NEW! Thank You! Thank you to our 6th grade students for creating amazing birthday cards for the 99th birthday of Sister Angelita Conk, a Sister of St. Joseph! Sr. Angelita was so touched by our students’ efforts!
UPDATED! 2nd Quarter Upper Campus Honor Roll- Congratulations to all of our upper campus scholars for their academic achievements during the 2nd quarter of the school year! Please find an updated Honor Roll list HERE.
NEXT WEEK! Upper Campus Prospective Student Open House - Do you know a middle school student looking for a new school? We’ll be holding an Open House for prospective students at the upper campus on Wednesday, March 15 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Please extend the invitation to students and families looking for a change from their current school! We’d love to meet them and show off our fabulous school!
THIS FRIDAY! CMC Casual for a Cause - As we have for the past several years, we are happy to participate in Catholic Medical Center’s Casual for a Cause fundraiser to support CMC’s “Reach Out and Read” program. THIS Friday, March 10, students and staff on both campuses can come to school in free dress for a donation of $2! All proceeds from the event will go to the Reach Out and Read program which provides books to young children at their annual physicals. What a great way to celebrate National Reading Month in March!
NEW! Spring Portraits - O’Connor Studios is returning to the lower campus on Wednesday, March 15 for Spring Portraits for lower campus students only. This is a one-time event, so there are no retakes for absent students.
Only students who have paid for photos will go to the photographer to have a picture taken. As with fall portraits, each student was given a unique access code for ordering. O'Connor Studios sent parents an email message with a link for online ordering. Paper order envelopes also went home yesterday. Both include your student's unique access code. If you are interested in having your student's spring portrait taken, you may place an order online or use the paper envelope. Students purchasing pictures should bring their online receipt or their completed envelope to school for picture day.*
This is a Dress UP Day! All lower campus students may dress up instead of wearing the uniform, regardless of whether they're getting a spring portrait!
*Any parent who did not receive an envelope or an email with an access code may call O'Connor Studios at (978) 640-6250 to place an order before picture day.
NEW! YEARBOOK GROUP PHOTOS - We are taking group activity/club photos for the yearbook this month on the following mornings:
Upper campus - Tuesday, March 14
Lower campus - Wednesday, March 22
All students should come to school in the regular uniform on those days. NOTE: 7th grade students who have gym on Tuesday afternoon should wear the regular uniform but may change into the gym uniform before class.
UPDATED! Looking for more STEM Day Speakers! - While plans for STEM Day are underway, we are still in need of a few more speakers to share their expertise with our students! STEM Day will be the morning of Tuesday, May 16 until approximately 10:30 am. 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!
UPDATED! Annual Fund - Many thanks to all those who have already donated to our Annual Fund! Our total currently stands at just shy of $50,000. If you have not yet donated at any giving level, please consider doing so today! All donations will be listed in our Honor Roll of Donors which is distributed in our summer News and Notes. 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!
Hot Lunch Ordering for April - Hot Lunch ordering for April is open and runs from March 1st through midnight on Wednesday, March 15. Do not wait until the last minute to order!
UPDATED! 8th Grade Field Trip: Boda Borg – 8th grade students will be going on a field trip to Boda Borg in Malden, MA on Thursday, March 23. Some parents placed hot lunch orders for their students for that day prior to being informed of the field trip date. Those lunch orders have been credited in Boonli and parents will see the $5.00 credit when they log in to place their next hot lunch order.
IMPORTANT! Now Hiring Spring Track and Field Coaches! – The upper campus athletic department is looking to hire coaches for our upcoming and quickly approaching spring track and field season! Positions are paid stipend positions, and can be flexible when it comes to scheduling practices to accommodate coaches. Previous coaching experience is not required, but is preferred. Anybody interested in learning more about either position, should contact Mr. Ryan Farris at [email protected].
Upper Campus Spring Sports Signups – Spring sport signups have begun at the upper campus! Signup sheets are out in the cafeteria for anybody interested in participating in one of our spring sports. Varsity teams include baseball, softball, track & field, and golf.
We are also in the preliminary stages of an exploration into a lacrosse club program for this spring. If we do offer lacrosse, both boys and girls, it will only be a club team, and commitments will be minimal. Students will be allowed to participate in other varsity sports as well as lacrosse, but varsity sports should come first in the event of any practice or game conflicts. If we get enough students to sign up and show interest, we will discuss the opportunity further. There will be a separate meeting solely focused on lacrosse if we were to get to that point.
