January 29, 2016

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In this issue:

Calendar Snapshot
The week ahead...
  • Yearbook orders
  • Souper Bowl Staff Luncheon
  • Catholic Schools Week - Wear your uniform to Mass, earn free dress!
Important Crusader Family Information
  • Parent Survey
  • i-Ready: refrain from home use through Feb. 12
  • Report Cards
  • 2016 National Education Contest
  • Parking
  • Campus Rules
Crusaders Shine! - Updates and Accolades
  • CARE Bake Sale Results
  • Library Update
  • Science Fair
Upcoming Events
  • Spring Creek Spirit Night - Feb. 17
  • Steps for Students - Feb. 20
  • Kindergarten Mardi Gras Parade - Feb. 9
Around the Parish
  • Genesis Early Childhood Program 2016-17 Registration
  • Youth Ministry - Worksites Needed for FoodFast 2016

  • St. Anne Society Cookbook Delivery

Calendar Snapshot

Jan. 31 - Chorus Redemptoris, CtRCS Choir, performs at 11 a.m. Mass

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

Feb. 3 - Grandparents Day

Feb. 8 - New student registration opens

Feb. 9 - Kindergarten Mardi Gras parade

Feb. 12 - Conferences - No school

Feb. 15 - Faculty Inservice - No school

The Week Ahead

2015-16 Yearbook orders - reserve your copy!

We are now taking pre-orders for the 2015-16 Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Yearbook. Pre-orders will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 5. The cost for the yearbook is $35 and this charge is anticipated to appear on your student’s March 2016 tuition statement. Yearbooks will be available for order, on a very limited basis, after Feb. 5 at a higher cost.

Interested in helping with the yearbook or have any question, please contact Katie Griep-Moffitt at yearbook@ctrschool.com.

Souper Bowl Staff Luncheon

CARE is hosting a soup and salad lunch for the staff on Tues., Feb. 2. We are in need of volunteers and food donations. Please sign-up to help!

Catholic Schools Week 2016 - next week!

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Join us as we celebrate Catholic education at CtRCS next week! Please attend Mass at CtR this weekend; and have your students wear their dress uniforms. If we have a strong representation of students in uniform at the weekend Masses, Mrs. Sierra will award a free dress day to the whole school (date TBD)! Our choir will perform at the 11 a.m. Mass. The rest of our week includes the following events to celebrate Catholic education at our parish:

Monday, Feb. 1: Vocations Day - CtRCS will celebrate Vocations with speakers from our parish and around the Archdiocese!

Tuesday, Feb. 2: 9:30 a.m. Living Rosary - Parents, parishioners and CtR staff are invited to join us at 9:30 a.m. in the CtR Church.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Grandparent’s Day - Grandparents should report to the church at 8 a.m. and will sit in the pew marked with the grade level of their eldest grand child. A reception, photographs and classroom visits will follow. Download the photo order form.

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. Join us for the opportunity to meet Principal Betty Sierra and ask the teachers questions.

Friday, Feb. 5: Souper Bowl Day - Students can break out their favorite team jerseys or T-shirts with jeans and closed toe shoes to close out our week of celebrating Catholic schools! Students also should bring a canned good to donate to Cypress Assistance Ministries.

Important Crusader Family Information

2015-16 Parent Survey - send us your feedback!

Please share your thoughts and feedback on the 2015-16 school year with us as we move forward into the next school year. We'd love to hear from you by Friday, Feb. 12. Thank you!

Reminder - i-Ready home use restricted through Feb. 12

We are currently doing our second round of diagnostic testing within the I-Ready program. Students are not able to go on the program at home Jan. 27 - Feb. 12. We will send an email when they can go back on the program and will send updated directions at that time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home early next week. Please sign and return the envelope only to your child's homeroom teacher.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas 2016 National Education Contest

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas 2016 National Education Contest is open to CtR School students in grades 4, 5 and 6.

