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St. Joseph Regional Catholic School Participates in the Salem Holiday Parade

Each year St. Joseph Regional Catholic School prepares a float for the Salem Holiday Parade. This year's theme was "Lights, Camera, Action." Ms. Lafauci, parent of a graduating eighth grader, has been preparing the floats for years, donating the truck, and considering how to create the decorations. In art class, the students from all grade levels created stars. Mrs. Ouellette, a veteran teacher, mans the float along with other parents and students. The Jones and Delottos are visible in the front.

St. Joseph School Donates Thanksgiving Baskets Local Food Pantries

SALEM, NH (November 22, 2016) - - St. Joseph Regional Catholic School's Eagles capped off their two-week Food Drive Friday, November 18 with their annual Junior High Community Service Night. During this evening, students in grades six to eight worked together to assemble all the collected food items into baskets that will be donated to local families. Thanks to the generosity of the entire school family of St. Joseph’s forty-one plentiful Thanksgiving Baskets, complete with all the trimmings, will be delivered before Thursday. Baskets were donated to the Sts. Mary and Joseph and Pleasant Street United Methodist food pantries. "Service to our community is a part of what we do here at St. Joseph's," explains Dr. Noreen McAloon, school principal. "We are proud of our students' efforts and pleased to help some local families."


Thank you to our troops!

St. Catherine of Siena school students and teachers sent cards to the troops this year for Veterans’ Day. Here is a response that the principal received last week!

Mrs. Bergeron:

I tried to post this to FB but once again the technology has eluded me. I wanted to thank you, the teachers and especially the students for making such amazing cards for the troops this year. The cards will be going to a medical unit. They are the ones that take care of soldiers and airman who get hurt while serving and stabilize them prior to transport to a larger facility. It is very difficult work. As a former medic, I know. I also know how these cards will brighten their day, remind them that people back home appreciate their sacrifice and are concerned for their safety. One card included pencils so they could write home to their family. What a beautiful gesture. I’m so proud of St. Catherine’s support of this project, now in its 5th year. I want to make sure the kids know just how much the troops appreciate the cards, sentiments and prayers they send to them. I’ll be putting together a box with some yummies and other things they asked for and sending it out to make sure it gets there before Christmas. This is what Christmas is about! The giving not the getting because in the end it’s the giving that is the really good part. Thank you again.


Gale Furey, Capt (former) USAF BSC

Presentation of Mary Academy Invites Local Veterans to Speak About Their Military Experience

Left to Right: Eight grade students Julia Mendes, Aiden Szewczyk, Hudson Veterans from the local VFW, Chris Van Natta, Katherine Wimmer

The Presentation of Mary Academy has an annual tradition of inviting local veterans to speak to their eighth grade students. This year, nine veterans joined the eight grade in the library and spoke candidly with the students about their military experience. Eight graders have the privilege of attending a trip to Washington DC toward the end of the school year. Assistant Principal, Kate Gaudreau, introduced the veterans to the students and explained how important it was for them to know the history behind the monuments they will see in Washington. The Veterans introduced themselves and gave a shout out to their branch of service. There were lots of jokes amongst the Veterans regarding which branch had it tougher and who was stuck with the worse food. They spoke honestly to the students about the good and the bad of being in the military. Most agreed that the travel was an amazing experience but it came at the cost of missing their families. They emphasized strongly to the students that education should always come first no matter where your path takes you. Students asked questions about the scariest parts of their jobs and the largest obstacles they faced in combat. The veterans were treated to a delicious lunch by Two Friends Cafe in Goffstown, NH who graciously donated a portion of the lunch. To all the men and women who have served in our military, we thank you for your service.


Altar Server Training Offered to Infant Jesus School Students

Altar Server training and refresher at Infant Jesus School in Nashua. Fr. Pierre Baker taught the twelve students over a couple of weeks. They are eager to help and look forward to serving at our school masses during the year.




On Saturday, September 3, the St. Joe’s Flyers team from St. Joseph Regional Catholic School of Salem, NH tackled the inflatable 5K. The principal, several students and their parents walked, ran, climbed, slid, jumped, dodged and laughed their way around the former Rockingham Race Track and inflatable obstacles. Each group was allowed to raise money for a nonprofit of their choice, in this case, the school.

St. Joseph Regional School in Keene is starting the school year by instituting a Friday afternoon rosary for the entire school. Pictured are the middle school students with Deacon Ken.


