December Cougar Chronicle
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Merry Christmas!
Dear Parents,
Responsibility is the virtue the children will emulate during the month of December. Using “The Children’s Book of Virtues” the children will learn what the virtue is and how to be responsible.

Responsibility is something all children need to learn. By helping your child develop responsibility, you are helping him/her reach his/her full potential. Responsibility involves making decisions, being trusted, and learning to take credit for one's actions -- whether good or bad.

We all want to raise responsible children. Children will be responsible to the degree that we support them. They need to feel like they matter to the world, like their lives make a positive contribution. I am offering a few everyday tips to increase your child’s “response-ability” quotient.

Raise your child with the expectation that we always clean up our own messes . Begin by helping your child, until he/she learns it. They will learn it faster if you can be cheerful and kind about it and remember not to worry about ‘spilled milk’.

Remember that no child in his right mind wants to do "chores." Unless you want your child to think of contributing to the family as drudgery, don't "make" him do chores without you until they are a regular part of your family routine, and one that your child does not resist. Your goal isn't getting this specific job done, it's shaping a child who will take pleasure in contributing and taking responsibility.

Don’t rush to bail your child out of a difficult situation.  Be available for problem-solving, helping him work through his feelings and fears, and insuring he doesn’t just sidestep the difficulty, but let him handle the problem himself, whether it requires offering an apology or making amends in a more concrete way.

Focus on helping your child take charge of his life and support him as necessary to learn each new skill. By doing so your child will want to step into each new responsibility. Instead of your "holding him responsible," he becomes motivated to take responsibility for himself. It's a subtle shift, but it makes all the difference in the world.

Peace,
Ann T. Sarpu
12/2 - Advent Wreath Lighting – Monday 7:55 A.M.
12/2 - End of the First Trimester
12/4 - Wreath Delivery
12/5 - Christmas Concert: Grade 1-3; 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
12/5 - Christmas Concert: PreK4 & K; 10:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
12/5 - Early Dismissal
12/5 - Barnes & Noble: 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
12/6 - Feast of Saint Nicholas
12/6 - First Friday Mass: 9:00 A.M.
12/9 - Advent Wreath Lighting - Monday 7:55 A.M.
12/9 - HSA Meeting immediately following the State of The School   
12/10 - Gala Meeting in the Art Room at 8:00 A.M.
12/10 - Christmas Concert & Band: Grade 4, 5, & 6: 6:00 P.M.
12/13 - Report Cards Distributed    
12/13 - Advent Project Dress Down Day                            
12/16 - Advent Wreath Lighting - Monday 7:55 A.M.
12/16 - State of the School: 6:00 P.M.           
12/16 -18 - Santa’s Workshop
12/20 - Christmas Dress Down and festive
12/ 20 - Early Dismissal                                
12/25 - Merry Christmas!
1/2 - Classes Resume
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LETTERS FROM SANTA
Throughout the month of December, we’re doing a fun, new program, Letters from Santa, which gives you the opportunity to win an exciting variety of prizes. For just $20, you get to choose your “Letter from Santa” from poster boards in the lobby. You could win a lunch treat, homework pass, Dress Down Day, Corpus Christi School swag, toy, new bike, or cash. Everyone is a winner as there are no empty envelopes. Please send your donation, in a clearly labeled envelope, to the office and your student can choose their letter. If you prefer, you can also purchase letters when you’re at school, perhaps for the Christmas Concert, State of the School, or when you’re picking up your student. You don’t want to miss out on the Christmas fun so don’t delay as we have a limited number of envelopes available!!
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, we have sent out an email invitation to the 2020 Gala and are asking you to click the link to purchase tickets. To avoid triggering any paper followup, we ask that if you are planning on attending, please RSVP as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your help with our efforts!  
We'd like ALL of our students to stop by Barnes and Noble in Glastonbury this Thursday. December 5th to participate in our school-wide fundraiser there. Our teachers will be hosting Storytime throughout the afternoon and we will sing a few Christmas carols at 3pm. Come and show your Cougar pride!! Each student who attends will get a free dress down day as a thank you for their participation. We look forward to seeing you there!!
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Severe Weather Update

If school is delayed in opening the school day will begin at 9:45 A.M. (a 2 hour delay)
If school is released early the school day will end at 12:00 P.M.
Tune into WFSB for school closings for delays.

