Dear Parents and Families,

We continue our school-wide theme of exploring mindfulness as presented in the book I Am

Peace. Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Bechard, and Mrs. Sadak presented to the faculty this month’s topic: using our 5 Senses for Peace and Mindfulness.

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed, or have trouble controlling our worry, and tend to expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. Maybe we experience these feelings outwardly, demonstrating irritability or apathy, maybe we carry this within our body and can notice the tension within; a tight chest or racing heart. Right now, even the smallest sudden sound or request might send you through the roof. We have all been there to varying degrees.

The goal is to learn to manage stress more skillfully while keeping in mind that the key element must always be to become aware of the worry or your stressors. Enter: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing. Mindfulness can help us to become less reactive to stressors by providing some space between what happens and our reaction and this is where our freedom lies. And guess what? We were born with tools to get started: our five senses.

Try a sense strategy to help you become mindful.

Breath. Try the 4-7-8 method. This technique forces the mind and body to focus on regulating the breath, rather than replaying your worries. It can slow a racing heart or calm nerves.

First, let your lips part and exhale completely through your mouth. Next, close your lips, inhale through your nose as you count to four in your head. Hold your breath for seven seconds. Then exhale from your mouth for eight seconds. Practice this pattern for four full breaths.

Sight. Distract your racing mind by finding as many things in your line of sight of similar color. Then try to count how many of those things there are. You can even take it a step further and challenge yourself to find colors in order of the rainbow.

Sound. Close your eyes and listen. Hard. Notice the humming sound that ‘Nothing’ makes.

Notice how it becomes louder as you allow your mind to focus on it. Notice the other sounds that surround you. Are the birds chirping? Are the trees singing along with the wind? Focus on the sounds. Notice the patterns, the rhythm of the world around you.

Taste. Take a bite or drink of whatever suits you. This could be a piece of chocolate, a sip of coffee or tea, a scoop of ice cream…totally your choice. Don’t swallow just yet…instead,

concentrate on the sensation in your mouth. Is it hot? Is it cold? Is it smooth or rough? Focus on what you’re tasting. Is it bitter, sweet, savory or refreshing? Now swallow. How does it feel moving down your throat? Can you still ask your taste buds to recall the taste just a little? Do this process several times and really savor the act of eating or drinking.

Touch. Wherever you happen to be, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Bring your

attention to your sense of touch, starting at the bottom. If you are barefoot, notice how the

ground feels on your soles. If you have shoes on, wiggle your toes and notice how you can draw your attention to each of them as they touch the shoe surrounding your foot. Next, observe the fabric as it touches the skin on your legs or how the air feels on them if they are bare. Now, bring your mind’s focus to where you're sitting and how you're sitting. Become aware of your posture and limbs. Lastly, note the sun on your skin or the temperature of the room. Is there a breeze or a stillness? Breathe in. Breathe out. Relax your muscles. Unclench your jaw. Sit.

When life becomes overwhelming or you find yourself feeling anxious, try one of these five

approaches that are right at your fingertips and always within reach. The purpose of all of

these is to calm you and center your mind.

The faculty and I wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We are looking forward to 2024 and the many adventures we will share at Corpus Christi School.


Mrs. Ann T. Sarpu

Important Dates

January 2                   

Classes Resume

January 3                            

Barnes & Noble Dress Down

January 5                            

First Friday Mass; 9:00 A.M.

January 10                          

Letters from Santa Dress Down

January 12                          

Early Dismissal PLC        


January 15                          

No School – Martin Luther King Day

January 17                                

Birthday Dress Down

January 19                          

Rosary Prayed: 9:00 A.M.

CCS Night at the Hartford Wolfpack

January 24                           

Letters from Santa Dress Down      


January 28                          

Catholic Schools Week

Mass: Time TBA

Open House: Immediately Following

January 31                         

Letters from Santa Dress Down  


Corpus Christi School Calendar 2023-2024
January Lunch Menu

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

ALL preschoolers MUST have a Flu Shot prior to returning to school 1/2/2024. Anyone that returns without one will be required to go home if they come to school without documentation per State Law.

Thank you,

Mrs. Cowan RN BS

Corpus Christi School Nurse


Fundraising Events 2023-2024
Social Events 2023-2024

If you have any questions, please email:

Diane Bairos [email protected]

Cristina Tomas [email protected]

Andrea Caruso [email protected] 

CCS Night at the

Hartford Wolf Pack

When: January 19th 7:00 PM

Where: XL Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford

Purchase Deadline: January 15th 5:00 PM

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Shop Corpus Christi School

1st Place Spiritwear: Home of the Cougars 

Our Corpus Christi apparel shop includes a variety of more than 150 different

clothing options to choose from including t-shirtshoodies, pajamas, and accessories.

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Sadie Hawkins: Saturday, February 10th

Family Fun Night: Friday, April 19th

Yard Goats Game: Date coming soon.

Join Our Martial Arts at Corpus Christi!


When: Every Tuesday

Time: 2:10pm - 3:10pm

Payment: $69/month



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VIRTUS Training for Parent Volunteers

Any parent who would like to volunteer for any event or activity at Corpus Christi School needs to attend VIRTUS training and complete a Background Check. Send completed forms into the School Office.

Directions for online training:

Go to

Click "First Time Registrant"

Click "Begin the Registration Process".  

Registration should be completed under “Hartford” as in the Archdiocese. 

Background Check Form

Afternoon Pick-Up


  • Park in the school parking lot. Not along the driveway or fence area.
  • Walk up to retrieve your child from their teacher (Grades K – 5)

Reminder about Absences

If your child is absent or leaves school early due to illness they cannot attend any evening school events.