October 28/29, 2020

Thank You! Special thanks to 6th grade students Kathleen S. and Lily S. and friends for their help in cleaning, sorting, and organizing our used uniform closet! These students took the initiative on this project and have been willingly giving up their free time at school to get it done. Thank you for your spirit of service!

 

NEW! COVID Response Form -- As noted in the “COVID-19 Procedures Update” email that came from Mrs. Clarke yesterday, we will begin requiring parents to complete a daily online COVID Response Form starting on Monday, November 2. Parents will receive an email reminder for the first week, from November 2-6. However, in order to avoid “spamming” parents with too many emails, we will not be sending daily reminders after that. The form is available through the Family Portal HERE. If you have not already done so, please be sure that you have logged in to your Family Portal using the instructions below. If you have any issues with the portal, please contact Marta at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org.

To create your Family Portal account:

  • In Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari, click HERE.
  • Type the school’s District Code:  SCA-NH
  • Click Create New Family Portal Account.
  • Type your email address and click Create Account.  An email will be sent which includes a link to create your ParentsWeb login.  The link is active for 6 hours.
  • Select the Click to Create your Family Portal login link.
  • A web browser displays your Name and FACTS Person ID.
  • Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password.
  • Click Save User Name and/or Password.  A message displays at the top of the browser,”User Name/Password successfully updated.”
  • You may now log in to FACTS Family Portal using your new User Name and Password.

 

 

UPDATED! Parent Alert System  It was a bit late, but our Parent Alert went out by text message last Friday evening. If you did not receive a text,  please text the keyword “START” to 22-383 from your mobile device. Any text alerts from our school will begin with “SCA Alert” and calls will show from “603-882-7442”. You can also send Marta an email at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org to be added to the list.

 

NEW! New Parent Check-In Meeting -- Parents new to the Academy this year should mark their calendars for a New Parent Check-In Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 PM. As promised, this a follow-up meeting to our New Parent Orientation. Mrs. Clarke and others will be available during the session to talk about the year so far and what we can do to support our new families in their first year at Saint Chris. A Zoom invite will be sent to all new parents as the event draws closer.

NEW! Winter Uniforms Start on Monday, November 2 -- Monday marks the beginning of our winter uniform season on both campuses! Please be sure that students are dressed appropriately. Please keep in mind that all uniform pieces must be purchased from Red Brick Clothing.  Here’s the changes that go into affect….

Lower Campus: 

  • Boys must now wear the navy blue uniform pants. Shorts may be worn again on April 1.
  • All students must wear navy uniform sweatpants over their shorts for gym class.

Upper Campus:

  • Boys must now wear the khaki uniform pants. Shorts may be worn again on April 1.
  • Girls must now wear either the khaki uniform pants or plaid skorts. Shorts may be worn again on April 1.
  • All students must wear the blue long sleeved oxford shirt with the SCA logo. Shirts must be tucked in.
  • All students must wear uniform sweatpants over their shorts on gym days.

 

TOMORROW! Tuition Raffle - One more thank you to all those who supported our Fall Calendar Raffle by selling and/or purchasing raffle tickets! For those families who sold 10 or more tickets, we have created a tuition raffle ticket for every 10 tickets you sold and will include them in the Tuition Raffle drawing TOMORROW, Friday, October 30! Check it out on Facebook Live at 10:00 AM!

NEW! Tech Notes from Mrs. Litch -- Mrs. Litch would like to pass along the following information:

  • Google Classroom Notes -- During computer class this week, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders have been logging into their google classrooms.  The students will need to know their google ids and their passwords in order to do this.  Mrs. Litch has shown the students where to write down their google ids and passwords (on the back cover of their planner).  If you change their google passwords at home, PLEASE make sure to change it in their planner so that they will be able to login to their account from school!
  • Remote Learners Parent Meetings -- Now, that school is well underway and remote learners are successfully integrated into the classrooms, Mrs. Litch is temporarily suspending her Thursday afternoon parent meetings. If parents of remote learners have questions about remote learning, they are welcome to contact Mrs. Litch at klitch@saintchrisacademy.org.
  • Connectivity Issues -- We are aware that remote learners have been experiencing intermittent connectivity issues. We have contacted Comcast and have been told that it is a neighborhood issue that is being addressed. We will continue to work with Comcast to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

 

Lifetouch Retake Day - Did your child miss today’s portrait day? Was your child not feeling smiley today?  No worries! We have scheduled our Lifetouch Retake Day for Wednesday, November 18! More details to come closer to the 18th!

