The Cardinal's Nest
Volume 85 | Issue 7 | Friday, October 13, 2023
A Message From The Principal
Dear Christ the King School Families,
Such a busy, yet short week!! So many wonderful lessons, activities, and events at CKS!
Father Gaudreau celebrated Holy Mass on Wednesday in Father Justin’s absence, and Mr. Thomas’ 2nd graders hosted the Mass (please see the pictures). On Wednesday, Mr. Kellogg’s 8th grade Social Studies class was visited by a guest speaker from the American Revolution time period, and on Thursday, the entire school “dressed down” in their favorite team jerseys or shirts to support their favorite team! On Friday, students enjoyed popcorn, and the 8th grade walked to and from Champlain Chocolates (for a treat).
Next week, our week is full once again!! Monday through Friday, we have the Book Fair!! The gym looks amazing!! Thank you, Mrs. Bonneville. Monday evening we have a PTO meeting at 6:00 pm, and Tuesday evening, we have a Board Meeting at 6:00 pm. A very special day, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, will occur on Friday; Mr. Hughes has sent out preliminary information and more will be forthcoming.
As we begin to enjoy the crisp weather of autumn, please take care of yourselves; cold/flu season is upon us as well, and we want everyone to be healthy.
Please enjoy the many pictures (thanks to Mr. Hughes), and again, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or issues.
10/13 Popcorn Friday
10/16-10/20 Book Fair
10/16 PTO Meeting
10/17 Bake Sale; bring cash
10/20 Grandparent and Special Friend Day
10/20 Can Drive
10/25 First Chess Club Meeting
10/31 Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat
11/3 Early Dismissal; End of First Trimester
11/4 Super Raffle Drawing and Ice Cream Social
11/20-11/21 Parent/Teacher Conferences - ½ days EE - 5
11/20 - 11/2 NO SCHOOL for Middle School
11/22 - 11/24 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL
REMINDERS FOR PICK UP & DROP OFF PROCEDURES
Student safety is our top concern throughout the entire day, starting with arrival. Please note these reminders and follow all procedures to ensure the safety of all students.
- Reminder for parking in the morning - Parents cannot park in the upper parking lot when dropping off their children for safety reasons
- No Parking in the middle parking lot at drop off or dismissal
- If you need to park to drop off your child, use the lower parking lot
- Please drive very slowly in drop off lane and be extremely careful when pulling out of the line
We appreciate your assistance in keeping all of our students safe!
An email invitation and RSVP was sent out on 10/6 to all grandparents with emails on record. The content of that email and the online RSVP can be found below. If your family's grandparents are not in the system, or if you are inviting a special friend instead, please reach out to them directly with the information. It's important that we have RSVPS.
- We will also need items for the reception. Please sign up HERE. As we have limited storage space, all items should be brought to CKS on the morning of the event.
- Mass will begin at 8:30 AM but we ask all visitors to arrive by 8:20 AM. Everything should be wrapped up by 11:00 AM (ish? - We are doing some new things this year - musical performances, photo booth - and we will try to keep the schedule as tight as possible.)
Let me know if you have any questions at all!
CKS' Grandparents and Special Friends Mass and Celebration will take place on Friday, October 20th. We will begin the day with Mass at 8:20 AM followed by a reception and classroom visits. (Of course, the Book Fair will be open as well!) All Grandparents with an email in our system will receive an electronic invitation and RSVP. If your family does not have a Grandparent who can attend, you are welcome to invite a "special friend" to join us! You can reach out directly to grandparents or a special person in your family's life and have them RSVP HERE.
The Mass is likely to be crowded, and some may not feel comfortable, so on the RSVP form, there is the option to attend only the reception and classroom visits.
We will also need items for the reception. Please sign up HERE. As we have limited storage space, all items should be brought to CKS on the morning of the event.
Please reach out to Mr. Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are looking forward to our annual Halloween costume dress up day and parade on Tuesday, October 31st!
The CKS Halloween Parade will start at 8:20 am out the front entrance of the school. The students will walk with their class down Locust Street and turn onto Caroline Street, to Catherine Street, to St. Paul Street, and up St. Paul to Fr. Justin’s driveway. Each grade will have a themed Trunk or Treat car in the upper parking lot with treats for each child. Students will be provided a free Trick or Treat bag courtesy of Vermont Federal Credit Union.
All parents/guardians are welcome to join their child(ren) walking the parade route or they can head over to their class’ Trunk or Treat vehicle. Parents/Guardians choosing to walk with their child(ren)'s class should park at Callahan Park/off campus. The upper parking lot is off limits to all cars except the class Trunk or Treat vehicles.