NEW! Baseball & Softball Open Gyms – Spring is just around the corner and our upper campus athletes are turning the page to the spring athletic season. We will be offering optional baseball and softball open gyms throughout the month of March starting this Thursday, March 9. Please note that these are only open gyms and not practices or tryouts. Attendance at any of the open gym sessions will have zero weight towards tryouts. These are solely to get some early reps in before the tryouts begin. Tryouts for both teams will get underway on Monday, March 27.
Baseball open gyms will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Softball open gyms will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. These sessions will be held in the gym and the only equipment needed is a glove and sneakers.
2023-2024 Tuition/Financial Aid and $250 Deposit Auto Withdrawal - The deadline for financial aid applications for current families for the 2023-2024 school year has now passed. As outlined in the registration packet email sent on December 1, 2022 to parents of current students, two additional important dates are fast approaching. Any questions regarding these dates, tuition, or financial aid should be directed to Shauna Hein at [email protected]
MARCH 15, 2023
Tuition amount for the 2023-2024 school year, as well as SCA financial aid awards, will be posted in each family’s FACTS Tuition Management account. Note: NH Education Freedom Accounts and Education Tax Credit Scholarship awards will be posted at a later date when they are received from those organizations. No payment is due at this time. Parents are asked to review this information for accuracy.
APRIL 1, 2023
A $250 tuition deposit per student is automatically withdrawn from a family’s FACTS Tuition Management account using the payment method selected during registration. This tuition deposit will be applied toward the family's tuition balance.
NEW! NH Education Freedom Accounts and Education Tax Credit Scholarship Applications Open - The Children’s Scholarship Fund has announced that applications for the Education Freedom Account awards and Education Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year are now open HERE. All parents who apply for Saint Christopher Academy financial aid are required to apply for these awards.
Employment Applications and Teacher Fair - With the current teacher shortage, Saint Christopher Academy is currently building an applicant pool for any openings that may be available for the 2023-2024 school year. Interested applicants are invited to submit materials as soon as possible so we may begin conducting interviews. Current teachers, new education graduates, and recently retired teachers are welcome to apply! Click HERE for more information on how to apply!
The Academy will hold a drop-in Spring Teacher Fair on Monday, March 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the upper campus! During the Teacher Fair, candidates will participate in an informal mini-interview with the principal and meet faculty and staff. Candidates are encouraged to download and complete the Diocesan Teacher Application at https://www.catholicnh.org/.../Sch.../TeacherApplication.pdf prior to the Teacher Fair and also bring along supporting credentials such as teaching accreditation, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
Roll Out the Red Carpet for Saint Chris!
19th Annual Auction
March 25, 2023
The Event Center, Nashua
Excitement is building and we are just over two weeks out from the 19th Annual Saint Christopher Academy Auction! We are planning an amazing night in support of our students and hope you will be able to join us! If you would like to attend or graciously donate an item, please do so this week so that our volunteers can prepare to roll out the red carpet and welcome you in high style!
NEW! Auction Sponsors – Please check out this week’s NEW Bronze sponsor, the Grey Nuns Thrift Shop below!
Wanderlust Therapeutic Services
Kevin Brown - Knights of Columbus Insurance
The Brian and Sharon Hall Family
he Tony and Cathy Storace Family
Family Chiropractic of Merrimack and Wellness Center
J.S. Heating Service
IT”S NOT TOO LATE! Your business or family can join this wonderful group of supporters THIS WEEK by also becoming an Auction sponsor! For more information, click HERE or contact Marta Nissen at [email protected].
THIS WEEK! Auction Donations – Donations of new items are greatly appreciated and make our auction extra special! Please bring all donations to either the upper or lower campus THIS Week so that our Auction volunteers can get them processed and ready for bidding! Thank you!
THIS WEEK! Class Basket Cash Donations - 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! Our volunteer shoppers are already at work on creating those baskets, so we ask that all cash donations toward your child’s class basket be made THIS week by clicking HERE!!
THIS WEEK! Tickets - Don’t miss out on this amazing evening….the time to buy your tickets is NOW! You can purchase tickets either by returning the RSVP card included with the invitation or by going online HERE by THIS Friday! 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! All attendees also receive a complimentary $25 gift card from our Gold sponsor, Wireless Zone!
Reserved Tables - Tables of 10 guests can be also reserved ahead of time by sending a list of attendees to Marta at [email protected].
Ticket for a Teacher Sponsors – Aren’t our teachers GREAT? Thank them for a job well done by being a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor! Our teachers work hard all day, every day in the classroom…they deserve a night out! To be a Ticket for a Teacher sponsor, simply complete the RSVP form HERE and select Ticket for a Teacher.
