NEW! Thank you..and Lower Campus Hot Lunch Update - Wowza! Thank you to EVERYONE who responded so quickly to yesterday’s urgent call for Hot Lunch volunteers at the lower campus! While there are still a few shifts that need help, we are so much closer to having a full schedule! If you have not yet volunteered, please check out the schedule HERE (note that there are tabs across the top of the website that correspond to each day of the week). We will send an email update on the status of our Hot Lunch on Thursday!
NEW! Book Fair Thanks - Thanks to all of the many volunteers who helped make the Book Fair such a success: Alya Abboud, Lisa Blanchard, Grace Bunke, Jess Clair, Sarah Daugherty, Lara Louis, Brenda Milinazzo, Melissa Richardson, Andrea Rugg, Kirsten Snyder, Emily Uong, Erin Varsalone, Julie Vincent, Jamie Viveiros and Jenn Young. These wonderful volunteers helped transform the library to a retail store, and went above and beyond in so many ways to help this book fair be so successful.
Thanks to our awesome school community, we had our most successful Scholastic Book Fair to date! The book fair was buzzing with anticipation, smiles and joy as the students browsed the merchandise each day. During the Parent Information night, the turn out was amazing, and parents were very patient as we helped decode wish lists and find books and toys. Thank you for all of the many teacher donations! The teachers had extra time on Friday to continue their shopping and use the gifts that parents so generously donated. We appreciate everyone's support during our 16th annual Scholastic Book Fair.
After experiencing the Book Fair this year, if you think you would like to help out next year, please contact me at [email protected] and I can add your name to my list! - Happy Reading! Mrs. Noon.
NEW! Even MORE Thanks! - We also want to extend our thanks to all those who voted for us in the Best of the 603 contest this summer. We are happy to announce that once again we have earned first place honors in multiple categories! In the Elementary School category, Saint Chris is the FIRST place GOLD award winner for the 3rd consecutive year! In the Middle School category, Saint Chris is also the FIRST place GOLD award winner! And … in the Private School category Saint Chris is the SECOND place SILVER award winner. Yay Wildcats!
THIS WEEK! Early Release - Here’s a reminder that THIS Friday, September 22nd will be our first Early Release day of the year so that teachers may attend professional development. Upper campus students will be released at 11:30 AM and lower campus students will be released at Noon (Prek will release at 11:40 AM and Kdg at 11:45 AM). Nashua buses will be provided on the early release schedule. There will be NO After Care that day.
NEW! Milk - Milk ordering is coming soon! We are waiting on the delivery of a new milk cooler prior to beginning the milk program. Hopefully, it will arrive in early October!
NEW! Planning on kindergarten or PreK for your little one at home? - If you have a younger child who you would like to attend Saint Christopher next fall, please know that applications open on October 1st for next year. With current PreK enrollment at capacity and high interest in kindergarten from new families, we encourage you to submit your application on October 1st. While siblings of current families do have priority, we can only honor that if we know you are interested! Please reach out to Lorrice Bedard, Enrollment Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.
School Board News - Our Board of Limited Jurisdiction (School Board) is tasked with helping to guide the school's strategic vision, Catholic mission and identity, and financial stability. You can find out more about the Board on the website HERE. 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.
Strategic Plan - Last year, the Board developed a five-year Strategic Plan for the Academy. Parents can view the plan by clicking HERE.
Nurse Notes and COVID Guidelines - Our school nurses, Mrs. Gloria Sheehan (at the lower campus) and Mrs. Laura Danielson (at the upper campus), would like to share important health news as we enter cold/flu season. Please click HERE to view the notes, including our current COVID guidelines.
NEW! Physical and Immunization Records - Our school nurses would also like to remind everyone that each student needs to have an updated immunization record and physical report on file in the nurse’s office. Please email or send those to Mrs. Sheehan ([email protected]) at the lower campus or Mrs. Danielson ([email protected]) at the upper campus as soon as possible.
