April 6, 2022

 

AUCTION THANK YOU!  Unbelievable….that’s the only word to describe our Auction on Saturday night! The evening was full of friendship, energy, and generosity and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance. We are completing our final accounting this week, but by all indications this was a record-breaking event!

This incredible evening would not have been possible without the efforts of so many people! First and foremost, we would like to thank our co-chairs Jenn Torosian and Jamie Gregoire for their vision, leadership, and dedication to the auction and to the school. They were supported by a terrific team, the Auction Committee, which included Alison Nardone, Lisa Blanchard, Betsy Hansen, Catherine Tribou, Chelsea Patierno, Kevin Corriveau, Don Whalen, Meighan Garcia, George Torosian, Sarah Rol, Lorraine Barry, Alfonso Garcia, Christine Healey, Julie Phelan, Daniel Ford, Rachel Ricker, Melissa Michels, Todd DeRego, Eleni Eliades, Deb Matson-Champagne, Meghan McCarthy, Lorrice Bedard, and Carol Fiore!

 

We also thank all of our sponsors and advertisers, especially Platinum sponsor Matrix PMO and Gold sponsor Wireless Zone, and the many, many donors who generously gave both a remarkable amount of items and a record number of cash donations. 

 

Finally, we thank all those who attended the event and demonstrated their love and support for Saint Christopher Academy! Thank you for making the night so amazing! We can’t wait for next year!

 

ENDS THIS WEEK! Lenten Service Project: Ukraine Refugee Support Collection - Almsgiving is a central part of our Catholic Lenten practice and during Lent each year we collect funds for the benefit of another worthy cause. This year, we can think of nothing more worthy than supporting refugees from the Ukrainian crisis. Through contacts provided by Miss Murphy, we will be donating our collection to the Franciscan University Ukrainian Relief Fund. Franciscan University is purchasing goods and medical supplies requested by a priest working with a Caritas group on the Hungarian border. The supplies are sent directly to the group at the border. We will have collection jars at the lower campus front desk and in Mrs. Coker’s office for students to place their donations until THIS Friday, April 8. Please be as generous as possible!

 

NEW! Change in Dismissal – We understand that life happens and sometimes you need a change to how/when your child will be picked up after school on a particular day! When these sudden changes occur, please CALL the front desk at 603-882-7442 as soon as possible. Do not email your child’s teacher as he or she is busy teaching and may not see your email until after the school day has ended. 

In addition, if another parent or grandparent is picking up your child, please let us know prior to pick up time. We want to be sure that students go home with the right people!

 

NEW! UNIFORM NOTE: Spirit wear, including Wildcat Pride and cross country shirts, is not considered a part of the school uniform. Students should not be wearing any spirit wear during the week, including gym days. Students are welcome to wear these items on school or personal free dress days or on official Spirit Days.

 

NEW! April Vacation - Not that your kids will EVER let you forget, but here’s a reminder that we will be closed from April 25 to April 29 for our annual April vacation!

 

NEW! Camps Fatima and Bernadette - Andrew Thibault visited both campuses yesterday to give a special presentation on the Diocese of Manchester’s summer camp programs at Camp Bernadette (girls, ages 6-15) and Camp Fatima (boys, ages 6-15). Students were also given flyers about the camps to take home and share with parents. These camps offer it all: incredible outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, archery and rock climbing; arts and crafts to spark imagination and creativity; camp life designed to create a sense of belonging and foster friendships among campers from all across the country; positive, energetic, experienced counselors;  and gorgeous lakefront New Hampshire locations. For more information about the camps, please visit HERE or contact Andrew at [email protected]. Tuition discounts are available for Catholic school students and scholarships are also available!

 

NEW! Auction Pick-a-Pony Slots Still Available – Want to win $1,000? This year’s Kentucky Derby themed Auction featured a unique, one-time-only raffle called “Pick-a-Pony” and there are still 10 slots open…with a grand prize of $1,000! 

