November 9 Early Childhood Open House for Prospective Students – Grades PreK to 1 -9:30 AM
November 12 NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
November 13 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM -- Library
November 14 Christmas Pricing Night – 6:30 PM – Church Hall
November 15 Parent Teacher Conferences – 4:00 – 8:00 PM
November 16 Faith Outreach Committee Meeting – 9:00 AM – Library
November 20 Crazy Sock Day!
November 20 Thanksgiving Prayer Service – 11:30 AM – 4D preparing
November 21-25 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Vacation
November 26-30 Drama Club Tech Week
November 27 Teacher Soup Lunch – Parent Group preparing
November 27 Christmas Shopping Set-up – 5:30 PM – Church Hall
November 28-30 Christmas Shopping – All Day – Church Hall
November 30 Drama Club Production of Peter Pan – 7:00 PM – Nashua Catholic
NEW! Thank You – Thank you to Melissa Sprague and her awesome volunteers (Fr. David, Mrs. Clarke, Lorraine Barry, Karen Hutchins, Lorrice Bedard, Marilyn Hogan, and Carol Fiore) for our ice cream sundaes today in celebration of NH Catholic Schools Week! They were delicious!
THIS WEEK! Upcoming Open House – One more Open House this week as part of our NH Catholic Schools Week celebration! On Friday, November 9, we will hold our annual Early Childhood Education Open House for families interested in grades PreK through 1 at 9:30 AM. All are invited! Please spread the word!
Please note: Experience tells us that word of mouth is the most effective recruiting tool we have…thank you to all those who have talked to friends and family about the advantages of a St. Chris education! Please continue to get the word out! Thank you!
UPDATED! Ski Club Registration closes NEXT WEEK! Ski Club is open to skiers in Grades 3-6, runs for 5 weeks and will start-up on Friday, January 4th. Please contact Tara Canaway at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. To register, purchase your passes on the Crotched Mountain website. Please register by Thursday, 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!!!
- 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 email@example.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!
NEW! Humane Society Donations – Don’t forget that we are collecting much needed items for our friends at the Nashua Humane Society this week as part of our NH Catholic Schools Week activities! You can find a list of suggested donations HERE!
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!
Winter School Delays and Cancellations – 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 Kindergarten through 6.
Current Family Registration for 2018-2019 School Year – Believe it or not, it is time to begin the registration process for the NEXT school year! Our in-house registration for students currently in grades Pre-K to 1 takes place during the month of November. Students currently in grades 2-5 will register in January.
We will be doing the registration process online again this year. On Thursday, November 1, families with children currently in grades Pre-K to grade 1 received an email with a link to the registration form. (Due to volume constraints on our system’s email system, the link will be sent to whoever is listed on the student online registration as the “primary” contact. If you would like the email to go to someone else, please contact Marta at firstname.lastname@example.org. The online registration form must be completed and submitted for these students by November 30, along with a $160 registration fee to be paid online at the time of registration. Please know that because we are also enrolling new students at this time, current students whose registrations are returned after that date will not be guaranteed a seat for next year.
Note: New students from current families -- Current families who would like to enroll a child who is not currently a student at St. Chris are also welcome to complete an admission. The admission form can be found on the school website by clicking on the “Apply Now” button in the middle of the website.
NO After Care on December 14 – Christmas may seem a looooong ways away, but we’re looking ahead to December already! Please note in your calendar that there will be NO After Care on Friday, December 14 so that the staff and faculty can attend their annual Christmas dinner. Thanks!
Parent Teacher Conferences – Just a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for next Thursday, November 15 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!
NEXT WEEK! November No School Dates – Don’t forget that there will be NO SCHOOL NEXT Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. In addition, our Thanksgiving vacation will run from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25.
Hot Lunch Ordering – Boonli.com will be open for December’s Hot Lunch ordering until November 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.
