September 25, 2019

September 26 Nashua Catholic Schools Parent Listening Session -- 8:00 AM - Church Hall

September 27 Final Friday Funday Calendar Raffle Incentive

September 27 Faith Outreach Committee Meeting – 9:00 AM - Library

September 30 Auction Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Margarita’s

October 1 Hot Lunch Ordering opens

October 1 Staff Meeting – 7:30 AM – 5M

October 3 Rediker Emergency Test – 1:00 PM

October 3 Ski Club Meeting

OCTOBER 4 NO SCHOOL – TEACHER FAITH FORMATION DAY

October 7 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

October 8 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library

October 9 Mass – 10:00 AM – 5G preparing

OCTOBER 11 – EARLY RELEASE AT 12:30 PM – NO AFTER CARE

OCTOBER 14 – NO SCHOOL – COLUMBUS DAY

October 16 Lifetouch Portraits

October 17 PreK Parent Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

October 22 Vocation Day – Mass at 9:15 AM

October 24 Kindergarten Parent Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

October 30 Paper Wednesday News

October 31 Halloween Free Dress

October 31 Cafeteria Day

 

 

NEW! Thank You – Thank you to all those who donated the many, many, many bags of food for our Corpus Christi Food Pantry Brown Bag drive last week! While the Food Pantry has not yet let us know the total pounds of donated food, their volunteers were very impressed with the number of bags! Thank you!

  

 

UPDATED! Raffle Calendar Fundraiser – Keep bringing in those tickets! Just a few days left!  As in the past, for every 10 raffle tickets your family sells, you will earn one entry into a raffle for a $1,500 Tuition Credit or $1,000 Cash!  This is the first of our three major fundraisers in the annual Invest in Excellence campaign, so we are really counting on your support! 

 

We will have a number of fun student seller incentives throughout the month of September! Check them out!

 

FRIDAY FUNDAY incentives for every Friday in September. Any student who brings in at least one ticket will receive the prize of the day:

THIS WEEK! Friday, September 27 – Free Dress Pass for THAT day, September 27! No Free Dress pass needed…just bring in at least ONE ticket ON Friday!

 

Student Surprise Free Dress Prizes will be chosen on random days during the month of September from anyone who turns in a ticket on that day.

 

Crazy Mrs. Clarke will make a special appearance in October if we beat our school goal of 2,000 tickets! We’ve met our goal each of the last 10 years…can’t wait to make this number 11 and see what crazy Mrs. Clarke will do this year!

 

Classroom contests – The classroom with the most raffle sales will receive an ice cream sundae party in October! So far, our top classrooms are:

5G – 78 tickets

4T – 60 tickets

6W – 45 tickets

 

Returning Calendar Tickets – Save our volunteer ticket counter’s sanity! Please be sure that all tickets include your child’s classroom! With 325 students returning over 2,000 total tickets, we want to be sure that every family gets the sales credit they deserve!

 

Need more tickets? (Yay you!) – Simply shoot Marta an email at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org, write a quick note to your teacher, or stop by the front desk at school! We have lots and lots of extras ready just for you!

 

TOMORROW! Future of Catholic Schools Listening Session -- As promised at our Parent Information Nigh, we would like to invite parents to be involved in planning for the future of Catholic schools in Nashua. There is a listening session planned for St. Christopher parents TOMORROW in the Church Hall at 8:00 AM. Parents will be invited to share ideas! In addition, a listening session will be held for 5th and 6th grade students later in the morning.

NEW! Do you love to read? Share your love of books with our students in the Junior Great Books club!  Volunteers are needed to lead small group discussion.  Junior Great Books meets before school (8am) one morning each week for only ten weeks, beginning in October.  You will enjoy it as much as the kids!  For more info, contact Lorrice Bedard at bedrock@myfairpoint.net

STEM Committee Meeting - The incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is an important part of the academic program here at St. Chris! We love exploring new areas and helping our kids to think and learn like scientists! Each year, our STEM Committee takes on new projects to further this integration of STEM into the life of the school, as well as planning the annual STEM Day and Science Fair in March. If you would like to be part of this exciting effort, please join us at our first STEM Committee meeting on Monday, October 7 at 6:30 PM in the school library! For more information, please contact the committee at STEM@stchrisschoolnh.org.

NEXT MONDAY! Auction Committee Meeting -- Time to get the party started…or at least start planning for it! Our Auction Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on THIS COMING Monday, September 30 at 7:00 PM at Margarita’s in Nashua. Our auction is the largest fundraiser for St. Chris, having raised over $71,000 dollars last year to assist in making St. Chris a better place for all students! There’s a place on the Auction Committee for everyone, including those interested in theme/decorations, item procurement, technology/computers, class art projects, reservations/seating, etc.! Meetings are held monthly through December, then bi-weekly during January and weekly in March, although Committee members “come and go” as needed with their role on the Committee. Contact chairperson Jenn Torosian at auction@stchrisschoolnh.org for more information. 