Before and After Care
In the event of a delay before care will begin at 8:45 A.M.
In the event of an early dismissal after care will NOT be available.
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The Corpus Christi School Student Council will be holding PJ and storybook drive to benefit Mercy Housing and Shelter. Please bring in new items by December 13th.
Everyone who brings in an item may dress down on Advent Project Dress Down Day on December 13th.
State Of The School PLEASE RSVP

Father Nick, Mrs. Sarpu and the Corpus Christi School Board cordially invite you to attend the 2019 State of the School Address. This presentation will provide an overview of the school’s financial status, academic programs, and student life. It also affords you the opportunity to learn and inquire about priorities for the year ahead. For your convenience, there are both morning and evening sessions.

Please join us either Monday, December 9 th  at 8am or Monday, December 16 th  at 6pm.

An active and engaged parent community makes our school even stronger, we hope to see you there. 

Upcoming Events and News From Christ The King Parish
United Way Campaign
Please remember Corpus Christi School when designating your gift through United Way this year. Our school code is AGO855.
 
Please note the school name may now be listed as US Catholic Conference - Corpus Christi School. The code however is the same as last year. Rest assured that your donation is coming directly to the school.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases.
Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations. Sign up today! We are listed as Christ The King Parish Corporation. 
It's flu season!
 
ALL PRE-K STUDENTS are REQUIRED to get the Flu vaccination by December 31, 2019. Forms will be sent home with the Pre-K students and please return to the school nurse as soon as your child has been vaccinated. Pre-K students must be vaccinated no later than December 31 st .
 
Protect both yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the influenza virus infection. You have the power to protect your family against flu this season by getting vaccinated! 
Corpus Christi School Breakfast Information
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Thursday, 12/05/2019
Corpus Christi School
Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

Glastonbury and Online: Mention Corpus Christi School at checkout or use the CCS book fair code (12567848) online when you shop on 12/05 and a portion of the sales go to CCS. There will be mystery readers and caroling scheduled throughout the afternoon, more details to follow.  

HELP NEEDED
Volunteers are needed to sell SCRIP cards after masses on 12/7 and 12/8.  The parishioners look forward to buying gift cards to help support our school. You can sign-up to volunteer at the link below:
 
Santa’s Workshop
12/16/19 - 12/18/19
Christmas is right around the corner!!
 If you come across unused/unwanted gifts or wrapping items that we could use in our Santa’s Workshop this year, please drop them off at the front desk. We are collecting all year long. With your help we hope to have a great shop this Christmas!

Contact: Carmela Indomenico
860-604-1912 cdinurse@aol.co m
Santa's Helpers Needed!!!

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A very special thank you to Diane Bairos and Carmela Indomenico for co-chairing the Sadie Hawkins Dance.  It was a great time for all and we were able to raise over $3,000 towards our HSA goal!!
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping with the Sadie Hawkins Dance: 
 
Adriana Sokaitis 
Carla Love
Shannon Walker
Jennie Piazza
Sharon Torneo
Margaret Lallier
Brian Hubbs
LeAnne Lombardo
Kristin Ardolino
Joanna Musial
Tiffany Spinella
Susan Triglia
Christie Fagan
Kristen Lombardo
Nkiruka Egbuna
Martha Escudero
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with HSA events this past month:
 
Heather Epright (November Birthday Baker)
Diane Raymond (Dream Dinners)
Shannon Walker (Bertucci's Fundraiser)
Diane Bairos (SCRIP sales after mass)
Jennifer Malash (SCRIP sales after mass)
Kelly Bucchi (SCRIP sales after mass)
Joanna Musial (Pie & Cookie Fundraiser)
Carmela Indomenico (Pie & Cookie Fundraiser)
Cory Fournier (Pie & Cookie Fundraiser)
Jenna Fusco (Pie & Cookie Fundraiser)
Richard DiNinni (Pie/Cookie & Cherrydale Fundraisers)
Tori Meisinger (Pie/Cookie & Cherrydale Fundraisers)
Rosa Iavecchia (Cherrydale Fundraiser)
Jennie Piazza (Cherrydale Fundraiser)
Retail Memberships
Due to changes in the registration format, we are unable to register your membership cards for you. Please take the time to register your cards. Please spread the word to your friends and family, every little bit helps!
 
ShopRite School Code:  
50081
 
Register at:
  
Stop & Shop School Code:
07262
 
Register at:
  
Big Y is not offering an educational rewards program this year.