September 19, 2018

September 19 Parent Group Meeting – Shorty’s – 6:30 PM

September 19 Auction Committee Meeting – Shorty’s – 7:15 PM

September 20 3-School Mass – 10:00 AM – Church

September 21 Faith Outreach Committee – 9:00 AM -- Library

September 24 1st School Mass/Mercy Day Mass – 9:15 AM – Church

September 24 Hot Lunch begins

September 28 No School – Teacher Faith Formation Day

 

 

NEW! Thank You – This week, we extend many thank you’s to all those who helped make our Book Fair a great success! Volunteers included Lorrice Bedard, Lisa Blanchard, Kristen Callahan, Elona Cook, Julie Knapp, Jaclyn Leonardi, Julie Maher, Ariella Marget, Francine Richardson, Theresa Scanlan, Liza Tirado, Emily Uong, Jamie Viveiros,  Jordan Sheehan, Kathy Valente, Teri Puksta, Mary Hebert, Nancy Trask, and Gloria Sheehan.

    

THIS WEEK! Faith Outreach Committee Meeting – Our Faith Outreach Committee is integral to the spiritual identity of the school through their planning of October’s Vocation Day, service projects, Adopted Religious program, and other events. New members are always welcome…being Catholic is not a requirement! Their first meeting of the year takes place on Friday, September 21 at 9:00 AM in the library. Please join them!

 

Lacrosse Clinics for grades 1-4 -- Does your child in grades 1 through 4 want to learn the fun sport of lacrosse? St. Christopher will hold an eight week lacrosse clinic for boys and girls beginning October 1 and running through November 26. The clinic, lead by 3rd grade teacher Emily Bedard, will take place on Mondays from 3:00 - 4:15 PM at Sargent Park. For more information or to download a registration form, click HERE.

 

NEW! Ski Club -- Ski Club Info Meeting 10/4 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 4th. We will have a meeting on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm 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. Passes, equipment and lesson prices will go up after registration closes. 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Barb Martin at Crotched Mountain – 603.588.3668 ext 232. Thanks!

  

TONIGHT! Parent Group Meeting – As planners of many of our sooooo fun community events, our Parent Group is one of the most active groups here at St. Chris! During the year, the Parent Group coordinates activities like enrichment speakers, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Used Book Sale, teacher appreciation events, and the always awesome BBQ! There are many ways to get involved…and every parent is automatically a member! The group will have it’s first organization meeting for the year at Shorty’s in Nashua on Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM. Please join us!

  

TONIGHT! Auction Committee Meeting -- Time to get the party started…or at least start planning for it! Our Auction Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:15 PM at Shorty’s in Nashua. Our auction is the largest fundraiser for St. Chris, having raised over $55,000 dollars last year to assist in making St. Chris a better place for all students! 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. And yes, you read that right….we are holding the Parent Group and Auction Committee meetings back-to-back on September 19! Hoping this will make it easier for everyone to get involved in one…or both…groups!

   

UPDATED! Corpus Christi Food Pantry Brown Bag Collection – The Corpus Christi Brown Bags were distributed to oldest and only students yesterday! They are due on the day of our first school mass, Monday, September 24. Please consider filling the bags with the items on the list attached to the bag…or other appropriate items…and bring them back Monday morning for pick-up by the Corpus Christi van. Many thanks for your support!

 

Parent Volunteers – How you will make a difference at St. Chris? Our school is so thankful for the many, many volunteers who partner with us to offer special events and programs that would not exist without their help. Numerous studies show that students are more successful in school when their parent volunteers…it’s a win-win for everyone! To see the many ways you can get involved here at St. Chris, click HERE! You can also sign up to volunteer for the individual programs by clicking through to the Sign-Up Genius under each opportunity. Thank you SO much!

 

UPDATED! Hot Lunch Volunteers DESPERATELY Needed! We are still very short on volunteers for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for Hot Lunch! We need 5 volunteers for Tuesday, 6 for Wednesday, and 8 for Thursday. If we can’t fill these slots, we will be forced to cancel Hot Lunch on these days….especially Thursdays (which is sub day….a very easy day!). Please consider giving of one day per month on any of those days! Everyone is welcome to volunteer…we’ve had parents, alumni parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! Hot Lunch is a great way to get to know other parents, to see what’s going on in the school, and to see your children and their friends. To volunteer, use the Sign-Up Genius at https://tinyurl.com/hotlunch2018.

 

THIS WEEK! Spirit Shirts (Husky and Cross Country) -- It’s time for a Husky Spirit Shirt order! For those of you who are new, these are the royal blue shirts featuring our Sparky mascot and “Husky Pride” on the back, with “St. Christopher School” on the front. The kids LOVE them! Spirit shirts can be worn on Spirit Days, on Free Dress days, and at any number of school activities like basketball games and Barnes and Noble night! For a limited time, Husky Spirit Shirts can be ordered online HERE for $8.50. In addition, spirit shirts and sweatshirts for cross country are also available! All shirts will be delivered to the school and sent home with students. Please order by NEXT Friday, September 21!

 

NEW! NWEA Testing for Grades 2-6 – Students in grades 2-6 will be taking the NWEA test over the next few weeks. The NWEA is a computer adaptive assessment, and is unique to each student. Questions become more difficult if the student answers a question correctly or easier if a student answers a question incorrectly. It is powered by more than 30 years of academic research and taken by almost eleven million students annually. 

 

As an adaptive test taken on the iPads, the MAP Growth Assessment is a more efficient way to assess students. Teachers and parents receive more data with fewer questions, which reduces the time from days to hours to administer the assessment. Student results are immediate and student reports include measures of individual achievement, individual growth, and goals for improvement. We are looking forward to seeing your child’s academic growth.

 

Feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

   

Raffle Calendar Fundraiser –We’ve sold over 600 calendar raffle tickets so far…we’re on our way to our goal of 2,000 tickets! Please be sure to sell your 10 tickets so we can meet that goal! Each ticket is $10. As in the past, for every 10 raffle tickets your family sells, you will earn one entry into a raffle for a $1,500 Tuition Credit or $1,000 Cash! This is the first of our three major fundraisers in the annual Invest in Excellence campaign, so we are really counting on your support!

                 

We have a number of fun student seller incentives throughout the month of September! Check them out!

 

FRIDAY FUNDAY incentives for every Friday in September (except on Sept 28, a no school day!). Any student who brings in at least one ticket will receive the prize of the day:

Friday, September 21 – Free popcorn

 

Student Surprise Free Dress Passes will be chosen on random days during the month of September from anyone who turns in a ticket on that day.

 

Crazy Mrs. Clarke will make a special appearance in October if we beat our school goal of 2,000 tickets! We’ve met our goal each of the last 9 years…can’t wait to make this number 10 and see what crazy Mrs. Clarke will do this year!

   

NEW! Paper Wednesday News – Next Wednesday, September 26, is our next paper News. If you have information to be distributed, please send to either Marta at mnissen@stchrisschoolnh.org or Jackie at jlangenfeld@stchrisschoolnh.org by this Friday, September 21.

 

NO School – Diocesan Formation Day – Just a reminder…there will be NO school on Friday, September 28 so that our teachers can attend a Faith Formation Day with the Diocese of Manchester!

 

TOMORROW! 3-School Mass  THIS Thursday, September 20, students from Nashua Catholic Jr. High and Infant Jesus School will be joining us here at St. Chris for a very special mass celebrating the start of the school yearMass will begin at 10:00 AM instead of our usual 9:15. All are invited!

 

NEXT WEEK! School Mass – Our first St. Chris all-school mass of the year will be Monday, September 24 at 9:15 AM and will be prepared by 6W in celebration of Mercy Day. Please join us as we give thanks for the opportunity to begin a new school year together and to ask for God’s blessings.

  

    

UPDATED! Parish Youth Ministry –

 

St. Chris Kid Group – The next Kid Group meeting will be on Saturday, September 22nd from 5-7pm in the Pennell Center. We’ll be playing games, praying, and talking about helping others. All 3rd-5th graders are welcome to join us! Any questions email Emily Murphy at youthministry@stchrisparishnh.org.

 

 

St. Chris Junior Group – What’s the best way to live your life? Come share your thoughts at the next Junior Group meeting on Sunday, September 23rd from 6-8pm in the Pennell Center. All 6th graders are welcome to join us. Any questions email Emily Murphy at youthministry@stchrisparishnh.org.

 

 

Two More Youth Ministry Volunteers Needed – St. Christopher’s Youth Ministry is looking for 2 adults to help make a difference in the lives of the kids. Volunteers attend meetings twice a month, help run games and discussion, and give an example to the kids of what a faithful Catholic adult looks like. If you’re interested in helping out with the high school or junior high age groups, please email Emily Murphy at youthministry@stchrisparishnh.org or call the rectory at (603) 882-0632.

 

 

Parish Restored Order of the Sacraments – As part of the Diocese of Manchester, St. Christopher Parish is undergoing significant changes in their sacrament preparation program, including the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. Please see more information about the Restored Order of the Sacraments at St. Christopher Parish HERE.