May 1, 2019

May 3 Donation Dress Down

May 7 Staff Meeting – 7:30 AM – 5M

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

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 1-5 LAST DAY – Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM – NO After Care

 

NEW! Thank You –  Thank you to everyone who brought in food donations for our Ledge Street Food Pantry collection during Holy Week! The folks at Ledge Street were very grateful for the many boxes of goods Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Romero delivered on Good Friday!

 

THIS WEEK! Donation Dress Down -- Donate $1....wear Free Dress! Proceeds from this optional Free Dress collection THIS FRIDAY, May 3, will be used for the new child-sized processional cross St. Christopher School has donated 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! Students do not need a Free Dress pass….they simply need to dress down and bring $1 with them on Friday!

 

NEW! Fine Arts Center Update! Work has begun! The crew has spent the last couple of days tearing down walls! Please check out Facebook tomorrow for our “Demo Day” video!

 

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

 

NEW! Fall Back to School Dates --  And just as we’re finishing up this year, we start looking ahead to NEXT year! As you look at the dates below for the start of school, you’ll notice that we have a little different schedule for the first few days. While our Meet the Teacher date is before Labor Day, school will actually officially begin with ALL students reporting for the opening day on September 3. This is the Tuesday following Labor Day. This schedule change was mandated by the Diocese of Manchester Catholic Schools office and will be the same throughout all Catholic schools is NH. We hope you enjoy the extra few days of summer vacation!

PreK/Kdg Play Dates: Mondays from August 5 through August 26

Meet the Teacher: 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 29

1st Day of School for all students: Tuesday, September 3

Parent Information Night: 6:45 PM on Tuesday, September 10

 

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!

 

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.

 

TOMORROW! UPDATED! 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 TOMORROW, Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 – 7:30. Any student who stops by our display table in uniform will receive a Free Dress pass for any day before the end of school! Come to the mall for dinner, get some shopping done, and stop by to support St. Chris!

 

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.

  

UPDATED! Used Book Sale – 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 are available in each classroom. 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. Volunteers are needed for the sale! Please click HERE to volunteer for set-up, sales, or clean-up! Thanks!

 

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.)

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

UPDATED! 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! Volunteers for the event and food donations are needed! Please see the SignUp Genius HERE to help out!

 

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! Traveling Marian Statue – We have been blessed with a beautiful small statue of our Mother, Mary. This statue is meant to be a “traveling” icon, to be taken to different homes during Mary’s month of May for family devotionals. To sign up for a weekend, please click HERE!

 

UPDATED! Spring Concerts – Hard to believe, but our Spring Concerts start next week! Please note that these are Dress UP days for those students who are performing. Students should wear their Easter best! 

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

Grades PreK-2 Spring Concert     Church

 

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

           Grades 3-6 Spring Concert            Church

 

May 20 @ 6:00 PM   Fine Arts Spring Festival              

 

NEW! Summer Tutoring Available Are you interested in extra help for your student this summer? 5th grade teacher Kerry Goltsov will be available to tutor at St. Chris from Monday through Friday. To arrange, please contact her at (603-318-4356 or kerrygoltsov1@gmail.com.

 

NEW! Basketball Uniforms If you have not yet turned in your basketball uniform to the front desk, please do so ASAP. Place each uniform in a bag with the student’s name on it. Coach says thank you!

 

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, May 2

Kathleen Kenosian

Tania Isenberger

Danielle Pray

 

Friday, May 3

Lisa Blanchard

Catherine McQuaid

Kate Aquino

  

Monday, May 6

Cindy Reardon

Tara Canaway

Katie Osborn

Rochelle Roberts

 

Tuesday, May 7

Emily Uong

Joe Lamere

Jennifer Fisher

 

Wednesday, May 8

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Jessica MacDonald

Eswar Sabapathy