October 2, 2019

October 3 Rediker Emergency Test –  after 1:00 PM

October 3 Ski Club Meeting - 6:30 PM - 1M

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

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 18 Spirit Day Free Dress and CrAzY Mrs. Clarke Day

October 22 Vocation Day – Mass at 9:15 AM

October 24 Kindergarten Parent Lunch – Noon – Church Hall

October 28 Auction Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Margarita’s

October 30 Paper Wednesday News

October 31 Halloween Free Dress

October 31 Cafeteria Day

 

 

NEW! Calendar Raffle Thank You – Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who brought in Calendar Raffle tickets! We sold an amazing 2,244 tickets….wowza!! Your support of the first of three Invest in Excellence efforts is much appreciated and certainly gets our year off to a great start. Special thanks go to Ellen Valade for counting alllll those tickets! This is the 6th…and final (sniff, sniff)…year that Ellen has done the counting for us and we cannot thank her enough!

 

Since we met our school goal of 2,000 tickets sold, CrAzY Mrs. Clarke will make an appearance on October 18! This will be a Husky Spirit Free Dress Day…students may wear any St. Chris gear or blue and white!

 

Our classroom contest was VERY tight, with 5G coming out on top with 211 tickets! We’ll be having their ice cream party on October 18!

 

Top sellers will each receive a $15 Target gift card: Avery McKenna, Owen Torosian, Sadie Torosian, and Caleb Paquin. Great job everyone!

 

NEW! Looking for a list of daily winners? – You can find the list quickly by clicking HERE or going to the News Announcements part of the front page of the website and looking for the "Calendar Raffle Winners" article!

 

NEW! More Thank You’s! Corpus Christi Food Pantry thanks all of our families for their generous donations to our Brown Bag collection! We donated 1,129.2 pounds of food, which has an estimated value of $1,885.76! Thank you!

  

NEW! Parking Lot Safety Notice -- This is an urgent request for our back parking lot pickup folks! We have had several near-misses in the lot which could have put our students in harm’s way. For our students’ safety, we request all parents follow these important rules:

 
  • Do not pull into the parking lot until all students, including those moving the cones and classes coming from the Fine Arts Center, are safely in the school building.
  • Enter the parking lot slowly, in a single line. Fill the spaces along the outside of the lot before parking in the center spaces
  • Back into parking spaces along the outside of the parking lot. Those parking in the center of the lot should pull straight in.
  • If someone new comes to pick up your child, please be sure that he or she is well aware of the pickup parking procedures.

  

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, see the flyer HERE or contact Lorrice Bedard at bedrock@myfairpoint.net

 

NEW! Chess and Games Club: St. Christopher Chess and Games Club will start on Friday, October 18 from 7:50 AM to 8:30 AM in 5M. The club is for grades 1 to 6. Kids learn to play basic Chess and some board games. It is an opportunity for children to learn and play across different classes/grades. Kids need not know how to play to join the club and will pick up the game after a few days. Parents are welcome to join. 5M is located on the 2nd floor. If you enter through the before care door and take the stairs the class room is on your right. The Chess club will be held every Friday at the same time on school days. There will be no Chess club on school holidays or when the school is canceled for weather or other reasons. Sign your child up to the Chess and Games Club via SignUp Genius HERE.

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!

Educational value of Chess

-Research shows there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement. In 2000, a landmark study found that students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability (Smith and Cage, 2000).

-Eight and nine year-old minds and thinking skills are developing rapidly, and chess teaches higher level thinking skills such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically.

                                                                      Johns Hopkins School of Education/Fischer, W.

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.

NEW! Auction Committee Meeting – We had a GREAT first meeting! We discussed theme (In the Winners Circle with St. Chris!), decorations, sponsors, advertisers, potential trips and other big ticket items, and more!  We’d love to have anyone who is interested join this fun group to plan our big night! The next Auction Committee will take place on Monday, October 28 at 7:00 PM at Margarita’s in Nashua. 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! Faith Outreach Meeting – Vocation Day is coming soon! Our Faith Outreach Committee will meet on Friday, October 11 at 9:00 AM to finalize plans for this extraordinary 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!

TOMORROW! Ski Club Info Meeting 10/3 and Registration is Open!  Ski 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 THIS 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!    

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.

 

UPDATED! Lifetouch Photos -- Picture Day is right around the corner on Wednesday, October 16th! (Reminder – students should wear regular school uniforms!)  To make Picture Day even easier, Lifetouch encourages families to order ahead online.  To do so, please click on the link provided below and you will be directed to St. Christopher School's ordering page.  Note that you will receive a free Shutterfly gift if you order your St. Chris school pictures before October 16th!  We will also send home a paper flyer with ordering information as soon as those arrive from Lifetouch. 

Order school pictures at mylifetouch.com before Picture Day Wednesday, October 16 . Parents can customize packages, order for more than one child at the same time, earn coupons and pay with credit card or Paypal.

 

ORDER NOW

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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!

Hot Lunch Ordering – Ordering for November’s Hot Lunch is open 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!

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!

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!

TOMORROW! 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.

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, October 3

Theresa Yasevich

Nadra Bell

 

Friday, October 4

NO SCHOOL

 

Monday, October 7

Melanie Fuller

Lisa Censabella

Kristin Callahan-Smith

 

Tuesday, October 8

Emily Uong

Julie Maher

 

Wednesday, October 9

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Ann Scalcione