NEW! Back Parking Lot Reminder – Please remember to back into your spot in the back parking lot when picking up students in the afternoon. Doing this allows you to see our students more easily as you pull out of your spot. Thank you!

Sunshine Math - Sunshine Math is a K-6 enrichment program that encourages student of all abilities to extend themselves beyond the normal math curriculum. On a weekly basis, students read and complete a set of problems. The problems are “starred” based upon the level of difficulty. Four stars are the most difficult.

Students turn in completed worksheets which are reviewed by parent volunteers. Volunteers give positive feedback and when needed, offer some suggestions for how to solve the problem. If your child is interested, please complete and return the form that was sent home last week, or download a new form in the Wednesday News on the website.

Hot Lunch Laundry Volunteers – We are looking for a few dedicated volunteers to do the Hot Lunch laundry! Once a week, your student will bring home a small bag of Hot Lunch laundry, including towels and aprons, for you to run through the wash and return to the school. It’s a simple task, but makes a HUGE difference for our Hot Lunch program! If you are able to help, please email Roberta LaPlante at rlaplante@stchrisschoolnh.org. Thanks!

 

Kindergarten - Grade 2 Reading Tutoring -- Mrs. Gigliotti is excited to be offering a reading tutoring program for students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 2! Please visit https://tinyurl.com/STCReadingClub for more information!

 

Extended Care Payments – Just a friendly reminder that all Before and After Care payments are due upon receipt of your billing statement! Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!

 

NEW! THIS WEEK! Faith Outreach Meeting -- Interested in working with a great group of parents to provide a spiritually enriching environment for our children? Join our Faith Outreach Committee at their first meeting THIS Friday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 AM in the library to plan our upcoming Vocation Day, Adopted Religious program, and service projects.

UPDATED!  Ski Club Info Meeting 10/3 and Registration is OpenSki Club is open to skiers in Grades 3-6, runs for 5 weeks and will start-up on Friday, January 10th.  We will have a meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm in 1M.  If you are thinking about joining this year, please plan to attend the meeting.  Details about passes, transportation, lessons, volunteering, etc will be discussed.  The School Program Director from Crotched Mountain will also be joining us.  Please contact Tara Canaway at tcanaway@gmail.com if you are interested in joining and unable to attend the meeting.

To register, purchase your passes on the Crotched Mountain website.  Our club registration deadline is November 15th. An awesome benefit this year:  kids get season passes valid at all 7 Peak resorts with their ski club pass!!!

  1. Go to https://www.crotchedmtn.com/voyager-program/
  2. Scroll down, click the “BUY NOW” button.
  3. At the VIP Login page, use the following user name and password to access St. Chris Ski Club:  User Name:  CMSTCHRSC  Password:  scscmember(case sensitive)
  4. Click ‘See Available Items’, then ‘Friday Youth Cards’ for the 5-week program pass.  Youth Season passes are also available.  (Lessons will be listed as an optional add-on after you select the pass.)  Follow directions for checkout.
  5. Important! If your child will need to ride the bus to Crotched please email tcanaway@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

If you have questions about which passes/options to purchase, please contact Tara.  If you have questions or issues with the website, please contact Amy Daniels at Crotched Mountain – 603.588.3668 ext 232.  Thanks!    

NEW! Chess Club Volunteers The Chess Club is looking for volunteers! Chess Club meets on Friday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 AM in 5M. Parents do not need to know how to play chess, just be willing to help monitor the club members while they learn! If interested, please contact Tal Murthy at tal.murthy@gmail.com if you are able to help out!

NEW! Upcoming NO School and Early Release Dates – Please note that we have several No School and Early Release Days coming up in October:

  • October 4 will be a NO SCHOOL day. All faculty and staff will be attending the Diocesan Faith Formation Day.
  • October 11 will be an EARLY RELEASE DAY. Students are released at 12:30 PM. There is no Hot Lunch or After Care that day.
  • October 14 will be a NO SCHOOL day in recognition of Columbus Day.

 

DEADLINE THIS WEEK! CYO Basketball – Basketball season is fast approaching! Our program offers opportunities for students in grades 3-6 to participate on a school team in a fun and competitive environment. The Jr. Mites is a co-ed team (or teams, dependent on numbers of players and coaches) for 3rd and 4th grade students. The Mites, for students in 5th and 6th grade, offers single sex teams for both boys and girls. Practices take place at St. Patrick’s gym in downtown Nashua and games take place in Nashua church hall gyms from November through March. Cost is $140 per student. Sign-up forms were sent home with students today and are also available at https://tinyurl.com/CYOBasketball2019.  Please return by THIS Friday, September 26.

