Christ Child Academy Newsletter

December 19, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Ruedinger

As we part ways to celebrate Christmas, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As Catholics, we are given an opportunity to renew ourselves to be the best Catholics we can be as we fulfill our duties as parents, grandparents, children, and teachers dedicated to His holy word.

The 2019-2020 school year has gone very well, and I appreciate all the support and blessings we continue to receive from all the parents, grandparents, and students. Our exemplary Catholic school continues to develop the whole child while infusing Catholic values in everything that we do. During the rest of this school year and into the future, we are pursuing Accreditation, Standards-Based Grading, and maintaining a healthy enrollment while strengthening our school’s viability for years to come. Together, we can embrace these changes which will allow our school to grow and prosper.

On behalf of the staff and faculty, we wish our Christ Child Academy families all the blessings of this most joyous season.

Thank you for giving your child the gift of a Catholic education and for choosing Christ Child Academy.

The Calendar Raffle Incentive has been announced. Students will be turning Principal Ruedinger into a Ice Cream Sundae! For students to participate, families must sell 25+ raffles by January 3rd. Here is a great way to cover me from head to toe in ice cream, cool whip, sprinkles, chocolate syrup all for a great cause.

The Christmas concert video, along with other past performances, can be found on the CCA website at the bottom of the home page under resources and can also be viewed by using the following link:

Tomorrow, Friday, December 20, we will have our traditional Christmas spaghetti lunch for all of our students and staff. If your child does not wish to eat spaghetti, please send a cold lunch with him/her on that day. This has become a favorite of the students as they eat with their buddies and listen to Christmas music; while the teachers serve, eat with the students, and help clean up. This is a great way for our CCA family to come together prior to the Christmas break.

Tomorrow, Friday, December 20, we have early dismissal at 1:00 pm (with busing). Please be prompt in picking your child/children up that afternoon. School will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.

On November 14th CCA participated in the Guinness Book of World Record day in Cup Stacking. The kids had fun participating during their lunch recess. The students of Christ Child Academy were part of 638,503 cup stackers that day, breaking the world record from last year!! Awesome job!!

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing for grades K - 2 only will be held Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7th. MAP is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth. All students in grades K-2 will be tested to track their academic growth. Please do not schedule any appointments for your children during this time. It is important that the students are in attendance and well-rested, so they can do their best on the tests. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Congratulations Totally Terrific Recipients

Totally Terrific Recipients for the week ending December 13.

Kindergarten – Lilah Patton 1st Grade – Nicholas Baker 2nd Grade – Emily Werner

3rd Grade – Connor Spitz 4th Grade – Lily Stroy 5th Grade – Brady Kelly

Congratulations Knights of Columbus Christmas Poster Contest Winners 2019

Congratulations to Jacob Krautkramer (gr. 1), Rylan Hughes (gr. 2), Rose Barron (gr. 3), and Olivia Schroeder (gr. 4) who all earned 1st place for their grade level in the Knights of Columbus poster contest, “The True Meaning of Christmas”. The 2nd place qualifiers were Daisy Barron (gr. 2) and Sam Polzin (gr. 3). The 3rd place qualifiers were Emily Werner (gr. 2) and Lilliana Contreras (gr. 3). This contest was open to grades 1 through 4. The first place winner's posters will move along in the competition to perhaps the State Level and be returned in late March. Knights of Columbus will be contacting the families, whose children placed 1st - 3rd place for each grade, in April for the KC Youth Awards Night social and awards presentation to honor the children. Great job to the students who placed, and to all those who participated in the poster contest. This is a awesome representation for Christ Child Academy!

Thank you!

The Home and School Committee would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the Holiday Shop or the Fill-a-Tin Cookie Event! Whether you baked up some goodies or volunteered your time, we couldn't have done it without your help! We brought in $179.32 from the Holiday Shop and $263.43 from the Fill-a-Tin event that will help fund busing and activities throughout the year. Thank You!

