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 Repeat Grade 3 to 6 Spring Concert – 9:30 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 – Special thanks this week to Mary Woodward and Lorrice Bedard and the Parent Group volunteers who put on our fabulous annual Used Book and Uniform Sale last week! The sale earned $718 for the school…$219 more than last year! This money will be help pay for our upcoming BBQ on May 31!
THIS WEEKEND! Open House for Prospective Students – The Spring Open House for Prospective Students will take place THIS WEEKEND following the Parish/School Mass and Coffee Hour on Sunday, 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.
THIS WEEK! Are you on Facebook? We are promoting our Open House on Facebook this week through ads, events, and posts! Personal recommendations are a key way that we gain new students, so please share our ads on your page or on any community group pages you belong to!
NEW! Grade 3-6 Concert Repeat – Due to a calendar mistake, some parents missed a portion of the grade 3-6 Spring Concert this week. For those who missed it, we will be presenting the concert again on Monday, May 20 at 9:30 AM. Students in grades PreK to grade 2 will also be watching the show, so we respectfully ask that only parents who missed the original show attend. Thanks!
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! Morning Drop-Off – It appears that the Nashua police have begun to more strictly enforce the no parking zone in front of the school at the request of a neighbor, particularly during the morning drop-off time. We recommend that parents do not park along the school side of Cushing Ave for drop off no earlier than 8:20, 10 minutes prior to the doors opening at 8:30. If you choose to park earlier, you may risk receiving a citation from the police.
NEW! Field Day -- The always fun Field Day is coming soon! On the afternoon of May 24, all of our students will be walking over to Sargent Ave Park for the Field Day events. We’ll need lots and lots and lots of volunteers to make the event a success! Volunteers are needed both for preparation in the morning and to run the event in the afternoon. We are also in need of tents and coolers. To volunteer or loan your tent and/or cooler for the day, please visit the Sign Up Genius HERE!
Lunch will be served earlier than usual on Field Day to be sure everyone is finished in time for the big events! Students in each grade are asked to wear shorts and a shirt in a specified color:
- PreK – Yellow
- Kdg – Purple
- Grade 1 – Green
- Grade 2 – White
- Grade 3 – Orange
- Grade 4 – Blue
- Grade 5 – Gray
- Grade 6 – Red
For any questions, please contact Coach Levesque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Altar Server Sign-Up – Students in grades 3-6 will be bringing home a note from Fr. David today regarding Altar Server sign-ups for the parish! Fr. David is looking to add servers to this wonderful mystery. Servers will be assigned to weekend masses once every 2-3 weeks at the mass time of your family’s preference. Training will take place during the school day next Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 AM. Please see the note and signup sheet in your student’s backpack or click HERE to download!
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
NEW! Fr. David to Receive Diocesan Award – We are excited to announce that Fr. David will be receiving the Clergy of the Year Award at the upcoming Diocese of Manchester’s Excellence in Education Gala! This award recognizes Fr. David for the impact his deep faith, combined with his boundless energy and desire to share his love of the Lord and the Catholic Church, has had on our school. The award will be presented at the Gala on June 20 at the Grappone Center in Concord. Congratulations to Fr. David!
Congratulations also go to Mrs. Cindy Clarke, who was nominated for The Spirit of St. Elizabeth Seton Award NH Catholic School Leader of the Year award and Miss Karen Narkis, who was nominated for The Spirit of St. John Baptist de la Salle NH Catholic School Teacher of the Year award.
NEW! THIS WEEK! Parish/School Mass – Time to give thanks for the arrival of Spring! Please join your friends at our last Parish/School mass of the year THIS Sunday, May 19, at 10:00 AM. All students who attend in uniform will receive a Free Dress pass for Wednesday, May 22!
THIS WEEK! Lifetouch Spring Portraits....and a Bike Raffle! – Our deadline to turn in or order the Spring Lifetouch photos is THIS Friday! Please help us earn a bike to raffle!
NEXT WEEK! Fine Arts Festival – Our Bands, Fiddle Squads, and Choruses have been hard at work preparing beautiful music for next week’s Spring Fine Arts Festival! Join us Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM for this always inspiring show!
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!
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.
NEXT WEEK! Walk to School Day – Let’s practice healthy habits and have some fun by walking to school together next Wednesday, 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!
NEXT WEEK! 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!
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!
NEW! Band/Fiddle for 2019-2020 -- 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!). Band registration information can be found HERE and Fiddle Squad registration can be found HERE.
THIS WEEK! 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!
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 4! Students who choose to participate in this optional fundraiser may have a Free Dress day on June 4 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. This will be the second year we have participated in this effort…last year, we had the second highest donation of all Catholic schools in NH!
NEW! Summer Reading Help -- Does your child need some extra help in Reading over the summer? 2nd grade teacher Nicole Jacques will be available to tutor at St. Chris on Thursdays. To arrange, please contact her at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 16
Friday, May 17
Monday, May 20
Tuesday, May 21
Wednesday, May 22
Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24 (please report ½ hour early)