November 4, 2020

Thank You! This week’s thank you’s go to all of our students on both campuses who created cards for the Military Holiday Card Challenge! Each year our students create one-of-a-kind Christmas cards for the program. These cards are then distributed to military personnel around the world. This national effort is headquartered in Hollis, NH and last year sent over 175,000 cards to our troops! We are proud to be part of this tremendous program. Click HERE for more information about the Military Holiday Card Challenge.

 

UPDATED! COVID Response Form -- Many thanks to all of our parents who have embraced our new COVID screening procedures by completing the COVID Response Form daily!  We are gratified that everyone is willing to work with us to keep our students, staff, and families safe! Parents will continue to  receive an email reminder for the rest of the week. 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.

 

NEW! Report Cards - Hard to believe,  but we’ve come to the end of the first quarter of school! 

  • Links to upper campus report cards were emailed this morning to parents. If you did not receive an email with your student’s link, please contact Sue Coker at scoker@saintchrisacademy.org.
  • Lower campus report cards will be sent home with students next Friday, November 13. 

 

NEW! Parent Teacher Conferences - Traditionally, both campuses hold Parent Teacher Conferences during the latter part of November. Unfortunately,  COVID precautions make those in-person conferences impossible for the safety of both teachers and parents. Therefore, we are working on developing virtual conferences that will allow parents to meet with teachers and discuss student progress. More details on those conferences will be forthcoming through the News and individual emails from teachers. Please stay tuned!

 

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 Outerwear Reminder for Lower Campus Parents -- The snow has been flying a bit over the past week, so it’s time to remind everyone about wearing appropriate outerwear for winter! Our lower campus students WILL be going out to recess as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees and it is not raining, so they should be wearing winter coats, hats, and gloves when the weather is cold. Boots should also be worn when it is cold and especially when it is snowy….please remember to have students bring their regular school shoes in their backpack too as they are not allowed to wear boots in school. We know that students often resist wearing winter clothes, but we are counting on parents to help us keep our kids warm and healthy!

 

NEW! Lifetouch Photos Coming Home -  Our school portraits are here! Students at the lower campus will be bringing home their photo packages today, while the upper campus will bring them home tomorrow. If you have problems with your order, please contact Lifetouch directly. 

 

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! For instructions on having your child’s picture retaken, click HERE. Any new students since picture day will receive an order envelope prior to Retake Day. 

 

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

  • NEXT WEEK! November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 25 - 27: Thanksgiving Break

 

NEW! Walker and Outside Nashua Dismissal - Please note that all walkers who are crossing Manchester Street are now being crossed by the teacher on duty at the lower crosswalk at Hall Avenue. We have had several near accidents at the upper crosswalk and have decided that it is unsafe for our students to cross there. In addition, should parents need to cross Manchester St., we would highly suggest that they also do so at the lower crosswalk by Hall Ave. 

 

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!

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. 

 

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 TONIGHT, 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! Coat of Many Colors Coat Drive - Girl Scout Troop 13912 is holding a coat drive for gently used coats for people of all ages through Friday. Please bring coats for donation to the upper campus lobby at 6 Bartlett Ave. Thank you!

 

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! National Park Access  - Looking for some family fun? Through the end of the school year, both 4th and 5th grade students can get free access to our National Park system. For more information, please click HERE!