January 8, 2016

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In this issue:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Re-enrollment - Important Information
  • Faculty Updates
  • Spirit Night at Willie's Grill and Icehouse
  • Parent meetings - Fri., Jan. 15
  • Uniforms
  • Steps for Students
  • Lunch orders
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Grandparents Day
  • Send us your Mardi Gras beads!

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 12 - Spirit Night at Willie's Grill and Icehouse

Jan. 15 - End of 2nd Quarter - Noon dismissal - no lunch and no aftercare

Jan. 15 - Coffee with the Administration followed by Crusader Volunteer Community Meeting

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

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

Jan. 30 - New applicant testing day

Ensure your space is reserved for 2016-17 - complete ALL re-enrollment steps by 3 p.m. on Fri,. Jan. 22!

Please be reminded that 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. Our priority application period for new students opened this week, and we have had an amazing response! 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.

Faculty Updates - A message from our Principal, Betty Sierra

Dear Parents,


I wanted to let you know of some changes that have occurred for the remainder of this school year. Mrs. Kay Routh has resigned for personal reasons. We will miss her and are grateful for her dedication and service to CtRCS for the last year-and-a-half and for building our beautiful library. We wish her all the best and will forever appreciate her help in creating our foundation.


We want to welcome Mrs. Jessica Marshall who has volunteered time in the library since the school opened and has also been substituting at CtRCs this year. She will run the library for the remainder of this year. Mrs. Marshall has several years of teaching experience, served as an elementary reading facilitator and holds a masters degree in education. We are confident that she will do an amazing job and will be a wonderful addition.


We also want to welcome Mrs. Gini Howell who has 11 1/2 yrs. as a classroom teacher and 10 yrs. in private tutoring. She is a Reading Specialist with a masters degree in reading and Dyslexia trained in Neuhaus and Texas Scottish Rite. She will be here three days a week teaching 3rd and 4th grade technology and doing reading pull outs.

Mrs. Howell has been substituting at CtRCS since last year. She will also make an excellent addition to our staff.


We will not continue technology classes other than for the 3rd and 4th grade due to scheduling. However, the other classes will continue to work on keyboarding within their home rooms.


Please know that your children will continue to get an excellent education and as always are our top priority.


We thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we help your children grow in faith, love and intellect.


God bless and have a great weekend!


Kind regards,

Betty Sierra

Spirit Night at Willie's Grill and Icehouse

Stop by Willie’s Grill and Icehouse (Cypress or Copperfield locations) on Jan. 12 to support CtR Catholic School! Stop by anytime after 3:30 and say you’re with CtRCS!

Parent Meetings - Jan. 15

Coffee with the Administration and our Crusader Volunteer Community meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Fri., Jan 15. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the topic at Coffee with the Administration will be Blended Learning. Our Crusader Community meeting will immediately follow and the topics will focus on volunteer opportunities as well as upcoming events. We hope you are able to join us!


There will be no morning assembly in the Parish Hall on this day. Students will go straight to the classrooms upon arrival.

Uniform Policy

Please review our uniform policy and ensure students are in proper uniform each day. Below are some key areas where we have seen students out of uniform, but please be sure you review and follow the full policy.


Hair ribbons/bows

Hair ribbons and bows must be solid colors that match the school uniform or made from uniform plaid material (white/black/khaki/crimson). No patterns on hair bows allowed.


Skirts

Girls’ jumper and skirt must be neat, clean and the length must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.


Socks/Tights

Solid white crew or ankle socks with no logos, lace or decorations are permitted. “No show” socks are not acceptable. Girls may not wear leggings under the uniform shorts, skirts or jumpers. Black or white cotton tights are preferred for warmth during cold weather. White or black knee high socks are permitted. Boys may wear white or black socks.


Jackets/Coats

Jackets or sweatshirts must be purchased through Mills Uniform Company and/or Christ the Redeemer Catholic School. No non-uniform jackets/coats/sweatshirts are permitted in the building.


Formal/Mass Uniform

Students are required to wear the full formal uniform on Mass days. The only acceptable jacket for Mass is the pullover or button down formal sweater.


Boys:

  • khaki pants
  • white button down shirt
  • plaid tie
  • black belt
  • black or white socks
  • tan boat shoes


Girls:

  • Pre-K - 2nd - white peter pan collar blouse and plaid jumper or 3rd and up - plaid skort (skirt and modesty short option available to 6th grade) and white button down shirt
  • black or white socks or tights
  • tan boat shoes, black Mary Janes or black and white saddle oxfords

Step it Up!

CtR families, we're nearing the final mile toward Steps for Students 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 20! Thank you for your ongoing support of this important Archdiocesan event supporting Catholic education, including our own parish school! Through your generosity and dedication, Team CtR is currently one of the top area Catholic schools in registration and donations! Let's keep the momentum going! 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!

Place your lunch orders today!

It's a new year and a new menu! Our fabulous caterer has posted a delicious menu for January - pasta with meatballs, chicken taquitos, pizza! Take a look and place your lunch orders today.

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. Learn more about our guests and events, including a Vocations Day panel; Grandparents Day; Open House at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4; Souper Friday and our Pueri Cantores performance in collaboration with St. Theresa Catholic School Choir. Come and celebrate Catholic education with us!

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 in the church 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) to grandparents@ctrschool.com for a special slide show to be viewed during our reception. God bless our grandparents and special friends for the gifts they share with us!

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!