St. Joseph School Celebrates Students’ Achievement with Cake!

It was time to celebrate at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School! On Monday, June 6th the school acknowledged the outstanding achievement by students and teachers on their recent standardized Terra Nova testing with a cake celebration. “Our 2nd to 8th grade students' scores average in the 80th percentile or higher as a school!” explained Dr. Noreen McAloon, School Principal. “Our 8th grade graduating class scored in the top 10% in Reading and in the top 14% in Math! Our eighth grade class has grown in achievement, per this measure, every year from grade four through grade eight. We are very proud of their success and want to take a moment to celebrate.”

The festivities included a large “star” cake that was covered with the names of every student and music for the students to enjoy. The celebration also marked the start of 50th Graduation Week at St. Joseph as twenty-one eighth graders graduate as members of the 50th graduating class of the school, and move on to high school where many have been placed in honors-level courses in their freshman classes.

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St. Joseph Regional Catholic School (SJCRS) of Salem, NH, provides a complete education designed to challenge and motivate all students from Pre-K to Grade 8 to reach their full potential in mind, spirit, heart, and body. With Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, as a model, SJRCS values its partnership with parents in the development of their children. The school’s strong academic program, which is integrated with Christian values, promotes critical thinking and prepares students to succeed in their future educational pursuits, to practice good citizenship, and to be productive members of a global society. Welcoming students of all faiths in Southern NH and the Merrimack Valley, SJRCS is dedicated to maintaining a safe, caring, and respectful Catholic community in which each child’s God-given talents are developed, nurtured, and challenged.

Student Violin Orchestra Performance Highlights Accomplishments

There were no arrows, to be sure, but thirty-two bows certainly were flying at Mount Royal Academy June 2nd. The inaugural violin class of thirty-two students showcased their newfound skills before a packed Saint Joseph Center last Thursday night. Led by the acclaimed Alicia Casey, the premier Suzuki violin teacher from the Upper Valley Music Center, students in grades one through six patiently sat on stage as Casey recapped the purpose and progress of the weekly lessons. Grades one through three then stood up and performed several pieces that featured the foundational skills they acquired thus far. Grades four through six followed in turn, displaying more dexterous technical abilities. For the finale, the entire group played a few familiar tunes.

While still in early development, the orchestra proved their ability to work in concert, keep time and use differing techniques for varied musical expression. As Casey noted during the performance, “these apparently simple skills will benefit the children, not only in the realm of music, but in all aspects of life. Improved confidence, memory and coordination are just a few examples.” Headmaster, Derek Tremblay added, “This program was a great success and we look forward to expanding it next year.” The violin program, which began in the second semester of this year, will run throughout the next academic year.

Mount Royal Academy is a Catholic, K-12 school with over two hundred students from all faiths and surrounding localities of Sunapee. 

St. Casimir School Students Recognized in Fidelity's Stock Market Game

Two 6th grade students at St. Casimir School, Atoch Leek and Jianna Lora-Salazar, were recognized last Wednesday, May 18th at an awards ceremony held at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack. Atoch and Jianna came in 2nd place for middle schools in last fall’s Stock Market Game sponsored by Fidelity. Their portfolio earned just over $113,000! They worked under the direction of staff member Judi Halbeck. Congratulations Atoch and Jianna!

St. Casimir School Students Chosen as State-Level Winners for Penmanship

Four students at St. Casimir School in Manchester were recognized last week at a school assembly for being chosen as State-Level Winners for Penmanship!! The contest was sponsored by Zaner-Bloser publishing company. The students were: Jewer Malwal (Gr.3), Keria Tyler (Gr.4), Nyjer Majok (Gr. 7), and Amou Malwal (Gr.8). They received medals and were treated to a nice reception after the assembly and enjoyed a delicious cake made especially for them. Company representatives Mr. Onkin and Mr. Logan congratulated the students and had an opportunity to meet with them while enjoying the cake. Mrs. Hudson, Grade 4 teacher helped to organize the event.

Nashua Student Hopes to Spell Her Way to the Top at National Spelling Bee

Spelling whiz Arushi Kalpande hopes the third time is a charm. The eighth-grader from Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School is returning to Washington, D.C., this week to represent New Hampshire in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third straight year. Read more

Making the Grade: Reading Dogs

Once a week, first and second graders at a St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Salem look forward to a visit from a four-legged reading companion that's helping them build confidence. Learn more


Suzanne Boutin is standing, fifth from the right.

Congratulations to Suzanne Boutin of St. Elizabeth Seton School (Rochester), who recently completed the Emmaus Series for Catholic Leaders program at Boston College. Well done! CLICK HERE to read more.

Mount Royal Academy Students Awarded Scholarships

Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce that two incredibly accomplished and outstanding seniors were recently awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Robert and Joyce Oberkotter Family Foundation. If Adrianna Keyon (left) and Miriam Caveney opt to re-apply for additional scholarships, they could receive up to $17,500 towards their college education. This is a significant gift, and these two young women certainly earned every dollar. According to the Oberkotter criteria, eligible applicants shall demonstrate two or more of the following: strong moral and ethical character; service to school, community and/or family; part-time work; extra-curricular activities; and/or sports participation.

Congratulations Nicole Calegari for Placing Third in National Competition

For the past three years we have kicked off Catholic Schools Week in January with the Multimedia Youth Contest conducted by the USCCB Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Of the many entries that were submitted, the first prize winners in the 7-9 grade category and in the 10-12 grade category were forwarded to the CCHD for the national competition. Each entry is judged not only on the quality of the artistic presentation itself, but also on the essay that accompanies the entry and responds to a specific set of questions posed by CCHD.

I am pleased to announce that Nicole Calegari, a junior at Trinity High School, has been selected as the third place winner in the 10-12 grade category in the national competition for her entry “Poverty Isn’t a Characteristic” (attached). Nicole will receive a $250 cash prize. In addition a $250 matching grant will be given to a local CCHD charity. Also, through the generosity of CCHD co-sponsor RCL Benziger, Trinity High School will receive a cash award.

This is the third year we have held the contest here in the diocese and this is the third year that our students have earned national recognition. Congratulations to Nicole!

God bless,

Fr. John Fortin, Superintendent of Schools

Something New to Bark About at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Salem

We have a new addition to the staff at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School! Macs, a therapy dog and R.E.A.D. dog, has been visiting once a week to work with some of the students on their reading fluency. Macs accompanies his owner, Blaire McCarthy, who has been working at St. Joe’s for 15 years as the guidance counselor. Mrs. McCarthy decided to have Macs become a certified R.E.A.D dog because he has always loved people, especially children. Her three sons graduated from St. Joe’s years ago, and she is very grateful for the moral and educational foundation that her sons received there. She wanted to give back in a unique way, so she combined four things she loves – reading, St. Joe’s, working with children, and Macs! He really enjoys his volunteer job and loves the new friends he has made at St. Joe’s!

Infant Jesus School Students Performed the Living Stations

The scene captured everyone’s attention! The students and guest were riveted to the story playing out in front of them when the students of Mrs. Rockwell’s second grade class and their buddies in Mrs. Noyes sixth grade class at Infant Jesus School performed the Living Stations. They acted out the Stations of the Cross for the school, parents, and members of the congregation, bringing the story to life. In this dramatization, the students learned the love Jesus has for all of us by seeing the torture he endured during the last few days of his life here on earth. They watched as the actors put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, forced him to carry a heavy cross, and then nailed him to it. The church goes dark as Jesus takes his last breath and dies on the cross. Solemn music plays as the actors retreat to the back of the church, leaving the school community to think about Good Friday and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. It was a truly moving afternoon.


St. Casimir Teacher Selected as Best Art Teacher in Hippo Press

Mrs. Leah Murphy, art teacher at St. Casimir School, was recently selected as the Best Art Teacher in Manchester by the “Hippo Press” in their annual Best of… contest. This is Mrs. Murphy’s first year at St. Casimir. She is well respected, works great with students and staff, and is very talented. St. Casimir School celebrated with her on Friday, April 1st with a cake and hung a celebratory banner in the front hall. Well done Mrs. Murphy! We are so proud of you!

St. Elizabeth Seton School's Cathedral Project

The Cathedral Project is an annual event at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester and is part of the curriculum in Mrs O'Brien's Religion class. The project features our students' creativity and inspiring work ethic! Each student is assigned a Cathedral; given instructions to research, write a paper and build a 3-D model....and what you see are the beautiful end results. The younger grades in the school are invited to come to the Jr. High and look (but not touch) so the project is a much anticipated event by the time students hit 8th grade! In early April, the Cathedrals will turn into "The Traveling Cathedral Project" and will be displayed at area parishes in the Rochester area so our communities can see what talent they are supporting!

