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December News







Dear St. Christopher Families and Friends!            


It is hard to believe that it is almost December. The Christmas season is here and with it comes reflection regarding our faith as well as spending quality time with family and friends, which truly marks this time on the calendar.  I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break!


I want to thank you for your outstanding participation in the parent-teacher conferences. The teachers have told me how much they have learned about your children by meeting with you. We hope you have learned a lot about your children as students as well. We value our partnership with you and look forward to a continued relationship throughout the remainder of the school year and beyond.


The Christmas spirit of compassion has been pervasive throughout the school community. The students will be engaging in a Sock Drive, which will benefit children in the greater Nashua area. Our Faith Outreach Committee will help to distribute the socks and in doing so will help make this winter warm and cozy for so  many in our community!


Our teachers and staff are consistently attending workshops in order to improve upon their practice. I am so grateful for their enthusiastic pursuit of excellence.  How fortunate our students are!


I am pleased to recognize the following students who led the school community in Morning Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance this month:  Ronan Bradshaw, Gabby Martin and Tommy Canaway.


Our Lego League team competed at Merrimack High School this month.  They showed us the importance of working as a team to solve problems and reach our goals!!  Although they missed being in the top 8 by one point, and did not make it to the State Competition, we are so proud of all their accomplishments. For their support and guidance, I am most grateful to the parent volunteers and the Coaches, Lana Tyrrell and Cyndy Hall and Joe Daley!  Without all of these wonderful people, our Lego League would not be possible.


It is hard to believe the second quarter progress report period will be upon us in the next few weeks. However, whenever time moves quickly at a school, it speaks of an educational community, which contains great excitement and activity. The progress report grades are important indicators as to how your child is doing in each subject area. Please discuss each grade with your child so you can continue to be a support in their task to achieve academic excellence.  Starting now through spring your child will grow tremendously academically and socially. Your continued commitment to support your child’s learning can only enhance this natural development.


Our Scriptures give us a strong and clear message for this Advent season: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” We hear it at our Advent Masses and we sing it in our Advent hymns. This message seems to tell us to reflect, pray and focus on this great event of Christmas which is about to take place. Our preparations for Christmas often find us racing through concerts, shopping, meetings, parties, baking etc. At St. Christopher, we seem to be on this same path as well! Our goal, though, is to remind the students and ourselves that we want to always “Keep Christ in our Christmas”. May this sacred time be blessed for you and your families. You all continue to impress me daily as I experience your generosity, incredible spirit, faithful support and endless enthusiasm. Your contributions are what make our school and community so special, and you are making a difference in the lives of our children.


Please join us for our Christmas Tree Lighting on December 7th.  Festivities will begin the church hall with games, crafts and hot chocolate.  The evening will culminate out front by the Christmas tree where we will sing Christmas carols in celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  There will be mass following the tree lighting at 7:15.  Fr. David would love for you to join us!


On behalf of the teachers and staff at St. Christopher I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you do and for the gift that you are to our school. Our wish is that you may know the joy, hope, and peace of the Nativity this Christmas Season. We share you with the words of Luke, and hope you find strength in the words of the angel:

Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Together in Christ,


Cindy Clarke