The Cougar Connection
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 22, 2021
Dear Families, 

We are now in the holy season of Lent. Lent is a time of reflection and of our turning our hearts to God. As we begin this Lenten journey toward a greater union with Christ, we hope to strengthen our faith through devoted practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 
Sincerely,
Bible Verse
Our Bible verse focus for the month of February is Matthew 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 Angel of God prayer.
NCEA Distinguished Graduate and Business Partner Recognition
We will welcome Father Gil Pierre to our campus tomorrow. He will celebrate Mass in our church, and we will honor him as our Distinguished Graduate. In addition, we will also honor Rusty McCarron with McCarron Services as our Outstanding Business Partner.
Fish Fry Fridays
This Friday is our first Fish Fry of the Lenten Season. Our PTO looks forward to serving everyone! Please note that the Fish Fry is drive-thru only. Volunteers are still needed. If you are able to assist, please sign-up HERE.
American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge
Our students are raising money for the American Heart Association by participating in their Jump Rope for Heart program. You can learn how to sign your student up by accessing the following link:  http://www2.heart.org/goto/corpuschristischool
Summer Camp Program
We are now accepting registration for our 2021 Summer Camp Program. It is open to all of our K2 - 1st-grade students this year (going into K3 - 2nd grade). The program begins Tuesday, June 1st, and will end on Friday, July 30. Please see the attached registration form for program hours and tuition. The registration deadline is March 15.

IOWA Test
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills will be given March 10-25. Please do not schedule appointments or other activities during those testing dates.
Changes to our Lunch Program
As a reminder, our food service provider made the change to online orders only. Parents are able to order lunches in advance and you have until 11:59 p.m. each night to preorder for the next day. All parents should have received an email from Lexington Food Service Director, Alexis Davis, with information about creating an online account and instructions on how to place your order. If you did not receive the email or if you have questions concerning lunch orders, please contact Alexis Davis with Lexington Food Services.

Alexis Davis
Food and Service Director
Office.251.342.1288
alexis.davis@LexingtonIndependents.com
2021 COUGAR SWAG
Parents have requested and now is the chance to purchase! A PTO subcommittee has been collecting information about ordering Cougar Swag but we need to justify purchasing minimum quantities for products. Please fill out this simple survey so we can gauge interest.

Cougar Character
We have had many students earn Cougar Character awards recently. Students can build Cougar Character by being: 
Compassionate
Honest
Attentive
Respectful
Agreeable
Considerate
Trustworthy
Enthusiastic
Reliable
Students earn “paw points” when these character traits are displayed. Once a set number of paw points are earned, students receive a certificate along with a few other incentives. Congratulations to the following students who recently earned a Cougar Character award: 

Sarah Ryan 
Madison Wallace
Callan Moore
Audrey Woodard
Brooks Faust
Cooper Lartigue
Evan Daigle
Lauren Mullen 
Washington DC Trip
Attention parents of current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders!

Our middle school trip to Washington, DC is quickly approaching next year! We will travel in April 2022!

Don’t wait to sign up your child for this awesome experience!

Click here to see what students have to say about DC!

Register online at www.worldstrides.com/signup or call WorldStrides Customer Service at 1-800-468-5899. Use Trip ID # 187852

Pay a deposit, and spread the remainder into easy monthly installments. Encourage your student to use the Gift of Education E-Cards and Facebook tools so that friends and family can help them reach their goals!

Financial Assistance is available! Call customer service to get a quote. (You do not need to be registered to get a quote.)

Contact Laura Rahmel at lrahmel@gmail.com or 504-259-8350 for more information or watch the 16-minute parent presentation.
Yearbooks on sale NOW!
There are exciting changes for the 2020 - 2021 yearbook! It will include events from the entire school year. As a result, the yearbook will not be distributed until we return to school in August. However, the deadline to purchase a yearbook is this spring. They are on sale NOW. Click below to order yours today.

SCRIP News
Click on image to see the list of retailers in the coupon book.
A HUGE shout out to the 20 families that are actively submitting receipts on the Box Tops App! We now have a total of $192 earned for the school year!
While the pink box tops are becoming harder to find we did have 51 submitted! THANK YOU for taking the time to clip and turn those in.

Since the program moved digital there are fewer and fewer pink box tops to clip though there are still some out there. This is why scanning your receipts is so important for this FREE MONEY program to work.

