CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL NEWS NOTES
April 6, 2016
CKS KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL...
Welcome back! I hope your Spring Break was full of rest and relaxation. It is a time of year for renewal and hopefully a time of clarity and appreciation for God’s many blessings, beautiful days, more sunshine, and an excitement for learning and community. We have that here at Christ the King, a community in which we cherish and appreciate!
For many of us, once we come back from break, the little school time we have left hits us in the face, causing some panic about how much we have left to do before the school year is over. Instructional time is now at a premium.
As a school administrator, I know my number one job is to protect instructional time for teachers and students. I also know what upsets teachers more than anything! It is when they are interrupted while they are teaching. And remember what I said about feeling anxious now that the countdown is on. Teachers feel the pressure even more this time of year, so losing critical time with students interferes with meeting their end-of-the-year goals.
I’m writing about this because I know you are such supportive parents and that you want to help our teachers and children succeed any way you can. I need your help to protect the instructional time in our school. The number one interruption to the classrooms comes from the office due to the number of parents calling and coming in, wanting to send messages to teachers and students.
This is how you can help us. When you drop off your children in the morning, make sure of two things: 1) that they have their lunch if they are packing, and 2) that they know what they are supposed to do at dismissal. If they don’t have their packed lunch at that time, they need to order lunch from the cafeteria. The number of parents coming in to bring forgotten lunches consumes much of Mrs. Perkins’ time in the morning.
Also, in the afternoon, Mrs. Perkins receives floods of phone calls about dismissal. This consumes most of her afternoon. She then must communicate through teachers where and with whom students are supposed go at the end of the day. We also have too many parents pulling students out just before the end of the school day. These are all continuous interruptions to student learning.
Children thrive when there is consistency. When they come into the classroom not knowing for sure if their lunch is going to be there on time, or not knowing who is going to pick them up at the end of the day, it can be a distraction and even cause them to feel anxious. This anxiety interferes with their learning throughout the day.
I know we all want the very best for our children. I ask that we all be respectful to our teachers, for they work so very hard to prepare for the day. I ask that you respect the office staff for the support and assistance they offer. I also ask that you respect our students by giving them the best educational environment possible. They all deserve this. Thank you for your tremendous understanding and support. We truly cannot do what we do without your help!
Paula Smith, Ed.S.
GRANDPARENTS' DAY - "THE WILD THINGS" WAY!
SPANISH CULTURAL DAY
On April 20th Christ the King School will be celebrating the Spanish Cultural Day. During the event students will learn about Spanish speaking countries, famous Hispanic people and they will play games in Spanish and dance to Latin music. This event is organized by the 4th and 7th grade students and is from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. PreK-4 through sixth grade will be visiting the event.
We will be offering food during the Spanish Cultural Day. Students may buy a bag of candy, a big Mexican cookie or a delicious concha (Mexican bread) and eat it during the event. The cost of each item is one ticket. Food tickets will only be pre-sold during lunchtime on Monday April 11th, Wednesday April 13th and Friday April 15th, as well as on Monday April 18th for $2 each. Cash will not be accepted on the day of the event, so food tickets must be purchased ahead of time on the dates specified.
Allergy Alert: Food may contain or be processed on machines that contain peanuts or tree nuts. If your child has allergies, please feel free to send an alternative snack with him or her.
Upcoming open gym dates: 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, and 4/30.
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Dear CKS Staff and Families,
Please consider attending the Nehemiah Action on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to learn about social justice and what that looks like in our community. The commitment level is simple and minimal, attendance at one public meeting, but the dividends are monumental, as the attached article illustrates. Middle School students will earn house points for attendance! It's also a great opportunity for parents to check off Social Outreach Ministry on their Time, Talent and Treasure forms. For only one-and-a-half hours of your time, your attendance would have a tremendous impact on influencing change in our community.
Please email, call or text me, or see Christine Gibson for a ticket! All ages are welcome!
This year, the focus and research has been related to Mental Health and Healthcare, Crime and Drugs, and Payday Lending. We have over 40 Justice Ministry Network Members at CTK, including Father Paul Prabell, with the active support of Bishop John Stowe. Doing justice in Lexington and making changes requires us to come together as a faith community. As one of the largest congregations in BUILD, we must do our part.
We appreciate your time, prayers and participation in this ministry and in learning more about BUILD.
Peace and blessings,
Justice Ministry Network Team Leader
“We missed the CRS Rice Bowl collection. What shall we do now with our Rice Bowls?”
You may send in Rice Bowl contributions to CKS up until Monday, April 11. If you have coins and dollar bills, we prefer you convert that to a check made payable to “Cathedral of Christ the King,” with “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo line. Thanks for assisting us in this way. Your cancelled check may also serve as a receipt for tax purposes.
SAVE THE DATES
4/15 - Grandparents' Day
4/24 - First Communion