Christ the King School Newsletter - February 26, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,
This year’s Solid Gold Auction was truly awesome! 😊 Thanks to the leadership, sacrifice, inventive spirit, and great intentions of the heart of Eileen and Aaron Brinker, and to the amazing school auction team, the evening went incredibly well as planned. 

Thank you to our families, faculty, staff, priests, sisters, parishioners, and friends of CTK for your giving ways and benevolent hearts.  I was so honored to witness our community engage in the evening’s events, dress-up 70’s style, break bread, and let down with great spirit, dance, and tremendous giving. 

This auction is truly a life-blood, as the proceeds are integral to the financial health and well-being of our school. Certainly, the influence, generosity, and care of such an event help us balance tuition costs, build programming, and fulfill needs and initiatives that are life-serving and critical.

I am delighted and honored to thank the following members of our special community for their time, commitment, treasure, inspiration, hope , and example to us all in making this event possible and highly successful.

2019 Chairs: Eileen & Aaron Brinker

2020 Co-Chair Elects: Arlene & Matt Santos, Carolyn & Tim Della Maggiore

Procurement Chair: Kristin Coté
Procurement Home & Garden: Julie Wrighton
Procurement Sports & Rec: Lea Harrington
Procurement Food & Beverage: Lindsey Thompson
Procurement Travel & Service: Kristina Arch
Procurement Data Entry: Katie Landini & Rhina Patania
Experience Chairs: Whitney Scotto & Alyssa Scotto
Event Chairs: Ryann Day, Julie Mullane & Colleen Shively
Finance Chairs: Demi & Roy Marquez
Catalog Chair: Heather Johnson
Ticket Sales: Carla Dias
Items Chair: Charlise Hyatt
Class Projects Chair: Tana Silvera
Individual Class Project Chair: Doria Neff
Raffle/Special projects/8th grade gift Chairs: Tami Zachary & Becky Alvarez
Raffle Chair: Lisa Oliver
Volunteer Chair: Kasey Curran
Dessert Dash Co-Chairs: Kristy Keilen, Erin Meyers & Jaffe Leffler
CTK Spirit Chair: Aimee Karst
Sponsorship Co-Chairs: Chris Barangan & Kevin Futagaki
Decor Chairs: Kirsten Sawyer & Tara Clarke
Branding and Design Chair: Arlene Santos
Catering Chair: Angie Egter van Wissekerke
Beverage Chair: Jay Becker
Technology Chair: Joerg Reichelt
Software Chair: Shane Canon
Social Media: Lorri Hall
Fund A Need Chair: Carlos Pires
Back Room Lead: Emma MacStay

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.
Ash Wednesday Schedule
Next Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday. We will begin school at 7:30am to have our students safely in class before the parking lot fills with parishioners parking for 8 am Mass.

All students will attend 8am Mass and we encourage parents and families to join us.

It is a first Wednesday of the month minimum day so school will be dismissed at 12 noon.
Important Dates
Tuesday, February 26 - Gr. 3 In-house Field Trip, Re-registration Forms go home, 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 - Kindergarten In-house Field Trip, Jr. High Education Evening "Screenagers" 5:50 pm CTK Church
Tuesday, March 5 - Ice Cream Sales begin again, End of 2nd Trimester
Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday EARLY START 7:30 Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 4 prep., Minimum day 12 pm dismissal, Beginning of 3rd Trimester.
Thursday, March 7 - Hot Lunch - Macaroni & Cheese
Friday, March 8 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 3 prep., Speech Showcase 1:15pm CTK Gym, Kindergarten Acceptances due, Financial Aid Applications due, Tuition late, Women's Retreat
Saturday - March 9 - 2nd Grade First Eucharist Retreats, Women's Retreat
Reregistration for the 2019-2020 School Year
We are looking forward to seeing all of you next year!! Your Reregistration Form is in your Family Envelope today. Please complete and return with half (or all) of your reregistration fees by Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Any remaining fee amounts are due Wednesday, March 27, 2019
"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
Ice Cream!!
We have Ice Cream! Our new freezer has been delivered and lots of ice cream and popsicles are on their way. Ice Cream sales will resume next Tuesday, March 5th. The cost is 2 green milk/ice cream tickets. Yum!!
Did You Know?!
Smooches for Pooches! The East Bay SPCA visited 3rd Grade accompanied by "Sunflower" to teach our class about compassion. The students made Valentines for a cat or dog to decorate their adoption center. We supported the SPCA good efforts by raising $200 in donations doing helpful jobs at home. Woof! Woof!
CTK Mother Son Event
Calling all baseball fans! Join this year's  CTK   Mother/Son Event  at the Giants vs. A's game on  Sunday, March 24 at 1:05 pm  at the Oakland Coliseum. Click here for registration information. Questions? C ontact Arlene Santos at , or Carolyn Della Maggiore at .
Solid Gold Auction Wrap-up
Thank you CTK for making the 2019 Auction the Solid Gold event of the year! We are grateful for the energy and fun that we had as well as the incredible generosity! Thank you again to the 2019 Auction Team for their stellar work! This night could not have been possible without the time and talents of over 40 parents that made up the best team! Thank you to the parents, staff, and community of Christ the King for making it a fabulous evening and a successful fundraiser!!

