March 14, 2018

March 15 STEM Day – 9:00 AM and STEM Fair – 5:30 – 7:00 PM

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! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Lenten Service Project collection for Ledge Street School! We cannot think of any more appropriate way to mark the season of Lent than to help families in need at another school!

 

TOMORROW! STEM Day and STEM Fair – Our fantabulous rescheduled STEM Day and STEM Fair takes place tomorrow, Thursday, March 15! 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 15. 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!

 

NEW! Ted Williams Autographed Photo Raffle – Thanks to the generosity of Nashua Wallpaper and Paint’s George Katis, we have a very unique raffle opportunity to offer our St. Chris community! Only 100 tickets will be sold for the chance to win a 36”x24” Ted Williams autographed photo! This unique piece is authenticated and beautifully framed and features Ted Williams while serving the country as a Marine. Tickets are only $20 each for this beautiful piece, valued at approximately $1,000. The winning ticket will be chosen at the Auction, but the winner does not need to be present…so feel free to pass the word outside the immediate St. Chris community! A flyer with a ticket order form is being sent home today, so check those backpacks! Father’s Day is coming…wouldn’t this be a great gift for Dad or Grandpa?

 

Auction

 

Auction News! – Oh my goodness…the Auction is just over a week away!

 

UPDATED! Tickets: We need to place our preliminary food order by THIS Friday, March 16! If you are planning on attending the Auction but have not yet purchased a ticket, please do so before Friday! You can purchase tickets by returning your RSVP card with payment to the school, or you can go online HERE.

 

UPDATED! Table Reservations: Reminder: Tables are not confirmed until all tickets at that table are paid for. If you are planning on sitting with others, please confirm that they have purchased their tickets! 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 .

 

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:

6 month membership to the Nashua YMCA

Girl Scout Cookie Basket

EXCITING Sports Memorabilia from the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, and more

Handpainted Lighthouse Mirror

Outdoor Fire Pit

Sea-themed Necklace

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:

Pine Motor Parts (Gold Sponsor)

The Aquino Family (Silver Sponsor)

Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise (Bronze Sponsor)

Red Brick Clothing Company (Bronze Sponsor)

Kalil and Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry (Bronze Sponsor)

 

We have additional sponsorships available! Sponsorships run from $250 to $5,000 and include many perks, like Auction tickets and at-event promotions. For more information about sponsorships, click HERE.

 

And thank you to our confirmed advertisers:

Align Credit Union

Toyota of Nashua

Appletree Business Services

Literacy Learning Solutions LLC

Birchwood Payroll Inc

Edmonds Landscaping LLC

Executive Tan

Nashua Catholic Jr. High School

 

Program advertising runs from $50 to $250.  Click 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:

Mrs. Susan Bullock

Ms. Elizabeth Cote

Mr. Joseph Galibois & Ms. Jacqueline Toia

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Lisa Gropman

Ms. Julie Maher

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Joan McCabe

Mr. Alejandro Mirles & Mrs. Liza Tirado-Calzada

Mr. & Mrs. George & Gloria Davison

Mr. & Mrs. Todd & Beth DeRego

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew & Sheryl Dion

Mr. & Mrs. Marc & Kate Graham

Mr. & Mrs. Corey & Jamie Gregoire

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Kim Lafleur

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Sabine Lamere

Mr. & Mrs. David & Ellen Valade

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey & Mary Woodward

Mr. & Mrs. Vladislav & Theresa Yasevich

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! We will meet this Friday, March 16 at 8:00 AM in the Church Hall, and Friday, March 23 at 9:00 AM in the library.

 

Annual Fund Honor Roll of Donors Less than one month left to have your donation listed on the Honor Roll of Donors! Gifts received by March 31, 2018 will appear on the Honor Roll that is distributed to parents, friends, and alumni of St. Chris as part of our summer News and Notes publication. Donations of all sizes are welcome…but most of all, we appreciate your participation!  Donations may be sent in to the school office or mailed to the school office to the attention of Mrs. Clarke. Donations can also be made quickly and easily online HERE!

