Family Envelope | MARCH 27, 2018

MARCH 27, 2018

Published March 27, 2018 21:20

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Did you know that a new teacher in Contra Costa County has a starting salary of $67,742 and the average teacher salary is $82,258? Our dedicated teachers here at CTK and throughout the diocese are well below this average yet day in and day out dedicate their time and talents to your children.

I am happy to announce that we received some very good news this spring from the Diocese of Oakland. The Office of Catholic Schools in collaboration with the Bishop’s office have designed and approved a plan to adjust teacher salaries over the next three years. This plan will bring teacher salaries into competitive range with our nearest Catholic school districts. These increases are not overly drastic and I don’t expect to see too many Ferraris parked in the teacher lot next year. However, this is a great start to showing our dedicated Faculty the respect they have earned through their service to our school communities and I applaud the efforts of everyone in the chancellery who made this happen.

I bring this announcement to you because included in this week’s folder are 2018 - 2019 tuition rates. The rate increases at 3.75% are slightly higher than the last few years 3.5%. This increase accounts for the Faculty salary structure adjustments.

Tuition Rate    2017-2018                                         Tuition Rate  2018-2019
One Child           $ 7,400                                                       $7,700
Two Children       13,500                                                       14,000
Three Children     16,750                                                       17,400
Four or more        19,750                                                       20,500

The Finance committee of the School Advisory Council (SAC) has worked carefully on these numbers. I am proud of our staff and think you would agree that this increase is most necessary to protect our greatest assets.

Warm regards,



Wednesday, March 28: Loaves & Fishes - Gr. 7 & 8
Dismissal - 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 29: Holy Thursday
Prayer Service - 10:00 a.m. - Gr. 6 prepares
Minimum Day Dismissal - 12:00 p.m.
CLUB Easter Egg Hunt and Slurpees - See below for more information.

Friday, March 30: Good Friday
Easter Vacation Begins

Sunday, April 1: Easter Sunday - Easter Blessings to All
Indoor Masses at 7, 8, 9:15, 10:45 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Outdoor Family Masses at 9:15 & 10:45 a.m.
Tuition Due

Sunday, April 8: Tuition Late

Monday, April 9: School Resumes
Festival Meeting 7:00 p.m. - Media Center
Winter Nights Begins


• First Day of School: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 12:00 p.m.
• Thanksgiving Vacation: Monday, November 19th thru Friday, November 23rd. Students return Monday, November 26th.
• Christmas Vacation: Thursday, December 20th at 12:00 p.m. thru Friday, January 4th, 2019. Students return Monday, January 7th.
• Easter Vacation: Thursday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m. (Holy Thursday) thru Friday, April 26th, 2019. Students return Monday, April 29th.

The remainder of the calendar will be updated as information becomes available.


REQUEST FOR PRAYERS: Prayers are requested for the Grandfather of Avery & Alex Clinch (Gr. 1) and for the Uncle of Edgar Ornelas (Gr. 6) who both went to heaven last week. 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.

FAMILY SERVICE HOURS ON LINE: Recording Family Service Hours – Just in time for the Easter Break tallies, the online system for recording family service hours is ready to roll. It is the same system used to sign up for school activities and festival shifts, but in this instance, you will be “signing up” the number of hours and quarter hours you have completed.  Later today you will receive an email from containing additional information, as well as an email and phone number you can use if you get stuck. Additionally, the step-by-step instructions are included in today’s Family Envelope download.  Please take a few minutes between now and April 15th to enter your time worked to date.  A tally will be sent home in the April 17th in the Family Envelope to confirm your entries.  Many thanks to those that provided input and helped test the system, as well as to the entire school community for your patience.

CLUB EASTER ACTIVITIES: CLUB will be holding the following activities for students attending on Thursday afternoon March 29th. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt form 1:00-2:00 p.m. and a trip to 7/11 for Slurpees from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Students participating in the 7/11 trip must bring $2 and have a signed field trip permission slip on file in CLUB. Additional permission slips are available at CLUB at the front desk. Please contact CLUB as soon as possible to let them know what events you will be attending so they can prepare accordingly. Happy Easter!

PARENTS OF CHOIR STUDENTS AND ANYONE INTERESTED: Our music teacher, Mr. Rick Lejano is looking for students to join the choir for the 9:15 Outdoor Easter Mass. If your student is available and interested, please send an email to no later than Friday. There will be two rehearsals: Wednesday, 3/28 after school from 2:20-2:50 p.m. in the church and 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday in the Parish Hall. Mr. Lejano could use the help, so please consider it!


APRIL TUITION REMINDER: April tuition payment is due on April 1st and late on April 8th. Payment can be returned in the Family Envelope tomorrow; checks will not be cashed prior to April 1st. Payments made over Easter Vacation can be mailed or dropped in the mail slot under the front window of the office.



• Festival T-Shirt pre-orders: 2018 Festival T-Shirt Pre-order forms are in today's Family download. The deadline for pre-orders is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28.  Don't forget, your child can wear the T-shirt to school during Festival Week!
• Festival Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, April 9 at 7pm in the Media Center.  Join us, we’d love to hear your ideas!  All are welcome!

• We are in need of ‘like new’ stuffed animals and glassware (glasses, cups, small dishes).  Please bring your donations to the school office lobby in a box or bag labeled ‘Festival.’
• Calling all bakers!  We are in need of baked goods for both the cakewalk and for bingo desserts.  If you love to bake and can help us out we would be most appreciative.  We would love to accept your delicious cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, banana bread, cake pops etc.  Please contact Nancy Molina at if you are able to help.

• CTK Festival Talent Show - Saturday, May 19th from 12 - 2:00pm! Calling all CTK families to our annual talent show to be held festival weekend.  All school and parish families are invited to perform - kids and parents alike!  Sing, dance, play - individually or in a group.  A mandatory rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 3rd in the school amphitheater from 3:00 - 4:30pm for all performers.  Must be a CTK parishioner or school family to participate.  Interested?  Please e-mail for more information.

• Starbooks is Back!!  We are accepting books for the Starbooks room at Festival. We accept clean and gently used books for adults and children in these categories: fiction, non-fiction, religion, travel, cooking, self-help, parenting, gardening, hobbies, sports, arts and crafts, mystery, romance, sci-fi, philosophy, arts, animals, politics and more. We also accept CDs and DVDs and audio books.  Please NO textbooks, magazines, VHS/cassette tapes or encyclopedias!! If you have any questions and/or would like to help with book sorting please contact Suellen Noland ( We especially need sturdy copy paper boxes with lids. Please drop off the boxes with your donations outside the gym doors by May 17 (please don’t block the doors).

• Spring Cleaning anyone?  Perfect timing as the Country Store is BACK at Festival - please donate to CTK Country Store - we will accept donations of all new, or gently used items but please no furniture, clothing, computers/TV’s, etc.  Please NO JUNK and remember that these items will be resold.  New this year - set drop off dates and times. Stay tuned for times and dates.  Questions: contact Stephanie Jullien or 925-708-2422

CTK MONSIGNOR WADE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Save This Date! The tradition continues on September 10, 2018! The 22nd Annual Monsignor Wade Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at Oakhurst Country Club on Monday, September 10, 2018. For over two decades, this tournament has been a great way to raise funds for our school, build community and enjoy an awesome day of golf on a beautiful course. Get involved now! Join the CTK Golf Committee as a new member this year to help us plan the day and grow our list of partners. Or sign on as a tournament partner right now to help us make this year’s event the best one yet. If you know a local business that might be interested in being partner this year, please let us know. For more info, contact the CTK Golf Committee at


WEBSITE ASSISTANCE NEEDED: The CTK Parish Faith in Action Committee is in need of a volunteer who can maintain the Committee's webpage on the Parish Website.  After an initial update, ongoing work would likely only involve a few hours per month.  If you'd be interested in helping, please contact Pat Stevens at

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS EASTER EGG HUNT: The Knights annual egg hunt will be held on Easter Saturday, March 31st, starting at 10:00 am on the CTK lawn area. All children ages 10 and under are invited to participate. Please bring a donation for the Food Drive.

Hello Christ the King School Parents,
As many of you know, CTK is hosting the Winter Nights Shelter from April 9th- 23rd. The following is the Winter Nights Mission Statement:
"To protect homeless families from winter weather by providing shelter in a clean, safe, and warm environment and to help them break the homeless cycle by assisting them toward self-sufficiency and into stable housing.
The Winter Nights Rotating Homeless Family Shelter is a project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
The shelter opens in October, closes in early June and serves up to 30 persons at any given time. The shelter site moves every two weeks throughout the winter, between hosting faith communities from the 107 member congregations that belong to the Interfaith Council. Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers"
We are still looking for food donations and volunteers for Winter Nights. If you'd like to donate either food or your time, please go to the parish homepage:
At the top of the page, you will find a link for volunteer opportunities as well as food donations.
Much love and blessings,
Rick Lejano
Youth Minister & Winter Nights Coordinator

DIOCESE OF OAKLAND FACE AUCTION APRIL 21, 2018: Started in 1978, this program helps put over 700 children into Diocese of Oakland schools with tuition assistance on an annual basis.  This year marks the 40th year since the inception of FACE, which remains firm in its unwavering mission to break the cycle of poverty in the East Bay, one family at a time, by helping provide access to quality education.  This year’s Gala will be in honor of The Most Reverend John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, for his 90th birthday and his instrumental role in the founding of FACE.  Should members of the community be interested in joining the Diocesan community at large, the link for tickets is:

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AT CARONDELET HIGH SCHOOL: Carondelet High School is inviting our families to participate in the following events:

For current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students:

• An invitation to sing with our choir in the Spring Concert
• An invitation to submit work to our 1st annual Art Contest

Please see the flyers in today’s download for more information.

For the school community to enjoy:

The annual “Winton Arts Festival”- a celebration of the artistic programs at both Carondelet and De La Salle High Schools. We invite you and your school communities to attend any (or all!) of these events which both highlight and showcase student work. Events include:
• April 20 - Choir Concert & Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. in the Carondelet Gym
• April 26-May 5 - Company presents Little Shop of Horrors ( in the De La Salle Theater
• April 27 - Art Show opening at 6 p.m. at De La Salle (view the art before and after Little Shop of Horrors)
• May 11 - Concert & Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m. in DLS Theater
We look forward to welcoming you at our Winton Arts Festival events. Let’s celebrate the artistic efforts of these fine students!
Christopher Caban

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