May 30, 2018

June 1 Faith Outreach Meeting – 8:45 AM - Library

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

June 1 PreK Lemonade and Popcorn Stand

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

June 5 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

June 5 Casual for a Cause

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! We have many thank you’s to make this week! We are so indebted to everyone who goes out of their way to make our school so fabulous…

 

Thanks go to the amazing number of volunteers, as well as Coach PJ Levesque, for our fun Field Day last Friday! It was a beautiful day with lots of smiles and exercise! Special thanks to Michael Amarello of 3C Race productions for his professionalism in timing our races!

 

To make a busy day even busier, we also had a wonderful group of ladies who came on Friday morning and gave our kitchen and Church Hall a DEEP cleaning after our year of Hot Lunch service! The group, under the direction of Melissa Michels, included Lisa Blanchard, Alicia Maffei, Julie Knapp, Tracy Bastarache, Emily Uong, Beth Dargin, Tara Stolz, and Francesca Failla. Thank you!!

 

So many thanks to everyone for sending their students to school looking their very best last Wednesday! Our professional photographer took hundreds of photos and was quite impressed with how cooperative our children were. We can’t wait to see the final photos!

 

More thanks to extend to our parents who walked to school with us last week! The weather was a bit iffy in the early morning, but cleared nicely just in time for us to walk. What a wonderful way to share a Spring morning together!

 

And finally, HUGE thanks go out to ALL of our Hot Lunch volunteers! This year was a BIG change in the Hot Lunch program with the new service in the Church Hall, but our volunteers worked together to make it very, very successful! Thank you to each and every one for their dedication, hard work, and humor throughout the year!

 

THIS WEEK! Family BBQ – Our Parent Group is excited for the annual FREE BBQ for all St. Chris families! THIS Friday, June 1, is the big day... 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! Here’s a few reminders for the evening:

  • Please bring your own chairs…The picnic tables and grassy areas are kept off-limits for safety sake, so be sure to bring something to sit on while enjoying your yummy food!

 

  • Keep an eye on your kids…this is a popular event and can get very crowded! We want everyone to relax and have a good time, but safety is paramount!

 

  • Be patient…The lines for hamburgs and hotdogs can get a little long sometimes, but rest assured that our volunteer dads are grilling as fast as they can! Waiting in line is a great time to chat with all your St. Chris friends and make some summer play date plans!

 

  • Clean up….many hands make light work! Please be sure to throw away any trash you see laying around…and if you are around at the end of the evening, we’d LOVE your help cleaning up tables, grills, trash, etc.!

 

  • And most importantly….HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

 

We need helpers and a boatload of desserts for the event….please check out the SignUp Genius at https://tinyurl.com/stchrisBBQ2018.

 

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! More details about Fr. Kelley’s Retirement mass and reception are included on the flyer HERE .

 

Bishop Libasci has announced that our new pastor will be Fr. David Harris, currently parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth Seton parish in Bedford. Fr. Harris is a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, New Hampshire and Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Before entering the seminary to pursue his calling to the priesthood, he worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, primarily in the offices of Senator John Sununu.  His seminary studies took place at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts and he was ordained to the priesthood in 2017. Fr. Harris will assume responsibility for the parish and school on June 27. We look forward to working with Fr. Harris!

 

Fr. Kelley to Receive Diocesan Award – We are excited to announce that Fr. Kelley will be receiving the Superintendant’s Award at the upcoming Diocese of Manchester’s Excellence in Education Gala! This award recognizes Fr. Kelley for his year’s of service to Catholic schools, especially St. Chris. The award will be presented at the Gala on June 21 at the Grappone Center in Concord. Tickets to the event are available on the Diocesan website! Congratulations to Fr. Kelley!

 

NEW! Casual for a Cause Free Dress Fundraiser At the request of the Diocesan Schools Office, we will be participating in Catholic Medical Center’s Casual for a Cause Free Dress program on June 5! Students who choose to participate in this optional fundraiser may have a Free Dress day on June 5 for a $2.00 donation. All proceeds will be donated to CMC’s Books for Babies program, which provides each family in CMC’s Special Care Nursery with story books and a parent journal.

 

Uniform Reminder – We are nearing the end of the school year, but please remember that our uniform rules are still in place! Girls should continue to wear knee socks only, which they are welcome to roll down if they get too warm. Socks for boys and girls should be either navy blue or white and without any decoration or writing. Thanks so much for your attention to this!

 

NEW! THIS WEEK! PreK Lemonade and Popcorn Stand Our smallest students are practicing their entrepreneurial….and math…skills this Friday with a Lemonade and Popcorn Stand THIS Friday, June 1! The students will be set up in the lobby on Friday morning and all school students will have the opportunity to visit the stand to purchase a glass of lemonade and/or a bag of popcorn for 50¢ each! All money raised will be donated to the Humane Society!

 

Private Tours – Know someone who is looking for a great school like St. Chris? 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! Lifetouch Portraits and Bicycle RaffleWe are sooooooo close to earning that free bicycle raffle from Lifetouch for our students! We need only 6 more families to return their Spring Lifetouch portraits or place an order to receive the free bike. Lifetouch has extended our deadline to this Friday so that we can raffle the bicycle off at the BBQ….please help us meet our goal and return or order your Spring portraits!

 

NEW! Band and Fiddle Squad for Fall 2019 – Band Director David Bailey and Fiddle Squad Director Alison Bailey invite all students who will be in grades 3-6 in the Fall to consider joining Band and/or Fiddle Squad! Music is a fun and exciting way for students to expand their academic experience, make new friends, and build self-esteem (among MANY other benefits!). More information on the Band can be found HERE and the Fiddle Squad can be found HERE .

