April 21, 2015

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Dear Parents,

Last Thursday, our middle school and fifth grade had a visit from Mr. Scott Harvey. Mr. Harvey is an experienced law enforcement officer and D.A.R.E. leader from Nicholasville. He travels all over the country to talk to students and educators about bullying. His presentation was titled “I am Someone.”

One of Mr. Harvey’s first questions for our students was “Does bullying happen at your school?” A vast majority of the crowd said no. He said that was a typical response from students. But as he started defining bullying, our students got the picture that like most schools, bullying happens at Christ the King too.

Mr. Harvey taught our students what bullying is, what it looks like, and what it feels like. He made them laugh, cry, and most importantly, think. It is important that our students identify bullying and not just chalk it up to “I was just joking.” It’s also necessary that they recognize bullying when it is coming from them and what to do when they witness it coming from others.

Today, bullying can happen 24 hours a day. With the ease of texting and posting online, a student may feel she cannot escape cyber-bullying. It’s easier to send that ugly post or email from a distance. We sometimes say things virtually that we wouldn’t say when face-to-face with someone.

Bullying shows a lack of respect for others. When a person has a better understanding of their world, they gain a greater respect for one another. As a former social studies teacher, I believe that an understanding of cultures, traditions, and beliefs help to stomp out hate and bullying, and builds respect and compassion in children. When we build global readiness and cultural knowledge, we are able to develop social consciousness in our students. They will then challenge injustice, whether it’s happening across the classroom or on the other side of the world.

Because “God has imprinted his own image and likeness on man,” we are called to “treat others with dignity and respect.” When Jesus was asked what commandment was the most important, he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 12:30-31). Jesus said, “There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Each day, we are an example to our children. As we follow Jesus, we show our children how to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Through our faith, we help them to understand that bullying is never acceptable and never a way to treat our neighbor.

Thank you for striving to be that good example each day.

Paula Smith, Ed.S.

Acting Principal

Christ the King School


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In memory of Emilie Szekely, the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, in conjunction with the Szekely family, sponsors a special annual writing contest on the Contemporary Lessons of the Holocaust. Emilie Szekely was a Holocaust survivor who, for many years, dedicated herself to speaking to students in Kentucky about her experiences in the Budapest Ghetto, and her transport to the death camps of Auschwitz and Bergenbelzen. The writing project is an effort to continue Emilie’s life work of keeping the lessons of the Holocaust a living memory.

CKS is very proud of Claire Dilger, who placed first in this year's contest. Claire shared her essay this past weekend as she received her award. Thanks also to Mr. Dombrowski for sharing his knowledge of the Holocaust with his students.


We are very proud of our students who performed solos at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival at Lexington Catholic on Saturday. The following students were recognized with Distinguished ratings: Harrison Downs, Pearce Hall, and Jackson Arms. Logan Arms earned a Proficient rating. These are the two highest ratings possible.


We need your input as we plan for next year. Please complete the following three-question survey: Thank you!


We will change the next $2 Jeans Day to Monday, May 4th. It is cancelled on April 27th. The AdvanceEd accreditation will be visiting April 27th & 28th.


We are blessed as a Diocese that Bishop-Elect Stowe will serve our community. The installation ceremony will be Tuesday, May 5th, in the Cathedral. Due to the large volume of people and press expected to attend, Fr. Gino and Mrs. Smith have decided it would be best for our students to have an e-day. We wanted to give you as much notice as possible to make arrangements.


Please complete the Title 1 form found on the NewsNotes page of the CKS web site , and return to Leslie Martin, CKS Guidance Counselor. Electronic or paper copies are accepted. The form will be kept confidential. Completed forms help our school receive some of your tax dollars back through Title 1 funding from Fayette County Public Schools. We need a completed form from each CKS family.

Thank you for your help.


We need your help in the cafeteria! Please sign up for this rewarding experience. To view the sign up page, go to:
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It's not too late! There are still terrific items to purchase on our Big Blue Fling website...

Seussastical fun with Kindergarten
Create masterpieces with Ms. Z. and Ms. Leonard
8th graders won't want to miss the annual last day of school lunch with your favorite 8th grade teachers
Brews & Ballads
Mom's Night Out at the Polo Club
Out of uniform Mondays are a HUGE hit with your kids!
There are only two fast passes left! Don't wait in carline!

Visit or contact Kim Thompson for more information.
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It's time to order Summer Solutions books. They are $12 each and shipping is free when you order before May 3rd. Visit and enter our school's code: CTK40502. For more information visit our web site
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Help us recognize teachers that make a difference in our schools and community. To enter, go to and, in 90 words or less, tell why a special teacher deserves recognition. Each Tuesday, 106.3 will feature one special teacher on the air and award him or her with a weekly Teacher Prize Pack. On May 19th, one lucky teacher will win a Grand Prize, which includes a $1500 room makeover check, courtesy of Community Bank.
Diocesan Annual Appeal 2015 - Catholic Diocese of Lexington


It is the time of year that we kick off our Diocesan Annual Appeal to assist our brothers and sisters in Eastern Kentucky. They are of extreme need and our Parish, The Diocesan Cathedral, is extremely blessed. I want to encourage each family to share to this appeal. Each family is blessed in a multitude of ways and we can contribute our treasure and prayers toward this mission of helping others.

On Tuesday April 28th your children will bring home a special letter from Fr. Bob Neiberding, our Diocesan Administrator, and a pledge envelope for your family. Our official pledge weekend is during Mass April 25th and 26th and you may choose to make your pledge during Mass. Your children will also be doing a special collection for the Annual Appeal during their May Crowning Mass on May 1st. I prayerfully ask you to participate by making a gift and or pledge of any amount.

Thank you for sharing your blessings and may God Bless you.

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You are invited to a solemn evening of prayer before the ordination and installation of Reverend John Stowe, OFM, Conv.

Monday, May 4th
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Christ the King

Presider, Bishop Ronald Gainer
Homilist, Reverend Stowe

Reception following in Hehman Hall
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Middle School Dance Team

Middle School Dance Team tryouts will be May 7th from 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Catholic Alumni gym. The tryouts are open to all Questions? Contact Sarah Streepey

Lexington Catholic Summer Athletic Camps

Parents and students: please visit this link on the LCHS website for ongoing updates to our summer athletic camp offerings. On this webpage you will find camp brochures and coach contact information. Join us this summer at LCHS!

The Principal’s Cup Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual Principal’s Cup is set for Monday, May 11, 2015, and will be held at Spring Valley Golf Club. Please join us for a great day of golf and fun in support of Lexington Catholic High School! Lunch beforehand, snacks after play, and tee gifts are provided. The tournament is presented by College Cable Services, Inc. Our Hole- In- One Sponsor is The Lexus Store of Lexington, and our Closest- to -the Pin Cash Prize Sponsor is Toyota on Nicholasville. Team and individual prizes will be awarded. Foursomes are $440. Hole Sponsorships are $200. Contact Pam Schneider, Director of Events, 859-277-7183, ext. 306 or



20-24 8th graders D.C.
21 Spirit Day
27-28 Accreditation


1 May Crowning
4 Jeans Day (changed from 4/27)
5 No School - e-day - Bishop's Installation

15 8th Farewell Mass/Academic Awards

20 8th Graduation

22 Last Day for Preschool & Kindergarten

26 Field Day

27 End of Year Mass; Dismiss at 1:15 p.m.