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

September 6, 2017

September 10 Independence Day

September 10 Parish & School Fall Family Festival – Following 10:00 AM Mass – Church Hall and Lawn

September 10-15 Scholastic Book Fair – Library

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

September 13 Parent Information Night – 6:45 PM – Church

September 14 Drama Club Parent Meeting – 6:30 PM – 1M

September 15 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

September 15 Coffee with the Principal – 9:15 AM – Church Hall

September 15 Hot Lunch ordering for Sept/Oct ends at midnight

September 20 Parent Group Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

September 21 Ski Club Parent Meeting – 6:30 PM – 1M

September 22 Corpus Christi Brown Bag Collection begins

September 25 1st School Mass/Mercy Day Mass – 9:15 AM – Church

September 25 Hot Lunch begins

September 25 Drama Club begins

September 28 Corpus Christi Brown Bags due at 9:00 AM

September 27 Paper Wednesday News

September 29 No School – Teacher Faith Formation Day

 

Thank you! This week’s thanks go to Ellen Valade and Jenn Torosian of the Parent Group for the lovely welcome baskets they created for our new teachers, Ms. Jodrey and Mrs. Duffy! Thanks also to Michelle Canto for her coordination with St. Joseph Hospital gift shop for the donation of several items in the baskets!

 

NEW! Before and After Care Rates Due to administrative and other program costs, we have instituted a small increase in our daily rate for this year’s Before and After Care. Although the new rates were listed on the Extended Care information packet that went home in the paper News last week, we apologize that we inadvertently forgot to highlight the rate increase in the material. Please note that the rate increase applies to the daily rate only. Weekly and monthly prepaid rates remain the same.  You can find the Extended Care packet online HERE.

 

UPDATED! Parish/School Fall Family Picnic Join our St. Chris community in giving thanks for a new school year on Sunday, September 10 at the 10:00 AM mass, then join in the picnic fun in the Church Hall and Church lawn! All students who attend mass in school uniform will receive a Free Dress pass for Monday, September 11! Representatives from a larger number of parish and school groups will be offering fun, games and food for all! The Knights of Columbus will be running the grill and will offer hamburgers and hotdogs for all! Our very own Auction Committee will also be on hand, with a raffle for a FREE companion ticket to the Auction AND the Parent Group will be having a wheel o’prizes! Fun for everyone!


UPDATED! Raffle Calendar Fundraiser Congratulations to our first Surprise Prize winner today! Ryan U. won a Free Dress coupon for ANY day he wants! Whoo-hoo! And don't forget that everyone who brings in at least one ticket THIS FRIDAY will receive a Free Dress Pass for Friday, September 15!!

 

The calendar raffle tickets are coming in at a good clip! Keep ‘em coming! For every 10 raffle tickets your family sells, you will earn one entry into a raffle for a $1,500 Tuition Credit or $1,000 Cash prize! Extra tickets are available at the school or by emailing Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .We will have a number of fun student seller incentives throughout the month of September! Check them out!

 

FRIDAY FUNDAY incentives for every Friday in September (except on Sept 29, a no school day!). Any student who brings in at least one ticket will receive the prize of the day:

Friday, September 8 – Free Dress Pass for Friday, September 15

Friday, September 15 – Cookie treat at lunch

Friday, September 22 – Free popcorn

 

Student Surprise Prizes will be chosen on random days during the month of September from anyone who turns in a ticket on that day.

 

Crazy Mrs. Clarke will make a special appearance in October for Spirit Day if we beat our school goal of 2,000 tickets! We’ve met our goal each of the last 8 years…can’t wait to make this number 9 and see what crazy Mrs. Clarke will do this year!

 

Parent Information Night Please be sure that at least one parent per family attends the Parent Information Night on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:45 PM! The meeting will begin in the Church with a series of short presentations outlining the state of the school and the upcoming school year. We will then adjourn to the school so parents may visit their children’s classrooms (be sure to leave a note in your child’s desk…they’ll be looking for it!). We’ll see you there!

 

NEXT MONDAY! Independence Day Next Monday, September 11, is Independence Day…the first day that ALL our students will enter the school and find their classrooms without their parents help! Experience tells us that students who are able to enter the school on their own and navigate to the classroom feel much more independent and comfortable and start the day on a much more positive note, so please give your student the opportunity to show how “big” they are! We will have teachers stationed both outside the school and in the hallways to help the children find their way….no worries, they will be fine! Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NEW! Hurricane Relief Coin Collection -- Our hearts grow heavy with the continuing news reports of the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey...and the impending disaster of Hurricane Irma. One of the core fundamentals of the St. Chris community is service to others and we can think of no greater need right now than to help those in Texas. Therefore, we are holding a coin collection for hurricane relief efforts spearheaded by Catholic Charities USA, including disaster response and recovery efforts with direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services. The collection will continue through Friday, September 8. Donations can be made in the lobby of the school. Thank you for helping us help others!

