Christ the King School Newsletter - February 12, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,
This week we celebrate the life, legacy, and beautiful light of emeritus pastor, Father Brian Joyce. Father Joyce’s amazing imprint envelopes many sermons, reflections, sacraments, books, and inspirational moments. Services at Christ the King Church are as follows:
  Tuesday, February 12th: Viewing 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Vigil 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13th: Funeral 10:30 a.m. This is a dress uniform day . Please note that students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. to facilitate traffic and safety during after school pick-up.

Friday, February 15th: Special school mass honoring Father Joyce at 8:00 a.m.  Please come to this special mass and celebration. To help us make this mass truly special and personal, please send digital photos of Father Joyce and your children/families to Carol Alonso at as soon as possible
Today, we thank God and Father Joyce for a vocation, life, and ministry well-loved and lived.
Abundant blessings,
Mr. Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School
Let us continue to pray for Father Brian Joyce and his family as we honor him and celebrate his life this week. May God keep these friends and families, along with others who are suffering illness, loneliness or other challenges, in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Tuesday, February 12 - New Kindergarten Interviews
Wednesday, February 13 - Dress Uniform, Food drop off for funeral reception 7:10 am CTK gym, Funeral for Fr. Joyce 10:30 am, 3:00 pm Dismissal , No Honor Guard due to weather, Choir Practice cancelled . Auction Meeting 7pm Media Center
Thursday, February 14 - Valentines Day , Wear Pink or Red ! Click here for dress guidelines. Hot Lunch - Hot Dogs,New Kindergarten Interviews, Choir Practice 3:05-3:35 pm
Friday, February 15 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy honoring Fr. Joyce 8am, Gr. 6 prep., Spiritual Growth for CTK Parents in Parish Hall after 8am Mass, New Kindergarten interviews
Monday, February 18 - Presidents' Day School Holiday
Wednesday, February 20 - 2:15 pm dismissal
Thursday, February 21 - Hot Lunch - Pasta with Red Sauce
Friday, February 22 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 8 prep., Spiritual Growth for CTK Parents in Parish Hall after 8am Mass
Friday, February 23 - Solid Gold Auction 2019!!
Choir Practice Schedule Update
Dear Choir Parents,

Choir will be cancelled on Wednesday, February 13.  We will be rescheduling for Thursday, February from 3:05pm-3:35pm in the church . Attendance will be taken as normal at their homeroom teacher as they leave class. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know via email at .

Rick Grand-Lejano
Science Fair!
This past weekend a few of our students represented Christ the King School at the Diocesan Science Fair. The event had participation from over 40 schools represented by 150+ projects at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. 
All of our students placed in their respective category! 
Nicco Ratto, received 3 rd  place, Kailey Alumbaugh and Sofia Meyer, received 2 nd  place, and Mia Brinker and Maddie Karst received 1 st  place in the behavioral science category.
Charlotte Beyler and Ava Chapman received 2 nd  place in the physical science category.
Jessica Chisar and Morgan Gamble both received 1 st  place in the biological science category.
Karlie Makhoul and Caroline Rardin received 1 st  place in the environmental science category.
We are proud of all the accomplishments of our students and commend them for their hard work! A few of our students will move on to compete at the Contra Costa County Science Fair.
With the science fair journey coming to an end, I want to especially thank parents for your patience, love, and support through this valuable learning experience. I want to also thank Mr. Silveira, Mrs. Bucci, Mrs. Belz, Ms. Batista, Ms. Noland, Mrs. Piol, Dave Webb from American Vacuum Society, Dr. Jennifer Martin and her staff, Dr. Huguet and his staff, Julie Mullane and New Leaf Science, Mr. Bob Miller, and all our volunteer judges who helped make the event possible.
Neil Orlina
Solid Gold Auction Update!
TICKET SALES: Today is OUR FINAL DAY for ticket sales! Buy tickets here: Thank you to the 240 guests who purchased a ticket for the 2019 Auction - we can’t wait for a SOLID GOLD evening!! If you have any questions about your ticket, meal choice or seating please email Carla Dias at

GOLDEN TICKET RAFFLE FOR SALE FRIDAY, 2/15:  What would you choose if you won the Golden Ticket? Would it be a weekend away in Sonoma? Carmel? Would you choose that coveted Class Project? Or would you choose to go see Stephen Curry at Oracle Arena? Or perhaps choose the Bay Club Club West Diamond Level Family Membership? There are so many AMAZING live items and the item of your choice could be yours! Buy a $100 Golden Ticket Raffle after school Friday, 2/15 at 3 PM or ONLINE!
$100, ONLY 100 sold, pick the LIVE item of your choice before the LIVE auction begins. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Buy after school 2/15, 2/20, 2/22 OR online OR during the silent auction.

CATALOG: Look for our print Catalog with your bidder number in next Tuesday’s Family envelope - for a sneak peek check out the CTK Website:

AUCTION WEBSITE : Keep up with all Auction news by visiting the CTK Auction website: . You can find information on tickets, volunteering, experiences, raffles, Fund A Need, Event Guide to Auction and donation information. 
NEW this WEEK: Preview LIVE items, Premier SIlent items, Student and Class Projects!

VOLUNTEERS: Thank you! Our volunteer spots are filling up and we appreciate all of you willing to help! Click here to sign up: Or email if you would like to get some fundraising hours and help the Auction team!

FUND A NEED : The 2019 “Fund a Need” objective focuses on both safety and technology.
Goal: $20,000 - Two ways to give:
  • Fund a Need - raise your paddle during the Auction
  • If you are unable to attend the Auction, your support is needed! Please go to CTK Auction website and donate! Also send this link out to family and friends, and they can donate on behalf of your student.

CTK EXPERIENCES: Thank you to those who have bought a CTK Experience!! If you are unable to attend the auction, this is a great way to support the Auction. There are still more CTK Experience spots open - so they will remain open to buy through February. You can buy online by visiting the CTK Auction website:
Notes from the Office
Catholic Schools Week: We extend most heartfelt thanks to all of you for helping make Catholic Schools Week such a success! Our students were wonderful, our campus was sparkling, our special lunch was delicious, and there was a lot of learning and fun going on!
Save the Date:  Monday, March 4, 2019 We highly encourage students and their parents to plan in advance to attend this important meeting.

Christ the King School is hosting an important Education Evening for all 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th Grade Families and Students

Showing: 68-minute film “Screenagers” Directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D.

Location:  Christ the King Catholic Church

Evening’s Itinerary:
  • 5:50 p.m. Prayer/Introduction(s)
  • 6:00 p.m. Screenagers
  • 7:10 p.m. Q and A (Expert Panelists)
  • 7:30 p.m. Closure

A Warm Welcome to Expert Panelists:
  • Darryl Holcombe, Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Senior Inspector Digital Forensics/ICAC
  • Lauren Whalen, Deputy District Attorney (Special Operations Division) Contra Costa County
  • Enrique Alvarez, Supervisory FBI Special Agent
Information to be sent to School Families: If you have information you would like shared with school families via the newsletter or Constant Contact, please send to the school office for the newsletter by Monday afternoons for approval and publication.

If you have class specific information, please send to your class room parents for approval and publication.

A friendly reminder that all school communications need to go through these channels.
Uniform Shopping: For families planning on uniform shopping this weekend, Classic Designs will be closing early on Saturday, February 23 rd . Hours that day will be 10 am-2 pm. They will also be closed this Monday in observance of Presidents' Day. If there are any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact them at or (415) 661-4700.
Financial Aid for 2019-2020 School Year
C hrist the King Tuition Assistance Program
Diocesan and School financial aid programs may be available for families who qualify. While the primary responsibility for financing a student's Catholic education rests with the student's family, Christ the King Catholic School will make every effort to see that no child is denied access to a Catholic education based solely on lack of funds to pay tuition.
There are three types of Tuition Assistance available to Christ the King families: BASIC, FACE, and the CTK Children’s Fund. 

·       BASIC (Bay Area Scholastic Inner City) is an outside source available to all new students in Grades K-8 whose families qualify for the free/reduced hot lunch program and/or meet the income criteria set by Basic Fund. The Basic Fund application income criteria guidelines are strictly adhered to. Applications are available online only at and must be filed by March 8, 2019.

·       Diocese of Oakland FACE (Family Aid for Catholic Education) Grant is a Diocesan sponsored tuition assistance program available to all qualifying families requesting financial aid.  A FACTS application is required and is due no later than March 8, 2019.

·       The CTK Children’s Fund is tuition assistance sponsored by Christ the King Catholic School and is primarily available to students currently attending Christ the King.   A FACTS application is required and is due no later than March 8, 2019.

FACTS application instructions:  FACTS applications are available online only at . Applications must include a copy of the family's most recent federal income tax return in order to verify the family's financial status and are due no later than March 8, 2019. For FAQ’s, visit and scroll down to the Financial Aid section.

