Christ The King School News Notes

December 16, 2020

Message from Principal Smith

December 16, 2020

Dear CKS Families,

Earlier today, we sent you a letter from Bishop Stowe about our return to school on January 4, 2021. We understand the hardship virtual learning has placed on our families and students, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time. As always, the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the larger community is of utmost importance.

As we prepare to return to in-person instruction on January 4, 2021, we will review and reinforce all safety expectations with students and staff. Our goal is to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible as we continue to battle COVID-19. Our review will serve as a reminder that we all play a part in protecting one another from the virus through our actions and by following the precautions that have been put in place. We ask that as our children’s first teacher, in the home, that you also reinforce safety precautions.

We know that students need to be in school, and at Christ the King, we have worked hard to put everything in place to provide the best educational environment possible for our students to grow and learn. However, we can’t do it alone, and we need your help to keep our school family safe and in school.

Please notify the administration and school nurse, Shayna Elmore at if over the course of the break anyone in your family tests positive, if your child has to quarantine due to a positive exposure, or because of travel to a hot spot. This is important, as quarantine time frames may impact the day your child can return to school. During a quarantine or if you are not ready for your child to return, students can be enrolled in our hybrid plan.

As we near the end of a difficult year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for entrusting your children to us. As always, we wish to partner with you to ensure your child continues to grow in Character, Knowledge, and Spirit.

The season of Advent offers us hope, and especially during these challenging times. I am hopeful that better days are ahead of us. May the hope of this beautiful season offer you comfort and peace.

Praying you have many blessing and a very Merry Christmas,

Paula Smith, Ed.S.


Christ the King School

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Important Reminders

  • If you test positive or quarantine, please notify the school's COVID contact. We are required to report these during virtual and in-person instruction.
  • If you are in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period, you must quarantine. For the most accurate results, it is recommended that you get tested no sooner than 5 days after your known exposure to the positive case.
  • Quarantining is defined as staying at home for 14 days after the known exposure, watching symptoms and checking temperature twice a day. This means not just quarantining from school, but all public locations.
  • When dropping off students' forgotten materials at school, please leave them outside the school's door, and buzz the front desk to arrange retrieval.
  • Masks must be worn on school property at all times. Please make sure to wear your mask when coming to the front door.

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 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

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CKS Travel Policy

Many have come to us 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

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

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.
  • When a cohort goes into quarantine, including the teacher, the students will use the full online plan that includes synchronous (or live-streamed video) learning.
  • When individual students quarantine, without their cohort/teacher, or chooses to learn from home, he/she will use the hybrid plan that includes asynchronous (pre-recorded video) learning ONLY.
  • When a student is sick with allergies, strep etc. or on a trip he/she will complete missing work as normal, using Google Classroom and Ren-Web to keep up. The student has as many days as he/she misses to make up the work.
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Reopening Plan

Please see the CKS Reopening Operations Plan for all important information.
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COVID-19 Response


Recent communications from CKS, along with links to COVID-19 Resources:


Prayer list:

Prayer Request Form:


If you would like to make a donation to those struggling during this time or if you need help, please contact us:

Congratulations, Principal's List and Honor Roll

Principal's List

Students 3rd-8th Grade with all A's qualify for the Principal's List.
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Honor Roll

3rd-8th grade students with all A's and B's earn Honor Roll recognition.
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Lunch Menu

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Yearbook Info

Yearbook Sales are live!! Get your yearbook before the prices go up!

Attention 8th grade Parents: Photos for your 8th grader should have been submitted.

Yearbook Help!

Would you like to help with the Yearbook this year?

Please contact Ms. Z at to let her know.

We need help with formatting and designing pages. Work from home !!!!


Dear CKS Families,

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! This year, instead of our traditional Sip & Shop Holiday Market, we have put together a one-of-a-kind shopping discount card. By purchasing this card you are supporting our school and you are gaining access to some exclusive deals! To purchase please click here.

With your generous support, our school will benefit, but also you can support so many of the local vendors who have supported our Sip & Shop over the years!

Once you purchase, you will receive your shopping card, personalized to your email address, via email. Here's listing of discounts currently included (expiration 12/31/2020, unless otherwise specified):

  • Adele (CKS donation): 10% of purchase of full-price items goes to CKS with code CTKS, through December 23, 2020
  • Barrel Down South: 20% off total purchase with code CTK20
  • Classics on Clay: 15% off total purchase
  • Failte: 10% off total purchase
  • Matilda Jane: 10% off total purchase
  • Peggy's Gifts: 15% off total purchase
  • MandH Beads: 20% off with code CKSHOLIDAY until 8:00 a.m. on December 24, 2020
  • Magical Toy Shoppe: 15% off total purchase of regularly priced items; cannot be combined with any other sales/discounts
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza: 30% total purchase; expires 1/31/2021
  • Sash & Bow: 20% off purchase with free shipping with code CTK2020
  • Scout & Molly: 40% off storewide (excl. Spanx and Teleties), and 50% off all clothing (excl. Spanx)
  • Signature Artisan Coffee: 20% off purchase of $25 or more with code sip&shop2020; expires April 30, 2021
  • The Striped Pineapple: 20% off total purchase with code VIP20
  • Stuarto's: $10 off purchase of $50 or more; expires December 25, 2020
  • Violets: 20% off any regularly priced item

Please also follow our school social media closely for virtual vendor parties and shows where partial proceeds will go back to the school!

Thank you!

Sip & Shop Committee

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CTK Bulletin

Be sure to fill out this year's parish commitment form. This helps to ensure you are an active parishioner!

Here is the Link to the Commitment Card:

Flipbook Ministry Guide:

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Summer Catechesis Opportunities for Children

Before you book your 2021 summer vacations, be sure to plan around the Cathedral’s

amazing Catechesis opportunities for children!

Totus Tuus - June 20-25 (changed)

Vacation Bible School – July 26 - 30

More information to come:

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CKS Contacts

Renrollment/Tuition/ FACTS: David Stromquist,

Admissions: Amy Smith,

Technology Support: Vince Mongiardo,

Communications: Kelley Taylor,

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

COVID Exposure, Positive, Health Related Questions: Shayna Elmore,


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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