June 1! Thank you to all those who donated and shopped, too!

 

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Thank You! Thank you, too, to the Parent Group, organizers Jen Torosian and Beth DeRego, and helpers Melissa Michels, Meighan Garcia, and Meghan McCarthy for the FABULOUS Teacher Appreciation Lunch today! Thanks also go to all those who donated food and other items for the lunch, as well as those parents who “braved” the classrooms so teachers could enjoy the meal together! We are sooooo grateful!

 

Tuition Agreements -- Our 2018-2019 budget has been accepted by the Diocese...yay! Tuition Agreements were sent home with students last week. Check those backpacks! If you have any questions, please contact either Mrs. Clarke at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Murrayann Abucewicz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Fr. Kelley Retirement -- Fr. Kelley recently announced that he will be retiring as pastor of St. Christopher Parish at the end of June. While we will miss having Fr. Kelley as the spiritual leader of our school and parish, we are very happy for him as he enters the next exciting phase of his life! Please make plans to attend his Retirement mass on Sunday, June 24 at 10:00 AM! (A new pastor for St. Christopher will be announced by the Diocese as soon as one is assigned!)

 

NEW! Fr. Kelley to Receive Diocesan Award We are excited to announce that Fr. Kelley will be receiving the Superintendant’s Award at the upcoming Diocese of Manchester’s Excellence in Education Gala! This award recognizes Fr. Kelley for his year’s of service to Catholic schools, especially St. Chris. The award will be presented at the Gala on June 21 at the Grappone Center in Concord. Tickets to the event are available by clicking HERE! Congratulations to Fr. Kelley!

 

NEW! THIS WEEK! Parish/School MassTime to give thanks for the arrival of Spring! Please join your friends at our last Parish/School mass of the year THIS Sunday, May 20, at 10:00 AM. All students who attend in uniform will receive a Free Dress pass for Wednesday, May 23!

 

Admissions News:

We are continuing to look for new families to join our school community for Fall 2018!  History shows that our current happy families are our best resource for bringing in new students and we’d love to partner with YOU in this effort! A number of external factors, including full day Kindergarten in Nashua and other towns, area charter schools, and decreased birth rates make upcoming Admissions efforts very challenging, but very important for keeping our school full of happy children! Please consider helping us bring in new students:

 

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THIS SUNDAY! Open House for Prospective Students – The Spring Open House for Prospective Students will take place THIS SUNDAY following the Parish/School Mass and Coffee Hour, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. If you know of someone who is interested in a St. Chris education for their child, this is a GREAT opportunity for them to stop in and take a look around! Our knowledgeable tour guides will show visitors around the school, and Mrs. Clarke and many teachers will be available to answer any questions.  Parents are also welcome to escort any friends or family who are interested in attending the school…and give them the inside scoop on all things St. Chris! Pre-registration is not required for the Open House and it is on a drop-on basis, but parents are welcome to call Jackie Langenfeld for more information at 882-7442, ext. 114.

 

Are you on Facebook? If so, share our Open House event on your page or on any community group pages you belong to! You can find the event on our school Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St.ChrisSchoolNH!

 

Share the good news – What YOU say about our school matters! Potential parents who are looking for a new school spend an enormous amount of time checking out reviews online and are looking to hear from other parents. Take a few minutes and leave a few positive words on any one (or more!) of these popular review websites:

Facebook (You’ll need to be signed in to Facebook first)

Private School Review

Great Schools

Yelp

Google Reviews (You’ll need to be signed in to a Google account first)

 

Private Tours – Know someone who can’t make the May 20 Open House?  We love giving private tours to any family interested in joining the St. Chris community! Private tours with the wonderful Jackie Langenfeld can be scheduled for most any time the school is open and we LOVE to have prospective students visit us for a Shadow Day in the classroom! To arrange, please have the prospective families call Jackie at 882-774, ext. 114.

 

NEW! Photo Shoot Speaking of Admissions, we are currently working on new marketing materials for next year…yay! To that end, we will have a professional photographer here at school NEXT Tuesday, May 22 to take candid shots of our students, teachers and school. Since we want to look gooooood, please send your child to school that day with his or her best uniform…and doublecheck that the uniform meets the dress code as outlined in the Student – Parent Handbook HERE! Many thanks for helping us out with this very important effort!

