Christ the King School Newsletter - October 23, 2018
Dear Christ the King School Families,

I believe community separates us from the rest of the group. Certainly, we have a rich culture and palpable climate that adds to our sense of community. When we dig deeper we lean toward our weekly mass, and our school’s mission statement that leads with faith, knowledge, and service. Our community truly inspires me!

Yesterday, our community celebrated and blessed our seventh grade students as they embarked with their talented and conscientious teacher, Mrs. Belz, for a weeklong adventure of learning and discovery at Camp Caritas in Occidental, California. To witness the whole school and parent community bid them a safe trip was truly powerful!

This week our eighth graders will participate in serving the disenfranchised of our greater community, via the Fishes and Loaves Program, in making/distributing lunches and providing hope to those most in need. Thursday, I am looking forward to being with our eighth grade group in the hills of Lafayette for their coveted eighth grade retreat. Ironically, my talk with our eighth graders will center upon the gifts and blessings of community.

Today, I am humbled and honored to be a member of our community! I thank each and every one of you for your imprint in my life and the lives of our students and each other. May God continue to bless our community with His unending love, providence, and ongoing compassion/care. May this special light surround our days with faith, hope, and love guiding our way and inspiring us all to the more in our lives.

Further, we genuinely thank and wish our fifth grade assistant Mrs. Ann Tomaselli, and her family, abundant blessings as she transitions from CTK to Saint Mary’s College as an assistant to the Vice President of Finance. Likewise, we welcome Mollie Callahan a very talented art teacher and a genuine and peaceful spirit as our new fifth grade assistant.

Lastly, we are very happy to announce that Mrs. Vickie Rubino has accepted the position as our new administrative assistant in our school’s front office. Vickie comes to us with a strong background in accounting principles and her sincere kindness and humble ways will continue to provide a welcoming spirit to our community.

Abundant blessings,

Joe Silveira
Principal
Christ the King School
Prayers
Please remember the great grandmother of Sebastian (5th), Aurora (5th), Celeste (4th), and Luke (K) Alvarez who went to heaven this morning. Let us pray for her and all those who are suffering from illness, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep them in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Wednesday, October 24 - 8th Grade to Loaves & Fishes, 2:15pm Dismissal
Thursday, October 25 - Hot lunch - Pizza, 8th Grade Retreat, 6th Grade Retreat.
Friday, October 26 - School Mass 8am (6th Prep), Dress Uniform, 7th Grade returns from Camp Caritas, Ice Cream Social 6-9 pm in the gym
Sunday, October 28 - Halloween Liturgy 9:15am in the gym
Tuesday, October 30 - 4th Grade Field Trip
Wednesday, October 31 - Halloween Celebrations Minimum Day 12:00pm Dismissal
Thursday, November 1 - All Saints Day, School Mass 8am (4th Prep), Dress Uniform, Hot Lunch - McDonalds Hamburgers, Tuition due.
Friday, November 2 - All Souls Day, School Mass 8am (3rd Prep). Dress Uniform.
Student Leadership News
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Student Leadership News
We thank our Student Leadership and our families for raising over $500 to donated to Breast Cancer Research!
Ice Cream Social!
Annual PTG Halloween Ice Cream Social: Please join us this Friday, October 26th from 6pm-8pm in the gym for PTG’s spooktacular ice cream social! Show your Halloween spirit by dressing in costume, socializing, and joining in with dinner, ice cream and games!  This year El Molino will be serving dinner: 3 tacos with rice and beans for $10.00. And the ice cream and toppings are always fantastic!

We need volunteers to help set up on Friday during school hours, help out during the event, and assist with clean up. If you can help, please text Kirsten Sawyer at: 925-890-2639. Click here for more information.
Halloween News
Halloween Liturgy: Please join CTK in celebrating our Halloween Liturgy on Sunday, October 28th at 9:15 am in the Gym. Click here to view invitation and special instructions!
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Halloween Parade: Our annual Halloween Parade will take place Wednesday, October 31st at the end of morning assembly. Come join us watch the fun!
Halloween Costume "Boos" & Don'ts : Students may wear Halloween costumes to school on Halloween. P lease follow the guidelines listed below:

  • The costume must allow the child to function as a student while in class (all morning).

  • Care is to be taken and consideration given to the ages of our Student Body. Costumes should not be too scary, gross or violent.

  • The following are NOT allowed: weapons, gory makeup, animals, scary clown costumes, or immodest clothing (no bare midriff/short skirts/low cut necklines, etc).

  • Students who do not wish to wear a costume may wear orange, black or white colored non-uniform dress or their school uniform. Please refer to the Non-uniform guidelines listed in the Parent-Student Handbook.

  • Students attending CLUB CTK after school may want to bring a change of clothes for the afternoon. 
Share your Halloween Candy! The Third Grade Brownie Troop will be collecting your unwanted Halloween candy to donate to our troops overseas. They will be collecting candy at pick up and drop off on Friday 11/2 . Thank you! 
Notes from the Office
November Tuition: Tuition is due Thursday, November 1st. Please check that you are paying the current year amounts.
1 Student: $770 2 Students: $1,400
3 Students: $1,740 4 Students: $2,050

CLUB Tuition and Bill Pay: Bill pay is an option for paying your CLUB invoices. If you use bill pay, please return your invoices marked "bill pay" so that we can match your payments when they come in.

Y earbooks on Sale Now : Click here to order your yearbook. CTK school code #1069319.

Volunteer Requirements: Every volunteer must have an updated Virtus Certificate on file in the office. If you have not completed Virtus training since the rollout in in 2015, you are now expired. Click here to access the online training site and click here for instructions.

2018 School Directories: Additional directories can be purchased in the office for $5.

Handbook Review: The 2018-2019 Parent Handbook is now available to view. Please take the time to carefully read and review the information. Once reviewed, please sign and return the Handbook Agreement Form . Please take Please pay special attention to the section: Daily Schedules and Information.
Lost and Used Uniforms
We have collected quite a number of lost and used uniforms. Please check the cart in front of school to see if any belong to you or if you would like to add a used uniform to your child's wardrobe. Items will be available until Friday afternoon, October 26. All items left at this time will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Please help yourself!
Care for Our Chickens
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Would you like to help us care for the chickens in the CTK Garden? Earn volunteer hours by feeding the chickens and maintaining their coop during weekends and school breaks. You are welcome to collect any eggs the chickens lay. If your are interested, please contact Ms. Noland at cnoland@ctkschool.org
Did You Know?
CTK Students are making a difference for our environment! Our kids are learning simple ways they can help clean up our planet and send less trash to the landfills. They are starting by putting their used paper towels into our green compost cans which are located in all our classrooms and restrooms. They are learning that paper towels come from the earth and can return to the earth as soil. This is Step One for Operation Go Green! Be on the lookout for future announcements of our next steps. Before long, kids will be recycling and composting their snack and lunch waste, and saying goodbye to so much landfill waste! Go CTK!
PTG
Show your CTK spirit by purchasing CTK cooler bags, water bottles, cooling towels and camping chairs! Water bottles and cooling towels make great stocking stuffers and cooler bags are a great hostess gift. Thank you for your support! Please email your order to PTG at ptgpresident@ctkschool.org.
CTK Spirit Special: cooler bag, water bottle and golf towel $30!
CTK cooler bag: $15
CTK water bottle: $15
CTK cooling towel: $5
CTK camping chair: $15
Parish and Community
Turkey Drive
Loaves and Fishes Turkey Drive: CTK has helped at Loaves & Fishes preparing and serving lunch for many years and would like to help wonderful organization with their Turkey Drive. Click here for more information about helping feed our community.
Scrip
Purchasing scrip is an easy way to support the school! Click here for details and directions on how to sign up. Shop scrip for local vendors such as Melo’s, La Mordida, Kinder’s, DeVino’s, Jack’s, Lunardi’s and Classic Designs along with weekly specials. If you have questions contact Maryann Harrison at ctkscripchair@gmail.com . Happy Shopping!
Home & School Connection
Click here to view October's Home & School Connection. This months issue offers helpful tips on homework support.