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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
Dear Parents, 

Living on the Gulf Coast, we are all too aware of the devastation that hurricanes can cause. Our thoughts and prayers have been with our Florida neighbors as they endure the effects of Hurricane Michael. Many have lost everything they own. Through Catholic Social Services, our Archdiocese is currently collecting goods to assist those who reside in areas that were devastated by the storm. Please see the flyer below for items that are requested. You may drop items off at Catholic Social Services, located at 188 South Florida Street. For your convenience, you may also drop off your donations in our school office and we will make sure they are delivered to Catholic Social Services.
Red Ribbon Week
It is Red Ribbon Week! This week is devoted to learning how to live a healthy and drug free life. Make plans to join us on Friday, October 26th at 10:15 as we participate in our ‘Red-Ribbon Run’ Students may wear shorts and their Red Ribbon Run shirt to school that day. T-shirts will be provided compliments of Dr. Oyler at Compass Urgent Care. 

Congratulations to 8th grader Anna Grace Sparks who was selected for our Red Ribbon Leadership Award.  

Here is the schedule of our week’s activities: 
● Monday 10/22:”Wake up Drug Free”
○ Wear your PJs.
● Tuesday 10/23: “Hats off to Being Drug Free”
○ Students should remove hats before mass.
● Wednesday 10/24: “Make Superhero Choices”
○ Dress up as your favorite superhero
● Thursday, October 25: “Wild about Being Drug Free”
● Friday, October 26 : “Red Ribbon Fun Run”
○ Students wear t-shirts donated by Dr. O/Compass Urgent Care
○ Run begins at 10:15, please join us!

**Remember with the exception of our Friday Fun Run, middle school students are not allowed to wear shorts for out of uniform days. Click HERE for the permission slip that must be signed for students to participate in the fun run.
Parent Conferences and Report Cards
Report card conferences will be held this evening (10/22) from 4:00-6:30. If you would like to speak with your child's teacher, middle school teachers will be available in the banquet hall and Kindergarten-fifth grade teachers will be available in their classrooms. This should be a brief conference. If you feel you need more time to meet with a teacher, please let them know and they will be glad to schedule a separate conference with you on another day.

For your convenience this first quarter, report cards will be available to be pick up in the atrium from 2:00-6:30. If you would rather print your report card at home, you may log onto Rediker, choose e-locker from the bar of options at the top of the screen, and then click on the e-portfolio tab. If you try to print from the report card tab on Rediker, it will just print a generic grade report. It is not our actual report card. 

The first quarter awards ceremony will be held immediately following Mass on Tuesday, 10/23. Honor Roll and Principal List awards will be given in grades 4-8. In addition, Christian Attitude recipients for grades K-8 will be recognized during Mass.
First Quarter Award Ceremony 
The First Quarter Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 23, following Mass. Students in grades 4-8 meeting the following award criteria will be recognized: 

Honor Roll - a minimum of 5 “A’s”, the rest “B’s”, and nothing below “S” in Special Classes. Students must have a G or O in conduct. 

Principal's List – This award is given to a student who receives all “A’s” and nothing below “S” in special classes. Students must have a G or O in conduct. 

In addition, students in K-8 are eligible to be honored with the Christian Attitude Award. This award is given quarterly to two students in each class who consistently display Christian values, attitudes, and actions. 

