January 15, 2016

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In this issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Re-enrollment - Important Information
  • Carline updates - backups onto Huffmeister
  • Steps for Students
  • Reminder: Logoff i-Ready
  • Catholic Schools Week Schedule
  • Volunteers Needed for CSW
  • Grandparents Day
  • Mad Scientist
  • St. Anne Society Cookbook Sale
  • Send us your Mardi Gras beads!
  • Mini Cheer Camp

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school

Jan. 22 - Current student re-enrollment due by 3 p.m.

Jan. 22 - Mad Scientist visit

Jan. 22 - Love & Logic session

Jan. 22 - End of priority application period for new students

Jan. 30 - New applicant testing day

Jan. 31-Feb. 6 - Catholic School's Week

Feb. 3 - Grandparents Day

Feb. 8 - New student registration opens

Feb. 9 - Kindergarten Mardi Gras parade

We hope to have you back! Complete the short online form to let us know.

Please take a moment to complete the quick online form to let us know if you you will be returning for the 2016-17 academic year at CtRCS. We require that all current families complete this form.

Our current student re-enrollment period will close at 3 p.m. on Jan. 22. While you may still re-register after this date, it will be dependent upon availability. We are already nearly full in some classes, so please be sure you have completed all of the steps below to reserve your space. If you do not complete re-enrollment by Jan. 22, the space will be open to one of our new applicants. If you have trouble meeting this deadline for any reason but you know you would like to return next year, please contact us immediately to discuss alternative arrangements.

To re-enroll current students for 2016-17:

1. Complete the Family Re-Enrollment Form online

2. Complete, sign and date the Enrollment Agreement for any returning students

3. Complete the TB form for each child as required by the Archdiocese

4. Return the enrollment agreement and TB form with a registration fee payment of

$500 per child by 3:00 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 22, 2016.

**REMINDER: If all four of the above steps are not completed by 3:00 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, you will forfeit the child’s space for 2016-17.**

If you would like to enroll the sibling of a current student, please submit the new student's application during our priority application period which closes Jan. 22. This will ensure our current families receive top priority in our admissions process.

Important Carline reminders to avoid backups onto Huffmeister

During both morning drop-off and afternoon pickups, our lines have started to block traffic on Huffmeister. Please help us to alleviate this issue by forming 2 lines in the morning (stopping mid-way in the parking lot as usual) and 3 lines in the afternoon. Please stay in these lines until you make the turn at the end, at which point a single line should form. You may review a map of the afternoon dismissal process on page 23 of the Parent-Student Handbook.

Approaching the starting line...

CtR families, Steps for Students 2016 is right around the corner on Saturday, Feb. 20! Our very own CtR Choristers will sing at the 6:30 a.m. Mass prior to the start of the race at the Archdiocesan Co-Cathedral! Your generosity and dedication means that Team CtR is currently one of the top area Catholic schools in registration and donations on the leader board! Let's keep up the pace, Team CtR! Cheer on Fr. Sean, Fr. Ralph or Fr. Sebastine and donate to support their effort to get to the finish line on race day! Questions? Please contact Megan at steps@ctrschool.com. Thank you for your spirit and support!

Reminder: Log out of i-Ready

Parents, please remind your children to log out of i-Ready when using the program at home. This will ensure the program runs properly and will be ready for use the next school day.

Catholic Schools Week 2016

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CtRCS is preparing to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2016 with a week of special events celebrating our faith, parish community and Catholic education! Please have your child wear their uniform to Mass Saturday, Jan. 30 or at any of the Masses on Sunday, Jan. 31. Our choir will perform at the 11 a.m. Mass. The rest of our week includes the following events to celebrate Catholic education:

Monday, Feb. 1: Vocations Day - CtRCS will celebrate Vocations with speakers from our parish and around the Archdiocese! The panel will feature a priest, deacon, married couple, seminarian and single person discussing their commitment to the Church at their place in life. Speakers will visit with the younger students and will participate on the panel for upper grades.

