NEW! Thank You! We were so blessed by all of the amazing food for our faculty at both campuses last week! From the breakfast treats and coffee, through lunch soup and and sandwiches, all the way to the sweet treats for the afternoon and evening…thank you SO much! Our bellies and hearts were FULL!
NEW! Upper Campus First Quarter HONOR ROLL - Congratulations to the 120 upper campus scholars who earned a spot on the Honor Roll HERE for 1st quarter! We are very proud of your hard work and dedication to your studies!
NEW! Lower Campus Cross Country Congratulations! For years, the PMA Catholic Schools Invitational race course began and ended on the PMA turf field. With the school hosting a middle school championship back in October, they had to change the start to accommodate the amount of runners in each race. They then decided to keep the new course for the Catholic school invitational and for the foreseeable future. The change in the course now allows for two sets of course records - the old course and the new course. And with this change, we are excited to announce that Saint Chris kids established TEN course records!! Way to go Wildcats!!
5th grade - Alexa Schneck
3rd grade - Charlotte Hickey and Maggie Carlson
2nd grade - Claire Rugg
4th grade - Christian Michels
3rd grade - Owen Fischer, Ty Griffin and Blake Zebrak (Owen and Ty also stopped to help Logan when he fell on the course!)
2nd grade - Jack Young (who also broke the old course record as well!) and Luke Gill
Hot Lunch Substitutes – We are in great need of substitutes for our Hot Lunch program on both campuses! If you can’t commit to a regular hot lunch shift but are occasionally available on a more flexible schedule, please consider adding yourself to our sub list. With winter’s cold and flu season coming, we do find that having a robust sub list is important for last minute volunteer cancellations due to illness! Please email Marta at [email protected] to be added to the list!
Note: The upper campus commitment is from 10:15 to approximately 12:15 and the lower campus commitment is from 11:15 to approximately 1:15. Thanks!
TOMORROW! Thanksgiving Break -- We will be out of school for the rest of this week for Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy your turkey and your time with friends and family!
NEW! Christmas Tree Lighting and Blessing of the Bambellini: Gather the whole family for our Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 PM in front of the lower campus building! This event is a beautiful tradition in the Saint Chris community and includes the blessing and lighting of our school Christmas tree, the story of the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus told in short bible readings, and the singing of traditional Christmas carols. And new this year, families are invited to bring their bambellini…the baby Jesus from their home nativity…for a special blessing….just like at the Vatican! All are invited!
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 Tuesday, December 20.
- Our first day back to school after Christmas vacation will be Tuesday, January 3.
- There will by NO After Care on Thursday, January 5 so teachers can enjoy their Christmas party!
- We will have NO school on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Spirit Shirt Orders - GO WILDCATS! Our Wildcat Spirit Shirt vendor is ready to take orders for both short and long sleeve shirts! These shirts are not part of the official uniform but may be worn on Spirit Days (including Spirit Day during our January Catholic Schools Week!), on free dress days, to sports or other events, or whenever your student (or you!) want to show a little Saint Chris pride.
Short sleeved shirts are $9.50 and long sleeved shirts are $12.95. Both are navy blue with white writing. Youth and adult sizes are available! Orders are due by Friday, December 2. All shirts will be delivered to the school and sent home with students after the deadline.
Order your spirit shirts HERE!
Auction Theme and Website – Exciting news….we have selected our Auction theme for our March 25, 2023 event… “Roll Out the Red Carpet for Saint Chris”! The night will include silent and live auctions, raffles, drinks, and a delicious sit-down dinner. Attire of all kinds is welcome…feel free to dress to the theme or not!
More details about the Auction will be coming soon, but we are accepting donations, sponsorships, advertising, and ticket sales now on the Auction website HERE! Check it out!
Christmas Show - All families are invited!
THE GREATEST MESSAGE:
An ALTERNativity Story
presented by the St. Christopher's Academy Drama Club
featuring the St. Christopher's Academy Band, Chorus, and Strings Ensemble
with special music by the Lower Campus students!
Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM in the Upper Campus Gym/Auditorium
Join us as we use God's gifts of music, drama, and song to share the Gospel through the traditional Christmas story with a modern flair!
