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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
February 18, 2019
Dear Parents,

We will have a noon dismissal next Friday, March 1. The school will be closed on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 in observance of Mardi Gras. As we celebrate Mardi Gras, we also prepare our hearts for Lent. We will return to school on Wednesday, March 6. Please join us for Ash Wednesday Mass that morning at 8:15. Also, during the Lenten season, our students will participate in the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 2:15. Family members are always welcome to join us! 
Bible Verse of the Month
Our Bible verse focus for the month of February is M atthew 6:33.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”   

Our prayer focus is the Act of Contrition.   

"O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of si n."
First Eucharist Parent Information
There will be an informational parent meeting tonight (2/18) at 6:30 for parents of students receiving their First Eucharist. The First Eucharist Enrollment Mass will be this Sunday at 9:00, followed by a mini-retreat in the Banquet Hall. 
Spring Pictures - February 22
Students in grades Pk-5 will have spring pictures taken on Friday and are allowed to come out of uniform. 
"Just 25" - A is for Africa
Our next “Just 25” day is Monday, 2/25. Students are invited to contribute .25 cents to benefit the students at the Matim Primary School.
Pep Rally for Winter Sports-February 28
We will hold a pep rally on 2/28 to celebrate our winter sports seasons. It will begin at 2:15 Please join us! 
Mardi Gras Parades/Out of Uniform-March 1
Please join us for more Mardi Gras fun on Friday, March 1. The PK3 students will have a parade at 8:15. The Krewe of 4th graders will parade around the field at 11:00. Students may come out of uniform. Remember that students in grades 6-8 should not wear shorts or athletic pants.  We will dismiss at noon on this day. 
End of 3rd Quarter
Friday, March 8 will mark the End of the 3rd Quarter. Parent Conferences will be held on March 18 from 4:00-6:30. The quarterly awards mass will be held on March 19. 

Family Assessment
Please remember that the second half of your assessment fees ($100.00) will be debited from your account on either March 5th or 20th. 
Golden Apple Teacher Award
On Friday, February 8, Mr. Bill Riales from WKRG along with Swift Supply, Riviera Utilities, and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office presented Mrs. Toni Brown with the Golden Apple Award. Tune into WKRG on March 12 during the 5pm newscast to see Mrs. Brown’s interview. We are very proud of her! 
School Advisory Council
Please be advised that there have been recent changes to our officer positions within our School Advisory Council. We are grateful for the leadership and guidance that David Walker has provided during his recent years as School Advisory President. New officers are as follows:

Megan Sparks, President
Jordan Kachel, Vice President
Melissa Overstreet, Secretary

A complete list of Advisory Members is listed below: 
Megan Sparks, msparks@southalabama.edu
Jordan Kachel, jordankachel08@gmail.com
Melissa Overstreet, melissaoverstreet@gmail.com
Tracey Childs, childstm@bellsouth.net
Nicky Cox, nickyc5@hotmail.com
Brant Hanna, HannaB@cintas.com
Brian Heller, Dr.Heller@southerncancercenter.com
Chris Zoghby, chriszoghby@yahoo.com
Please adhere to our policy that children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has been diagnosed with the flu, please follow your doctor’s recommendations for returning to school. We are finding that children will be fever free for 24 hours, but then the fever reappears. Rest assured that when students are absent they are given ample time to make up work. It is most important that they are able to rest and heal. 

Middle School Math Opportunity 
Middle School Students are invited to participate in the First Annual Mobile Math Olympiad at the Alabama School of Math and Science on March 30. The registration deadline is March 15. Please click on the link below for registration information:

Counselor’s Corner
THANK YOU ALL, very much, for the yummy Edible Arrangement treats you gave me for School Counselor’s Week!! Working with your children has been such a blessing.
We have had a very busy start to 2019. Here’s a look at what we have been up to:

  • Fifth Grade GIRLS Group began meeting. We meet every two weeks to discuss issues and situations often experienced during pre-adolescent years. We cover topics such as Who am I?, Positive Body Image, Making Choices, Communication, Friendship, Self-Esteem, Handling Stress, and Reaching Out.