Parents will be notified by the teacher if their student is receiving an award. Our Christian Attitude recipients will be recognized during mass. 
Hurricane Michael Collection
Please consider donating items to  Catholic Social Services  to help the victims of Hurricane Michael.
Archangel Radio Pledge Drive
Tune into Archangel Radio, 1410 AM, on Thursday at 11:00 to hear some of our very own CCCS middle school students speaking about some of the great things we have going on at our school. 
Parent Preview at McGill
McGill-Toolen High School is hosting their annual Parent Preview night this Thursday. The program is open to all students and families (from all grade levels) who are interested in learning more about McGill!
Thanksgiving Baskets
November will soon be upon us and Corpus Christi students and faculty will soon be collecting non-perishable, Thanksgiving food items for baskets that are made and delivered throughout our local community. Please see the attached list of items being collected. Items should be brought in by Friday November 16. Each child will be participating in the offertory at Mass on November 20. If you would like to also make a monetary donation to aid our parish in purchasing items, that would be welcomed. We are such a generous community; let's do our part to fill the baskets! HERE is the list of needed items by grade.
Bible Verse
During the month of October we will learn Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Our prayer focus is Hail Holy Queen. 
Cougar of the Month
The following students were recently recognized as Cougars of the Month for the month of September: 
Vincent McAdams
Paige Calagaz
Cora Christ
Ella Netto
Jacob Pacher
Binh Nguyen
Skylar Stanton
Daniel Grantham
Lilly Heller
Colin McGinnis
Morgan Stanton
MacLynn DeLong
Heather Brooks
Jayde Dempsey
Gaby Jalkh
Dalyn McGuire
Colin Grady
Grayson Zoghby
In addition, the following students were recognized as overall Cougars of the Month for their grade levels. They were recognized at Mass and received a gift card sponsored by our Partners in Education.

Ella Netto, K-2, sponsored by Assist -2- Sell Realty
Morgan Stanton, 3-5, sponsored by Professional Estimating Services
Grayson Zoghby, 6-8, sponsored by Payne Environmental Services
In addition Stephany Pasquale was recognized as our Teacher of the Month, sponsored by our local Knights of Columbus.
Ella Netto
Morgan Stanton
Grayson Zoghby
School Advisory Council 
The most important task for the 2018-19 School Advisory Council (“SAC”) is determining the needs of our parents and students, and communicating those needs to our Principal. With that in mind, following are the members of the 2018-19 Corpus Christi SAC. If you ever have any questions about the school, or any issues you need to discuss, please either contact Mrs. Martin or one of our SAC members – that is why we are here!

School Advisory Council
David Walker, President 458-4759
Megan Sparks, Vice President, 463-3337

Jordan Kachel, Secretary, 623-3661

Nicky Cox, 232-1454

Melissa Overstreet, 648-8378

Brant Hanna 895-3259

Brian Heller 622-0617

Chris Zoghby 422-3325

The SAC report for Fall 2018 can be found by clicking HERE.
Not only has Ms. Smith been working with our Red Ribbon Week leadership award winner, Anna Grace Sparks, to plan the activities for the week, but she has also been conducting large group counseling sessions with each classroom. In addition, last week she started the "Kindness Rocks" program. More information about both programs can be found HERE.

Other things happening with counseling...
  • November 2 is the LAST day to enroll in Rainbows. Feel free to email Ms. Smith if you need more information.
  • We will be focusing on gratitude and filling up our Kindness Tree with leaves of thanks!
  • Ms. Smith will be going into classrooms focusing on career exploration, communication, and tools to aid in academic/school success.

Feel free to contact Ms. Smith at: esmith@corpuschristiparish.com
Yearbooks NOW on sale
Yearbooks are now on sale. Purchase yours before the price increases. Click below to order yours today!

