October 30, 2019

October 31 Halloween Free Dress

October 31 Cafeteria Day

November 1 Hot Lunch ordering opens on Boonli.com

November 1 “Winter” Uniform begins

November 1 All Saints Day Mass – 9:15 AM – 4T preparing

November 4 – 8 NH Catholic Schools Week

November 4 Coffee with the Principal and Pastor – 9:00 AM - Lobby

November 4 Christmas Shopping Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

November 6 Staff Meeting – 7:30 AM – 5M

November 6 Open House for Prospective Families – 9:30 to 11:00 AM

November 8 After Care in 1st Grade

November 11 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day

November 12 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM

November 13 Mass – 9:15 AM – 3 M preparing

November 15 Hot Lunch ordering ends at midnight

November 20 Paper Wednesday News

November 20 Christmas Shopping Pricing Night – 6:00 PM – Church Hall

November 21 Parent Teacher Conferences – 4:00-8:00 PM

November 25 After Care in 1st Grade

November 26 Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 10:00 AM – 4D preparing

November 26 Crazy Sock Day

November 26 Cafeteria Day

November 27 – December 1 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break!

  

NEW! Thank You – This week, we give thanks to all of our PreK and Kindergarten parents who joined us for the Parent Lunches last week! Our students were so excited to put on their first “performance” of the year and host their parents for lunch. We know that many mom’s and dad’s had to leave work to attend, and we are MOST grateful!   

NEW! THIS WEEK! It’s No TRICK, Donate Your TREATS! Create a win-win-win situation by donating your unwanted Halloween candy at the front desk on Nov 1st, 4th, and 5th.  Thanks to Girl Scout troop 10203, your children will eat less candy, soldiers overseas will get a treat from back home, and money raised will be donated to NH Catholic Charities. (Visit https://www.cc-nh.org/ to see the impact of this organization!)  Turn your goodies into good deeds and bring your unwanted candy to fill the buckets at the front desk!

NEW! Fifth Grade Girls – Girl Scouts creates girls of courage, confidence, and character while having lots of fun! If you think fifth grade daughter might be interested in a troop at St. Chris, please email Lorrice at bedrock@myfairpoint.net for details on an informational meeting.

Help Needed! Volunteers needed, please! We are looking for parent volunteers to hang up and take down student artwork in the hallways of the main school building. Instructions, materials and project labels will be provided by Mrs. Fessenden. Folders of student work that is ready for display will be placed in a labeled drawer or cabinet in the middle of the upstairs hallway, in between the teachers room and the computer room. Please contact Mrs. Fessenden at rfessenden@stchrisschoolnh.org with any questions or to volunteer! Thanks!

STEM Extracurricular Programs – The STEM Committee is busy putting together a number of STEM related extracurricular programs for this year! While many of the activities already have a coordinator/leader, we are looking for adults to lead additional programs in computer programming (Scratch and Java) and photography/video. Program usually run for 6 weeks. For more information or to volunteer, please contact committee chairperson Sophie Marquis at STEM@stchrisschoolnh.org.

NEXT WEEK! Open House for Prospective Families – Spread the word! St. Chris will hold its Fall Open House for Prospective Families on Wednesday, November 6! This drop-in Open House will run from 9:30 – 11:00 AM and all prospective families are invited whether they are interested in enrolling for this year or next! We know that many of our families come to St. Chris through personal referral from family and friends…thanks for helping us putting out the good news about St. Chris!

NEXT WEEK! Christmas Shopping Committee Meeting – It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas! Our Christmas Shopping event takes place from December 4 through 6 in the church hall and provides students the opportunity to purchase special gifts for their family members. All gifts range in cost from $1 to $6 and every class and student will visit the shop during the big event! The Christmas Shopping Committee will meet on Monday, November 4 at 6:30 PM in the library to plan. Many elves are needed…please plan on attending this meeting to get in the holiday spirit!

NEW! THIS WEEK! “Winter” Uniform Dress Code – This Friday, November 1st, begins our “Winter” Dress code! Please remember:

  • Boys must wear pants from November 1 until April 1. Shorts are not allowed.
  • Students may wear gym shorts under their gym sweatpants. However, they must have sweatpants on when they are not in gym class. Students may also choose to wear their sweatpants alone.
  • Both boys’ and girls’ socks must be plain navy, black or white. Girls’ tights must also be plain navy, black or white.
  • Only St. Chris uniform sweatshirts and sweaters are allowed in the classrooms. Students may wear other sweatshirts out on the playground for recess, but those must be removed once students return to the classroom.
  • Once boot season arrives, students may wear boots into the school and out to recess. However, regular shoes must be worn in the classroom. Teachers will give students time to change from their boots to shoes and vice versa. Please be sure to pack a pair of shoes if your child wears boots to school.

