March 15, 2016

March 13-17 Terra Nova Testing for grades 2-6

March 15 Hot Lunch Ordering Closes at Midnight

March 17 St. Patrick’s Free Dress

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Mass – 9:15 AM – 2J/2C preparing

March 20 STEM Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Library

March 22 Parent Group Meeting – 7:00 PM – Library

March 24 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – 5V preparing

March 24 Lion King Jr – 7:00 PM – Nashua Catholic Jr. High

March 29 Paper Wednesday News

March 31 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – 4D preparing

 

Thank You! So many people to thank for last Saturday’s Auction…impossible to list them all! We hosted a record 246 people at the event, with a record number of items up for bid! The generosity of our donors, advertisers, sponsors, and attendees was humbling. We appreciate the enthusiasm on behalf of St. Christopher School and its students! Thank you to all those who had any role in the success of the evening!

We must, however, give special thanks to our Auction Committee by name. These folks have spent the last 8 months preparing for this evening, from decorations to donations and so much in between. Please take a moment to thank Auction co-chairs Tricia Casey and Faby Gagne, as well as committee members Linda Imhof, Jen Hamson, Alison Nardone, Lisa Blanchard, Ellen Valade, Tracy Broderick, Mike Broderick, Betsy Hansen, Kevin Corriveau, Don Whalen, Todd DeRego, Meighan Garcia, Jenn Torosian, George Torosian, Corrie Zeman, and Luc Sirois!

 

STEM Day Thank You -- Thanks also need to go out to our presenters for last week’s fabulous STEM Day and evening Fair! During the day, the school was filled with the sounds of kids diving into the world of STEM. They learned about such topics as CPR, drone photograpy/videography, sound waves, robots, raspberry pi programming, water, blood chemistry, 3D printing, accounting, pandemics, electricity, and bone care. Our daytime presenters included keynote speaker Vic Puksta (’04), as well as Chris Stawasz, Brian Scanlan, Grant Morris, Bernie Rousseau, Jaime Blais (’06), Dean Winkelmann, Tom Nardone, Pam Chalupa, Lana Tyrrell, Don Sherwood, Sophie Marquis, Tom McCarthy, and Fred Daniels.

Our evening STEM Fair was another rousing success, with hundreds of people visiting our classrooms to see student work and investigating STEM in the hallway demonstrations! Many thanks to our teachers and students for their fabulous work, as well as Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua Catholic Jr. High School, Sophie Marquis, Tal Murthy, and Deepa Chetlapalli for the hallway demonstrations!

 

THIS WEEK! Terra Nova Testing Grades 2-6 is participating in Terra Nova standardized testing this week. Please make every attempt to avoid scheduling appointments for students during that time, as it is disruptive for everyone if a child comes in late or leaves early. There will be no homework that week so our kids can rest, relax and do their very best.

 

NEW! Auction Bid Numbers – Did you take your Auction bid number home by accident? We use them year after year, but are missing quite a few of the numbers after Saturday’s event! If you still have yours, please send it in to school to Marta’s attention. Thanks!

 

NEW! St. Patrick’s Day Mass – Our 2nd grade is preparing the St. Patrick’s Day mass for THIS Friday, March 17, at 9:15 AM in the church. Please join us!

 

Lion King, Jr Tickets Tickets are on sale for the Drama Club’s production of the Lion King, Jr.! This sure-to-be-fabulous production will take place March 24 at 7:00 PM at Nashua Catholic Junior High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and orders are due by March 17! You can download a copy of the order form HERE .

 

Family Dance Tickets – Our 3rd Annual Family Dance will take place on April 1 at St. Patrick’s Gym from 6:00-8:00 PM and ticket orders are going home today! This is a great family night with dancing, snacks, raffle prizes, and FUN! Tickets are just $5 per family! You can download a ticket order form HERE .

 

NEW! FREE Lions Eye Screening The Southington, CT Lions Club will be here at St. Chris performing FREE eye screening for our students on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28. The Lions are fully trained in the use of the eye screening equipment and will be screening for a variety of conditions. There is no physical contact with the child and no eye drops are administered. To participate, students must return the permission form which is being sent home or can be downloaded HERE by Monday, March 20.

 

NEW! Music in Our Catholic Schools Concert – The St. Christopher Bands and Fiddle Squads will be joining student musicians from Nashua Catholic Jr High and Bishop Guertin High School in a free concert at Bishop Guertin High School on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM. Please come support our musicians and hear beautiful music performed by Catholic school students from 3rd grade through high school! All students who attend will receive a Free Dress pass for a future school date.

 

After Care on Fridays during Lent – The parish is once again holding their terrific Fish Dinners on Fridays during Lent, so our After Care will be relocated to 1st grade on all Fridays during Lent. Please go to the 1st grade doors to pick up your children!

