January 15, 2020

January 16 Parent Group Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

January 20 Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

January 21 Spelling Bee – Church Hall – 1:30 PM

January 22 Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 5G preparing

January 23 Winter Fine Arts Festival – Church Hall – 6:00 PM

January 26 Parish/School Mass – Church – 10:00 AM – Coffee and Donuts following

January 26 Open House for Prospective Students – Lobby – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

January 26-31 Spirit Week

January 28 Day of Giving – Online

January 29 Paper Wednesday News

January 30 Open House for Prospective Students – Lobby – 9:30 -11:00 AM

   

NEW! Thank You – Our Ski Club is underway and we want to extend our thanks to Tara Canaway and her group of parent volunteers who make this great program available to our students!

Thanks also go to those 6th grade Student Council members who have been diligently stuffing envelopes for our Auction invitations! We love that our students enjoy getting involved in this great event!

NEW! Academy Meeting Minutes As promised, the minutes from last week’s meeting with the Catholic Schools Office regarding the upcoming unification of St. Christopher School and Nashua Catholic into Saint Christopher Academy can be found HERE. Please contact Mrs. Clarke at cclarke@stchrisschoolnh.org with any questions or comments!

Grades 3-6 Registration – A 60-second registration link for students who will be in grades 3-6 next year went out last week to the parent who is listed as the primary contact in the student’s record. Registrations will be due by January 31 in order to reserve a seat for 2020-2021. Please email Marta at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org if you would like to check on who is listed as the primary contact or if you have any other questions!

Financial Aid Applications for 2020-2021 – Applications for Financial Aid and the Children’s Scholarship Fund for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted. All families with a financial need are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid! To apply, parents must do the following in this order:

  • Apply to the Children's Scholarship Fund HEREif eligible. (The eligibility rules are listed on the Children's Scholarship Fund website) The Children's Scholarship Fund is a source of financial assistance for families in need in NH. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis, so parents are encouraged to apply early.
  • Apply to St. Christopher School Financial Aid through FACTS by clicking HERE. St. Christopher School Financial Aid is determined through FACTS. Please be aware that St. Christopher Financial Aid will take into account any award from the Children's Scholarship Fund when awarding aid to families.

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!

Open Houses for Prospective Families – Spread the word! January brings two Open Houses for families who are interested in joining our St. Chris family next Fall! On Sunday, January 26, we will have an Open House from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, immediately following our parish/school mass and coffee hour. We will also open our doors to prospective families on Thursday, January 30 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.

NEW! School/Parish Mass and Coffee Hour Please join our school and parish family on Sunday, January 26 at the 10:00 AM mass, followed by a Coffee Hour immediately after! This is a great time to reconnect with friends after the busy holiday season! All students who attend mass in uniform will receive a Free Dress pass for Tuesday, February 4.

NEW! Catholic Schools Week Student Speakers - Each year during Catholic Schools Week, Nashua Diocesan Schools send student representatives to present a short 3-minute speech at most masses at area Catholic parishes. This year, we have been assigned to have speakers at a total of 9 masses spread across the weekends of January 25-26, February 1-2, and February 8-9. We are looking for students who would feel comfortable standing up in front of the church wearing their school uniform to deliver the speech. Students would need to arrive at the church at least 20 minutes prior to mass, check in with the presiding priest, and present the speech whenever the priest requests (some do it before mass and some prefer it be done during the homily). This is a great opportunity for students to practice speaking in front of an audience, as well as representing their school! To sign you child up as a speaker, please click HERE!

NEW! Clear that clutter!  Did you resolve to get organized this year?  Start with your linen closet!  Your old towels and bed linens can be put to good use by the Humane Society.  😊  Bring your worn sheets, blankets, pillowcases, comforters, and towels to the front desk during the month of January.  The girl scouts of Troop 10203 will deliver them to animals at the Greater Nashua Humane Society.  It’s all part of our St. Christopher Year of Giving!

NEXT WEEK! School Mass – Our next school mass will take place on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:15 AM. 5G will be preparing and all are welcome to join us!

NEW! NEXT WEEK! No School Don’t forget that this coming Monday, January 20, is Martin Luther King Day and we will have NO school!

Annual Fund – The Annual Fund is going strong! Please join the parents, friends, and alumni donors who have supported our students by making their donation to this year’s Annual Fund! Our goal is 100% participation from current families, faculty and staff, and School Board members. 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.

3D Printing Club – Is your child interested in 3D printing?  Using 3D design software, the students will learn how to create a design that can be transformed into a 3-dimensional object, and then printed on the school's Makerbot printer.  No experience is necessary, and the club is open to 4th - 6th graders.  The club will meet in the computer lab, beginning on Friday January 24th at 8:00 AM.  The club will meet every other Friday, for 6 Fridays (January 24, February 7, February 21, March 6, March 20, April 3). Parents - interested in helping out Club Coordinator Tom McCarthy? You don't need to be experienced with the software in order to lend a hand. Slots are still available! To sign your child up, click HERE.

TODAY! Hot Lunch Ordering – Don’t forget! Ordering for February is open and runs through midnight tonight.  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. 

School Delays – Please note that on days where school has a 2-hour delay due to inclement weather, Before Care opens at 8:30 AM.

Fine Arts Festival  Please join our bands, fiddle squads, and choruses for their Winter Fine Arts Festival concert on Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 PM in the Church Hall. These fabulous musicians have been working hard on their pieces for this concert!

Auction News – It’s time to get this party started! Now that January is here, we’re knee deep in planning our upcoming 16th Annual St. Christopher Auction! This year’s event, “In the Winners Circle with St. Chris,” will have a Kentucky Derby theme and will take place at Sky Meadow Country Club on March 21, 2020.

Donations: 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! Donation ideas can be found HERE, as well as an online donation form. If you need printed flyers, please shoot Marta an email at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org! 

Tickets: The invitations are here and will go out the last week in January, but you can get a jump on things by purchasing your tickets online HERE! (Congratulations to Jaclyn Leonardi for being our first ticket purchaser TWO years in a row! You may just find a special gift at your seat at the Auction ! We are limited in the number of seats, so purchase your tickets early!

Sponsors and Advertising:  We love our sponsors and advertisers! Our proud sponsors of St. Christopher School receive a variety of benefits for their support like program advertising, website links, and tickets to the event, depending on their level of sponsorship. If you or your business are interested in being a sponsorship, visit the Auction website at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Auction2020 to view the possibilities!

Bronze Sponsors:  

St. Joseph Hospital

The Tyrrell Family

The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise!

 

Copper Sponsor: Franklyn Liberatore DMD

 

TOMORROW! Auction Committee Meeting – We’re off to the races with our upcoming Auction! This fun-loving group puts together the most amazing night of the year! There’s a role for everyone, from decorations, to technology, to procurement! Please join them at their next meeting at 8:00 AM on January 16 in the school (please enter through the Before Care doors!).

NEW! The Auction Committee will also be meeting next Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM at Margarita’s! Please join us!

TOMORROW! Parent Group Meeting – The Parent Group will meet on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 PM in the library. The Parent Group coordinates many of the social/community programs at the school, and we are looking for new ideas!

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, January 16

Theresa Yasevich

Nadra Bell

 

Friday, January 17

Alicia Maffei

Catherine Tribou

Kate Aquino

 

Monday, January 20

No School – Martin Luther King Day

 

Tuesday, January 21

Karla Chamoun

Annette Cameron

 

Wednesday, January 22

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Ann Scalcione