The Colt Classified

January 22, 2019

"Being Heard- Lessons Learned from the Field"

Have you ever thought, “My kids don’t listen to me!”, “ I have to yell before my kids will do anything!”, “How do I get my kids to help out around the house?”, “How do I help my child deal with stress or anxiety?”, “Why is bedtime, waking up, getting out of the house so hard?”. “How do I help my child who is angry?” Join us on Thursday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. in Prefontaine Hall to get the answers to these questions. Dr. Walsh will share what horses, and recent brain research, have taught her about Connection, Healthy Attachment, Assertive Communication, and Co-Regulation, leading to more effective parenting and peaceful, cooperative relationships.

Dr. Beverly Walsh, parent of two CCCS alumnae, is a Licensed Psychologist and is trained and certified to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Her training and certification for EAP is through both the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and Natural Lifemanship (NL).

Dr. Walsh earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1995 and has been licensed to practice in the State of Texas since 1996. In 2009 she attended her first Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) training and has been partnering with horses ever since to help people “experience a stable relationship”. In 2011, she was introduced to Natural Lifemanship, with Tim and Bettina Jobe. Recognizing the value and impact of the Natural Lifemanship model for all therapy settings and relationships, Dr. Walsh gained her certification in Natural Lifemanship in 2017, as well as was invited to be a national trainer for Natural Lifemanship TF-EAP. The Natural Lifemanship relationship and Trauma-Focused model for EAP is the foundation for how Beverly promotes healthy and healing experiences for her clients.

Dr. Walsh is in private practice and currently partners with the herd at Red Dun Ranch in Houston, TX. She provides individual, family, and group EAP, as well as EAL workshops and retreats.

Catholic Schools Week 2019

Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic schools in the United States. CCCS has many events planned for the week, which focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation.

Please make plans to join us for Mass this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Students are asked to wear their Mass uniform to show their pride for our great school.

We have many great events planned, please mark your calendars and join us!

Friday, January 25th-Catholic Schools Week kicks off with a Principal/Pastor Basketball game on Friday, January 25th, at 2:00 PM in the Colt Dome Gym. Join us for this Epic Basketball Battle as Team McCoy and Team Smithson vie for this year’s championship! All 3rd thru 8th grade students are invited to sign up to play on a team. Participate in this fun event by contacting Ms. Ponce in the school office 713-664-3351 $20 per player, billed to your FACTS account. All proceeds benefit Corpus Christi Catholic School. Thank you for your support!

Sunday, January 27th - Mass with the Parish, 11:00 a.m.- Students are asked to wear Mass uniform

Monday, January 28th- "Crazy about our Catholic School" - Students are encouraged to wear their favorite hat or hair bow to school; 100th Day of School- Pre-school students will dress for the occasion!; Vocation talks to 4th-8th grade scholars

Tuesday, January 29th- "Pajama/Read-A-Thon Day" Students may wear appropriate pajamas to school; Middle school scholars will read to their church partners; All others will read with a friend

Wednesday, January 30th- "College Shirt Day" Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt to school with blue jeans

Thursday, January 31st- "Open House" for prospective families at 9:00 a.m.; "Being Heard: Lessons from the Field" presentation for parents, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 1st- "Sundaes with the Priests" during lunch periods; Judging of classes' canned good sculptures; Canned goods will be donated to Braes Interfaith Ministries.

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Congratulations to our Science Fair Winners!!

Third, fifth and seventh grade students participated in our school's science fair last Wednesday. Congratulations to all students for their hard work! We are proud of each of you! The following students placed in their respective grade levels:

Third Grade:

1st Place: Caroline Gordon

2nd Place: Fabiola Velazquez

3rd Place: Nicolaas Tavarez

Honorable Mention: Gavin Hernandez

Fifth Grade:

1st Place: Cristina Boone

2nd Place: Thomas Darmodjo

3rd Place: Christopher Martin

Honorable Mention: Xavier Duffy

Seventh Grade:

1st Place: Alyssa Garrido

2nd Place: Mia Arroyo

3rd Place: Alex Cremer

Honorable Mention: Angelina Reyes

The 1st and 2nd place elementary winners will represent CCCS at the Archdiocesan Elementary Science Fair, which will be held at CCCS on March 21st. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place middle school winners will represent CCCS at the Archdiocesan Middle School Science Fair this Thursday, January 24th at St. Thomas More Catholic School. Best of luck to all!

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Uncle Sam wants YOU (all CCCS families and friends) to join the CCCS Steps 4 Students team. This fun family 5K run/walk takes place in downtown Houston on Saturday, February 16th. Your registration counts- help us keep the David Guite Spirit Award at CCCS! Can’t make it that day? You can still join the team, sign up and hit the Snooze for Students button!

To register go to

Registration fee is $20 until January 31st. The cost of registration increases by $10 starting February 1st. Funds raised by joining the CCCS team or donating to a CCCS team member’s page directly benefit Corpus Christ Catholic School.

Take a look at our team page and view our top Fundraising Champions!

Uncle Sam aka our beloved Fr. Tom is walking, maybe a little running, to support the CCCS team! To support Fr. Tom visit

PSO, Parents Supporting our Children, Update

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Colt Classic Tournament

The Annual Coach Cooz tournament is scheduled for this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (January 24th -26th). This tournament is a longtime tradition here at Corpus Christi to honor our former PE teacher/Coach/Athletic Director, Matthew Cusimano. Coach Cooz, as he was fondly called, also served as the Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association Commissioner for several years.

The Coach Cooz Tournament, which will host many teams from the Archdiocese, benefits CCCS by providing scholarships to two 8th grade graduates who will be attending a Catholic high school.