 

Annual Fund – Just over two weeks left to have your donation listed on the Honor Roll of Donors! Gifts received by March 31, 2017 will appear on the Honor Roll that is distributed to parents, friends, and alumni of St. Chris as part of our summer News and Notes publication. Donations of all sizes are welcome…but most of all, we appreciate your participation!  Donations may be sent in to the school office or mailed to the school office to the attention of Mrs. Clarke. Donations can also be made quickly and easily online HERE!

 

LAST CALL! Yearbook News The Yearbook has extended it’s deadline to THIS Friday, March 17….but this is the LAST CALL! The Yearbook is a school-wide memento of the year here at St. Chris and is a wonderful keepsake for students in all grades. The Yearbook News flyer includes information on advertising, personal messages, and ordering copies of the book. Orders are due TOMORROW! Need another copy of the Yearbook News? Click HERE!

 

Private Tours – Our next Open House isn’t until May, but that doesn’t mean potential families can’t come visit us and see what great things St. Christopher School offers them! 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.

 

Stations of the Cross Lent is here! We will be continuing our Lenten tradition here at St. Chris by holding the Stations of the Cross every Friday (except THIS Friday, March 17 because we will be attending our St. Patrick’s Day Mass in the morning). Stations are presented by various classes and take place in the morning or afternoon, dependent upon the school schedule for the day. Please check the school calendar for specific times and join us for this most meaningful Lenten observance!

 

THIS WEEK! St. Patrick’s Day Free DressWe’ll be wearin’ the green THIS Friday, March 17! Students are invited to wear their green and white in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. Free Dress guidelines apply…see the Parent/Student Handbook for clarification.

 

St. Christopher Parish Bulletin – Check out what’s happening at St. Christopher Parish this week by reading the weekly bulletin online at http://www.stchrisparishnh.org/!

 

K of C Lenten Friday Fish Dinners -- Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick and St. Christopher Parishes are serving Baked Fish Dinners on the following remaining Fridays during Lent:  March 17, 24, 31 and April 7.  The dinners are served from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at St. Christopher’s Church Hall, 62 Manchester Street, Nashua.  The menu includes a generous portion of baked fish, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and selections from our famous dessert table.  Cost is $11.  Pizza is available at $2.00.  Take-out orders can be placed by calling 717-4980. Our snow cancellation policy is that dinners will be cancelled when Nashua schools are cancelled due to inclement weather.  Stations of the Cross and Confessions are held in St. Christopher Church following the dinners.

 

NH CATHOLIC YOUTHFEST – Sometimes, God can seem like nothing more than a subject in school.  We learn about Him, but it can be hard to experience Him and His infinite love.  If you’re searching for God’s powerful love in your life, you’re not alone.  Hundreds of other young people like you come to find God at NH Catholic Youthfest.  It’s a day jam-packed with upbeat worship music, passionate speakers, dynamic Eucharistic adoration, and sharing your faith journey with your friends.  The St. Chris Youth Group is putting together a group of Nashua-area 6, 7, and 8th grade students to attend this powerful experience of God, and we’re inviting all St. Chris sixth graders to join us.

Youthfest will be held at St. Anselm College on Saturday, May 6th from 9am to 6:30pm.  Permission forms and cost ($35) are due to the office on Friday April 7th, in an envelope marked “Attn: Emily Murphy – Youthfest.”   Permission slips can be found at http://stchrisparishnh.org/ under “NH CATHOLIC YOUTHFEST.” For any questions email Emily Murphy.

 

March of Dimes Fundraisier – St. Chris families are invited to support the March of Dimes by visiting the Nashua Shorty’s on Thursday, March 23rd all day or order takeout with friends and family! The March of Dimes will receive 15% of the total sales if you tell your server you’re there for the March of Dimes!

Can’t go but want to support the March of Dimes? Join Team O’Malley for 2017 March for Babies Team on May 7th at Merrimack Outlets! Visit them online at www.marchforbabies.org/team/omalley.

 

 

 

Hot Lunch Volunteers – Hot Lunch volunteers should make sure to mark your calendars with your scheduled hot lunch days. The volunteer and shopper schedules can be found on the Hot Lunch page of the website. If you are unable to work a day you are scheduled, please try to find a replacement. We count on each and every volunteer. Thank you to all the volunteers for adhering to the Health Dept requirements.  Paper hats are available if you forget to bring your own!

 

Upcoming Hot Lunch Volunteer Schedule:

 

Thursday, 3/16

Kristin Wilson

Lisa DeNeill

Joanne Thurston

 

Friday, 3/17

April Savino

Melissa Sprague

Tracey Bradshaw

Patti Mucciolli

 

Monday, 3/20

Michelle Lanno

Lynda Jopling

Lisa O’Connor

Tara Canaway

 

Tuesday, 3/21

Cindy Reardon

Cyndy Hall

Katie Osborn

Diane Gear

 

Wednesday, 3/22

Meghan Mercier

Sasha Shaplyko

Jessica MacDonald

Francine Richardson