Christ The King School News Notes

September 22, 2020

Message from the Principal

September 22, 2020


Dear Parents,


I hope you are all doing well and that your students have enjoyed their time in school so far. Our plans for reopening school have proven successful thus far, but we continue to re-evaluate and make improvements and add precautions everywhere we can.


I surveyed our teachers to get feedback and suggestions to improve student learning and the school environment. The best accomplishments identified on the survey were cohorting and masks. These two components of our plan provide protection for everyone in our building. When asked about what would make our school safer, teachers responded that reinforcing compliance with masking rules and social distancing was most important. Any additional guidance you could provide your child(ren), emphasizing how important it is to wear masks properly, would be greatly appreciated. We will do the same in our classes.


I also asked the staff for suggestions regarding the length of the school day and the school calendar. A large majority felt the length of the school day was fine, or otherwise had no suggestions for changing it. One consistent suggestion, though, was to incorporate more days off in the calendar to allow teachers additional time to plan, make appointments, or use as personal days. Because we have had difficulty with finding substitute staffing, and given that the school days are more challenging, we felt that weaving a few days off into the schedule would be a better option than adding NTI days or shortening the school day.


Below you will find our updated calendar for the remainder of the school year. Of course, this is tentative, but our hope is that this will work for our families and staff this school year. Thank you for your support, and a great thanks for our faculty and staff for the hard work they have put in for our students!


Many blessings to you all,

Paula Smith

Principal

Christ the King School

Updated School Calendar 2020-2021

CKS Travel Policy

As Fall break approaches, we know many families are looking forward to a getaway.

Many have come to me concerned about families traveling. We all have to be protective of our cohorts.


In order for us to preserve face-to-face instruction of our students at school, we have to be extra careful with the choices we each make. We, of course, want our children to have all the typical experiences; however, we have to remember that making sacrifices for the short term will help prevent the spread of the virus, and reduce long-term negative effects on the school’s reopening and the health and safety of our children, faculty, and staff.


If you travel to or through any current hotspots, students have to quarantine for two weeks. The best place to go to check hotspots, which are states with 15% positive testing rates, is https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/.


Keep in mind that there are considerable swings and changes in all states and they can change even while you are traveling.

Important Dates

9/21/2020 Charleston Wrap Wrapping Paper Sale Kickoff

9/23/2020 1st Trimester Midterm

9/24/2020 8th Grade Service Day

9/28-29/2020 Virtual Fall Conferences

9/30/2020 Diocesan Teacher Inservice Day- No School

10/1-10/2/2020 Fall Break, No School

COVID Contact

As questions arise about the policies and procedures that we have put in place due to COVID-19, we wish for our parents to have a point of contact for their questions. For the upcoming year, our nurse, Shayna Elmore, will be available full-time during the school day. She will be our school’s COVID Contact. Please direct your COVID-related questions via email to clinic@ckslex.org or call (859) 266-5641.


If you have any questions about whether your child can be in attendance, please reach out to Nurse Elmore, our COVID contact. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of our school community.


If your child is in isolation or quarantine, please contact Nurse Elmore, so that we can ensure that students can continue learning via the hybrid plan if they are well enough to do so. Her contact information is clinic@ckslex.org

Daily Prescreening

Parents will need to fill out this pre-screening form daily with respect to their children who attend Christ the King School. You may submit this either the evening before your child(ren) will attend class on campus, or in the morning before bringing your child(ren) to school; HOWEVER, if you submit this form the evening before and circumstances change between then and the morning, you should resubmit and take action accordingly. A SYMPTOMATIC CHILD, OR ONE WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 100.4° OR ABOVE, SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.


https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prescreening
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Bike Riders

If your child rides their bike to school, please note that they will use the Cochran Rd. crosswalk for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Students should walk their bike through the crosswalk, on the sidewalk and to the bike rack that is located by the gym entrance. Bike riders will NOT be dismissed until the afternoon carline has completely cleared. If you wish for your child to be a bike rider, please fill out a Bike Rider Permission Slip.

Walker Permission Slip

Students MUST have a signed permission slip to be allowed to walk home following afternoon dismissal. Here is the Walker Pemission Slip.

Reopening Plan

Please see the CKS Reopening Operations Plan for all important information.

