The Cardinal's Nest

Volume 82 * Isssue 12

Congratulation on Confirmation!

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A Message From The Principal

Dear CKS Families,

This week our students enjoyed their last visit with the staff of Common Roots. Students learned about kale and how to make smoothies from veggies and fruit. A smoothie is appropriate for the heat we are experiencing this week! Be sure to pack sunscreen in your child(ren)’s backpack. More importantly, last Saturday 2nd graders received their First Communion, and 6th and 7th graders were confirmed on Tuesday. Our 2nd-grade families gathered to support their son or daughter who received the sacrament of Holy First Communion co-celebrated by Fr. Baker and Fr. Marchand at Christ the King Church. Our 6th and 7th graders received the sacrament of Confirmation along with other parishes at St. Joseph's Cathedral by Bishop Coyne. I want to acknowledge Mr. Verdirame (2nd-grade teacher) and Mrs. Cade (Religion teacher & Director of Religious Education) for preparing our students for sacraments this week.

Best Regards,

Best Regards,

Dr. Dwyer


Friday, May 20th - Middle School Spring Social 6:30 pm

Friday, May 27th - Spring Challenge

Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

Friday, June 3rd - 8th Grade Graduation

Monday, June 6th - Last Day of 3rd Semester

Tuesday, June 7th - Summer Dress Down Day

Friday, June 10th - Last Day of School


May Lunch Menu- Updated menu for the month

School Lunch Volunteers - We need volunteers to help serve lunch to the over 100 kids that get hot lunch each day. Look over the available time slots and consider joining us for lunch one day! Here is the sign-up.

Summer Camp at CKS - We are offering a summer camp at CKS from June 27 to August 5th, 8:30am-4:30pm. The camp will have a weekly rate of $250 a week. Due to staffing challenges, we have a limited number of openings. Please email Dr. Dwyer if interested.

Warm Weather Uniform - . Please see the uniform policy for details, or feel free to call the front office if you have any questions. The dress code policy is here for reference.

Sunscreen Time - It is that time of year when we need to start applying sunscreen. If your child is in K-8, please have sunscreen in your child's backpack each day. If your child is in early ed, please have sunscreen in their cubbies for the teachers to help them apply.

Preschool Openings for Fall- We have a couple of openings in our preschool class for next year. Students in preschool can join on their third birthday even if it happens after school has already started. Please feel free to share Mr. Hughes' information with anyone you think might be interested in exploring CKS. We can do tours almost every day.

Campus Improvement: New Early Ed Door -The Early Education door was replaced with a new one with a window. This is a $5,012.00 investment made possible through parish and diocesean funds.

COMMON ROOTS: Kale Apple Cucumber Ginger Maple Lemon Water Smoothie!!

Try this refreshing recipe as a nutritious detox pick me up for breakfast or a cool-down refresher on a hot summer day! Just prep ahead and freeze ingredients in small batches to enjoy as an electrolyte replacement. You can also pour all the blended ingredients into ice pop forms. Freeze, and enjoy a pick me up on a stick. Add strawberries and watermelon or other new flavors to this recipe.


A heaping handful of kale (baby kale is less bitter, for mature kale simply remove the stem and leaf rib.

Massaging the kale opens the leaf cells promoting easier digestion and less burping)

2 ½ cups water

½ fresh organic apple sliced, skin on

5” of organic cucumber sliced, peel on

1 heaping TBL ginger root grated OR half an organic lemon zested and the juice (seeds removed) OR


(PreK-K juice and zest from a whole lemon, no ginger, a TBSP maple or double the apple)

Freeze together overnight:

½ fresh apple sliced with skin on

5” cucumber slices, peel on

1 heaping TBL ginger root grated OR half a lemon zested, and juice (seeds removed)

Food Prep: Pre-package and freeze the apple, cucumber, ginger and lemon juice and zest. One package needed for a taste test for each class of 20.

Using a Vitamix or strong blender: add liquid ingredients, then the frozen ingredients. Add a handful of massaged and de-stemmed kale. Makes 20+ refreshing ounces. Add some ice if you want to make a summer slushie.