 

TOMORROW! Hot Lunch Ordering Ordering for April’s Hot Lunch closes TOMORROW! Order on Boonli.com through midnight on March 15! No late orders are accepted, so be sure to order early! Also, be sure to go all the way through the checkout process….if you don’t receive a confirmation email, you have NOT ordered any lunches!

 

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!

 

Chess Club News -- The Chess Club will hold its annual tournament in March. The tournament commences on March 16 and expected to run through to end of April. It is a sportive fun tournament, with games played on Fridays during regular club times as usual on a point based semi league system. We encourage everyone to participate and try to arrive by 7:50 AM. All the Club attendees on those days will be tournament participants by default. Absentees on any of the days will lose points but can catch up on other days. All participants will receive a participation certificate and could bag some small prizes.

 

Over the last fifteen weeks, the Club introduced basic Chess rules and movement of various pieces. At this time all participants should know how to set up the board, how the pieces move, think and play. Kids learned to focus, think and analyze while having fun with the game playing with other kids. The age window of learning these skills is short and it would be great for parents to talk to kids about how they are playing and encourage them. Research shows that the game helps with analytical skills and helps with academics.

 

There will be no Chess Club on all school holidays or delays due to weather related or other reasons. Please contact Marta or coordinators Tal ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Chris (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Ed (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you have any questions.

 

NEXT WEEK! 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. Flyers from Lifetouch were distributed to students today…check those backpacks!

 

NEW! Parent Group Meeting – Our Parent Group will be meeting next Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM in the library to plan our upcoming Family Dance! Please join us!

 

Safety Reminder After recent tragic events, school safety is on everyone’s mind. We would like to remind parents and volunteers that ONLY designated school employees should open doors to the school and the church hall AT ANY TIME, even if the person is familiar to you. Controlling access to the building is of primary importance to keeping our students safe and we must insist on cooperation from everyone! Thank you for your help!

 

Standardized Testing -- The Diocese has contracted with another company to replace the Terra Nova test.  The new test is called NWEA. NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Their tools are trusted by educators in 145 countries and more than half the schools in the US. We are very pleased with this choice. Testing will happen for grades 2 through 6 the week of April 9 to 13 with make-ups the following week. More information will be shared with parents as we approach the testing dates.

 

NEW! Good Friday/Easter Monday No School – Just a reminder that we do not have school on Good Friday, March 30 and Easter Monday, April 1!

 

UPDATED! Yearbook News – The deadline for ordering the Yearbook and/or Personal Messages/Sponsorships has been extended to this Friday, March 16 because of the snow days! The Yearbook is a wonderful memento of the school year and includes photos of ALL the students! Yearbooks are an affordable $20 and may be personalized with your child’s name for an additional $4.00. Personal messages to your child can be purchased for $10 each. Family and business sponsorships are also available. Check out the important ordering instructions HERE!

 

UPDATED! 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. Families must apply to the Children’s Scholarship Fund prior to applying for St. Christopher Financial Aid through FACTS. If your family does not qualify for the Children’s Scholarship Fund as stated in their application process, you may move ahead to applying for St. Chris Financial Aid through FACTS.

 

NEW! Family Dance -- Our Annual Family Dance, coordinated by the Parent Group, will take place on April 14 at St. Patrick’s Gym from 6:00-8:00 PM! This is a great family night with dancing, snacks, raffle prizes, and FUN! Tickets are just $5 per family! Students will bring home a ticket order form today!

 

UPDATED! After Care in First Grade – 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! Due to a conflict in the Church Hall, After Care will also be held in 1st Grade on Monday, March 26.

 

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.

 

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.

 

THIS WEEK! St. Patrick’s Day – We’ll be wearin’ the green on our St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress day THIS 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.

 

Rivier University International Spring Festival – Senora 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!

 

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, March 15

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Angela Labrecque

 

Friday, March 16

Gina Samarel

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Danielle Ouellette

 

Monday, March 19

Erin Bucellato

Marilyn Hogan

Svetlana Yanushkevich

Carol Cryan

 

Tuesday, March 20

Lou Juris

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Kathy Kenosian

 

Wednesday, March 21

Jen McGowan

Ramona Telford

Jacqueline Leonardi

Fern Blomquist