NEW! Upper Campus Faithful Fridays - We will be hosting Faithful Fridays again this year at the upper campus! Beginning this Friday morning, September 22nd, there will be prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel at Upper Campus from 7:00 am - 7:30 am. Doughnuts will be served to those who attend. Come spend a moment of peace with Jesus as you finish off your week.
NEW! Jr. Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Our newest members of the National Junior Honor Society will be initiated into the organization on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 pm at the upper campus.
NEW! UC Traffic Flow - Just a reminder that during drop-off and pick-up time, all cars should come DOWN Bartlett Ave from Wellington St. Please do not pull up to the school on the opposite side of the street!
NEW! 1st Grade Drop Off - Just a reminder of our change in morning drop-off for 1st grade students! All 1st grade students should now be dropped off in the front of the school along Cushing Ave. Please have your child ready to go when you pull up to the school and allow him or her to get out of the car independently on the school side of the street!
Academy Spirit Shirts Ordering - Our Wildcat Spirit Shirt vendor, Maverick’s Stitch and Screen, is ready to take orders for short and long sleeve Wildcat Spirit shirts! These shirts are not part of the official daily uniform but may be worn on Spirit Days, 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 available in navy blue, white, and…new this year…Carolina blue!. Youth and adult sizes are available! Orders can be placed HERE through Wednesday, September 27. All shirts will be delivered to the school and distributed to students to be brought home. If your order is a surprise for your student, please email Marta at [email protected] and we will hold it for you to pick up.
Stay tuned…other spirit items will be added soon! We’ll let you know when they are ready for ordering!
NEW! Auction Committee Meeting - It’s time to start planning for the event of the year! Our Roaring 20th Annual Saint Christopher Academy Auction will take place on Saturday, March 16 at the Event Center in Nashua. Those who attended last year can attest…this is an amazing evening in support of the school and its students… full of live and silent auctions, raffles, delicious dinner, and more! The Auction Committee has a GREAT time putting the event together and we’d love to have any and all parents join us! The first meeting of the Auction Committee will be Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM at the upper campus. Please email Marta at [email protected] for more information…or just come to the meeting!
NEW! O’Connor School Portrait Day - School Portrait Day for both the upper and lower campuses is Wednesday, October 4. (Retake Day will be on Wednesday, November 29.) Information from O’Connor students will be forthcoming soon.
Lower Campus CYO Basketball - Calling all basketball players in grades 3 - 6 to represent Saint Christopher Academy in the CYO Manchester League. The season will run November to March with one weekday practice (days TBD) and games on Saturdays in the Manchester area. Click HERE for more information and to fill out a form to indicate your interest. Contact Mrs. Tracy Beauregard with questions ([email protected]).
NEW! Cheerleading Interest Form - Last year's Cheer squad was a HUGE success and we are looking to do it again this year! If your grade 3-8 child is interested, please complete the form HERE. The squad is limited to 20 students, so please don't wait!
Upcoming School Masses - 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 unless otherwise noted. The schedule for the next month is:
September 27 - Upper campus mass
October 5 - Upper campus Eucharistic Adoration with Fr. Von @ 1:00
October 12 - Lower campus mass (grades 3-5) - in Church Hall
October 18 - Upper campus mass
October 19 - Lower campus Eucharistic Adoration - all day
October 25 - Lower campus mass (grades PK - 2) - in Church Hall
UPDATED! Calendar Raffle Fundraiser – Keep those raffle tickets coming! We are a little over halfway to our goal of 4,300 tickets! If your family are super sellers and in need of more tickets, please email Marta Nissen at [email protected]!
As in the past, for every 10 raffle tickets your family sells, you will earn one entry into a raffle for a $1,500 Tuition Credit or $1,000 Cash!
Calendar Sales Incentives - Here’s our super student seller incentives for this year:
- Random Surprise Prizes – We’ll be picking random submitted tickets on random days…and the student seller for each of those random tickets wins a free dress pass. There’s no special schedule…it’s a surprise!
- Classroom contests –
- Top Selling Class across the Academy wins an ice cream sundae party with all the fixin’s!
