November 1, 2017

Nov. 1 “Winter” Uniform Dress begins

Nov. 1 Hot Lunch Ordering Begins

Nov. 1-3 Girl Scout Candy Collection -- Lobby

Nov. 1 All Saints Day Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 4T preparing

Nov. 7 Staff Meeting – 7:30 AM – 5M

Nov. 7 Project Safeguard for Grade 6 – Immaculate Conception Parish

Nov. 7 Barnes and Noble Night – 6:00 – 7:30 PM – Barnes and Noble, South Nashua

Nov. 10 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day

Nov. 14 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

Nov. 15 Lifetouch Photo Retakes

Nov. 15 Christmas Shopping Pricing – 6:30 PM – 2nd floor

Nov 15 Online Lunch ordering ends at midnight

Nov. 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

Nov. 17 PreK to Grade 1 Open House for Prospective Parents – 9:30 – Church Hall

Nov. 17 Drama Club Production of Annie, Jr. – 7:00 PM – Nashua Catholic Jr. High

Nov. 20 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Nov. 21 Crazy Sock Day

Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 11:30 AM – Church

Nov. 22-26 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Vacation

Nov. 28 Christmas Shopping Set-Up – 5:00 PM – Church Hall

Nov. 29- Dec. 1 Christmas Shopping – All Day – Church Hall

Nov. 29 Paper Wednesday News

Nov. 30 In-house 2018-2019 PreK to Grade 2 Registration Due

 

Thank you! This week’s thank you’s go to our 5M student helpers who assisted in setting up the Kindergarten Parent Lunch last week and to Mrs. Noon for her help in setting up the PreKindergarten lunch the week before! We’d also like to thank our parent Hot Lunch volunteers those two weeks for their flexibility in setting up Hot Lunch for the rest of the school in the lobby!

 

NO After Care on December 15 – Christmas may seem a looooong ways away, but we’re looking ahead to December already! Please note in your calendar that there will be NO After Care on Friday, December 15 so that the staff and faculty can attend their annual Christmas dinner. Thanks!

 

TOMORROW! “Winter” Uniform Dress Code – Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, begins our “Winter” Dress code! Please remember:

  • Boys must wear pants from November 1 until April 1. Shorts are not allowed.
  • Students may wear gym shorts under their gym sweatpants. However, they must have sweatpants on when they are not in gym class. Students may also choose to wear their sweatpants alone.
  • Both boys’ and girls’ socks must be plain navy, black or white. Girls’ tights must also be plain navy, black or white.
  • Only St. Chris uniform sweatshirts and sweaters are allowed in the classrooms. Students may wear other sweatshirts out on the playground for recess, but those must be removed once students return to the classroom.
  • Once boot season arrives, students may wear boots into the school and out to recess. However, regular shoes must be worn in the classroom. Teachers will give students time to change from their boots to shoes and vice versa. Please be sure to pack a pair of shoes if your child wears boots to school.

 

Registration for 2018-2017 School Year Believe it or not, it is time to begin the registration process for the NEXT school year! Because of heavy demand, we must do our in-house registration for students currently in grades Pre-K to 1 during the month of November. Students currently in grades 2-5 will register in January.

We will be doing the registration process online again this year. Yesterday, families with children currently in grades Pre-K to grade 1 received an email with a link to the registration form. (Due to volume constraints on our system’s email system, the link will be sent to whoever is listed on the student online registration as the “primary” contact.) The online registration form must be completed and submitted for these students by November 30, along with a $160 registration fee to be paid online at the time of registration. Please know that students whose registrations are returned after that date will not be guaranteed a seat for next year.

 

New students from current families -- Current families who would like to enroll a child who is not currently a student at St. Chris are also welcome to complete an admission form at this time. The admission form can be found on the school website HERE. Please note that there is a $15 fee for new student applications.

 

PreK-Grade 1 Open House for Prospective Families – On November 17, at 9:30 AM, we will hold our annual PreK to Grade 1 Open House for families with little ones who are interested in joining the St. Chris community. We are well aware that our best publicity comes from those who are already part of the St. Chris community....our current parents! If you know of a family with small children who might be interested in joining us, please give them the flyer included in last week’s paper News and let them know how much you love St. Chris! Feel free to ask post the flyer in your office or in any business around town that will allow it! (Contact Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need more!) Thank you to all for your help in keeping St. Chris a strong school full of happy children!

 

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!

 

TOMORROW! All Saints Day Mass – Please join us for our All Saints Day Mass TOMORROW, November 1 at 9:15 AM in the church. 4T will be preparing the mass. All are invited!

 

NEW! Quilter Help Needed – We are looking for an experienced quilter to cut the fabric blocks for our always-fabulous 2nd grade Auction quilt! All material will be provided….and we already have someone to quilt the blocks and create the final piece…but we need somebody to cut the blocks for us! If you, or somebody you know, can help us, please contact either Mrs. Clarke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Marta Nissen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you!

