May 24 Field Day – 12:40 PM – Sargents Ave Park
May 24 Last Day of Hot Lunch
May 27 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 28 No Hot Lunch – bring bagged lunch until end of school year
May 29 Paper News
May 30 Ascension Thursday Mass – 9:15 AM – Church – 3D preparing
May 31 BBQ – 5:30 to 7:00 – Back Parking Lot – After Care Ends at 5:30 PM
June 4 Staff Meeting – 8:00 AM – 5M
June 6 6th Grade Lunch – Noon – Church Hall
June 7 PreK/Kdg Last Day of School
June 7 6th Grade Graduation – 7:00 PM – Church
June 11 School Board Meeting – 8:00 AM – Library
June 13 Grades 1-5 LAST DAY – Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM – NO After Care
NEW! Thank You – What a week our teachers had last week, thanks to the Parent Group! Each day held a new surprise, from door-to-door donut and ice cream deliveries, a pick-a-pen bar, and room service for snacks to custom tote bags and the most fabulous circus-themed Teacher Appreciation lunch! Special thanks go to Sarah Rol, Beth DeRego, Melissa Michels, Lorraine Barry, Meighan Garcia, and Jenn Torosian! Our teachers are so thankful for each and every gift….and most especially thankful for the gift of our students!
Special thanks also to all those who passed along news of our Open House on Sunday! We had a wonderful turnout and have already had a number of new students register!
NEW! Tuition Agreements Overdue – Tuition Agreements for the 2019-2020 school year are now overdue. Please return them to Mrs. Abucewicz as soon possible!
Private Tours – Know someone who coudn’t make the May 19 Open House? We love giving private tours to any family interested in joining the St. Chris community! Private tours can be scheduled for most any time the school is open and we LOVE to have prospective students visit us for a Shadow Day in the classroom! To arrange, please have the prospective families call Jackie at 882-774, ext. 114.
NEW! Too Big for Your Britches? St. Christopher School would like to help the children of Mary Gate of Heaven Orphanage in Haiti. The Sisters of Holy Cross and volunteers at the orphanage have provided a humble list of specific items that would help the 52 children who live there. There are a few school supplies they need and, in particular, they have asked for dress pants and jeans for their boys. These pants and jeans may be new or can be used/outgrown ones that are in very good condition. The children dress in their Sunday best for church and special occasions, so your outgrown finery will be put to good use. Please see the SignUp Genius HERE for specific items and sizes. Thanks for your generosity!
NEW! TOMORROW! Cross Country Sign-Ups -- It's that time of year again...time to sign up for Cross Country in the Fall of 2019! The program is open for students in grades 2 – 5 in the Fall (Grade 6 runs with Nashua Catholic Jr. High School). Practices are held two afternoons after school each week starting the first week of school (and hence the early sign-ups!). The team is currently limited to 75 runners for safety sake, but may be expanded with additional parent coaches. Cost is $35 per runner or $60 for families. Sign-ups for the team will open tomorrow, May 23, at noon and may be accessed by clicking the link provided on the pop-up menu on the front page of the website, by scrolling down to the "News Announcements" on the front page of the website, or click HERE.
Morning Drop-Off – It appears that the Nashua police have begun to more strictly enforce the no parking zone in front of the school at the request of a neighbor, particularly during the morning drop-off time. We recommend that parents do not park along the school side of Cushing Ave for drop off no earlier than 8:20, 10 minutes prior to the doors opening at 8:30. If you choose to park earlier, you may risk receiving a citation from the police.
THIS WEEK! Field Day -- The always fun Field Day is coming soon! On the afternoon of THIS Friday, May 24, all of our students will be walking over to Sargent Ave Park for the Field Day events. We’ll need lots and lots and lots of volunteers to make the event a success! Volunteers are needed both for preparation in the morning and to run the event in the afternoon. We are also in need of tents and coolers. To volunteer or loan your tent and/or cooler for the day, please visit the Sign Up Genius HERE!
Lunch will be served earlier than usual on Field Day to be sure everyone is finished in time for the big events! Students in each grade are asked to wear shorts and a shirt in a specified color:
- PreK – Yellow
- Kdg – Purple
- Grade 1 – Green
- Grade 2 – White
- Grade 3 – Orange
- Grade 4 – Blue
- Grade 5 – Gray
- Grade 6 – Red
For any questions, please contact Coach Levesque at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Ascension Thursday Mass – Next Thursday, May 22 is Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. Our school mass will take place at 9:15 AM, with 3D preparing it. Please join us!
NEW! INSTAGRAM -- If you’re on Instagram (and over the age of 13), please “follow” St. Chris . . . and check out our posts! We’re trying to increase our social media presence and encourage new families to join our school. The more followers we have, the easier it is for people to hear about us. Thanks so much for your help!!
NEW! Junior Great Books -- Thanks to Annie Wong, Susette Parks, Sasha Shaplyko, Beth Dargin, Roberta LaPlante, and all of our JGB students for a great season of Junior Great Books! Second grade JGB will meet for two more weeks. All other students should return their JGB book to the front desk this week if they have not already done so. All together our JGB kids read over four thousand pages!! Have a great summer and keep reading!
Last Day of School – We made it! Spring has sprung and we do not have to add any makeup days to our calendar in June! Therefore, the schedule for the last few days of school is:
Grade 6 Graduation Lunch (12:00 PM) – June 6
6th Grade Graduation (7:00 PM) – June 7
PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – June 7
Grades 1-5 Last Day – June 13 – Release at 12:30 PM
Fall Back to School Dates -- And just as we’re finishing up this year, we start looking ahead to NEXT year! As you look at the dates below for the start of school, you’ll notice that we have a little different schedule for the first few days. While our Meet the Teacher date is before Labor Day, school will actually officially begin with ALL students reporting for the opening day on September 3. This is the Tuesday following Labor Day. This schedule change was mandated by the Diocese of Manchester Catholic Schools office and will be the same throughout all Catholic schools is NH. We hope you enjoy the extra few days of summer vacation!
PreK/Kdg Play Dates: Mondays from August 5 through August 26
Meet the Teacher: 9:00 – 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 29
1st Day of School for all students: Tuesday, September 3
Parent Information Night: 6:45 PM on Tuesday, September 10
Fr. David to Receive Diocesan Award – We are excited to announce that Fr. David will be receiving the Clergy of the Year Award at the upcoming Diocese of Manchester’s Excellence in Education Gala! This award recognizes Fr. David for the impact his deep faith, combined with his boundless energy and desire to share his love of the Lord and the Catholic Church, has had on our school. The award will be presented at the Gala on June 20 at the Grappone Center in Concord. Congratulations to Fr. David!
Congratulations also go to Mrs. Cindy Clarke, who was nominated for The Spirit of St. Elizabeth Seton Award NH Catholic School Leader of the Year award and Miss Karen Narkis, who was nominated for The Spirit of St. John Baptist de la Salle NH Catholic School Teacher of the Year award.
THIS WEEK! Hot Lunch ENDS – Don’t forget that THIS FRIDAY is the last day of Hot Lunch! Therefore, as of next Monday, May 28, all students must bring a bag lunch through the end of the year! There will be NO lunch food available, so students without a lunch will be required to call home to have one delivered.
BBQ – Our annual FREE BBQ for all St. Chris families will take place on Friday, May 31! Plan on a great time featuring hamburgers, hotdogs and all the sides! This is one BIG party and you aren’t going to want to miss it! Food is served from 5:30 – 7:00 PM! Our ever-popular DJ, Ryan, will be here to spin the tunes! Volunteers for the event and food donations are needed! Please see the SignUp Genius HERE to help out!
After Care Hours on May 31 – Please note that After Care will end at 5:30 PM on Friday, May 31, so that teachers and families can attend the BBQ!
Band/Fiddle for 2019-2020 -- Band Director David Bailey and Fiddle Squad Director Alison Bailey invite all students who will be in grades 3-6 in the Fall to consider joining Band and/or Fiddle Squad! Music is a fun and exciting way for students to expand their academic experience, make new friends, and build self-esteem (among MANY other benefits!). Band registration information can be found HERE and Fiddle Squad registration can be found HERE.
Traveling Marian Statue – We have been blessed with a beautiful small statue of our Mother, Mary. This statue is meant to be a “traveling” icon, to be taken to different homes during Mary’s month of May for family devotionals. To sign up for a weekend, please click HERE!
Casual for a Cause Free Dress Fundraiser – At the request of the Diocesan Schools Office, we will be participating in Catholic Medical Center’s Casual for a Cause Free Dress program on June 4! Students who choose to participate in this optional fundraiser may have a Free Dress day on June 4 for a $2.00 donation. All proceeds will be donated to CMC’s Books for Babies program, which provides each family in CMC’s Special Care Nursery with story books and a parent journal. This will be the second year we have participated in this effort…last year, we had the second highest donation of all Catholic schools in NH!
Summer Reading Help -- Does your child need some extra help in Reading over the summer? 2nd grade teacher Nicole Jacques will be available to tutor at St. Chris on Thursdays. To arrange, please contact her at email@example.com
Summer Tutoring Available – Are you interested in extra help for your student this summer? 5th grade teacher Kerry Goltsov will be available to tutor at St. Chris from Monday through Friday. To arrange, please contact her at (603-318-4356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School Save the Date!!! St. Christopher Parish’s popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) with run from July 29-August 2, 2019! This year’s theme is ROAR! 2019: Life is Wild ~ God is Good. Registration forms are included in this week’s paper News ! Children ages 4 (entering pre-K) to Grade 5 are invited to come join us for a GRRReat time at Vacation Bible School this summer! We will travel to the African Savannah, a safari into the Bible, where we will sing, dance, create and play as we learn that even when our life gets WILD, God is always good! And we Trust in Him! We will need many adult helpers for the Safari trip of a lifetime! Please consider sharing your special talent! Email email@example.com for more information or to volunteer!
Happy Hearts Day Care Summer Camp Openings – Linda Rousseau of Happy Hearts Day Care, located across the street from the school, has openings for children age 6 to 11 in her summer camp. Activities include daily field trips, hiking, swimming, playgrounds, nature preserves, restaurants. $175 per week, lunch and snacks included. Please call Linda Rousseau at 880-6575 if interested.
NEW! CMC Mother/Daughter Social -- Mothers and their Daughters 9-14 years old are invited to a mother/daughter social at St. Patrick’s Church in Milford on Saturday, June 1. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this event which will explore God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman. Presented by Nancy Malo, Program Coordinator for Fertility Care Education Services at the Women's Wellness and Fertility Center at the Catholic Medical Center. To sign up and for more information go to www.catholicquest.org.