CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL NEWS NOTES
April 12, 2016
HOLOCAUST ESSAY WINNER
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL...
Last week, Mrs. Michelle Klein and I attended an educational leadership conference. Professional development for our administration is part of our school’s professional development plan, and was an outcome from our accreditation process last year. Keeping abreast of new developments in education is important for our school, and has always been a strength of CKS.
One of the well-known speakers at the conference was Carol Dweck. I was very excited to hear her speak, for she is renowned for her studies on growth mindset. Her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, is currently one of the top educational books for educators and parents. Mindset is a simple idea that makes a big difference in learning.
When a person has a fixed mindset, he or she believes that traits or talents are fixed and cannot change. They believe intelligence is set and cannot be developed over time. This belief is incorrect and has been a source of great misconception over the years.
There are many things that trigger a fixed mindset. When faced with challenges, we get discouraged and think learning should come easily. However, to learn, we must put our brains to work. It can be discouraging for children to see others succeed while they themselves fail, and when faced with setbacks, they say, “I can’t do it.” It can cause frustration, but we must encourage children to welcome trials and to use those trials as teachable moments. It’s hard, but this is how we put our brains to work.
Einstein said, “I’m not smart. I just stay with problems longer.” He also said, I got there after the 100th time, but I had to fail 99 times first. When you have a growth mindset, you correct your errors. When you have a fixed mindset, you run from them. We are never perfect and making mistakes is part of learning. Adult competencies shouldn’t be expected of children who are just coming into learning, so why would we expect them to know how to do everything correctly the first time?
A growth mindset is when people believe their hard work and dedication can develop talents, intelligence, and even personality. Believing that you can cultivate these traits - not that they are carved in stone - allows you to take a weakness and make it a strength. The brain is a muscle that can be strengthened; therefore, we can improve these traits with effort and commitment.
Having a growth mindset is a journey. We have to be willing to learn from our failures, and even to embrace them. That’s hard for us, but it’s especially hard to watch our children face difficulties. We want to shield them, and often we think failure is harmful, but it’s truly necessary. If we believe failure is hurtful, and attempt always to block our child from facing challenges, we are standing in his or her way of growing and learning. When we teach students to tackle problems, they learn to get back up when they fall. Adversity can be the greatest teacher.
So the next time you hear your children say, “I can’t do it,” say to them, “You can’t do it, yet.” Encourage them to use their brain power and give it their all. They should feel the neurons in their brain working and will say, “It’s hard.” And that’s when you know they’re getting smarter.
Keep up the hard work!
Paula Smith, Ed.S.
Principal, Christ the King School
P.S. A growth mindset is for anyone, at any age!
GRANDPARENTS' DAY - "THE WILD THINGS" WAY!
A BIG THANK-YOU TO OUR BIG BLUE FLING SPONSORS
On Tuesday, all children in grades K-8 will be coming home with a Title 1 Family Survey Form. We are asking that each family please fill out one of these brief, confidential forms, and return it to your child’s teacher by April 18 (for families with multiple children at CKS, send the form with the oldest child). These completed forms determine Christ the King’s access to tax-funded programs. We are hoping for a tremendous response to this request, and will be offering an extra “Out of Uniform” day if we can achieve 95% participation from our families.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Stephanie Hall, Instructional Specialist
SPANISH CULTURAL DAY
On April 20th Christ the King School will be celebrating Spanish Cultural Day. During the event students will learn about Spanish speaking countries, famous Hispanic people and they will play games in Spanish and dance to Latin music. This event is organized by the 4th and 7th grade students and is from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. PreK-4 through sixth grade will be visiting the event.
We will be offering food during the Spanish Cultural Day. Students may buy a bag of candy, a big Mexican cookie or a delicious concha (Mexican bread) and eat it during the event. The cost of each item is one ticket. Food tickets will only be pre-sold during lunchtime on Monday April 11th, Wednesday April 13th and Friday April 15th, as well as on Monday April 18th for $2 each. Cash will not be accepted on the day of the event, so food tickets must be purchased ahead of time on the dates specified.
Allergy Alert: Food may contain or be processed on machines that contain peanuts or tree nuts. If your child has allergies, please feel free to send an alternative snack with him or her.
A THANK YOU FROM KING'S CLOSET
SNOW FLAKES WERE FALLING IN APRIL ...