Costume reminder: Costumes will be worn for the parade and then students have a Halloween dress down day. If they choose not to do a Halloween/fall themed dress down day they should wear their regular CKS uniform. Costumes should be appropriate for a school setting, not include weapons, glorify the devil/demons, or be overly scary/violent.
We look forward to seeing everyone in their best costumes and to have fun as a school community!
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING WATER BOTTLES TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY
Students need to remember to bring their water bottles to school each day; in an effort to live our mission at Christ the King, and to be stewards of the Earth, we will no longer be ordering plastic cups to be used at lunch after this last purchase.
SUBS & AFTERSCHOOL WORKERS - WE NEED THEM!
CKS needs people to help with afterschool and be substitute teachers. Anyone with a high school diploma (or higher) is encouraged to apply! Reach out here for more information or to apply: email@example.com
CKS BOOK FAIR
Christ the King School invites you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair!
When: Monday October 16th to Friday October 20th
Where: CKS Gym
Why: Help the Library earn money for new shelving. Bonus,you can never have too many books
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Friday - 8:30am to 1:00pm
Payment type: Cash, Checks, tap to pay. All Cards are accepted: Scholastic E-wallets are also available (E-wallets must be set up via teachers Scholastic Account)
Take a look at the online shopping link! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/christthekingschool2
Volunteers are needed for this event. Please sign up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0848AAA92AABFFC52-44446574-scholastic
CKS UPDATED ILLNESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
As we come into fall and winter, please review the updated CKS illness policy. CKS expects that all families are in agreement in working towards preventing the spread of illness to other students, faculty and staff. We require all recommended vaccines and encourage all seasonal vaccines including the Flu and Covid 19 vaccines.
Please notify the CKS OFFICE of any absences or illnesses at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-862-6696.
- Students or faculty with a fever will be sent home. CKS considers a fever to be a temperature of 100.0 or higher.
- Students or faculty who vomit at school will be sent home.
- Students with 1 or more symptoms other than fever that might mimic flu, COVID or other respiratory issues will be seen by the CKS office.
- Students or faculty who cannot participate in the activities of the day because they feel unwell regardless of diagnosis or symptoms will be sent home. They may return once symptoms have resolved.
- Students with disruptive symptoms (such as persistent coughing or nasal discharge) will be sent home if symptoms cannot be controlled with OTC medications. They may return once symptoms lessen or resolve.
More details can be found in the memo attached.
FILE CABINET NEEDED
The school is in need of at least one large, fireproof, lockable filing cabinet for the CKS Office. If anyone has a cabinet to donate, please call the school.
MOTHERS' FAITH LIGHT AND JOY JOURNEY GROUP
Are you a mom seeking a joyful, welcoming, and light-hearted space to connect with others while deepening your spiritual journey towards God?
Experience a stimulating blend of spirituality and connection in our warm and welcoming online group. We meet just once a month, making it easy to fit into your busy schedule. We are a dozen mothers from local Catholic schools, mainly from CKS. We meet and read, share and discuss how episodes of the life of Jesus continue to resonate in our busy modern lives, allowing us to meet God’s Love. Guided by the wise and loving Sister Paul Mary, a wonderful muffin making Franciscan sister working at the UVM Catholic center -who sometimes fills in as our mother: We pray. We laugh. We cry. We talk. We bond. Wherever you are on your Faith journey, no comment or question is too silly for us to explore.
We also get our families together for a potluck (in person) every 6 weeks during the school year to share our enthusiasm with our other family members -and make the winter warmer. Occasionally we meet for coffee or drinks. Most of us are from out-of-state and have discovered here a family away from home. We would love to expand our family and welcome you if you feel called to join.
Contact Victoria Jones (mother of Johanna 6th grade, Lily 3rd grade and Ella-Maria Kindergarten) at email@example.com or 802-793-4361 for more information
When We Meet: Online, one evening a month (usually half of us), usually at 8pm.
Why Join Us?
Strengthen your faith and sense of purpose.
Forge lasting friendships with fellow moms.
Nurture your spiritual journey in a welcoming space.
Share your intentions through the power of prayer.
CKS CHESS CLUB
This October we will start a chess club, a popular activity from last year. We will meet on Wednesdays from 2.45 until about 3.45 /4.00 in the ART classroom. Chess club is open to grades 4th through 8th. The cost for ten weeks will be $50 charged through your FACTS account (no cash or checks please) and that includes weekly refreshments. To sign up please email Mr. Lutz directly (not the school) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The dates are:
First week is 10/25
and last week is 1/10
LIVING ROSARY AS A SCHOOL
SHADOW DAYS AT RICE MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
New this year: Shadow Days at Rice will be a half day event, and families will be able to choose a morning or afternoon session. However, Shadow Days will not run all year, but will be held on (2) separate weeks: the first week will be November 13-17, 2023 and the second week will be February 12-16, 2024. Shadow days will be held on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays, due to the block schedule. If a student would like to schedule a time to come to one of those days, please reach out to Stacy Bessette (www.rmhsvt.org or bessette@rmhsvtorg). Space will be limited, so reserve your spot early! We understand walking into a new school can be intimidating for some students, and we take great care to ensure each student feels welcome and at ease.