 

NEW! Chorus at Bruins Alumni Game – Last week’s paper News included a flyer for the upcoming Boston Bruins alumni hockey game to be held at Conway Arena on November 18. We have exciting news…our Chorus will be performing the National Anthem at the start of the game! Chorus members will receive a free ticket to the game and will have their photo taken with the Bruins alumni. This is a great opportunity for families to support our Chorus and school, as well as have a great night out watching the action on the ice! More information is available in the flyer HERE .

 

Parent Teacher Conferences – Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 16 from 4:00-8:00 PM. You should have made an appointment on Meet the Teacher night. If not, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP to schedule an appointment. At least one parent/guardian must meet with each child’s teacher at this time in the school year!

 

November No School Dates – Don’t forget that there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, our Thanksgiving vacation will run from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

 

Hot Lunch Ordering Hot Lunch ordering for December on Boonli.com is open until November 15. Please be sure to order as soon as possible, just in case of technical difficulty! As usual, we cannot accept orders past midnight on the 15th.

 

Drama Club Production of Annie, Jr.Our Drama Club is hard at work preparing the wonderful musical Annie, Jr., which will be performed on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 PM at Nashua Catholic Jr. High School! Click HERE for a ticket order form.

 

Crazy Sock Day and Thanksgiving Prayer Service – November 21 will be a busy day around school! Students can wear their craziest socks with their uniforms on the 21st, plus we will have our Thanksgiving Prayer Service (prepared by 4D) at 11:30 AM.

 

TOMORROW! Girl Scout Candy Collection -- It’s no TRICK, donate your TREATS! Create a win-win-win situation by donating your unwanted Halloween candy at the front desk on November 1st-3rd.  Thanks to Girl Scout troop 10203, your children will eat less candy, soldiers overseas will get a treat from back home, and money raised will be donated to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate hunger and poverty overseas.  Turn your goodies into good deeds and bring your unwanted candy to fill the buckets at the front desk!

 

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!

 

Mark Your Christmas Calendar – We are quickly coming up on the busy holiday months, so we thought everyone might appreciate a heads-up on our upcoming Christmas events:

 

Christmas Shopping for Kids – This event has been expanded to a 2 ½ day event! It will take place on November 29 through December 1 and it is one of the kids’ favorite events of the year! Each class will visit the “store” in the Church Hall and shop for gifts for family and friends! Each item is $6 or under and will be wrapped before the kids leave the event. Many, many volunteer elves will be needed! More information will be distributed closer to the end of November.

 

HO-HO-HO! Christmas Shopping Pricing Night -- Calling all elves! On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM, we need helpers to sort and price our Christmas Shopping goodies! We have boxes and boxes and boxes of great items for the shopping event, but we need to organize ourselves so that set-up the night before the event is speedy and efficient! Please send a quick email to Marta at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are able to help out.!

 

Christmas Tree Lighting – Join us for our fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 8 at 6:00 PM! This year’s festivities will once again include “pre-lighting” fun and festivity in the Church Hall! Coordinated by the Parent Group, this wonderful event is a great way to celebrate the holidays with your St. Chris family!

 

Christmas Concerts –Here’s a great way to get into the holiday cheer! Our students are busy preparing two wonderful daytime Christmas concerts. The schedule is:

  • Christmas Concert for grades PreK-2 – December 12 at 10:00 AM in the Church
  • Christmas Concert for grades 3-6 – December 19 at 10:00 AM in the Church

 

Christmas Free Dress – Students will get into the holiday mood by wearing their favorite red, green and white on December 21! Santa hats, jingle bells, flashing necklaces, and other Christmas accessories are welcome and encouraged!

 

Christmas Prayer Service – Celebrate the real reason for the season – the birth of baby Jesus! December 21 at 11:30 AM in the Church. 2nd grade will be preparing the service.

 

Christmas Early Release – December 21 at 12:30 PM, with no After Care.

 

Lifetouch Portrait Retakes – If your child was absent on the original portrait date, or you just don’t like the portrait taken of your student, Lifetouch will be here for retakes on Wednesday, November 15. Students should wear regular uniforms.

 

AmazonSmile for Christmas – Who is thinking ahead to Christmas shopping already? If you are like most parents, at least one of the gifts you purchase this holiday season will arrive in an Amazon box….so don’t forget to use the school’s AmazonSmile program to donate .5% of your purchase price back to the school! AmazonSmile doesn’t cost you a penny extra, but St. Chris receives money from each purchase! The shopping interface is identical to the regular Amazon (with the exception of the AmazonSmile logo!) and the selection is exactly the same also. To start supporting St. Chris through AmazonSmile, click HERE.

