October 11, 2017

October 13 Chess Club Begins – 7:50 AM – 5M

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

October 16 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM -- Library

October 18 Lifetouch Portraits

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

October 19 First Pep Squad/Cheerleading practice – 3:00 PM -- lobby

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 26 Crazy Mrs. Clarke/Spirit Day – Spirit Day Free Dress

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

October 31 Halloween Free Dress



Thank you! More thank you’s for our Corpus Christi Food Pantry collection…the Food Pantry reports that we collected 889.9 lbs for the Pantry last week! Wowza! That will help many hungry families in Nashua and is MUCH appreciated!


FRIDAY! Early Release – Don’t forget we have an Early Release THIS Friday, October 13! Students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM and there will be no After Care. All teachers will be attending a professional development workshop.


NEW! Staff Changes – Unfortunately, we must announce that Sandi McCabe and Chandra Arbuckle have made the difficult decision to leave their classroom positions. Sandi will be leaving for personal reasons and Chandra is pursuing other job opportunities. Both have been ardent supporters of the school, both as alumni parents and as staff members, and we appreciate their dedication over the years! The good news is that we will be seeing both of them around the school as volunteers, and Sandi will remain working in After Care as well as occasionally subbing.

We also welcome Jenn Lang to the staff as PreK aide in Mrs. Duffy’s class. Jenn has been involved in almost every aspect of the school over the years as a parent and volunteer and we are excited to have her in the classroom full-time! Nancy Garceau will be substituting as the aide in Ms. Jodrey’s class until a new aide is hired and we are most appreciative of her help!


Crazy Mrs. Clarke/Spirit Day -- By beating our school goal, we earned our Crazy Mrs. Clarke/Spirit Day, which has been scheduled for Thursday, October 26! All students are invited to wear their spirit wear (or blue and white) that day instead of the usual uniforms. Spirit wear includes the Husky Pride Spirit shirts (see below to order online if you need one!), or cross country/basketball/drama/lego/etc shirts. Blue and/or white shirts are also welcome! Jeans are permitted for the day, too!


Calendar Raffle Daily WinnersCalendar Raffle winners are posted daily during the month of October on the Nashua Diocesan Schools website…you can view them HERE!


NEW! Calendar Raffle Tuition Raffle Oldest and only children were given the Tuition Raffle receipts today, so please check those backpacks! We will be drawing the winner of the Tuition Raffle next Wednesday, October 18 at 10:00 AM at Nashua Catholic…and parents are invited to watch the big drawing LIVE on our school Facebook page HERE!


DEADLINE THIS WEEK! Husky Spirit Shirts Order It’s time for a Husky Spirit Shirt order! For those of you who are new, these are the royal blue shirts featuring our Sparky mascot and “Husky Pride” on the back, with “St. Christopher School” on the front. The kids LOVE them! Spirit shirts can be worn on Spirit Days, on Free Dress days, and at any number of school activities like basketball games and Barnes and Noble night! For a limited time, Husky Spirit Shirts can be ordered online HERE for $8.50. All shirts will be delivered to the school and sent home with students. Please order by THIS Friday, October 13, to be sure that Spirit Shirts are delivered before our first Spirit Day on October 26!


NEW! Online Safe Environment Volunteer TrainingFor volunteers who still need to complete or renew their safe environment training, the last day to use the Shield the Vulnerable site is Sunday, October 29th.   We will not be able to verify any information or data from the STV site after that date.  The Diocese expects their new online training, Safe Haven:  It’s up to You, to be ready for use after the 29th.


NEW! Auction Committee Meeting – All are welcome to join us for the next Auction Committee meeting on Friday, October 20 at 8:00 AM in the Church Hall. Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, from decorations to item procurement to technology…there’s a place for everyone!


Used Uniforms Our Used Uniform closets are bursting at the seams! All parents are welcome to come in and look through the clothing during school hours. All clothing is in good condition, has been laundered and is free! To check out the selection, please come to the front desk and check in first!


NEW! Updated Liturgical Celebration CalendarDue to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we have made a few changes in our Liturgical Celebration Calendar for the school year. Please click HERE to view the updated schedule!


THIS WEEK! St. Chris Scarecrow We are thrilled to be taking part in the Downtown Nashua’s Scarecrow contest this year! Our scarecrow features a Husky, of course, and is located outside Darrell’s Music Hall. The winner of the contest will be determined by the number of votes cast online…the voting has begun HERE and will continue through THIS Friday, October 13th! Voters are allowed to cast one vote every 24 hours with each vote counting as one point. To earn five bonus points, voters may take a selfie with the scarecrow and post it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #downtownscarecrows and it will earn our scarecrow 5 bonus points! (Don’t forget….the privacy settings of that post need to be set to public so the judges are able to view the picture and include the bonus points while tallying up the votes!)


