December 4, 2019

December 4 Drama Club Info Night – 6:00 PM – 1M

December 4-6 Christmas Shopping for Kids

December 9 Advent Penitential Service for students – 9:15 AM

December 9 STEM Meeting – 6:30 PM – School Library

December 10 PreK to Grade 2 Christmas Concert – 10:00 AM (Doors open at 9:30) – Church

December 15 Hot Lunch ordering closes at midnight

December 13 Christmas Tree Lighting – 6:00 PM – Front of school

December 16 Christmas Cookies for Parishes Due at 9:00 AM

December 17 Grades 3 to 6 Christmas Concert – 10:00 AM (Doors open at 9:30) – Church

December 18 Christmas Mass – 10:00 AM – 6W preparing

December 18 Paper Wednesday News

December 20 Christmas Free Dress

December 20 Cafeteria Day

December 23 – January 5 Christmas Break

   

NEW! Thank You – We simply can not thank John Levesque enough for his tireless work this week in battling the copious amounts of snow! John was here for many hours clearing the parking lots and sidewalks of snow....over and over and over again! Thank you, John!

New Student Registrations for 2020-2021 OPEN!  Registrations are now OPEN for new students in 2020-2021, from PreK 3 through grade 6. If you have a younger child who will be joining us next year, please visit the front page of the school website at www.StChrisSchoolNH and click the Apply Now button to get started! Please also pass the word to any new families who would like to join our school community in 2020-2021!

NEW! Teacher Appreciation Soup LunchOur Parent Group will be hosting their annual Teacher Appreciation Soup Lunch next Wednesday, December 11 and they are looking for some help with soups and sides! Please check out the SignUp Genius HERE to see how you can help!

TONIGHT! Drama Club Meeting – Students in grades 3-6 are invited to “Be Our Guest” in this year’s Drama production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. on April 24 at 7:00 PM at Nashua Catholic! Students may be either actors or as members of the Stage Crew. An informational meeting for parents will be held TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 PM in 1M.

Annual Fund – The second of our three annual fundraisers, the Annual Fund, is underway! Each family should recently have received an Annual Fund letter asking for your support of this effort. All gifts to the Annual Fund stay here at St. Chris and go directly to benefit our students through advanced academics, updated technology and facilities, and exciting extracurricular activities. In addition, because the cost of educating our students exceeds our tuition, EVERY St. Christopher School student receives discounted tuition supported by our fundraising efforts.

Our goal for the Annual Fund is 100% participation from current families, faculty and staff, and School Board members, with $35,000 being our financial goal. So far, we have raised $16,850 towards that goal…thank you to all those who have donated so far! If you have not had the chance to donate yet, we ask you to support our mission to provide an excellent Catholic elementary education to all students by donating to the Annual Fund at the level your family is most comfortable. All donations, no matter the size, are MOST appreciated. To donate online, please click HERE.

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 for family devotionals.  Please consider welcoming Mary into your home over the next few months as she is the source of many blessings! In addition to the statue, Mary comes with devotional prayers and rosaries for your family. To sign up, please click HERE.

NEW! Winter School Delay and Cancellation Notify System – Our Notify system sure did get a workout this week! If you did not receive a text message on your cell, a robocall on your home phone, or an email and would like to be sure you are on the list for next time, please email Marta at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org!

Hot Lunch Ordering – Don’t forget! Ordering for January will run through midnight on the 15th. 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. 

Parish Appreciation Christmas Cookies – ‘Tis the season of giving! Please help us share our Christmas joy with the pastors and parish staffs of our Deanery! Bake your favorite Christmas goodies and deliver them to the front desk on Monday, December 16 at 9:00 AM. We will use everyone's delicious treats to create giving plates of cookies and candies for delivery to each of the 11 parishes in our Deanery in appreciation of their support of Catholic schools. Please sign up using the SignUp Genius HERE and thank you for your contribution to this wonderful project!

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:

THIS WEEK! Christmas Shopping for Kids – This event is ALWAYS one of the students’ favorite events of the year! 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. Please send your child in with a list of who to shop for as well as payment!

UPDATED! 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! In addition to the traditional hot chocolate, we would like to invite families to send in treats to create a delicious dessert buffet for the Tree Lighting event! Cookies, fudge, and candy are all welcome! Please click HERE to sign up. Treats should be sent in to school on the morning of December 13 so our Parent Group can assemble the dessert spread!

UPDATED! Christmas Concerts Here’s another festive way to get into the holiday spirit! Our students are busy preparing two wonderful daytime Christmas concerts. Please note: Both concerts are Dress UP days! Kids should wear their Christmas best…Christmas dresses, dress pants and shirts, etc. Thanks!

The concert schedule is:

    • NEXT WEEK! 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.

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!) 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 printed flyers, please shoot Marta an email at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org! 

Auction Website is Live! This year’s Auction website is now live! The website can be used to purchase tickets, make donations, purchase sponsorships and advertising, and more! Check it out at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Auction2020.

Sponsors:  We love our sponsors! These proud supporters of St. Christopher School receive a variety of benefits for their sponsorships like program advertising, website links, and tickets to the event, depending on their level of support. If you or your business are interested in being a sponsorship, click HERE to view the possibilities!

Bronze Sponsor:  St. Joseph Hospital

Copper Sponsor: Franklyn Liberatore DMD

NEXT WEEK! STEM Meeting Our super duper STEM Committee will be meeting on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM in the library. We are looking for parents in STEM professions who have ideas on how to share STEM knowledge and experiences with our students. Please join us…we would appreciate your insight!

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.

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!  

Gate City Nutcracker - A number of our current students, two alumni, and one parent (!) will be performing in this year's rendition of Gate City Ballet's Nutcracker on Sunday, December 14 at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The performance will be held at Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy. For more information, see the promotional poster HERE!

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, December 5

Theresa Yasevich

Nadra Bell

 

Friday, December 6

Alicia Maffei

Catherine Tribou

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, December 9

Elizabeth Cyran

Carol Cyran

Marilyn Hogan

 

Tuesday, December 10

Katie Shrieves

Karla Chamoun

Anette Cameron

 

Wednesday, December 11

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Ann Scalcione