Here’s the details: The real Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 7. For a $100 donation to Saint Chris, you will randomly receive an envelope with an assigned Derby post. If your horse wins the real Derby, you will receive $1,000! (Note: if your derby horse should scratch for any reason before the Derby, you will be refunded your $100 and the winning payout will be reduced accordingly.) More information is available from Auction volunteer George Torosian at [email protected]

 

NEW! Earth Day Free Dress - On Friday, April 22, we will mark Earth Day with a Free Dress Day! Several classes will be involved in a campus clean-up and several others will be planting flowers, so it makes sense to wear something a little more casual than our regular uniforms! Students must follow our Free Dress guidelines.

 

LIBRARY NEWS - If you would like to purchase a birthday book for your student this year, please send Mrs. Noon an email or a note by April 15th to allow plenty of time for the book to be delivered and processed. If you have more than one student, feel free to get their birthday books at the same time! For more information on the birthday book program find it HERE. We have added over 65 new books to the library this year, thanks to our families donating to the Birthday Book Program. Thank you for your generosity! 

 

NEW! FINAL Hot Lunch Ordering Hot Lunch ordering for May is open on Boonli.com through April 15. Hot Lunch will end on Friday, May 27 on both campuses. This is the last Hot Lunch ordering period for the school year! As of Tuesday, May 31, all students on both campuses must bring a bag lunch through the end of the year!

 

NEW! Lower Campus Parking Lot Dismissals - Spring has sprung, but we can’t let Spring fever stop us from keeping our students safe! Please remember the following important rules:

  • Parents should meet their student/s at the top of the stairs in the back parking lot or by the church door in the upper lot. Do not ask your child to run across the parking lot or meet you at your car. Our parking lots are very busy places and we do not want any accidents!
  • Please do not allow students to climb on trees, roll down any hill, or stand on the stone wall by the rectory. Students are not allowed to do this during the school day and the same rules apply after school.
  • In the back parking lot, parents must back into the spaces. This allows for safe and timely emptying of the parking lot when students are dismissed.
  • If you have another person pick up your child, please be sure that they understand our pick-up procedures. Thanks!

 

NEXT WEEK! Easter Break – Our Easter Break is at the end of next week! Please mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, April 14 - Early Release on both campuses. Upper campus dismisses at 11:30 AM and lower campus dismisses at 12:00 PM. Note: Nashua buses will be available for the Early Release Day, however there will be NO After Care on both campuses.
  • Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18 - No School.

 

We are DESPERATELY in need of Track & Field Coaches! Want to join an excited group of young athletes and help them to be their very best? We are in need of a Head Coach and a couple volunteer assistant coaches for this upcoming Track season. Practices can be arranged and scheduled to best fit your work schedule. The meets have already been scheduled, but we will have to delay track practices for next week if we do not find coaches! This is a paid stipend position. Previous Track & Field experience is encouraged but not required. If you are interested, please reach out to Mr. Farris at [email protected] Go Wildcats!

 

8th Grade Helen J. Horan Scholarship Applications – Applications for the Helen J. Horan Scholarship for graduating 8th grade students are now being accepted. This scholarship provides support to a deserving Saint Christopher Academy 8th grade student who plans to continue his or her education at a Catholic high school next year. Established by the late Father Denis Horan in loving memory of his sister Helen, the Helen J. Horan Scholarship is the top award for our graduating students and will be awarded at the Baccalaureate Dinner on June 9. The deadline for applications is May 6. Please see the description HERE for qualifications and other important information.

 

8th GRADE GRADUATION DANCE –The National Junior Honor Society is hosting a Graduation Dance for 8th grade Saint Christopher Academy students on Saturday, May 21st from 7-9 PM in the Upper Campus Cafeteria.  This will be a CASUAL dance - (please do not wear formal/semi-formal attire), following our out-of-uniform guidelines.  Ticket forms and more information coming soon!  

