Published February 28, 2017 23:26
Dear School Families,
“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia...could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”
― Abraham Lincoln
Father Joyce and I sat down last week and spoke for some time about fallout following the Presidential Election. We are both saddened to see the deep divisions within our nation seemingly becoming deeper. Even more so to see those same divisions surfacing within our Parish and even our classrooms. My question to him was how do we even begin to address this?
To be sure, I am under qualified to solve the problems of our nation, and Fr. Joyce surely represents a much better moral compass. But I can share what worked for me, post November, relating to my own close friends who have divergent viewpoints. Begin by sitting and talking to one another. Face to face. Talk about something other than politics. Know what areas are off limits. Talk about the good times, about shared stories of laughter and love. Share a coffee and if that works, then try a full meal. Try to be conscious of modeling relationship skills to the kids. Skills such as how to overcome disagreements, when to walk away from an argument, keeping debate objective, and not lowering ourselves to personal attacks. Take a few days off from the news cycle and refocus from national coverage to catching up with the lives of family, neighbors and friends. Remember what drew you together to begin with; faith, family, children, and our community. Read the Gospels, reflect on the example of Jesus, and try to make a difference.
REQUEST FOR PRAYERS: For those who are sick, homeless, hungry, and without work. We pray for all those who work in Catholic education and we thank them for this valuable ministry to our church.
• 7:45 A.M. EARLY START TIME – TOMORROW:. We will begin school at 7:45 a.m. to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion and to help keep the kids safe. Please begin dropping off your students at 7:30 a.m. There is NO morning assembly. All are welcome to join the school in worship at the 11 a.m. Mass.
DAYCARE SURVEY: We understand that working parents may have a difficult time finding childcare over spring break. We are exploring the possibilities to help with childcare at school for a CTK Spring Break Camp. If you think you might take advantage of a program like this, please complete this survey: bit.ly/ctkcamp
Please note: Only CTK students are eligible to attend. If there are enough interested families, we will reach out with more details. There are no guarantees that this will take place just exploring options.
REPORT CARDS: Your child’s 2nd trimester report card will be coming home tomorrow. Please take the time to go over it with your child looking at his or her strengths and areas for improvement. We appreciate your support in helping them make the most of the upcoming 3rd trimester
GARDEN CAFÉ: The Garden Café is open this first Lenten Friday, March 3rd. Come to the Ministry Center from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday March 3rd. We will have homemade French toast with berries, tomato and basil egg dish, muffins and smoothies. We make good quality coffee and have juice, and hot chocolate. All donations go to the care and maintenance of our school garden.
Our Garden needs some egg cartons. If you can save or collect egg cartons for our eggs in the garden, please drop them into the shed in the garden or give them to Rachel Becker. Thanks!
DROP OFF/PICK-UP: Students arriving before 7:45 a.m. must sign into CLUB CTK. Students not picked up by 3:15 must sign into CLUB CTK Students must remain on campus within the fenced area until an adult picks them up. Do not wait in church or small parking lot.
AUCTION NEWS: There are still a few open spots for sign me up parties. Click on the link to buy open spots online. https://www.silentauctionpro.com/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=905
AUCTION REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS: Auction Finance will close its books/accounts for 2016-2017 by March 3rd, be sure to submit all reimbursement and receipts …If not submitted by Friday, March 3rd at 3:00 p.m. we will consider it a donation to the auction.
RE-REGISTRATION FORM: Please be sure to complete the required information. The form and non-refundable Re-Registration Fee are due on, March 7th. The fee is $375 per student and may be paid in full or in two installments; first installment due with form and the 2nd installment is due by March 22, 2017.
The registration fee secures your child’s spot for the next school year and is non-refundable. In addition to securing your child’s spot, the registration fee is used for textbooks, computers, workbooks, paper, and supplies, Diocesan fees (technology fee, student accident fee, health fee, accreditation fee, school department fee, CTN (Catholic Television Network), STAR Testing, student insurance fee and health fee. Fifty dollars of the registration fee is allocated for each child as a classroom fee, $10 of which is used for the auction class project, and the remaining for classroom items, such as Weekly Reader, novels, some field trips (one trip with a bus), and project items, etc.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION: There are three different types of financial aid available for families with children at CTK:
1. Families may apply for diocesan assistance through F.A.C.E. Applications can be requested from the School Office or online.
2. The online application for FACE tuition assistance direct link is: (https://online.factsmgt.com/aid) Due by March 13th.
3. The BASIC Fund offers tuition assistance to families with newly entering students in grades K-8. For information see http://www.basicfund.org/index.htmlfor further information, application, and deadlines. Deadline for the BASIC Fund is March 10, 2017.
4. A limited amount of financial aid is available for tuition assistance from the Christ the King School Children’s Fund with a direct link to FACTS (http://online.factsmgt.com/aid) Hard copies are available in the office.
5. Applications must be submitted by March 13th.
HOT LUNCH NEWS: Hello CTK parents! The time has come to pass the baton for the hot lunch duties. It is my last year and I hope to find an interested parent or two to the keep the program going. Fresh new ideas are welcome. It’s a fun way to make friends and see all the kids. The job completes all of your personal hours and 5 fundraising hours.
• Job description: Hot lunch is every Thursday 11-1 (setup and clean up included). I have 2 crews of volunteers, 4-5 people per crew and each crew helps twice a month. I provide the monthly menu for the school calendar, order food to be delivered from a few local restaurants and shop on Wednesday for supplies. It would be a perfect job to share with another parent. Please email me for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or come by on a Thursday to see how it works.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: The Knights of Columbus invite you to join us for our annual St Patrick’s Day celebration at CTK, on Saturday 18th March at 5.30pm, in the CTK Gym. See flyer in today’s download for more information.
IMPORTANT DATES AHEAD:
Wednesday, March 1:
School starts at 7:45 a.m.
Mass – 11:00 p.m. Gr. 8 prep – Dress Uniform
Report Cards Go Home
Dismissal – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2:
Hot Lunch – Burritos
School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Media Center
Friday, March 3:
Liturgy Gr. K-8 - 8:00 a.m. Gr. 1 prep
Dress Uniform Day
Garden Café – 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 7:
1st Installment Re-Reg Fee & Form Due
Animal Shelter Visit – Gr. 3
Festival Meeting – Room 222
Wednesday, March 8:
Early Dismissal – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 9:
Hot Lunch – Chicken Tacos
Friday, March 10:
Diocesan In-Service Day.
School Holiday - School and CLUB are closed
Financial Aid for BASIC Fund Due