- Top Selling Class on each campus wins a morning donut party (with coffee for the teacher!).
Current Classroom Leaders are…
- Top Sellers - The three top sellers across the Academy win a Target gift card! (1st place - $25, 2nd place - $20, 3rd place - $15)
- Random School-Wide Turn-In Days - Our next Turn-In Day will be MONDAY, September 25! Free Dress for anyone who turns in a ticket, plus we'll be drawing 20 random winners of Free Dress passes for another day!
NEW! Fundraiser in Support of Family Business - As many of you may have heard, Christopher's Subs and Pizzas recently experienced a flood which completely destroyed the business. Christopher's is owned by one of our school families. There will be a fundraiser on Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 pm at the Nashua Elks Lodge in support of Christopher's and the family. For more information, please see the flyer HERE.
NEXT WEEK! St. Christopher Parish Women’s Fall Book Study: Women of the school and parish community are invited to a Women’s Fall Book Study on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm in the Pennell Center (the white building across the parking lot from the church) , starting September 25th. The group will discuss Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend to help us explore how to apply the God given gift of Boundaries in our lives so we can multiply our love for God and others while minimizing resentment, exhaustion and all the other feelings associated with a lack of healthy boundaries in our lives. Please note: The authors of this book are not Catholic, however, it is based on sound Biblical principles shared by Catholics and Protestants. Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/StChrisBoundaries.
NEW! Thinking about Nashua Community College? - Latino Family Dinner will give you a chance to tour campus, learn about early college, ESOL classes, academic opportunities, and more. Dinner and information October 3rd, 6-8pm. RSVP by contacting NCC at 578-8908.
Happy Hearts Day Care - Happy Hearts Daycare, located across the street from the lower campus at 12 Cushing Ave., has a few openings for extended care. The hours are 6:30 to 8:30 AM and 3:00 to 5:30 PM. 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...603-321-9320.
NEW! Trinity High School Open House - Trinity High School, located at 581 Bridge St., Manchester, will host an OPEN HOUSE for current 8th grade students on October 19th at 7:00 PM. All future students in attendance will be entered into a raffle to win $1,000 off tuition!
A Trinity High School education is affordable for all who desire it through several financial aid options. In addition, 2023 graduates of Trinity received over 24 million in merit awards. To RSVP, please contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] or by calling 603-668-2910 Ext. 220.Discover the difference at Trinity!
Bishop Guertin Open Houses: Bishop Guertin High School will hold two upcoming Open Houses for prospective students and their families in October. The first will take place from October 15 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and the second will take place on October 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Students and families will tour the building, meet faculty and staff, and discover the BG difference. Registration for the event can be completed HERE.
Nashua Nighthawks Basketball: Registration is open for the 2023-2024 travel basketball season for grades 3-8, see the below registration link. The Nashua Nighthawks travel league provides boys and girls with an opportunity to participate in a competitive basketball league in the Merrimack Valley area (MA and NH). The practices and games do not conflict with middle school sports activities. For boys, you must reside in the city of Nashua. For girls, you must attend school in Nashua. Click HERE for more information.
Parish of the Resurrection Time for Tots Program - The Parish of the Resurrection invites moms, dads, grandparents, and day care providers with toddlers to attend the weekly Time for Tots program at the parish. For more information, click HERE for more information.
National Charity League - National Charity League is a mother/daughter organization that helps encourage leadership and community service. No money is raised or exchanged - we give our time and teach young women to become leaders in their communities by getting involved. In the Southern New Hampshire chapter, we donate our attention to Our Promise to Nicholas, Special Olympics of NH, Mt. Carmel, Alzheimer’s Association, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes), Animal Rescue League of NH, Bedford Community Food Pantry, Caregivers, Furled by Kids, and Families in Transition. We practice philanthropy, the active effort to promote human welfare. We teach leadership and encourage culture through tradition and core values.
If you have a daughter entering 7th to 9th grade and you want more information, please call Carrie Ayers at 301-755-4448 or email her at [email protected].