March 10, 2021

 

 

NEW! Thank You! -  Thank you to Celia Misra and Vistaprint for the donation of many, many, many adult and child Vistaprint masks! 

We also thank Michael Apfleberg and the United Way of Greater Nashua for their donation of masks and sanitizer!

 

UPDATED! Financial Aid Applications for 2021-2022 – With the announcement of the discontinuation of the Catholic Student Supported Tuition Rate Program (see the letter emailed this week from Superintendent David Thibault HERE), we especially encourage families to apply for Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 school year NOW. This early application process allows us to plan accordingly for increased financial aid needs. To apply, parents must do the following in this order:

  1. Apply to the Children's Scholarship Fund HERE if eligible. (The eligibility rules are listed on the Children's Scholarship Fund website) The Children's Scholarship Fund is a source of financial assistance for families in need in NH. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis, so parents are encouraged to apply early.
  2. Apply to St. Christopher School Financial Aid through the Financial section (in the right blue menu)  in your Family Portal (click on the link under “Financial Links” on the right side of the window).  The level of Saint Christopher School Financial Aid is determined by FACTS. Please be aware that Saint Christopher Financial Aid will take into account any award from the Children's Scholarship Fund when awarding aid to families.

NEW! Summer Vacation Dates -- Now that we are reasonably sure that we are past the most difficult of the winter weather (fingers crossed!), we are able to set our schedule for the final days of school! Please note that we did have to add some days to the calendar because we missed a number of extra days during the school year due to weather and COVID complications. The schedule is:

 

June 9 

-- Final day for 8th grade students

June 10 

-- Final day for 5th and 6th grade students

-- 8th grade graduation in evening (details to come)

June 11 

-- Final day for prekindergarten and kindergarten students

-- 5th and 6th grade ceremonies (details to come)

June 18

-- Final day for grades 1-4 and grade 7. This will be an Early Release Day with grade 7 released at 11:30 and grades 1-4 released at 12:00 PM.

Spring Sports Coaches Needed - Spring is almost here!! We are looking for coaches for our Tri-County teams (grades 6-8) in softball, golf, and track. Please contact Mrs. Clarke at cclarke@saintchrisacademy.org if you are interested!

Spring Art Club @Upper Campus - Mrs. Michael invites all upper campus students to join the Spring 2021 Wildcats Art Club! The group will meet Mondays after school and will help students enjoy art and learn more about artists, color theory, and painting! This can be a remote activity for students who are attending school from home. Cost is $40. Please download, complete, and return the form HERE, with payment, to the upper campus. 

THIS WEEK! Basketball Open Gym - Coach Williams would like to invite  rising 6th & 7th grade students (boys and girls currently in 5th and 6th grade) interested in basketball up to the upper campus to work out with the Varsity Boys & Girls basketball teams on Wednesday March 10th and Thursday March 11th from 3-4:30 PM. Any interested students should bring plenty of water and be prepared to workout with a mask on at all times. If interested, please email Coach Williams at: pdwmerrimack@comcast.net with your intent of participation. 

NEW! OPEN GYM for Baseball Workouts – Any current 6th, 7th or 8th grade student interested in the SCA baseball program is invited to participate in open gym workouts at the upper campus.  These workouts are optional and will cover a variety of baseball related topics.  Bring plenty of water and a mask is required at all times throughout the workout. Workouts will be held Monday, March 15th from 3:00-4:45 PM and Wednesday, March 17th from 3:00-4:45 PM. Please notify Coach Williams with a quick email confirming your child’s attendance at pdwmerrimack@comcast.net.

 

NEXT WEEK! St. Patrick’s Free Dress - We’ll be wearin’ the green on March 17 for our annual St. Patrick’s Day free dress! Students on both campuses should wear green or white...shamrocks encouraged! Please note that full free dress guidelines will be emailed to parents. 

Spirit Shirts- They are back by popular demand! Our Sprit Shirt vendor has reopened the ordering website for our Spirit Shirts! You can order shirts HERE!

Schedule Change- The Diocese has informed us that our teachers will be attending a professional development program on the afternoon of June 4. Therefore, we will be making June 4 an Early Release Day. More details to come. 

Annual Fund  - The Annual Fund continues to grow! This week, we are up to $52,000 in donations from our wonderful families, friends, and alumni!  We appreciate the generosity of all our donors and their confidence in Saint Christopher Academy!  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. If you haven’t had the chance to donate please consider doing so! All donations, no matter the size, are MOST appreciated. To donate online, please click HERE. All donations made by March 31 will be included in our Honor Roll of Donors over the summer!