Ski Club 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.  Please contact Tara Canaway at tcanaway@gmail.com if you are interested in joining and were unable to attend last week’s organizational 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!!!

  • Go to https://www.crotchedmtn.com/voyager-program/
  • Scroll down, click the “BUY NOW” button.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Important!If your child will need to ride the bus to Crotched please email tcanaway@gmail.comto 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!    

Extended Care Phone – Our Extended Care teachers would like to remind everyone of the Extended Care phone number, 603-438-4735. Parents are encouraged to call or text this number if they need to contact the teachers during the Extended Care hours. All dismissal changes during regular school hours should still be directed to the front desk at 603-882-7442. Thanks!

TOMORROW! 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! NEXT WEEK! NH Catholic Schools Week St. Chris will be joining other Diocesan Catholic schools in NH next week to focus on the blessings and advantages that Catholic schools offer our students! See the schedule in this week’s paper News for NH Catholic Schools Week, running from November 4th through November 8th! The Diocese of Manchester will also be running a number of marketing campaigns in local media highlighting our terrific schools….be on the lookout!

NEW! NEXT WEEK! Ice Cream Sundae Help Needed! As part of our celebration of NH Catholic Schools Week, our Hot Lunch program and Parent Group will be providing ice cream sundaes for all students on Tuesday, November 5…how exciting! To make this happen, we need some additional helpers beyond our regularly scheduled Hot Lunch crew. The commitment would be from approximately 11:15 to 1:00 PM and would include set-up, serving, and clean-up. If you can are available, we’d love your help! Please email Melissa Sprague at Melissa.Sprague@dell.com to volunteer!

NEW! Family Roster/Directory -- We are once again doing our Family Roster/Directory! This directory will include student and parent names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Because of privacy laws, however, it is very important that we receive your permission to print your family's contact information on this directory. We understand that some people are hesitant to share their private information, and we respect that choice.

To have your information listed on the roster, please complete the form located at https://tinyurl.com/FamilyRoster2019 by Friday, November 8. In the interest of timeliness, information returned after that date will not be included on the Roster. Please note that although we are collecting the roster information electronically, it will be distributed in print form only. We will NOT post the information on the school website.

NEW! Birthday Book Program - If you are interested in a purchasing a book for our school library to commemorate your student's birthday, please contact Mrs. Noon.  Feel free to send in an email or a note. I will help them hand pick a library quality birthday book that suits their interests. Books typically range in price between $10 - $15. It doesn't matter if their birthday passed…all birthdays are worth celebrating!  Thank you for helping our library grow! 

NEW! Winter School Delays and Cancellations – Well, sad to say but winter is coming! It’s time for our annual Delays and Closings announcement! In the case of inclement weather, school cancellations or delays will be posted on the website, on our Facebook page, on radio station WZID 95.7 FM and also on TV channel 9 (WMUR). Parents will also receive text messages on their cell phones, voice messages on home phones, and emails through our Notify system. 

Please note that our Notify system is not foolproof….power and internet outages may interfere with delivery of the text messages, robocalls, and voice messages. We will post the information on the school website and Facebook, as well as contacting WMUR, as soon as we are able. Please also know that we do not post school delays or closings until we receive confirmation from the appropriate administrator in the Nashua public schools, which may delay notification in some cases. Thank you for your understanding!

St. Christopher School follows the Nashua Public School System for all cancellations and delayed openings. Therefore, delayed openings are 2 hours. When there is a delayed opening, there is no school for the AM Pre-K. Before Care will take place starting at 9:00 AM and morning enrichment activities will begin 2 hours later than normally scheduled. Please note that there will be NO Band or Fiddle Squad on delayed openings. Doors are open for regular drop-off at 10:30 AM and school starts at 10:50 AM for all grades Full Day PreKindergarten through 6. 

NEW! Parent Teacher Conferences Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-8:00 PM. You should have made an appointment on Meet the Teacher night. If not, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP to schedule an appointment. At least one parent/guardian must meet with each child’s teacher at this time in the school year! 

NEW! November No School Dates Don’t forget that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, our Thanksgiving vacation will run from Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1.

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering Boonli.com will be open for December’s Hot Lunch ordering from November 1-15. Please be sure to order as soon as possible, just in case of technical difficulty! As usual, we cannot accept orders past midnight on the 15th.

NEW! Lifetouch Portrait Retakes If your child was absent on the original portrait date, or you just don’t like the portrait taken of your student, Lifetouch will be here for retakes on Tuesday, November 19. Students should wear regular uniforms.

