October 18, 2017

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! This week’s thank you comes from Cross Country Head Coach Stacey Marino:

Thank you to all the parents that helped the St. Chris Cross Country program this year.  The parents that were able to be there were there every practice, we so appreciate you - Julie Knapp, Susan Forsyth, Melissa Emond, Melissa Michels, Tracy Bastarache, Heather Griebel, April Savino, Jen McGowan, Susette Parks, Cyndy Hall, Alicia Maffei, John and Lisa O'Connor, Jay Cook, and Andrea Tencza! You are all amazing and Evan and I Thank You!!!  Also thank you to Evan Kouchalakos who was there every practice with all of his energy and enthusiasm to lead our kids to awesome workouts!  I will miss you next year it has been so fun coaching with you for the last 3 years!!!!

 

We’d also like to thank our parent volunteers Tracy Bastarache, Sue Forsyth, and Ariella Marget for their assistance with the Lifetouch photos today! The photographers were amazed at how smoothly the whole operation went this morning!

 

And MORE thank you's go to the Schadowsky family for their donation of electric pencil sharpeners and games/toys for the After Care program! We appreciate the generosity!

 

NEW! Tuition Raffle Congratulations – The principals of St. Chris, Infant Jesus and Nashua Catholic gathered today at Nashua Catholic to pick the winner of the Tuition Raffle….and it was the Marchand-Thurston family of St. Chris! Congratulations!

 

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! Barnes and Noble Night – Plans are underway for our annual Barnes and Noble night on November 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm! This amazing evening features performances by many of our student groups, a raffle for a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card, a “signature” drink at the Café, free dress certificates for all students who attend, and more! A percentage of every purchase made that evening benefits the library. Barnes and Noble Night is a few weeks earlier than in years past, so mark your calendar now!

 

NEW! CYO Basketball and Drama Club Fees -- All CYO basketball and Drama Club fees are due by THIS Friday, October 20!


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.

 

THIS WEEK! Auction Committee Meeting – All are welcome to join us for the next Auction Committee meeting THIS 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!

 

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!

 

TOMORROW! Cheerleading/Pep Squad We 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 and Paula Bernard for her help!). The group will begin practicing TOMORROW, 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.

 

NEW! After Care Crochet Supplies – As the winter weather approaches, Senora Bichrest, Mrs. Ternan, Mrs. Clarke, and several other teachers are looking to start teaching our After Care students how to crochet! This traditional hands-on craft is a great skill for kids, helping to increase concentration, improve hand-eye coordination, and build self-esteem! To begin, however, we need to collect some supplies. We are looking for crochet needles, metric sizes 8 to 10 (plastic, metal or wood ok), and skeins of thick yarn. Leftover yarn from other projects is just fine! Please send supplies in to the front desk. Thank you!

 

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! PreK Parent LunchWe’ll see our PreK parents THIS Friday, October 20 for the 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! Afternoon Parking Reminder -- Time for a back parking lot reminder! Many thanks to all those who are following the rules. For those who need a refresher, please note:

  • If you are picking up in the back parking lot, we ask that you do not move the cones to enter the lot at the end of the day.  6th grade students are assigned to moving the cones and will do so before students are dismissed for the day. While it may look like the parking lot is not being used, classes are sometimes scheduled to use the parking lot after recess for special experiments/projects. Please wait in an orderly car line along the side of the school by the bus drop off and rounding the corner in front of the school when necessary.
  • Once the 6th grade students have come out to move the cones, please wait until they have safely reentered the school before pulling into the parking lot.
  • Cars should only pull into the lot using the entrance, which is the opening closest to the school and marked with an IN arrow.
  • Cars should back into the spaces along the outside of the parking lot before pulling into the spaces in middle of the lot. Please be sure to back into the spaces to avoid hitting children when leaving after dismissal.
  • All parents must park their car in a space, exit their car, and pick up their child at the top of the stairs. Do not pull up to the area by the top of the stairs and assume your child can just "jump in" to the car or ask your child to run across the parking lot to your car. This is dangerous for both your child and other children.
  • Please explain these rules to any other adult you may send to pick up your child. Most of the time, those who are putting the children in danger are those who have never picked up before and are unsure of our procedures.

 

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!

 

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! Omni Gift Card We’re trying one more time to find the owner of the Omni Hotel gift card that was left in the library during the Scholastic Book Fair! This card has a rather large amount of balance on it, so we’d love to get it back to the owner. If it is not claimed by the end of October, we will be giving it to our Auction Committee to use as a prize. If you believe the card is yours, please contact Mrs. Noon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by November 1 to describe the card and claim it! Thank you!

 

NEXT WEEK! Vocation Day – Our Faith Outreach Committee is excited to announce that our annual Vocation Day will take place NEXT 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 provide food for the brunch following mass…please check out the Sign-Up Genius HERE!

 

TONIGHT! Parent Group Meeting Our Parent Group will also be meeting TONIGHT, 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! Paper Wednesday News Next Wednesday, October 25, is a paper Wednesday News. If you have any information to be distributed, please have it to Marta or Jackie by this Friday, October 20. Thank you!

 

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!

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/

 

NEW! Nashua Catholic Principal Wins National Award – Congratulations to Mrs. Glenda McFadden, principal of Nashua Catholic Junior High School, for winning the national Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership! Mrs. McFadden is one of only 8 principals in the country to win this award this year! The Terrel H. Bell Award recognizes outstanding school leaders and the vital role they play in guiding students and schools to excellence. To qualify, principals must head schools that have been named national Blue Ribbon Schools. You can read an article from the Nashua Telegraph about Mrs. McFadden's award HERE .

 

NEW! Bishop Guertin Honor Society Trick or Trunk Event It’s back! The Bishop Guertin High School National Honor Society will be holding its Trick or Trunk Halloween event on Sunday, October 29, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Bishop Guertin. Families are invited to this super fun event! Click HERE for more information!

 

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 19

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, October 20

David Savino

Lisa Blanchard

Catherine McQuaid

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, October 23

Erin Buccellato

Marilyn Hogan

Svetlana Yanusskevich

Carol Cyran

 

Tuesday, October 24

Louie Juris

Jane Karageorge

Kathy Kenosian

Steve Rooney

 

Wednesday, October 25

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Erika Cote

Staci Felder

 

Friday Popcorn Poppers

Alicia Maffei and Karla Hall