Christ Child Academy Newsletter

December 5, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Ruedinger

The Advent season is a wonderful time to renew our faith and enrich our spiritual journey as we prepare for Christmas. Whether your family attends weekend Mass regularly or not, the beginning of the liturgical calendar is a great time to renew your relationship with Jesus. The teachers do an excellent job at CCA of sharing and kindling the faith in your children and attending Mass on the weekends goes a long way in supporting what we do in school.

We will be attending Mass two times next week. Monday, December 9 in honor of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin and on Tuesday, December 10 for our regular school Mass. Church clothes are required for both days! Please join us at both of these Masses.

The midpoint of Quarter 2 is Monday, December 9. Mid-Quarter 2 grades will be available to view on-line on Power School for grades 4 – 8 on the morning of Thursday, December 12.

On Friday, December 20, we will have our traditional Christmas spaghetti lunch for all of our students and staff. If your child does not wish to eat spaghetti, please send a cold lunch with him/her on that day. This has become a favorite of the students as they eat with their buddies and listen to Christmas music; while the teachers serve, eat with the students, and help clean up. This is a great way for our CCA family to come together prior to the Christmas break.

Also on Friday, December 20, we have early dismissal at 1:00 pm (with busing). Please be prompt in picking your child/children up that afternoon. School will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.

We received the following thank you from Noreen Gartman of the St. Peter Claver Food Pantry. "Once again, I have to say a big thank you to all the students, parents and teachers for donating the huge amount of food and personal hygiene items to the food pantry. It comes at a time when the shelves in the food pantry look kind of empty. Your generosity is always greatly appreciated!"

No Carrier Today

Parenting in the 21st Century

The Surprising Benefits of Going to Church

As parents of students at a Catholic school, you already understand the importance of Faith and religion in the development of your children. At CCA, we do an excellent job of teaching the Catholic faith and living it's lesson daily. The best way to support what we do in the classroom and further enrich your children's faith is to attend Mass each weekend. For the many families that make this a powerful family habit, I applaud you for making this a priority and reinforcing what we do daily at our school. If your family is not a regular attendee of weekend Mass, I encourage you to rediscover the many benefits of attending as a family.

Here is a great article regarding the benefits of attending church.

Standards Based Grading

During this school year, Christ Child Academy will be transitioning from a traditional grading system to standards based grading system, which will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has strongly recommended that all schools move to this reporting framework.

As we proceed through this transition over the next year, please know that our goal of academic excellence remains our priority. These "best practices" will enable parents to fully understand where their child is academically while at the same time motivating students to become life-learners.

The Parenting Guide to Standards Based Grading will provide valuable insight during this transition. Additional information will be coming in the following weeks.

Congratulations Totally Terrific Recipients

Totally Terrific Recipients for the week ending November 27.

Kindergarten – Thomas Barron 1st Grade – Nicholas Baker 2nd Grade – Chee Xiong

3rd Grade – Rose Barron 4th Grade – Deegan Ertman 5th Grade – Taelor Baker

Congratulations Middle School Students of the Month

The Students of the Month for November 2019 have been chosen for each subject area. We are proud to announce that the following students met the established criteria:

Art –Claire Walecka / ELA – Makenzie Schroeder / Health – Ryker Van Der Sande

Math – Ellie Daharsh / Music – Seaver Noll / Phy. Ed – Joe Yurk / Religion – Alex Stricker

Science – Alayna Lloyd / Social Studies – Alayna Lloyd / Spanish – Sarah Visser

Christmas Band Concert Tonight!

The 4th – 8th grade CCA and Seton Christmas Band Concert will be held tonight at 6:00 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Band students are to wear black pants with white tops and should arrive at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by 5:30 pm.

CCA Christmas Vocal Concert

Just a reminder, the CCA Christmas Vocal Concert for grades K - 8 will be held at Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, December 11 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.

Seroogy's Chocolate Bars

We still have some Seroogy's Chocolate Bars for sale in the school office for $1.50 each. The available chocolate bars include: Almond, Crunch, Peanut Butter, Pure Milk Chocolate, and Chocolate Meltaway.