NEW! Literacy Club with Mrs. Gigliotti Mrs. Gigliotti is excited to be offering a second session of reading skills instruction for students in grades Kindergarten to 2 here at St. Chris! The program will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays before school from 7:45-8:30 AM and will run for six weeks from November 13 through January 10. Holidays have been incorporated into these dates. The sessions will focus on letters, sounds, sight words, reading comprehension, and retelling the. There are 10 slots available.  The cost for the six week program is $360. To sign up, visit the SignUp Genius at https://tinyurl.com/STCReadingClub2. 

NEW! Crazy Sock Day and Thanksgiving Prayer Service November 26 will be a busy day around school! Students can wear their craziest socks with their uniforms on the 26th, plus we will have our Thanksgiving Prayer Service (prepared by 4D) at 10:00 AM. Please note: Although it’s during the winter uniform schedule, boys MAY wear shorts on November 26 IF they are wearing crazy socks!

NEW!  Mark Your Christmas Calendar We are quickly coming up on the busy holiday months, so we thought everyone might appreciate a heads-up on our upcoming Christmas events:

Christmas Shopping for Kids – This event is ALWAYS one of the students’ favorite events of the year! It will take place on December 4 through 6 in the Church Hall. Each class will visit the “store” and shop for gifts for family and friends! Each item is $6 or under and will be wrapped before the kids leave the event. Many, many volunteer elves will be needed! More information will be distributed on November 20

HO-HO-HO! Christmas Shopping Pricing Night -- Calling all elves! On Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 PM, we need helpers to sort and price our Christmas Shopping goodies in the Church Hall! We have boxes and boxes and boxes of great items for the shopping event, but we need to organize ourselves so that set-up the night before the event is speedy and efficient! Please send a quick email to Marta at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org if you are able to help out!

Christmas Tree Lighting – Join us for our 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 13! This year’s festivities will include hot chocolate, treats, caroling, and the lighting of the fabulous St. Chris Christmas tree in the front of the school. (Please note, due to scheduling conflicts, we will not be holding the pre-lighting event in the church hall.) Coordinated by the Parent Group, this wonderful event is a meaningful way to celebrate the holidays with your St. Chris family!

Christmas Concerts –Here’s another festive way to get into the holiday spirit! Our students are busy preparing two wonderful daytime Christmas concerts. The schedule is:

  • Christmas Concert for grades PreK-2 – December 10 at 10:00 AM in the Church
  • Christmas Concert for grades 3-6 – December 17 at 10:00 AM in the Church

Christmas Free Dress – Students will get into the holiday mood by wearing their favorite red, green and white on December 20! Santa hats, jingle bells, flashing necklaces, and other Christmas accessories are welcome and encouraged!

Christmas Mass – Celebrate the real reason for the season – the birth of baby Jesus! December 18 at 10:00 AM in the Church. 6W will be preparing.

NEW! Auction Request It’s never too early to start thinking ahead to our exciting Auction! This year’s event, “In the Winners Circle with St. Chris,” will have a Kentucky Derby theme and will take place on March 21, 2020. (Be sure to book that babysitter now!) This week’s paper News contains a flyer outlining several ways to support the Auction…please check it out! We love to have our families and local and national businesses participate in the Auction through item donations, program advertisements, and sponsorships. Donate an item, get together with another family or two to put together a basket, chat with your boss, ask your barber, talk with your dry cleaner, reach out to your dog groomer….all are invited to participate! If you need more flyers, please shoot Marta an email at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org! 

NEW! AmazonSmile for Christmas Who is thinking ahead to Christmas shopping already? If you are like most parents, at least one of the gifts you purchase this holiday season will arrive in an Amazon box….so don’t forget to use the school’s AmazonSmile program! AmazonSmile doesn’t cost you a penny extra, but St. Chris receives money from each purchase. The shopping interface is identical to the regular Amazon (with the exception of the AmazonSmile logo!) and the selection is exactly the same also. To start supporting St. Chris through AmazonSmile, visit https://tinyurl.com/StChristopherAmazon.

NEW! And SCRIP for Christmas, too! Did you know that you can purchase gift cards to most popular retailers and restaurants quickly and easily online through the Shop with Scrip Program…AND benefit St. Chris at the same time? Visit https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll, create an account using our school code 751C7D6L13155, order gift cards from a long list of retailers and restaurants and the gift cards will be shipped directly to the school. You’ll usually receive your gift cards in under a week, and the school receives anywhere from 1.25% to 14% of your gift card purchase! Christmas is a perfect time to give the program a try, with gift card options like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, Target, and Barnes and Noble!  

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 31

Theresa Yasevich

Nadra Bell

 

Friday, November 1

Alicia Maffei

Catherine Tribou

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, November 4

Elizabeth Cyran

Marilyn Hogan

Carol Cyran

 

Tuesday, November 5

Emily Uong

Julie Maher

 

Wednesday, November 6

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Ann Scalcione