Christ Child Academy Newsletter
November 21, 2019
From the Desk of Mr. Ruedinger
During this season of thanks, I would like show my gratitude for the special people that make our school wonderful. First, I am thankful for the faculty and staff who are passionate in their teaching and ensure that students are being challenged in an academically thrilling, student-centered environment. Their hard work ensures that the needs of the students are being met. Second, I am thankful for the parents and for your support and dedication to your children’s academic, social-emotional, spiritual, and physical growth and development. Our partnership fosters your children’s education and enhances our school in all aspects. Lastly, I am thankful for the students that come to school each day with smiles upon their faces and are ready to meet the challenges of a rigorous academic environment. It is because of our students that I am truly able to enjoy my administrative journey.
Next week, we will be enjoying the aroma of turkeys roasting throughout the building as the volunteers prepare for the Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner, which will be held in the Staskunas Activity Center/Gym. Pumpkin pies or bars of any kind are always welcome and appreciated. Any donations should be in a disposable container and may be dropped off in the school office on Wednesday, November 27 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Next Wednesday, November 27 we have early release at 1:00 pm. The bus will be running as usual. No school on Thanksgiving or Friday of next week.
No Carrier Today
Parenting in the 21st Century
The Surprising Benefits of Going to Church
As parents of students at a Catholic school, you already understand the importance of Faith and religion in the development of your children. At CCA, we do an excellent job of teaching the Catholic faith and living it's lesson daily. The best way to support what we do in the classroom and further enrich your children's faith is to attend Mass each weekend. For the many families that make this a powerful family habit, I applaud you for making this a priority and reinforcing what we do daily at our school. If your family is not a regular attendee of weekend Mass, I encourage you to rediscover the many benefits of attending as a family.
Here is a great article regarding the benefits of attending church.
Standards Based Grading
During this school year, Christ Child Academy will be transitioning from a traditional grading system to standards based grading system, which will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has strongly recommended that all schools move to this reporting framework.
As we proceed through this transition over the next year, please know that our goal of academic excellence remains our priority. These "best practices" will enable parents to fully understand where their child is academically while at the same time motivating students to become life-learners.
The Parenting Guide to Standards Based Grading will provide valuable insight during this transition. Additional information will be coming in the following weeks.
Congratulations Totally Terrific Recipients
Totally Terrific Recipients for the week ending November 15.
Kindergarten – Ethan Bietila 1st Grade – C. J. Richter 2nd Grade – Madeleine Kelly
3rd Grade – Matthew Kolar 4th Grade – Olivia Schroeder 5th Grade – Jack Polzin
Congratulations to Middle School Readers
At the end of each quarter, we have a drawing for middle school students who have read beyond their reading requirements. Students who read five or more books past their quarterly requirements are entered into a drawing for two Scholastic books. Those who read one or more book(s) beyond the requirements are entered into a box drawing for a book or box prize. The following students were the drawing winners for Quarter 1:
Top drawing: Chase Bohman
Book/box drawing winners: Annabelle Gerrits, Alex Stricker, Sarah Visser, Anna Minneci, and Cameron Spitz
Congratulations to all of the students who have challenged themselves as readers this quarter! Keep up the great work!
New Year's Bingo Event
On Saturday, December 28th, Christ Child Academy will be hosting a very Special New Year's Bingo Event. This one afternoon event is a significant fundraiser for our school - please read through to find out how you can help.
The event is open to the public and entry tickets are $10/person. Each ticket allows the guest entry, all you can eat food buffet and entry into door prizes.
There will be special bucket raffles & 50/50 raffles.
Over the last couple of years this event has spread throughout the bingo community and it is known as one of the favorite events of the year. It is by far our largest crowd of the year.
Because of this, we need your help with a few things:
- Spread the word: Share this fun event with your family & friends
- Volunteer: we need many people to make this day run smoothly
- Donate: Many opportunities here to donate anything from food items, gift cards, baskets and more.
Please take a minute to check out the needs and feel free to share this link with anyone that you feel might be interested in helping us out.
If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Thank you for supporting Christ Child Academy!
Safeguarding All God's Family Training
St. John Evangelist Parish - Kohler
Thursday, December 12th
8:30 am – 11:30 am.
600 Green Tree Road
Park in the church parking lot and enter the door there.
Religious Education Room 8
2018-2019 Annual Fund Report
CCA Annual Fund
The 2019 CCA Annual Fund has begun. Please support our school and share the link below often.
Your generous gift to the Christ Child Academy Annual Fund makes a difference in the lives of our students. The funds raised will provide excellent academic and athletic programs, curriculum materials, and technology for both the students and staff; it will ensure the ability to carry out our school’s mission on a daily basis. Your gift will also enable us to maintain affordable tuition for all families.
