September 29, 2015

This year, Christ the King’s sixth graders have read two books about young adults living with disabilities, Wonder and Out of My Mind. The students discussed themes of overcoming adversity and finding Christ in all of God’s children.

For the third year in a row, 6th graders spent the day with residents at The Stewart Home School, a residential facility in Frankfort for individuals with intellectual disabilities. CKS students joined residents in classes, such as Biology, Music, Fitness and Art, and made new friends throughout the day.


Dear Parents,

Several weeks ago, I spoke to some of the elementary parents at Elementary Parent Night. I shared the importance of living in the moment and thought my talk might be of interest to those of you who weren’t there.

At our last school council meeting, Fr. Paul shared “7 Secrets of Successful Catholics.” One of the seven secrets was to “Live in the moment, recognizing daily opportunities for holiness.” That was the one that struck me. For me, living in the moment is difficult. For most of us, we spend our time reliving or obsessing over the past, or planning for the future. I’ve told many of you I am very much a planner; I like to lay out step-by-step plans, and I believe that is the way positive change happens.

As parents, we spend a great deal of time planning our future, our family’s future, and our children’s future. We want the best for them, so making preparations is important. Again, I am a planner. As my husband and I prepared for a short trip to celebrate our 30th anniversary, I had most details laid out before be pulled out of the driveway. Likewise, plans for the school year, for professional development, and for student growth were discussed and plotted out well before the first day of school.

However, an overabundance of planning can take away from that “living in the moment.” We have to leave time for those “daily opportunities for holiness.” Allowing ourselves to give up control, for God to step in -- especially when our children are involved -- is hard. Several of the teachers are doing a book study with Deacon Tim Weinmann. We talked about this the other day -- about giving our plans to God. We lay out our future hopes and dreams for our children, just like we prepare our agenda each day. I look through my agenda each morning before I head out the door, and I pray, “God, these are my plans, but if you have other ideas, I’m here.” And He usually does. One of our teachers in our book study said she tells her students that God has one of two answers to every prayer: “yes” or “I have a better idea.”

As a mom of a 26-year-old, I tell parents of little ones, “Oh, how I wish I could go back!” I do wish I could go back and tell my younger self to enjoy it more; not to worry so much about what is next; and to "live in the moment.” Because when we get caught up in tomorrow, we not only miss out on appreciating today, but sometimes we miss out on supplying the needs of the day.

When students start a new year, teachers might say of a particular topic, “They should know that already.” Even when we deal with a particular grade level year after year, we often forget how much they will grow over the course of the school year. We have a preconception of (and impatience for getting to) where that kindergartener or fourth grader should be at the end of the year. As parents, we do the same thing. We want to jump to the end of the year without fulfilling the potential of today. This can cause problems -- academically, socially and emotionally. We make the mistake of rushing from A to C without focusing on B.

When we push ahead before children are ready, they can struggle. They can have difficulties with grades, other students, or teachers. It's hard watching our children go through challenging situations. It's hard to witness their disappointment, and sometimes to endure their whining. It's easier to give in. It's easier to just do it for them, but it's not what’s best for them because you're taking away a learning experience.

It's best to address those challenging situations as "teachable moments." These are important for children to experience. This is how they learn to be resilient and self-sufficient. We don’t want them to think life is without any complications. We know they need to learn to face problems -- how to break them down and solve them. We want to be there as they learn these skills in a safe, secure environment, but we must remember that the goal is independence.

In times of disappointment, failure or setback, we want them to apply what they have learned, to develop strategies for the future, and to have opportunities to exercise virtue. This will give our children confidence in themselves, that they will be able to solve their own problems and to learn to be assertive in times of difficulty. They need to learn to use tools, to make their own projects, and to use kind words to help others feel better. This teaches them the important life skills that they need, and provides the ability for them to accept responsibility for their own actions.

Parents, know that we teachers are here with you, the primary educators of your children. We are here to help teach not only the fun lessons, but the difficult ones, too. Learning is not always easy, but it is worth it in the end to prepare our children for the world before them; the hard times they may face; the successes they'll celebrate; and the virtue of living in the moment.

Paula Smith

Acting Principal

Christ the King School


Tuesday, October 6th, is the first data day for our teachers, so we will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. This will be an opportunity for the teachers to meet as groups to analyze MAP testing data, and to make instructional decisions for students in their classrooms. There will not be EDP on this day.

Fall Conferences will be held Monday & Tuesday, October 12 & 13. Sign-ups will be offered soon. Middle school students are expected to attend and lead their conferences.

Fall break will be Thursday & Friday, October 15 &16. School will also not be in session that following Monday, October 19th, when teachers will be attending the Diocesan in-service.
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Friday, October 2nd, Bishop Stowe will bless our pets following the all-school Mass. We encourage parents to join us after Mass in the Hehman Hall parking lot with the animals. Please do not send pets to school with students. On the Feast of the Guardian Angels, we look forward to a beautiful celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, which is this Sunday.
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The students in the 8th grade class will receive the sacrament of Confirmation in February. Please hold them in your thoughts and prayers throughout the year as they prepare to receive this sacrament.

They would also like to offer their prayers for any needs you may have, both now and at any time during the year. Please send your special intentions to them using the email address below, and they will include them in their daily class and individual prayers.


The CKS Math team beat Morton Middle School in its first match.

Congratulations to team members: Wyatt Combs, Elise Minion, Daryn Russell, Audrey Harper, Chloe Hall, Grace Walker, and Dylan Ginnan.


Fall 2015 Basketball Registration Opening October 1st!!!!!

Click the link below to register!

General Information

Pre-K/K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th

Co-ed teams

Practices Start December 7th

Questions: Alan Turner



Free online defensive driving course available through the diocese; required for church transportation volunteers, strongly suggested for CKS parent drivers. For more information, check out the flyer on the Web Notes page of the CKS web site, under Highlights or Special Opportunities:

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New music opportunity at Christ the King!

The beginning guitar ensemble is open to any interested students in middle school--no experience necessary. Meeting times will be Mondays and
Wednesdays after school from 3:40-4:40 p.m. A limited number of instruments are
available for rental through the school.

For additional information please email Greg Jackson at
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We are excited to add a peanut butter alternative to our October menu. If you would like more information on this product, check it out at


We need you! Sign up to volunteer in our school cafeteria...

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ABLE Youth Service Organization

What is Able Youth?

ABLE Youth is a non-profit service organization, specialized for kids ages 10 and up. It is a branch of ABLE Missions, Inc. The service projects that the youth participate in are geared to their ability, so they are able to help. Things such as playing games with the elderly or making sandwiches for the homeless are things that ABLE Youth does. We hope you will join us!

How to join ABLE Youth?

To join ABLE Youth, please fill out the registration form available at under Service Opportunities, and submit a $15.00 yearly registration fee. The yearly calendar will run from September 1st of each year. Your new membership will last until September 1st of 2016.

Please mail or turn in paper work to :

Rachel Scanlon - Adult Chairperson for ABLE Youth, 607 Brookgreen Lane, Lexington, KY 40509.

Or, send in an envelope to the CKS office, Attn: Rachel Scanlon

Your membership includes email updates about events, a t-shirt, and ABLE Youth meetings.

Tentative Schedule of Upcoming Events:

· October 23- Volunteer at ABLE’s Halloween Party Fundraiser (TABLES for ABLE)

· November- Military Missions

· December- Catholic Action Center Christmas Store

· January- Game day at Arnett Pritchett Place nursing home

· February- Bake Sale to help fundraise for the 8th grade Jamaica Mission trip in June

· March – TBA

· April- Seedleaf

Questions?: Please contact Rachel Scanlon at (859)536-7463 or


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Join Bishop John on Pilgrimage to Basilica & National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation (Oct. 29-30). THERE IS STILL ROOM BUT THE DEADLINE IS NEARING! Don't miss this great opportunity to be with Bishop John and Fr. Paul on pilgrimage. Reservations by phone to Sr. Georgette (268-2861) no later than 9 a.m. Monday morning.




AGES 0-12

6:00-9:00 p.m.

$20 Per Family

Activities, Movie, Pizza, & Popcorn

October 16, November 13, December 11, January 29, February 12, March 18, April 18 & May 6

See under Events in the Diocese. Questions? Karen Kirkland


Who: CCD, CKS, CLOW, All Parish Children – Grades 1-8

When: Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m ., beginning Thursday, September 24

Where: Christ the King Gym

Cost: $25.00 per child (includes jump rope and t-shirt)

Registration form: or CKS school office

Return form and fee to:

Karen Kirkland

Christ the King School

412 Cochran Road

Lexington, KY 40502

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"A Little Night Magic"

Saturday, November 7
6-11 p.m.
Tickets - $75 each

Dinner, open bar, music & dancing...enjoy live and silent auctions...

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You must attend one tryout to be considered for the team

6th Grade Coach Taylor Botkin Asst Bryan Woomer

Thursday September 24th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Alumni Gym

Saturday September 26th 9:00-10:00 a.m. Alumni Gym

Monday September 28th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Alumni Gym

7th Grade Coach Brendon Woody Asst Jorge Lancho

Thursday September 24th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Bueter Gym

Saturday September 26th 11 a.m.-noon in Alumni Gym

Monday September 28th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Bueter Gym

8th Grade Coach Trey Griffin Asst Brendon Woody

Thursday September 24 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Bueter Gym

Saturday September 26th 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Alumni Gym

Tuesday September 29th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Bueter Gym

5th Grade Coach Darin Holland

Tuesday September 29th 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Alumni gym

Second Tryout TBA


LC Parent Information Coffee: Thursday, October 8th, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the High Marks Center. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents are invited!

White, Greer, and Maggard Future Knight Tailgating Party: Hosted by LCHS Athletic Department: October 9th from 6-7:15 p.m., prior to home football game vs. Western Hills. All middle school students (5th-8th grade) are invited to attend! There will be music, games, free food, t-shirts, face painting, etc. Every middle school student in attendance will receive a “Future Knight” bracelet, which allows them free entry to all regular season Lexington Catholic Athletic events.

Alumni Tailgate: Friday, October 9th, 6-7:30 p.m., at the President's House backyard.

Join us for food, beverages and a great time connecting with good friends before our Knights play Western Hills! You can pick up your free game admission at the tailgate! If it rains, we will be in the cafeteria.

Open House: Wednesday, October 28th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us and see everything Lexington Catholic has to offer your student! Information sessions for the following programs will be held throughout the evening.

Fine Arts Workshop: Wednesday, October 28th, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. The workshop is for 7th and 8th grade students, and will be held immediately before Open House.

Partner School Visits: October 21st & 22nd

Freshman Placement Exam: November 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Athletics: To stay up-to-date on LCHS Middle School Athletic News please check out:

LCHS Prep Football Youth League Teams: Please see flyer. Interested in helping coach? Please contact Mark Perry at

Parents of 7th and 8th grade Students: The LCHS Bowling Team invites you to our open practices each Thursday, beginning August 20th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Southland Bowling Lanes. Cost is $1.75 per game, and bowling shoe rental is included. Tryouts for the 2015-2016 season will be held on October 1st at 3:30 p.m. at Southland Bowling Lanes. If you are looking for something to get involved in that is fun, competitive and has the potential of college scholarships, please give the Bowling Team a try. For more information please contact Head Coach Jim Dunn at, or Assistant Coach Leslie Hinkle at

LCHS Middle School Basketball: We will form teams for the following grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. All 4 teams will have their own schedule and will play in Lexington and around the area. Teams will practice 2 to 3 times per week till the season starts and then play 2 or 3 games a week. The season will run from October to February.

The coaches for the teams are members of the Lexington Catholic basketball staff. They have expansive knowledge of how the High school team runs its program. Most of Lexington Catholics High School basketball team’s players have come from the middle school team. There will be cuts for each team and there is no guarantee of playing time. If you have any questions please contact Coach Brandon Salsman at

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For more information... under Special Opportunities.


October 2 & 3 - King's Closet Consignment Sale
October 2 - All School Mass 8:00 a.m. & Pet Blessing 9:00 a.m.
October 6 - Data Day - 1:15 p.m. dismissal
October 12 & 13 Fall Conferences
October 15 & 16 Fall Break
October 19 - No School Diocesan Inservice