October 20, 2021

 

 

NEW! Thank You - Thank you to Summit Educational Group for the donation of SSAT prep books for our upper campus students. These books are being used to help prepare students for academic testing for both the SSAT and the high school placement tests. A special thank you to Jeff McClure for arranging this donation!

 

Thanks also go to National Carpet and Flooring in Tyngsboro, MA for their donation of carpet squares for our classrooms!

 

Finally, thank you to all of our PreK parents who joined us for last week’s Take Your Parent to Lunch! It was so good to meet everyone and enjoy a nice pizza lunch together! 

 

NEW! Kindergarten Take Your Parent to Lunch - This week, our Kindergarten parents will be treated to lunch with their students! The KB parent lunch takes place from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM and KM parents will attend from 12:30 to 1:15 PM. Parents should enter through the front doors of the school and check in at the front desk. Masks are required. Both events start with a short student performance, so parents are encouraged to be on time!

 

NEW! Congratulations! Congratulations to the winners of our Tuition Raffle...the Clement Family! The winning ticket was pulled live on Facebook last Friday from the almost 200 tickets our families earned by selling 10 Calendar Raffle tickets!  

 

Facilities Projects -

Gym Audio System - If you’ve ever attended one of our many events in the gym at the upper campus….from athletic events and drama productions to masses and graduations...you know that the gym’s aging audio system is less than adequate. We are working on replacing that system so that we can hear everything loud and clear from all parts of the gym! The cost of this project is $15,000.

Science Lab Upgrade - While this project is still at an early stage, we are investigating ideas for modernizing this important space at the upper campus.  This large classroom offers many possibilities for deepening our STEM curriculum with updated lab equipment and programming to further engage student interest in the sciences. Estimated cost for this project is still under development.

 

NEW!  THIS WEEK! Parent Alert System  As we do every year, we will be doing a test run of our Parent Alert system for both campuses THIS Friday, October 24 at 10:00 AM. We use Parent Alert for sending out mass communications, including text messages, robocalls and emails, to notify you of weather-related school closings, as well as any emergency information we might need to get to parents in a timely manner. To ensure you are able to receive our text alerts, please text the keyword “START” to 22383 from your mobile device. Any text alerts from our school will begin with “SCA Alert” and calls will show from “603-882-7442”.

On the 23rd, we will send out a test message to all parents using all forms of communication. Therefore, you should expect to receive several versions of this test message, both through your phone and email. If you do NOT receive the messages, please contact Marta at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org.

Note: Per Telephone Consumer Protection Act we have to provide all recipients the option to Opt Out of receiving our text alerts. Anytime we send out a text alert you will see “Stop to End”. If you reply “Stop” you will no longer receive ANY text alerts from Saint Chris. 

NEW! Winter Uniform begins November 1 - Monday, November 1st 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 effect….

Lower Campus: 

  • Boys must now wear 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 khaki uniform pants. Shorts may be worn again on April 1.
  • Girls must now wear either 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. Short sleeve polo shirts may be worn again starting April 1.
  • All students must wear uniform sweatpants over their shorts on gym days.

 

NEW! Auction Committee Meeting -- Time to get the party started…or at least to start planning for it! Our Auction Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Monday, November 1 at 6:30 PM in the conference room at the upper campus. Please wear a mask and enter through the front doors of the school.  Our auction is the largest fundraiser for Saint Chris and we are excited to be planning our first in-person event since the start of COVID! 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!

 

Halloween Free Dress Friday, October 29 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:

 

Students MAY wear:

Students MAY NOT wear

Jeans/Khaki pants/dress pants/sweatpants

Boots

Shorts no shorter than 3 inches above the knee

Pajama bottoms or pajama shorts

 

Capri pants

Skirts/dresses/shorts that are more than 3 inches above the knee

T- shirts with sports teams or appropriate

writing

Sleeveless shirts or shirts with wide necks, low

cut blouses, tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts, halter tops, camisoles

Collared shirts

Sheer blouses or blouses with low bare backs or shoulders out

Athletic jackets with matching pants

T-shirts with inappropriate writing

  Skirts/dresses that are no more than 3 inches above the knee

Flip-flops, sandals, open back shoes

Saint Christopher Academy Spirit wear

Leggings long or short, Jeggings, or Yoga pants

Adidas or sports pants

Very tight skinny jeans or any ripped jeans

 

 

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

  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Substitutes Needed - If you were unable to commit to a whole year schedule of Hot Lunch volunteering but would still like to be help out, please consider adding your name to our Hot Lunch substitute list! Our "regular" volunteers reach out to those on our substitute list whenever they need someone to step in for a day. Subs may pick the day of the week they are available to sub and, of course, are always free to say "no, thank you"! We are especially in need of substitutes Hot Lunch volunteers at the lower campus. Please let Marta at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org know if you'd like to be added to the list!

 

NEW! Lower Campus Commuter Reminders - 

Please do not block the teacher’s parking lot at the corner of Cushing Ave and Manchester St. during Before Care drop-off and After Care pick-up. Because Cushing Ave is a busy street, the teachers must be able to pull in and out of the parking lot quickly and easily without having to wait in the middle of the street. To avoid blocking the lot, please pull up past the walkway to the church hall before allowing your student to exit the car. Please also do not park in the Teacher’s lot at any time.

 

Also, please remember that there are NO U-turns allowed on Cushing Ave. Again, Cushing Ave is a busy street and U-turns are extremely dangerous. Please approach the school by turning onto Cushing Ave from Manchester St. so that you are on the school side of the street for drop-off. Thank you!

 

NEW! Upper Campus Commuter Reminders -- Please help us be good neighbors! We have received complaints that parents are using private driveways along Bartlett St.  to turn around and are also blocking driveways during drop-off and pick-up. We must allow our neighbors access to their driveways at all times. Thank you for your help with this!

 

Upper Campus Before Care - Please note that the upper campus Before Care program runs from 6:30 to 7:30 AM. Any student who arrives at school between those hours will be charged for Before Care at the rate of $3 per half hour. Students who arrive after 7:30 AM will not be charged. Thank you!

 

Wrestling Coach Needed - We are still looking for a coach for our upper campus (grades 6-8) wrestling program this winter! Please contact Athletic Director Ryan Farris at rfarris@saintchrisacademy.org as soon as possible!

 

Applications for 2022-2023 - Do you know a family who would like to join the Saint Chris community next year? Do you have a younger child who will be ready for PreK or Kindergarten next year? Applications are now being accepted for new students for the 2022-2023 school year! Veteran families can complete a new student application through their Family Portal. New families should start the process HERE. Note: Reenrollment for all current students will take place starting on January 1, 2022.

 

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:

“Scandal is doing or saying something that encourages others to do wrong. What would you say to Catholics who publicly advocate and support abortion, thus giving scandal, and compromising their own & other’s salvation?“


Deadline: Midnight, December 15, 2021


RULES: 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! BG Boo Bash - Students and their parents are invited to have some Halloween fun at  Bishop Guertin’s Boo Bash on Sunday, October 24 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the field house at BG! Sponsored by the Br. Euclid J. Beaumont Chapter of the National Honor Society, this new indoor event replaces the outdoor trunk or treat event of the past. Please click HERE for a flyer with more details.