Fr. Patrick Gilbert, Fr. Daniel Sinibaldi, Fr. Paul Gousse smile as Bishop Libasci take a "selfie" photo at a recent Holy Mass celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester, NH.

2nd Annual Kids Caring for Kids Project Held at St. Catherine of Siena School

Saint Catherine of Siena School students presented Mayor Gatsas and Manchester Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Livingston, the school’s 2nd Annual Kids Caring for Kids Care Package on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 9:30 am in the school gymnasium. This year’s theme is “A Bag to Warm the Heart”.

Kids Caring for Kids was a project realized in 2015. This year in early brainstorming sessions, the students wanted to increase the number of care packages and provide warm nighttime items which travel easily. This was the genesis of “A Bag to Warm the Heart”. After fundraising efforts and very generous donations, Saint Catherine of Siena School was excited to present 144 bags filled with a warm blanket, mittens, hats, flashlights, snacks, and a Teddy Bear. The bags are large enough to also include clothing and personal items. In addition, every student at Saint Catherine School wrote and included a note of encouragement for their unknown friend. 

Bishop Brady Students Attend NYSE Opening Bell

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Mount Royal Academy Inducts Four into National Honor Society

Mount Royal Academy welcomed four studnets into membership of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, in a ceremony held at the school on February 25. CLICK HERE to read more.

Infant Jesus School Holds Second Annual Rock-A-Thon

Infant Jesus School recently held its second annual IJS Rock-A-Thon.  IJS students and teachers rock the day away while raising money through sponsors from all over the area.  Enrichment activities and presentations were held as students rocked to raise money for their great school.  Students enjoyed story time, Dan the Balloon Man, Nashua Community Music School, and many other activities throughout the day

Lady Knights Earn First Championship in Granite State Conference JV Girls’ Basketball Tournament

The Lady Knights of Mount Royal Academy finished their 2016 season with the school’s first ever high school championship. The girls’ basketball team won the 2016 Granite State Conference Junior Varsity tournament down at Pittsfield Middle High School on February 23rd. MRA entered the tournament for the second consecutive season as the number one overall seed (12-3). The Lady Knights finish the season at 14-4 overall, as they were able to put last year’s defeat in the championship game behind them, proving to be strong contenders even though MRA is the smallest school in the entire NHIAA. 

The championship game featured the top two seeds, as MRA played an unfamiliar foe, the Epping Blue Devils (8-3). Epping was skilled at all positions, and their fast paced offense was difficult to handle. There were eight different scorers for the Lady Knights, and although the Lady Knights never trailed, it was a particularly competitive matchup. MRA started the game on 10-0 run, but after the Blue Devils settled down, the teams exchanged baskets for the duration of the game. The final score was 48-42, as the Lady Knights clamped down on defense the in the final minutes of the game.

Marylin LaRose was named to the All-Tournament Team because of her excellent all-around play. She was tough on the glass, scored critical baskets, and racked up several assists by drawing opposing defenders and dishing to open teammates.

Cheyenne Bentley was also named to the All-Tournament Team, largely because of her defensive prowess. She likely led the tournament in rebounds and blocked shots, and her offensive put-backs kept the pressure on for the Lady Knights.  Alexis Matte was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament, and she also won the 3-point challenge. Her ball hawking skills on defense, outside shooting, and command of the offense set the pace for the Lady Knights.

Mount Royal Academy Announces Winners of Catholic Schools' Week Mission Competitions

Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce the winners of its Catholic Schools’ Week mission competitions. During the week of February 1-5, students participated in academic and collaborative activities focused on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, instituted by Pope Francis.

