NEW! Thank You! Ski Club is underway…special thanks to Mrs. Joyce and Mrs. Clarke for coordinating!
NEW! Re-enrollment Deadline Has Passed! The deadline for re-enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year has passed! If you have not yet completed the re-enrollment packet, your child is not guaranteed a seat for the fall. If you intend for your child to return for the fall, you must complete the form as soon as possible as we are enrolling new students for open seats. To re-enroll, please login to your family portal and complete the packet labeled Enrollment/Re-enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact Lorrice Bedard at [email protected] or (603) 882-7442 ext. 310.
STEM Day Speakers - Are you in a STEM field? Would you like to share your love of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? We have begun planning for this year’s STEM Day, to be held on Tuesday, May 16. We are looking for speakers to present to students on both campuses about their interest and/or careers in any STEM-related field, whether as a professional or hobbyist. Presentations are approximately 20-30 minutes in length, and can be virtual or in person. If you are interested in participating, please email Carol Fiore at [email protected]. Many thanks!
Faithful Fridays - We started our Faithful Fridays with our 6th-8th grade students last Friday, 1/6/22! Mrs. Soucy will continue to open the upper campus chapel for prayer and adoration every Friday morning from 7:00 - 7:30 AM. Additionally, we would like to offer some treats to students who participate following prayer and adoration. Since we will not know who will attend until the day of, we ask that all students with allergies pack their own breakfast out of an abundance of caution. We hope to see many of our students there!
UPDATED! Annual Fund - Thank you to all those who have already responded to our December Annual Fund letter with a gift! Our current donation total is $41,000! 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 $65,000 as our financial goal. 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 and will be used to directly benefit our students. To donate quickly and safely online, please click HERE. Thank you!
YEARBOOK ORDERING –Last week, parents received an email from O’Connor Studios about ordering the Saint Christopher Academy 2022-2023 yearbook! If you have not yet done so, please take the time to open the email, read the information, and place your order...the ordering window closes at midnight on February 24! As with Hot Lunch ordering, you must adhere to the deadline. We are unable to process late orders.
- The online ordering system is the ONLY way to order the yearbook and any add-on yearbook items.
- O'Connor Studios will use the same parent email address that was used in the fall to order your student's school portraits. Check those same email accounts for the yearbook information! The ordering platform can only accommodate one email address per student.
- **IMPORTANT: You will receive a separate email for each student. Every student has a unique access code and you must place separate orders for each of your children.
- **8TH GRADE FAMILIES ONLY: The cost of the yearbook is already included in the graduation fee. All 8th grade students automatically receive a yearbook at the end of the year and do not need to order one. However, you may want to order supplemental add-on items (personal message, family sponsorship, ¼ page graduate ad)! If purchasing add-on items you still need to “select” the yearbook as if you are ordering it as well, but on your student's ordering page the cost for the yearbook is listed as "free."
Don't miss out on this opportunity to preserve your child's memories of this school year! If you have any questions, please contact Carol Fiore at [email protected].
Upper Campus Service Project - Saint Christopher Academy Upper Campus is supporting the efforts of the United Way’s Shoebox Project for Seniors. Between Thursday, January 12, and Friday, January 27, we will be collecting useful items for low-income, homebound seniors. We hope that our school community will come together to provide the folks served by Gateways Community Services, Meals on Wheels, and The Caregivers with some Valentine’s cheer by purchasing items from the wish list below:
healthy recipes books
note and greeting cards
small stuffed animals
adult coloring books
combs & brushes
facial tissue – travel size
tea and coffee bags
Items will be collected each morning during Advisory. Thank you for your generosity.
March 25, 2023
The Event Center, Nashua
Auction Instagram – Have you followed our Auction Instagram yet? Check it out HERE!
NEW! Auction Sponsors – We are excited to announce another NEW amazing sponsor for our Auction! Many, many thanks to:
Your business or family can join this wonderful group of supporters by also becoming an Auction sponsor! In addition to our established leveled sponsorships, we can customize sponsorships or you can sponsor important parts of the Auction…think dessert, drinks, or centerpiece sponsor! For more information, click HERE or contact Marta Nissen at [email protected].
Auction Donations – Help us make the Auction a fun and exciting evening with the donation of an item for the silent or live auctions! Donations of new items are always needed and greatly appreciated. Feel free to reach out to friends, family, and local businesses too! You can find donation ideas or make a donation online HERE or simply bring your donation to either the upper or lower campus!
NEW! Wine Donations - Next time you are at the grocery store or the liquor store, consider purchasing a bottle of wine (value $15 or more) to donate to our always popular Wine Pull! Wine donations can be sent in to Marta at either campus!
Class Baskets - Themed baskets are VERY popular at our event! In addition to the wonderful baskets donated by individuals and businesses, each grade (Pre-k to 8) is putting together a very special themed basket thanks to the donations of their families! To make a cash donation towards your child's class basket, please click HERE!!
Tickets - The formal invitations to the Auction have been ordered and will go out in early February, but you can purchase tickets NOW to beat the rush! Tickets are $85 per person and include complimentary champagne, a drink ticket, a fabulous sit-down dinner, and night full of fun with your Saint Chris friends! Click HERE to purchase your tickets today!