NEXT WEEK! O’Connor Portraits Absentee / Retake Day –
Absentee / Retake Day at both campuses is on Wednesday, November 30
- Students who were ABSENT on Picture Day, October 5th will have their photo taken for the yearbook. If you are placing an order, these students should bring their original order form to the photographer (which includes the student’s name and ID number). If you misplaced the original order form and would like a replacement, please contact Carol Fiore at [email protected] and we will send a blank order form home. You can also place an order by calling O’Connor Studios at 978-640-6250 by November 30.
- Students who already purchased photos and want a RETAKE may have their photo taken again.
*Simply fill out the Retake Form printed on the back side of the portrait envelope that contains your student’s portrait package. (You do not need a new form.) Note, you must send the entire portrait package back to school with your student on Retake Day.
- Students who are NEW to Saint Chris since October 5 will have their photo taken for the yearbook. We will send an order form home with your student before Thanksgiving. If you are placing an order, please send the completed order form to school on Retake Day. You can also place an order by calling O’Connor Studios at 978-640-6250 by November 30.
Students should be in full uniform. For the upper campus, students should wear the oxford shirt (with tie for boys), and may wear the quarter zip sweater.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol Fiore at [email protected].
Note: If you placed a late order directly with O’Connor Studios and have not received your portrait package yet, you do not need a retake. Please call O’Connor Studios before Retake Day to check on your order.
Lower Campus Library News - It's Birthday Book time! Your lower campus student should have brought a flyer home with more information on the birthday book program. It is a great way to commemorate their birthday and will be shared with others for many years to come! Books typically cost between $11-$16 and are library bound. If you have more than one student, please consider ordering books for all of them at once. Books are taking a very long time to come in, so ordering sooner than later is appreciated. You can find more information HERE. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Noon at [email protected]. Happy Reading!
DEADLINE NEXT WEEK! Ski Club Registration for BOTH Campuses – It’s that time again! Ski Club sign-up time! Winter is fast approaching and we will be starting our ski program in January this year. We will be going to Crotched Mountain. This year, Ski Club will be a 7-week program, running from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Fridays starting January 13! There will be 5 weeks of lessons and 2 weeks of free skiing. Cost is $289, or $149 for season pass holders. All sign-ups are made through the Crotched website directly HERE. Deadline to register is December 1st. There will be a separate fee for buses that will be determined once we know how many students will be riding. If your child will be taking the bus, please sign up via the link HERE.
We will be needing some chaperones to help at the mountain so if you are interested please email Mrs. Joyce directly at [email protected]. Looking forward to another fabulous ski season!
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 that makes ordering and managing gift cards soooo easy! Check out RaiseRight by ShopWithScrip!
Applications for 2023-2024 - Do you have a younger child who will be ready for PreK or Kindergarten next year or another older child who you’d like to attend Saint Chris? Do you know a family who would like to join the Saint Chris community next year? We are now accepting applications for new students for the 2023-2024 school year! PreK applications are coming in quickly and spaces are being assigned on a rolling basis, so veteran families with a PreK student for the fall are encouraged to apply ASAP. Veteran families can complete a new student application through their Family Portal. New families should start the process HERE.
Hot Lunch Volunteers - Thank you to our fabulous Hot Lunch volunteers! The schedule for the next week is:
Thursday, November 24
LC: No School!
UC: No School!
Friday, November 25
LC: No School!
UC: No School!
Monday, November 28
LC: Amanda DeWitt, Jennifer, Liba, Erin Sarette, Ann Marie Pellechia
UC: Christine Saltzman, Melanie Dohoney
Tuesday, November 29
LC: Tina Bruno, Sadie Presenti, Hanna Sullivan
UC: Elizabeth Cyran, Sue-Ellen Maher
Wednesday, November 30
LC: Mary Schreiner, Sadie Presenti, Luci Foppa
UC: Rebvecca Small, Desiree Sullivan
Popcorn Poppers: Due to our Thanksgiving break, we will have no popcorn poppers this week!
THIS WEEK! Thanksgiving Mass at St. Chris Parish - St. Christopher Parish will hold a Thanksgiving mass on Thursday, November 24 at 8:30 AM. What a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for all of his gifts this year!