Fevruary 21, 2018

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

March 1 Hot Lunch Ordering Open on Boonli.com

March 6 Teacher Meeting – 7:45 AM

March 8 STEM Day

March 8 STEM Fair – 5:30-7:30 PM – School

March 9 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM – Church Hall

March 9 Faith Outreach Committee – 8:45 AM -- Library

March 9 EARLY RELEASE – 12:30 PM – No After Care

March 15 Hot Lunch Ordering Ends at Midnight

March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress

March 16 Auction Committee Meeting – 8:00 AM –Church Hall

March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Mass – 9:15 AM – 2nd Grade preparing

March 21 Lifetouch Spring Photos -- Dress UP Day

March 21 Parent Group Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

March 23 Auction Committee Meeting – 9:00 AM – Library

March 23 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – Church

March 24 AUCTION! – 5:30 PM – Sky Meadow Country Club

March 28 Paper Wednesday News

March 29 Holy Thursday Paraliturgy – 9:15 AM – Church – 1st Grade preparing

March 30 NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

April 2 NO SCHOOL – Easter Monday



Thank you! This week’s thank you goes to our teachers and staff who came in Saturday morning over the long weekend for a special CPR recertification class! We appreciate your extra efforts to keep our students and families safe when they are in the building!

Special thanks, too, to Amanda Costa and Tracy Bastarache for their help this morning with Yearbook Group Photos!


THIS WEEK! Progress Reports – Due to the number of Snow Days we have experienced to so far this year, we have pushed our Progress Reports back a few days. The will be distributed THIS Wednesday, February 21 and will be due back THIS Friday, February 23.


NEW! STEM Day and STEM Fair – Our fantabulous STEM Day will be the Thursday we come back to school after vacation, March 8…and we can’t wait! We have an exciting group of wonderful volunteer speakers from a variety of STEM fields who will be visiting with our students on the morning of March 8. In the afternoon, classrooms will be finishing up their STEM projects and setting up their displays for the evening STEM Fair. Families are invited to return to school from 5:30-7:30 PM to visit the classrooms and see the projects, as well as visit with our STEM guests in the hallways, and do some fun STEM experiments! Please join us!






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


Tickets: Invitations are out and tickets are on sale now! Last year’s event was a complete sell-out, so be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP before they are all gone! You can purchase tickets by returning your RSVP card with payment to the school, or you can go online HERE.


Table Reservations: Auction seats are preassigned…so the sooner you get your RSVP in, the easier it is for us to seat you with your friends! Have a large group who wants to sit together? No problem! Groups of 10 or 12 people can reserve a table by contacting Ellen Valade at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please note: tables are not confirmed until all tickets at the table are paid for…so get those RSVP’s in ASAP!).


Donations: Item donations are KEY to the night’s success! We need over 200 donations for a successful Auction! Items of every size, shape and value are welcome and very much appreciated.  Need a donation idea? Check out the list of suggestions HERE and the up-to-date list of donations HERE.

UPDATED! Some of our exciting donations so far include:

Home Sweet Home Basket

Weber Grill

Yeti Cooler Package

Story Land Tickets

Bishop Guertin Cheer Camp

And more!


Themed Baskets – We LOVE themed baskets at our Auction…and we always need more! Baskets are great fun to put together with you family or with a group of friends. Get creative with your theme or check out the Sign-Up Genius with suggested basket themes. You can find the list and link to the Sign-Up Genius HERE. Sign up and have some fun with it!


UPDATED! Sponsorships and Advertising are wonderful ways for businesses to support the school AND receive expanded exposure!


Many thanks to our confirmed sponsors for the event:

The Aquino Family (Silver Sponsor)

Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise (Bronze Sponsor)

Red Brick Clothing Company


We have more sponsorships available! Sponsorships run from $250 to $5,000 and include many perks, like Auction tickets and at-event promotions. Program advertising runs from $50 to $250. For more information on sponsorships click HERE and HERE for advertising information.


UPDATED! Ticket for a Teacher Sponsors – Aren’t our teachers GREAT? Thank them for a job well done by being a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor! Our teachers work hard all day, every day in the classroom…they deserve a night out! To be a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor, simple complete the RSVP form HERE and select Ticket for a Teacher. Many thanks to those who have already sponsored our teachers:

Ms. Elizabeth Cote

Mr. Joseph Galibois & Ms. Jacqueline Toia

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Lisa Gropman

Ms. Julie Maher

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Joan McCabe

Mr. & Mrs. George & Gloria Davison

Mr. & Mrs. Corey & Jamie Gregoire

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Sabine Lamere

Mr. & Mrs. David & Ellen Valade

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey & Mary Woodward

Sr. Joan Messier & Sr. Anne Marineau

Mr. Donald Surprenant


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, sponsorships, and advertising! If you need an Auction information packet to pass along to a local business, you can download the Auction packet on the school website HERE at 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 meeting on February 23 at 8:00 AM in the Church Hall! We will meet every Friday in March (other than March 2), all are welcome!



NEW! Hot Lunch OrderingOrdering for April’s Hot Lunch begins while we are on vacation! Order on Boonli.com from March 1 through midnight on March 15! No late orders are accepted, so be sure to order early!


Forgotten Lunches – Just a friendly reminder that students who forget their lunch receive a bagel and cream cheese, along with any available sides. To make it fair for everyone, there are no exceptions. Please do not count on your child receiving the Hot Lunch of the day as we only order the number of meals we need to accommodate those who order through Boonli. A charge for the meal will be added to your Boonli account. This long-standing policy helps us to monitor inventory and keep our costs down. Thanks so much for your help with our Hot Lunch program!


