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

December 6, 2017

Dec. 8 Christmas Shoeboxes Due in Lobby – 9:00 AM

Dec. 8 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

Dec. 8 Immaculate Conception Mass – 9:15 AM – Church

Dec. 8 Christmas Tree Lighting Festival – 5:30 PM – Church Hall

Dec. 10 Breakfast with St. Nick – Church Hall – CANCELED

Dec. 12 Christmas Concert – PreK to grade 2 – 10:00 AM – Doors open at 9:30 -  Church

Dec. 15 School Field Trip (grades K-6) to The Star – 9:15 AM

Dec. 15 Staff Christmas Party – NO AFTER CARE

Dec. 15 Hot Lunch Ordering for January Ends -- Midnight

Dec. 19 Christmas Concert – Grades 3-6 – 10:00 AM – Doors open at 9:30 – Church

Dec. 20 Paper Wednesday News

Dec. 21 Red, White, and Green Christmas Free Dress

Dec. 21 Prayer Service – 11:30 AM – Church

Dec. 21 EARLY RELEASE – 12:30 PM – NO AFTER CARE

Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 CHRISTMAS VACATION

Jan. 3 School Resumes

 

Thank you! Our thanks this week go to all of the many, many elves who made last week’s Christmas Shopping event a HUGE success! These elves worked tirelessly to shop, price, unpack, sort, display, sell, counsel, wrap, sort again, inventory, and box all of the thousands of gifts the “store” had available to our kids. We truly could not have put this event on without the help of each and every person! Special thanks go to Janice Vertullo for her sleigh's worth of donations, Jenn Lang and Sandi McCabe for their adorable Church Hall decorations, and Kim Lennon and Paul Leonardi who spent time working on ALL three days the Shopping extravaganza was open!

 

25 Days of a St. Chris Christmas – We’ve been posting some mighty fun Christmas happenings, so be sure to check our school Instagram and Facebook pages each and every day from now through Christmas! Visit https://www.facebook.com/St.ChrisSchoolNH/ to view the Facebook page (no Facebook account needed) and on Instagram we are StChrisSchoolNH.

 

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!

 

NEW! PreK to Grade 1 Registration Past DueIn-house registrations for students currently in grades Pre-K to 1 were due on Thursday, November 30. Students who have not yet been registered for next year in grades PreK through grade 2 are not guaranteed a seat for next year. If your child has not been registered but you intend on him or her attending St. Chris next year, you must register immediately and a seat will be reserved if it is available. If you need the link to the online registration form for your child resent, please email Jackie Langenfeld at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

UPDATED! 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 application form at this time. The admission form can be found on the school website. Please note that there is a $15 fee for new student applications. Please note that an application form is not a guarantee of admission. A new child is not registered until he or she has been accepted and the parent has completed the Registration Form sent by the school.

 

School Field Trip to The Star – We are going to the movies! On Friday, December 15, all students in grades Kdg through 6 will be bussed to Cinemagic Theater to see The Star, an animated feature movie describing the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the animals at the Nativity. Each student ticket is $20 and includes the bus, the movie ticket, and a snack pack with water, popcorn, and candy. Students must arrive at school by 9:00 AM in order to board the bus for our 10:00 AM showing. Please note that this is an off-schedule showing and will not be open to the general public. Since this is an all-school field trip, students in grades Kdg through 6 who do not wish to attend the movie must stay home on December 15 and will be marked as absent.  PreK students will remain at school and watch their own Christmas movie! For additional information, click HERE .

NEW! Lunch in the Church Hall – As an added exciting bonus to our big day at the movies, we will be having our next “Lunch in the Church Hall” day on Friday, December 15! All students, including those who ordered Hot Lunch and those who are bringing their lunch, will be eating lunch in the hall according to their regular lunch schedule. Fun, fun, fun!

 

Auction News! – Our Auction Committee is excited to announce the theme for the upcoming 14th Annual St. Christopher School Auction… “Under the Sea: Dive into St. Chris”! Our Annual Auction will take place on March 24, 2018….book that babysitter now! Our intrepid Auction Committee is already hard at work gathering donations, sponsorships, and program advertising and they invite all parents to do the same. The website for the Auction is up and running at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Welcome and contains loads of information on all things related to the Auction. Please take a moment to check it out! (Please note…formal invitations to the Auction will go out after Christmas, but early birds are welcome to purchase tickets or make donations online at ANY time!)