 

NEW! Cross Country Registration – It’s time to register for Fall Cross Country! The team is open to all students who will be in grades 2-6 in the Fall (Note – grade 6 students may practice with St. Chris, but will not be able to race with us. They should plan on racing with Nashua Catholic.). Practices will take place on Monday and Wednesdays. Online registration will take place on Sign-Up Genius FRIDAY, June 1 at 6:00 PM at https://tinyurl.com/stchrisXC2018.  For safety reasons, the team is limited to 75 runners unless additional parents volunteer to help out. If your child is interested in participating, please plan on going online as early as possible!

 

NEW! 6th Grade Graduation – Come wish our 6th grade students well as they begin the exciting next phase of their educational journey! Graduation will take place on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM in the church. The event will include a full mass followed by the awarding of diplomas.

 

NEW! Summer Office Hours – During the summer, the school office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30-11:30 AM. Please come to the front door and ring the bell as usual and someone will let you in the building and meet you downstairs! We will also be closed during the week of July 2-6.

 

NEW! PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Playground Play Dates – August is Playground Play Date month for our PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students! All children entering PreKindergarten are welcome to stop by the playground on the 1st three Mondays in August (6, 13, and 20) from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and those entering Kindergarten are welcome to come by on the 1st three Tuesdays in August (7, 14, and 21). This is a great time for the kids…and parents (!)….to make important connections with friends before the school year begins! Please join us!

 

NEW! 2018-2019 School Calendar – And…just as we are ending THIS school year, it’s time to start thinking ahead to next year’s schedule! The academic calendar for next year can be found HERE . Please note important dates for the first few weeks of school:

August 27 - Meet the Teacher, 9:00-11:00 AM (this is a drop-in opportunity for parents and students to informally visit their new classrooms)

August 28 -- First day for grades K-6

August 29 -- PreK Orientation (children and parents) @ 9:15 AM

August 30 -- New Parent Orientation @ 7:00 PM

August 31- September 3 -- No School/Labor Day Weekend

September 4 -- PreK First Day

September 10 – Independence Day (all students enter the school on their own!)

September 12 -- Parent Information Night (one parent per child must attend)

 

NEW! Back to School Supply Lists -- For all of you who like to shop ahead, this week's paper News contains the Back to School Supply lists for the Fall! The list also includes any reading that should be completed over the summer. Click HERE to see it online!

 

FAITH OUTREACH – For over 25 years, our Faith Outreach Group has been augmenting the faith of our St. Christopher School family!  This committed group of parents and faculty looking for ways to be of service to our community and to continue to enrich our children's faith through events and service projects.  Upcoming planning meetings will focus on the coming year.   Everyone of all faiths is welcome as a part of the Faith Outreach Group…please join us! Upcoming meeting times are as follows:

THIS FRIDAY, June 1st at 10:30 following Mass

June 8th at 8:45

 

Many hands make light work. Please consider joining us! If you have any questions, feel free to contact    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

NEW! Upcoming Masses and Prayer Services Please join us for any or all of or upcoming masses and prayer services:

  1. THIS WEEK! First Friday Mass on June 1 at 9:15 AM. 4T is preparing.
  2. End of School Prayer Service on June 14 at 9:15 AM. 5V is preparing

 

Box Tops for Education  --Although the end of the school year is approaching, we’re still looking for your Box Tops! Please keep collecting and submitting them for the rest of the school year and all summer long. Every Box Top counts!

 

LIBRARY NEWS

Birthday Books -- Thank you to everyone who ordered birthday books this year.  Our library has 56 more books thanks to you!

 

Library Book Due Dates - All library books are due unless it is for a book report or project. Notices will be going home this week for those "hard to find" books.  Don't forget to check backpacks, under the bed, home bookcases, overnight bags, cars, lockers, siblings' rooms, basement....you get the idea!  Books have been found everywhere!  I guarantee they are not lost, they are just not found!  Thank you!  Happy Reading! Mrs. Noon

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tutoring – Are you looking for some extra help for your child this summer? Mrs. G is available for Math, reading, and writing help. We can meet right at St. Chris! If interested, please contact Mrs. G at    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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!

 

Calling all 5th and 6th Grade Students! – Next year, St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry is launching Junior Group: a ministry specifically for 6th-8th graders. Junior Group is a place to hang out with your St. Chris friends, eat some great food, and grow in your Catholic faith. We’ll be having a special Junior Group Preview Night for current 5th-7th graders on Sunday, June 3rd from 6-8pm in the Pennell Center. You don’t need to be a parishioner of St. Chris Parish to come; you’re already part of the fantastic St. Chris community. You can also join our Facebook group (St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry) or our Instagram page (@stchrisjg) to stay updated on events and meetings. Hope to see you soon! Any questions email Emily Murphy at    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Calling all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Students! – Do you like God? How about your friends? And finally, dessert? If you like all three, then you’re going to love Kid Group. Kid Group is a place where 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders come to hang out with friends, eat some great food, and learn more about God. We’ll be having a special Kid Group Preview Night for current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders on Saturday, June 2nd from 6-8pm in the Pennell Center. You don’t need to be a parishioner of St. Chris Parish to come; you’re already part of the fantastic St. Chris community. Parents are welcome to stay for this preview night as well. You can also join our Facebook group (St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry) or our Instagram page (@stchriskg) to stay updated on events and meetings. Hope to see you soon! Any questions email Emily Murphy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .