February 19, 2020

February 19 Toadstool Bookstore Event – 6:00-7:30 PM

February 22-March 1 February Vacation!

March 2 Back to School!

March 3 Staff Meeting – 7:45 AM – 5M

March 3 Auction Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Library

March 4 Mass – 10:00 AM – 4T preparing

March 6 Stations of the Cross – 9:15 AM – 6W preparing

March 6 EARLY RELEASE – 12:30 PM – NO AFTER CARE

March 9 STEM Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM – Library

March 10 Auction Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Library

March 12 STEM Day

March 12 STEM Fair – 5:30 – 7:00 PM – School

March 13 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – 6E preparing

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress

March 17 Auction Committee Meeting – 7:00 PM – Library

March 19 St. Joseph Day Mass – 9:15 AM – 3A preparing

March 20 Stations of the Cross – 9:15 AM – 5M preparing

March 21 AUCTION! – 5:30 PM – Sky Meadow Country Club

March 25 Paper Wednesday News

March 27 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM - 5G preparing

 

NEW! Thank You – Today’s thanks go to our fabulous CYO basketball and cheer coaches! Under their direction, our students have had an amazing…and fun…season! Thank you for your enthusiasm and sharing your valuable time with our students!

TONIGHT! Toadstool Book Fair – Tonight, Wednesday, February 19 from 6:00-7:30 PM, we’ll be holding a Book Fair at the new Toadstool Bookshop in Somerset Plaza, Nashua! Raffles, Free Dress passes, and student performances! Please join us!

Parish Support Financial Aid -- If your child is entering grades 1 through 6 and you are an active member of a parish in the Diocese of Manchester, you may be eligible for Parish Support. This financial aid available through this program is substantial, and worth applying for if you qualify…this year’s support was over $1,000 per student! The Diocesan Support Program requires the timely identification of families who meet the minimum diocesan support criteria and qualify for the supported student tuition rate. 

The minimum support criteria include:

    • registration in a parish or mission;
    • contributor of record in a parish or mission; and,
    • active participation in the life of a parish or mission.

All three criteria must be met and verified by the Pastor as indicated by his signature on the Supported Student Form. The form should also be stamped with the parish seal.  It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the parent, after the signature of the pastor is obtained, to return the signed form to the school by March l, 2020.

Supported Student forms are available from Jackie Langenfeld at the school. Please email her at jlangenfeld@stchrisschoolnh.org.

NOTE: If your child received the supported student rate for the 2019-2020 school year, you do not need to fill out another Supported Student Form.  The names of those students who are currently supported will be forwarded to the pastors, and the pastors will notify the school whether or not the student is still eligible for support.  The school will then notify the parents of the pastor’s decision.

Children’s Scholarship Fund -- Through the generosity of countless donors, CSFNH is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020-2021 application cycle!

Requalification Applications for 2020-2021 -- Starting on Wednesday, February 12th, current CSFNH Scholars may begin to complete their online requalification applications. The 2020-2021 requalification application link will be emailed directly to all eligible families on February 12th. The requalification deadline will be May 1, 2020.

Although returning families receive priority, funding is limited and scholarship awards are given on a first come, first served basis. Families will only be eligible for a scholarship award when:

      1. their online requal application is completed,
      2. all of their income & supporting documents have been submitted to CSF, and
      3. Saint Christopher Parish School-Nashua completes the School Commitment Form (SCF).

Families with questions may call the CSFNH scholarship line at (603) 755-6751 for assistance in English or Spanish.

New Applications for 2020-2021

CSFNH expects to offer new scholarship awards for the 2020-2021 school year based on our available funding.  Please note that new families are required to complete the online pre-application.

Initial eligibility requirements:

  1. The family must be New Hampshire residents.
  2. The family must have a child/children between the ages of 5 and 20 who has not graduated from high school.
  3. The household income must not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level.

Scholarship awards are calculated based on the family’s income, household size, and your school’s tuition. The pre-application is available on the CSFNH website HERE.

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! Mass – Our next regular mass will take place after vacation on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 AM. 4T will be preparing. Please join us!

Auction 2020 Logo

Auction News – We are just 4 weeks away from the best night of the year! This year’s Auction, “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.

Invitations: Did you get your invitation? Your paper News packet will include another one, just in case! Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible! You can RSVP online at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Tickets.

Tables: Planning on coming to the Auction with a whole bunch of your friends? Reserve a table of 10 or 12 ahead of time! To reserve the table, please email Marta (mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org) a list of guests who will be joining you at your table. It’s as easy as that!

Ticket for a Teacher: Aren’t our teachers GREAT? Thank them for a job well done by being a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor! Our teachers work hard all day, every day in the classroom…they deserve a night out! To be a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor, simply complete the RSVP form at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Tickets and select Ticket for a Teacher or check the appropriate box on your rsvp card before returning it!

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 at https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/itemdonations, as well as on the flyer in today’s paper News.

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 https://stchrisschoolnh.ejoinme.org/Sponsorships to view the possibilities!

NEW! GOLD Sponsor:

Pine Motor Parts

 

Silver Sponsor:

The Aquino Family

 

Bronze Sponsors:  

Bishop Guertin High School

Eleanor Dahar

St. Joseph Hospital

The Tyrrell Family

The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise

 

Copper Sponsor: 

Franklyn Liberatore DMD

NEW! Patierno Family

 

Heads and Tale Sponsor:

Knights of Columbus St. Boniface Council 11907 (St. Chris/St. Pats)

 

Cooler Raffle Sponsor:

Knights of Columbus Prince of Peach Assembly 1506

 

Wine Pull Sponsor:

Knights of Columbus 13904 (Immaculate Conception)

 

UPDATED! Auction Committee Meeting – It’s not too late to get in on the action! Our Auction Committee will be meeting weekly during March…there’s a place for everyone! Meeting dates are March 3, 10, and 17 at 7:00 PM in the school library. Please join us!

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NEW! Early Release Please note that Friday, March 6 will be an Early Release Day, with all students dismissed at 12:30 PM. Since our faculty will be attending a professional development workshop, there will be NO After Care that day.

NEW! Stations of the Cross – Since Ash Wednesday is next week while we are on vacation, we will be in the season of Lent when we return to school on March 2. As is tradition here at St. Chris, we will be holding the Stations of the Cross every Friday through Easter. Please check the calendar at the top of this page for the times each Friday as they do switch between morning and afternoon. Parents are encouraged to attend and mark this Lenten journey with our students.

Woof! Meow! – Translation: thank you from all the animals at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua!  Thanks to you, St. Christopher School was able to donate two large trash bags full of used linens that the Humane Society will use in their care of our furry friends.  Thanks for your generosity!  Similar donations can be made any time directly to the Humane Society on Ferry Rd. in Nashua (only a mile from the school!).

YEARBOOK Orders – All students brought home a packet with Yearbook information last week! All orders are due by Friday, March 6. The yearbook is a wonderful memento of the year at St. Chris and features portraits and photos of ALL students, from PreK through grade 6! The order form can be found HERE. Note: Yearbooks for 6th grade students are automatically included in the 6th grade graduation fee. However, any personalization, personal messages, or sponsorships must be paid for separately.

 

NEW! Registrations OVERDUE -- If you have not yet completed the online registration for any child who will be a student at St. Christopher Academy in Fall 2020, your registration is now overdue. We are currently drafting our budget for the next school year and tuition is based on the number of enrolled students for 2020. Because late registrations can not be counted towards our enrollment numbers in the budget, every late registration causes our tuition rate to be higher. If you are intending to send your child/children to the Academy in the Fall but have not registered, please do so immediately. Thank you!

 

NEW! STEM Day and STEM Fair Our fantabulous STEM Day will be March 12…and we can’t wait! We have an exciting group of wonderful volunteer speakers from a variety of STEM fields who will be visiting with our students on the morning of March 12. In the afternoon, classrooms will be finishing up their STEM projects and setting up their displays for the evening STEM Fair. Families are invited to return to school from 5:30-7:00 PM to visit the classrooms and see the projects, as well as visit with our STEM guests in the hallways, and do some fun STEM experiments! Please join us! FYI – Parents are welcome to attend the Keynote speech at 9:30 AM on the 12th. The presenter will be Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager for Coca-Cola Bottling of Northern New England, who will talk about the importance of recycling!

UPDATED! Annual Fund– Just over a month left to get your donation in to the Annual Fund so it appears in the Honor Roll of Donors! All donations made before April 1st will appear in the Honor Roll published in the summer edition of the News and Notes. As of today, we have raised almost $42,000! We would love to have each and every parent be part of this year’s exciting Annual Fund! 

 

Donating to the Annual Fund is easy! You may make your donation using any of the following methods:

  • Return the remittance envelope included in your Annual Fund letter along with a check, cash, or credit card number.
  • Send a check or cash in to school in an envelope marked “Annual Fund”.
  • Call Business Manager Murrayann Abucewicz at 882-7442, ext. 113, to have your credit card charged manually.
  • Or donate online through Square at https://www.stchrisschoolnh.org/apps/pages/onlinegiving 

 

However you choose to donate, please know that we are MOST grateful! 

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering – Hot Lunch ordering for April will open on Sunday, March 1 while we are on vacation! It will remain open through midnight on Friday, March 15 and no late orders can be accepted.

 

NEW! Forgotten Lunches Just a friendly reminder that students who forget their lunch receive a bagel and cream cheese, along with any available sides. To make it fair for everyone, there are no exceptions. Please do not count on your child receiving the Hot Lunch of the day as we only order the number of meals we need to accommodate those who order through Boonli. A $3.50 charge for the meal will be added to your Boonli account. This long-standing policy helps us to monitor inventory and keep our costs down. Thanks so much for your help with our Hot Lunch program!

 

NEW! St. Patrick’s Day We’ll be wearin’ the green on our St. Patrick’s Day Free Dress day on Tuesday, March 17! Students should wear green and white!

 

NEW! Used Book Sale It may seem a looong ways away, but our Parent Group wanted to remind parents to save used books, cd’s, and dvd’s for the Used Book and Uniform Sale in May! If you are doing a little after-Christmas cleaning (or pre-Spring cleaning?), please keep the sale in mind! We accept donations of both children’s and adult’s book and media. All books and media are sold for 50¢ each and all students will visit the sale! Donations can be brought to the school after April vacation!

 

Introducing Walking with Purpose -- Women’s Catholic Bible Study -- Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Would you like to connect with other women in our parish community? Are you searching for something more in your life? We invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at St. Christopher’s Parish. Weekly group sessions are starting the evening of Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM. Living in the Father’s Love, a six-week study of God the Father, reveals how deeply relevant the Gospels are to our relationships, both with God and those we love. No previous Bible study experience is necessary; come as you are as we discover just how much God loves us. Books are $20* and can be ordered at shop.walkingwithpurpose.com (search for book Living in a Father’s Love). The mission of Walking with Purpose is to help every Catholic woman and girl in America to open her heart to Jesus Christ. Interested in learning more? Please join us on March 4th to find out what Walking with Purpose is all about! Bring a friend and meet us at St. Christopher’s Church Hall on March 4th. For questions or to RSVP, contact Danielle Schuh via email: lizotte.danielle@gmail.com. Also feel free to visit Walking with Purpose online www.walkingwithpurpose.com for more information. We hope to see you! *Financial assistance is available upon request - we want everyone to have a chance to deepen their faith!!

6th Grade Mother/Daughter Paint Night -- Moms and Daughters in 6th Grade: The Upper Campus (Nashua Catholic) is holding its Annual Mother/Daughter Paint Night on Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 PM at the Upper Campus! You and your mom won’t want to miss this evening of fun as J.J. Long, owner of JJArtworks, guides us step-by-step to create the featured painting. All supplies are included and no painting experience is necessary! This will be a fun evening for you and your mom and your girlfriends! No tickets will be sold at the door, so get your tickets today! Send cash or check made out to Nashua Catholic for $35/person or $60/couple. Questions? Contact Mrs. Forsyth at sforsyth@ncrjhs.net.

NEW! St. Christopher Parish Lenten Schedule St. Christopher Parish would like to invite school families to deepen their faith through the many activities the parish will offer during Lent! Please see the schedule 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, February 20

Greg Tribou

Tina Bruno Maxwell

 

Friday, February 21

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Jaclyn Leonardi

 

February 24-28

February Vacation

 

Monday, March 2

Melissa Francoeur

Tara Canaway

Katie Osborn 

 

Tuesday, March 3

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Heather Spinney

 

Wednesday, March 4

Jen McGowan

Jeff Rol

Cliff Osinski

Sasha Shaplyko