 

TOMORROW! Halloween Free Dress Friday, October 30 will be a booooo-tiful day on both campuses as our kids dress in their favorite orange, black, and white Free Dress outfits! Please keep our Free Dress rules in mind when picking out an outfit:

  • No tanks tops (boys and girls), spaghetti straps, tube tops or halter tops, sheer tops;
  • No t-shirts/shirts/shorts or articles of clothing that display rock groups, violence, or inappropriate sayings;
  • No large baggy pants or bike shorts;
  • No shorts, skirts, skorts that are more than 2 inches above the knee;
  • Leggings and yoga pants may be worn, but only if a shirt is worn over top that covers the student’s bottom.

 

And, at the lower campus, don’t forget to send in a sealed bag with special seasonal treats for your child to eat and drink during his or her class’s Halloween party! This should be a small bag of treats just for your child. There will be no sharing among classmates!

 

November No School Days -- Please mark the following NO School Days on your November calendar:

  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 25 - 27: Thanksgiving Break

 

Applications Open for New Students in 2021-2022 -  Registrations are now OPEN for NEW students for next year, from PreK 3 through grade 8. If you have a younger child who you would like to join us next year, please visit the front page of the school website at SaintChrisAcademy.org 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 2021-2022!

NEW! Current Student Re-enrollment -- Re-enrollment for current students will run from January 1 through January 22. On January 1, the primary parent will receive an email with a link to each student’s re-enrollment packet for 2021-2022. The re-enrollment packet will also be available at that time through the Family Portal.  Because we have high demand and waiting lists for all of our grade levels, any student who has not been re-enrolled by January 22 will forfeit his or her seat for the following year. There will be a registration fee of $150 (down from $200 in 2020-2021) due as part of the online re-enrollment.

Note: Current 5th and 6th grade students will re-enroll  in January as described above even though they will be moving to the upper campus next year. Parents do not need to fill out an application for the upper campus. 

 

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, November 4 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Our auction is the largest fundraiser for St. Chris, having raised over $60,000 dollars last year to assist in making St. Chris a better place for all students! Planning for this year's Auction will be a bit different thanks to COVID restrictions, but there’s a place on the Auction Committee for everyone! Contact chairperson Jenn Torosian at jbates73@comcast.net or Marta Nissen at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org for more information and the link to the Zoom meeting!

 

NEW! Knights of Columbus Student Essay Contest -- The New Hampshire Knights of Columbus is once again sponsoring a Student Respect Life Essay contest. The contest is open to any Junior High (grades 6 - 8) and Senior High (grades 9 - 12) student in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Knights of Columbus will provide up to six cash awards of $100 each. 


This year's contest theme is: The world seems to offer fear and anxiety (e.g., COVID). Repeating the simple prayer, "Jesus, I trust in You", offers hope & peace. How do you explain this to someone experiencing fear (i.e., unplanned pregnancy, serious injury, etc.) ?


The deadline is midnight on December 15, 2020. Essays may not be longer than 500 words; typed, and submitted as a PDF or Word Document and emailed to matu19@comcast.net.  Include student name, age, grade, school, parent name and address, phone, parish and email. Students may obtain help & information, including from parents, teachers, friends, and internet but the essay itself must be their own work. Further contest details may be obtained from the Knights of Columbus NH contest chairman, John P. Matuszewski (603-434-4098), or Knights of Columbus NH State Pro-Life Chairman, Rob Distasio (603-595-7837).

 

 

NEW! Prayer Vigil for Our Country -- St. Christopher Parish would like to extend the following invitation to our families:

JOIN US at the Vigil to Pray for Our Church and Our Nation

St. Christopher Parish - Saturday, October 31st

8:00 am - Holy Mass followed by Rosary

8:30 am to 3:40 pm - Eucharistic Adoration concluding with Benediction

3:00 pm - Confessions

Please visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to offer a Rosary, 

Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Holy Hour, or any prayers you wish.

Our prayers are powerful! Let us pray for peace and unity in our nation, the conversion of hearts to God, and the building of a culture where all human life is honored and protected.

Thank you!