 

Auction Committee Meeting Time to get the party started…or at least start planning for it! Our Auction Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 AM. Our auction is the largest fundraiser for St. Chris, having raised over $55,000 dollars last year to assist in making St. Chris a better place for all students!  There’s a place on the Auction Committee for everyone, including those interested in theme/decorations, item procurement, technology/computers, class art projects, reservations/seating, etc.! Meetings are held monthly through December, then bi-weekly during January and weekly in March, although Committee members “come and go” as needed with their role on the Committee. Contact co-chairs Tricia Casey, Faby Gagne, and Jenn Torosian at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

 

Parent Group Meeting – Mark your calendar for the Parent Group Social on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 PM in the library! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, hear about Parent Group activities and plans for the year, and learn how to get involved!

 

Coffee with Mrs. Clarke -- Our first Coffee with Mrs. Clarke will be held on Friday, September 15 from 9:15 – 10:15 AM in the Church Hall! This is an informal opportunity to get together with Mrs. Clarke and other parents and chat about all that’s happening at St. Chris. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions….we’ll bring the coffee and light refreshments!

 

Box Tops for EducationWe love our Box Tops program! We ask you to continue to save your Box Tops for this highly successful Box Top fundraising effort.  Participating Box Top products can be found here http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products. Box Tops are found on hundreds of products. Simply cut the Box Tops from the package and send them into school with your child. A Box Top collection bin is located near the Computer Classroom on the 2nd floor. Box Tops are each worth 10 cents and all those dimes add up to big dollars for St. Chris! Volunteers are always needed to help trim and sort the Box Tops. You can sign up to help by visiting the Volunteer Page on the school website.

 

Parent-Student HandbookLast week’s paper Wednesday News included a copy of the updated Parent-Student Handbook for this year. Please take the time to read it yourself and review it with your student(s). All students and parents must sign and return the form located at the back of the Handbook by September 15.

 

Fiddle Squad – Is your 3rd to 6th grade student interested in Fiddle Squad? Mrs. Bailey will be in the lobby on  Monday, September 11 at 8:30 AM to do fiddle sizing for interested students.

 

First Lego League Sign-Up’s – The St. Chris FLL team is open to all students who are 9 years old or older in 2017.  Registration cost is $75 per student.  Checks are made payable to St. Christopher School and should have FLL noted in the memo line and are due by Sept. 12. The St. Chris FLL season will run from September 9 to November 18.  The team will meet on Saturday mornings from 7:00 – 9:00 AM in the church hall.  Additional meetings may be held if necessary.  More information can be found in the flyer HERE.  For additional questions or information, please contact Lana Tyrrell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080D44ABAE2FA02-stchris4

 

Volunteers – We love our volunteers and are so very grateful for all the help they provide our St. Chris community! To make signing up for volunteering easy for our parents and coordinators, we have once again created online volunteer registration sheets for all of our programs through Sign-Up Genius and all registration is now open! You can sign up to volunteer with just a few clicks of the mouse, receive automatic email reminders about your volunteer activities, see who else is volunteering for a program, switch volunteer times with another volunteer, and more!

To get started, click HERE to view the volunteer opportunities available at St. Chris. At the end of each volunteer opportunity description, you will find a link to that volunteer registration form on Sign-up Genius. You must register your name and email in order to volunteer – this enables the email reminders and gives our volunteer coordinators an easy way to contact you. Volunteers are the key to so many of our wonderful programs – please take a moment to see how YOU can help!

 

Book Fair Yee-haw! We are excited to start the year off with our Scholastic Book Fair to support the library! For the first few weeks of school, the library will be FULL of great books and items that are sure to be a hit with your kids (and even a few things for us adults, too!). Each class will visit the library during the Book Fair and parents are welcome to shop any time that school is in session or during the Parent Information Night on Sepember 13. Also, volunteers are needed to help Mrs. Noon with the event. If you can help, please contact Mrs. Noon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

NEW! Online Book Fair – Howdy Partner! Looking to get a head start on the Scholastic Book Fair? Click HERE anytime between September 6 and September 21 at your convenience to do some online shopping, or to see what we have in store for you.

