October 27, 2021

 

 

NEW! Thank You - Thank you to our Kindergarten parents who joined us for lunch last Friday! The students certainly enjoyed performing for you and LOVED sharing lunch with you!

 

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!  Parent Alert System  Last Friday, October 22, you should have received a test notice from our Parent Alert system. This alert was sent by text, email, and robocall. 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. 

NEXT WEEK! Winter Uniform begins November 1 - This coming 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.

 

NEXT WEEK! 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 this coming 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!

 

THIS WEEK! Halloween Free Dress THIS 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! No Halloween costumes are allowed. Safe them for your trick or treat fun! 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

 

 

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! Winter Sport Sign Ups -- Sign ups for winter sports teams are now happening during lunches at the upper campus. Sign up sheets are posted in the cafeteria and are open to all students. Winter sports teams will include boys basketball and girls basketball (A and B Teams for both), wrestling, and spirit. Wrestling and spirit teams are dependent on student interest. 


NEW! Tri-County Basketball (Grades 6-8) -- Basketball Tryouts for all Upper Campus teams will begin on Monday, November 8. Times are still being finalized for tryouts, but the start date is set for Monday, 11/8. 


NEW! Tri-County Basketball Parent Meeting -- There will be a basketball specific meeting for parents and athletes interested in playing for the Tri-County teams (not CYO teams) on Thursday, 11/4 starting at 6:00 PM in the gymnasium. This meeting will cover all aspects of the Tri-County basketball season including tryouts, practice schedules, game schedules, roster breakdowns, playing time, travel, and expectations of athletes and parents. Please do your best to attend this meeting as a lot of very important information will be given, and the tryout schedules will be released that night. 


For those families interested in wrestling, or spirit, we will have a separate meeting at a later date to cover information on those two teams.


NEW! Spirit/Cheerleading Coaches Needed - We are considering offering spirit/cheerleading squads on both campuses this winter and are in need of two cheerleading coaches to make it happen! We need one coach for the upper campus (grade 6-8) team who will cheer for our basketball teams playing in the Tri-County league, and a second coach for the lower campus (grade 3-5) who will cheer for our CYO basketball teams. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Clarke at cclarke@saintchrisacademy.org and Athletic Director Ryan Farris at rfarris@saintchrisacademy.org.


NEW! Ski Club Coordinator - Do you love to ski? Does your child love to ski? If so, please consider being our Ski Club Coordinator! Our Ski Club traditionally travels to a local ski facility once a week for 4-5 weeks starting in January.  Students in grade 3 to 8 may ride the bus to and from the mountain and students in lower grades may travel to the mountain ski with their parents. The coordinator will help to organize the club with assistance from the school and would be the liaison with the ski facility. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Clarke at cclarke@saintchrisacademy.org


NEW! CYO Basketball Open Gym and Tryouts - Anyone still interested in joining CYO basketball this winter? The schedule below is for CYO open gym and tryouts. Please note that any parents that come into the gym will need to wear masks the whole time they are in the building. Coaches can take their masks off once “practice” starts. Students who are playing do not need masks. Any students or siblings who are here just to watch will need to wear a mask. 


3rd/4th Grade Co-ed Division

Open gym tonight, Wednesday October 27th

Upper campus gym 

5:00 to 6:30 PM


Tryouts next Wednesday, November 3rd

Upper campus gym

5:00 to 6:00 PM


5th/6th Grade Boys and 5th/6th Grade Girls Divisions

Open gym, next Wednesday November 3rd

Upper campus gym

6:00 to 7:30 PM


Tryouts, TBD


Questions? Contact Tracy Beauregard (tbeauregard@saintchrisacademy.org)


NEW! Coverage for Upper Campus Hot Lunch Shift - One of our upper campus volunteers has had a work schedule change and needs someone to cover her shifts for the rest of year. The shift that needs covering includes the Friday dates of 11/23, 1/4, 2/1, 3/8, 4/5, and 5/10. Please let Marta at mnissen@saintchrisacademy.org know if you are able to help with this!

 

NEW! Morning Drop-Off on Cushing Ave for Lower Campus - We are asking all families to follow our drop off procedures.  It is imperative that (1) we keep our students safe, (2) the carpool line proceeds as smoothly as possible, and (3) we respect the flow of traffic and our neighbors on Cushing Avenue. 

 

A few very important reminders:

  • Please do not park across the street and walk your student(s) across Cushing Avenue or watch your student(s) cross Cushing Avenue.  Instead, please circle the block and use the carpool line along the same side of Cushing Avenue as our building. 
 
  • Please do not make u-turns on Cushing Avenue, in either direction, at any time during drop off.
 
  • When possible, please pull all the way up to the second path leading to the main entrance of our building.  Both paths are the same length and lead to the same door!   By pulling up when you have the opportunity to do so, you allow other cars that join the line behind you to stop in front of the school rather than farther down by the teacher’s parking lot.  Even if there are no cars behind you when you first stop, often several cars or buses will turn the corner onto Cushing Avenue immediately after.
 
  • Finally, please have your student(s) exit on the school side of your car, rather than in the middle of the street.  Regular traffic continues on Cushing Avenue in both directions and we do not want any car doors opening into traffic.

 

Thank you very much for your cooperation!

 

NEW! Lower Campus Birthday Treats - A reminder to lower campus parents that when sending in birthday or holiday treats for your student’s classroom, ALL treats must be individually wrapped, commercially-prepared, prepackaged items. Things like Rice Krispie treats, juice boxes, small individual bags of chips or pretzels, candy, carrot stick and dip packets, etc. are fine. Home baked items, even if individually wrapped, or communal fruit or veggie trays are not allowed. (Note: Non-food items are also a great choice! Think pencils, sticker packages, etc.) These restrictions are necessary to eliminate any potential COVID or other virus exposure. Thank you!

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Orders for December - Ordering for December’s Hot Lunch will open on Monday, November 1st and run through midnight on the 15th on Booli.com. Please be sure to place your order early in case of technological difficulties. You will receive an email confirmation once your order has been placed….if you do not receive that email, your order has not yet been placed and your child will not receive Hot Lunch for the month.

 


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!

 

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.

 

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).