For those who weren't able to attend on Auction night, we missed you!  There are still 3 ways to support CTK and this fundraiser: Fund A Need, Student Projects, or CTK Experiences. Thank you for joining us to contribute to this important fundraiser that benefits every child at CTK. 
ITEM PICK UP:   Items will be at the Youth House (opposite end of parking lot from gym) for Wednesday pick up at 2:15 pm. After this time, all remaining items will be available at the school office. **Student projects that need to be ordered such as prints/books will be available after final close.  

FUND A NEED:   There is still time to support this great cause!  Click here to donate online!

TEACHER AND STAFF DONATIONS: Thank you to our teachers and staff for their generous donations! Spots are still open for the following experiences:
Kids' Night Out at CTK! Choose Your Own Adventure!
Join us for a night to remember at CTK! At CTK's "Choose Your Own Adventure" Night, you'll be able to choose two different activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports, cooking, playground games and more! We'll enjoy a pizza dinner, ice cream treat, music and a group game. Don't miss out on this fantastic evening of fun, friends and adventure!

 Committee: Mrs. Karst, Mrs. Dewes, Ms. Batista, Mrs. Krutilla, Mrs. Meyer and Mrs.Alonso
Donated By:  CTK Teachers! Mrs. Karst, Mrs. Dewes, Ms. Batista, Mrs. Krutilla, Mrs. Meyer & Mrs. Alonso
Restrictions:   Who : Current CTK Kindergarten - 5th Grade Students When : Friday, March 8th, 5-8 PM Where : CTK School Price: $30 first child, $15 per additional sibling. Space is limited to 50 student s

Escape the Mummy's Tomb - Escape Room Challenge
Do you like solving puzzles? Winning prizes? Eating pizza? Then come try out CTK's very own Ancient Egyptian Escape Room! Work with a team to escape the Mummy's Tomb by solving a series of puzzles and challenges. Sign up on your own or with a team of friends! Prizes will be awarded and pizza and drinks will be provided.
Donated By:  Ms. Thornbury, Mrs. Belz, Mr. Orlina and Mrs. Kemmerer (CTK Middle School)
Restrictions:  Who : Open to a maximum of 16 students in grades 4-8. When : Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:15 - 5:30 PM!

Click here  to buy online today!

STUDENT PROJECTS:   Each child created or contributed to a Student Project this year!  To date, Kindergarten families have purchased the most student projects with 75% of the class participating and 5th grade is close behind with 72% of the class participating. Support your student and class; buy your treasure here today!  Individual Student Auction Projects.   We will close the Student Projects on Friday, March 8th!

CTK EXPERIENCES:  There are still some fabulous spots left for the Men's Night (Stakes, Steaks, Stogies, and Scotch), Ladies Night with Bunco!, Class Parties, CTK Picnic Lunch with Student Leadership, Nerf Wars, Ballroom Dancing and Dinner, Spartan Training with Coach Doc, and Gingerbread House Making! Click here to buy yours today! 

SURVEY:   We would like to hear from you! Look for a short survey in next week's newsletter so we can get feedback from all of you on the 2019 Auction! Please feel free to email as well if you have any questions, comments or feedback to

REIMBURSEMENTS:   Please submit all reimbursements by Friday 3/1 to Click here   for Reimbursement Form.
Solid Gold Auction Challenge
Will your class purchase all your student's individual auction projects?! We hope so! Classes purchasing the most items will celebrate with Pizza the week of March 11th. Kindergarten at 75% and 5th grade at 72% participation are off to an amazing start. Click here   Individual Student Auction Projects to buy your child's project! Closing date for student projects online is Friday March 8th.
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.
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. Please email Teresa Bolla Morris at if you have any questions 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.
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.