May 2, 2018

May 8 Grades PreK to 2 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church (Doors open at 9:30)

May 9 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM

May 10 Ascension Thursday Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 3rd Grade preparing

May 10 Used Book and Uniform Sale Set-Up – 1:00 PM – Church Hall

May 10 Used Book and Uniform Sale  -- 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Church Hall

May 11 Used Book and Uniform Sale – All classrooms attending – 9:00-2:00

May 14 Fine Arts Concert -- 6:00 PM -- St. Christopher Church

May 15 Grade 3 to 6 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church (Doors open at 9:30 )

May 16 Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

May 18 Lifetouch Spring Portraits Orders or Proof Returns Due

May 18 May Crowning – 9:15 AM – Church

May 20 Parish/School Mass – 10:00 AM – Followed by Coffee/Donut Hour

May 20 Open House for Prospective Students – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – School Lobby

May 23 Walk to School – 8:15 AM – Sargent Ave Park

May 23 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch – 8:30 – 9:30 AM – School Lobby

May 25 Field Day – 12:40 PM – Sargent Ave Park

May 25 Hot Lunch Ends

May 28 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

May 30 Paper Wednesday News

June 1 First Friday Mass – 9:15 AM – 4D preparing

June 1 BBQ – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Back Parking Lot

June 5 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

June 7 6th Grade Graduation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

June 8 PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – Check with teacher for dismissal time

June 8 6th grade Graduation – 7:00 PM – Church

June 12 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

June 14 Grades 1-5 Last Day of School – EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30 PM

June 15 Summer Fun in the Sun!

June 24 Fr. Kelley's Retirement Mass -- 10:00 AM -- St. Christopher Church

 

Thank you! Thank you to all those who shared their vacation photos on our Facebook page last week! It was so fun to see how everyone was spending their time off from school! Whether here in Nashua or in some far away locale, our students looked like they were having a GREAT time!

 

Special Annual Fund Thanks: Wowza! We just received a check for $7,150 in matching funds from Fidelity Investments! Many thanks to all of those Fidelity Investment employees who donated to our Annual Fund AND submitted their donation for a match through Fidelity!

 

NEW! Fr. Kelley Retirement -- Fr. Kelley recently announced that he will be retiring as pastor of St. Christopher Parish at the end of June. While we will miss having Fr. Kelley as the spiritual leader of our school and parish, we are very happy for him as he enters the next exciting phase of his life! Please make plans to attend his Retirement mass on Sunday, June 24 at 10:00 AM! (A new pastor for St. Christopher will be announced by the Diocese as soon as one is assigned!)

 

Admissions News:

We are continuing to look for new families to join our school community for Fall 2018!  History shows that our current happy families are our best resource for bringing in new students and we’d love to partner with YOU in this effort! A number of external factors, including full day Kindergarten in Nashua and other towns, area charter schools, and decreased birth rates make upcoming Admissions efforts very challenging, but very important for keeping our school full of happy children! Please consider helping us bring in new students:

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Promote Our Open House for Prospective Students – The Spring Open House for Prospective Students will take place following the Parish/School Mass and Coffee Hour on May 20, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. If you know of someone who is interested in a St. Chris education for their child, this is a GREAT opportunity for them to stop in and take a look around! Our knowledgeable tour guides will show visitors around the school, and Mrs. Clarke and many teachers will be available to answer any questions.  Parents are also welcome to escort any friends or family who are interested in attending the school…and give them the inside scoop on all things St. Chris! Pre-registration is not required for the Open House and it is on a drop-on basis, but parents are welcome to call Jackie Langenfeld for more information at 882-7442, ext. 114.

 

Are you on Facebook? If so, share our Open House event on your page or on any community group pages you belong to! You can find the event on our school Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St.ChrisSchoolNH!

 

Share the good news – What YOU say about our school matters! Potential parents who are looking for a new school spend an enormous amount of time checking out reviews online and are looking to hear from other parents. Take a few minutes and leave a few positive words on any one (or more!) of these popular review websites:

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Private Tours – Know someone who can’t make the May 20 Open House?  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.

 

 

 

 

NEW! NWEA Testing -- Our new NWEA standardized testing program begins this week! Over the month of May, students in grades 2-6 will be taking three sets of standardized testing using the school's iPads. Testing will not be done in one specific week across the school as it has been in the past....instead students will take the tests on a class by class basis over the month period. Students have had practice on using the iPads for testing and are very excited about it! Teachers will work with students to ensure they have the best testing experience and test to their highest potential. Please click HERE for a letter from our Superintendent of Schools, David Thibault, about the new testing.

 

THIS WEEK! Expanded Before Care Hours -- Good news for parents who need early Before Care for their children… our Before Care program now opens at 6:30 AM! Several parents have requested the earlier morning hours and we are happy to be able to help our working parents. If we find these expanded morning hours are successful, we will consider keeping them for the Fall and exploring the possibility of extending After Care as well.

 

NEXT WEEK! UPDATED! Used Book Sale – Our Parent Group will be holding its annual Used Book and Uniform Sale next Thursday afternoon, May 10, and Friday, May 11! Collection boxes are available in each classroom for your donations of used books and uniforms! Donations of books, cd’s, dvd’s, and uniforms are most welcome! The Book Fair/Uniform Sale will be open from 3:30-5:00 on Thursday for families and all students will be visiting the Book Sale on May 11! Books are 50¢ and all uniform pieces are $2.00. If you are able to volunteer for set up, sales, or clean up, please visit the Sign-Up Genius HERE!

