Christ Child Academy Newsletter

November 15, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Ruedinger

Now that the colder weather is here, please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather. The students will be going out for recess most days. The guideline we use at CCA is the AccuWeather app and the RealFeel® temperature. The students will be kept inside when the RealFeel® temperature is below 0°. Coats, hats, scarves, mittens, snow pants, and boots are essential to keeping your children warm and dry. Thank you for your assistance.

Snow day cancellations or delays will be communicated via our closed Facebook account, Remind, and email. We follow the Sheboygan Area School District with these weather alerts.

Next week, we will be enjoying the aroma of turkeys roasting throughout the building as the volunteers prepare for the Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner, which will be held in the Staskunas Activity Center/Gym. Pumpkin pies or bars of any kind are always welcome and appreciated. Any donations should be in a disposable container and may be dropped off in the school office on Wednesday, November 21 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

On Wednesday, November 21, there will be no hot lunch due to the preparation for the Thanksgiving Dinner being held here on Thanksgiving Day. Please send a cold lunch with your child(ren). Microwaves will be available for use.

Next Wednesday, November 21 we have early release at 1:00 pm. The bus will be running as usual. No school on Thursday or Friday of next week.

No Carrier today!

Congratulations Totally Terrific Recipients

Totally Terrific Recipients for the week ending November 9.

Kindergarten – Abram Austreng 1st Grade – Rylen Kaesermann 2nd Grade – Elliot Van Asten

3rd Grade – Brooklyn Hammond 4th Grade – Jack Polzin 5th Grade – Cameron Spitz

Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony

This past Sunday, the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony preformed at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Three of CCA's very own students are members of the Youth Symphony: Matthew Duszynski (6) on Trumpet, Sammi Kolar (7) on percussion, and Sarah Visser (6) on Clarinet. Also, Paula Harder is a music instructor for the Symphony. Great job and what a wonderful representation for Christ Child Academy!

Salvation Army Belling Ringing

In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week at the end of January, we encourage the all the friends & families of Christ Child Academy to take part in service opportunities this holiday season. One way we can make a difference is by ringing bells for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. Please sign up to help with this worthy cause and have some fun together as a family.

The Salvation Army needs your help to ring in the Christmas season and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. All proceeds from the Red Kettle Campaign stay in the area to support vital programs such as our 45-bed homeless shelter, community food pantry, wellness clinic, youth groups, utility assistance and Christmas gift programs.

Dates: November 16 to December 24

VOLUNTEER to ring bells at any of the 14 locations throughout the Sheboygan area. Signing up is easy and shifts are just 2 hours, but you are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts.

1. Visit and enter your zip code

2. Select “Ringing with a Group

3. Select "Find Group"

4. Search for "Christ" and select "Christ Child Academy"
5. Now you can search for your desired bell ringing shift by setting a date range and selecting locations of interest.
6. Select your shifts and create an individual profile. Please note that your shift at the kettle will be associated with the Child Christ Academy even though you have created a personal profile.

CCA Calendar Raffle Incentives

Our next incentive is to sell 15+ Calendar Raffles by Monday, November 19th at 3:15 pm. Remember, this is cumulative. If your family meets this incentive, your children will participate in a Pizza party lunch on Thursday, December 6th.

We have sold 421 Calendar Raffles so far - Keep up the great work on selling!!

Vision Screening

During the school day on Tuesday, November 20th, Christ Child Academy will be holding a vision screening for all students in grades 3K – 5th. CCA parent and Registered Nurse, Mrs. Lori Kaesermann, will be conducting the screening with the use of the Spot Vision Screening Device from the Plymouth Lions Club. If you have a student in middle school that you would like to have screened that day, please let the school office know. Results will be sent home for those who may need a follow up.

Scrip Update

HoHoHo! Would you like earn a tuition credit while doing all your holiday shopping? Are you looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Scrip has all the answers! We have many local retailers and restaurants in stock in the Scrip store, available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:45-3:10 in the Conference Room next to Mrs. Lampe's office (in the old IC parish offices), and after all masses at all three parishes. Check out the complete list of available stores, restaurants, gas stations and more at

Don't miss new vendors DSW Show Warehouse, Precision Flooring in Plymouth, and Scheels.

