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Cougar Chronicle March 2021
Dear Parents,

On March 19 we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph! Pope Francis proclaimed 2021 “A Year of Saint Joseph”. Saint Joseph was an ordinary person with extraordinary graces. The foster father of the Son of God, Pope Francis says, was “a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father . . . a father in the shadows.” Saint Joseph is a model for every father and every Catholic as the head of the Holy Family, the husband of the Mother of God, and the foster-father of the Son of God. 

Pope Francis wrote in his Apostolic Letter his personal reflection on Saint Joseph against the backdrop of the pandemic.  “We experienced, amid the crisis, how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked.” “People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history,” the Pope writes. “Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others. They understood that no one is saved alone.” “… How many are praying, making sacrifices, interceding for the good of all.” At the conclusion of his Letter, he offered A Prayer to Saint Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:


Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

To celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, we will conclude our school day by praying together the Prayer to Saint Joseph.

Thank you for your continued support. Your children are true gifts from God!

Peace,
Mrs. Ann T. Sarpu

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!
DATES
March 2nd Dr. Suess Day (dress in red and white)
March 5th First Friday Mass 9:00 AM
March 8th Reconciliation Grade 2, 9:00 AM
March 10th Birthday Dress Down Day
March 11th End of Term
March 17th Dress Festive for St Patrick's Day
March 18th Report Cards Distributed
March 19th Feast of St. Joseph
Rosary 9:30 AM
March 24th No School, Faith Formation
March 26th Half Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 29th Half Day
March 30th Jersey Day (wear your favorite team Jersey)
March 31st Pajama Day (donation of $3)
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GOLF TOURNAMENT UPDATE - DATE CHANGE
 We are excited to share with you that Fore the Children, the Corpus Christi School Golf Tournament, is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 1st at Wampanoag Country Club. We are working diligently with the Club to ensure that we are taking the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. This new date will ensure we can have the best day for our golfers and sponsors in the safest environment. Plan now so you can extend your Memorial Day weekend and join us on that Tuesday for a fun day on the links! Check your email for more details this week.


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A FRIENDLY REMINDER
Drop Off Procedures
If you are using Cotwell Street for drop off, we ask that you have your children ready to exit the vehicle when you pull up. Cars are backing up down the street and creating traffic issues. Please make sure students have their backpacks and any other items they may need readily available. If the students need more time, it's probably better if you park in front of the school and walk up with them. If you are using the drop off lane, please pull up as far as possible before dropping off and make sure the students exit the car on the curbside only. Traffic is ONE WAY ONLY. Please DO NOT make a U-TURN in the drop off area. As always, the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. If you have any questions, please call the School Office
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It's time to register now
for the 2021 -2022 School Year!


  • Enrollment for 2021 -2022 is now open! You may now log in to Educonnect and you will see a message allowing you to enroll for September of 2021.

  • You will be prompted to ensure your contact, family, emergency, and transportation information is accurate at this time.

  • Your registration fee of $225 per student with a $450 family max will be charged to your FACTS account payable in April, 2021. This fee is non-refundable.

  • Your tuition payment terms will be carried over from the 2020-2021 payment cycle.


  • Any questions or concerns please contact the office.


Please note that on February 26th all current students will be registered for the 2021 - 2022 school year and a $225 per student non-refundable registration fee will be charged to your account payable by April.

If you do not plan on returning to the school in September you must notify the office in writing prior to February 26th.
Seussational Reminder!

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is Tuesday, March 2nd and Corpus Christi will be celebrating on this day!
We are asking that students come to school on Tuesday, March 2nd dressed in red and white tops to celebrate this special date. Students may wear jeans or dark pants. 
News from the Enrollment Office 
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy with re-registering you, our current families, along with conducting tours for prospective families. Please continue to share the good news about Corpus Christi School with your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Our preschool and kindergarten programs are very popular so we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to join our great school!! We also have limited availability in Gr. 1 - 8. Please feel free to share our website and social media links with interested families. I will continue conducting personalized tours for interested families at their convenience. In order to schedule one, they can either email me at cantico@corpuschristischoolct.org or call 860-529-5487 and ask for Coleen Antico. If you refer a family who enrolls, you can receive a $250 tuition credit for next year through our Referral Program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experiences here at CCS!
Corpus Christi Summer Extension
The Corpus Christi Summer Extension is now accepting students. Please click HERE to see the exciting schedule of activities. Select your weeks, days, and times. We're a summer camp that fits your precise schedule!

Register now, pay later!
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
Over the next few weeks, I will be performing vision screenings on your child if they are in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 3-5 inclusive. If time permits, I will also screen the Preschoolers as this can identify a potential problem a lot sooner. Children do not need to worry, the exam is quick and painless and consists of a small digital camera that quickly measures pupil size, alignment, focus, power equality, and difficulty with near or far vision. This is similar to those that have been performed by the Lion’s Club and I will use the same Spot Vision screener by Welch Allyn. This camera is more sophisticated than a simple Snellen Eye Chart that measures distance only and although it cannot diagnose, it can identify potential issues with vision that may have changed since your child’s last vision screening. Should a problem be found, you will be contacted with a letter for referral to have further testing and diagnosis by an eye doctor or optician.
 
If your child wears glasses, your child will be tested with glasses off and then on, so please make sure your child remembers to wear them to school.
 
If you decide to opt out of the screening, please provide a written note as well as a documented vision exam done by your child’s doctor or eye physician that has occurred within the past year. Screenings are mandated by the Department of Education as any deficit can affect your child’s ability to learn.
 
If your child is a Remote Learner and wishes to participate, please contact me at scowan@corpuschristischoolct.org as soon as possible and I can set up an appointment for your child.
 
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
Mrs. Sue Cowan RN BS
Corpus Christi School Nurse
It is imperative that everyone follow new or updated Health Guidelines that are written in the Monday Memo every Monday. We are doing everything we can to keep the School open and safe for all but we need everyone to be informed as things are changing weekly. Please refer to Travel restrictions under ct.gov/coronavirus if you plan to travel to other States in the coming weeks for updated restrictions. Anyone that travels to a red zone State must quarantine for 10 days or obtain a PCR COVID test prior to return to School.
A rapid test will not be accepted.
Mandatory Fundraising Obligation:
Fundraising opportunities that are applied towards your HSA fundraising obligation of $440.00 end on April 30, 2021. This is in addition to the FITS gift card program. Outstanding HSA fundraising obligations will be due through FACTS in May.  Please see the attachment below for fundraising opportunities.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts:
To show our appreciation for all of their hard work, the HSA will be providing breakfast for teachers, staff, and administration on Monday, April 19, and Monday, June 7. Thank you in advance to Margaret Lallier and Diane Bairos for volunteering to provide the breakfasts. 
Thank you to Jordan Coe for providing our Teacher Appreciation Breakfast in February. 

Register Your Shopping Accounts and CCS Receives Money at No Extra Cost to You:

ShopRite:      
   CCS Code 50081
   * must reenroll yearly *

Stop & Shop:  
 CCS Code 07262

Amazon Smile:  
 Christ the King Parish Corporation

  Double Good Popcorn:
Order forms and payment are due to the office on Monday, March 8th. Checks are to be made payable to “Corpus Christi School.” The online store has closed.
See link below for more information.
BOX TOPS NEWS
Join me in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need -
equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!
Use this referral code SN197TWU when you sign up and you’ll get 30 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 02/17/2021, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here: