January 31, 2018

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 31 Registration for 2018-2019 grades 3-6 ends

Feb. 1 Hot Lunch Ordering begins on Boonli.com

Feb. 2 Brown Bags for Corpus Christi Food Pantry Due at 9:00 AM

Feb. 6 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

Feb. 6 Free Dress for Sunday Mass Attendees

Feb. 7 6 th grade Step-Up Day at Nashua Catholic

Feb. 9 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

Feb. 12 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

Feb. 13 Valentines Free Dress

Feb. 13 Teacher Breakfast courtesy of Parent Group

Feb. 13 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Mass – 9:15 AM – 5V preparing

Feb. 15 Hot Lunch ordering ends at midnight

Feb. 16 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – Church

Feb. 19 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day

Feb. 20 Yearbook Group Photos

Feb. 21 Paper Wednesday News

Feb. 23 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

Feb. 23 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM

Feb. 24 – March 4 NO SCHOOL – February Vacation

 

Thank you! Several thanks to extend this week…

  • Many thanks to the Michels family for representing St. Chris last weekend at the Immaculate Conception Parish Catholic Schools Week Information Fair!
  • Many thanks to our Open House tour guides, including David Savino, Tom Nardone, Fred Daniels, and last minute recruit Theresa Yasevich!
  • And, many, many thanks to all those who attended our Parish/School Mass and Coffee Hour!

 

 

Auction

Auction News! – The 14th Annual St. Christopher School Auction… “Under the Sea: Dive into St. Chris”…will take place on March 24, 2018! Invitations will go into the mail THIS WEEK!

 

Business Participation: We are currently looking for item donations, program advertisements, and sponsors for this amazing event. This is a great opportunity for businesses to reach over 250 potential patrons! Ask your barber, talk with your dry cleaner, reach out to your dog groomer….almost any local business is happy to participate! Businesses can get involved through:

 

Item Donations – Item donations are at the heart of the evening’s action! We need over 200 items to make the night a success! Businesses are welcome to send along business cards, brochures, or other information for display with any item they may donate.

 

Sponsorships -- Sponsorships run from $250 to $5,000 and include many perks, like Auction tickets and at-event promotions.

 

Advertising -- Program advertising runs from $50 to $250. Every Auction attendee receives a program for the evening. Because the program describes EVERY Live Auction item in detail, these are guaranteed to be read by everyone!

 

If you need an Auction information packet to pass along to a local business, you can download the Auction packet on the school website or contact Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a printed copy.  Thank you!

 

Auction Committee Meetings: Our Auction planning is in high gear! Many hands make light work…please consider joining us at either of our February meetings on February 9 and February 23. Both meetings take place at 8:00 AM in the Church Hall!

 

THIS WEEK! Catholic Schools Week! We are having a great time celebrating our wonderful Catholic School this week! Don’t forget these special events that run all week long:

Catholic Schools Service Project: Corpus Christi Food Pantry -- Our Catholic School Week service project this week is a Brown Bag collection for Corpus Christi Food Pantry.  Please be as generous as possible…the Food Pantry has moved and needs to refill their shelves! All bags are due on Friday, February 2 at 9:00 AM. Thank you!

 

Burton’s Grill Restaurant Event: Many thanks to our friends at Burton's Grill at the Pheasant Lane Mall for supporting our community Restaurant Event during Catholic Schools Week! As they so kindly did last year, Burton's will donate 20% of every St. Chris bill during Catholic Schools Week back to the school (excluding alchohol)! To make the effort easier for Burton's, please bring the flyer in the paper News with you if possible, or tell your server that you are there to support St. Chris. Check out their website at https://burtonsgrill.com/location/nashua-nh/

 

Financial Aid Applications for 2018-2019 – Applications for Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year are now open. All oldest and only students were sent home with a packet of information regarding the Financial Aid process before Christmas vacation. Please read the information carefully. All families interested in financial aid MUST follow the packet instructions or aid will not be given.

Special Note: Financial aid from the Children’s Scholarship Fund is awarded on a first come, first served basis, so parents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to maximize their award potential!

 

PARISH SUPPORT -- If your child is entering grades 1 through 6 and you are an active member of a parish within the Diocese of Manchester, you may be eligible for Parish Support.  The Diocesan Support Program requires the timely identification of families who meet the minimum diocesan support criteria and qualify for the supported student tuition rate.  The minimum support criteria include:

1. registration in a parish or mission;

2. contributor of record in a parish or mission; and,

3. active participation in the life of a parish or mission.

All three criteria must be met and verified by the Pastor as indicated by his signature on the Supported Student Form. The form should also be stamped with the parish seal.  It is the responsibility of the parent, after the signature of the pastor is obtained, to return the signed form to the school by March l, 2018.

 

Supported Student forms are available from Jackie Langenfeld at the school office.