Please note, there are no Scrip sales November 24-25 after Masses due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The last day to order Scrip to receive it in time for Christmas is December 16. There will be Scrip Store sales December 18, 20, and 22-23.

CCA Christmas Choral Concert

The Christmas Choral Concert will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00 pm. All students in grades K-8 are to report to their classroom at 5:30 pm. All students should wear their “Sunday Best” dress attire.

The preschool programs will be held Thursday, December 20th in Immaculate Conception Church with 3K at 8:30 am and 4K at 10:30 am

Winter Extravaganza Classroom Basket Representatives Needed

Winter Extravaganza is Saturday, February 23, 2019. One of the biggest money makers at the event is the Classroom Baskets. Each class creates a basket for the Silent Auction. The baskets usually have a theme and have some personalized touches by that class. Because of the personalization, these items usually have high bids.

We are looking for 1-2 parents from each grade to come forward to be the Classroom representative/s. These people will be the liaison for the teacher and help to come up with a theme, purchase items, set-up time with the kids for personalization, collect money from parents to cover costs, etc.

If this sounds like you - please sign up today!


Thank you for your commitment to Christ Child Academy!

Last Call for St. Peter Claver Food Pantry Food Drive

St. Peter Claver Food Pantry Drive

Jesus said, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.”

During the week of November 12 we will be collecting personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, family size bars of soap, boxes of tissue, and toilet tissue.

All donations will be greatly appreciated! There will be collection boxes in each classroom.

Speed Stacking or Cup Stacking

Christ Child Academy will once again try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records! We will be participating in Speed Stacking with 635,000 kids all over the world! Speed stacking or cup stacking can be an individual or team sport. This sport is played worldwide that involves stacking plastic cups in a number of sequences as fast as you can. Players can compete against each other or for a time. Those that participate work on their hand-eye coordination and ambidexterity.

The date for is Thursday, November 8th. CCA Student Service Council will be running this event during lunch recess. All students will participate. We will be working on our cup stacking during that week in our physical education classes.

Check out the World Sport Stacking Association web page for more information and to see if we will make our goal of 635,000 participants!

School Choice Update for 2019-2020

To expand access to Christ Child Academy, the Governance Board, the Christ Child Academy Finance Committee, and all three parishes finance councils recommend applying for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The Tri-Parish Pastoral Council recently met and have also acknowledged their full support of Christ Child Academy applying for School Choice.

There will be a Wisconsin Parental Choice Program informational meeting on Monday, November 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church. Terry Brown, vice president of School Choice Wisconsin, will be presenting and taking questions.

A final decision on applying for School Choice for the 2019-2020 school year will be made by late November.

Recycle Old Christmas Cards

As the time of year to send Christmas cards approaches, please consider “recycling” any cards you may have saved from last year. As an annual service project, the CCA Middle School students assemble holiday ornaments, made from old Christmas cards, and present them to the residents at Progressive Health Care Center. Because twenty cards are used in making each ornament, we are in need of old Christmas cards. Simply tear off the “picture part” of the cards (we do not use the “verse part” of the cards) and bring them to school. What a great way to “recycle,” as we bring holiday cheer to the residents at Progressive Health Care Center. Thank you!

Seeking Catholic Schools Week Coordinators

We are currently seeking a few volunteers to coordinate our Catholic Schools Week which runs from January 26th through February 2nd. This celebration of Catholic education is a fun-filled week with exciting dress-up days for the students, service activities, and a focus on the importance of Catholic education. Thank you to Jana McDonough, Christine Minneci, and Brenda Binversie for coordinating these activities for several years.

If you are interested, please contact Mark Ruedinger at or at 459-2664.

Home & School

The next Home & School meeting will be Saturday, November 17th at 9:00 am in the staff lounge. We will be discussing the cookie tin sale, the Holiday Shoppe, and a possible make & take craft night.


The next Bingo is on Sunday, November 18thGrades 1 & 2 families are responsible for volunteering. Please take a look at the sign up ASAP and find a time slot to work. There are also opportunities to donate food, cash or gift cards. Many hands make for light work. Thank you for your support!

Always accepting gift cards for Wal-mart, Festival & Miesfeld’s to cover costs.


