December 8, 2021

NEW! Thank You - Thank you to everyone who donated a coat to the Coats for Kids and Families program….the Academy donated a total of 91 coats!

Many thanks also to the Small family for the bagels and cream cheese for our upper campus faculty last week. It was a delicious and most appreciated treat!

 

December and January Calendar Notes -- Looking ahead to December and January, we have a few schedule notes for your calendar:

 

  • Our last day of school before Christmas vacation will be Friday, December 17.

 

  • Our first day back to school after Christmas vacation will be Monday, January 3.

 

  • Our original calendar listed Friday, January 7 as a no After Care day so that teachers and staff could enjoy their holiday party. Due to scheduling difficulties with the venue, the date has been changed to Thursday, January 6. Therefore, there will be NO AFTER CARE on Thursday January 6. Thank you!

 

  • We will have NO school on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

 

 

THIS WEEK! Lower Campus Progress Reports - Distribution of Progress Reports on both campuses has been delayed. Lower campus will send Progress Reports home on THIS Friday, December 10 and they will be due back to school on Monday, December 13.  

 

NEXT WEEK! Christmas Free Dress -- Ho-Ho-Ho...both campuses will have a Christmas Free Dress on Friday, December 17! 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: 

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! Christmas Crafternoon - Lower campus students have a fun afternoon coming up on Friday, December 17! All classes will participate in Christmas Crafternoon starting around 1:00 PM. Serenaded by Christmas music over the intercom, students will be crafting a special gift for their families, along with eating a holiday treat or two!

Board of Directors Web Page - We have added a Board of Directors page to our website. The page features short biographies of each of our Board members, as well as meeting minutes and a form for contacting the Board with questions. You can find the page by clicking HERE.

 

NEW! Hot Lunch Ordering - Online ordering for January’s Hot Lunch is open through next Wednesday, December 15. No late orders will be accepted, so order today before the Christmas craziness sets in! Note: Ordering for February’s Hot Lunch will open on January 1st, while we are on Christmas vacation!

 

Upper Campus Uniform “Loans” - Please check to see if your student has borrowed any uniform items from the office (oxford shirts, gym clothes, neckties, etc.) and return them at your earliest convenience.  Many of our loaner items have gone out, but have not yet been returned.  We want to be sure to have items on hand when other students forget that it is "gym day" or "Mass day." Thanks for your help!

 

Annual Fund - The second of our three annual fundraisers, the Annual Fund, is underway! Each family was recently sent an Annual Fund letter asking for your support of this effort. Thank you to all those who have already responded with a gift! All gifts to the Annual Fund stay here at Saint Chris and directly benefit our students through advanced academics, updated technology and facilities, financial aid, and other important programs. In addition, because the cost of educating our students exceeds our tuition, EVERY Saint Christopher Academy 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 $50,000 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 at the level your family is most comfortable. All donations, no matter the size, are MOST appreciated. To donate online, please click HERE. Thank you!

 

Snow Days! The snow will be flying soon, so we want to remind everyone of how they will be informed of a snow day! Parents will receive a robocall and text message, as well as an email. In addition, any closures or delays will be posted on WMUR Channel 9 and 95.7 WZID, as well as the school Facebook page and Instagram. 

Please note that our notification system is not foolproof….power and internet outages may interfere with delivery of the text messages and emails and we will post the information as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding!

Delayed Openings - Delayed openings are 2 hours. When there is a delayed opening, there is no school for the AM Pre-K. Paid Before Care will take place on both campuses starting at 8:30 AM. Lower campus doors open at 9:30 AM for regular drop-off and school starts at 10:50 AM. Upper campus doors are open for regular drop-off at 9:30 AM and school starts at 9:55 AM. Note: There is no band or fiddle squad on delayed opening days.

NEW! Christmas Service Project Reminder! - Please remember to bring in your service project contribution by Wednesday, December 15th.  As a reminder, the upper campus is collecting the following items (which should be left in your student's advisory).

  • 6L bag of Christmas candy
  • 6M multipack of travel Kleenex or multipack of disposable handwarmers
  • 6N multipack of lip balm
  • 7th grade package/batch of Christmas cookies
  • 8th grade small size hand lotion
  • Faculty/staff mens gloves or socks

 

The lower campus is collecting twin bedding (solid color sheets, pillow cases, mattress pads, blankets, children's "bed in a bag," and standard size pillows).  We are excited to extend your Christmas spirit to the guests of the Saint Patrick Parish Morning Cafe and the children of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  Thank you!!

 

NEW! 25 Days of a Saint Chris Christmas Be sure to check our Facebook from not until Christmas for our 25 Days of a Saint Chris Christmas! Each day we feature something special happening on our two campuses, including music, crafts, special events, and more! You don't need to have a Facebook account to check it out...just click HERE!

 

It’s not too late! SCRIP for Christmas! 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? Click HERE, 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!

 

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.

NEW! Current Student Registration for 2022-2023 - Hard to believe that it’s time to think ahead to the next school year, but registration for current students for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting January 1! Parents will receive an email with instructions for registering students online through the Family Portal, as well as applying for Financial Aid. Registrations will be due by January 31 and require a $150 registration fee. Please note that due to high interest from new families interested in joining the Saint Chris community, current families who do not register by January 31 may forfeit their child's seat for the Fall. For more information, please contact Admissions Coordinator Lorrice Bedard at lbedard@saintchrisacademy.org.

 

NEW! Music Demonstration and Ukulele Class Registration -- Virtuoso Kids Music Academy will be here tomorrow morning to hold a music demonstration for students in grade 3-5. After the new year, Virtuoso Kids Music Academy will be starting an after school ukulele class for students in grades 3-5. Students will bring home information about the class tomorrow.

 

NEW! Christmas Masses at St. Christopher Parish - Fr. David and St. Christopher Parish would like to invite all families to celebrate the birth of Jesus at one their Christmas masses:

Christmas Eve: Friday, December 24

4:00 PM (Upstairs in the church and Downstairs in the Church Hall)*

12:00 AM Midnight Mass

Christmas: Saturday, December 25 

(note: There will be no 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday, December 25)

9:30 AM

Sunday Obligation: Sunday, December 26

8:00 and 10:00 AM

 

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: Saturday, January 1

8:30 AM Rosary

9:00 AM Mass