  • I am currently accepting parent permission slips for our Sixth Grade GIRLS Group.  

  • Each class engaged in career identification and exploration. 
  • Mrs. Joan Duncan, Penelope House Prevention Education Coordinator, visited classrooms this month.

  • The NED Show visited to engage our students in their Growth Mindset Mission. Remember, you may not be able to do it YET. Thank you for contributing to the yo-yo sale to help fund the NED Show.
6th Grade GIRLS Group will start up soon. Please turn in permission slips.

IOWA testing will begin March 27th. Please make sure that you child is present at school. Be on the lookout for test taking tips from me.  

I will be going into classrooms this month focusing on test taking and academic success.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Emily Smith, LICSW
School Counselor
One of our students answering a question during the NED Show.
The Debakey Drug Education vehicle visited campus for our 5th-7th graders.
National Junior Honor Society
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Corpus Christi Catholic School NJHS chapter:
  • Janna Bender
  • Crosby Britain
  • Katelyn Childs
  • Camille Dennis
  • Garrett Grantham
  • Kaitlyn Goff
  • Lauren Fridley
  • Maggie Heller
  • Helen Hendrix
  • Kelsey Hicks
  • Emily Hightower
  • Gaby Jalkh
  • Mark Jones
  • Meaghan Jones
  • Abby Langham
  • Sarah Lundy
  • Daylyn McGuire
  • Darby Murphy
  • Mary Evan Nelson
  • Emily Nguyen
  • Sadie Oberkirch
  • Marshall Robertson
  • Diana Tran
  • Cecilia Veasey
  • Trey Waters
  • Camille Wittendorfer
  • Ethan Wood
Crawfish for Cougars
Our Booster Club is hosting the 2nd annual "Crawfish for Cougars" fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 2 - 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the school. See the order form below. All proceeds will go directly to the Corpus Christi Booster Club to support our sports program.

Buy your yearbook TODAY!
The DEADLINE to purchase a yearbook is Friday, March 1. Don't miss out; buy yours TODAY!

Upcoming Dates to Remember
February 20
3rd grade presents Famous Americans

February 22
Spring Pictures - Out of Uniform for PK-5th grades only 

February 27
Second Grade Field Trip to Pensacola

February 28
Pep Rally for winter sports (2:15) 

March 1          
PK3 and 4th grade Mardi Gras Parades
Noon Dismissal

March 4-5       
Mardi Gras Holidays
No School

March 6
Ash Wednesday Mass (8:15)

March 8
3rd Quarter Ends
 Stations of the Cross (2:15) 

The complete March calendar can be found HERE.
Corpus Christi Parish News
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.

2018-2019 Sacramental Dates for 2nd Graders
Mon, Feb 18, 2019: 1st Eucharist Parent Mtg, 6:30pm Adult Ed Rm.
Sun, Feb 24, 2019: 1st Eucharist Enrollment Mass, 9am & 10am-12pm.
Sat, May 4, 2019: First Eucharist Practice, 10 am, Church.
Sun, May 5, 2019: First Eucharist Mass, 1 pm
Outback Weekend Retreat
A family retreat adventure of a lifetime just in time for Lent
Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10
Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile, Al. 36608
To register: Go online to www.mosjoutback.com

The Men of St Joseph Outback Weekend is a couples retreat and is about building, restoring & strengthening relationships. The weekend experience is designed to give parents/teens and husbands/wives a practical strategy for daily living, focusing on their relationship with God, their family, friends, the Church and community. The Men of St. Joseph Outback incorporates several reflective talks,
outdoor activities, good food and good music. Also included is the celebration of Mass, Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Archdiocesan SEARCH Retreat
Retreat Opportunity - High School Youth
Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, at Camp Baldwin in Elberta. This retreat is "for teens, by teens."Teens will experience a strong Catholic faith community. Info or to register www.ArchMobYouth.org or call the Office of Youth Ministry at 433-4138.