CCA Calendar Raffles

One of our main fundraisers each year is the Annual Calendar Raffle. The money raised help to keep our tuition rates as low as possible. The Calendar Raffle is a pocket calendar that features special events throughout the year at Christ Child Academy as well as some advertising. We will draw $30 winners every day of the school year. On special holidays that are listed, the cash payout is $200! The cost per Calendar is just $20.00.

As in past years, each family will receive 20 calendars to sell. This is the minimum number that we would like each family to sell. Our goal is to sell 2500 calendars for a net profit of about $40,000!!

All calendars must be sold and turned in by January 2nd, 2019 (First day back after Christmas break). State law prohibits us from selling calendars past the first drawing. We encourage you to turn the tickets in as they are sold; please do not hold on to them as we want to make sure that none get lost or forgotten.

Make sure to take the raffles with you to family get-togethers. The calendars also make great birthday or Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

Selling Calendar Raffles After Mass

2018 Annual Fund Appeal

The 2018 Annual Fund Appeal for Christ Child Academy will be kicking off in November and our goal for this year is $75,000. Monies raised help enrich programs, technology, academics, arts, and help us to keep tuition reasonably affordable.

This year, we have added a new feature for your convenience. We have partnered with GoFundMe to accept online donations for our Annual Fund Appeal.

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.

School Mass Attire

Students are to wear their CCA polo shirts with the logo along with dress or Khaki pants or a skirt for the girls. Polo shirts are to be tucked in for both boys and girls. 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.

Box Tops for Education

CCA can earn money from clipping Box Tops found on various products. When you buy items, simply clip the Box Top and bring it to CCA. The Box Tops are submitted, and our school receives a check which is used towards our activity fund. 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.

Kwik Trip Milk Moola

CCA will receive 5¢ (five cents) for each cap or milk bag top they redeem from Nature’s Touch® products. The program will only accept specially marked caps and bag tops that feature the Milk Moola symbol. Thank you to Paula Hilbert, who has been overseeing this program for many years!

Donations needed for our STEAM program

Throughout the school year, we will be in need of donations of the following items to support our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program at all levels. We will let you know when to begin dropping these off at school. Please start collecting these items.

1. Newspapers

2. Milk Jugs

3. 2 Liter pop bottles

4. Pringles cans

5. Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towels)

SCRIP Information

Welcome to a new school year! Start saving money on your tuition by purchasing Scrip. Our Scrip store is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:10 in the Conference Room of the former IC parish offices (next to Mrs. Lampe's office). The Scrip store is also available after weekend masses at all three of our parishes. Contact Brenda Binversie, with any questions.

School Store Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:45 – 3:10 pm

Purchase after Mass:

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

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

SSCM – 9:00 am Sunday

2018-2019 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


18 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym

19 - School Choice Parent Meeting - Immaculate Conception Church 6:00 pm

21 - Early Release at 1:00 pm (with bussing)

22 & 23 - No School – Thanksgiving Break


4 - Santa Secret/Holiday Shoppe, Staskunas Activity Cener/Gym

5 - Catholic Schools’ Band Christmas Concert, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6:30 pm

6 - Mid-Quarter 2

7 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts

12 - CCA Choral Christmas Concert, Immaculate Conception Church, 6:00 pm

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

24 - 29 - No School – Christmas Recess

29 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym

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Land's End

Land’s End is the provider for Mass day and field trip shirts at Christ Child Academy. Pants and skirts may be purchased anywhere, but must comply with the guidelines outlined in our school's dress code. Land's End also carries many other apparel items with the CCA logo. Checkout the spirit wear collection.

Online: Go to and create or sign in to your account. Include your student and school information in My Account (or find your School using the Preferred School Number Search: 900182692).

Start shopping with your personalized product checklist. Shop now via the direct link:


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CCA Student Referral Program

The purpose of the Student Referral Program is to reward current Christ Child Academy families for increasing and sustaining enrollment at Christ Child Academy.

A referral award will be paid to a current Christ Child Academy family who successfully recruits and/or refers a new student to Christ Child Academy within the guidelines. Please go the the forms link for more information.

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking for! We need substitute teachers from Kindergarten through 8th grade. If you are interested, please call Judy Banie in the school office. Qualifications: Current Wisconsin Educator License, OR a Bachelor's Degree, and a Wisconsin Substitute Teacher Permit.

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