Christ the King School Newsletter - April 9, 2019
Dear Christ the King Catholic School Families,

The amazing imprint of Spring continues our transformation during this holy Lenten season as we reach out toward schoolwide reconciliation services this week, and support our second graders as they experience a spiritual retreat this weekend in preparation for their First Holy Communions in May. 

This week, I so enjoyed witnessing our fourth and fifth grade students participate in the Walk-through California, and the Walk of the Revolution. Both grades encompass such inspiring curriculum, projects, field trips, and a rich history to explore. Seeing this enactment in person with parents and grandparents was truly awesome!

As we look back on our California history one cannot help but recognize the transcontinental railroad, our economy and agriculture, tourism/movie industry, the civil rights movement, missions, and our state’s beautiful landscape, climate, culture, and people.

It was really awesome to see our students being led by a gifted teacher/docent in exploring famous events, historical figures, and relevant vocabulary and facts from out state and countries’ rich history. Our students dressed the part(s) becoming famous people of our past as flags, maps, realia, music, and games led each student through the importance of our roots, liberties, and patriotism.

At morning assembly this a.m., prior to our closing prayer, I was mentioning to our community how blessed we are to live in such an aesthetically beautiful part of the world; particularly during springtime. If you haven’t made your way up to Tilden Park near Wild Cat Canyon, I would highly recommend that you do so. A great opportunity to picnic, hike, witness Lake Anza, frequent the live animal zoo, enjoy a ride on the life-sized carrousel, travel the botanical gardens, and take an outdoor adventure through the high ridge while sitting on a train that travels quickly and grants views of the Bay Area that are oftentimes not seen. 

Just off San Pablo Dam Road, on the Orinda side, there is a road that takes you to this amazing location. Stop along the way and enjoy spectacular views of the green hills, trees, wild flowers, and foliage with an incredible view of the Briones and San Pablo Dams shining in the backdrop.

Lastly, our eighth-grade students have shifted gears this week as they are preparing for their parts, roles, and theatrical influence with May’s outdoor Shakespearean production that will take place in our school’s amphitheater and has become an awesome CTK tradition!

Abundant blessings this Lenten/spring season as we reach out to Holy Week and a glorious Easter,

Mr. Silveira
Principal
Christ the King School
Prayers
Please join us in praying for the grandmother of Dominic Landini (Gr. 1) who is ill, for the grandfather of Cooper (Gr. 8) and Carter (2016) Flanagan who went to heaven last week, for both the uncle and the great uncle of Lucas (Gr. 2) and Blake (Gr. 1) Costa who are ill, for special intentions of faculty members and their families, and 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, April 10 - Field Trip Gr. 3, Dismissal 2:15 pm
Thursday, April 11 - Lenten Reconciliation 10:00 am, Hot Lunch Pesto Pasta
Friday, April 12 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 6 prep
Saturday, April 13 - First Eucharist Retreats
Monday, April 15 - Last day to sign up to sing at Easter Mass
T uesday, April 16 - Retreat Gr. 8
Wednesday, April 17 - Dismissal 2:15 pm, Midpoint 3rd Trimester
Thursday, April 18 - Minimum Day 12:00 Dismissal , Stations of the Cross for Students and Families, Gr. 8 Prep
Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 28 - Easter Break
Monday, April 29 - School Resumes
Student Leadership Outreach
Thank you to everyone who supported the Nuba Mountain Charity Project! Through your generosity, Student Leadership raised $412.42 to help Dr. Catena and the people of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. If you would like to see more about this project, additional information can be viewed at this link: Nuba Mountain Charity.
Important Notes
Holy Thursday: Please join us in the Stations of the Cross on Thursday, April 18 at 11:00 am in church.
Solar Project: Lots of exciting progress!! Please be aware of construction vehicles and equipment. Drive and walk cautiously!
Y earbooks : If you haven't ordered your yearbook, there is still time! Click here to order. CTK school code #1069319.
Festival 2019!
Ticket and wristband preorder sales are now live on our website, ctkfestival.org ! This year all preorders will take place online , (there will not be a paper flier distributed in family envelope as in years past). Preorders are your chance to snag discounted tickets and wristbands, don't miss out!

It's almost time to sign up to volunteer for your festival hours!  The link with volunteer signups will be available  April 17 . Find more information and updates at  ctkfestival.org

Calling all bakers!   If you love to bake and can help provide prizes for cake walk and bingo prizes, we would love to accept your delicious cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, banana bread, cake pops etc.  Please contact Nancy Molina at  mrsmk@icloud.com  if you are able to help.

Spring cleaning anyway?  As in years past, we are requesting donations for the items below. Specific drop off times/dates/deadlines will be forthcoming, but we ask that you  DO NOT DROP OFF  any items until April 29.

  • Starbooks: We accept clean and gently used books for adults and children in these categories: fiction, non-fiction, religion, travel, cooking, self-help, parenting, gardening, hobbies, sports, arts and crafts, mystery, romance, sci-fi, philosophy, arts, animals, politics and more. We also accept CDs, DVDs and audio books.  Please NO textbooks, magazines, VHS/cassette tapes or encyclopedias. If you have any questions and/or would like to help with book sorting please contact Suellen Noland (snnoland@hotmail.com). We especially need sturdy copy paper boxes with lids.

  • Country store: New, or gently used items but please no furniture, clothing, computers/TV’s, etc. NO JUNK, remember that these items will be resold. We also need extra shopping bags and bubble wrap. Contact Stephanie Jullien at jullienkids@gmail.com or 925-708-2422. 

  • Stuffed Animals and Glassware: We are in need of ‘like new’ stuffed animals and glassware (glasses, cups, small dishes). These items only may be dropped off at the school office.

Email  christthekingfestival@gmail.com  with any questions.
Walking Through History with 4th & 5th Grade!
Yesterday, our 4 th  and 5 th  grade participated in the Walk Through program. Walk Through California and Walk Through the Revolution are interactive presentations that take the students through important historical events. Throughout the presentations, our students are actively involved in reenacting various events that portray our nation’s history. It was great!!
Peace Poster Contest Results
Earlier this year, the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in the Lions Club Peace Poster contest in which students were asked to design a poster on the theme "Kindness Matters". A number of our talented CTK students were recognized for their achievements:

First place winner at the local level: Madison Chua (8th)
Runners-up: Karlie Makhoul (8th), Mia Brinker (7th), and Eliana Makhoul (6th)

We want to thank all students who participated in the competition for their hard work, and extend a special congratulations to the winners!
First place winner at the local level: Madison Chua (8th)
Runner-up: Karlie Makhoul (8th)
Runner-up: Mia Brinker (7th)

Runner-up: Eliana Makhoul (6th)
Easter Mass Choir
Our music teacher, Mr. Rick Grand-Lejano is looking for K-8th students to join the choir for the  10:45 Outdoor Easter Mass on Sunday, April 21st . If your student is available and interested, please send an email to  rlejano@ctkschool.org  no later than  Monday, April 15th  so you can be added to the Easter Mass mailing list.  There will be two rehearsals: Wednesday, April 17th after school from 2:20pm-2:50pm in the church and 10:00am-10:30am - Easter Sunday in the Parish Hall.  Mr. Grand-Lejano could use the help and it's an awesome opportunity for the Kindergartners to try out singing in the choir! Thank you! 
Volunteer Needed
We are looking for a new Health Records chair for 2019 forward. Mrs. Elizabeth Nuti has been our chair for years and is now graduating out with her daughter Emma. We sincerely appreciate all the wonderful work she has done for us!
The duties and requirements for the position are as follows:
  • Record all vaccination records in school health files, beginning June 2019 through the school year.
  • Attend diocesan health meeting in fall.
  • May assist volunteers doing vision hearing scoliosis testing.
  • Contact families and answer questions regarding vaccines and related health issues. 
  • RN or health background required
  • Earn approximately 25 service hours. 
Please contact the school office as soon as possible if you are interested.
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  crsricebowl.org   for more information about the people who are being helped through this program. Have a blessed Lent, and thank you.
Summer Camp Opportunities

Carondelet High School Summer Camps:
 
This summer, Carondelet is offering sports camps for young athletes of all skill levels! Girls camps and Coed camps are offered in 12 sports from June through early August. If you have an aspiring athlete, we would love to invite them to participate in our summer camps! More information can be found at
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!!
Diocesan News: Cristo Rey HS Golf Fundraiser
On Monday, April 29, 2019, Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, St. Elizabeth Campus is hosting it's 10th Annual Tony Lema ‘52 Golf Tournament followed by a Social & Fun Reception for all CRDLS Supporters. It will be held at the Dollar Ranch Golf Course in Rossmoor beginning at 10:00 am.

The mission of St. Elizabeth High School is to provide a rigorous and personalized college preparatory curriculum integrated with a corporate work study experience that prepares students of limited economic means to succeed in college and in life.

Any help you can give in supporting St. Elizabeth would be greatly appreciated. Please click here for more details
Quick Links!
Click here to view April's P artners in Faith and click here to view April's Home and School Connection . These issues are 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.


CTK Concussion Protocol: Click here.