April 17, 2019

April 18 Poetry Slam – 1:45 PM – Church Hall

April 19 – April 28 April Vacation!

April 29 School Resumes

May 2 Monthly Mass – 9:15 AM – 4D preparing

May 2 Chamber Expo at the Pheasant Lane Mall – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

May 3 Faith Outreach Committee Meeting – 9:00 AM – Library

May 3 Donation Dress Down

May 7 PreK to Grade 2 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church Hall

May 9 Staff Meeting – 7:30 AM – 5M

May 9 Used Book & Uniform Sale Set-up – 1:00 PM – Church Hall

May 9 Used Book & Uniform Sale – 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

May 14 Grade 3 to 6 Spring Concert – 10:00 AM – Church Hall

May 15 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

May 15 Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

May 17 May Crowing – 9:15 AM – Church

May 19 School/Parish Mass – 10:00 AM – Coffee Hour immediately after

May 19 Open House for Prospective Parents – 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM

May 20 Fine Arts Festival – 6:00 PM – Church

May 22 Walk to School – 8:15 AM – Sargents Ave Park

May 22 Volunteer Brunch – 8:50 AM – 10:00 AM – Lobby

May 24 Field Day – 12:40 PM – Sargents Ave Park

May 24 Last Day of Hot Lunch

May 27 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 28 No Hot Lunch – bring bagged lunch until end of school year

May 29 Paper News

May 30 Ascension Thursday Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 3D preparing

May 31 BBQ – 5:30 to 7:00 – Back Parking Lot

June 4 Staff Meeting – 8:00 AM – 5M

June 6 6th Grade Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

June 7 PreK/Kdg Last Day of School

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

June 11 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

June 13 Grades 1-6 LAST DAY – Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM – NO After Care

 

 

 

NEW! Thank You –  Thank you to Auction Committee members Cindy Clarke, Carol Fiore, Kevin Corriveau, Corrie Zeman, and Lisa Blanchard who attended last Saturday evening’s Bishop Guertin Gala! The group was excited to represent St. Chris and do some preliminary research on ideas for NEXT year’s St. Chris auction!

 

THIS WEEK! Holy Week Collection for Ledge Street Food Pantry – As we did last year, we are running a Holy Week Collection for the Food Pantry of Ledge Street School during Holy Week. Each grade has been assigned a food item of particular need for the pantry as follows:

 

PreKindergarten

Granola Bars and Oatmeal

 

Kindergarten

Teddy Grahams (individually packed), Ritz Crackers, and Graham Crackers

 

1st Grade

Snack Packs of Raisins and Cheese & Crackers

 

2nd Grade

Fruit Cups and Applesauce

 

3rd Grade

Basmati and Jasmine Rice

 

4th Grade

Red or Black Beans (canned or dry)

 

5th Grade

Chick Peas, Pinto Beans, and Lentils (canned or dry)

 

6th Grade

Juice Boxes

 

Items are due by 9:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, April 18, so we can deliver them to Ledge Street before April vacation. Thank you for your help!

 

NEW! Donation Dress Down -- Donate $1....wear Free Dress! Proceeds from this optional Free Dress collection will be used for a new child-sized processional cross St. Christopher School is donating to the parish! This beautiful cross will be carried by our altar servers during all school masses, as well as during school Stations of the Cross, at parish masses, and at other special celebrations. Please join us in sharing this exciting gift!

 

Last Day of School – We made it! Spring has sprung and we do not have to add any makeup days to our calendar in June! Therefore, the schedule for the last few days of school is:

 

Grade 6 Graduation Lunch (12:00 PM) – June 6

6th Grade Graduation (7:00 PM) – June 7

PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – June 7

Grades 1-5 Last Day – June 13 – Release at 12:30 PM

 

 

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  mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org to request another one! We love seeing our logo out and about on everyone’s car!

 

Lifetouch Spring Portraits....and a Bike Raffle! – All students received their Spring portrait proof packages yesterday…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 17, Lifetouch will give us a new bicycle to be raffled as part of our Field Day festivities!

 

THIS WEEK! April Vacation – This year, April vacation begins on Easter, THIS weekend. As always, we will have Good Friday off from school THIS week and our April vacation will run from April 19 through April 28!

 

NEW! Admissions News:

We are continuing to look for new families to join our school community for Fall 2019!  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:

 

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 19, 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:

 

Facebook (You’ll need to be signed in to Facebook first)

Private School Review 

Great Schools

Yelp

Google Reviews (You’ll need to be signed in to a Google account first)

 

Private Tours – Know someone who can’t make the May 19 Open House?  We love giving private tours to any family interested in joining the St. Chris community! Private tours 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! Chamber of Commerce Expo – St. Chris will also be participating in the Nashua Chamber of Commerce Expo at the court by Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Pheasant Lane mall on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 – 7:30. Come on by and see us!

 

NEW! Hot Lunch ENDS – Please make a note that the last day of Hot Lunch will be Friday, May 24. Therefore, as of May 28, all students must bring a bag lunch through the end of the year! There will be NO lunch food available, so students without a lunch will be required to call home to have one delivered.