8TH GRADE BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE - FRIDAY
Mr. Kellogg had a very special visitor this week in his 8th grade American history class: Mrs. Kellogg! Judy (who happens to be an alumna) came in period garb to pose an important question - “Where are the women?” Students examined four entries from Gen. Anthony Wayne’s 1776 orderly book from Fort Ticonderoga; the only entries that mentioned women over the course of an entire year. Thanks to this visit our students have a deeper understanding of the important, although often behind-the-scenes, role woman played during the time period.
SUPER RAFFLE UPDATES - FIRST TUITION DRAWING IS 10/20
The first tuition assistance raffle drawing will take place on Friday, October 20th! Any family that has sold at least six tickets by 10/20 will be entered into the drawing for $500 off this year's tuition. You get one entry for every 6 tickets sold (two entries for 12, three for 18, etc.)! This is a GREAT way to save some money for your family AND support CKS in a BIG way. Online sales count for the drawing but we must have cash/checks and corresponding tickets before the drawing to be eligible.
Be on the lookout for news on some other fun and exciting incentives to get out and sell some tickets!
POPCORN FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ALL YEAR
Next Friday is our first Popcorn Friday of the school year! If you have not submitted your form, please do so as soon as possible!
As with all fun events, we could not do it without the help of our volunteers! Attached is a link for volunteer spots needed.
Thank you in advance for helping with this fun event that makes our school community smile - and makes the building smell great too!
LOG YOUR FAMILY VOLUNTEER HOURS
We have had a number of questions about volunteering opportunities and how to track them in RenWeb. Here is a list of potential opportunities and a link to the tutorial for entering your hours in RenWeb.
- Check out this link of volunteering opportunities: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/6011690049/false#/invitation
- Chaperoning Field Trips - If you are going to drive students for field trips, you must complete VIRTUS and the attached form. You can count the completion of VIRTUS as one hour of volunteering.
- Classroom Helpers – Periodically, teachers may reach out to ask for help in their classrooms and this counts towards your hour’s requirement.
- Attend a PTO meeting
- Contribute in your own way! If you have an idea that isn’t listed above or in the link of opportunities, please reach out! We are always excited by the possibility of new partnerships and volunteering opportunities!
LUNCH DUTY SIGN-UP
2023-2024 YEARBOOKS ON SALE
GUIDING STAR CYCLE SHOW GIRL'S WORKSHOP
Guiding Star Cycle Show that is coming to St. John Vianney on November 4th. The Guiding Star Cycle Show - learning about my body's secret language is a 5-hour workshop created for young women 9-12 years old.
Cost is $50 per student (or amount determined by your host organization) and includes the Parent Presentation usually presented the evening before or by Webinar.
To register more than one girl : please see the link in your confirmation email, or email email@example.com for assistance.
Check out the Cycle Show Frequently Asked Questions to see if the Cycle Show will be a great fit for your daughter. www.guidingstarproject.com/cycle-show-faq/
For more information, see www.guidingstarproject.com/cycle-show
ST. ANTHONY THRIFT SHOP UPDATE
We have lots of items in the shop for the whole family to get ready for fall. We are taking donations of lightly used and and clean winter items.
We need help. Do you have a few free hours a week? We are looking for Volunteers to help out at the shop selling and sorting. Contact the parish office if interested.
2nd Saturday of the month 10-1 (Oct - May)
The greatest thing that parents can do for their children is to love each other. BUT...with the pressures of everyday life... it can be easy to slip into taking each other for granted and in doing so, diminish your ability to radiate God’s love in your relationship and to your children. Do you want to find an easier path?
The good news is we’ve got a more loving way to be with your spouse and your children. It starts with a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and it’s happening right here! Now is the time! There’s no need to go away for the weekend, you can stay at home. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the
best, most loving and thriving couple you can be. Imagine giving that gift to each other AND to your kids! This experience is being offered at St. Monica’s/St. Michael’s, October 20 to 22.
Want more information? Check out www.WWME.org or call Gary & Lynn Root at (802) 456-8114. They’d be thrilled to tell you more about the Weekend.
FROM THE COMMUNITY
SOUTH BURLINGTON LIBRARY EVENTS
Deadline for submissions to The Cardinal's Nest: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to Jon Hughes
"May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
(1 Peter 1:3)