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Dear CKS Staff and Families,
Please consider attending the Nehemiah Action on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to learn about social justice and what that looks like in our community. The commitment level is simple and minimal, attendance at one public meeting, but the dividends are monumental, as the attached article illustrates. Middle School students will earn house points for attendance! It's also a great opportunity for parents to check off Social Outreach Ministry on their Time, Talent and Treasure forms. For only one-and-a-half hours of your time, your attendance would have a tremendous impact on influencing change in our community.
Please email, call or text me, or see Christine Gibson for a ticket! All ages are welcome!
This year, the focus and research has been related to Mental Health and Healthcare, Crime and Drugs, and Payday Lending. We have over 40 Justice Ministry Network Members at CTK, including Father Paul Prabell, with the active support of Bishop John Stowe. Doing justice in Lexington and making changes requires us to come together as a faith community. As one of the largest congregations in BUILD, we must do our part.
We appreciate your time, prayers and participation in this ministry and in learning more about BUILD.
Peace and blessings,
Justice Ministry Network Team Leader
Choir Yard Sale: April 22-23, Please consider donating any usable items in working condition. For more information, see the flyer at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under LCHS, or contact: Anne Peck at (859) 229-9491.
Stage Knights Present The Addams Family: April 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Exemplar Scholars Program: Class of 2016 Fine Arts Showcase will be held on April 12, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the Bueter Lobby. Class of 2020 Welcome Reception will be held on April 25, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. in the Bueter Lobby. For more information, contact Director, Teri Harper.
High School 101: Study Skills and Strategies for a Successful High School Career: An optional, camp for incoming students, to introduce and reinforce a variety of skills that will enable any student to adjust and to be successful in and out of the high school classroom. For more information, check the flyer available at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under LCHS.
Principal’s Cup Golf Tournament: Please join us at the 16th Annual Principal’s Cup on Monday, May 9, 2016. It will be held at Spring Valley Golf Club. Lunch beforehand at noon, scramble starts at 1 p.m., snacks after play and tee gifts. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, College Cable Service, Inc. Thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts for our Closest to the Pin Sponsorship - $250 Cash Prize and Longest Drive Sponsorship – $100 Cash and Donuts/Coffee Package. Team and individual prizes will be awarded, putting contest and more. Players are $110 each, foursome $440 with hole sponsorships ($200) and other sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for more information. For questions or to sign up contact Pam Schneider.
Fall Knight’s Bash: October 29, 2016, in the LCHS Alumni Gym: Alumni and friends, please join us for a great night with Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits, food and beverages! Plan your reunion around this weekend and come together for a fantastic night - contact Pam Schneider. Masks and Halloween dress optional. More information will be coming soon.
Dance Team Tryouts: Clinics on May 2-3, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym and tryouts on May 4, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym. For more details, check out the flyer at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under LCHS, or contact: Coach Sarah Streepey.
Cheer Clinics: 6th-12th graders invited. Tumble and stunt with former UK Cheerleader, Alex Hull! April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at LCHS from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: email@example.com or (859) 948-4042. For more details, see the flyer at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under LCHS.
Volleyball Summer Camps: May 31st - June 2nd. For more information and to sign up, check out the flyer at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under LCHS.
Sports Physicals for the 2015-2016 school year will be at LCHS on Thursday, May 21 in the Beuter Gym. Physicals provided by Lexington Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. The cost remains $20. Make checks payable to Lexington Catholic. Physicals time are 6-7:30 pm. There will not be a make-up date.
The KHSAA has revised the physical form (form GEO4, revised 4/15). ALL PARTS NEED TO BE COMPLETED and turned into ONLY the athletic training staff before or on the FIRST day of tryouts for whatever sport participating in.
Additional help will be needed for Hgt/Wgt, Blood pressure, and vision. Please contract Barb “the” trainer if you are available to help. Crowd control will also be needed.
ATHLETES MAY BEGIN CHECKING IN AT THE BASKETBALL TICKET OFFICE NO EARLIER THAN 5:30 PM. WE DO NOT HAVE AN EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. PLEASE HAVE YOUR FORMS COMPLETED AND MONEY IN HAND. THIS WILL HELP KEEP THINGS MOVING SMOOTHLY. If you wear contacts or glasses please bring them with you. Do not attach immunization sheets to the physical.
SAVE THE DATES
4/15 - Grandparents' Day
4/24 - First Communion