Christ the King School Newsletter - December 11, 2018
Dear Christ the King Families,

Hope Abounds
I wrote to you all this past summer the following to commence our school year and reveal our theme of hope : As we await the journey of learning and discovery that is ahead of us, may you all rest in God’s wings as you enjoy the gentle breeze of summer. Know that you are important members of this special community -- in the greatest ministry of them all. Our theme this school year rests upon the theological virtue of hope. Jeanne Bucci’s beloved husband, Bob, included this wonderful quote of hope in his fatherly blessing at Matthew and Maggie’s wedding celebration, “Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope. With hope, one can think, one can work, and one can dream. If you have hope, you have everything.” May this powerful quote land peacefully in our hearts, and inspire us all toward more hope in our lives.
This theological virtue has led us through a semester of enduring blessings and has led countless prayers, church masses/services, communications, decisions, morning assemblies, meetings, retreats, and songs. Hope was the theme of our first week of Advent, and the first candle to be lit on the Advent wreath as a reminder of God’s promises being fulfilled.  Hope abounds as we await in our hearts and homes the coming of the baby Jesus in celebrating Christmas….
Hope for our students’ futures
Hope for a bright tomorrow
Hope for a magical Christmas Concert
Hope from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this past Saturday
Hope for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe this Wednesday
Hope for reconciliation services for our third through eighth graders on Friday
Hope for our second graders celebrating their first reconciliations this Saturday
Hope for health, peace, and happiness
Hope for our world
Hope for our community
Hope in the Saint Vincent De Paul baskets that are being prepared with generosity and love
Hope in the CTK tradition of Saint Boniface gifts
Hope for our talented and dedicated faculty and staff to return renewed from the holiday break
Hope for our parents, grandparents, and special members of our community in honoring their commitment, sacrifices, and resources
Hope and gratitude for our pastor Father Paulson, priests, sisters, and parish staff
Hope in the photo above as I was honored, yesterday, to meet with Nicole Yackee and her new born son, Luke. 😊
Lastly, I send special gratitude and blessings to Nicole Yackee, her husband Rob, their son Luke, and their families as a family decision was made for Nicole to be at home with Luke during this time. Subsequently, Laura Abel who has done a great job in Nicole’s absence will be completing the school year in her continued role as reading specialist. Looking forward with hope, peace, and joy (the themes of the first three weeks of Advent) to our Christmas Concert next Tuesday as planned.

Abundant blessings,

Joe Silveira
Christ the King Catholic School
Let us pray for the brother-in-law/uncle and nephew/cousin of Mrs. Rubino, Tyler Rubino Gr. 6 and Michaela Gr. 4. Their uncle will be having surgery this week and their cousin is in the hospital undergoing tests. Please remember them and those who are suffering from illness, loneliness or other challenges. May God keep them in His tender and loving care.
Important Dates
Wednesday, December 12 - Advent Goodies moved to Thursday! Dress Uniform, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy 8am, Gr. 6 prep, Dismissal 2:15pm, Auction Meeting 7pm Media Center
Thursday, December 13 - Advent Goodies today! 7:30-7:45am Christmas Sweater/Sweatshirt Day, bring $1 to benefit Paradise Fire Victims, Last day to order Scrip before the holidays
Friday, December 14 - Dress Uniform, Liturgy 8am, Gr. 5 prep, Advent Reconciliation Grades 3-8 10am
Tuesday, December 18 - Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal 1pm - relatives and friends are welcome to attend, Christmas Program 7pm - students please be in church no later than 6:45
Wednesday, December 19 - St. Boniface Gift Assembly 8am, 2:15pm dismissal
Thursday, December 20 - CLUB before school only, Last Scrip delivery/pick up day before the holidays, Minimum Day, 12pm dismissal, No CLUB after school
Friday, December 21 - Sunday January 6: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Tuesday, January 1 - Tuition due
Monday, January 7 - School resumes!
Notes from the Office
Limited access on Service Road Entrance: Workers will be digging outside the Ministry Center this week so access will be limited on the service road entrance. Please avoid walking in or near the construction zone and follow all signs and directions to enter and exit the school area safely. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. It will be a lovely entryway soon!!
January Tuition: Tuition is due Tuesday, January 1st and late January 8th. Since school will be closed on the 1st, tuition can be mailed, dropped through the slot under the front window (in an envelope please), postdated and brought into the office before break or paid via your online bill pay.

This is the second installment for all families who have chosen to pay in two payments and receive the 1% discount. The amounts due are as follows:
1 child - $3,811.50 ; 2 children - $6,930.00 ;
3 children - $8,613.00 ; 4 children - $10,147.50

Families who are paying monthly ; please check that you are paying the correct amount. The standard amounts for monthly are:
1 child - $770.00 ; 2 children - $1,400.00 ; 3 children - $1,740.00 ; 4 children - $2,050.00
Advent Goodies
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ADVENT BREAKFAST GOODIES: Join us for the last day of Advent Goodies on Thursday, December 13th f rom 7:30 -7:45 am.   Please note date change due to Mass on Wednesday, December 12th. Breakfast goodies range from $1 to $2 per item. 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.
Christmas Sweater/Sweatshirt Day
Wear a Christmas Sweater or Sweatshirt and Benefit Paradise Fire Victims: Students may wear a Christmas patterned or colored sweater or sweatshirt and bring $1 on Thursday, December 13th to benefit Paradise Fire Victims. Please follow the Non-Uniform Apparel guidelines in the Parent Student handbook.
Scrip Holiday Schedule
This Thursday will be the last day t o order your scrip cards until next year!! All orders need to be placed by December 13 th . They will be available for pick up in the office for pick-up or class delivery on December 20 th .

Order 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  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
For questions please ask  Maryann Harrison  or  Hunter Gilliam
Award Winning Essays
We are pleased to announce that a number of our 7th and 8th grade students have recently won awards for their writing! We are very proud of their hard work and the effort that they put into their essays.

7th grader Maddie Karst recently won first place in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Association. Her essay eloquently addressed the theme "Why we should honor the American flag."

8th graders Carlos Feliciano and Abigail Stofer were awarded second and third place, respectively, in the St. Thomas More Society Essay Competition. This contest was sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, an organization of Catholic lawyers and judges. In their essays, the Carlos and Abigail reflected on the following quote from St. Thomas More's book Utopia : “Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever, since thereby the engagements of men’s hearts become stronger than the bond and obligation of words.”
Christmas Concert Information
CTK Christmas Concert:
For relatives and friends who would like to see our performance but are unable to attend in the evening, we invite you to our dress rehearsal on Tuesday, December 18th at 1:00pm in Church.

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 7:00pm in Church. This is a wonderful tradition and we hope you all will join us!

To celebrate this occasion, we ask our students to dress 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 or Pants - dark black or navy, shirt or dress - jewel tone in deep purple, red, green or blue.

Please follow the guidelines for non uniform apparel in the Parent Student Handbook and, for this festive occasion, no jeans, t-shirts, hats, or playtime attire.
St. Boniface Outreach
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. Possible gifts for children are things your children might enjoy; for adults, socks, gloves, scarves, warm hats or beanies. Thank you for your generosity!
Christmas Eve Mass Choir - Still time to sign up!
Hello Parents!

An update on regarding the Christmas Eve mass...  The   Christmas Eve Mass is a GO!  I have 13 kids currently signed up. If you are still interested,  IT'S NOT TOO LATE!  I would still love to get more members! If you are available, please send me an email at

Here are the final details of the Mass:

Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24
4:45pm  - Meet in the Church choir loft to practice. I must warn you that you'll be fighting a little bit of traffic from people leaving the 3:45 gym mass. That said, once you get past that, you'll have prime seating in the church for the Family Liturgy since y'all will be there so early!
5:15pm  - Short Break
5:30pm  - Mass Begins and will be out by 6:30.

The song selection will be sent out as I receive emails. Thank you all for your continued support and I hope to see you all there!

Mr. Lejano
Solid Gold Auction 2019!
A uction Update: The Solid Gold Auction team is hard at work with 81 days until the big event!! 

We hope you will join us! Please buy your Auction Ticket by visiting our website:  CTK AUCTION

D ONATIONS: A s always, the CTK Auction Team is looking for exciting or new items to feature in this year’s silent & live auc tions. The success of our auction is greatly determined by the generosity of our CTK families.

Ask your hair stylist, dry cleaner, car wash, nail salon, and other places you may frequent! Do you have a vacation home? Access to tickets to a sporting event? Theater event?

Experiences are coming together and there are some fabulous new ideas! Grab a group of friends and put together a fun event to raise money for our school and build community within one each other! Fill out the experience form here:  Donate Experiences

We appreciate ALL you help in procuring donations to make this a successful event! Fill out a form here:  Donate to CTK Auction  or contact  with any ideas or questions. 

SPONSORS:  Join us by making a sponsorship donation, enabling Christ the King to do a tremendous amount of good in our community and beyond. In return we will create for you a fantastic opportunity to position your business to a valuable demographic in central Contra Costa County—and you’ll have some fun in the process.  
Quick Links!
Click here to view December's P artners in Faith and Home & School Connection . These issues are filled with lots of interesting information.

CTK spirit items please 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.