 

Lifetouch Spring Portraits…and a Bike Raffle! – All students received their Spring portrait proof packages before vacation…and they looked soooo cute! Please remember that if you are not intending on ordering a portrait package, you must return the proof to the school so we can send it back to Lifetouch. If ALL of our parents either order portraits OR return their proof to us by May 18, Lifetouch will give us a new bicycle to be raffled as part of our Field Day festivities!

 

Walk to School Day – Let’s practice healthy habits and have some fun by walking to school together on May 23! Gather at Sargent Ave Park at by 8:15 AM and walk to school with friends! Parents and friends are welcome to walk with us!

 

Volunteer/Parent Brunch – As the year comes to a close, the teachers and staff of St. Chris would like to thank all of YOU for everything that you’ve done over the year to make St. Chris such a wonderful place! Please join us for an informal Volunteer/Parent Brunch prepared by our faculty/staff in the lobby immediately following our Walk to School Day event on May 23.  Don’t be modest…just come on by for a cup of coffee, a light brunch buffet, and our thanks!

 

BBQ – Our Parent Group is hard at work planning the annual FREE BBQ for all St. Chris families! Mark your calendar for Friday, June 1 and plan on a great time featuring hamburgers, hotdogs and all the sides! This is one BIG party and you aren’t going to want to miss it! Food is served from 5:30 – 7:00 PM! Uber-popular DJ Ryan will be back spinning the tunes!

 

May Crowning -- Our traditional May Crowning will be held Friday, May 18 at 9:15 AM. The procession to the church will take place outside, weather permitting, and the ceremony will include the traditional crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

 

The Car Wash Blues – Has your Spring visit to the car wash left your car without its St. Chris magnet? Don’t suffer the car wash blues….just email Marta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request another one! We love seeing our logo out and about on everyone’s car!

 

LIBRARY NEWS -- Birthday Book Program - If you are interested in a purchasing a book to commemorate your student's birthday, please contact Mrs. Noon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Feel free to send in an email or a note. Mrs. Noon will help them hand pick a library quality birthday book that suits their interests. Books typically range in price between $10 - $15. It doesn't matter if their birthday passed or if it is over the summer!  Thank you for helping our library grow!

 

Hot Weather and Waters – The warm weather is here….yay! Parents are reminded to send their student to school every day with a water bottle to help them hydrate when they get warm. Small water bottles will now also be available on our snack cart for 50¢ for those who forget.

 

Faith Outreach Communications Help Needed – Our Faith Outreach Committee is looking for someone to help foster our outreach and communications with our wonderful priest and religious friends! Efforts during the year include maintaining email/address lists, communications regarding Vocation Day and other priest and religious visits to the school, and holiday mailings. This is definitely a volunteer effort that can be done primarily at home with the occasional Faith Outreach meeting. If you can help, please contact Mrs. Noon at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Marta at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

 

Late Pick-Up for After Care -- Please remember that After Care ends promptly at 5:30 PM. Parents should plan accordingly and all children should be picked up by that time, with no exceptions. Late fees apply for any children who are not picked up by 5:30 PM.  Thank you for your help with this!

 

Spring Concerts – Hard to believe, but it’s almost time for our Spring Concerts! Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

NEXT WEEK! May 8 @ 10:00 AM     Grades PreK-2 Spring Concert                  St. Christopher Church (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

May 14 @ 6:00 PM                          Fine Arts Spring Festival                          St. Christopher Church

May 15 @ 10:00 AM                         Grades 3-6 Spring Concert                      St. Christopher Church (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

 

 

THIS WEEK! UPDATED! Shorty's Fundraiser for March of Dimes -- Please join the March of Dimes at Shorty’s on Thursday, May 3 (OR order take out at 882-4070) for lunch or dinner, and the March of Dimes will receive 15% of the total sales. Please place your receipt in the basket on the Host Stand for the March of Dimes to receive the donation! Funds raised fund critical research and programs that help EVERY MOM and EVERY BABY! Our own Jenn Lang will be hosting a Thirty-one sale as part of the Shorty’s fundraiser starting at 6:30 PM!

 

Last Days of School -- Who’s ready for summer vacation?! Start making your plans now…here’s the dates for the last days of school:

  • PreK and Kdg will have their last day on Friday, June 8. This will be a half day.
  • Grade 6 will finish their last day of school on June 7 at the conclusion of the Graduation Lunch. The Graduation Mass and Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM. More details will come from the 6th grade teachers.
  • Grades 1-5 will finish the year on Thursday, June 14 at 12:30 PM.

 

NEW! Mexican Folk Artist at Margarita’s – Senora Bichrest would like to share another fabulous local enrichment activity! Margarita’s restaurant in Nashua will be hosting talented Mexican artists Efrain Fuentes and Silvia Gomez TOMORROW, May 3, from 4:00-9:00 PM! These artists create fabulous painted wood carvings of whimsical creatures sure to delight kids and parents alike!

 

NEW! Nashua Public Library Summer Reading Programs – The Nashua Public Library and the Nashua School District are working to ensure that all Nashua babies, children, and teens participate in summer reading programs to maintain the achievement gains of the previous school year. Summer reading flyers are available in our school lobby or online HERE. The library will also hold two upcoming family concerts…Steve Blunt’s Rockin Sing-Along on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 PM and Rob Duquette on Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 PM.

 

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, May 3

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

JoAnn Howell

 

Friday, May 4

David Savino

Lisa Blanchard

Catherine McQuaid

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, May 7

Cindy Reardon

Tara Canaway

Jacqueline Ward

Rochelle Roberts

 

Tuesday, May 8

Lou Juris

Jane Karageorge

Melissa Michels

Steve Rooney

 

Wednesday, May 9

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Erika Cote

Staci Felder