 

NEW! Faith Outreach Committee Meeting Interested in working with a great group of parents to provide a spiritually enriching environment for our children? Join our Faith Outreach Committee at their first meeting on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:45 PM in the teachers room to plan our upcoming Vocation Day, Adopted Religious program, and service projects.

 

Drama Club Exciting things are happening in Drama Club! This year’s production will be Annie, Jr…and it will take place on November 17! That’s right…Drama Club will be a Fall activity this year and will not stretch through the winter into Spring! The Drama Club is open to any student in grades 3-6 and practices will be held after school. Parents of interested students should attend the parent meeting on Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM in 1M. Additional details are available HERE.

 

CHORUS REGISTRATION! - Register online if your student is in 3rd-6th grade and interested in singing with their friends www.stchrisschoolnh.org/students/activities/chorus. Chorus provides lots of performance opportunities including Barnes and Noble Night, Christmas Tree Lighting, and of course The Winter Fine Arts Festival Thursday January 18th at 6:30 PM!  Contact Ms. Daigle with any questions!

 

Hot Lunch Changes – We have exciting new changes for the Hot Lunch program this year!  At the request of our Hot Lunch volunteers, we have worked with the parish to move the Hot Lunch serving area to the Church Hall, saving our volunteers many steps! On most days, classes will walk up to the Church Hall to pick up their lunches and return to their classrooms to eat. During the year however, we plan on holding “special lunch” days where students will eat in the Church Hall to get the “cafeteria” experience. Since this is all new to us, we ask everyone’s patience as we work out any kinks that pop up!

 

Hot Lunch Ordering -- Ordering for Hot Lunch is NOW OPEN through Sept. 15 on Boonli.com! This order will cover Sept. 25 through October 31. Ordering instructions can be found HERE.

 

Returning Parents: Boonli.com is the new name/website for Orderlunches.com. All returning student info should appear in your account. If it does not, please contact Boonli at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

NO late orders can be accepted under any circumstances (even technical difficulties!) as we must place our vendor orders first thing on the 16th, so please do not wait until the last minute to register and order!

 

Volunteers Needed! Speaking of Hot Lunch, we will need many, many volunteers to make our Hot Lunch program a success…over 100 people! Hot Lunch is a great way to get to know other parents, to see what’s going on in the school, and to see your children and their friends! Volunteers serve lunch just one day a month on the day of the week of your choice (although those who want to help out several days a month are always welcome!). To volunteer, use the Sign-Up Genius at https://tinyurl.com/stchrishotlunch or complete the form HERE and send it in to school!

 

NEW! In the Net Soccer – In the Net Sports Academy will again be offering soccer programs after school this Fall for grades PreK through 4! Classes begin the week of Sept. 11. A flyer listing class offerings, cost, other details can be found HERE . Please note: all payment must be sent to In the Net, not the school. Notifications about class cancellations will also come from In the Net, not the school. Students will be walked to the field from school by the coach, but MUST be signed out and picked up at the end of class time at the field by a parent or assigned adult.

 

School Mass Our first all-school mass of the year will be Monday, September 25 at 9:15 AM and will be prepared by 6W in celebration of Mercy Day. Please join us as we give thanks for the opportunity to begin a new school year together and to ask for God’s blessings.

 

3-School MassOn Thursday, September 21, our 1st through 6th grade students will also be traveling by bus to Infant Jesus School to join their students and the students from Nashua Catholic Junior High School for a very special mass celebrating the start of the school year. Permission slips were included in last week's paper News. Replacement slips are available from Jackie Langenfeld at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Address Changes – The real estate market is HOT and we hear that several of our families have recently purchased new homes or will be moving soon…congrats! If you have moved, please be sure to send us your new address and phone information as soon as possible so that we can update our records. It is imperative that we have the correct information for your student! You can use the change of address form in the back of the Student-Parent Handbook to update info, or send any new info to Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

 

Private Tours – Know of any new folks moving to the area? Have friends or relatives who would enjoy the St. Chris community and value a St. Chris education? We’d love to show them our school! Private tours with the wonderful Jackie Langenfeld can be scheduled for almost any day! To arrange, please have the prospective families call Jackie at 882-774, ext. 114.

 

Cub Scouts -- Want to learn more about Cub Scouts? Come to the Pack 253 Information Session, Thursday, September 14, 6:30-7:30pm, St. Christopher Church Hall.  Questions?  Check out www.nashuacubscouts.com or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 
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