If you still have any of the UNEXPIRED pink box tops, please send them to school NOW! Many of them expire on 3/1/2021! I still have time to send them in for credit.

If you are not using the Box Tops for Education app please consider doing so. This is free money for the school and all you have to do is scan your receipt.
The app is very easy to use and had lots of bonuses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Christine Stanton, 251-232-9364 or cpstanton2013@gmail.com
Upcoming Dates to Remember
Complete March calendar can be found HERE.

February 25
A is for Africa Just .25 day
Spring Picture Day, Out of Uniform Pk-5

March 5
Teacher Professional Development, No School for Students

March 10
ITBS Testing Begins

March 12
3rd Quarter Ends
Food Pantry Friday
Corpus Christi Church News
Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass : 5:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Masses: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Sunday Mass is also available on the parish website and YouTube channel. Each Sunday, Mass is posted at 6 a.m. and is available for viewing anytime, any day, along with all previous online Masses.

Weekday Mass:
6:30 a.m. Monday - Friday (please sit on the left side of the church)
8:15 a.m. Monday - Saturday (please sit on the right side of the church)
No one is obligated to attend Mass on Sundays. Archbishop Rodi asks those who choose to attend public Masses to cooperate with Governor Ivey's request to wear masks in church.
Friday Stations of the Cross & Mass
Every Friday during Lent, Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Pro-Life News
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Palm Sunday, March 28: 40 Days for Life Spring 2021 campaign.

Ways you can be involved:

1. Pray & Fast for an end to abortion.

2. Sign up to pray for one hour/week or just one hour the whole campaign at the abortion facility, Planned Parenthood, 717 Downtowner Loop West.

3. Reach out in our community by spreading the joy of LIFE. Wear precious feet, pass out pro-life literature, put a pro-life sign in your yard, get educated, and then educate others about the evil of abortion and the beauty of LIFE.

Opportunities to pray - Saturdays, 9 am, Feb 20 - Mar 27 Rosary at PP sidewalk with Msgr. Wall. and Tues., Mar. 23, 7:15 am, Mass at PP sidewalk with Fr. Steve Williams

Healing After Abortion: Confidential, compassionate help is available at HopeAfterAbortion.org for anyone you know.

Info: Mae & Chris Rehm, 554-2032 or at maemouse@aol.com
Children’s First Eucharist
Practice: Saturday, April 24, at 10:00 a.m. in Church.

First Eucharist Mass: Sunday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m. in Church.

Info: Jennifer Pritchett, PCL at jennypritchett22@gmail.com
High School Confirmation Candidates
H.S. Senior Class of 2024
Masks and social distancing are required at all meetings
Sunday, April 18, 3-4:30 pm, in the Banquet Hall.
Info: awentworth.confirmation@gmail.com
R.C.I.A.
We extend a special welcome to all who wish to join the Catholic Church. We also extend a special welcome home to Catholics who have been away from the Church because of sacramental marital status or any reason.

To receive more information about joining the Church, you can contact us through the following ways.

Call: 342-1852 and leave your name & phone number.
Email: Church@CorpusChristiParish.com.
Join us on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the Corpus Christi Community Center, wearing masks and keeping social distancing.

Please Note!
If attendance at the classes is problematic for any reason, other arrangements can always be made. Our “R.C.I.A.” program is always flexible to make it easy for all who wish to join the Catholic Church."
Morning Women's Bible Study
Thursday morning women's bible study is held 9:15 - 10:45 in the conference room, on the 2nd floor of the community center. All will safely distance and wear a mask. Nursery will NOT be provided. All women are invited to share this journey of faith and fellowship. Please contact Patti Hughes at 251-401-9623 or pm.hughes@comcast.net for more information.
Men of St. Joseph
Join the meeting in person or by phone.
Dial in: 251-665-2515. Conference ID: 102102#
Contact Jay Cox at 401-6070 or Auburn50@hotmail.com for more information.
Tuesday Night Bible Study
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays in the Parish House. Contact Dave Burchette, 367-6660 or davebur1955@gmail.com for more information.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Meetings are on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom.
Poor Box, Food, Clothing donations and “In-Need” Drop Box is at the SVDP table in the vestibule. To seek help, please call 251-366-6443. For more information, visit our website: SVDPCCC.org or our Facebook page at Saint Vincent de Paul Corpus Christi Conference-Mobile AL