NEW! Sneak Peek! - Wondering what wonderful items will be up for grabs at our Auction? Check out the Sneak Peek list on the Auction website HERE! This list will be updated often as items come in, so be sure to check it often!
March No School Day - Please note that there will be NO school on Friday, March 24 so that teachers can participate in the Diocesan professional development being offered that day.
NEW! Silver Knights Education Day - We are excited to announce that our grade 1 through 6 students will be attending the Silver Knights Education Game on Wednesday, May 31! Parents will also be given the opportunity to purchase tickets and attend with us. More details on ticket prices and other arrangements will be forthcoming in April!
End of the Year Dates - The end of the school year may seem like a long way away, but it will come quickly! We have scheduled the following important dates and events:
Friday, May 26
- Family BBQ at the upper campus (all current families invited!)
Thursday, June 1
- 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)
Tuesday, June 6
- Last day of school for 5th and 8th grade students
- 5:30 PM - 5th grade Convocation at the upper campus
Friday, June 9
- Early Release and final day of school for grades PreK to 4, 6 & 7
- 7:00 PM - 8th grade Graduation at the upper campus
St. Patrick’s Free Dress - Irish eyes (and everyone else’s, too!) will be smilin’ on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17! Students are invited to wear green and white in celebration of the day! Please be sure that students dress according to our free dress day dress code…thank you!
Recognizing Excellence Award Nominations - Nominations for the 2023 Diocese of Manchester’s Teacher of the Year and Clergy of the Year awards are now open!
- Teacher of the Year Award - The New Hampshire Catholic School Teacher of the Year views Catholic education not only as a profession, but as a vocation of service to students and to the greater Church. A practicing Catholic active in his or her faith, the award recipient brings a joyful witness to his or her ministry that inspires students to not only achieve academically, but to put their skills and knowledge to good use creating the Kingdom of God on Earth. Submit a nomination HERE.
- Clergy of the Year Award – The recipient of the Spirit of St. John Vianney Award is a member of the clergy who similarly provides inspirational support for Catholic education in the diocese. The faithful witness that the recipient of the Spirit of St. John Vianney award provides is inspirational to students as they go on to eventually discern their vocation in life. Submit a nomination HERE.
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 March and April is:
March 14 - Lower campus, grades 3-5
March 21 - Upper campus
March 29 - Lower campus
April 3 - Lower campus
April 12 - Upper campus
April 18 - Lower campus Vocation Day
Lower Campus Stations of the Cross - 5th grade will be presenting Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent. Parents are welcome to attend this short (approximately 20 minutes) observation of the stations and should come through the school and sign in prior to going to the church. The schedule is:
- Friday, March 10 - 1:50 PM
- Friday, March 17 - 2:15 PM
- Friday, March 31 - 2:15 PM
Hot Lunch Volunteers - Thank you to our fabulous Hot Lunch volunteers! The schedule for the next week is:
Thursday, March 9
LC: Haddy Marte, Heather McCorry, Tina Bruno, Shannon Silve
UC: Nadra Bell, Marnie Gordon
Friday, March 10
LC: Jenna Richardson, Erin Varsalone, Natalie Boldeia
UC: Nadra Bell, Emily Uong
Monday, March 13
LC: Sadie Presenti, Susan Morton, Sarah Currid, Allison Cimon
UC: Elizabeth Cyran, Carol Cyran
Tuesday, March 14
LC: Sadie Presenti, Marnie Gordon, Irene Owuor
UC: Sue-Ellen Maher, Kathy Maynard
Wednesday, March 15
LC: Sadie Presenti, Greidy Medrano, Courtney Duran
UC: Becky Kosterman, Teresa Carlton
NEW! Hot Lunch Help Needed - We are in need of a substitute for two upcoming Friday hot lunch shifts at the lower campus…March 31 and May 5. If you can help out, please email Marta at [email protected]. Thanks!
Popcorn Poppers: Our fabulous popcorn poppers for the week are Danielle and Craig Schuh.
NEW! Nashua Youth Football and Cheer - Registration is now open for Nashua Youth Football and Cheer! Nashua is served by the Nashua Elks Crusaders and Nashua PAL Force. Both programs offer cheer, flag football, and tackle football for ages 5-14. If you live in the Nashua High School South district, please visit www.nashuaelkscrusaders.com for more information. If you live in the Nashua High School North district, please visit www.nashuapalforce.com. The season begins on July 31st and we look forward to seeing you!
St. Christopher Parish Lenten Schedule –Saint Christopher Parish has created a rich schedule of programs, masses, rosaries, and confessions to help us deepen our faith during the holy season of Lent. All school families are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all of these Lenten activities!