September 13, 2017

September 10-15 Scholastic Book Fair – 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 Jenn Torosian, Faby Gagne, Ellen Valade, and Lorrice Bedard for representing the school’s Auction, Parent Group, and Calendar Raffle at the Parish and School Picnic this past Sunday! It was a great opportunity for our school families to meet our parish families and by all counts, everyone had a GREAT time!

 

UPDATED! Hurricane Relief Coin Collection Thank You Thank you to all those who supported our Hurricane Relief coin collection last week! We raised $860 and have sent it to Catholic Charities USA to support all those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Our students and families are amazingly generous to those in need and we are MOST grateful!

 

UPDATED! Raffle Calendar Fundraiser We had another surprise prize winner today... Kaelyn M. in PreK won the choice of a small toy prize or a Free Dress coupon for ANY day, as well as a choice of candy from our candy bucket! Whoo-hoo! And don't forget that everyone who brings in at least one ticket THIS FRIDAY will receive a cookie treat at lunchtime!!

 

Our Raffle total is just shy of 600 tickets, which is a little over 25% of our goal of 2,000 tickets! 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 .

 

Don’t forget our FRIDAY FUNDAY incentives for Fridays in September! Any student who brings in at least one ticket will receive the prize of the day:

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!

 

TONIGHT!!!!! Parent Information Night Please be sure that at least one parent per family attends the Parent Information Night tonight, 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!). The Book Fair will also be open beginning at 7:15 PM. We’ll see you there!

 

THIS WEEK! 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 THIS 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!

 

THIS WEEK! Coffee with Mrs. Clarke -- Our first Coffee with Mrs. Clarke will be held THIS 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!

 

THIS WEEK! Parent-Student Handbook – Last 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 THIS Friday, September 15.

 

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!

 

THIS WEEK! Book Fair – Yee-haw! We are excited to start the year off with our Scholastic Book Fair to support the library! The library is 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 tonight or after the Drama Club meeting tomorrow evening. The Book Fair closes Friday morning.

 

Online Book Fair – Howdy Partner! The online version of our Book Fair continues through September 21! Click HERE anytime to do some online shopping!

 

THIS WEEK! 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 THIS Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM in 1M. Additional details are available HERE.

 

NEW! Ski Club News:

Ski Club Registration is OPEN, info meeting is NEXT Thursday 9/21 @ 6:30! Ski Club is open to independent skiers in Grades 3-6, will start-up on Friday, January 5th, 2018 and run for 5 weeks. We will have a meeting next Thursday, September 21st at 6:30pm in 1M. If you are thinking about joining this year, please plan to attend the meeting. Details about passes, transportation, lessons, volunteering, etc will be discussed.  The School Program Director from Crotched Mountain will also be joining us. All are welcome, including returning families!  Please contact Coordinator Tara Canaway at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested and unable to attend the meeting.

 

To register, purchase your passes on the Crotched Mountain website.  Our club registration deadline is Friday November, 3rd. Passes, equipment and lesson prices will go up after registration closes. Please see this year's [program flyer] for prices and other details. New this year - kids get season passes valid at all 7 peak resorts with their ski club pass!!!

      1. Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/voyager-program/
      2. Scroll down, click the “BUY NOW” button.
      3. At the VIP Login page, use the following user name and password to access St. Chris Ski Club:
        1. User Name:  CMSTCHRSC
        2. Password:  scscmember (case sensitive)

      4. Click ‘See Available Items’, then ‘Friday Voyager’ for the pass you need (with or without rentals).  Lessons and seasonal equipment rental will be listed as an optional add-on after you select the pass.
      5. Follow directions for checkout.  (Note for returning skiers:  click Add/Change guest from the shopping cart to look up your info if you purchased passes last year.)
      6. Important! If your child will need to ride the bus to Crotched email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a seat.

If you have questions about which passes/options to purchase, please contact Tara.  If you have questions or issues with the website, please contact Barb Martin at Crotched Mountain – 603.588.3668 ext 232.  Thanks!

Discounted Season Passes for Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride - Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride, home of our very popular Ski Club, is offering a limited number of specially discounted season passes to our community this year.  Please see descriptions below for these special passes! Quantities are limited and these will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Passes can be purchased by and for anyone, please spread the word!  Interested?  Contact Ski Club coordinator Tara Canaway at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information!

PASS OPTIONS:

* Youth Explorer Passes (ages 7-18) - $425

No blackout dates; valid at Crotched, Wildcat, Attitash, Mt. Snow, Hunter Mountain, Jack Frost, Big Boulder

 

* Ranger Peak Pass (youth or adult) - $525

Blackout dates: Dec. 27, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018; Jan 13 & 14, 2018 and February 17 – 19, 2018. Blackout dates DO NOT apply to Crotched; valid at Crotched, Wildcat, Attitash, Mt. Snow, Hunter Mountain, Jack Frost, Big Boulder)

 

More info on Crotched Mountain and Peak Passes:

http://www.crotchedmtn.com/

http://www.peakpass.com/

 

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!

 

THIS WEEK! Hot Lunch Ordering -- Ordering for Hot Lunch is NOW OPEN through midnight THIS Friday, 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!

 

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 Mass – On 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 .

 

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 .

 

NEW! Talking to Teens about Suicide -- In response to reports of a rise in suicidal behavior and thinking among NH teens, the Diocese of Manchester and Catholic Charities New Hampshire will offer a free program for parents to increase awareness of teen suicide and provide guidance on how to respond.  Rev. John J. Mahoney Jr., Director of Catholic Charities Counseling Services, will lead a team of CCNH counselors skilled in working with adolescents in presenting the program, which will include opportunities for questions. This is not a training program, but intended to improve awareness. Parents and all who work with teens and young adults are welcome. The program will be offered at two locations outlined below. Registration can be completed online HERE.

Monday, September 25, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Church Hall
575 Candia Rd., Manchester
RSVP by September 22

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall
300 NH Rte. 25, Meredith
RSVP by October 24

 

St. Christopher Parish – Wondering what’s going on at St. Christopher Parish? Check out their website and weekly bulletin online HERE! Fr. Kelley welcomes and encourages all families to attend mass at St. Chris and to get involved in the parish!