NEW! Lifetouch PhotosLifetouch will be here to take our school photos on Wednesday, October 16. Students should wear their regular school uniforms that day. More information will be available soon.

NEW! Halloween Free Dress and Cafeteria Day – Thursday, October 31 will be a booooo-tiful day here at St. Chris as our kids dress in their favorite orange, black, and white Free Dress outfits! Please keep our Free Dress rules in mind when picking out an outfit!

The day will also feature our first Cafeteria Day of the year! All students will be eating their lunch in the Church Hall that day. It’s crazy….but oh-so-fun!

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering – Ordering for November’s Hot Lunch will run from Tuesday, October 1 through Monday, October 15 on Boonli.com. Don’t forget that all orders must be in by midnight on the 15th…no late orders can be accepted!

NEW! PreK Parent Lunch – PreK parents should mark their calendar now for the October 17 PreK Take Your Parent to Lunch event in the Church Hall at noon! Our littlest students will put on a very short performance and then will share a pizza lunch with you!  The event lasts approximately one hour. PreK parents should return the RSVP form distributed in their child’s home folder as soon as possible!

NEW! Kindergarten Parent Lunch – Kindergarten parents will be treated to their own Take Your Parent to Lunch program on Friday, October 24 at noon! Add it to your calendar!

NEW! Notify System Test – As we do every year, we’d like to do a test run of our Notify system. This is one of the methods we use for sending out mass communications, including robocalls, text messages and emails. We will be using this system during the year to notify you of weather-related school closings, as well as any emergency information we might need to get out in a timely manner. On Thursday, October 3, sometime after noon, we will send out a test message to all parents using all forms of communication. Therefore, you should expect to receive several versions of this test message, both through your phone(s) and email. If you do NOT receive the messages, please contact Marta at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org.

NEW! Vocation Day – Our Faith Outreach Committee is excited to announce that our annual Vocation Day will take place on Tuesday, October 22 and we will be welcoming over 20 special guests! This wonderful day gathers priests, sisters, deacons, and lay ministers together to share a mass with our students, attend a casual breakfast reception, and then visit with the students in their classrooms. Mass will take place at 9:15 AM and everyone is welcome to attend it and the breakfast reception.  We are looking for food and paper product donations to make our brunch festive and delicious for our guests, so please check out the SignUp Genius at https://tinyurl.com/VocationDayBrunch2019. Thank you!

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, September 26

Diana Morel

Tara Stolz

 

Friday, September 27

Alicia Maffei

Melissa Sprague

Catherine Tribou

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, September 30

Elizabeth Cyran

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

Melanie Fuller

 

Tuesday, October 1

Karla Chamoun

Staci Felder

Annette Cameron

 

Wednesday, October 2

Sasha Shaplyko

Andrea and Jeff Rugg

Sara Thomas

Erin Sarette

 

NEW! St. Christopher Sacrament Prep -- Register Now! Forms for Fall 2019/2020 are available for download on the Parish website. Visit stchrisparishnh.org , print your registration and return with required certificates/fee to the parish office. For questions, email cmercurio@stchrisparishnh.org (Reconciliation/first Eucharist) or deaconjim@stchrisparishnh.org. (Confirmation)

Fall 2019 Classes for Reconciliation and Confirmation start September 29th:

Reconciliation (Grade 2 and up)

Meets Sunday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

Students entering grade 2 and up who have been baptized but not yet received the sacrament of first confession may register for this class. Email cmercurio@stchrisparishnh.org for more information.

 

Confirmation (Grade 3)

Meets Sunday evening from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

Students who attended Reconciliation in the Fall of 2018 should register for this class and the First

Eucharist class. Email deaconjim@stchrisparishnh.org for more information.

 

Spring 2020 Classes

First Eucharist (grade 3 and up)

Students who received Reconciliation in the Fall of 2018 should register for this class and the Fall 2019 Confirmation class. The class will run from January through May 2020. Confirmation and First Eucharist will be received in one celebration in the Spring of 2020. Email cmercurio@stchrisparishnh.org for more information.

Confirmation grades 5-7+

Students who have received baptism, reconciliation and first communion but have not been confirmed should register for this class. Confirmation will be received in the Spring of 2020. The class will run from January through May. Confirmation will be received in the Spring of 2020. Email deaconjim@stchrisparishnh.org for more information.