Christ the King School Newsletter - March 26, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,

I am pleased with schoolwide safety measures this school year, and thank the following safety committee members who have committed their time, talent, and energy in keeping our school safe:

Jeanne Bucci CTK Teacher/Vice Principal, Keith Cormier Retired Battalion Chief Contra Costa County Fire, Dustin Dockery CTK PE Teacher, Darryl Holcombe Senior Inspector Digital Forensics Contra Costa County DA’s Office, Todd Jung Sergeant Pleasant Hill Police Department, Nick Montano Private Investigator, Neil Orlina CTK Teacher/Vice Principal, Joe Silveira Principal/Safety Committee Chair, Tom Sweeney CTK Facilities Manager, Katie Thornbury CTK Teacher, and Chris Witte CTK Teacher/Technology Director.

In next week’s newsletter, I plan to highlight the accomplishments achieved with regards to school-wide safety initiatives this school year. Today, the safety committee will meet as planned. The group has been meeting monthly and gaining lots of traction this school year as each meeting is captured as a repository on Google Docs.

Lastly, in today’s newsletter you will see a public announcement from Solar Craft. Solar Craft is the company that will be placing solar panels on our school and parish roofs. The aforementioned match our faith’s social justice standards, and will certainly mitigate costs over time, while helping God’s creation and our environment.

Abundant blessings this Lenten season as we reach out to Holy Week and Easter,

Mr. Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School 
Please join us in praying for all those who are suffering from illness, loss, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep these friends and families in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Wednesday, March 27 - Field Trip Gr. 1, Loaves & Fishes Grades 7 & 8, Second half of Reregistration fees due, Dismissal 2:15 pm
Thursday, March 28 - Gr. 4, Hot Lunch Meatballs and Cheese Bread
Friday, March 29 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 8 prep
Sunday, March 31 - Spiritwear Sale ends
Monday, April 1 - Inhouse Field Trip Gr. 2, Tuition due
Wednesday, April 3 - Free Dress to benefit Nuba Mountain Charity (please see below), Minimum day 12:00 Dismissal
Thursday, April 4 - Hot Lunch Chicken Tacos, Gr. 3 Puppet Show
Friday, April 5 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 2 prep
Monday, April 8 - Inhouse Field Trips Gr. 4 and Gr. 5, Tuition Late, Festival Meeting 7 pm in Media Center
Wednesday, April 10 - Field Trip Gr. 3, Dismissal 2:15 pm
Message from Mrs. Sihler
"My dear Family of Friends~ 
I am truly in awe of your sincere and generous outpouring of love, prayers, and support. Thank you. I feel blessed by your warm words and caring thoughts. Please know that I welcome your emails, cards, and notes to say hello. I miss you dearly. 
Always in my heart~ Mrs. Sihler"
Reregistration: Second installment payments are due tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
First Grade Auction Books Are Here! Please stop by the school office and pick yours up this week.
Solar Panel Update
Installation of solar panels on our new roof is scheduled to begin Monday, April 1st. Supplies have arrived and we're ready to go!

Our solar panels are designed and installed by SolarCraft; California Clean Energy (CCE), a Renewable Energy Service Provider for nonprofit organizations, who will own the system and recover its costs through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Christ the King.
The solar power system is roof mounted for maximum southern sun exposure on the main school building and gym. It consists of 569 high-efficiency solar panels producing 273,600 kWh annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use when the when the sun isn’t shining. 
Every year over 193 metric tons of carbon dioxide generated by Christ the King’s operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by over almost 12 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 228 acres of trees in one year.  
We appreciate your partnership as we expand our stewardship of the earth!
Student Leadership Outreach
Free dress benefiting the Nuba Mountain Charity Project: Student Leadership would like to invite you to support eighth grade’s Nuba Mountain Charity Project. On Wednesday, April 3rd, please wear black, red, white, and green in exchange for a one dollar donation. All proceeds will benefit Dr. Tom Catena who is the last doctor in the tumultuous Nuba Mountains in Sudan. More information can be viewed at this link: Nuba Mountain Charity. Click here for Free Dress guidelines.
Young Authors Faire
This year, many Christ the King students participated in the Diocese of Oakland's 27th Annual Young Authors Faire! Over 500 books were submitted for judging by schools from around the Diocese, and our students' hard work was honored with numerous awards. We want to thank all of the students and teachers who participated in this wonderful program; some truly amazing stories were created and shared!

First Grade
Honorable Mention (1 st Grade Class Book) – My Day with Jesus

Second Grade
Second Place (2 nd Grade Class Book) – Colorful Imaginations

Fourth Grade
Second Place (4 th Grade Class Book) – Eureka! Tales from 4th Grade Gold Miners
Honorable Mention (Special Genre) – S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) by Mia Karst & Janel Nevares

Fifth Grade
First Place (5 th Grade Class Book) – God Is…
Second Place (Poetry) – Lead the Way CTK by Addi Rohrer & Reese Brinker
Second Place (Religious Theme) – Pablo's Mountain by Ivo Nuti

Sixth Grade
First Place (Poetry) – I'm a Poet and I Don't Know It by Julia Abel, Clara Mills, & Mackenzy Wasser
First Place (Graphic Novel) – Woody the Space Bat by Matteo Riga, Keegan Tryon, & Noah Nevares
Second Place (Special Genre) – 100 Secrets About Disney Parks! by Giulia Dumais, Madeline Lopoz, & Ayla Margate
Honorable Mention (Fiction) – The Society of Superheroes by Jason Brown
Honorable Mention (Special Genre) – My Travels in South East Asia: The Food, Sights, and Smells by Marisa Ruscio
Honorable Mention (Children's Book) – Lucy's First Field Trip by Julia Abel & Livia Cobo
Honorable Mention (6 th Grade Class Book) – A Collection of Poems

Seventh Grade
Second Place (Special Genre) – A Day in the Life by Noelle Silvera & Mia Brinker
Second Place (Graphic Novel) – Warped by Cody Lasater
Honorable Mention (Poetry) – A Not-So-Brief Collection of Brief Poetry by Ben Reichelt, Zach Gile, and Jack Karst
Honorable Mention (Special Genre) – A Banana Slug Adventure by Carolyn Jaynes, Maddie Karst, & Andreana Saturnino
Honorable Mention (Special Genre) – A-Z Anime Characters by Ava Davis, Hannah Ralphs, & Gia Malone
Honorable Mention (Children's Book) – Beautiful Butterfly by Sofia Meyer
Honorable Mention (7 th Grade Class Book) – Mysterious Myths
Eighth Grade
First Place (Children's Book) – My 30th Day of Kindergarten by Karlie Makhoul
Second Place (Children's Book) – The Arguments of the Planets by Sean Hanley
Second Place (8 th Grade Class Book) – We Are From CTK
Honorable Mention (Fiction) – The Interstellar Army by James Lakin 
Auction Results Are In!
We have been working hard over the last month to wrap up Auction 2019 and we couldn’t wait to share the numbers with all of you! We’re thrilled everyone had such a great time and we are grateful for the community that continues to strengthen through this fun event! We raised an amazing amount of money and we would like to thank you for your incredible generosity and support!

Gross Revenue $176,000
Expenses  (43,000)
Net Income   133,000
Total Fund-A-Need    25,000
Net proceeds to be distributed   108,000
CTK Religious Ed      5,400
CTK Youth Ministry      5,400
Net proceeds to CTK School $ 97,200
We are also happy to announce that 91% of families participated in Auction this year - through volunteering, hosting a CTK Experience, buying an Experience spot, attending Auction, donating items, bidding on items, buying student projects, and much more. Every contribution by these families helped meet and exceed our Auction fundraising goal.  It is because of YOU this event was so successful. The money raised benefits all the children at CTK - in Religious Education, Youth Ministry, and helps lower tuition for the students at Christ the King School. Thank you!

We would appreciate hearing your feedback on the CTK 2019 Auction. Please take 3-4 minutes to answer a 18 question survey:

Please join me in thanking and recognizing CTK’s 2020 Auction Chairs: Arlene & Matt Santos and Carolyn & Tim Della Maggiore. The are working hard to secure a date and venue for February 2020 - more to come! Contact Information:
Proceeds from auction benefit every student in the CTK community. Youth Ministry and Religious Education each receive a 5% share of non-Fund-a-Need income.
Historically, Christ the King budgets $100,000 of fundraising income into our general operating budget. This is line item 4150 Large Fundraisers in our chart of accounts for all my finance friends out there. This $100k is fulfilled by only Auction and Festival income. Other fund raising activities such as Walk-A-Jog-A-Thon, Golf, and Scrip each have their own recipients and separate budget lines.

The $100k is used to pay for shared operating expenses such as salaries, benefits, and utilities. (As opposed to fee income, which covers per student expenses like textbooks, paper, school department fees etc). This $100k in income is also how we artificially keep our tuition lower than our competition while at the same time maintaining the staff and programming that we value for student success. Each family receives a discount of about $450 off of their yearly tuition because of the dedication and generosity of the Large Fundraising teams. Please join me in thanking all of them the next time you see them!

With sincere gratitude, Eileen & Aaron Brinker (2018 and 2019 Auction Chairs)
Festival 2019!
Get Ready for our 2019 Christ the King Festival!

Sponsorship Opportunities: Did you know that you can become a family sponsor for festival this year? Your family will be given special recognition with a sign at the information booth. Starting at just $50 there is a sponsorship level to fit every budget!  Click here for more information. It's not to late to sponsor, contact Lori Chapman at

Please join us at our next meeting! Monday, April 8 at 7pm in the Media Room.

CTK Talent show is coming!    Have you thought of your talent yet? Picked out a song?   CTK Talent Show will be held Saturday, May 18 th from 2:30 ~ 4:00pm. For those planning to perform, click here to fill out a permission slip, then return it to the school office. The talent show practice will be held on Wednesday, May 8 th   from 2:15 – 3:30pm in the amphitheater. Email Amy Ghisletta ( ) or Marisa Cox ( ) with any questions. Can’t wait to see all of CTK’s talent!!!

Please email   if interested or if you would like more information.
Operation Rice Bowl
Remember your “Rice Bowls” from Catholic Relief Services! Small sacrifices can add up to gifts that can change lives. Please discuss as a family the ways you might use these as part of your Lenten practices. During Holy Week, you can bring in your donations directly to church, or send them to school on Holy Thursday. We will add them to the parish’s donations. Visit   for more information about the people who are being helped through this program. Have a blessed Lent, and thank you.
CTK Spirit-wear Sales
Spirit-wear Sale now open until March 31st, don't miss your chance to buy some fun school gear! 

The Parent Association is excited to announce Spirit-wear Sales for CTK Students and Families.  We have some new items, check them out here: Proceeds go to Teacher Bonuses, Art and Garden Awareness!
  • Spirit-wear can only be purchased through an online store through March 31st, and should be delivered in 3-4 weeks
  • Adult and Child sizes are available, there are no returns or exchanges so please review the sizing charts on the website. 
  • Spirit-wear will not replace uniform requirements, but will share our school spirit outside of school and on the occasional free dress day.
Family Service Hours
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!!
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.

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.