THIS WEEK! Spirit Shirts for Catholic Schools Week - Our annual Catholic Schools Week is coming quickly….the week of January 30 to February 3 will be filled with many fun activities for our students as we celebrate all that makes Catholic schools so special! One of our favorite theme days will be Spirit Day on the 31st…and all students will be dressing in their favorite Saint Chris t-shirt, Wildcat spirit shirt, or sweatshirt…or blue and white colors. If you have not yet ordered a Wildcat spirit shirt for your student but would like him or her to have one for Spirit Day, it’s not too late! You can order one from Maverick Stitch and Screen HERE. Please do so by THIS Friday, January 20 to be sure that shirts are delivered in time for Spirit Day!
UPDATED! School Mass Schedule - All parents are invited to attend our weekly school masses! Parents must enter through the front door of each campus facility, sign in, and receive a nametag to attend. All masses are at 9:45 AM on both campuses. The schedule for January and February is:
January 25 - Upper campus
January 30 - Lower campus (Catholic Schools Week Buddy Mass)
February 6 - Upper campus - Please note date change!
February 13 - Lower campus
February 22 - Ash Wednesday - Mass at both campuses
NEW! LIBRARY NEWS:
Destiny Online Catalog Login Details for Grades 2-5 – Please check your student's planner, and you will find a sticker with their username and password for the Destiny Online Library Catalog located on the first page. If you login with your student you will see which books they have checked out, what they have on hold, and if they have a list of favorites. Feel free to browse the catalog and search for books. As new library books are processed, you will also see them listed. You can find the catalog HERE or simply go to my class page. If your student enjoys using the catalog, add it to your desktop! If your student is having trouble logging in, please send me an email at [email protected], or have your student see me.
Birthday Books – It's still not too late to order a birthday book for your student. I will be accepting orders until April 14th to allow time for processing. You can find more information on the birthday book program HERE. Thank you for supporting our library with your generous birthday book gifts. It is a great way to commemorate your students birthday and will be shared with other students 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. If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]. Happy Reading!
NEW! Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition - The Knights of Columbus at St Elizabeth Seton in Bedford will be hosting their annual Basketball Free Throw Competition on Saturday, February 4, 2023 (snow date: February 18) beginning with FREE registration at 5:00 pm in the St Elizabeth Seton Activity Center located on 190 Meetinghouse Rd in Bedford.
All boys and girls, ages 9 through 14 are eligible to participate. Winners will be awarded a trophy in each category and the first place winner in each category will be eligible to participate in the KofC State competition on Saturday, March18, 2023, 1:00 pm also held at St Elizabeth Seton Activity Center. IMPORTANT: all participants must bring their birth certificate for proof of required age as of January 1, 2023.
Diocesan Code of Conduct - Did you know? The Diocese of Manchester a Code of Conduct, known as Serving Christ, Serving Others, which requires all Church personnel (priests, deacons, religious men and women, and laypeople who work or volunteer at diocesan parishes, schools, administration, and camps) to exhibit the highest ethical standards and personal integrity at all times. The Code includes, among other things, standards for appropriate conduct and boundaries when working with minors. The Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Conduct is available here: www.catholicnh.org/code
Amazon Smile - Thank you to everyone who supports the school through Amazon Smile! We just received a check for $247.88 for the past few months…bringing us to a total of $4,292.46 in lifetime donations from Amazon. If you are not supporting Saint Chris with your Amazon purchases, please click HERE to enroll and look for St. Christopher School (we are working on changing this to the Academy name!) Donations from Amazon are at NO COST to you!
Snow Days! The snow may be flying soon (Friday?!), so we want to remind everyone of how they will be informed of a snow day! Parents will receive a robocall and/or 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 10:30 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 lower campus fiddle squad on delayed opening days.
Hot Lunch Volunteers - Thank you to our fabulous Hot Lunch volunteers! The schedule for the next week is:
Thursday, January 19
LC: Tina Bruno, Sadie Presenti, Lori Gordon
UC: Katie Osborn, Nadra Bell
Friday, January 20
LC: Heather McCorry, Sarah Clauss, Loni Rooney
UC: Tarrah Ledoux, Meredith McCully
Monday, January 23
LC: Lisa Censabella, Sadie Presenti, Alison Nardone, Stacy Driessen
UC: Carrie Ayers, Marge Decato
Tuesday, January 24
LC: Tina Bruno, Sadie Presenti, John Lynch, Anju Kurian
UC: Sue-Ellen Maher, Luci Foppa
Wednesday, January 25
LC: Sarah Colon, Sadie Presenti, Liz Siracusa, Beth Kreick
UC: Nadra Bell, Elona Cook
Popcorn Poppers: Our fabulous popcorn poppers for the week are Melissa Michels and Louis Cardinale.
Parish Website Redesigned! – St. Christopher Parish is excited to announce the debut of a new parish website at www.stchrisparishnh.org! The website has been refreshed and upgraded and features a fabulous clean...and quick loading...design. Information is easy to find and includes the weekly bulletin, a calendar of upcoming parish events, faith formation information, photos of recent events, a quick link to FaithDirect for online donations, and more. Visiting the website allows parishioners to continue to connect with the parish even when the weather makes travel treacherous or a parishioner is feeling under the weather!
NH Blast Lacrosse Registration - Spring Lacrosse is almost here! Nashua Blast Youth Lacrosse is a great opportunity for your child grades 1-8 to play this amazing, fast paced game for a great organization in Nashua. Registration is now OPEN HERE for the Spring 2023 Season that starts mid February! Always looking for NEW and returning boys and girls to play !!! 💙🥍💜🥍💙