Serve cold as a great pick me up and detox morning juice! Or pour into popsicle containers and freeze.


In the PreK-K classes, we learned to remove the kale ribs and feed them to cows, pigs, and chickens and to massage or “burp” the kale leaf so it wouldn’t burp us. We also learned how to make lemon zest. Did you know that a cucumber is a fruit and one a day provides most of the daily vitality we need? Cucumber electrolytes will keep us hydrated and feeling uplifted after biking, swimming, and enjoying summer adventures.

We at Common Roots wish you a happy, healthy, adventure-filled summer. We hope that you’ll keep cucumbers on hand, visit our farm at South Village, and If you like to stargaze or moon watch you can support your night vision and energy by sipping on this recipe as you relax and wonder beneath the blanket of the evening sky.

The Annual CKS Student Art Show - May 25th

Come celebrate our amazing young artists' artworks in person this year in the CKS Gymnasium on May 25, 2022, From 3:00- 6:30 pm.

The Preschool Gallery will be open from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Spring Challenge Volunteers Needed

Calling all parents! We are looking for volunteers for our annual Spring Challenge (Fun Run and Field Days). The event is on Friday, May 27th and we need volunteers to help make this event a great success. We appreciate any help you can give, whether it be all day or part of the day. We ask that you sign up by Friday, May 20th so we can organize all of our volunteers. Thank you!

Sign Up Here

Middle School Students Attends Women Career Challenge Day

CKS Middle School students Eden Stewart, Adaline Lawson, and Claire Niggel attended Vermont Works for Women Career Challenge Day at Burlington Technical Center. This program introduces female students to careers in technology.

3rd Grade Religion Class Project

Mrs. Cade displayed the 3rd-grade project of students’ artwork at the front entrance of the school. Students wrote their names and designed a fish symbol representing Christ’s presence in their lives and connecting it to a passage in the Gospel of Matthew.

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Congratulations 2nd Graders on Their First Communion!

CKS Baseball Update

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Cardinals win 2x this week!

CKS beat Shelburne 11-10:

Owen Audette had 1 hit and came in relief to shut down the Shelburne offense, and got the win on the mound.

Nicholas Handy walked 3x and scored the winning run.

Sam Murphy got one hit.

Nolan Byrne got 2 at-bats and reached base both times.

Jack Cislo went 1-3 and scored once.

CKS beat Brown’s River 16-7:

Owen Audette went 2-3 and scored 3 times.

Nick Handy walked 2x and scored twice.

Jack Cislo went 2-4 and scored once.

Timmy Hunt went 1-1 and scored.

3rd Graders worked on art projects with their Bridge class Buddies

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Fr. Justin is hosting a movie night on Friday, May 20th, at 6:30 PM at St. Anthony’s parish hall. Join us for “The Iron Giant,” a heartwarming, animated adventure about a boy who befriends an alien robot in the late 1950’s. The movie is rated PG for mild language and scary moments. Simple refreshments, including that all-important movie theater popcorn, will be provided


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The Parish Office is in need of some volunteers to help "hold down the fort" on occasions when our parish secretary goes on vacation. It would be a few hours a day. Please contact the office if you are interested or want to learn more.

time; a few hours a day will do. Duties would

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This Week's Trivia

Student Riddle: What gets sharper the more you use it?

Trivia Question of the Week: Which animal has no vocal cords?

Send your best guesses to and please include the name /grade of the person(s) submitting the answer [for parent answers, include the grade(s) of your student(s)]. For student responses, please indicate whether you helped your student with the answer, so we can recognize both assist and w/o assist categories. As always, no Googling, just noodling! Good luck, CKS!


Student Riddle: What sickness do horses hate the most?

Answer: Hayfever

Trivia Question of the Week: What is known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports"?

Answer: The Kentucky Derby

We had a lot of guesses this week but no one got them correct. Try again next week!!

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The mission of Christ the King School is to provide an excellent education in a Catholic community of love and care, to foster respect for self and others, and to nourish a life-long devotion to God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Deadline for submissions to The Cardinal's Nest: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to Dr. Dwyer

"May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

(1 Peter 1:3)