 

And SCRIP for Christmas, too! – Did you know that you can purchase gift cards to most popular retailers and restaurants quickly and easily online through the Shop with Scrip Program…AND benefit St. Chris at the same time? Click HERE, create an account using our school code 751C7D6L13155, order gift cards from a loooooong list of retailers and restaurants (click HERE to see the list!) and the gift cards will be shipped directly to the school. You’ll usually receive your gift cards in under a week, and the school receives anywhere from 1.25% to 14% of your gift card purchase! Christmas is a perfect time to give the program a try, with gift card options like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, Target, Toys R Us, and Barnes and Noble!

 

UPDATED! Ski Club - Registration for Ski Club has been extended to Wed, 11/15.  If your child needs a spot on the bus, please email Tara ASAP if you have not done so already!  Ski Club is open to independent skiers in Grades 3-6, will start on Friday, January 5th, 2018, and runs for 5 weeks. To register, purchase your passes on the Crotched Mountain website.  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!!!Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/voyager-program/

 

  • Scroll down, click the “BUY NOW” button.
  • At the VIP Login page, use the following user name and password to access St. Chris Ski Club:
  • User Name:  CMSTCHRSC
  • Password:  scscmember (case sensitive)
  • 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.
  • 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.)

 

If you have questions about which passes/options to purchase, please contact Tara at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you have questions or issues with the website, please contact Barb Martin at Crotched Mountain – 603.588.3668 ext 232.  Thanks!

 

Nashua Catholic Regional Jr. High School Open House -- Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will hold an Open House on Tuesday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The Open House starts in the gym at 6 Bartlett  Ave., Nashua, and includes opportunities  to meet teachers, coaches, and parents,  discuss curriculum, see student activity, and tour the facility.

 

UPDATED! Winter School Delays and Cancellations – In the case of inclement weather, school cancellations or delays will be posted on the website, on our Facebook page, on radio station WZID 95.7 FM and also on TV channel 9 (WMUR). Parents will also receive text messages on their cell phones, voice messages on home phones, and emails through our Notify system.

UPDATED! Please note that our Notify system is not foolproof….power and internet outages like those from yesterday’s storm may interfere with delivery of the text messages, robocalls, and voice messages. We will first post the information on the school website and Facebook, as well as contacting WMUR. Please also know that we do not post school delays or closings until we receive confirmation from the appropriate administrator in the Nashua public schools, which may delay notification in some cases. Thank you for your understanding!

St. Christopher School follows the Nashua Public School System for all cancellations and delayed openings. Therefore, delayed openings are 2 hours. When there is a delayed opening, there is no school for the AM Pre-K. Before Care will take place starting at 9:00 AM and morning enrichment activities will begin 2 hours later than normally scheduled. Please note that there will be NO Band or Fiddle Squad on delayed openings. Doors are open for regular drop-off at 10:30 AM and school starts at 10:50 AM for all grades Full Day Kindergarten through 6.

 

NEW! Blessed Sacrament Craft Fair – Former St. Chris principal Sr. Joan Messier would like to invite all families to attend the Blessed Sacrament Christmas Fair in Manchester this coming Saturday, November 4th, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  There will be a Penny sale, grocery wheel, homemade baked goods, canteen, knitted items, 50/50 raffle, and things for the kids.

 

NEW! Help Needed -- Administrative Assistant – Part time (10 - 20 hours per week). Join a great team of caring professionals serving children in a flexible supportive environment.  The Granite State Children’s Alliance, the network of Child Advocacy Centers, is looking for a self motivated, organized and detail oriented Administrative Assistant to complement our team. Responsibilities include performing a variety of administrative and clerical tasks while supporting our general agency activities. For more information, please contact Joy Barrett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Parenting Resource Information:

NEW! Bullying, Technology, Kindness & Respect Seminar – The Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference is hosting a FREE Parent Forum on Monday, November 27, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Nationally renowned speaker, parent, and special educator Carol Todd shares her story at the FREE Parent Forum on Bullying, Technology, Kindness, & Respect. Join Carol Todd for an intimate and engaging discussion around what digital responsibility looks like in our youth. Carol is the founder of the Amanda Todd Legacy dedicated to Carol's daughter Amanda who took her own life at age 15 the victim of cyber-bullying. This parent forum is an evening for students and parents to listen, learn, and engage. This critically important topic of digital responsibility brings increased awareness and conversations within families and communities about the combination of bullying and technology use. The goal is to encourage others to shift their thinking about bullying type behaviors to those of KINDNESS and RESPECT. Light refreshments will be served. A RSVP is requested HERE so organizers can plan for refreshments.

 

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, November 2

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, November 3

April Savino

Melissa Sprague

Tracey Bradshaw

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, November 6

George Torosian

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Kristin Wilson

 

Tuesday, November 7

Louie Juris

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Kathy Kenosian

 

Wednesday, November 1

Sasha Shaplyko

Francine Richardson

Fern Blomquist

Alicia Maffei

 

Friday Popcorn Poppers

Julie Knapp and April Savino