Students from every grade (K-12th) participated in a door decorating contest, just as Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy by entering through the Holy Door. Each class creatively expressed their understanding of God’s mercy on their classroom doors. Headmaster Derek Tremblay judged each door and announced winners for each Elementary, Junior High, and High School. The senior class took 1st place in the high school, with 11th and 9th grade taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The 6th Grade placed 1st in junior high, followed by 8th and 7th respectively. In the elementary school it was the 4th Grade that placed 1st, with 3rd and Kindergarten finishing 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Dr. Kalpakgian was the honorary judge in the essay competition. Again, the essays focused on the inexhaustible mercy of God. While administering the awards, Dr. Kalpakgian noted the refreshing clarity and lucidity of the youngest contestants. The results are as follows:

1st grade: Emily Beturne, Lucja Frykowska
2nd grade: Clare Castor, Walter Antal
3rd grade: Luke Moorehouse
4th grade: Catherine Bellino, Emily Richardson
5th grade: Victoria Kenyon, Anya Moorehouse
6th grade: Joseph Orlowski, Annie Klucinec
7th grade: Emma Treece, Brenden Moorehouse
8th grade: Aidan Moorehouse

Operation Care for Troops

Operation Care for Troops gathers needed items and treats to be packaged and shipped to troops overseas. During the February event at the Nashua Armory, 8th graders, Claire Reynolds,Haley Schmitt, Aashi Kulkarni, Sarah Shipman, Theresa Perez, and Faith Buttrick, members of the Nashua Catholic National Junior Honor Society, joined the fun by rolling up their sleeves to help pack up hundreds of packages. In the time that the students were at the Armory, 1322 care packages were packed and shipped. "It gave us great satisfaction to imagine the joy on the soldiers faces as they opened their care packages, happy to receive a teddy bear or even a pair of socks." commented Claire. "It was an honor to be able to participate in helping the troops who defend our freedom. It was also special knowing that Nashua Catholic families had donated some of the items that we packed. It was thanks to the generosity of our community that we were able to be part of this experience working with enthusiastic and committed volunteers and veterans."


3rd Annual Multimedia Youth Contest

Catholic Schools Week kicked off with the 3rd annual Multimedia Youth Contest. The contest is organized by the USCCB's Catholic Campaign for Human Development. It is a tool for schools and parishes to engage Catholics in grades 7 through 12 in learning about the root causes of U.S. poverty and the Church’s response. This year the contest was extended at the local level to include 5th and 6th graders. CLICK HERE to view a photo gallery of the event.

St. Christopher School Scores Double Win in NHCYO Championship Titles

St. Christopher School scored a double win as both its boys and girls Mites basketball teams won the New Hampshire CYO State Championship titles on Wednesday, February 10 at Nashua Catholic Junior High School. The girls took the floor first in the finals against a talented team from St. Catherine’s, coming from behind for a hard fought 24-15 victory. The boys then faced an energetic and spirited team from Infant Jesus, but were able to come away with a 45-26 win. Both St. Christopher teams advanced to the New England CYO Basketball tournament, held in Bridgeport, CT on April 1-3, 2016.

The Kearsarge Chronicle sat down with Alison Mueller, Director of Enrollment Management, recently to discuss Catholic Schools in New Hampshire..

St. Casimir School students jumped for joy at the Skyzone trampoline park in Manchester as part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration!

Early Saturday morning, nerves were at an all-time high when the St. Elizabeth Seton Varsity girls’ basketball team walked into the St Thomas Aquinas HS gym. The team had been there before; last year in fact. They were playing for the GENHL (Greater Eastern New Hampshire League) banner against the No.1  ranked seed, Portsmouth Christian Academy. This year SES’s chances for a banner had never been greater. The girls had lost two times to PCA during the regular season; the first game was lost in overtime by 1 point and the second game by 1 point in regulation. With PCA’s Kalahn Leavitt being the league’s top scorer, Coach Amanda Corriveau knew the key to winning this final game would come down to defense. At tip-off the nerves had subsided and the Crusaders put the first two points on the board and never looked back. The Crusaders’ offense was led by team captain, Taylor Corriveau.

“Taylor has a natural leadership quality, and her biggest strength on the court is to find the other team’s weakness and exploit it.”

Emily Sherman and Madyson Bulchalski led the Crusaders in points underneath, as well as controlled the boards. PCA had very few second chance shots. The Crusader’s dominating defense was led by Madison Corriveau and Meagan Sherman, who both held Leavitt to only four points. The remaining team members; Elizabeth Shultz, Josie Bamford, Emily Hansen, Lexi Rodrigue and Olivia Libby were big contributors to the final outcome. Every player on the Crusader's team had a big moment in this game. There were some big free throws, jump shots, rebounds, and defensive stops at the end that solidified the final outcome SES 29 – PCA 20.

Student Spotlight - Parable Magazine

January/February 2017

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