The Cougar Connection
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
March 13, 2023
Dear Parents,

This Wednesday, our students in grades 2nd-8th will begin taking the IOWA Assessments also known as the ITBS Test (Iowa Test of Basic Skills.) The results of this test help us to better serve your children. We use data from the scores to evaluate curriculum and create school and grade level areas of improvement. We want all of our children to have the opportunity to produce the results they are capable of. There are ways that you can help with this: 
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest during the testing period. 
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning before the test.
  • Help to minimize any disturbances to the testing process by not scheduling any appointments that will take your child out of the classroom during testing time.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time and has number 2 pencils.
  • Please keep our students in your prayers.

Generally, our testing time will begin promptly at 8:00am each morning. If your child is in grades 2nd-8th and arrives at school tardy, they will be asked to remain in the office until the testing period is over, so as to not interrupt the classroom during testing. 

Bible Verse and Prayer Focus of the Month
Our Bible verse focus for the month of March is...
John 14:6; “Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Our prayer focus is The Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Education in Virtue
The Cardinal Virtue we are focusing on is Fortitude and the related virtues we will focus on the next two weeks are:

Perseverance (Week of March 12)

Talking the steps necessary to carry out objectives in spite of difficulties.

Ways to Cultivate
  • Ages 6 and up: Finish your chores and homework even when you don’t feel like it, stay kneeling at Mass when required. 
  • Ages 10 and up: Complete homework on time, finish chores even if bored or tired. 
  • Ages 12 and up: Complete tasks from start to finish, and stay with a task when it is hard, difficult, or boring. 

Dear Jesus, 
You carried your cross to Calvary even though you were tired, weak, and hurting. Please give me strength not to give up when life gets hard. Help me keep my eyes on you and your kingdom so I can do what is right even when I am tired and afraid. 
AR Out of Uniform for 3rd Quarter
Students in grades 3rd-8th who met their AR goal for 3rd quarter were allowed to come out of uniform today, March 12th. Student's grades 3rd-8th who also met their percent correct goal are allowed to come out of uniform for the Bonus Day on Tuesday, March 13th. 
3rd Quarter Report Cards
You should be able to find your students 3rd quarter report cards by following these simple steps: 
1.Upon logging into the portals, click on the E-Locker on the orange toolbar at the top of the page. 

2.Once opened, click on E-Portfolio

3.You will be able to find report cards here. Make sure you choose the report card labeled Second Quarter Report Card 2020-2022 School year. 

4.You may download the PDF file and save /print it for your records. You may notice that you can find the previous quarter report card in the E-Locker as well.

You will be notified via email when they are posted.

3rd Quarter Awards
Students receiving awards for their 3rd Quarter achievements will be recognized following Mass on Friday, March 24th. Please see an overview of the awards below: 

  • Upward Bound: (Grades 4th-8th) Students went up a letter grade in at least one subject while maintaining all other grades. 
  • Honor Roll: (Grades 4th-8th) a minimum of 5 A’s and the rest B’s, nothing below an S in special classes. 
  • Principal’s List: (Grades 4th-8th) students who received all A’s, nothing below an S in special classes. 
  • Christian Attitude Award: This award is given quarterly to two students in each class who consistently display Christian values, attitudes, and actions. 

Family Assessment
Please remember that the second half of your assessment fees ($150.00) will be debited from your account on either March 5th or 20th. 
Cougar of the Month
The following students were chosen by teachers as Cougars of the Month for the month of January. 
Nathan Boudreaux, Luke Smith, Athena Nguyen, Lillianne Fetters, Violet Charbonnet, Gunner Davis, Anna Louise Sanders, Katie DeVilbiss, Evan Daigle, Lilly Heller, Baylor Cape, Maria Jose Razo Lozada, Cooper Battle, Emi Chavers, Elisa Villareal, Harper Mason, Isabella Gonzalez and Ella Kate Alidor

In addition, the following students were chosen as overall cougars of their month for their grade level: 

Preschool: Harper Mason, Sponsored by: Charles F. Lursen PC, Patrick Lursen
K-2nd: Nathan Boudreaux, Sponsored by: Payne Environmental Services, Randy Payne
3rd-5th: Voilet Charbonet Sponsored by: MH3 Printing-Mark Travis
6th-8th: Katie DeVilbiss Sponsored by: Azalea City Lawn Service, Allen Cox 
Mrs. Barto was chosen as our Teacher of the Month, sponsored by Corpus Christi Parish Knights of Columbus. 