If your child received the supported student rate for the 2017-18 school year, you do not need to fill out another Supported Student Form.  The names of those students currently supported will be forwarded to the pastors, and the pastors will notify the school whether or not the student is still eligible for support.  The school will then notify the parents of the pastor’s decision.

 

NEW! Valentines Day Free Dress Because Ash Wednesday falls on Valentines Day this year, we will be holding our annual Valentines Free Dress Day on February 13! Students are welcome to wear red, pink and/or white that day. Please keep Parent/Student Handbook dress guidelines in mind when picking out your child’s outfit for the day!

 

Architect and/or Building Engineer Expertise Needed – The parish and school is looking for some preliminary facilities advice from an architect or building engineer! If you can help, please contact Mrs. Clarke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

 

UPDATED! 2018-2019 RegistrationAs of tomorrow, ALL students currently attending St. Christopher School should be re-enrolled for the Fall of 2018-2019. Any student who has not been re-enrolled by February 1st is not guaranteed a seat in the school for the Fall. Registrations for students who are new to the school are now being accepted. If you have not yet registered and need the online link sent to you again, please contact Jackie Langenfeld at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it immediately.

Special Note: Parents often ask why registration occurs so early in the school year….good question! The primary reason is to help the school create a realistic budget for the coming year, including a reasonable tuition rate. Our budget is due to the Diocese in mid winter and we must base this budget on the current number of confirmed registrations for the upcoming year. By registering early, we can accurately portray how many students will be enrolled and then set the tuition accordingly to meet our anticipated costs. So, in essence, by registering early, our parents help themselves by keeping tuition rates at a reasonable level! We appreciate all those who help us with this process!

 

NEW! Ash Wednesday and Lent Lent begins very soon, with Ash Wednesday falling on February 14. Our Ash Wednesday mass will take place at 9:15 AM and will be prepared by 5V…all parents are welcome to attend!

In addition, we will begin our Lenten weekly observance of the Stations of the Cross on Friday, February 16 at 2:15 PM in the Church. Stations will also take place on other Fridays during Lent….please check the Wednesday News weekly for the specific time.

 

NEW! Parking Reminder – Parents who pick up children in the upper parish parking lot (inside Nashua riders) are reminded to keep the handicapped parking spots clear unless you have a valid handicapped parking placard. In recent weeks, a parent who has a valid handicapped placard has been unable to use the spots when needed. Thank you!

 

Box Tops -- Calling all Box Tops! Please submit the Box Tops your family has been collecting. Our next submission is right around the corner and every clipped Box Top earns money for St. Chris. The Box Top collection bin located next to the computer classroom. Many thanks!

 

NEW! February NO SCHOOL Days Mark your calendars! We will have NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 19 for Presidents Day and February 24 through March 4 for February Vacation!

 

NEW! Yearbook Group Photos All school groups (band, basketball, altar servers, etc.) will have their photos taken for the Yearbook on Tuesday, February 20. Photos begin promptly at 9:00 AM, so if your child is involved in a school group, please be sure he or she arrives to school on time. There will be no retakes of group photos if a child is absent.

 

Annual Fund – 120 donors have contributed to the Annual Fund so far this year…..thank you to all who have participated! Donations have ranged from $1 up to $2,500 and we are grateful for each and every gift!  All donations, no matter the size, are important, so we ask you to prayerfully consider supporting the Annual Fund at whatever financial level you are comfortable. We’d love to have 100% participation from our families! Support of the Annual Fund on a yearly basis is vital to providing the ongoing high academic standards of St. Chris…it is what allows us to go above and beyond and nurture our students to become lifelong learners and leaders!

Donations may be sent to the school with your child or mailed to the school . You can also make donations online on the school website at http://stchrisschoolnh.org/support/donate.html. Donations that are submitted by March 31will appear in our Honor Roll of Donors in the summer News and Notes newsletter. Join this fine group of St. Chris supporters…donate today!

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering Ordering for March’s February Hot Lunch opens on Boonli.com on Thursday, February 1. Please be sure to place your order before midnight on the 15 th as we can not accept any late orders. Thanks!

Ash Wednesday Hot Lunch -- The Hot Lunch offered for Ash Wednesday, February 14, is Apple Pancakes and Sausage. Please know that sausage will not be served that day in observance of Ash Wednesday norms. Home fries will replace the sausage.

 

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, February 1

Julie Knapp

Melissa Murrin

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, February 2

Gina Samarel

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Danielle Ouellette

 

Monday, February 5

Erin Buccellato

Marilyn Hogan

Svetlana Yanushkevich

Carol Cyran

 

Tuesday, February 6

Jeff Rol

Lorraine Barry

JoAnn Howell

Kelly Ayotte

 

Wednesday, February 7

Sasha Shaplyko

Francine Richardson

Fern Blomquist

Alicia Maffei