Christ the King School Newsletter - November 5, 2019
Dear Christ the King Catholic School Families,

This week our school community is discovering the second fruit of the Holy Spirit, “Joy”. I truly believe joy is a virtue that brings out the best in each of us. With joy we find other virtues like humility, gratitude, and peace lighting the way.

A wonderful verse from the bible, Romans 15:13, that was shared with our community at morning prayer/assembly to commence this week was, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit .”

Amazing how this verse envelopes the fruit of joy , this past year’s theme of hope , and this year’s transformative theme of the Holy Spirit . This past week three events created tremendous joy in our community.

The annual Father Daughter dance is an awesome tradition. It was so great seeing our dads and daughters this past Saturday evening all dressed up for such a special occasion. A father’s imprint in the lives of their daughters, and children, is irreplaceable.
Tremendous gratitude to Carie McGrane, Kirsten Sawyer, Laura Nunez-Galleno, Beverly Hinken, Melody Braganza, Arlene Santos, Cynthia Cormier, Jaffe Leffler, Ksenia Smerechuk, Lori Chapman, Eileen Brinker, and Kristine Nalagan for making this evening so special, memorable, and elegant for our dads and daughters.
In addition, sixth and eighth graders participated in on-campus retreat delivered by Net Ministries this past week:

NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 175 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET). Divided into 16 teams, they travel across the U.S. for nine months to share the Gospel with young people and their families. Since 1981, NET teams have led over 34,000 retreats and ministered to more than 2.1 million young Catholics.

The retreats were highly enriching and successful. Special thanks to Teresa Halsey, Father Mario, Mrs. Sawyer, Mrs. Baker and to the countless middle school parents for providing food, treats, snacks, desserts, and air mattresses to the Net Ministry Team. Their generosity and sacrifice were tremendous and helped make the retreats so positive!

Perhaps the greatest joy was welcoming home our Pastor, Father Paulson, from his trip to India as he celebrated this past Friday’s All Saints Mass hours upon returning. We are blessed by a pastor who is a great teacher, a strong leader, and a benevolent friend to us all.

Abundant blessings,

Mr. Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School
Please join us in praying for the mother-in-law of Mrs. Cheshareck, our 4th grade instructional assistant who is ill. We continue to pray for the father of Mrs. Callahan our 5th grade IA and grandfather of Jake (Gr. 4), Abigail (Class of 2019), and Katie (Class of 2016), the grandfather of Miss Halsey, for Mike Maki, and for Quinn Gurnett. We pray for the families of all these special people, for the intentions of our school and parish staff, for the needs and cares of others, and for all those who are suffering from illness, loss, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep us all in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Wednesday, November 6 - Minimum Day 12noon dismissal, Choir Practice 12:20-1:15pm
Thursday, November 7 - Picture Retake Day, Hot Lunch - New York Pizza
Friday, November 8 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8:00 am Gr. 3 prep., Opt-In Notice from Diocese of Oakland 10am.
Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day Observance, No school.
Tuesday, November 12 - Festival Meeting 7pm Media Center
Wednesday, November 13 - Early Dismissal 2:15pm, Auction Meeting 7:00pm Media Center, Caritas 7th Gr. Parent Meeting 6:00-7:00pm 7th grade classroom.
Thursday, November 14 - Hot Lunch - New York Pizza
Friday, November 15 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8:00 am Gr. 7 prep.
Sunday, November 17 - CTK Community Mass 9:15am, Carondelet Open House 1:00-3:00pm
Monday , November 18 - PTG Meeting 7pm Media Center
Wednesday, November 20 - Early Dismissal 2:15pm, Report Cards go home
Choir is tomorrow, November 5th from 12pm-1:15pm. This Wednesday is a minimum day so choir will follow right after school. We are extending practice by 15 minutes this Wednesday to prepare for Friday, when we will not have our normal accompanist, Dr. Hurlbut. Therefore, rehearsal will be from 12:20pm-1:15pm. Please have your children pack a lunch as we will eat in the 6th grade room from 12pm-12:20. Thank you and we look forward to seeing your children tomorrow!!
Picture Retake Day will be this Thursday, November 7th beginning at 8:15. It is a dress uniform day for all students having their pictures taken (absent on picture day and retakes) For retakes, please send in the original picture packet you received to school with your child.
As of November 8th, the Diocese will automatically opt-in all cell phone contacts in SchoolMessenger, a part of our PowerSchool system that we use for attendance calls and have available as an emergency notification system.

At 10am, every parent and staff member will receive a text from the Diocese saying "You have been opted-in to receive SMS messages from Diocese of Oakland Schools. To opt out, reply No or Stop." As new phone numbers are given to the school office, the message will be sent to these numbers as well. This is a good system; we ask that you do not reply No or Stop unless you truly do not want to be notified via your cell phone.
School Directories labeled with your family name went home last Wednesday with the oldest child in your family. Please check backpacks if you haven't gotten yours. Additional directories are available in the School Office for $5.
Auction 2020!!
It’s almost time to purchase your tickets for the 2020 CTK Auction & Gala - The Roaring 20s! Invitations will go home in next week’s Tuesday envelope. Tickets will then be available for purchase at

Auction Experiences! Auction experiences are the best! Whether you're hosting or attending, they are a great way to have fun, meet people, try something new and support CTK all at the same time. We've included a flyer in your family envelope today with all kinds of information regarding hosting, shopping, attending or opportunities to think of something you don't see listed; check it out here or in your family envelope!

Classroom Auction Projects: Check your classroom signups to help out with your child's class project. Projects are different each year and reflect the unique spirit of each class and the families in it. Many projects go on to family homes and some even make it back to school! Wander through our halls one day and see if you can pick them out!

Reminder: The next Auction Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm in the CTK Media Center. All those interested in getting involved should join us at the meeting. 

Questions? Please contact Arlene or Matt Santos or Carolyn or Tim Della Maggiore at .
Father Daughter Dance
T hank you to all the Flappers and Dappers who attended the Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday! We hope you had a fun night! We are grateful that we had over 250 in attendance!
We were able to make this event possible because of our dedicated committee. We had many committee members and volunteers who were willing to help out in every way possible – from attending meetings, organizing the coveted raffle baskets, setting up for the event, managing the photo line the night of and cleaning up during and after the event. While we are unable to name every individual who helped us for this event, please know that your efforts do not go unrecognized and unappreciated. We, however, would like to especially thank Kirsten Sawyer (past chair who guided us every step of the way), Beverly Hinken (who managed all RSVPs and raffle and ticket sales), Cris Branch and Melody Braganza (décor extraordinaires), Arlene Santos (who designed the invitations) and Cynthia Cormier, Jaffe Leffler, Kseniya Smerechuk and Lori Chapman (who all donated raffle baskets). Thank you to Eileen Brinker for coordinating the 8 th grade girls’ performance for all to enjoy. Finally, a huge thank you to Kristine Nalagan from Scrumpoptious who donated delicious desserts! It was a true honor to chair this event! And, we sincerely hope all the Fathers and Daughters found a moment to appreciate the special night you shared with one another!

- Laura Nunez-Galleno and Carie McGrane

* There were some items left behind (headpieces and jewelry). All lost and found items were turned into the school office. So, please check the office for any missing item. 
Tracking Family Service Hours
We appreciate all of our volunteers!! Beginning soon, you will be able to track your Family Service hours online via Meanwhile, please track your hours manually and you can transfer them to once it's up and running.  You can click here for a log sheet.
Earn bonus rebates up to 21% on eGift cards and reloads on Thankscriping Day !

ThankScriping Day , T hursday, November 21st, is your 1-day opportunity to earn up to 21% on tons of top brands, so you can earn even more on your everyday shopping, holiday gifting, Black Friday deal hunting, and more.  Click here for more information!

In the meantime, a handful of your favorite brands are offering $5 and $10 gift cards. They’re perfect as holiday gifts for kids, teachers, mail carriers, and more people who deserve a special treat. These gift cards will be available through December only while supplies last so shop now!

Click here  for details on the program and step by step directions on how to sign up. If you have any questions please feel free to contact   Please remember we do not accept checks as a form of payment.
Orders placed by this Thursday night will be available for pickup next week on Wednesday, November 13 th
Science in Action!
Dry Ice!
This is how you do it!
CTK Community Mass
We have 4 opportunities left for sharing your gifts at our CTK Community Masses ! Community Masses are held on Sundays at 9:15 throughout the year. If your child is in grades 5-8 and would like to volunteer to read the 1 st and 2 nd readings at one of them, please choose a date or dates that work and sign up on the sheet in front of the school office. You may also email Mrs. Carroll at . The students will then be chosen at random and taken to practice for a few minutes during the week. The remaining Mass dates are as follows:

  • December 15th
  • February 16th
  • March 15th
  • May 17th

Thank you in advance for all your support and we look forward to hearing our CTK students at the lectern!
CTK Parish and Community News
Middle School Choral Opportunity (6th-8th grade boys and girls) - December 11th, 7:00 pm Registration will close November 8th

Calling all singers… COME PERFORM WITH US! Carondelet and De La Salle High School’s Choral Program invites current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to perform with us at our annual Christmas Concert this December. Rehearsal times and registration information available online here

Open House (all grades) - November 17th at 1:00 pm
Experience what our special community is all about! Meet our inspired teachers, talk with students and visit classrooms, including the new Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation!

HSPT Prep Course (8th-grade only) - December 14th at 9:00 am
($75 registration will close as soon as max capacity is reached - 20 spaces remaining )
We are partnering with East Bay Prep test preparation center of Concord to offer an HSPT prep course for boys and girls. This 3-hour workshop will focus on HSPT tips and test taking strategies and is open to any prospective Catholic High School 8th grade student. Click here to register.

Our fall Shadow visits are completely booked, but we are taking a waitlist at this time. We have opened two new dates in February to try to accommodate all those that are interested! Tours are also available for families on a monthly basis at 3:00 pm. Click here for more information.
Quick Links!
Click here  to view October's  Partners in Faith  and  click here  to view October's  Home and School Connection .   These issues are filled with lots of interesting information!

CTK Choir Registration Form: click here

If your child will be walking or biking off campus they must have a "Walk Off Campus" form on file in the office. Click here for the form. 

Order Hot Lunch Tickets here and Milk/Ice Cream Tickets here

Renting St. Stephen's Hall:  Please  Click here  for more information.

Virtus Safe Environment Training Click here  to access the online training site and  click here  for instructions.

Diocese of Oakland Volunteer Application form : Click here

CTK Handbook:   2019-2020 Parent Handbook

CTK Concussion Protocol:  Click here.

CTK Parish Prayer Line : please email prayer requests to   Rosa Grand via .