From the School Counselor

During the month of December, Mrs. Lampe and the students focused on showing generosity to others by working on community service projects. One project we do is decorating place mats for patients at St. Nicholas Hospital to use on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Another service project we just completed was partnering with Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly who donated paper grocery bags for the students to decorate with a holiday theme. The students were able to discuss the importance of generosity and doing things for others without expecting anything in return. The decorated paper bags will be given back to the store this week, so if you shop there please ask to have one for your groceries.

Safeguarding All God's Family Training

St. John Evangelist Parish - Kohler

Thursday, December 12th

8:30 am – 11:30 am.

600 Green Tree Road

Park in the church parking lot and enter the door there.

Religious Education Room 8

Buffalo Wild Wings Bonus

Thank you to all the families who participated in the Buffalo Wild Wings' Home Team Advantage promotion. CCA received bonus checks from Buffalo Wild Wings in the amount of $110.12 in September and $201.80 this month. This money will be used by Home & School to help pay for busing for field trips.

CCA is once again participating from now until the end of February. Please mention "Team D" when you are ordering for CCA to get credit for your food purchases.

Scrip Holiday Schedule

Last day to place an order to receive it for Christmas is 11:30 am on December 15. Last weekend sales for the year are December 21 and 22.

New Year's Bingo Event

On Saturday, December 28th, Christ Child Academy will be hosting a very Special New Year's Bingo Event. This one afternoon event is a significant fundraiser for our school - please read through to find out how you can help.

The event is open to the public and entry tickets are $10/person. Each ticket allows the guest entry, all you can eat food buffet and entry into door prizes.

There will be special bucket raffles & 50/50 raffles.

Over the last couple of years this event has spread throughout the bingo community and it is known as one of the favorite events of the year. It is by far our largest crowd of the year.

Because of this, we need your help with a few things:

- Spread the word: Share this fun event with your family & friends

- Volunteer: we need many people to make this day run smoothly

- Donate: Many opportunities here to donate anything from food items, gift cards, baskets and more.

Please take a minute to check out the needs and feel free to share this link with anyone that you feel might be interested in helping us out.


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you for supporting Christ Child Academy!

Calendar Raffle Update

Just a reminder that we only have until the end of the year to sell Calendar Raffles and we have a long way to go to meet our goal. We have currently sold only 597 Calendars. Make sure that you have plenty of Calendar Raffles available as you spend time this holiday season with your family & friends. We are hoping that all families are able to sell a minimum of 20 Calendar Raffles. If you need additional Calendar Raffles, let the school office know and we will get them sent home to you.

45 of our 104 Christ Child Academy Families have so far turned in 544 Calendar Raffles. Here is the breakdown of those sales. If you sold and turned in Calendars and don't see them listed on this list, I don't have them.

36 - Glavan

27 each – Kelly & Walcecka

23 - Weber

20 each – Gerrits, Krautkramer & Lloyd

19 - Schulze

18 each – Gould & Vreeke

17 each – Heronymus & Landgraf

15 each – Binversie & Werner

14 - Janovetz

13 - Oehldrich

12 each – Barron, Brickley & Reinl

11 each – Patton & Spitz/Greene

10 each Anderson, Bohman, Gornall, Hammond, Kiefer, Minneci, Pflum, Schmitt

9 – Austreng

8 each – Helminiak, Sejet & Thill (8th grade)

7 each – Stauber & Van Der Sande

6 – Bero

5 each – Kolar, Murphy, Smith & Yurk

4 – Woltring

3 each – Siminow & Stubbe

2 each – Herdic & Polzin

Winter Extravaganza 2020

DON'T FORGET that the deadline to get your registration forms in for $40/person is January 10, 2020. After that tickets will be $50/person. Registration forms are available on the website or in the school office. You can also register online at: REGISTER HERE NOW

Donations/Sponsorships – Now accepting donations and sponsorships for Winter Extravaganza 2020. More information is available on the registration link above and will be sent home next week in the carrier. Any questions can be directed to Molly Oehldrich at

BOOZE/WINE DONATIONS NEEDED – We will be having a Booze Wagon Raffle again this year at Winter Extravaganza. We are looking for donations of any type of liquor or wine to fill a wagon (or two). Please turn these donations into the school office now through February 7th.

