December 8/9, 2020

Thank You! Thank you to Laura Ekstand for dropping off a big supply of paper towels, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and Lysol cleaner a few weeks ago! It’s amazing how much we go through here in a week keeping our classrooms clean and our kids safe!

Thanks, too, to Jamie Gregoire for bringing us a box of office supplies! While we don’t use them for cleaning (haha!), we still go through a ton of office supplies every day!

 

And last, but certainly not least, many thanks to alum parent Dennis Murphy who coordinated the donation of a LARGE amount of office furniture for both campuses! 

TOMORROW! December 9 No School -  Just a friendly reminder that we will have a day off school for professional development for our teachers TOMORROW,  Wednesday, December 9! 

NEW! COVID Information - COVID infection rates continue to increase locally. Should a member of your household need to be tested for COVID (including parents or children), please keep all students home from school until the test results have been returned. This helps us contain the risk of infection for our students and staff. Thank you!

 

NEW! Quarantine Time - You may be aware that the CDC and the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended reducing the quarantine/isolation requirements for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, those who having close contact with a person who tested positive, and those who have traveled outside of New England. The recommended quarantine/isolation period is now 10 days, rather than 14. As an educational institution with many children and staff in the building at one time, we have chosen to continue with the 14 day requirement for our students and staff for at least the remaining two weeks until Christmas vacation. We believe this is the best way to keep our community safe and our school open for in-person learning. We will reevaluate this policy following Christmas vacation in light of COVID rates in Nashua and New Hampshire. As always, parents may elect to have their child/ren attend school remotely at any time by contacting their child’s teacher or Mrs. Clarke.

 

NEW! Testing Sites -- The NH DHHS has created a list of current testing sites in NH. Should you find yourself in need of testing, please consult the list HERE.

 

Christmas Vacation - Our last day of school before Christmas vacation is December 22! We’ll see everyone back in the building on Monday, January 4! 

 

DUE THIS WEEK! Grades 6-8 Winter Sports Tryout Form -- Tryouts for girls and boys basketball, as well as wrestling, will be held starting December 14! To sign up for tryouts, please complete and return the Sign Up Sheet HERE by THIS Friday, December 11. Please note that all sports require a $40 fee per athlete per sport. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Tim Davidian at tdavidian@saintchrisacademy.org

 

Hot Lunch Ordering - Hot Lunch ordering for January is now open! Place your order on Boonli.com before midnight on Tuesday, December 15. Please remember that orders are not officially placed until you go all the way through the ordering process and receive an email confirmation from Boonli.com. 

 

New Family Referral Bonus - Many thanks to those parents who referred new students to Saint Chris between July 1 and August 15 as part of our Referral bonus program! As outlined this summer, we will be awarding a $500 tuition rebate for referring families listed on new student applications.. We will send notices to referring families this week and parents will receive a check for their bonus in January. Thanks again!

 

REMOTE LEARNING INTRODUCTION - Mrs. Litch has prepared a short “introduction” to lower campus remote learners for parents whose children may need to be on remote learning for the first time. Please click HERE to read the document and please feel free to contact Mrs. Litch at klitch@saintchrisacademy.org! 

NEW! Remote Learning Expectations -  If your child is new to remote learning, we ask you to review our At Home Learner Expectations that were published at the beginning of the school year. You can find them HERE. These expectations were created to facilitate the best learning experience for both at home and in school learners and we require that all expectations be met.  

THIS WEEK! Christmas Food Drive Service Project: An important part of our Saint Christopher Christmas tradition has always been a focus on service to those who are less fortunate in our area. This year, we will be holding a Food Drive to benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen, following their 30 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays drive for their Holiday Food boxes. Each grade has been assigned an item in need at the Soup Kitchen. You can find the list HERE. This week, from December 7 to 11, each class will have a box in their room to receive donated items. Please be as generous as possible to help those in Nashua who have great need!

 

Christmas Free Dress -- Ho-Ho-Ho...both campuses will have a Christmas Free Dress on Friday, December 18! Students can wear their most festive red, white, and green for the day. Please be sure your student follows the dress code for Free Dress days:

The following are not appropriate for free dress days: 

  • Tank tops (boys and girls), spaghetti straps, tube tops or halter tops, sheer tops 
  • T-shirts/shirts/shorts or articles of clothing that display rock groups, violence, or inappropriate saying 
  • Large baggy pants, bike shorts 
  • Shorts, skirts or skorts that are more than 3 inches above the knee 
  • Legging and yoga pants may be worn on dress down days ONLY if a shirt is worn that covers the students’ bottom. 

Students must also wear socks on dress down days. 

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 https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll, 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, and Barnes and Noble!  SCRIP also has an app for your phone! Makes ordering and managing gift cards soooo easy! Check out RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip!

 

NEW! Annual Fund  - The second of our three annual fundraisers, the Annual Fund, is underway! Each family will receive an Annual Fund letter this week asking for your support of this effort. All gifts to the Annual Fund stay here at Saint Chris and directly benefit our students through advanced academics, updated technology and facilities, and other important programs . In addition, because the cost of educating our students exceeds our tuition, EVERY St. Christopher School student receives discounted tuition supported by our fundraising efforts.

Our goal for the Annual Fund is 100% participation from current families, faculty and staff, and School Board members, with $30,000 as our financial goal. When you receive your letter, we ask you to support our mission to provide an excellent Catholic education to all students at Saint Christopher Academy by donating to the Annual Fund at the level your family is most comfortable. All donations, no matter the size, are MOST appreciated. To donate online, please click HERE.

NEW! Ski Club  - Ski Club is on! Be on the lookout for an email with details coming soon!

 

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.