September 27, 2017

September 28 Corpus Christi Brown Bags due at 8:45 AM

September 29 No School – Teacher Faith Formation Day

October 1 Applications accepted online for NEW students for 2018-2019

October 3 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM

October 6 Rediker Emergency Communications Test -- Time TBD

October 6 Faith Outreach Committee Meeting – 8:45 AM – Library

October 9 NO SCHOOL – Columbus Day

October 10 School Board Meeting – 8:30 AM – Library

October 13 Early Release – 12:30 PM – No After Care

October 18 Lifetouch Portraits

October 18 Parent Group Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

October 20 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

October 20 PreK Take Your Parent to Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

October 24 Vocation Day – Mass at 9:15 AM

October 25 Paper Wednesday News

October 27 Kindergarten Take Your Parent to Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

October 31 Halloween Free Dress

 

 

Thank you! This week’s thanks go to our first few shifts of Hot Lunch volunteers for helping us work out the kinks on our new service space in the Church Hall! So far, so good…everyone seems to be enjoying the new set-up!

 

THIS WEEK! No SchoolDon’t forget that we will NOT have school THIS Friday, September 29. Faculty and staff will be attending a Faith Formation Day with the Diocese in Concord on that day!

 

Family Roster/Directory -- Your wish is our command…we are once again doing the Family Roster/Directory! This directory will include student and parent names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

 

Because of privacy laws, however, it is very important that we receive your permission to print your family's contact information on this directory. We understand that some people are hesitant to share their private information, and we respect that choice.

 

To have your information listed on the roster, please complete the form located at https://tinyurl.com/StChrisRoster2017 by October 6. In the interest of timeliness, information returned after that date will not be included on the Roster. Please note that although we are collecting the roster information electronically, it will be distributed in print form only. We will NOT post the information on the school website.

 

LAST WEEK! Raffle Calendar FundraiserOh my goodness…we are at the end of the Fall Calendar Raffle sales period! All tickets are due TOMORROW to qualify for the various incentives, including the Tuition Raffle!

 

Tuition Raffle: 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!

 

Student Surprise Prizes: One more day….and we’ll be picking a BUNCH of winners tomorrow!

 

Free Dress Incentive: Any student who brought in a calendar raffle ticket ANY time this week, including tomorrow, will receive a Free Dress for Friday, October 6! Passes will be distributed on Monday, October 2.

 

Crazy Mrs. Clarke: We are just a few hundred short of our goal of 2,000 tickets sold! If we meet our goal of 2,000 tickets sold, Mrs. Clarke will once again be doing something C-R-A-Z-Y and ALL students will receive a Spirit Wear day to go along with the fun!

 

NEW! Popcorn is Back! All students are invited to purchase popcorn for snack starting next Friday, October 6! Each bag of freshly popped popcorn is 50¢!

 

NEW! Lifetouch Photos – Lifetouch will be here to take our school photos on Wednesday, October 18. Students should wear their uniforms that day. More information will be coming later in October!

 

NEW! Chinese Exchange Students -- The NH Catholic Schools Office is looking for three more volunteer host families to open their hearts and homes for students (ages 11-12) from China who will be visiting the United States from October 8 through 21. Visiting students who are hosted with St. Chris families during these 12 days will attend St. Chris or Nashua Catholic. This is a great opportunity for St. Chris families to learn more about the Chinese culture, as well as extend a warm welcome to these kids!

·  4-5 teachers from China and the program director from UTE will be accompanying the students in October and staying in a hotel.  They will be available for parents to call with any issues or concerns.  They will also be available to the school staff/administration to help with translation along with any academic, social, or other issues.

· Students will have health insurance and health insurance cards if they need medical attention.

· Families do not need to worry about increasing their home insurance or liability insurance.  That is being covered.

· Hot Lunch will be paid for by UTE for all Chinese students.  If a host family decides to send their visiting Chinese student to school with a bagged lunch they will be reimbursed for the lunches they provide.

· If a family says “yes” to hosting a student, their name and email is forward to the UTE who will email them a form to fill out and send them the student profile.

· Pick up and drop off information will be provided to host families once they are on board.

If your family is interested in this tremendous experience of hosting a student, please contact Mrs. Clarke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible!

 

NEW! 5th and 5th grade Wrestling: Our Phys Ed teacher, Coach PJ is the assistant wrestling coach at Nashua Catholic and he would like to invite all interested 5th and 6th graders to join. It is a co-ed sport. (The head coach and team captain are both girls.) It is a no-cut sport. And it is free to join. Practices will start around Thanksgiving. If your son or daughter is interested, please email Coach @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that he can put you on his email list. Feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions.


NEW! Chess and Games Club 2017-18: The St. Christopher Chess and Games Club will start on Friday, October 13 and run from 7:50 AM to 8:30 AM in 5M. The club is for Grades 1 to 6. Students learn to play basic Chess and some board games. Kids do not need to know how to play to join the club and will pick up the game after a few days.

5M is located on the 2nd floor. Enter through the before care door and take the stairs. The classroom is at the top of the stairs and on your right.

