Christ the King School Newsletter - October 30, 2018
Dear Christ the King School Families,

This past week I felt a bit nomadic as I traveled with Father Paulson, Father Mario, and our parish staff to Saint Isidore Church for a Diocesan wide convocation that centered upon the importance of ministry in our lives and parish communities. A trip to Caritas revealed the beauty of our California landscape and Bay waters that continually reminds me -- California is truly the destination spot. We especially thank Alyssa Belz for leading our seventh graders on an outdoor journey of learning and discovery, and guiding them home safely and enriched. 

Being with the eighth graders at the Lafayette Retreat Center reminded me of their importance in our lives as their futures shine brightly and give us hope and inspiration. Mr. Lejano led the retreat with passion, compassion, and great spiritual enrichment. Further, Ms. Thornbury led the group as well with her strong role-modelship and inventive ways lighting the way. In addition, a visit to Saint Stephen’s Parish revealed an architecturally designed church, only a stone's throw away, that is remarkable and aesthetically compelling. 

Perhaps what stands out most was ending this past week at the Halloween Ice Cream Social. Seeing our students all dressed up and having a blast reminds me of the Americana traditions that have so defined our culture. Special thanks and gratitude to the chairs of this event, Kirsten Sawyer and Cris Branch. In addition, special thanks to Maddie Ostrander, Megan Lopoz, Mary Mullen, Julie Mullane, Leila Makhoul, Rholyn Jung and Keith Cormier, Anina & Billy Liyao, Denise Meyer, Mary King, Ksenia Smerechuk, & numerous 8th graders that helped to make this event happen and be so successful.

Today, our fourth graders took off to the beautiful San Francisco Solano De Sonoma Mission for their annual field trip…..such a rich curriculum and California history to study and follow. Also, we look forward to our fourth graders leading us, this Thursday morning, at the All Saints' Day mass a holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st. The day is dedicated to the saints of our Church. Further, our third graders will be leading us on Friday for the All Souls Day mass. Let us not forget tomorrow’s Halloween Celebration…..after morning assembly! :-) We will enjoy our annual Halloween Parade and student council leadership has prepared an awesome rally for our student body, too. Please be safe at home while trick or treating through your neighborhoods.

Lastly, the cool weather this morning beckons us to the awesome seasons of our lives. As we enjoy the changes of Fall may we lean toward Thanksgiving and the Advent Season with renewed peace and joy!

Abundant blessings,

Mr. Silveira
Principal
Christ the King Catholic School
Prayers
Let us pray for 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 31 - Halloween Parade 8am after morning assembly, Minimum Day 12pm 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, Halloween candy for the Troops Drop-off 7:50am and 2:50pm
Sunday, November 4 - Daylight Savings Ends. De La Salle Open House 10am. Carondelet Open House 2pm
Tuesday, November 6 - Remember to Vote!
Wednesday, November 7 - Minimum Day 12pm Dismissal
Thursday, November 8 - Hot Lunch - Panda Express Chow Mein & Orange Chicken, Tuition late
Friday, November 9 - School Mass 8am (7th Prep), Dress Uniform, ChristLight 6pm
Halloween News!
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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!
Wear your favorite Halloween costume tomorrow!! Students may wear Halloween costumes to school on Halloween. Please click here for costume guidelines.
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, November 2nd. Thank you! 
Who are these CTK trick or treaters? Do you recognize two of our sweetest friends?!?
Auction 2019!
Our committees are busy getting ready for an amazing Auction 2019! See below for some of the many ways you can help us:

DONATIONS:
As always, the CTK Auction Team is looking for exciting or new items to feature in this year’s silent & live auctions! We rely on and  GREATLY  appreciate the generous donations from our school families and local businesses to secure items for our auction.
Make your commitment today via our simple online donation form:  http://bit.ly/ctkdonation2019
Specific categories currently targeted are:
·          STAYS:  vacation home or timeshares, hotel or Airbnb certificates
·          TRAVEL:  Airline gift cards or miles
·          TICKETS:  sporting (including H.S. or college), concert, or performance
·          TECHNOLOGY:  game consoles, drones, speakers, headphones, etc.
·          SKILLS:  hobby or expertise instruction package (e.g. cooking, etc.)
·          EXPERIENCE:  any unique item or VIP access you are able to share
·          CASH OR SCRIP:  are greatly appreciated to create exciting packages (see auction website/flyer for SCRIP targets & donation instructions)
We hope to feature different types of items to keep auction fresh and exciting each year and greatly appreciate any ideas or donations to help us fulfill this goal.   Questions? Contact procurement@ctkschool.org

DONATION INCENTIVES:
This year we are trying out some incentives to try and boost donation participation:)
1 st  INCENTIVE:  Tour and Tasting for 8 people at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore ( certificate to be used by 2/10/19, $240 value, reservations required
  • Each family that donates/commits to a minimum of $50 in cash, SCRIP, or donated item value by 11/30/18 (submitted via electronic or hard copy donation form) will be entered into a raffle to win.
  • Winner to be announced at beginning of December.

CTK EXPERIENCES: 
Nobody wants more stuff. It’s relationships and shared experiences that enrich our lives! It’s time to gather your friends and come up with a fun party idea! We are looking for Experience hosts for Auction 2019! Last year was a super success and we’re looking to make this year even better. Experiences are a great way to bond outside of school and make lasting memories together! If you’d like to host please contact you Auction Experience Chairs: Whitney Scotto whits502@yahoo.com or Alyssa Scotto  alyssa.scotto@gmail.com

Notes from the Office
CTK Concussion Protocol: As we continue to look at ways to take care of our students in the best way we can, we have updated our Concussion Protocol. You can find this on the CTK Website under Parents then School Forms or click here.

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: Online Bill pay is an option for paying your CLUB invoices via a check issued by your bank . If you use online bill pay, please return your invoices marked " online 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.
Got Milk?
Would you like milk with your lunch? Milk is available to all our students Monday - Wednesday and Friday for 1 green milk ticket and on Thursdays as part of our orange hot lunch ticket. We offer 1% white milk and nonfat chocolate milk. To order milk tickets click here.
Parish and Community
The annual ChristLight weekend event is being held Friday, November 9-11 and all are welcome. It is a life-giving opportunity to deepen spiritual life and connect with a wonderful community. If you would like to join the fun, or if you have any questions, please contact Carol Alonso at calonso@ctkschool.org for more information. If you can not attend, please pray for the participants and the team planning the weekend. As the song says: “It’s all about the faith!"
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.
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
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.