Drama Club Production of Peter Pan, Jr. – Our Drama Club is hard at work preparing the wonderful musical Peter Pan, Jr., which will be performed on Friday, November 30 at 7:00 PM at Nashua Catholic Jr. High School! A ticket order form can be downloaded HERE!
Crazy Sock Day and Thanksgiving Prayer Service – November 20 will be a busy day around school! Students can wear their craziest socks with their uniforms on the 20th, plus we will have our Thanksgiving Prayer Service (prepared by 4D) at 11:30 AM. Please note: Although it’s during the winter uniform schedule, boys MAY wear shorts on November 20 IF they are wearing crazy socks!
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 November 28 through the 30th 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 14
NEXT WEEK! HO-HO-HO! Christmas Shopping Pricing Night -- Calling all elves! On Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 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 email@example.com if you are able to help out!
Christmas Tree Lighting – Join us for our 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 7! This year’s festivities will once again include “pre-lighting” fun and festivities in the Church Hall starting at 5:30 PM! Coordinated by the Parent Group, this wonderful event is a great way to celebrate the holidays with your St. Chris family!
NEW! Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass – Immediately following the Christmas Tree Lighting, St. Christopher Parish invites all families to attend the Vigil mass for the Immaculate Conception at 7:00 PM. Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation for Catholics and celebrates the belief that Jesus’ mother Mary was conceived without original sin.
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 11 at 10:00 AM in the Church
- Christmas Concert for grades 3-6 – December 18 at 10:00 AM in the Church
NEW! Barnes and Noble Night – Plans are underway for our annual Barnes and Noble night on December 12 from 6:00-7:30 PM! This amazing evening features performances by many of our student groups, a raffle, free dress certificates for all students who attend, and more! A percentage of every purchase made that evening benefits the library. Barnes and Noble Night is the perfect time for Christmas shopping fun, so mark your calendar now!
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 Prayer Service – Celebrate the real reason for the season – the birth of baby Jesus! December 20 at 9:15 AM in the Church. 2nd grade will be preparing the service.
Christmas Early Release – December 20 at 12:30 PM, with no After Care.
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 Wednesday, December 5. Students should wear regular uniforms.
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/stchrisamazon.
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 www.shopwithscrip.com 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, Toys R Us, and Barnes and Noble!
UPDATED! St. Christopher Youth Ministry News:
Junior Group News - Instead of meeting in the Pennell Center this Sunday, we’ll be heading up to the cathedral on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special Eucharistic adoration event at 6:30 PM. Expect praise and worship music, an inspiring speaker, and, of course, Jesus. Event tickets cost $5. See you there!
Kid Group News – Kid Group is meeting in the church hall this week to help out with the parish’s Veterans’ Day dinner. A reminder to those who signed up for entertainment: Keep practicing your songs/comedy and come with your musical instruments! See you there from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on November 10
Hollis Town Band and Christmas Chorus Annual "Christmas, Chanukah, Winter, Kwanzaa, New Year's, Whatever You Want To Call It Concert" -- On Saturday, December 8th, at 7:00 PM, the Hollis Town Band and Christmas Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Bailey, presents its annual Holiday Concert at Hollis Brookline High School Auditorium. The only admission fee is to bring packages of non-perishable food items (not in glass containers). The concert is presented in conjunction with the Women's Fellowship of the Hollis Congregational Church, which sells desserts during the concert and accepts cash donations. Following the concert, the Women's Fellowship uses the money raised at the concert to purchase perishable items to put together with the donated non-perishable items in food baskets to distribute to area families in need during the Holiday Season. The band underwrites all the expenses of the concert from its annual operating budget so that all the money raised at the concert goes directly to purchasing the perishable items. The concert includes a narrated musical version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" along with many other seasonal favorites and concludes with a performance of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah" for which audience members are invited to join the chorus, and ends with a audience sing-along of familiar Christmas Carols. A great concert for families and a great way to really get into the Christmas spirit.
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, November 8
Friday, November 9
Monday, November 12
Tuesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 14