This Week: The Auction Committee will have their next meeting THIS Friday, December 8 at 8:00 AM in the Church Hall. Please consider joining us in planning our biggest fundraiser of the year!

 

Hot Lunch Ordering – Hot Lunch ordering for January on Boonli.com will be open through the 15th! The holidays are busy….don’t miss this important date! As usual, we cannot accept orders past midnight.

 

Christmas is HERE! – Don’t miss any of these exciting Christmas events:

 

THIS WEEK: Immaculate Conception MassOur mass for this Holy Day of Obligation will take place this Friday, December 8 at 9:15 AM in the Church. 6E will be preparing the mass. All are invited!

 

THIS WEEK! 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 at 5:30 PM! Coordinated by the Parent Group, this wonderful event is a great way to celebrate the holidays with your St. Chris family!

 

UPDATED!! Breakfast with St. Nicholas CANCELEDWe are so sad to report that our Breakfast with St. Nicholas, co-sponsored by the Parent Group and the St. Chris Parish Council, has been canceled for this weekend due to a death in the family of the chief organizer. We hope to reschedule the breakfast (without St. Nick!) after the Christmas holidays. Please pray for the deceased and his 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:

NEXT WEEK: 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.

 

Christmas Vacation – Vacation will run from December 22 through January 2. School will restart on January 3!

 

THIS WEEK! Christmas Shoebox Collection Our Faith Outreach Committee is sponsoring our 7th annual Christmas Shoe Box Drive for the less fortunate children of our area! 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 9:00 AM THIS Friday, December 8.

 

NEW! Ski Club News - a welcome email is going out today to all ski club members with important details about required forms, bus, lessons, spirit wear order (due this coming Monday!) etc..  If you purchased passes at Crotched Mountain for this year's club and did NOT receive an email please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP.

 

Sunshine Math Sign-up’s – Our extracurricular Math practice program, Sunshine Math, will start after the first of the year! A sign-up sheet is included in last week’s paper News. This program is open to students in all grades.

 

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. Check the online Wednesday News for the direct link!

 

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? Visit https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll, create an account using our school code 751C7D6L13155, order gift cards from a loooooong list of retailers and restaurants 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!

 

School Store Special Item -- Our School Store is featuring a limited edition item this month...St. Chris beanie caps! Your child will be showing his or her school pride in style this winter in these navy oh-so-cozy knit caps embroidered with "St. Christopher" on the front! Each cap is only $12 and will only be available til they are gone! Stop by our School Store in the lobby any morning between 8:30 and 8:45 AM or send your child with cash or a check made out to St. Christopher School!

 

Hour of Code - The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.  More than 97,000 schools worldwide have signed up to participate this year during Computer Science Education week, Dec. 4-10.  At St. Chris, students in grades 1-6 will participate.

 

NEW! STEM Stuff -- Computer Science Education Weekend is this coming weekend at the Museum of Science, in Boston, with robotics, circuitry and programming activities. Check it out HERE!

 

NEW! Bishop Guertin Exchange Program -- Are you interested in learning about a new culture? Have you thought about opening your home to an international student? UTP High Schools, in partnership with Bishop Guertin High School, is currently accepting applications for host families for our Spring Semester, beginning mid-January 2018. Host families receive a monthly stipend of up to $900 per student, and gain valuable experience and lifelong memories!

If you are unable to host at this time, do you know anyone that may be interested in hosting? During the months of November and December, we are offering an increased referral bonus of $500 to those who refer a potential Host Family to our network of loving and supportive families.

If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting, please contact Kylie at 603-203-6577 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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.

 

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!

 

Morning Mass: Did you know that St. Christopher Parish offers the earliest daily mass in the city? Start your day at 7:15 AM with the Lord at St. Chris! This mass does not include music, so it is usually a bit shorter than a Sunday mass. Kids and families are more than welcome to attend!

 

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, December 7

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, December 8

Rob Lembree

Rakhi Grover

Stacy Cardinale

Liza Tirado Calzada

 

Monday, December 11

Cindy Reardon

Tara Canaway

Lisa O’Connor

Rochelle Roberts

 

Tuesday, December 12

Joe Lamere

Lorraine Barry

JoAnn Howell

Jeff Rol

 

Wednesday, December 13

Beth Dargin

Emily Uong

Erika Cote

JoAnn Howell

 

Popcorn Poppers

Louise and Nate Goulet

 

 
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