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

November 29, 2017

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

Nov. 28 Teacher Soup Lunch courtesy of the Parent Group

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

Dec. 1 Hot Lunch Ordering for January Begins

Dec. 5 Teacher Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

Dec. 6 Penitential Service – grades 3-6 – 9:15 AM

Dec. 6 Lifetouch Portrait Retakes – 9:00 AM

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 – 6:00 PM – Church Hall

Dec. 10 Breakfast with St. Nick – Church Hall – Following 8:00 & 10:00 AM Masses

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! Last week was our first “eat in the Church Hall Day” and it went FANTASTIC! Thank you so much to our teachers for their enthusiasm and to our Hot Lunch volunteers for the day for their patience! We can’t wait to do it again!

Thanks also to all those who encouraged potential new families to attend our Early Childhood Education Open House on the 17th…we have already enrolled three of those families! Thanks also go to Heather Griebel for helping out with tours of the school that morning!

 

And….thanks to Ms. Daigle, Mrs. Fessenden, and all of the incredible parents who helped with the Drama Club production of Annie, Jr! Everyone in attendance agreed… we were blown away! Bravo!

 

Finally, thank you to Ms. Daigle and the Chorus for their rousing performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Bruins alumni hockey game! We appreciate those parents, too, who drove their child over to Conway Arena to participate…the night after the Drama production! Thank you for your dedication!

 

UPDATED! Teacher Good News We 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! UPDATE: Mrs. Litch is on the cover of December’s issue of Parenting NH, along with several of our wonderful students! Be sure to be on the lookout in area stores, doctor’s offices, lobbies and more!

 

NEW! 25 Days of a St. Chris Christmas – Can you believe Friday is December 1st? Time to start our annual celebration of all things Christmas here at school! Be sure to check our school Instagram and Facebook pages each and every day from December 1 through Christmas for glimpses of our holiday spirit! Visit https://www.facebook.com/St.ChrisSchoolNH/ to view the Facebook page (no Facebook account needed) and on Instagram we are StChrisSchoolNH.

 

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!

 

TOMORROW! Registration for 2018-2019 School Year In-house registration for students currently in grades Pre-K to 1 is due TOMORROW! The online registration form must be completed and submitted for these students by tomorrow, 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. 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 .

 

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. Please note that there is a $15 fee for new student applications.

 

NEW! 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! Additional information, as well as a permission slip, and snack pack order form are included in this week’s paper News.

 

NEW! PreK J Aide -- Mrs. Clarke would like to extend a big thank you to Nancy Garceau, for helping us out as the preschool aide over the past few months!  She loves our students and truly enjoyed being with the preschool class.  We will still see Miss Nancy around the building subbing and volunteering.

We are also happy to announce that Andrea Romero will be joining Miss Jodrey as our permanent preschool aide starting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Andrea has been subbing in our school for the past few years and has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Keene State along with NH Paraeducator II certification. She has worked in the public school system for over 15 years in various classrooms including regular education, special education, behavior programs, and resource rooms. Please welcome Miss Andrea to our St. Chris faculty!

 

NEW! 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!)

The Auction Committee will have their next meeting on 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 from December 1 through the 15th! As usual, we cannot accept orders past midnight.

 

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

 

THIS WEEK! Christmas Shopping for Kids – This event has been expanded to a 2 ½ day event! It will take place today 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.

 

Immaculate Conception Mass – Our mass for this Holy Day of Obligation will take place on December 8 at 9:15 AM in the Church. All are invited!

 

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!

 

NEW! Breakfast with St. Nicholas Our Parent Group is teaming up with the St. Christopher Parish Council to put on a FREE Pancake Breakfast with St. Nicholas on December 10 following both the 8:00 and 10:00 AM masses! All families are welcome to come downstairs following mass and enjoy breakfast with their friends and St. Nicholas! The breakfast will be free, although a free will donation basket will be available and all donations will be given to the parish chapter of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 December 8.

 

NEXT WEEK! Lifetouch Portrait Retakes – Since our Lifetouch portraits were delayed, we postponed our retake day to next 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.

 

NEW! Sunshine Math Sign-up’sOur extracurricular Math practice program, Sunshine Math, will start after the first of the year! A sign-up sheet is included in this 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!

 

NEW! 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!

 

NEW! Nashua Catholic Tea and Tours -- Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will be holding Tea and Tours on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  We invite families to this casual opportunity to tour and speak to our teachers and staff.  Applications are now being accepted for next year's 7th and 8th grades.  Since 1973, Nashua Catholic has been faithfully serving the Greater Nashua community as a center for learning and faith-formation. A 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award Winning School, Nashua Catholic offers leveled classes, a full athletic program, National Junior Honor Society and a wide range of club activities.

 

NEW! 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.

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!

 

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 30                                                          

Julie Knapp

Melissa Murrin

Angela Labrecque

Kathy Kenosian

Friday, December 1

David Savino

Lisa Blanchard

Catherine McQuaid

Kate Aquino

Alicia Maffei

Monday, December 4

George Torosian

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Kristin Wilson

Tuesday, December 5

Louie Juris

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Kathy Kenosian

Wednesday, December 6

Sasha Shaplyko

Fran Richardson

Fern Blomquist

Alicia Maffei

 

Popcorn Poppers

Louise and Nate Goulet

 
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