Below is a link for an opportunity for parents and middle school scholars to earn volunteer hours. Please check out the list as there are many ways to help make this event a success!
Thank you in advance!

Safe Haven Replaces VIRTUS

The CMG Safe Haven online training is replacing the VIRTUS training. The training consists of 3 vignette style training videos that are approximately 60 minutes and will include a criminal background check that must be completed.

These trainings are available in English and Spanish. Live trainings are no longer offered; all Safe Environment trainings will only be available online at

  • All new volunteers will complete the Safe Haven online training program instead of VIRTUS PGC training. The turnaround time for approval may be approximately two weeks or less.
  • All individuals must complete the training and complete a background check prior to the start of volunteer service.
  • The 5-year anniversary date is still in place, individuals who recently attended VIRTUS will not be due to complete refresher trainings until they have met their 5-year anniversary date.
  • As the 5-year anniversary date is met, individuals will need to log into CMGConnect with their previous personal VIRTUS user id and 1234 as the password. Once the individual logs into their CMGConnect account, they will be able to change their password. If they do not remember the user id, they may contact the following:

1. Bethanie O'Neal at

2. CMG at

The following individuals below will now be required to complete Safe Haven online training as well:

1. Individuals who have never attended training.

2. Individuals who are currently due for refresher training and had not attended VIRTUS training.

3. Individuals who are currently due and have not attended VIRTUS training.

4. Individuals who are out of compliance or past due.

Open House

Help us spread the word about Open House! Corpus Christi will host an Open House on Thursday, January 31st at 9:00 AM. All families interested in a Catholic education for their children are invited to attend. There will be a presentation at 9:00 AM followed by guided tours - visitors can see our STREAM school in action! Why STEM when you can STREAM?

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The Diamond Jubilee Auction Gala

You should have received your invitation by now to Corpus Christi’s biggest party of the year! We hope you are making plans to join us for this fun evening of friends, food and bidding! Need an extra invitation? Invitations are available in the school office. This event is for a great cause- raising funds for Corpus Christi-celebrating 60 years of faith and education!

Some offerings to bid on - you’ll not want to miss these!

· Vacation in Rockport- a home on the bay with an amazing pier, Custom made boots just for you by a 6th generation boot maker, Restaurant gift cards, artwork

· Impressive class donations: mosaic bench with custom made tiles, handmade wooden table with student art work, Date night basket, Astros sport basket, Relaxation basket, Lottery basket, Superheros Basket, Princess Lego Basket, Jewelry basket filled with accessories

Donations are still needed! Please keep CCCS in mind if you or a business that you frequent would be interested in donating to our auction. Whatever you or your friends would bid on could be a great addition to our auction!

· Rental or vacation homes

· Sporting, theater, or event tickets

· Antiques, home and garden, collectibles

· Jewelry and accessories

· Services-grooming, massage, household

· Gift cards

· Would you be interested in hosting an auction sign-up party for kids or adults?

Drop off donations in the school office. Donation forms are available in the office, on the CCCS website, or can be mailed to you or an interested donor with a solicitation letter. Donations are tax deductible.

Advertising Show your CCCS spirit by purchasing an ad in the Auction Gala program. From a quarter page to a full page, there is a perfect ad opportunity for your family or your business.

Did you know that CCCS families receive a special advertising rate on a quarter page ad? Simply submit your information, we will create an ad especially for you!

Underwriting Your Diamond Jubilee Auction Gala invitation lists many fun underwriting opportunities—from underwriting a table to sponsoring food, beverages, decorations and more!

Auction Meeting-January 23rd, 6:00 PM, Library

Earn volunteer hours- making phone calls, creating decorations, data input, power point presentations and more! Contact Susan Miller for more info!

Prayer Requests

  • For the repose of the soul of Mr. Joe Nguyen, father of Tiffany (6th)
  • For the repose of the soul of Mrs. Barbra Kennedy, mother-in-law of Mrs. Kennedy (MS Math)
  • For the repose of the soul of Connie Arzu, grandmother of Cristian Zuniga (6th)
  • For the repose of the soul of Alisia, aunt of Alex Stevens (7th)
  • For God's continued healing of Kate Bauman (8th)
  • For God's healing of Mr. Luis Gomez, uncle of Gabriella LaBarrie (1st grade)
  • For God's healing of Mr. Jerry LaBarrie, grandfather of Gabriella LaBarrie (1st grade)
  • For God's healing of Mr. Vince Freeman, stepfather of Ms. Fucheck(MS ELA)
  • For God's healing of Mr. Frank Perez, Ms. Perez's (PreK4) grandfather
  • For God's healing of Mr. Pete Perez, grandfather of Emman Perez (8th)
  • For God's healing of Michaela, aunt of Alex Stevens (7th)
  • For God's healing of Ms. Gloria Jackson, grandmother of Micah (5th) and Nyla (3K)

Upcoming Events

Boys and Girls Basketball Games

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 4:30pm

Colt Dome

Fee Dress Day

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 8am


8th grade fundraiser- Please refer to Handbook for guidelines.

Boys and Girls Basketball Games

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 4:30pm

3131 El Dorado Boulevard

Houston, TX

Colt Classic Tournament

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 3:30pm to Saturday, Jan. 26th, 5pm

Colt Dome

Pastor/Principal Basketball Game

Friday, Jan. 25th, 2pm

Colt Dome

Mass with the Parish in Honor of Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, Jan. 27th, 11am

9900 Stella Link Road

Houston, TX

Students are asked to wear Mass uniform.

Open House for Prospective Families

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 9am

Prefontaine Hall

Being Heard: Lessons from the Field Parent Presentation

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 6pm

Prefontaine Hall