CHOCOLATE BAR RAFFLE – DONOR NEEDED – Every year we have a Seroogy’s chocolate bar raffle at Winter Extravaganza and this year is no different. For those not familiar, you purchase a Seroogy’s chocolate bar for $5 and there is a number on the bottom of each bar. The number is associated with a “prize” – some big, some small. This is a VERY popular raffle. The prizes are all donated items and for the last several years we also had a donor for the chocolate bars but we do not have one so far this year. The cost for the chocolate bars is $337.50. If you are interested in donating, please contact Molly Oehldrich at or call/text (920) 980-7385. Thank you!

ALUMNI – Calling all Alumni to volunteer on the night of Winter Extravaganza. If you are interested, please email Molly Oehldrich at by Friday, January 31st.


Our Scrip store is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:10 pm in the Conference Room (next to Mrs. Lampe's office). The entrance to purchase SCRIP is door #1 on the northeast corner of the school building. SCRIP is also available after all weekend Masses at all three parishes. Scrip is available 24/7/365 at and use CCA enrollment code 56477C7B4536 to get started. Contact Brenda Binversie, with any questions.

Purchase after Mass this Sunday (please note there are new Mass times):

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

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

SSCM – 8:30 am Sunday

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2018-2019 Annual Fund Report

Here is the 2018-2019 Annual Fund Report which will be coming home in the carrier on Nov. 14th or you may receive one in the bulletins this weekend in church. Thank you to everyone who donated

CCA Annual Fund

The 2019 CCA Annual Fund has begun. Please support our school and share the link below often.

Your generous gift to the Christ Child Academy Annual Fund makes a difference in the lives of our students. The funds raised will provide excellent academic and athletic programs, curriculum materials, and technology for both the students and staff; it will ensure the ability to carry out our school’s mission on a daily basis. Your gift will also enable us to maintain affordable tuition for all families.

You will be receiving an Annual Fund Contribution Form in the mail in November to donate or you may visit our online site at the link below. Feel free to share this link with all your friends and family via social media.

Christ Child Academy Annual Fund

We appreciate your support and you may donate to this fund until June 30, 2020.

Accreditation Self-Study Update

During this school year, the teachers and staff at CCA will be going through an accreditation self-study in preparation for the official accreditation visit during the Fall of 2020. This process involves the reflection and evaluation of all the policies and programs at Christ Child Academy and will provide a road map of goals to strive for during the next seven years. We look forward to your feedback during the year as an integral part of our school improvement.

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings and they will give CCA 10% back! All you have to do is mention that you want your purchase to go to Christ Child Academy/Team F! See the below information for details.
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Mark Your Calendars

All parents, guardians, and students are welcome to attend the Christ Child Academy Open House on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm and the Christ Child Academy State of the School Celebration on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm. Our Principal, Mark Ruedinger and members of our Governance Board will be present and available to meet with anyone in attendance. We look forward to seeing everyone at these events. Specific details for the events to follow closer to the events.

Box Tops for Education

Earn cash for our school! The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app uses the state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. 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.

Please see the below attachments for further instructions, a list of products and then download the app.

2019-2020 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


5 - Catholic Schools’ Band Christmas Concert, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6:00 pm

6 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts

9 - Mid-Quarter 2

11 - CCA Choral/Vocal Christmas Concert, Immaculate Conception Church, 6:00 pm

12-15 - CCA 7/8 Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament

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

23 - Jan. 1 No School – Christmas Recess

28 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym


2 - School Resumes

3 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts

6 -10 - MAP Testing – Grades – K - 2

16 - Quarter 2 Ends

17 - No School – Teacher In-Service

19 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym

20 - Quarter 3 Begins

23 - Quarter 2 Report Cards Issued – Grades 3K - 8

25-31 - Catholic Schools Week

28 - Catholic Schools Week Mass, St. John the Baptist, Plymouth

29 - CCA Open House, 6:00 pm

CCA School Calendar 2019-2020

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Christ Child Academy Mission Statement

Christ Child Academy, a ministry of St. Peter Claver, Immaculate Conception and Ss. Cyril and Methodius parishes, is a Catholic education community coming together to celebrate and demonstrate Christ’s love. Our school provides a comprehensive curriculum in the areas of spiritual, academic, character, and social growth. Our students are God’s own children. Each is infinitely valuable and lovable. By studying, learning and sharing the teachings of Christ, we inspire our students to develop their potential as persons in a loving, caring atmosphere.

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