The Preschool Press

September 17, 2021

A Note From the Director

This week at ECDC we learned about more jobs in our community. We visited the Rectory where our priests live. Father Jon and Father Ketterer showed us their chapel where Jesus is always present, the living room, the dining room, and their kitchen! We found that their house has a lot in common with our own homes!

Our garden is in need of BULBS to plant. If you are willing, we would love donations of crocus and hyacinth bulbs. Mrs. O'Neal will plant them in our garden so we can enjoy their beautiful blooms! Any donations will be taken through October 1st. Thank you!

Next week Megan Hoffman from Light of Mine Therapy will begin occupational therapy screenings. Like the speech screenings, the OT screenings are free of charge. If your child is recommended, Mrs. Hoffman will perform a short screening and send home results in the coming weeks. If you have questions about your child's development, please reach out to the teacher.

Next Week at a Glance


MHSA Meeting 8am


Officer West visits ECDC


PK/TK field trip to Livesay Orchard


Coffee and Donuts on the new Marquette Playground following drop off


Shining Light Saints

Our featured saint this week is St. Padre Pio. His Feast Day is September 23rd. He is the patron of confessors. St. Padre Pio was the first priest to receive the stigmata (the wounds of Christ). Stop by and meet him!

MHSA Corner

Hi! My name is Liz James and I'm this year's Marquette Home & School Association (MHSA) President. For those not familiar with the MHSA, let me provide a quick summary. MHSA plays an integral role at our school by supporting various programs/activities, all volunteer efforts and by helping organize fundraising opportunities for both Marquette and the ECDC. From Trunk or Treat to Field Day and the Marquette Auction, MHSA helps make these events happen. It is because of our wonderful parent community and the selfless giving of time and talent that we are able to accomplish our goals. Each month, we plan to share the latest updates via the "MHSA Corner" of your Preschool Press. Below you will find the various activities our volunteers have been leading over the past several months. -Liz James, MHSA President

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Liturgical Living Committee News

Feast Day Celebration:

This year Marquette School chose the theme: "Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter" from St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. St. Padre Pio's Feast Day is September 23rd. We would love to celebrate with you on this special feast day in our liturgical calendar. St. Padre Pio also famously said, "pray, hope, and don't worry." We thought this called for a "pray, hope, and donut worry" celebration! On September 23rd we invite parents to join us for coffee and donuts on our newly opened playground, after you drop your children off at school in the morning. Oh and donut worry...your kids will receive their own donuts in their homeroom.

Adoration will also be available from 9am-3pm in the church. Please check in at the big school office if you would like to adore our Lord on this day. We look forward to seeing you and serving the Lord with laughter!

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Volunteering and VIRTUS

Each year, we rely on volunteers to help support classroom and school activities, field trips, fundraising activities, athletics and much more. Volunteers play a critical role at Marquette, and we appreciate your dedication, time and talent.

What you need to do:

  • First, VIRTUS Child & Youth Protection Requirements have three components: 1.) the background check submission 2.) adherence to policies, procedures, and ethical standards, and 3.) the child & youth protection education training. Each component needs to be renewed every five years.

  • Registration for First-time Users:
    • Visit
    • Select “First-Time Registrant” to create an online VIRTUS account.
    • Follow the onscreen step-by-step instructions for completing the process. We require all volunteers to start this process no later than two week before the date of volunteering.


  • Update Existing Account:
    • Registered volunteers are encouraged to login at the beginning of every school year to ensure that all personal information is correct. Upon login, your account will prompt you to complete any necessary requirements. Automated emails are sent through VIRTUS approximately one week before they expire. Please ensure that the registered email address is correct.
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Spirituality Series

Join Fr. Elkin as he kicks off his Fall Spirituality Series on Saturday, Sept. 18. It will be a morning of prayer, study, and recollection as he discusses "The Holy Spirit, the Great Unknown." The morning begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The program will follow from 9 a.m. to noon in Fletcher Hall.

This is a free event, and childcare will be provided.

Women's Fall Spirituality Dinner

Join the women of Christ the King on September 23rd as they welcome Eileen Bradshaw, president and chief executive officer of LIFE Senior Services, for their annual fall spirituality dinner. A Tulsa native and Bishop Kelley graduate, Eileen will discuss the toll the last year has had on our elderly and homebound populations, and how we can all be part of the solution.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will include fellowship, dinner and a talk.

Men's Fall Spirituality Dinner

Join the men of the Parish of Christ the King for an evening of fellowship and faith renewal on Thursday, Sept. 30. Dr Richard Meloche, Director of the Alcuin Institute, is the featured speaker and he will discuss "Is Happiness Possible?"


  • 6:30 p.m. - Social Hour
  • 7 p.m. - Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. - Talk

This event is free to attend.

Parish Picnic

The annual Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. on 16th street (closed off between Quincy and Rockford). This event is free and provides a great chance to enjoy good food and fellowship as a community. Additionally, there will be a pet blessing on the playground at 4:30 p.m. and the Marquette 8th graders will be selling drinks and hosting a bake sale--please bring cash.

No RSVP is required for this event, just come and enjoy!

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Holy Smokes Cigar Dinner

A gentleman’s evening on October 7th benefiting the Mark Mandeville Bursar of the Christ the King Education Endowment Fund. Over its 25 year history, the Cigar Dinner has annually brought several hundred men, both from within and from outside the Christ the King community, together in a fun, albeit somewhat smoky atmosphere. In addition to the fun and the many stories for those who have attended regularly, the Cigar Dinner has raised well in excess of $400,000 for the CTK Education Endowment Fund. It has been a success from both a community and financial standpoint and it is hoped that it will continue for years to come.

Tulsa Rosary Rally

The 5th Annual Tulsa Rosary Rally and Run are coming soon. Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, October 23, 8:00 am at the Gardens at LaFortune Park. We can’t wait to gather in praying the rosary, seeking Our Lady’s intercessions for the many needs on our hearts. Events include an outdoor Mass, rosary-themed 5k run, rosary walk, and capped off with the popular Rosary Relay. Get all the details and sign up to attend at

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2021-2022 Marquette School Theme

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”


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Marquette Saint of the Year-St. Joseph

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Christ Care Day

Join with other parishioners in serving our parish AND the community on Saturday, Sept. 11, during Christ Care Day. All families are invited to participate in this outdoor event. With various age-appropriate tasks and the nursery, it is a family affair.

Our day starts with Mass at 8 a.m. (optional) in the church followed by grab-and-go breakfast in the Marquette Cafeteria (optional) and then three hours of service on campus from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will sign up for the service project of their choice at check-in. Service projects include:

  • Campus plantings/landscaping for fall
    • (location: all over campus)
  • Cardmaking (arts & crafts for kids)
    • (location: Porte-cochere)
  • PB&J Making Station
    • (location: Porte-cochere)

Childcare will be provided. Registration is required. Middle Schoolers may receive service hours


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