January Cougar Chronicle
Wishing you good times, good cheer, and a memorable new year.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Corpus Christi Community,

Happy New Year! 

January marks Catholic Schools Month. The theme for 2021 is Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, and Service. The theme focuses on concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. Corpus Christi School exemplifies the 2021 theme. Corpus Christi School epitomizes a strong community of faith. Each day I witness students and families building relationships. Christ calls us to build communities in which Christian love and charity is emulated. Relationship building in community lends itself to deepening of faith, strengthening of family, and caring for our neighbor, characteristics present at Corpus Christi School.

COVID-19 will make it challenging to get our school noticed during Catholic Schools Week. As parents, you are Corpus Christi School's biggest advocate and ambassador. I am asking for your help. I need you to speak to prospective families (families with children in Grades PreK-8) telling them the benefits they will receive at Corpus Christi School based on your experience as a parent. Speak about our strong community and our authentic concern for each other. Not to mention, our National Blue Ribbon status. Corpus Christi School is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our academic excellence. The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating a safe and welcoming environment where students master challenging and engaging content.

Please invite any perspective families to call the school office to answer any questions or set up a school tour.

I truly appreciate your assistance in the enrollment effort. As parents who have made the decision to send your children to Corpus Christi School there is no one better than you to talk about the vibrant learning environment that exists at Corpus Christi School!!!!

I look forward to an exciting 2021! Please feel free to call me to chat or share ideas so we can continue to make Corpus Christi School the best it can be!!

Mrs. Ann T. Sarpu
January Dates
January 4                            In Person School Resumes
January 8                            First Friday Mass; 9:00 A.M.
January 15                          Early Dismissal PLC                         
January 18                          No School – Martin Luther King Day
January 20                          Box Top Dress Down; $ 2.00 Donation
January 22                          Rosary Prayed: 9:30 A.M.            
January 27                          Birthday Dress Down
We are so excited to welcome everyone back to In Person Learning on
January 4th!
State of the School
On December 17th, Father Nick, Mrs. Sarpu and the Corpus Christi School Board presented the 2020 State of the School Address. This was an overview of the school’s financial status, academic programs, and student life.
Below is the link to presentation.
Thank You!!
Mrs. Sarpu and all the staff would like to thank you for you many gifts and cards! Your kindness is very much appreciated.
Snow Days
Children will not attend school; they will learn remotely for a half day. Please log into Google Meets for attendance at
7:45 AM,
dismissal is at 12:07 PM.

Tune into WFSB for school closings and delays.
Weather Watch and Dressing for the Cold Weather
Winter is upon us and it’s important to properly dress for the conditions. Coats, hats and gloves/mittens are a must for students and adults to be outside especially when the temperatures dip below freezing. Remember that the wind-chill also affects the temperature. For example, although it maybe 20 degrees outside, if the wind speed is 10mph, it will feel like 9 degrees out! Not covering up exposed skin can lead to frostbite. Frostbite is an injury to the skin and the underlying layers of the skin that are exposed to temperatures below freezing. The most common areas at risk are the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.
There are three different stages of frost bite:
1. Frost nip. A mild form of frost bite that causes the skin to pale or turn red and the skin will feel very cold. If the skin continues to be exposed, if will begin to feel prickly and numb. When the skin is warmed, it may be painful. During this stage the skin is not permanently damaged.
2. Superficial frostbite. The skin appears red and turns white or pale. If you warm up the skin during this stage, the surface of the skin can turn blue or purple. Sensations such as stinging, burning and swelling can occur during the rewarming of the skin. Even some blisters can form during this stage.
3. Severe (deep)frostbite. As frostbite progresses, it affects all layers of the skin. Numbness, loss of all sensations to the cold and pain usually occur. Large blisters form 24 to 48 hours after rewarming and these blisters then turn black and hard resulting in tissue death.
Wearing layers allows us to adjust to varying temperatures when going from the outdoors to inside and will help to keep us comfortable all day long. So protect yourself and your family by covering up any bare skin during the cold temperatures!
Corpus Christi Summer Extension is Coming!
We are excited to share that the Corpus Christi Summer Extension will be returning this year! Stay tuned for more information.
Save the Date: Fore the Children
Golf Tournament
We are delighted to share that Fore the Children, the Corpus Christi School Annual Golf Tournament, will be held on Monday, May 10th at Wampanoag Country Club. Please mark your calendars now, more details to follow soon!

Dear Parents and Guardians;

I am wishing you all a heartfelt Healthy and Happy 2021. I hope everyone has had a peaceful and restful Christmas Break. There are several things I need to remind everyone of as we all return to school for the New Year:

● Please continue to call or email me if your child is sick or is going to be absent. It is imperative I know if your child tests positive for COVID or was in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for isolation and quarantine purposes. We are all working closely with the Health Department to contact trace and determine when the proper time is for your child to return to school and not expose anyone to illness. If your child has been
marked absent I need to find out why. Some children have found it hard to connect to the Remote Learning page. If I am aware I can contact Mrs. McKearney to assist your child. This also lets us know if a child is not participating. Some children have found remote learning to be extremely stressful and have developed signs of anxiety and depression. If this occurs please don't hesitate to contact me. If I can be of any assistance I will do so. If you do receive an email from me that your child’s teacher has marked them absent, please respond so I can determine if it is an excused absence or if I do not hear back, it has to be marked unexcused per State Mandate.

● Currently the Quarantine and Isolation protocol is 10 days per the Department of Public Health. You MUST continue to monitor for any signs of illness past day 10 to 14 in the event your child develops symptoms of illness.

● Travel guidelines remain unchanged. If you have traveled to a Red State per the CDC, you must have your child tested with a

PCR test and not a rapid test, No exceptions per State Guidelines or there must be a 10 day quarantine.

Thank you for all you do to keep your child and School Healthy.

Mrs, Cowan BS RN
Corpus Christi School Nurse
Phone 860-529-7261
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 14 days or obtain a PCR COVID test prior to return to School.
A rapid test will not be accepted.
Do you shop at Amazon? 
Did you know that by using Amazon Smile, you can choose to have a portion of every purchase donated to Corpus Christi School at no additional cost to you?
Go to Smile.Amazon.com and click "Get Started." Choose "Christ the King Parish Corporation" as your charity. Be sure to shop at Amazon Smile (as opposed to Amazon), there is an Amazon Smile app that you can download.  You can sign into Amazon Smile using your Amazon Prime account and
there is no additional cost. This is an easy way to earn money for our school that you can also share with family and friends!!