NEW! Faith Outreach Committee The Faith Outreach Committee will meet on Friday, March 9 at 8:45 AM to begin planning for Vocation Day 2018. New members are always welcome!


Registrations OVERDUE -- If you have not yet completed the online registration for any child who will be a student at St. Christopher School in Fall 2019, your registration is now overdue and your child is at risk of losing his or her seat. We are currently drafting our budget for the next school year and tuition is based on the number of enrolled students for 2019. Because late registrations can not be counted towards our enrollment numbers in the budget, every late registration causes our tuition rate to be higher. If you are intending to send your child/children to the school in the Fall but have not registered, please do so immediately.


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.


After Care on Fridays during Lent – The parish is once again holding their terrific Fish Dinners on Fridays during Lent, so our After Care will be relocated to 1st grade on all Fridays during Lent. This will run through March 23. Please go to the 1st grade doors to pick up your children!


Stations of the Cross – Our weekly observance of the Stations of the Cross have begun. Please check the calendar above for upcoming dates and times.


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!


Private Tours – Our next Open House isn’t until May, but that doesn’t mean potential families can’t come visit us and see what great things St. Christopher School offers them! We love giving private tours to any family interested in joining the St. Chris community! Private tours with the wonderful Jackie Langenfeld can be scheduled for most any time the school is open and we LOVE to have prospective students visit us for a Shadow Day in the classroom! To arrange, please have the prospective families call Jackie at 882-774, ext. 114.


NEXT WEEK! February Vacation Just in case you forgot…haha…February 24 through March 4 is February Vacation!


NEW! Early Release – Friday, March 9, is an Early Release day, with the school day ending at 12:30 PM so teachers may attend an educational inservice. There will be NO After Care, so please make appropriate arrangements. Thanks!


NEW! St. Patrick’s Day – We’ll be wearin’ the green on our St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress day on Friday, March …and attending mass at 9:15 AM! 2nd grade will be preparing the mass that day, so please join us!


Diocesan Excellence in Education Awards: The successes of our Catholic schools and their students would not be possible without the selfless support of committed educators, administrators, clergy, and lay partners in the community. This year, the Diocese of Manchester is holding its second annual Recognizing Excellence Awards Gala at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on Thursday, June 21, 2018. All are invited to attend this exciting event to officially honor the School Leader of the Year, Clergy Member of the Year, Community Partner of the Year and most especially our Teacher of the Year.

Last year, St. Chris was blessed to have Ms. Mary Lou Wefers as a finalist for the Teacher of the Year, as well as nominations for Karen Narkis for Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Clarke as School Leader of the Year! To nominate someone you think deserves to receive this special recognition for this year, please read the award descriptions HERE.


2018 Spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award Nomination Form

2018 Spirit of St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Nomination Form

2018 Spirit of St. Katharine Drexel Award Nomination Form

2018 Spirit of St. John Vianney Award Nomination Form


The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Catholic Schools Office at (603) 663-0140.



Used Book Sale – It may seem a looong ways away, but our Parent Group wanted to remind parents to save used books, cd’s, and dvd’s for the Used Book and Uniform Sale in May! If you are doing a little after-Christmas cleaning (or pre-Spring cleaning?), please keep the sale in mind! We accept donations of both children’s and adult’s book and media. All books and media are sold for 50¢ each and all students will visit the sale! Donations can be brought to the school AFTER April vacation!


NEW! Lifetouch Spring Portraits Lifetouch will return on Wednesday, March 21 for our Spring Portraits. This is a Dress UP Day…all students should wear their Easter finest! No pre-orders are taken for these portraits and parents will receive proof copies of the photos later in April. This is a one-time event, so there will be no retakes for absent students.


NEW! Rivier University International Spring FestivalSenora Bichrest shares that Rivier University will hold its International Spring Festival on March 23 at 6:30 PM at the Memorial Building Event Hall on campus. The festival will include international culture, food, dance, karaoke and celebration of unity through global presentations from India, China, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Uganda and more. Admission is $5.00 for non-Rivier University members. For more information or to RSVP, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 10.


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!


CATHOLIC HIP-HOP ARTIST COMING TO ST. CHRIS – Do you have a sixth grader who likes music and pizza? Jacob DeRusha, an awarded hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, is coming to share his faith journey with the St. Chris Youth Group. Students are invited to come hear his music, his testimony, and get dancing! Pizza will be provided. The program will take place in the Church Hall on March 3rd from 5:00-6:30 PM. For any questions, email Emily Murphy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


K of C Lenten Friday Fish Dinners -- Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick and St. Christopher Parishes will be serving Baked Fish Dinners on Fridays during Lent, through March 23.  The dinners are served from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at St. Christopher’s Church Hall.  The menu includes a generous portion of baked fish, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and selections from our famous dessert table.  Cost is $11.  Pizza is available at $2.00.  Take-out orders can be placed by calling 717-4980. Our snow cancellation policy is that dinners will be cancelled when Nashua schools are cancelled due to inclement weather.  Stations of the Cross and Confessions are held in the church following the dinners.


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 22

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque


Friday, February 23

April Savino

Melissa Sprague

Tracey Bradshaw

Kate Aquino


Monday, March 5 (following Feb. Vacatin)

George Torosian

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Kristin Wilson


Tuesday, March 6

Jeff Rol

Kelly Ayotte

Lorraine Barry

JoAnn Howell


Wednesday, March 7

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Erika Cote

Staci Felder