 

THIS WEEK! Poetry Slam – Our student poets have written some amazing original pieces for our upcoming Poetry Slam! Please join us THIS Thursday, April 18, at 1:45 in the Church Hall!

 

NEW! Used Book Sale Planning on doing some Spring cleaning next week?! Our Parent Group will be holding its annual Used Book and Uniform Sale on May 9 and 10, so please put aside those books and uniforms! Collection boxes will be available in the school the week after April vacation. Donations of books, cd’s, dvd’s, and uniforms are most welcome! All students will be visiting the Book Sale on May 10 and parents are welcome, too! Books are 50¢ and all uniform pieces are $2.00.

 

UPDATED! Summer Work Books -- Your child has worked hard and make great academic progress this summer…help him or her keep those skills sharp over the summer! The “Summer Books” program is an opportunity to provide your child with daily grade level review and practice. While not required, these books are highly suggested for all students…not only are they educational, but they are fun, too! One page per day provides a thorough academic review of the year. Flyers are included in this week’s paper News. To order, visit Summer Books online at summerbookcompany.com. (Please do not return the order form in the flyer to the school. This flyer is informational only.)

 

NEW! Hot Weather and Waters – The warm weather should be with us soon (we hope!), so parents are reminded to send their student to school every day with a water bottle to help them hydrate when they get warm. Water bottles in Mrs. Sheehan’s office are reserved for those students who are sick, so please do not rely on her to supply a bottle for your child.

 

NEW! Walk to School Day Let’s practice healthy habits and have some fun by walking to school together on May 22! Gather at Sargent Ave Park at by 8:15 AM and walk to school with friends! Parents and friends are encouraged to walk with us!

 

NEW! 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 22.  Don’t be modest…come on by for a cup of coffee, a light brunch buffet, and our thanks!

 

NEW! BBQ – Our annual FREE BBQ for all St. Chris families will take place on Friday, May 31! 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!

 

NEW! May Crowning -- Our traditional May Crowning will be held Friday, May 17 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.  During the month of May, our small statue of Mary will be visiting every classroom in the school. Each morning, a class of students will process with Mary from their classroom to a new classroom while singing Marian songs!

 

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

 

May 7 @ 10:00 AM  (Doors open at 9:30 AM)  

Grades PreK-2 Spring Concert     Church Hall 

 

May 14 @ 10:00 AM  (Doors open at 9:30 AM)

           Grades 3-6 Spring Concert            Church Hall

 

May 20 @ 6:00 PM   Fine Arts Spring Festival              

 

 

 

THIS WEEK! Holy Week Schedule – Holy Week, the most sacred week of the liturgical year, is next week! St. Christopher Parish welcomes you to attend any of their activities, programs, and liturgical celebrations! The week includes:

 

 

Holy Thursday, April 18

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM

 

Good Friday, April 19

Stations of the Cross at 3:00 PM

Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM Holy

 

Saturday, April 20

Blessing of the Easter Food at 12:00 PM

Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM

 

Easter Sunday, April 21

Masses at 8:00 AM and at 10:00 AM

Vietnamese Mass at 3:00 PM

 

NEW! Red Sox Tickets -- One of our families unfortunately cannot use the 5 Red Sox tickets they purchased through the Parent Group for the Saturday, June 8 game. If you are interested in purchasing these tickets, they are $40 each and are available to the first taker by emailing Stacy at stacycardinale@gmail.com.

 

NEW! Scouts 5K -- Start your running season out on the right foot!  Scouting Venture Crew 2019 is sponsoring a 5K in Amherst on May 4th, including a 1 mile fun run for kids.  This “Race to Adventure” will help raise funds for their trip to Iceland.  Please click HERE for more details.

 

 

Vacation Bible School Save the Date!!! St. Christopher Parish’s popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) with run from July 29-August 2, 2019! This year’s theme is ROAR! 2019: Life is Wild ~ God is Good. Registration forms are included in this week’s paper News ! Children ages 4 (entering pre-K) to Grade 5 are invited to come join us for a GRRReat time at Vacation Bible School this summer! We will travel to the African Savannah, a safari into the Bible, where we will sing, dance, create and play as we learn that even when our life gets WILD, God is always good! And we Trust in Him! We will need many adult helpers for the Safari trip of a lifetime! Please consider sharing your special talent! Email cmercurio@stchrisparishnh.org for more information or to volunteer!

 

Happy Hearts Day Care Summer Camp Openings – Linda Rousseau of Happy Hearts Day Care, located across the street from the school, has openings for children age 6 to 11 in her summer camp.  Activities include daily field trips, hiking, swimming, playgrounds, nature preserves, restaurants.  $175 per week, lunch and snacks included.  Please call Linda Rousseau at 880-6575 if interested. 

  

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, April 18

Lisa Campbell

Mary Schreiner

Nadra Bell

 

Friday, April 19- Friday, April 26

NO School – April vacation

  

Monday, April 29

Marilyn Hogan

Svetlana Yanushkevich

Carol Cyran

Lisa Censabella

 

Tuesday, April 30

Karla Chamoun

Gwen Beaudet

Annette Cameron

 

Wednesday, May 1

Jen McGowan

Ramona Telford