Christ the King School Newsletter - November 13, 2018
Dear Christ the King Families,

As we approach Thanksgiving and the Advent season my heart overflows with gratitude for each of you! 😊 This beautiful quote by Saint Mother Teresa reminds me of how blessed I am to be a member of this special community, “Joy is prayer; Joy is strength, joy is love. God loves a cheerful giver. The best way we can show our gratitude to God and His people is to accept everything with joy.” Recently, I was honored to write in our CTK’s church bulletin, please read below:
“The month of November has us preparing for one of the most Holy seasons of our liturgical year. From All Saints and All Souls Day Masses, to Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving we are called to give glory and thanks to God. What does God request from us? God yearns for a loving relationship. This relationship is fueled and nourished by the sacraments, His holy word, and prayer. So many blessings come from God. Often times we find ourselves fixating on the perceived and real challenges in our lives, and miss the wonderful opportunities to continually thank God for His abundant blessings…. that fall from heaven like the autumn leaves that are so colorful and compelling this time of the year.
Personally, I lose sight of God in my life, and oftentimes find that I have missed morning prayer, or the reflective words of hope, from Sarah Young’s Daily Prayer Book, “Jesus Calling” that sits upon my desk at school. The days that I am in continual prayer with God are the days that I clearly see his hands and feet working in my life and the lives of others. I find during these days, it is far easier to thank God for his tremendous care and grace. Why do I lose sight? Is it the busyness of the day? Is it the comforts that give way? The diversions that keep me swirling? Or, simply the innocence of meeting the challenges and joys of life head on each day?
What truly grounds me are the continual examples and reminders from others to walk by faith, see by hope, and hear and feel by God’s unending love. One such example is a beautiful email that I receive twice a month from Steve and Ana Shawl who live in Chicago. Their ministry being to send Mary’s beautiful message from Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, to many people throughout the world via their website and email distribution listing.
Mary continues to appear to Mirjana in apparition on the 2 nd and 25 th of each month. Our Holy Mother’s simple yet beautiful message always steers me back on track. Here is an excerpt from Mary’s November 2 nd message, “My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh and carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and above all, in humility.”
Mary’s message gave me, via the phone this weekend, perspective and strength to listen and pray for a beloved friend of our family, Fred Crowell. Fred is a husband, father, grandfather, Christian author, retired president of NBC Sports, and a man who loves God with an unquenchable thirst. Fred has been a great mentor to our son, Joseph, and has led countless individuals to follow in the footsteps of Christ. 
As Fred awaits an important operation in early January at his hospital and home in Spokane, Washington his unwavering faith and love for God inspires me most. Fred has embraced the protestant faith with open arms toward his journey with God. What truly amazes me is that he has just completed a 30-day silent, Saint Ignatian, retreat and tells of his long-standing spiritual mentor, a Catholic priest from the Monterey Diocese, who has been ravaged by the disease of Multiple Sclerosis, as giving him the strength and perspective to live life to its fullest and conquer the odds.
Our hope and great anticipation are to have Fred present his beautiful faith and testimony to our (CTK and Saint Stephen’s) men’s group in the latter part of January. As we approach Thanksgiving, may we silence our hearts from the clamor in our lives, knock down the bowling pins that blur our vision, and see clearly the blessings that God so lovingly bestows upon each of us. In turn, may we fill our hearts with gratitude and joy, as we await the innocence of the baby Jesus, and respond with a perpetual thank you and resounding, Amen!”  

Abundant blessings to you and your loved ones,

Joe Silveira
Principal
Christ the King School 
Prayers
Let us pray for all those who have suffered in the fires northward in Paradise and those in Southern California. We also keep all the emergency workers in our prayers, along with those who are suffering from illness, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep them in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Wednesday, November 14 - Early dismissal 2:15pm, Auction Meeting 7pm
Thursday, November 15 - End of 1st. Trimester, Hot Lunch-Mac and Cheese
Friday, November 16 - 2nd Trimester begins, Liturgy 8am Gr.8 prep., Dress Uniform
Monday, November 19-Friday November 23 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 25 - Feast of Christ the King
Monday, November 26 - School resumes, PTG Meeting 7pm
Tuesday, November 27 - No ice cream sales
Wednesday, November 28 - Advent Goodies 7:30am, Loaves & Fishes Gr. 7 & 8, Dismissal 2:15pm, Report cards go home.
Thursday, November 29 - Hot Lunch Chicken Tacos
Air Quality and Outdoor Activity
Due to continued poor air quality, all students will remain inside for recess and PE for the remainder of this week.
Notes from the Office
Feast of Christ the King! We will have a festive liturgy for this great feast on the weekend of November 24/25. All families are encouraged to join us for liturgy with an added touch to our music, prayers and environment - to honor Christ our King!
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Ice Cream and Popsicles: We are in the process of purchasing a new freezer for Ice Cream and Popsicles. We will let you know as soon as we will be selling these treats again.
Milk Tickets: Please use this form when ordering tickets for milk and ice cream click here . The cost of milk is 1 ticket ($.75) and ice cream is 2 tickets ($1.50). Please be sure to use this version!
Do you have extra Lego's? We are working on some fun projects using the Lego wall in the Media Center. If you have standard sized Lego's you're no longer using and would like to donate them, please send in to the school office in care of Mr. Witte. Thank you!
Auction 2019!
Good vibes, groovy moves - it’s on baby! Get down and boogie at this year’s auction, “ Solid Gold ” on Saturday February 23, 2019. Ticket and registration information is available now!
Visit the shagadelic new website at www.CTKauction.com and follow us on our Facebook page @ctkauction for the most up to date information. Can ya dig it? Be there or be square!

Please find your invitation in today’s Family Envelope and be sure to check out the website to have all your questions answered: www.CTKauction.com . Tickets are $100 per person so gather your friends and put together a table! Be sure to choose your menu choice and buy a Golden Ticket Raffle as well!

Looking forward to our next Auction Meeting - TOMORROW - Wednesday, November 14th at 7 PM in the Media Lab. Please join us!
Christmas Concert Information
CTK Christmas Concert: Christ the King School’s annual Christmas Concert performed by all students in Grades K-8 will be held on Tuesday, December 18 th , at 7:00 p.m. in Church. This is a wonderful tradition and we hope you all will join us!

To celebrate this occasion, we ask our students to dressed up as follows:
  • Boys: Pants - dark black or navy, collared shirt - jewel tone in deep purple, red, green or blue. Solid colored tie optional
  • Girls: Skirt - dark black or navy, shirt or dress - jewel tone in deep purple, red, green or blue.

Please follow the guidelines for non uniform dress in the Parent Student Handbook and, for this festive occasion, no jeans, t-shirts, hats, or playtime attire.
Advent Goodies
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ADVENT BREAKFAST GOODIES: Student Leadership and parent volunteers will host Advent Breakfast Goodies on Wednesday, November 28th, December 5 th and December 12 th .   Your child may enjoy muffins, donuts, and bagels, plus beverages including hot chocolate and cider all served at 7:30 a.m. by the flagpole. Breakfast goodies range from $1 to $2 per item. Student Leadership members are also making CTK Christmas Bracelets that will be available for $.50 each. Money generated from the Advent Breakfast Goodies will be used to purchase scrip for Saint Vincent de Paul Christmas dinner baskets.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Outreach
St. Vincent de Paul Dinner Baskets: This holiday season, we will continue the longstanding CTK school tradition of collecting food for the parish St. Vincent de Paul Christmas food program. For many years students have gathered food and then helped assemble holiday dinner baskets for many local families less fortunate than ourselves. Please consult the list below for the items you are asked to send to school with your child/children. All items are needed by Wednesday, December 5 th so baskets can be assembled on Friday. Many thanks for your generosity!
Requested items per grade: 

  Kindergarten:  1 (6 oz.) package stuffing mix AND 1 (16 oz.) can of green beans
                                   
  1 st Grade:   1 (6 oz.) package stuffing mix AND 1 (16 oz.) can of green beans
                                                     
  2 nd Grade:   1 (25-28 oz.) container hot chocolate mix       
  3 rd Grade:   2 ( 18+ oz.) packages brownie or cookie mix     
  4 th Grade:   2 packages muffin mix
  5 th Grade:   2 (13.75 oz.) boxes of mashed potato mix

  6 th Grade:   1 (32 oz.) bag of long grain white rice AND 2 cans beans (any kind)        
  7 th Grade:   4 (15-23 oz.) cans of fruit (no pineapple please)
  8 th Grade:   3 (18-19 oz.) cans of soup (Campbell’s Home-style or Progresso)
St. Boniface Outreach
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GIFTS FOR ST. BONIFACE PARISH, SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco Police Department will once again be collecting gifts for St. Boniface Parish in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, December 19 th The SFPD will be on hand with their vehicles at our 8 a.m. morning assembly to load up our gifts for the less fortunate children and adults in the St. Boniface Parish community in the Tenderloin district. Gifts are needed for children of all ages, from newborn to 18. Gifts for adults are also needed and greatly appreciated.

Please read the St. Boniface flyer here before purchasing items.  Please wrap and label the gifts for man, woman, infant, boy, or girl and include the item type, size, age range. Click here for Gift tags or check your Family Envelope.
Scrip
Buy once and GIVE twice with SCRIP
Let's face it... we are all going to be spending money this holiday season. Please support CTK School by using easy online scrip this year! 
Please visit  https://shop.shopwithscrip.com  to purchase. 
Giving gifts to teenagers or others who are impossible to buy for? 
· Buy gift cards online and you can still get “physical cards” to give as gifts – convenient pick-up in the office or delivered to your child’s classroom every Thursday.
· Imagine being able to buy your Target, Starbucks or iTunes cards now and your child's school still benefits.  
Going to buy items online via Amazon anyway?
· You can take your electronic cards and upload them to Amazon immediately (Amazon Prime Members – we are talking to you)  
Why write a check for the full $250 if you don’t have to? 
· After you have reached $350, 50% of our purchases will be credited towards your tuition for the following school year.
· The fee is only 15 cents no matter the amount you buy.  
Why do it?  Did we mention – It helps the school!     
Please support CTK by buying SCRIP at    https://shop.shopwithscrip.com
For questions please ask  Maryann Harrison  or  Hunter Gilliam
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.
Monument Crisis Center: CTK has supported the Monument Crisis center since it's beginnings. For more information about helping clothe and feed our community please click on the following: MCC Thanksgiving Food Drive , MCC Holiday Food Drive , MCC Holiday Toiletry Drive
Quick Links!
Click here to view November's Partners in Faith and Home & School Connection . These issues are filled with lots of interesting information.

CTK spirit items please ptgpresident@ctkschool.org for information and ordering.

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.