NEXT WEEK! Lifetouch Photos – Lifetouch will be here to take our school photos next Wednesday, October 18. Students should wear their uniforms that day. More information can be found HERE .


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.


THIS WEEK! Chess and Games Club 2017-18: The St. Christopher Chess and Games Club will start THIS 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 ).


Cheerleading/Pep SquadWe are so excited to be offering this new extracurricular activity for our students in grades 3-6! (Many thanks to parent volunteer Marykate Nerney for coordinating!). The group will begin practicing on Thursday, October 19, from 3:00 – 4:15 PM (please send your child with a small snack!). Please note: Students who are currently in Drama Club or cross country are most welcome to join the Pep Squad/Cheerleaders after those programs have completed! To help in planning, please complete the interest form HERE and include a note that your child will be joining at a later date.


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!


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


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. PreK parents should return the RSVP form distributed in their child’s home folder as soon as possible!


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!


Babysitter Needed – A note from one of our parents…. Hi Parents, my name is Melissa and my daughter Madison Lorden attends St. Christopher's. We recently moved to NH and I don't know many people. My husband and I are looking for a babysitter for Madison and Abigail 2-4 days a week from 3pm-7:45pm, Mon- Thurs. Abigail is 23 months old. I have exhausted all my options and have been having a hard time finding someone for this time of the day. If anyone knows of someone who would be interested please give me a call. My # is 480-387-4042.


Hot Lunch Volunteer Needed – We find ourselves in need of one more volunteer for our Tuesday shift once a month.  The dates would be as follows:  10/31, 11/28, 1/9, 2/6, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/15.  If you, or someone you know, is able to help us with this please let Julie Prangley know as soon as possible at j This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you!


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!


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 HERE to volunteer!


NEW! Brunch Items NeededWith so many wonderful speakers coming to share our Vocation Day with us, we are in need of some additional items for our morning breakfast reception! All items would be due to the school by 8:30 AM on October 24 (or the afternoon before). Please help us welcome our guests to the St. Chris community by clicking HERE!


NEW! STEM Committee Meeting The incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is an important part of the academic program here at St. Chris! We love exploring new areas and helping our kids to think and learn like scientists! Each year, our STEM Committee takes on new projects to further this integration of STEM into the life of the school, as well as planning the annual STEM Day and Science Fair in March. If you would like to be part of this exciting effort, please join us at our first STEM Committee meeting on Monday, October 16 at 6:30 PM in the school library! For more information, please contact the committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


NEW! Parent Group Meeting Our Parent Group will also be meeting next week on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 PM. We will be planning upcoming events, as well as discussing a new initiative for the group as proposed by our School Board.  Please join us!


NEW! Fall Golf at Nashua Catholic -- The Nashua Catholic Wildcat golf team is looking for interested 5th and 6th grade members to join them for their intramural Fall golf season. The Fall golf season consists of a few practices at Ponemah Greens Golf Center in Amherst, NH. Practices will be held at either the driving range on site, or on the 9-hole golf course depending on availability.

Due to the large number of students who will be golfing, we do ask that only golfers with at least some golf experience join for this Fall season for time and safety purposes. If your 5th or 6th grade son or daughter is interested in joining the Nashua Catholic Fall golf program, please contact NC Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Farris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Go Huskies! Go Wildcats!


New Student Registrations for 2018-2019 OPEN! Do you have a younger child who will be ready for PreK in 2018-2019? Do you know of a family who is interested in joining our wonderful community next year? Registrations are OPEN for new students in 2018-2019 by clicking HERE! New students in PreK and Kindergarten for next year will be accepted on a space available basis immediately. New students in grades 1-6 will be informed of their acceptance status in February, following in-house registrations.

Current students in grades PreK to grade 2 will re-register in November. Current students in grades 3-5 will reregister in January.

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!


* 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:




NEW! Open House at the Front Door Agency You are invited to learn more about the Front Door Agency’s efforts to help homeless children at their upcoming informal Open Houses at the Norwell Home on Concord St.  The informational Open Houses take place Wednesday October 18, from 8:30-9-30 AM and Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Please stop by and hear about the wonderful work this Agency is doing!


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!


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, October 12

Theresa Yasevich

Joanne Thurston

Angela Labrecque


Friday, October 13

Early Dismissal – No Hot Lunch


Monday, October 16

Cindy Reardon

Tara Canaway

Lisa O’Connor

Rochelle Roberts


Tuesday, October 17

Joe Lamere

Lorraine Barry

JoAnn Howell

Jeff Rol


Wednesday, October 18

Jen McGowan

Ramona Telford

Dan Kolar

Fern Blomquist


Friday Popcorn Poppers

Louise and Nate Goulet