To equitably distribute the available CTK Children’s Funds, it is important that the Principal and Pastor have adequate information. Therefore, the school requires documentation of family financial resources in order to make determinations on applications for these funds.
In addition to a family's financial resources, the Principal and Pastor will consider any other relevant family circumstances in making determinations on applications.

The amount of assistance awarded will vary from family to family, and will depend upon the family's financial status, the family's particular circumstances and the amount of money the school has available for tuition assistance in a given year.
Christ the King School will not discriminate in the administration of its Tuition Assistance Program on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or age in violation of existing state or federal laws or regulations.

All information regarding applications for Tuition Assistance will be held in strictest confidence by the Principal and Pastor. Parents are also expected to keep confidential the amount of any Tuition Assistance award that is given. Families will be notified of the determination made by the Principal on their request for a tuition grant, including the amount of any award for the upcoming school year by May 30, 2019.
Boxtops for Education
It's time to turn in those Box Tops! For those of you who are not familiar with Box Tops... Look for this type of images on hundreds of General Mills products throughout the grocery store (and your pantry) and clip them (as close to the edge of the label as possible) and turn them to the school!  Some examples of the brands you can find them on are: Cheerios, Wheaties, Chex Mix, Nature Valley Granola bars, Annie's organic products, and even Kleenex facial tissue!   Each box top clip is worth 10 cents for our school. all adds up and it is free money for CTK! Not too much is free in today's world so let's take advantage of it...all it takes is a small bit of your time to remember to clip and submit!!!

Our next Box Tops collection deadline is approaching so please gather all your box turn in all your Box Tops by  Friday, February 22nd  to either your child's classroom or the front office. If turning into the office, please make sure to include your child's grade so the proper class gets the credit. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cooper: .
CYO Girls Volleyball
CTK Volleyball Registration: Open to CTK middle school girls in 6 th , 7 th and 8th grade. This is a great opportunity to play a sport with your classmates.  If interested, click here to complete the enclosed registration form and then submit it along with a $25 registration fee. If a jersey is also needed, please add $48 and write your jersey size on the top of the form. If you can get a hold of used jersey's it's fine to use a hand me down, no need to purchase a new jersey.  

Please return the registration form and payment to the office, no later than  Friday, February 15 .  If you have any questions, please contact  Lori Chapman  at .
Spiritual Growth for CTK School Parents 2/15/2019
Advanced Faith-Growing Opportunity: CTK School is committed parent education and growth as much as we are to student learning. We are now offering a faith sharing and learning opportunity for parents each Friday morning in the parish hall--right after the students' 8 a.m Mass. CTK's Al Garrotto will offer a challenging topic each week with a 9:30 stop-time. This week's topic: "Finding Faith and Hope Amid Scandal in the Church Part ll"
Parish and Community News
Carondelet High School invites you to join us for our 17th Annual "Heart-to-Heart Retreat" (formally known as the "Mother-Daughter Retreat").
This half-day gathering offers generations of women opportunities for reflection, renewal, celebration, and deepening bonds. 
Girls, 7th grade or older, are invited to bring their mother, an aunt, a grandmother, or another "women of heart" who has been instrumental in their life.
The retreat is Sunday, February 24th, 9:15AM to 1PM, followed by Mass.
The cost is 2-$55, 3 for $80, or 4-$100. Financial assistance is available.
The registration deadline is this Sunday, 2/10, but we can extend it to Wednesday, 2/13.
For more information please see:
Please contact Carrie Rehak, Director of Mission Integration, with questions at , 925.686.5353 ext. 179
School moms and friends are invited to join for our annual CTK WOMEN’S RETREAT.  Engaging speaker Fr. Nathan Castle ( This is a daytime only retreat, not an overnight stay. Click here for dates, times, and more information.
Helping Hands Ministry is seeking more volunteers . The CTK Helping Hands Ministry is a Network that has been providing and serving meals at the North Concord Homeless Shelter since 1993. Meals consist of salads, pizza and soda and are served on the THIRD Monday of each month.

We are seeking more volunteers to join our network of salad makers OR the group that delivers and serves the meals. We need the salads to feed 6 and be delivered to the parish house by 5 p.m. Servers pick them up, deliver and serve the meal by 5:30, then join the residents for the meal. It is a great opportunity to hear the Gospel and make a difference. To sign up, please email Teresa Bolla Morris .
Quick Links!
Click here to view February's P artners in Faith. This issue is filled with lots of interesting information.

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

CTK spirit items please for information and ordering.

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

Y earbooks : Click here to order your yearbook. CTK school code #1069319.

CTK Concussion Protocol: Click here.