Christ the King School Newsletter - February 19, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,
The three books that have greatly impacted and enriched my life are the Bible, and in particular the Gospel(s) of John and Matthew chapter five’s sermon on the mount, The Confessions of Saint Augustine, and Thomas A. Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ . The latter is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional next to the Bible. Although incredibly busy as we all are, I yearn for a prayer group to really disseminate and dig deeper into scripture and spiritual writing at this stage of my life, and yet I continue to fall short. 

As a student at Saint Mary’s College, I simply loved the collegiate seminar program of Socratic thought, where I learned that our great Saint Augustine was truly human like us, but when he turned his eyes toward God for the long-haul, he was on fire with prose, prayer, peace, philosophy, and an incredible depth and complexity of spirituality. His simple yet profound treatise, God is Love , is simply beautiful and profound all at once. Lastly, I no longer have Thomas A. Kempis’s devotional as I presented it to a dear neighbor and friend a few years back when he and his family experienced an incredible loss. Yet, I am inspired that this book has the power to heal, console, and direct our lives beyond measure.

Each morning, I attempt the route from our home in Clayton to Christ the King School. There are mornings when I roll in just a few minutes late to faculty and staff prayer that promptly begins at 7:30 a.m. It is those mornings amidst listening to KLove’s Christian Music Station, and or Martha Quinn’s 80’s Show, and battling the traffic, that I proclaim to our son Landen, “That’s it, we’re moving to Pleasant Hill.” 😊 I am inspired by the simple and beautiful prayers and intentions from the heart that our faculty and staff present at this coveted time. 

I then transition to my office where I read from Sarah Young’s Daily Devotional, “Jesus Calling.” These brief and oftentimes quiet moments are pivotal to my days at school as I reflect and discern, and offer prayer and private intentions to family, friends, and members of our community. This is also a time to thank God for His many blessings and countless gifts and graces to our community. 

The next phase of the upstart to the morning is much like preparing for the ten o’clock news. I like the time constraints/creative juices that present themselves, prior to morning prayer and assembly, with our students as I quickly vet the Saint of the Day, surf the web for inspirational quotes or phrases, reach for a prayer book or resource behind my desk, create a spontaneous prayer, or think of a small reflection. 

I stand behind our student council each day as we begin morning prayer and assembly to empower each member in their role as leaders, and then approach our community at the end. I look forward to excusing each class and our dedicated faculty and staff for another day of learning and discovery. 

In John 16:33 we find, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage. I have overcome the world!” Father Vince Cotter stated so beautifully in his homily at Father Brian Joyce’s celebration of life and mass, this past Friday, these wonderful words from Saint John Bosco, “Look up to the heavens where God and a vast and diverse sky exist, and our problems and issues seem far less complicated.” 

Abundant blessings,
Mr. Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School
Please join us in praying for those who are suffering illness, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep these friends and families in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
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., Boxtops for Education due, CYO Volleyball Registration due
Saturday, February 23 - Solid Gold Auction 2019!!
Tuesday, February 26 - Gr. 3 In-house Field Trip, Re-registration Forms go out, New Kindergarten Acceptance Letters mailed
Wednesday, February 27 - Loaves & Fishes Gr. 7 & 8
Thursday, February 28 - Hot Lunch - BCR Burritos
Friday, March 1 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 1 prep., Tuition due
Monday, March 4 - Jr. High Education Evening "Screenagers" 5:50 pm CTK Church
Friday, March 8 - Financial Aid applications due
Friday - Saturday March 8-9 - Women's Retreat (see below)
Solid Gold Auction Update!
We look forward to seeing all of you THIS Saturday at 5 PM at the SOLID GOLD Auction Event of the year!

EVENT: Be sure to check out the 2019 Auction Event Guide :

AUCTION CATALOG: Auction catalogs are coming home TODAY in the Family Envelope.
Any guests that are not school parents can pick up their catalogs in the school office throughout this week or we will have them night of at the Check In table.

The Auction Catalog will be your guide to this SOLID GOLD event with a Timeline, Floor Plan, and information on Live, Premier Silent, Top Silent, CTK Spirit, Raffles, Game and Dessert Dash. The back of the catalog has your assigned bidder number & serves as your bidder paddle on Auction night. PLEASE don't forget to BRING your catalog WITH YOU TO AUCTION!!!

STUDENT PROJECTS: New this year!! Each student worked or contributed to a piece of art or keepsake FOR YOU!! These treasures can all be purchased online TODAY through March 17th. Expect to receive your purchased item after March 17th (or sooner if possible) as some need to be ordered after closing date.
Kindergarten and First grade projects are $35 each
2nd - 8th grade student projects are $25 each

GOLDEN TICKET RAFFLE : After school Wednesday and Friday buy your Golden Ticket! Pick the Live item of your choice before the LIVE auction begins! Purchase the Golden Ticket to win the opportunity to choose any live auction item before it goes to bid!
Tickets are being sold online, after school 2/20, 2/22 or at auction.
NOTE: $100 per ticket, ONLY 100 tickets sold. ** MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

FUND A NEED : If you are unable to attend Auction, we hope you will support the FUND A NEED by visiting the online page and making a donation. The 2019 “Fund a Need” objective focuses on both safety and technology.

REIMBURSEMENTS: If you have any auction expenses (class projects, student projects, etc) please submit your reimbursement using the online form by Wednesday, February 20th to . Link to reimbursement form here:
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 22 .  If you have any questions, please contact  Lori Chapman  at .
"Screenagers" Education Evening
On Monday, March 4th, 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
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.
CTK Mother Son Event - Save the Date
Calling all baseball fans! Save the date for the  CTK   Mother/Son Event  at the Giants vs. A's game on  Sunday, March 24 at 1:05 pm  at the Oakland Coliseum. Details, pricing and more information to come. Questions? Please contact Arlene Santos at , or Carolyn Della Maggiore at .
Parish and Community News
School moms and friends are invited to join for our annual CTK WOMEN’S RETREAT on March 8th and 9th. 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 help in the following area:

  • Pizza Pick Up and Delivery. We need 1-2 people to pick up and delivery 30 large pizzas to shelter. Volunteers arrive at CTK at 4:30pm, get check at parish office, pick up and pizzas from Pizza Hut and then deliver to shelter. There are 30 large pizzas in need of delivery!!!!!!!!!!

The following items need to be delivered to Christ the King by  4:30 on Monday afternoon. 
  • We need 6 people to bring salad to feed 12 people
  • We need 6 bottles of ranch salad dressing provided for salad making at shelter
  • 2 people to purchase and drop off 2 liter bottles of sodas.Each person should provide 4 bottles as we need 8 bottles of soda    

  • We need 6 people to prepare salads and prep pizza for eating by 5:30pm. 
  • We need 6 people serve guests and then dine with shelter guests.  

Dining and interacting with the guests is an essential part of our ministry. I realize this may be a bit daunting, but we are working with the hearts and hands of Jesus. It is a blessing to serve. 

Please contact Teresa Bolla if you have any question or are interested in helping out with our ministry in any way. 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.