Tuesday, Feb. 2: Living Rosary - Our Living Rosary allows CtRCS students to become the rosary as each student represents a bead. It is a prayerful, reflective time for our CtRCS community. Parents, parishioners and CtR staff are invited to join us.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Grandparent’s Day - Grandparents are invited to attend Mass with students and then stick around for refreshments and classroom visits. Please RSVP for Grandparents' Day by Monday, Feb. 1. And send in photos of your student with their grandparent by Wednesday, Jan. 27 to grandparents@ctrschool.com

Thursday, Feb. 4: 10-1 p.m. Open House - experience firsthand how CtRCS uses technology in the classroom and also to get a feel for the faith-filled environment at CtR Catholic School. You will also have the opportunity to meet Principal Betty Sierra and ask the teachers questions.

Friday, Feb. 5: Souper Bowl Day and Evening Vespers - Students can break out their favorite team jerseys or T-shirts to close out our week of celebrating Catholic schools! Students also bring a canned good today to donate to Cypress Assistance Ministries. Also, an especially exciting event this evening is our choir, Chorus Redemptoris, will be performing the Pueri Cantores in collaboration with St. Theresa Catholic School Choir. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, the students will sing Vespers, including the Magnificat, an experience that will surely bring the students, parents and parishioners together to celebrate Catholic schools.

Come and celebrate Catholic education with us! Questions? Contact Megan Dillingham.

We need you, CtR Parents!

Catholic Schools Week 2016 is just around the corner! And we need our supportive CtR parents to help us make this another great, faith-centered celebration for our students and parish community. Please sign up now to assist at one of our important events - Vocations Day, Living Rosary, Grandparents' Day and Open House! Or help us at the CtRCS or Steps for Students tables before and after Mass on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31. Many thanks for your dedication to our CtRCS mission!

Please RSVP for Grandparents Day 2016

We're gearing up to celebrate grandparents and special friends during Catholic Schools Week - Wednesday, Feb. 3! We encourage our honored guests to arrive at 8 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. Mass, with a reception and photos to follow in the Parish Hall. Classrooms visits will round out this wonderful day! Please RSVP for your family and direct any questions about the day's events to Megan at grandparents@ctrschool.com. We need your photos! Please send one photo of your child(ren) with their grandparents to grandparents@ctrschool.com for a special slide show to be viewed during our reception. Deadline for photos is 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. God bless our grandparents and special friends for the gifts they share with us!

Mad Scientist Visit

Students will enjoy a visit from the Mad Scientist on Fri., Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Parents are invited to stay for the presentation.

Order your own CtR Cookbook today!

Christ the Redeemer St. Anne’s Society is selling their “Gather Us In” Cookbook. This is a cookbook 2 years in the making! The recipes were submitted by the moms of our St. Anne’s Society, and they are proud to share them with you. All proceeds for the cookbook will go to serve the needs of Christ the Redeemer Catholic School and the Genesis Early Childhood Program. Thank you for your support!

Pre-orders are being accepted online for a discounted rate of $12 - St. Anne's Society | Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church | Houston, TX. Pre-ordered cookbooks will be distributed at the beginning of February and at Coffee and Donuts on Feb. 7. Purchase price at Coffee and Donuts will be $15.

We need your Mardi Gras beads!

Kindergarten is in need of Mardi Gras bead donations! If you have Mardi Gras beads that you would like to donate for our school's 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade, please send them to school by Thursday, February 4th! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

The parade will be held at 2:15 on Tuesday, Feb. 9!

Houston Christian Mini Mustangs Cheer Camp

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 4pm

2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North

Houston, TX

Cheer and Drill clinic hosted by the HC Silver Spurs and Cheerleaders.

Mini Mustangs (K-5th grade)

Junior Mustangs (6th-8th grade)

Learn cheers, chants and a drill routine!

Meet the mascots! Perform at the game!

4:00 p.m. - Check in at the Dining Commons, Student Center

8:00 p.m. - Half-time performance (7:30 p.m. game start time)

Cost: $50 per girl - register at houstonchristian.org.

(Cost include a t-shirt, hair bow, pompoms, and dinner from Chick-fil-A)