November 11, 2015

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Parents, if you are planning to enroll a sibling of a current CKS student, you must attend registration on November 16th. If you know of someone interested in CKS who would like to schedule a tour or a time for their child to shadow, please contact Kim Thompson at Thank you!



Dear Parents,

Each year, our school has a theme. As I previously announced, this year it is “Living the Faith.” Our morning starts with John Waller’s song “Faith is Living,” which reminds us, from the very beginning of our day, that we are here to live out our Catholic faith through love and service. Then we pray, “I give myself and everything I do to you.” These words are a reminder of our faith in the Lord and that we desire to follow Him each and every day.

Living the faith is not only part of our morning prayer, but it also comes through our vision and mission. We work to prepare our students for what life brings, and to depend on our Catholic faith for strength and guidance. Our faith in God is at the core of our school. Our Faith Guidelines help us through the day, and lay an important foundation for our future.

This year, I challenged our middle school students to Live their Faith. Through the House System’s Principal Challenges, I asked them to evaluate themselves and to share their good works with me. For the second Principal’s challenge, I asked them to give an example of someone they admired for their service to our community. I read many heart-felt accounts of how their teachers, peers, and parents live out their faith. This month, the Principal’s Challenge is to complete a random act of kindness. Please talk to your children about what they can do to share God’s love with others. Your encouragement will greatly inspire them.

Once a month during one of our weekly House meetings, we start with an all school Rosary, and have a speaker present to our middle school students. We have asked numerous members of our community to talk about their great acts of service. Debbie Goonan, mom of Phillip Goonan (8th), came to talk with us about the refugee ministry. Jen Combs, mom of Wyatt (8th) and Lincoln Combs (7th), and Brian Smith, father of Jackson (8th) and Cassidy Smith (5th), spoke with the middle school about their charitable work in Africa. Rachel Scanlon, our PreK4A teacher and mom of Emily Scanlon (6th), shared information about ABLE, a charitable organization her family started. This week, Christian Cole, a CKS alum, Lexington Catholic student, and brother to Lainey Cole (7th), will be sharing about his dedication to help his friend’s community in Haiti.

At the beginning of the year, I told the middle school that the goal was for each of them eventually to be in front of his peers, sharing how he lives out his faith. Each day, I hear great things about and from our students. They truly desire to be faith-followers and to serve their community and world! It is very exciting to see their enthusiasm, and I expect to hear of wonderful ways in which they will serve God and others. Thank you for supporting them in their quest to do God’s work.

God Bless!

Paula Smith, Ed.S.

Acting Principal


Monday, Nov. 16th will be a $2 jeans day with all proceeds benefiting Sip & Shop.
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Parents of PK3-5th grade students will be receiving a sample of their child's artwork and an order form for Square 1 Art in their backpacks. Please consider ordering one of the wonderful items with your child's artwork on it. This is a great Christmas gift idea, and all orders should be in by Thanksgiving. The deadline to order online has been extended to Thursday, November 12th. Follow the link at using the access code on the paper order form however NO PAPER ORDERS ACCEPTED AT THIS POINT!


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know, the first trimester ended on Friday, November 6th. Your ability to view grades in RenWeb will be suspended until report card grades are finalized. Please keep in mind that teachers will continue to post grades in the interim. You will be able to view grades again in RenWeb on Tuesday, November 17th. Make sure to pay any outstanding balances, so that you can view your child's report card on that date.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 20th, when CKS will serve dinner. We will serve at the Women's Hope Center at 4:30 p.m., and at the Men's Hope Center at 5 p.m. You can help us by donating items, money, or your time. For more information please see under Service Opportunities.
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The 11th annual Big Blue Fling fundraiser comes storming through CKS during March Madness! This is a silent and live auction, and all proceeds benefit our school. The event will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Due to a scheduling conflict, our parent committee kick-off has been changed to Thursday, November 12th, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Melissa Brewer. Our regular planning meetings will be held during the school day beginning in January.

Please contact Kim Thompson at if you are interested in being a part of this committee.


The CKS Dance Team will be open to all second, third, fourth, and fifth grade girls. The team will practice on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. The girls will be picked up at dismissal by Ms. Baumgardner. The cost is $200, which includes a uniform. The uniform will be a Dance Team T-shirt, black pants, and a bow. The CKS Dance Team will have their first practice on November 12th. The season usually lasts from November to February, with about 4 Saturday performances in February. If your daughter is interested in joining the team, please send an email to The application can be found at under Extra-curriculars.

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For the past several years, the parents of CKS have had the opportunity to contribute to a Christmas fund in lieu of, or in addition to, individual gifts. The donations to the Staff Christmas Fund are divided among the entire staff, and are a wonderful way for us to say “thank you” to our children’s teachers and support staff. All teachers and staff at CKS appreciate this kind and simple show of thanks for their continuous hard work and dedication to our children.

Please consider contributing to the Staff Christmas Fund. A suggested contribution is $10-$15 per child, but any amount is appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Christ the King School, and placed in an envelope marked "Staff Christmas fund" along with the form available at under Special Opportunities.

A Christmas card will be sent to each staff member from all of the contributors, with our gift, a week before Christmas.

Many thanks and blessings throughout the holiday season!


Gail Carman

Deadline: 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11th

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Monday, Nov 30 Puccini's in Chevy Chase will donate 10% of their profits to the ABLE mission to Jamaica. Stop to eat in or carry out and help this wonderful mission.

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Christ the King is participating in “Cans for Cash,” a city-wide competition sponsored by LFUCG to see which schools can bring in the most aluminum beverage cans for recycling. We are paid by the pound for all the cans we collect, plus we have a chance to earn a share of the prize money for the top collecting schools.

When: October 19 - November 13, 2015

More info on the CKS web site at under Class Fundraisers.

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




AGES 0-12

6:00-9:00 p.m.

$20 Per Family

Activities, Movie, Pizza, & Popcorn

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

See under Events in the Diocese. Questions? Karen Kirkland

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The High School Placement Test for 8th Graders: Lexington Catholic assesses all incoming 9th graders with The High School Placement Test, a product of Scholastic Testing Services. The Placement Exam is not considered an entrance exam, it is an exam used to see what courses are most appropriate for an incoming freshman student. Once a student completes the placement test and completes a shadow visit, students are invited to enroll for the fall of 2016 via an online enrollment link. Testing dates for the 2016-17 school year are as follows:

Make-up HSPT: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Parent Reception/Coffee: Lexington Catholic invites 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents to an informative and interactive reception on Thursday, November 19th in the High Marks Center.

8:00 am Coffee and light breakfast

8:15 am Student and staff presentations

Visit with LCHS faculty/staff to learn about the academic experience and tradition of excellence at Lexington Catholic.


It’s a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Show: Production dates are November 18th, 19th, and 21st; at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Hope you can come out for the show!

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


November 10 & 11 - First Reconciliation 2nd grade
November 12 & 13 - KYA
November 15 - CKS Open House 1-3 p.m.
November 16- Registration 8-noon
November 16 - Extra Jeans Day - Sip & Shop $2
November 17 - PTO Meeting - Guest Speaker- Candace Meyer - Minds in Motion
November 20 & 21 - Sip & Shop
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break No School