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Ends Please remember that next Friday, May 25, is the LAST day for Hot Lunch this year! All students should bring a bag lunch from home starting May 29, after the Memorial Day weekend! We will not have food available at the school, so parents will be called to bring a lunch for any student who forgets!

 

NEW! Kitchen/Church Hall CleaningNow that Hot Lunch is coming to a close, one of our parents, Melissa Michels, is looking to get parents together to clean up the church hall and kitchen. How wonderful! The date is May 25th starting at 8:30 AM and all are invited to help.  Please bring your favorite cleaner, rags/paper towels, scrub brushes or dish soap. You can email Melissa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let her know if you can make it and what you plan on bringing so we don’t have too many duplicates. Thank you!

 

NEW! Field Day -- The always fun Field Day is coming soon! On the afternoon of May 25, all of our students will be walking over to Sargent Ave Park for the Field Day events. We’ll need lots and lots and lots of volunteers to make the event a success! Volunteers are needed both for preparation in the morning and to run the event in the afternoon. We are also in need of tents and coolers. To volunteer or loan your tent and/or cooler for the day, please visit the Sign Up Genius HERE!

 

Students will also bring home a Field Day flyer today with additional information on the day’s activities. Lunch will be served earlier than usual to be sure everyone is finished in time for the big events! Each grade are asked to wear a specified color:

• PreK – Yellow

• Kdg – Purple

• Grade 1 – Green

• Grade 2 – White

• Grade 3 – Orange

• Grade 4 – Blue

• Grade 5 – Gray

• Grade 6 – Red

 

For any questions, please contact Coach Levesque at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

THIS WEEK! Lifetouch Spring Portraits…and a Bike Raffle! All students received their Spring portrait proof packages before vacation…and they looked soooo cute! Please remember that if you are not intending on ordering a portrait package, you must return the proof to the school so we can send it back to Lifetouch. If ALL of our parents either order portraits OR return their proof to us by THIS Friday, May 18, Lifetouch will give us a new bicycle to be raffled as part of our Field Day festivities!

 

NEW! CYO Basketball Uniforms – Coach Levesque would like to remind all parents that CYO basketball uniforms are due back at the school by May 25. Thank you!

 

FAITH OUTREACH – For over 25 years, our Faith Outreach Group has been augmenting the faith of our St. Christopher School family!  This committed group of parents and faculty looking for ways to be of service to our community and to continue to enrich our children's faith through events and service projects.  Upcoming planning meetings will focus on the coming year.   Everyone of all faiths is welcome as a part of the Faith Outreach Group…please join us! Upcoming meeting times are as follows:

May 25th at 8:45

June 1st at 10:30 following Mass

June 8th at 8:45

Many hands make light work. Please consider joining us! If you have any questions, feel free to contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

NEXT WEEK! Walk to School DayLet’s practice healthy habits and have some fun by walking to school together on May 23! Gather at Sargent Ave Park at by 8:15 AM and walk to school with friends! Parents and friends are welcome to walk with us!

 

NEXT WEEK! Volunteer/Parent Brunch – As the year comes to a close, the teachers and staff of St. Chris would like to thank all of YOU for everything that you’ve done over the year to make St. Chris such a wonderful place! Please join us for an informal Volunteer/Parent Brunch prepared by our faculty/staff in the lobby immediately following our Walk to School Day event on May 23.  Don’t be modest…just come on by for a cup of coffee, a light brunch buffet, and our thanks!

 

NEW! Box Tops for Education  --Although the end of the school year is approaching, we’re still looking for your Box Tops! Please keep collecting and submitting them for the rest of the school year and all summer long. Every Box Top counts!

 

BBQ – Our Parent Group is hard at work planning the annual FREE BBQ for all St. Chris families! Mark your calendar for Friday, June 1 and plan on a great time featuring hamburgers, hotdogs and all the sides! This is one BIG party and you aren’t going to want to miss it! Food is served from 5:30 – 7:00 PM! Uber-popular DJ Ryan will be back spinning the tunes!

 

THIS WEEK! May Crowning -- Our traditional May Crowning will be held THIS Friday, May 18 at 9:15 AM. The procession to the church will take place outside, weather permitting, and the ceremony will include the traditional crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

 

NEW! 6th Grade Placement Test and Parent Orientation at Nashua Catholic Placement tests for Nashua Catholic Jr High are THIS Saturday, May 19! Students should arrive at Nashua Catholic at 8:30 A.M. Parent Orientation starts at 8:45 in the gym.  This year packets of information and forms will be handed out to the parents.  These forms should be completed and back to Nashua Catholic by June 1st.  The program will finish near 11:00 AM.   The make-up test will be Tuesday, May 22 at 8:30 A.M.  Families needing this option should call Mary Kirkwood at Nashua Catholic at 882-7011.