Theme: “We Are Stewards of God's Creation"

All entries must be in the Christ the Redeemer Parish Office by noon on Feb. 12 to be eligible. Learn more about the rules and how to submit your entry.


Parents, please remember that all families must park in the back parking lot for morning drop-off, with the exception of Pre-K 3. Pre-K 3 families should park on the side of the school so that students do not need to cross the carline. Please also ensure that at no time are you parking in a fire lane or non-designated parking space. This has been of significant concern for those using before and after school care. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all on the CtR campus.

Campus Safety

Please be aware of the campus speed limits, speed bumps, direction and caution signs, etc... Going the wrong way through the parking lot, speeding, or being distracted while driving can cause injury to people on campus, as well as damage to the property.

Crusaders Shine! - Updates and Accolades

CARE Bake Sale - Another great success!

Thank from CtR CARE! We raised $505.00 to replenish our CARE fund that is used for teacher and staff appreciation. The kids had a blast and enjoyed all the treats!!

An update from the CtRCS Library

Here's a bit about what's been happening in the library this month:

In January students learned about New Year's Resolutions and wrote their own after reading "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution." We talked about the importance or friendship with "Sophie's Squash."

All grades reviewed the parts of a book. Pre-K - 2nd Grade practiced sorting books into fiction and non-fiction. 3rd Grade - 5th Grade learned about identifying genres.

We all explored the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading and discussing "Martin's Big Words."

We also delved into informational non-fiction with the books "Little Dog Lost" and "Pierre the Penguin." Be sure to ask your kids about what happened to the dog trapped on an ice floe in Poland, and the penguin named Pierre at the California Academy of Sciences.

Coming up in February we'll have a guest reader sharing the history of Mardi Gras and the King cake tradition, recognize Valentine's Day with some of our favorite book characters, and focus on the genre of biography.


Interested in helping out? Email Mrs. Marshall. She is specifically in need of a volunteer on Tuesday mornings.

Liliana Toledo wins 3rd place at the Middle School Science Fair!

Out of 28 participants in the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston Middle School Science Fair, we are proud to share that Liliana Toledo won third place in Physical Science for 6th grade! Her project was on sound insulation. Congratulations Liliana!

Upcoming Events

Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ

Mark your calendars for spirit night at Spring Creek BBQ on Feb. 17! Whether dining in or ordering take-out, mention you are with CtRCS and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. Our first night was a ton of fun and a major success, so help us to make this another night of great food and fellowship!
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Let's Go Team CtR!

It's almost time for Steps for Students 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 20! Help CtR take first place on the leader board - we're currently in fourth place in the Archdiocese with more than $14,000 in donations! Join us on race day - our very own CtRCS choir will sing at the 6:30 a.m. Mass prior to the start of the race at the Archdiocesan Co-Cathedral! 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 making this another great year for Team CtR at Steps for Students!

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!

Around the Parish

2016-17 Genesis Early Childhood Program Registration

Parishioner and Catholic School Family Registration for Genesis Early Childhood Program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 10 am in the Genesis Reception area. Genesis ECP serves children 18 months to 4 years old as of September 1, 2016. Visit the Genesis website for more information.

Youth Ministry - Worksites Needed for FoodFast 2016

Do you know someone who is elderly or disabled and needs some work done around the house and yard? We are looking for sites for FoodFast, a day of service with the CtR Youth Ministry, on March 5. Projects in the past have included home cleaning and organization, painting, clearing debris, building fences, gardening, weeding, landscaping, etc. Projects will be evaluated by the FoodFast Team. Not all projects are accepted. Please submit a request online or send an email to ctrfoodfast@gmail.com.

St. Anne Society Cookbook Delivery

If you pre-ordered cookbooks from the St. Anne Society sale, you may pick them up starting Feb. 7 at Coffee and Donuts. Books will also be delivered to the school if requested. Should you have any questions, contact Jackie Bledsoe, St. Anne’s secretary, at jaclynbledsoe@yahoo.com.