May 8, 2019

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 Crowning – 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 After Care Ends at 5:30 PM

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 SO much to all those students who brought in their $1 for our Donation Dress Down last Friday! We raised $320 towards for the donation of our new processional cross for the school and parish! What a wonderful blessing to have our students be such an important part of our liturgical life!

  

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

 

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

 

UPDATED! Lifetouch Spring Portraits....and a Bike Raffle! – Please remember that if you are not intending on ordering a portrait package from Lifetouch, 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! So far, we are at a 69% return/order rate for our portraits. Please return or order ASAP!

 

NEW! No Crossing Guard – Nashua has informed us that they will be unable to provide a crossing guard for Manchester Street in front of the church for either the morning or afternoon through the end of the school. Our teachers on afternoon “Walker” duty will have the crossing sign and will assist in getting students across the street. However, there will be no one available during the morning hours. We ask that parents assist their children in crossing the street during the morning hours. Thanks!

 

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.

 

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! Used Book Sale – Parent Group will be holding its annual Used Book and Uniform Sale on TOMORROW evening, May 9 and Friday, May 10! It’s not too late to donate used books or uniforms! Collection boxes are available in each classroom or donations can be dropped off in the lobby tomorrow morning. 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.  To order, visit Summer Books online at summerbookcompany.com. 

 

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!

 

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! Our ever-popular DJ, Ryan, will be here to spin the tunes! Volunteers for the event and food donations are needed! Please see the SignUp Genius HERE to help out!

 

NEW! After Care Hours on May 31 – Please note that After Care will end at 5:30 PM on Friday, May 31, so that teachers and families can attend the BBQ!

 

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!

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!

 

Spring Concerts – Our PreK to 2nd grade Spring Concert was so cute yesterday! Now it’s time for the “big” kids…with grades 3-6 on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 (doors open at 9:30 AM) and the Fine Arts Concert on Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM! Please note that these are Dress UP days for those students who are performing. Students should wear their Easter best!  

 

NEW! Pediatric Incontinence: Solutions and Support – Do you know a child whose life revolves around either avoidance or excessive use of the restroom? Do they miss out on social opportunities due to discomfort, bladder or bowel issues? Incontinence can adversely affect toddlers to teenagers. Join Rebecca Brown, PT, DPT, PRPC, as she explains potential causes and discusses treatment options. This class is appropriate for parents, extended family or caregivers, educators, school counselors and nurses. The course takes place at St. Joseph Hospital on June at 6:00 PM. The $10 fee includes a meal. For additional information, see the flyer HERE

 

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.

 

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 9

Lisa Campbell

Nadra Bell

Susette Parks

 

Friday, May 10

Jane Gill

Stacy Cardinale

Liza Tirado Calzada

Karla Hall

  

Monday, May 13

George Torosian

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Theresa Yasevich

 

Tuesday, May 14

Karla Chamoun

Staci Felder

Annette Cameron

 

Wednesday, May 15

Sasha Shaplyko

Alicia Maffei

Annie Wong

Erin Sarette