The following students were chosen as Cougars of the Month for February: 
Lara Novakoski, Reece Miller, Fox Curtis, Ansley Anderson, Allie Burkett, Treydon Nguyen, Rafaela Silva, Brayden Hilpert, Marley Walsh, Joshua Quina, Jack Heyer, Charlotte Moudy, Liam Loeffler, Givaan Abeynanda

In addition, the following students were chosen as overall cougars of their month for their grade level: 
Preschool: Givaan Abeynanda, Sponsored by: Charles F. Lursen PC
K-2nd: Fox Curtis, Sponsored by: Rhem Animal Clinic
3rd-5th: Allie Burkett, Sponsored by: Professional Estimate Services Inc.
6th-8th: Brayden Hilpert, Sponsored by: Assist-2-Sell realty, Mr. Richard March 
Our teacher of the month for February is K2 teacher, Mrs. Cindy Bishop, Sponsored by Donaghey Orthodontics

Our overall cougars of the month are sponsored by our Partners in Education. To join the Partners in Education group, you may contact our school office, (251) 342-5474 or Richard March, (251) 401-0466. 

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Family Bingo
Fish Fry
Our annual Fish Fry is back! Doors open at 5:30pm. We hope to see you there!

We need volunteers to help before, during and after the Fish Fry each week. Sign up using the links below:
Kentucky Derby
Tickets for Tution
Optimist Club Speech Contest
We are so proud of our middle school students that participated in our recent Optimist Club Speech Contest. Our school winners were as follows:
First Place: Audrey Woodard
Second Place: Ellen Wentworth
Third Place:Daniel Grantham
Audrey Woodard and Ellen Wentworth advanced to the next round of competition, and we are proud to announce that in the area competition, Ellen earned 1st place honors and Audrey earned 2nd place. Ellen will soon compete in the state speech competition. 

Cougar Character
We have had many students earn Cougar Character awards recently. Students earn “paw points” for showing good character and obeying virtues. Once a set number of paw points are earned, students receive a certificate along with a few other incentives.
Summer Camp
All students that have registered for the 2023-2024 school year and will be entering Pre-K2 thru 5th grade are invited to attend Cougar Camp. We will begin Monday, June 5th and end on Friday, July 28th. Cougar Camp hours are 6:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Late fees of $1 per minute will be added for children picked up after 5:45 p.m. The cost of camp is $140 per week. Tuition for camp will be paid through our FACTS system June 1st, July 1st, and Aug 1st. By signing your child up for Cougar Camp, you are agreeing to the cost of tuition for the entire summer. We do not allow mid-summer withdrawals and there are no discounts for missed days or partial days.
Parish News
Mark your calendars for the Mysteries of the Rosary video series produced by 4PM Media and check out our other Lenten activities at

Altar Society Big Clean
Our Altar Society holds a "Big Clean" every spring before Easter and we could use some extra hands to help make our church sparkle ahead of Holy Week! Volunteers are asked to bring their own bucket and cleaning gloves, but all other supplies will be provided. Meet us in the church at 9am on Wednesday, March 29th if you're able to help! 
Seminarian Andrew Wentworth Receives the Ministry of Lector
Congratulations to our very own Andrew Wentworth who received the Ministry of Lector on February 16th at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana.
What is the Ministry of Lector? A lector is appointed to read the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Accordingly, he reads the lesson from sacred Scripture, except the Gospel, in the Mass and in other sacred celebrations; recites the psalms between the readings, in the absence of the cantor; presents the intentions for general intercessions when the deacon or cantor is absent; and may also direct the congregation in song. If necessary, he also assumes the responsibility of instructing any of the faithful called upon to read the Scriptures in any liturgical celebration.

Join us in continuing to pray for Andrew and all Seminarians from the Archdiocese of Mobile.

School Calendar
Remember that you can always access our online school calendar via this link from our website:

Once on the page, you will need to scroll to the bottom to access the online calendar.
Upcoming Dates to Remember

17-Stations of the Cross, PTO Fish Fry
24-3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony, 5th Grade Field Trip, Stations of the Cross, Fish Fry with Bingo,
29-Nashville Dominicans Visit, 3rd Grade Field Trip
30- Father Victor Visit, Mass
31- Kindergarten Fashion Show, 4th Grade Field Trip, Stations of the Cross, PTO Fish Fry
Corpus Christi Parish News
Parish Information
Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., second floor of the Community

Parish Office: 342-1852, Fax 342-6313
School Office: 342-5474, ext. 1
Fax 380-0325

Vigil: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 and11:00 am

8:15 am Mass: Monday - Saturday
5:30 pm Mass: Monday - Friday

Every 1st Friday of the month following the 8:15 am Mass until 5 pm.




Paper forms are also available in the Parish Office.

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Parish Staff
Fr. Pat Arensberg, Pastor

Fr. Alex Crow, Parochial Vicar

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