Christ the King School Newsletter - March 12, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,
 
Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph are reminders that our faith is rich in virtue as their imprint beckons Spring, and gives us peace and courage during this Lenten Season -- where the mornings have been clear, brisk, and hopeful . In Saint Joseph we witness a quiet faith, gentle spirit, and a strong work ethic that is reliable. In Saint Patrick we are encouraged to walk with humility, fervent prayer, and steadfast determination. In that light, the following blessings this Lenten Season are a reminder of God’s unceasing love and immense generosity to our very special community:

  • This past weekend Bishop Barber was our celebrant at the 5:00 p.m. mass as he blessed, via a ribbon cutting ceremony and open-house, our new Faith Ministry Center. I have been so honored to be a part of the facilities committee under the leadership of John Kluesner, and a dedicated/talented group of members, that have met bi-monthly for several months to operationalize this beautiful new building.

  • This school year 47 families applied for 36 kindergarten spots. The committee is to be commended as we met several times and relied on multiple measures of assessment with a pristine protocol leading the way to accumulate the class. I was so honored to interview all families and guide them through this important process.

  • This year we re-adopted Step Up to Writing as our faculty and staff received professional development with this program that provides differentiation based on each student’s needs. Strategies embedded in the program teach the three major text types with the ideal strategy being to help students improve their writing skills. The cool part is that the majority of the cost for adopting/developing such a program was picked up by Title Two Funding that continues to keep our school financially healthy, viable, and with great stewardship in mind and action.

  • FACTS Tuition Management and Grant & Aid Assessment products offer flexible, online payment services and secure financial aid assessment and awarding. For a small fee relative to tuition we can now streamline our tuition collection process. More information will be forthcoming with tuition contracts coming out in a few months as this new system is unveiled.

  • Monday, March 4th we had a wonderful assembly for our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and families with a 68-minute film, named, “Screenagers” presented and directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D. Special thanks to our evening’s expert panelists: Darryl Holcombe, Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Senior Inspector Digital Forensics/ICAC; Lauren Whalen, Deputy District Attorney (Special Operations Division) at Contra Costa County; Enrique Alvarez, FBI Special Agent.

  • Tomorrow morning, as planned, our seventh and eighth grade students will partake in another important program on Vaping, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Awareness presented by the Contra Costa Office of Education: Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE), Project SUCCESS, and Todd Jung, CTK parent/sergeant of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

We care deeply about our students and families. As we acknowledge our school’s strong education and rich legacy, we yearn to always meet our communities’ needs with sound intentions of the heart, and focusing on our student’s bright futures. 

Abundant blessings this Lenten Season,

Mr. Silveira
Principal
Christ the King Catholic School
Prayers
Please join us in praying for the great uncle of Maddie (Gr. 4) and Eleanor (Gr. 2) McGrane who went to heaven and for the great aunt of Joshua (Gr. 4) and Madeline (Gr. 2) Symonds who is seriously ill. We also ask you to remember others who are suffering illness, and those who are experiencing loneliness or other challenges. May God keep these friends and families in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Tuesday, March 12 - Ice Cream sales
Wednesday, March 13 - Reregistration Forms and 1/2 of fees due, Drug & Vaping Presentation Gr. 7 & 8 Students and Parents 8:10 Parish Hall, Dismissal 2:15 pm
Thursday, March 14 - Wear Green with Uniform or Jeans, Field trip Gr. 4, Hot Lunch Bangers and Mashed Potatoes
Friday, March 15 - School Holiday, Diocesan Inservice,
Saturday, March 16 - CTK Parish St. Patrick's Day Celebration 5:30pm CTK gym
Sunday, March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Wednesday, March 20 - Festival T-Shirt orders due, 2:15 Dismissal
Thursday, March 21 - Hot Lunch Pizza
Friday, March 22 -Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 7 prep
Saturday, March 23 - Bingo 2-5pm CTK Parish Hall
Sunday, March 24 - Mother Son Baseball Event 1:05pm
Reregistration Reminder
We are looking forward to seeing all of you next year!! Reregistration Forms and 1/2 of your registration fees are due tomorrow, March 13th . Any remaining fee amounts are due Wednesday, March 27, 2019
St. Patrick's Day Dress Guidelines
St Patrick’s Day Dress:
Dress for this day is a green top with either jeans or uniform (pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, or jumpers) only .

If your child is not wearing a top with green on it, he or she needs to wear their regular uniform.
Festival 2019!
Get excited for our 2019 Christ the King Festival , coming soon to a galaxy near you on  Friday, May 17 from 6pm-10pm  and  Saturday, May 18 from 12pm-10pm . Our theme this year is... drum roll please... "CTK GUIDE TO THE GALAXY!!"  Hold onto your space helmets because this year is guaranteed to be chock full of spectacular spacecraft, out of this world outrageous space creatures, and of course our "universe-ally" loved festival favorites. 

It's not too late to get involved, Earthlings!

Order your T-Shirt now! T-shirts are available for order here . Orders are due Wednesday, March 20th. Remember that students can wear Festival t-shirts from any year during Festival Week!

Sponsorship Opportunities: Do you know of a local business that might be interested in sponsoring this popular community event that has thousands of attendees each year? There are sponsorship levels for every budget ranging from $50-$2000.  Click here for more information. Please email Lori Chapman at   LoriAChap@gmail.com if you have questions.
Please email   christthekingfestival@gmail.com   if interested or if you would like more information.
Chickens
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The CTK Chickens need your help especially during Easter Break! We need helpers to come in over the weekends and during breaks to feed the chickens, do basic cleaning tasks, and collect eggs. This opportunity can also be used to fulfill volunteer hours. Please email Ms. Noland at  cnoland@ctkschool.org  if you are interested. 
Did You Know?
CTK Students love CYO! Our students from 2nd grade through 8th grade participate in everything from basketball, to track/cross country and volleyball. We support their efforts and cheer them on whether it's during practice or at games throughout the Diocese. Way to go CTK!!
Uniform Check!
Time has flown and our kids have grown!
Please check:
  • Skirts and jumpers are no shorter than the crease at the back of the knee
  • Shoes are athletic tie or velcro only; no slip ons or Mary Jane styles
  • Hair must not obstruct vision or cause distraction or disruption. Boys hair length must be cut above the collar.
Please see Uniform Guidelines and Unacceptable Clothing guidelines (pages 77-79) from the Parent Student Handbook at www.ctkschool.org . We appreciate your attention to this!
Family Service Hours
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We hope you have been keeping track of all your Family Service hours! Click here for our log sheet to help you out. As you finish a sheet, please turn it in to the school office. Hours for the 2018-2019 school year need to be completed by May 31, 2019. Thank you, all your help makes a huge difference!!
Parish and Community News
CTK St. Patrick's Day Parish Celebration: Please join us on Saturday, March 16 th at 5:30pm in the CTK Gym. Dinner begins at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at:  www.KofCPH.org

Three-Course meal: Homemade Soup and Irish Bread,
Corned Beef & Cabbage Homemade Bread Pudding with Whiskey sauce

Full Irish Bar with Guinness, Harp & Guinness Blonde

 Irish Dancers & Live Irish Music
Click here for more information
Join us for Bingo! The Filipino Society of Christ the King is hosting an evening of Bingo on Saturday, March 23rd from 2-5 pm in the Parish Hall . Click here for more information!
Quick Links!
Click here to view March'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 ptgpresident@ctkschool.org 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.