Hot Lunch Ordering - Hot lunch ordering for April is now open on Boonli! Be sure to place your order by midnight on March 15 as no late orders can be accepted! 

Auction 2021

Auction 2021!  - It’s time to start preparing for our Auction! Sadly, COVID precautions have caused us to forego our fabulous evening event at Sky Meadow again this year (2022’s date is already booked….fingers crossed!), but we are excited to be offering an alternative online auction in its place! Here’s some important information about the upcoming auction:

Bidder Registration and Item Sneak Peek open April 1 

Online Auction open for bids from May 8 to May 15

Live event streamed on May 15 from 6:00 - 6:30 PM

Online bidding ends on May 15 at 10:00 PM

Donations: Help make this online event fun, exciting, and a great success! Item donations are always needed and appreciated! Donation ideas can be found HERE. To donate, please complete the online donation form at the bottom of the page HERE, then send your donation in to school by April 1. Thank you!

Sponsors and Advertising:  Sponsors of the auction receive a variety of benefits for their support, depending on their level of sponsorship. If you or your business are interested in being a sponsorship, see the information HERE to view the possibilities!

Thank you to our very first Bronze sponsor of the year…. 

Smith and Heald Funeral Home!

Teacher Appreciation: Aren’t our teachers GREAT? They've worked so hard all year long keeping our kids safe and helping them learn and grow even under these challenging circumstances. Show them how much you appreciate their efforts by treating them to a very special catered lunch, gifts, and prizes on May 14, the day before our virtual Live event! Teacher Appreciation sponsorships are $25 each and can be purchased online HERE (scroll down toward the bottom!).

Thank you to Teacher Appreciation Sponsors:

Kelly Ciardelli, Eleni Eliades, Erica Lilley, Paul Schmitt, Katherine Shrieves, and 

Luc Sirois and Faby Gagne

Wildcat Pride Tuition Raffle: NEW this year! For the first time ever, our online auction will include a very special raffle for a FULL Academy tuition for the 2021-2022 school year! Tickets will be $50 each and only available from the online auction when the website is live from May 8 through May 15! 

NEW! Auction Committee Zoom Meeting: Our Auction Committee will be meeting by Zoom tonight at 7:00 PM. All are welcome! If you’d like to join in, shoot Marta an email at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org for the Zoom link!

NEW! FINAL COVIDEO! - Evangeline is back with one final video! This week’s edition is a quick review of all we’ve covered over the past months!  Click HERE to view the final COVIDEO! (P.S. Evangeline will be have her Girl Scout Gold Award review soon...good luck Evangeline!) 

NEW! Seasonal Allergies - Our school nurses would like to remind parents that with the warm spring weather, many students may begin to experience seasonal allergy symptoms that mimic COVID symptoms. If your child suffers from spring allergies, please be sure to inform Gloria Sheehan (gsheenhan@saintchrisacademy.org) at the lower campus or Corrine Zeman (czeman@saintchrisacademy.org) as soon as possible. This will help our nurses evaluate students for COVID symptoms. Thank you!

NEW! Daily COVID Response Forms - Friendly reminder that we are still requiring the completion of the daily COVID response form! This form is of vital importance to our efforts to monitor our students’ safety and it is imperative that parents continue to complete the form each day. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to keep our students and staff safe!

NEW! Reconciliation Services - Catholic students at the upper campus who have made their First Reconciliation will be given the opportunity to go to a Reconciliation Service on Monday, March 22. Lower campus Catholic students who have received First Reconciliation will be provided the opportunity for confession on Monday, March 15. Students will not be required to attend Reconciliation unless they would like to.

NEW! Sonia Kovalevsky Day - Girls in grades 6 through 8 are invited to participate in Sonia Kovalevsky Day, an interactive online experience featuring math activities led remotely by WPI students and featured keynote talks by women leaders in STEM. Titled “An Empowering Day for Middle School Girls Who Love Math,” the day aims to bolster girls’ passion and enthusiasm for mathematics in a support environment. Please see the flyer HERE for more information.

Happy Hearts Day Care - Happy Hearts Daycare, located across the street from the lower campus  at 12 Cushing Ave has two openings for extended care. The hours are 6:30 to 8:30 and 3:00 to 5:30. We accommodate on snow days, two hour delay, early release, no school days (except for the major holidays) and even if there is a power outage :) We also provide care on the Christmas, February and April vacation weeks. If interested, please call...880-6575.