You will be receiving an Annual Fund Contribution Form in the mail in November to donate or you may visit our online site at the link below. Feel free to share this link with all your friends and family via social media.
We appreciate your support and you may donate to this fund until June 30, 2020.
The CCA 8th grade class would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” for your support of the annual poinsettia and greenery sale. Whether you bought a poinsettia to decorate your home, give as a gift, or donate to church in memory of a loved one, your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Santa’s Secret Shop Coming Soon…
Home and School’s Santa’s Secret Shop is right around the corner on Tuesday, December 3. This program makes it possible for children to experience the joy of choosing their own special gifts for their family. The gift shop will be set up in the gym and supervised by parent/grandparent volunteers, who help the children pick that “perfect” gift at a price they can afford. Prices range from $.25 to just under $10. Envelopes were sent home in the carrier on Thursday, November 14.
If you are interested in being an “elf” this year by helping the students shop for their gifts, please use the Sign-up Genius or contact Trisha Krautkramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Landgraf at email@example.com . Elves are needed for 1-2 hour shifts throughout the school day.
St. Peter Claver Food Pantry Drive
The Student Service Council is sponsoring our annual November Food Drive for the St. Peter Claver Food Pantry. We will begin next week by collecting canned goods. Please see the schedule below. Collection boxes will be in each classroom. Thank you for helping us reach out to families in need.
During the week of November 18, we will be collecting personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, family size bars of soap, boxes of tissue, and toilet tissue.
All donations will be greatly appreciated! There will be collection boxes in each classroom.
Christmas Band Concert
The 4th – 8th grade CCA and Seton Christmas Band Concert will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Band students are to wear black pants with white tops and should arrive at CCA by 6:00 pm.
CCA Christmas Vocal Concert
Just a reminder, the CCA Christmas Vocal Concert for grades K - 8 will be held at Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm. All students in grades K-8 are to report to their classroom at 5:30 pm. All students should wear their “Sunday Best” dress attire.
WINTER EXTRAVAGANZA 2020
Winter Extravaganza is set for Saturday, February 22, 2020 and will be held at the Village at 170, Kohler. We hope that everyone has this date marked on their calendars and are planning to attend. The event is open to the public, so gather your friends and family and get ready for a good time! We are looking for some additional people to join our planning committee. If you are interested, please email the Development Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitations and Reservation forms will be sent home in the next carrier.
We are also looking for parents to assist the teaching staff in creating one of a kind "baskets" for our auction. Each grade will be creating a personalized themed basket and these parents would be in charge of assisting with ideas, gathering items, ordering supplies, setting up personalization time with the teacher, etc. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in, sign up before November 15th. Classroom Representative Sign Up
Accreditation Self-Study Update
Our Scrip store is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:10 pm in the Conference Room (next to Mrs. Lampe's office). The entrance to purchase SCRIP is door #1 on the northeast corner of the school building. SCRIP is also available after all weekend Masses at all three parishes. Scrip is available 24/7/365 at www.glscrip.com and use CCA enrollment code 56477C7B4536 to get started. Contact Brenda Binversie, email@example.com with any questions.
Purchase after Mass this Sunday (please note there are new Mass times):
SPC – 4:30 pm Saturday, 8:00 & 10:30 am Sunday
IC – 4:00 pm Saturday & 10:30 am Sunday
SSCM – 8:30 am Sunday
Safeguarding All God's Family
If parents or grandparents plan to participate in field trips, work in the lunchroom, coach, or help out at school, you must attend a Safeguarding All God’s Family training through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. You must register on-line at www.archmil.org and indicate you are associated with Christ Child Academy. If you have not previously been trained, now is a great time to attend a session.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Mark Your Calendars
Box Tops for Education
Earn cash for our school! The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app uses the state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. It’s another easy way for you to help the school by purchasing the products you already use! Enlist your family, friends and neighbors to collect the Box Tops, too.
Please see the below attachments for further instructions, a list of products and then download the app.
2019-2020 Important Dates
A reminder to all parents: DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE; please view the most up-to-date Christ Child Academy calendar on our website at www.christchildacademy.com
27- Early Release at 1:00 pm (with busing)
28 & 29 - No School – Thanksgiving Break
3 - Santa Secret/Holiday Shoppe, Gym
5 - Catholic Schools’ Band Christmas Concert, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6:00 pm
6 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts
9 - Mid-Quarter 2
11 - CCA Choral/Vocal Christmas Concert, Immaculate Conception Church, 6:00 pm
12-15 - CCA 7/8 Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament
20 - Early Release at 1:00 pm (with busing)
23 - Jan. 1 No School – Christmas Recess
28 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym