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The mission of Corpus Christi Catholic School is to nurture every child by providing the opportunities to grow in faith, achieve academic success, and serve others as disciples of Jesus
March 25, 2019
Dear Parents,

This week our students in grades 2-8 will begin taking the IOWA Assessments also known as the ITBS Test (Iowa Test of Basic Skills.)The results of this test help us to better serve your children. We use their scores to evaluate curriculum and create school and grade level areas of improvement. We want all of our children to have the opportunity to produce the results they are capable of. There are ways that you can help with this: 
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest during the testing period. 
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning before the test.
  • Help to minimize any disturbances to the testing process by not scheduling any appointments that will take your child out of the classroom during testing time.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time and has number 2 pencils.
  • Please keep our students in your prayers.

Generally, our testing time will begin at 8:00 each morning. If your child is in grades 2-8 and arrives at school tardy, they will be asked to remain in the office until the testing period is over, as to not interrupt the classroom during testing. 
Bible Verse of the Month
Our Bible verse focus for the month of March is John 14:6

Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 Our prayer focus is The Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen
Scholar’s Bowl 
Our scholar’s bowl team qualified for the Bay Area Scholastic Challenge Super Tournament, which was held on March 22. We are extremely proud to announce that they made it to the quarterfinals out of more than 20 teams. In addition, our A Team placed 1st for their division and our B Team placed 3rd. We also had two students receive individual honors for the season. Shawn Mullen received the first place medal for the individual with the highest score from the different schools in our division, and Grant McNally placed 3rd. Also, Shawn received a medal for the 2nd highest individual scorer from all divisions. We certainly are very proud of our students! 
Annual Computer Fair
The 35th Annual Computer Fair sponsored by Coastal Alabama College and the Alabama Council for Technology in Education was held last week. 25 students from Corpus Christi entered the fair and 10 of our students placed in the competition!

Congratulations to the following students:
  • Abigail Le & Lauren Mullen - 3rd Place, Multimedia
  • Amelia Hanna & Lilly Heller - 2nd Place, Video Production
  • Lilly Heller - 1st Place, Video Production (individual) 
  • Bridget Foster - 2nd Place, Webpage Design (individual)
  • Emily Gillis - 3rd Place, Multimedia (individual)
  • Juli Mosteller - Honorable Mention, Multimedia (individual) 
  • Ella Nelson, Cade Nelson, Kellyn Hyke & Leon Pham - 1st Place, Video Production
  • Garret Grantham, Josh Le & Marshall Robertson - 1st Place, Game Design
  • Felicia Hetrick - 3rd Place, Literacy test, and 2nd Place, Animation (individual)
  • Marshall Roberston - 1st Place, Game Design (individual)
Lenten Fish Fry 
Our PTO supports the mission of the school by helping to fund various needs of our school including technology, recreational, educational, and building maintenance projects. The weekly Lenten Fish Fry is one of their biggest fundraisers. They are in need of volunteers, so please consider choosing a week to help out!
  
To see where help is needed, please click here:  signupgenius.com
Optimist Club Oratorical Competition
Congratulations to the winners of our local Optimist International Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Mobile Optimist Club 
First Place Female - Anna Watson
First Place Male - Ayden Bastek
Second Place Female - Emily Gillis
Second Place Male - William Porr
Third Place Female - Lizzy Porr
Third Place Male - Grant McNally
As our school’s first place winners, Anna Watson and Ayden Bastek both participated in 
Anna Watson and Ayden Bastek both represented Corpus Christi at the next level of a competition hosted by the Mobile Optimist Club at Azalea City Golf Course. We are proud to say that Anna won first place and will again represent our school at the next level of competition. 
Speech contestants
Cougars of the Month for February
Congratulations to the following students who were recently recognized as Cougars of the Month for February:
  • Sarah Kate McCarron
  • Royce Hammers
  • Maria Byrne
  • Edward Smith
  • Rafaela Silva
  • Vann Diaz
  • Mary Elizabeth Anderson
  • Elinor King
  • Marley Walsh
  • Stephany Pasquale
  • Ethan Nguyen
  • Olivia Johnson
  • Natalie Fisher
  • Aidan Fleming
  • Crosby Britain
  • Kesley Hicks
  • Hannah Zoghby
  • Joey Kountz
In addition, the following students were recognized as overall Cougars of the Month sponsored by our Partners in Education: 
  • Sarah Kate McCarron - Knights of Columbus
  • Mary Elizabeth Anderson - Payne Environmental Services
  • Aidan Fleming - Assist-2-Sell Realty
Also, one of our teacher assistants was recognized: 
Ms. Keri Williams - Professional Estimating Services
Pure and Simple Evening for 7th and 8th Grade Students and Parents 
Pure and Simple is an evening presented by the Department of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Mobile. The evening will present the Catholic view of what it means to be made male and female along with practical tips for living this truth. The primary goal of the event is to facilitate communication between students and their parents.

This event is for parents and students. The evening begins with Mass, followed by dinner and a large group presentation. The large group is then split up into smaller group presentations to parents, young women, and young men.
Please join us Wednesday evening, April 10 at our church. Mass will begin at 5:30 followed by dinner and presentations. It should conclude by 8:00. This is a free event, but please call the school office to make your reservation.
Counselor's Corner
This week we have been prepping for IOWAs! In Large Group Counseling I have been going over testing tips. I am including a fun family game that you all can utilize at home to help reinforce our lesson, " Donut Stress about the test". Students have also been learning "Brain Break" exercises. you may hear students discussing the safari squeeze, rhino roll, meerkat memory, warthog wink, zebra zigzag, and hippo hug. We are looking forward to a successful testing week!!! 

Special thanks to those of you who have sent in treasure chest rewards for our students working on weekly goals!!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Emily Smith, LICSW
Counselor
esmith@corpuschristicatholicparish.com
CCCS Spirit Night at Chipotle
We are having a spirit night at Chipotle (at the Schillinger Rd. & Airport Blvd. store) on Tuesday, April 16th. 33% of the sales from our guests will be donated to the school.
Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser hosted by the CCS PTO and Booster Club that will be held on Saturday, May 4 .

Tickets to the event will be available soon. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, information can be found HERE .
Uniform Sale at Zoghby's
Be part of the "early bird" special! If you shop between April 8 - 13, you receive 10% off . Our uniform information and prices can be found HERE.
Box Tops for Education
We are so appreciative to CCS parent, Christine Staton, for being the coordinator of the Box Tops for Education program! We are close to reaching our goal of $1500 for the year. So, keep sending in the box tops that you collect.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
March 27
ITBS Testing Begins

April 5
5th grade field trip to Pensacola 

April 12
Field Day

April 15
7th Grade Field Trip to Exploreum 

April 16
8th Grade Field Trip to Chrism Mass
Spirit Night at Chipotle

April 17
Living Stations

April 19
No School, Easter Holidays Begin

April 29
School Resumes 

The complete April calendar can be found HERE.
Corpus Christi Parish News
Lenten Activities
Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6:30 p.m. followed by evening Mass at 7:00 p.m., through April 12

Communal Reconciliation Service, Monday, April 10, 7 p.m.
40 Days for Life
Spring Campaign 2019!

Through Palm Sunday, April 14
We want to cover the abortion site in prayer from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Palm Sunday, April 14. To sign up for vigil hours, visit www.40daysforlife.com/mobile, or contact Corpus Christi’s 40 DFL Coordinator, Mae Rehm, 251-554-2032 or maemouse@aol.com.
2018-2019 Sacramental Dates for 2nd Graders
Sat, May 4, 2019: First Eucharist Practice, 10 am, Church.
Sun, May 5, 2019: First Eucharist Mass, 1 pm
Adult Religious Education (R.C.I.A.)
Presented by Fr. James F. Zoghby

Continuing education for Catholic and other adults interested in learning more about and/or joining the Catholic Church. Meetings are in the Adult Ed. Room in the Community Center. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 342-1852 to speak to one of the priests or email Church@CorpusChristiParish.com.