Christ the King School Newsletter - May 7, 2019
Dear Christ the King Families,
It is an honor and pleasure to be a member of our special family as principal of Christ the King Catholic School. Our amazing community led by Father Paulson Mundanmani, and our outstanding faculty, staff, parent guardians, and students have accomplished so much this school year.
A new school roof and solar panels benefit our school and our future. Summer plans to add fiber optics to increase bandwidth and technological expediency are in the works along with plans to place a new phone/alarm/bell system at our school. In addition, new flooring in the main school building will be reflective this summer as well. Visionary ideals toward the possibility of a new portable classroom on campus to leverage demographic space/programming/curricular ideals, and replacing updated technology to all of our classrooms are in the works as future aspirations.
Our school’s safety committee has gained immense traction with a new comprehensive emergency operation plan in place, faculty and staff safety training and measures being executed, and many new safety initiatives enveloping our days here at school. Deferred maintenance was attended to this year as our school, aesthetically and cleanliness wise, is one of the gems of the Oakland Diocese. This would not be possible without the commitment, sacrifice, volunteerism, service, and generosity of our school families and stakeholders that reflect our vibrant community.
Student programming surrounding appropriate use of technology and social media along with vaping, tobacco, and drug awareness has prepared our middle school students and families to navigate the joys and challenges of a modern world. Our faculty and staff, have spent time in catechetical in-servicing throughout the school year that matches perfectly with our theme of hope , adopted and were trained on the Step Up to Writing Program, and concentrated this school year on disaggregating Renaissance STAR norm referenced data, collaborating via an Ed-Camp forum, articulating about student growth and needs, and setting up assessment and implementation, sequencing and scope, and cross curricular bridging guides to add to our stellar educational programming.
Our school is virtually fully impacted, enrollment wise, with wait listing in most grades (Above stated goals @ 318 students registered/enrolled for 2019-20 academic school year with a ceiling cap of 324) and 47 students and their families having applied for 36 spots in kindergarten. Our students continue to grow academically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually as evident of our school’s strong mission (faith, knowledge and service), charism (God, family, and community), and sound educational system (academic excellence, robust achievement, and serving the disenfranchised with humility and enduring understanding).
In this week’s newsletter you’ll find the 2019-2020 tuition rates as reflected below. The rate increase is at 4% due to strong accounting principles/internal controls in place, and mirroring the same increase granted to our faculty and staff for the 2019-2020 school year:
Tuition Rates

One Child
Tuition Rate 2018-19: $7,700
Tuition Rate 2019-20: $8,000

Two Children
Tuition Rate 2018-19: $ 14,000
Tuition Rate 2019-20: $14,600

Three Children
Tuition Rate 2018-19: $ 17,400
Tuition Rate 2019-20: $1 8,100

Four or more
Tuition Rate 2018-19: $ 20,500
Tuition Rate 2019-20: $ 21,300
We are also replacing our tuition management/collection system with a third-party vendor program, FACTS Management, for 2019-20 school year: 
FACTS Tuition Management expands the payment opportunities for your families and simplifies payment tracking and management for you. It’s a flexible tuition and billing tool to help you manage finances and project cash flow. In a single package, it offers sustainability for schools and affordability for families. It also helps schools improve communication with families, enhances fiscal forecasting, streamlines admissions and enrollment processes, and provides a single system to capture tuition and fees.

The old school measures of tuition checks arriving through our front office mail slot was deemed old school and inefficient. Several schools in the Oakland Diocese are pleased with their shift to utilizing the FACTS Management System.
It is important to note, per the FACTS Management contract, that our before/after school club programming will receive these services/benefits, too. Further, per our annual budget the school will pick up the cost for our approximately 218 families, next school year, as we adopt this new system i.e. the cost reflecting $50 per year if you pay tuition over a ten-month basis, and $20 per year if you pay tuition in full. 
Our school’s finance committee has worked in reciprocity with the parish finance committee and have worked diligently under the immense leadership of Joe Reid, our school’s finance chair, and the solid leadership of Dick Bertrand as parish/school finance committee member, in concert with our school’s finance committee, to gain the endorsement of our school/parish administration on these tuition structure increases. In addition, fundraising/fun-raising efforts have built capital, solvency, and a healthy community.
I am immensely proud of Christ the King Catholic School and our parish and look forward with vision, inspiration, and gratitude to our children’s very bright futures!

Abundant blessings to a community that is irreplaceable to my vocation as a Catholic educator and leader,
Mr. Joseph M. Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School
Mothers Day Prayer

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away…
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking…
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems…
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
Like the mysteries of creation…
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.
Please join us in praying for the godfather of Leyla Gonzalez (Gr. 5) who went to heaven last week, for Diane Carroll, our Librarian, who is ill, for Chris Bertrand (Parish Council member and Social Media chair and wife of Dick Bertrand CTK School Finance Committee member) as she recovers from surgery, for the special intentions of our school and parish staff, for all our families and friends, for the needs and cares of others, and for all those who are suffering from illness, loss, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep us all in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Tuesday, May 7 - Festival T-shirts go home
Wednesday, May 8 - CTK Spirit Day, Wear Red and Yellow and bring $1, Gr. 8 vs. Faculty and Staff Volleyball Game 1:45 pm, 2:15 Dismissal, Festival Talent Show Practice 2:30-4:00 pm, Tuition late
Thursday, May 9 - Hot Lunch Mac & Cheese, Gr. 2 First Eucharist Practices 4 pm & 5:15pm
Friday, May 10 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 3 prep., Gr. 8 Field Trip, Festival T-shirts sold after school, Gr. 8 Dance St. Agnes
Saturday, May 11 - First Eucharist 10 am and 12 pm
Monday, May 13 - Friday May 17 - Wear your Festival T-shirt with your Uniform!
Monday, May 13 - Remaining Festival T-shirts sold before school.
Tuesday, May 14 - Liturgy 8am, Gr. 2 prep., Gr. 2 Pictures 8:45 am, Gr. 2 Breakfast 9:30 am
Wednesday, May 15 - Field Trip Gr. 8, Festival ticket and wristband orders due, 2:15 Dismissal
Thursday, May 16 - Hot Lunch BCR's
Friday, May 17 - Liturgy 8am, Gr. 1 prep., All Auction payments due, Festival ticket pickup after school in front of gym, Guide to the Galaxy Festival 6-10 pm!
Saturday, May 18 - Guide to the Galaxy Festival 12 noon - 10 pm!
CTK Spirit Day!
Show your CTK Spirit!! Next Wednesday, May 8th, Student Leadership is planning a CTK Spirit Day. Students are invited to wear appropriate red and yellow free dress in exchange for $1. All proceeds will benefit a school in need. Please adhere to the Dress Guidelines . Additionally, there will be an 8th grade vs Faculty and Staff volleyball game rematch at 1:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come and support the Eight graders or Faculty and Staff!
Scrip News
SCRIP NEWS:  Please read the following Scrip information carefully!

  • Credit for Scrip sales for the current school is closed. All purchases made now will go towards next year's obligation.
  • Statements will be going home in the next two weeks. Please review and complete as needed.
  • Last order date before summer break is May 30th with delivery on June 5th. Plan your summer SCRIP needs and stock up. 
CTK Guide to the Galaxy Festival 2019!
Festival T-shirts for all who ordered are going home today. If you missed out but still want one, we have extra. They'll be sold after school on Friday, May 10th and before school on Monday, May 13th. Feel free to email Carie McGrane at  with t-shirt questions or requests. Students are allowed to wear Festival t-shirts from any year all next week (May 13-17).

Festival tickets and wristbands may be ordered online at  or by using the order form included in today's family envelope. Online and form orders are due by Wednesday, May 15. Order yours today!!
We still need your help to fill those last volunteer slots!   Sign up for your shifts at .  We need everyone's help to make festival a success for our families and community. As a reminder, 6 festival volunteer hours are required per family, but more is always appreciated!
Country Store and Starbooks items can be dropped off on Saturday, May 11 from 2:30-5:00 pm at the youth house (adjacent to main parking lot). Please contact Suellen Noland or Stephanie Jullien   or 925-708-2422 if you need to make alternative arrangements. 
  • Starbooks: Clean, gently used books for adults and children.  We also accept CDs, DVDs and audio books.  Please NO textbooks, magazines, VHS/cassette tapes or encyclopedias.
  • Country Store: New, or gently used items but please no furniture, clothing, computers/TV’s, etc. Please remember that these items will be resold. We also need extra shopping bags and bubble wrap. 
Stuffed Animals and Glassware :  Please drop off your "like new" stuffed animals and glassware (glasses, cups, small dishes) at the school office.
Calling all bakers!   If you love to bake and can help provide prizes for festival, the Festival Planning Committee would love to accept your delicious cookies, cakes, cupcakes, bars, banana bread, cake pops etc.  Contact Nancy Molina if interested.  
Family Service Hours
Hours for the 2018-2019 school year need to be completed by May 31, 2019. Click here for our log sheet to record your hours. As you finish a sheet, please turn it in to the school office. Thank you, all your help makes a huge difference!!
CTK Chickens!
The CTK Chickens need your help! Sign up for a week over the summer to feed them and do some easy cleaning tasks. All chicken food will be provided, and you can take eggs home with you. Please contact Ms. Noland at  if you are interested.
Parish and Community News
Please join our local Knights of Columbus as they raise funds for their 365 Program, a program designed to help their brothers in need. This year they will be holding a K of C Texas Hold'em Poker Evening on Friday, May 10th. Click here for more details.  
Please join the Cancer Support Community for its 5th Annual Hope Walk on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 am. The Cancer Support Community provides free services to people who are facing cancer. Members of our CTK community have participated in this worthy event in the past. For more information please contact Carol at CSC 925-953-1209. Please click here to register.
Join us for VBS (Vacation Bible School) at St. Mary Church in Walnut Creek!  Students in grades K-5 can sign up for the best week of the summer - June 24 th -28 th  from 9:30am - 1pm. The cost is $75 per student.  Sign up here to attend:
Junior High Students can also have a great adventure and earn volunteer hours!! Students in grades 6-8 can sign up to help at the annual St. Mary VBS, June 24 th -28 th , 9:30 - 1pm. Sign up here to help:  
Summer Camp Opportunities
De La Salle High School Summer Camps:

Looking for activities for your kids this summer? The time for planning is NOW - registration for DeLa Salle Summer Camps is open and filling fast!

The De La Salle Summer Camps are always extremely popular and run June, July and August. Camps are aimed at creating a fun and safe environment while teaching the proper fundamentals of each sport. Campers will learn proper attitude, teamwork, and listening skills that will help them reach their full potential.

All camps are staffed by De La Salle coaches, current student-athletes, and alumni. Football, baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, and volleyball are just some of the camps offered all summer long.

Summer Camps are open to boys and girls 3rd through incoming 9th grades. Campers will be grouped by skill level and grade. All De La Salle Camps support our Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program for financial aid. Should you have any questions, or would like to inquire about camps available for K-2nd grade please contact our Summer Camp Staff at .

Register today by clicking the registration button below and come join the fun!

For more information, email  or call 925.288.8100 ext. 7090
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
Quick Links!
Click here to view May's P artners in Faith and click here to view May'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.