Calendar Raffle Sale 647 Sold

We have currently sold 647 Calendar Raffles of the 1,500 Calendar Raffle goal. We have lots of work over the next couple of weeks to make this happen and we need all families on board! Many of you will be visiting with family & friends over the holiday break, so make sure you have them handy. If you need additional calendars, please contact the school office and we will get them to you. The school office will be closed from Dec. 20th at 1:00 pm till January 2nd, 2020.

The major incentive for this year will Principal Ruedinger Ice Cream Sundae!

To have your child participate in the Principal Ruedinger Ice Cream Sundae event, families will need to sell 25+ raffles by January 3rd. During this event, Mr. Ruedinger will be turned into an ice cream sundae by students who dump, pour, sprinkle and spray ice cream and toppings all over him.

Thanks for your continued support and keep selling till the new year!

New Year's Bingo Event

On Saturday, December 28th, Christ Child Academy will be hosting a very Special New Year's Bingo Event. This one afternoon event is a significant fundraiser for our school - please read through to find out how you can help.

The event is open to the public and entry tickets are $10/person. Each ticket allows the guest entry, all you can eat food buffet and entry into door prizes.

There will be special bucket raffles & 50/50 raffles.

Over the last couple of years this event has spread throughout the bingo community and it is known as one of the favorite events of the year. It is by far our largest crowd of the year.

Because of this, we need your help with a few things:

- Spread the word: Share this fun event with your family & friends

- Volunteer: we need many people to make this day run smoothly

- Donate: Many opportunities here to donate anything from food items, gift cards, baskets and more.

Please take a minute to check out the needs and feel free to share this link with anyone that you feel might be interested in helping us out.


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you for supporting Christ Child Academy!

School Mass and Field Trip Attire

Students are to wear their CCA polo shirts with the logo along with dress or Khaki pants or a skirt for the girls for all Mass days and on all field trips, unless otherwise denoted. Polo shirts are to be tucked in for both boys and girls for Mass. Any additional items such as sweaters or vests must have the CCA logo and be worn over the polo shirt. These additional items are available on the Land's End website. Yoga pants are not to be worn to Mass except under a skirt and in a solid color. Students volunteering at the St. Peter Claver Food Pantry are to wear Mass attire as this is considered an off-site field trip.

Parenting in the 21st Century

The Surprising Benefits of Going to Church

As parents of students at a Catholic school, you already understand the importance of Faith and religion in the development of your children. At CCA, we do an excellent job of teaching the Catholic faith and living it's lesson daily. The best way to support what we do in the classroom and further enrich your children's faith is to attend Mass each weekend. For the many families that make this a powerful family habit, I applaud you for making this a priority and reinforcing what we do daily at our school. If your family is not a regular attendee of weekend Mass, I encourage you to rediscover the many benefits of attending as a family.

Here is a great article regarding the benefits of attending church.

Cash & Carry Scrip sales will be available after church this weekend, December 21 & 22.

No Scrip Sales after church the weekend of December 28 & 29

Winter Extravaganza 2020

DON'T FORGET that the deadline to get your registration forms in for $40/person is January 10, 2020. After that tickets will be $50/person. Registration forms are available on the website or in the school office. You can also register online at: REGISTER HERE NOW

Donations/Sponsorships – Now accepting donations and sponsorships for Winter Extravaganza 2020. More information is available on the registration link above and will be sent home next week in the carrier. Any questions can be directed to Molly Oehldrich at

BOOZE/WINE DONATIONS NEEDED – We will be having a Booze Wagon Raffle again this year at Winter Extravaganza. We are looking for donations of any type of liquor or wine to fill a wagon (or two). Please turn these donations into the school office now through February 7th.

ALUMNI – Calling all Alumni to volunteer on the night of Winter Extravaganza. If you are interested, please email Molly Oehldrich at by Friday, January 31st.

Standards Based Grading

During this school year, Christ Child Academy will be transitioning from a traditional grading system to standards based grading system, which will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has strongly recommended that all schools move to this reporting framework.

As we proceed through this transition over the next year, please know that our goal of academic excellence remains our priority. These "best practices" will enable parents to fully understand where their child is academically while at the same time motivating students to become life-learners.

The Parenting Guide to Standards Based Grading will provide valuable insight during this transition. Additional information will be coming in the following weeks.


Our Scrip store is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:10 pm in the Conference Room (next to Mrs. Lampe's office). The entrance to purchase SCRIP is door #1 on the northeast corner of the school building. SCRIP is also available after all weekend Masses at all three parishes. Scrip is available 24/7/365 at and use CCA enrollment code 56477C7B4536 to get started. Contact Brenda Binversie, with any questions.

Purchase after Mass this Sunday (please note there are new Mass times):

SPC – 4:30 pm Saturday, 8:00 & 10:30 am Sunday

IC – 4:00 pm Saturday & 10:30 am Sunday

SSCM – 8:30 am Sunday

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship - January 5th

When: Sunday, January 5th

Register on site: 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Shooting competition will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Seton Catholic School, 814 Superior Ave, in Sheboygan.

Who: Boys and girls ages 9 to 14.

The contest is free for all participants. Please see the pdf flyer below for more information.

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CCA Annual Fund

The 2019 CCA Annual Fund has begun. Please support our school and share the link below often.

Your generous gift to the Christ Child Academy Annual Fund makes a difference in the lives of our students. The funds raised will provide excellent academic and athletic programs, curriculum materials, and technology for both the students and staff; it will ensure the ability to carry out our school’s mission on a daily basis. Your gift will also enable us to maintain affordable tuition for all families.

You will be receiving an Annual Fund Contribution Form in the mail in November to donate or you may visit our online site at the link below. Feel free to share this link with all your friends and family via social media.

Christ Child Academy Annual Fund

We appreciate your support and you may donate to this fund until June 30, 2020.

Safeguarding All God's Family

If parents or grandparents plan to participate in field trips, work in the lunchroom, coach, or help out at school, you must attend a Safeguarding All God’s Family training through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. You must register on-line at and indicate you are associated with Christ Child Academy. If you have not previously been trained, now is a great time to attend a session.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings and they will give CCA 10% back! All you have to do is mention that you want your purchase to go to Christ Child Academy/Team D! See the below information for details.
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Mark Your Calendars

All parents, guardians, and students are welcome to attend the Christ Child Academy Open House on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm and the Christ Child Academy State of the School Celebration on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm. Our Principal, Mark Ruedinger and members of our Governance Board will be present and available to meet with anyone in attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone at these events. Specific details for the events to follow closer to the events.

Box Tops for Education

Earn cash for our school! The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app uses the state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. It’s another easy way for you to help the school by purchasing the products you already use! Enlist your family, friends and neighbors to collect the Box Tops, too.

Please see the below attachments for further instructions, a list of products and then download the app.

2019-2020 Important Dates

A reminder to all parents: DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE; please view the most up-to-date Christ Child Academy calendar on our website at


20 - Early Release at 1:00 pm (with busing)

23 - Jan. 1 No School – Christmas Recess

28 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym


2 - School Resumes

3 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts

6 -10 - MAP Testing – Grades – K - 2

16 - Quarter 2 Ends

17 - No School – Teacher In-Service

19 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym

20 - Quarter 3 Begins

23 - Quarter 2 Report Cards Issued – Grades 3K - 8

25-31 - Catholic Schools Week

28 - Catholic Schools Week Mass, St. John the Baptist, Plymouth

29 - CCA Open House, 6:00 pm

CCA School Calendar 2019-2020

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Christ Child Academy Mission Statement

Christ Child Academy, a ministry of St. Peter Claver, Immaculate Conception and Ss. Cyril and Methodius parishes, is a Catholic education community coming together to celebrate and demonstrate Christ’s love. Our school provides a comprehensive curriculum in the areas of spiritual, academic, character, and social growth. Our students are God’s own children. Each is infinitely valuable and lovable. By studying, learning and sharing the teachings of Christ, we inspire our students to develop their potential as persons in a loving, caring atmosphere.

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