With Thanks...from M&M Books and More
We are so thankful for the many supporters we have at our school. Through your support and patronage of M&M Books and More, they were able to donate $1,255.00 to our school. 
Child Protection Re-certification for Volunteers
Please remember that you must renew your annual Child Protection certification by October 31st each year. You may do this by visiting www.mobarch.org and click on Office of Child Protection. The school will be notified when you successfully complete the training.
CCS Robotics Team
We are looking to start a robotics program at Corpus Christi beginning next fall (August 2019). This team would compete in the BEST Jubilee contest in October 2019. Students in grades 6th – 8th are eligible to join the team.  There will be a meeting on Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in Mr. Stoyka’s classroom) for parents who are interested in learning more about the BEST program. The Hub Director of Jubilee BEST Robotics will be there to explain the program and answer any questions that you have. Parents of 5th – 7th graders are invited to attend! Contact Stephanie Gillis at sgillis@corpuschristiparish.com if you plan to attend the meeting or if you have any general questions. 
Safety - School Safety Zone
Ms. Voncille Smith, who directs our traffic, has requested that parents please remember to use your blinker when at the intersection of McKenna and Hillcrest. This needs to be done when entering and exiting the school, as it helps her to better safely direct our traffic flow. In addition, I ask that all drivers be mindful of our teachers on duty that are directing traffic on our campus. It is necessary to stop traffic in the morning and afternoons in order for our children to arrive and depart school safely. If you are asked to stop, it is for the safety of our children. Please be observant and respectful of all that are on duty.
PTO Boo Bash - this Saturday
Booster Club News
Click HERE for the complete calendar of events.
Basketball Registration - now open
CYO Basketball Registration open now thru 11/1/18!
Open to Grades 1st-8th.
Registration Fee is $95
Contact Josh Burkett or Eric Wittendorfer (co basketball directors) with any questions: basketball@ccsboosterclub.com
Scrip News!
We are now participating in Shoparoo! This is a free app for iOS and Android phones that allows anyone to take pictures of their shopping receipts and earn cash donations for their schools!
Just snap a picture of your grocery receipt on your smartphone, and voila, you've made an instant cash donation! You can also take pictures of your non-grocery receipts (from clothing stores, electronics stores, restaurants, home improvement stores, etc.) for entries into Shoparoo's cash donation sweepstakes that can reward a school up to $15,000! 
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 22
Start of Red Ribbon Week 
Parent Conferences-4:00-6:30

October 23
Awards Mass

October 25
8th grade field trip to McGill-Toolen Preview Day 
Archangel Radio Pledge Drive, CCCS students Live at 11:00

October 26
Red Ribbon Fun Run - 10:15
Noon Dismissal

October 29
Boo Bash Out of Uniform with t-shirt

November 1
All Saints Day, School Mass at 8:15 a.m.

November 2
Food Pantry Friday (Click HERE for the list of needed items)

November 6
Archbishop Rodi’s visit

November 8
Kindergarten Field Trip to Partridge Plantation

November 9
Toy Bowl Pep Rally 

November 10
Toy Bowl

The complete November calendar can be found HERE.
Corpus Christi Parish News
Women's Club
The CCWC has a pink table in the atrium in observance of breast cancer awareness month & info on the Oct. 27 Making Strides Walk. CCWC Officers are: President, Lois Gafford; Vice-Presedent, Jeanie Rubley; Secretary Ann Mackie; Treasurer Rachel Esfeller.
Men of St. Joseph 
Meetings are held Tuesdays, 7 to 8 a.m. in the Family Room. Also on Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. in the Parish House All men are welcome to meet for prayer, reading the Gospel, and discussion. Info: Damian Bell, 639-2522 or 367-4486 or Damian@rockbwm.com. Wed Evening Info: Walter Bracewell, 599-1650 or walter.bracewell@gmail.com
Women of Mary
The Women of Mary have their meeting on Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. Room 3 (2nd Floor, Community Center) All women are welcome to meet for prayer, reading the Gospel, and discussion. Lead by Sr. Deborah Kennedy, R.S.M., 753-4872.
Adult Religious Education (R.C.I.A.) 
Presented by Fr. James F. Zoghby. Continuing education for Catholic and other adults who would like to learn more about and/or join the Catholic Church. Meetings are in the Adult Ed. Room in the Community Center. No need to sign up: Just come! 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Introductory Class: Everything you want to know about the Catholic Church. Bring your questions. Ask or drop them in our Question Box. Further Information: Call 342-1852 to speak to one of the priests or email Church@CorpusChristiParish.com. 
Sing with the Choir
Sing with the Choir at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass. Practice in the church on 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. Next practice, Wed., Oct. 10. Instrumentalist? Check with director, Stephanie Callan.