 

NEW! Chess Club -- The last day of the Chess club for 2018 is THIS Friday, May 18. We had 25 weeks of club this time with over forty participants. In summary, the initial four weeks included encouraging kids to getting used to the club, sitting down to play and setting up the boards. The next six weeks included learning basics, playing and thinking. The subsequent weeks focused on analyzing, strategizing, some mini games and learning from each other with different partners. The tournament ran for another six weeks and encouraged playing in a semi formal manner in different age range. Participants in the tournament receive a participation certificate and some small prizes. All children did a wonderful job through the year! Please ask about their experience and encourage them. For New Englanders, outdoor days are precious and we wish the kids and families a lovely summer!

 

LIBRARY NEWS

Birthday Books -- Thank you to everyone who ordered birthday books this year.  Our library has 56 more books thanks to you!

Library Book Due Dates - This is the last week to check out library books.  All library books are due back beginning next week unless it is for a book report or project. Notices will be going home the week of May 29th for those "hard to find" books.  Don't forget to check backpacks, under the bed, home bookcases, overnight bags, cars, lockers, siblings' rooms, basement....you get the idea!  Books have been found everywhere!  I guarantee they are not lost, they are just not found!  Thank you!  Happy Reading! Mrs. Noon

 

Hot Weather and Waters – The warm weather is here….yay! Parents are reminded to send their student to school every day with a water bottle to help them hydrate when they get warm. Small water bottles will now also be available on our snack cart for 50¢ for those who forget.

 

Last Days of School -- Who’s ready for summer vacation?! Start making your plans now…here’s the dates for the last days of school:

  • PreK and Kdg will have their last day on Friday, June 8. This will be a half day.
  • Grade 6 will finish their last day of school on June 7 at the conclusion of the Graduation Lunch. The Graduation Mass and Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM. More details will come from the 6th grade teachers.
  • Grades 1-5 will finish the year on Thursday, June 14 at 12:30 PM.

 

Tutoring – Are you looking for some extra help for your child this summer? Mrs. G is available for Math, reading, and writing help. We can meet right at St. Chris! If interested, please contact Mrs. G at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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!

 

Calling all 5th and 6th Grade Students! – Next year, St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry is launching Junior Group: a ministry specifically for 6th-8th graders. Junior Group is a place to hang out with your St. Chris friends, eat some great food, and grow in your Catholic faith. We’ll be having a special Junior Group Preview Night for current 5th-7th graders on Sunday, June 3rd from 6-8pm in the Pennell Center. You don’t need to be a parishioner of St. Chris Parish to come; you’re already part of the fantastic St. Chris community. You can also join our Facebook group (St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry) or our Instagram page (@stchrisjg) to stay updated on events and meetings. Hope to see you soon! Any questions email Emily Murphy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Calling all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Students! – Do you like God? How about your friends? And finally, dessert? If you like all three, then you’re going to love Kid Group. Kid Group is a place where 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders come to hang out with friends, eat some great food, and learn more about God. We’ll be having a special Kid Group Preview Night for current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders on Saturday, June 2nd from 6-8pm in the Pennell Center. You don’t need to be a parishioner of St. Chris Parish to come; you’re already part of the fantastic St. Chris community. Parents are welcome to stay for this preview night as well. You can also join our Facebook group (St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry) or our Instagram page (@stchriskg) to stay updated on events and meetings. Hope to see you soon! Any questions email Emily Murphy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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, May 17

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

JoAnn Howell

 

Friday, May 18

April Savino

Melissa Sprague

Tracey Bradshaw

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, May 21

Cindy Reardon

Tara Canaway

Lisa O’Connor

Rochelle Roberts

 

Tuesday, May 22

Lou Juris

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Kathy Kenosian

 

Wednesday, May 23

Beth Dargin

Emily Uong

Erika Cote

JoAnn Howell

 

Thursday, May 24

Theresa Yasevich

Joanne Thurston

JoAnn Howell

 

Friday, May 25 – Last Day of Lunch!

Gina Samarel

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Danielle Ouellette

 

 

 

 
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