COVID-19 Response


RESOURCES:

Recent communications from CKS, along with links to COVID-19 Resources: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19


PRAYERS:

Prayer list: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prayer-request-list

Prayer Request Form: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/prayer-request-form


HELP:

If you would like to make a donation to those struggling during this time or if you need help, please contact us: https://ctkschool.net/covid-19/covid-19-tuition-relief-fund

Special Lunch Order Form

Lunch Menu

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Accessing Family Portal

RenWeb is our student management system that allows parents to view academic information specific to their children, attendance, homework, and a host of other information. It is of utmost importance that new families access the family portal.


A PDF with instruction on setting up a parent or student account in RenWeb, follow these links:


Parent login creation: https://ctkschool.net/download_file/936/214

Student login creation: https://ctkschool.net/download_file/935/214


Also, check out the RenWeb Tips section on the Web Notes section of our web site (https://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes) for other useful information regarding RenWeb.

Charleston Wrap

CKS Parents,

Our Charleston Wrap Fundraiser starts today and your help is essential! The funds raised go directly to the students to help with tuition assistance.

We are asking you to reach out to you colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family to encourage them to shop our fundraiser. There are so many wonderful items this year that would make great birthday presents, Christmas gifts, or just something for you! As always, the wrapping paper is high quality, double sided, and really cute!

Our fundraiser will only last a few weeks, so do these quick and easy things today to get our momentum going!

1. Register your student online and enter our School ID [z- 11655]

https://charlestonwrapstore.com/non-school-registration.php

2. Invite friends and family to shop and support our students by sending out emails, sharing on social media, and texting the fundraiser link.

3. This year all orders will be online, but your student will bring home catalogs and additional instructions today!

For more information about the fundraiser and the prizes your student could win, please watch this short video from the Charleston Wrap Sales Committee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W1vPtd26Bc

Thank you for your support!

Leadership, Teamwork & Life Skill Lessons For Your Child Sign Up For Cub Scouts Pack 93


Scouting has a strong tradition at Christ the King Cathedral. In the midst of a global pandemic and unique challenges, the value of scouting is as important as ever. Scouting helps teach students about leadership, citizenship, personal fitness, resiliency, duty to God and helping others.

Cub Scouts is for boys in grades 1st to 5th grade. It is a minimal time commitment, usually just two hours per month. The cost is $100 for the year for all Scout activities. This covers Pack and national dues. If you would like to sign up or learn more, please contact Brant Welch, Pack 93 Cubmaster, at brant.welch@gmail.com or call (859) 806-3417.

Each grade will have activities within its own den grade. We do need volunteer Den leaders for the 1st and 2nd grade groups. This is usually just two hours of your time per month. Interested volunteers can contact Brant Welch.

We have lots of fun with adventures and making friends. Activities planned for this year include a visit to the Frankfort Salato Wildlife Trails, special guest speakers, tours, special projects for senior citizens and more.

Pack 93 Cub Scouts is following national and state guidelines this year to ensure the safety of participants. Our events are being planned to adhere to specific guidelines.

Substitute Teachers

If you are interested in subbing in your child's class or grade level, please contact Amy Smith at asmith@ckslex.org. We greatly appreciate your consideration.

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Faith First

Dear Parents:

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we have navigated the information and directives concerning COVID-19. Our prayers and thoughts are with those throughout the world who have been affected by this situation.


With a heavy heart, we will be canceling the Fall Faith First Soccer season. We will keep everyone informed about the upcoming Faith First Basketball season.


As always, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our players and coaches. During these unprecedented times, we pray for the grace to act with patience and flexibility. Please continue to keep all who are sick in your thoughts and prayers. We thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Parochial League

Mr. Salsman, director of the parochial league, has contacted us to let us know that as of now there will not be a parochial league this year. There is a possibility it could occur after Christmas. We will keep you informed.

CKS Contacts

Renrollment/Tuition/ FACTS: David Stromquist, dstromquist@ckslex.org

Admissions: Amy Smith, admissions@ckslex.org

Technology Support: Vince Mongiardo, it@ckslex.org

Communications: Kelley Taylor, ktaylor@ckslex.org

Student Concerns: Christine Gibson, cgibson@ckslex.og and Kelley Taylor, ktaylor@ckslex.org

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CTK Bulletin

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CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

Christ the King School develops Character, Knowledge, and Spirit in its students and community by living the Catholic faith through sharing the sacraments, promoting academic excellence, and engaging in service.
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