Parent volunteers are welcome to join. Please sign up via Sign-up Genius at https://tinyurl.com/StChrisChess2017 or contact the coordinators: Tal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Chris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

NEW! Cheerleading/Pep SquadWe are in the process of looking into the idea of offering Pep Squad/Cheerleading for our students in grades 3-6 this year! While the details still need to be worked out based on interest, practices would probably run twice a week right after school beginning in mid to late October. If your student would be interested, please complete and return the form in this week’s paper News!

 

NEW! Halloween Free Dress – Tuesday, October 31 will be a booooo-tiful day here at St. Chris as our kids dress in their favorite orange, black, and white Free Dress outfits! Please keep our Free Dress rules in mind when picking out an outfit!

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering – Ordering for November’s Hot Lunch will run from October 1 – 15 on Boonli.com. Don’t forget that all orders must be in by midnight on the 15th…no late orders can be accepted!

 

NEW! PreK Parent Lunch – PreK parents should mark their calendar now for the October 20 PreK Take Your Parent to Lunch event in the Church Hall at noon! Our littlest students will put on a very short performance and then will share a pizza lunch with you!  The event lasts approximately one hour.

 

NEW! Kindergarten Parent Lunch – Kindergarten parents will be treated to their own Take Your Parent to Lunch program on Friday, October 27 at noon! Add it to your calendar!

 

Gift Card Found! – After the Book Sale clean-up, Mrs. Noon found an Omni Resorts gift card in the library! It appears to have some remaining value on it, so if this is yours, please contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

CYO Basketball – Students in grades 3-6 received a CYO Basketball registration form last week from Coach Levesque.  Coach is looking to gauge interest in the program so he can secure the necessary adult coaches. If your child is interested in CYO basketball, please return the form as soon as possible. This is not a commitment….it is simply an indication of interest. A form listing costs and practice times is included with this week’s paper Wednesday News or can be found HERE .

 

Ski Club News: Ski Club Registration is OPEN! Ski Club is open to independent skiers in Grades 3-6, will start-up on Friday, January 5th, 2018 and run for 5 weeks. 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 at https://tinyurl.com/StChrisSkiClub2017. 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:
  4. User Name:  CMSTCHRSC
  5. Password:  scscmember (case sensitive)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)

 

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!

 

NEW! Notify System Test As we did last year, we’d like to do a test run of our Notify system! This is one of the methods we use for sending out mass communications, including robocalls, text messages and emails. We will be using this system during the year to notify you of weather-related school closings, as well as any emergency information we might need to get out in a timely manner. On Friday, October 6, sometime after 9:00 AM, we will send out a test message to all parents using all forms of communication.  Therefore, you should expect to receive several versions of this test message, both through your phone(s) and email. If you do NOT receive the messages, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Box Tops for Education-- Calling all Box Tops! Now's the time to bring in the Box Tops your family's been collecting all summer long! Our first submission is right around the corner and we want to beat last year's earnings, but our collection has been very LOW. Your Box Tops matter! The collection bin is next to the Computer Room on the 2nd floor.

 

NEW! Vocation Day – Our Faith Outreach Committee is excited to announce that our annual Vocation Day will take place on Tuesday, October 24 and we will be welcoming over 20 special guests! This wonderful day gathers priests, sisters, deacons, and lay ministers together to share a mass with our students, attend a casual breakfast reception, and then visit with the students in their classrooms. Mass will take place at 9:15 AM and all are welcome to attend it and the breakfast reception. The afternoon will include a craft session during which students will create very special projects for their families. Volunteers are especially needed to help with the afternoon craft sessions…please see the flyer in this week’s paper News!

 

Teacher Substitutes Needed – We are looking to add qualified people to our teacher substitute list! Interested individuals must have a college degree and a willingness to take full responsibility for a classroom for the day and follow the teacher’s plans. Substitutes are occasionally prearranged, but most often the phone call request will come very early in the morning (5:00 AM is not unheard of!) when a teacher wakes up and discovers she is ill. Substitutes are paid a small stipend for the day’s work. Candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest to Mrs. Clarke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

THIS WEEK! Corpus Christi Food Pantry Brown Bag Collection Brown Bags for the Corpus Christi Food Pantry are due TOMORROW, Sept. 28, at 8:45 AM.  Please consider filling the bags with the items on the list attached to the bag…or other appropriate items…and bring them back Thursday morning for pick-up by the Corpus Christi van. Many thanks for your support!

 

NEW! October No School and Early Release Days – Don’t forget we have one day off school in October and one early release! There will be no school on October 9 for Columbus Day. On October 13, students will be released at 12:30 PM and there will be NO After Care.

 

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.

 

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/

 

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!

 

THIS WEEKEND! Pet Blessing St. Christopher Parish will be holding it’s annual Pet Blessing in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi! The blessing will take place in the upper parish parking lot on October 1 at noon. All well-behaved pets (leashed and/or in carriers, please!) and their human families are welcome!

 

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, Sept. 28

Julie Knapp

Melissa Murrin

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, Sept. 29

No School

 

Monday, October 2

George Torosian

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Kristin Wilson

 

Tuesday, October 3

Nathalie Lemieux

Dan Kolar

Lorraine Barry

JoAnn Howell

 

Wednesday, October 4

Sasha Shaplyko

Francine Richardson

Ferm Blomquist

Alicia Maffei