 

BBQ RSVP - The BBQ is back! All Saint Chris Academy families are invited to this fun and FREE gathering on Friday, June 3rd from 5:30 - 7:00 PM! The event will be held in the back parking lot of the lower campus and will include food and a DJ. To help us plan and purchase enough food, we'd like to get a preliminary count on attendees. If you think that you and your family will be attending, please complete the anonymous form HERE by April 22. THANKS!

 

End of the Year Dates - June may seem like a long way away, but it will come quickly!  We have scheduled the following important dates and events for our last two weeks in June:

Thursday, June 9

  • 5:00 PM –  8th grade Baccalaureate Mass at St. Christopher Parish (graduate and two parents only)
  • 6:30 PM - 8th grade dinner at the upper campus (graduate and two parents only)

Friday, June 10

  • Last day of school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. 

Tuesday, June 14

  • Last day of school for 5th and 8th grade students. This will be a half day for 5th and 8th grade students. 8th grade will be released at 11:30 and 5th grade will be released at 12:30. Please note: Bus transportation home for these students will NOT be available, so parents will need to arrange transportation.
  • 5:30 PM - 5th grade Convocation

Friday, June 17

  • 11:30 AM - Early release and last day of school for grades 6 & 7
  • 12:30 PM - Early release and last day of school for grades 1-5
  • 7:00 PM - 8th grade Graduation at the upper campus

  

STEM Day Speakers - Are you in a STEM field? Would you like to share your love of or experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? We have begun planning for this year’s STEM Day, to be held on May 24. We are looking for speakers to virtually present to students about their interest and/or careers in any STEM-related field, whether as a professional or hobbyist. Presentations will be approximately 20-30 minutes in length. If you are interested in speaking, please email Carol Fiore at [email protected]

 

Hot Lunch Volunteers - Thank you to all of our Hot Lunch volunteers! The schedule below is for the next week of Hot Lunch volunteers on both campuses. Volunteers are asked to check the list carefully so you do not miss your shift.  If you can not make your shift, please email those on the sub list as well as Marta at [email protected] as soon as possible. 

Thursday, April 7

LC: Blaise Bizimana, Heather McCorry, Catherine Avery

UC: Katie Osborne

Friday, April 8

LC: Kristen Harris, Natalie Boldeia, Loni Rooney, Jenna Richardson

UC: Tom McCarthy, Christine Staples

Monday, April 11

LC: Lorraine Barry, JoAnn Howell, Sarah Currid, Nadra Bell

UC: Catherine Tribou, Greg Tribou

Tuesday, April 12

LC: Jess Hickey, Tina Bruno, Sarah Daugherty

UC: Carol Cyran, Elizabeth Cyran

Wednesday, April 13

LC: Tina Bruno, Becky Kosterman, Lisa Censabella, Julie Vincent

UC: Eileen Kelly

 

 

Anticipated Openings - Saint Christopher Academy is currently building an applicant pool for anticipated faculty openings for the 2022-2023 school year. Interested applicants are invited to submit materials as soon as possible so we may begin conducting interviews. We anticipate openings at both our lower campus (pre-kindergarten to grade 5) and upper campus (grades 6 to 8) this fall. Current teachers, new education graduates, and recently retired teachers are welcome to apply! For more information about qualifications and how to apply, visit our website HERE!

  

NEXT WEEK! Holy Week Schedule - Holy Week is the most holy week in the Catholic calendar and St. Christopher Parish invites families to attend any of the upcoming Holy Week observances:

 

Palm Sunday - April 9/10

    • Mass on Saturday at 4:00 PM
    • Mass on Sunday at 8:00 & 10:00 AM

Holy Thursday - April 14

    • Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 PM

Good Friday - April 15

    • Church will open at 8:00 AM for personal prayer
    • Commemoration of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 PM
    • Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday - April 16

    • Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM

Easter - April 17

    • Mass at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

 

 

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. They accommodate students on snow days, two hour delay, early release, no school days (except for the major holidays) and even if there is a power outage :) They also provide care on the Christmas, February and April vacation weeks. If interested, please call...880-6575.