Christ The King School News Notes

September 15, 2020

Message from the Principal

September 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

We have been in school for almost a month! We are continuing to implement our reopening plan, making minor adjustments as needed, and we will continue to reevaluate what is working well and what needs improvement. We greatly appreciate your help and support. I am so proud of your children for their resilience and for the great joy they provide us each day.

We surveyed the students last week and overwhelmingly they are excited to be back in school. Their number one reason, of course, is to see their friends! They have followed the new procedures well and have respectfully listened to their teachers and followed their lead in making it all work.

Teachers have been surveyed as well. They have done a great job in working with their cohorts and implementing all the changes in the classrooms. One of our biggest concerns at this time is staffing substitutes, assistants, and Extended Day workers. We are still looking for a part-time assistant for our PreK2 room, and finding subs on a daily basis is a challenge.

In assigning staff to support our classes, we limit the number of cohorts with which they come in contact. This is important to keep everyone safe. Our cohorting system is a major factor in keeping our school successfully open. We don’t want to take any additional risks by allowing subs, assistants, or EDP staff to interact with too many cohorts. Besides a student in a cohort testing positive for COVID-19, the unavailability of staff could also force the closure of a cohort. We hope this does not happen, and we are working extremely hard to have the people we need in place, but I wanted to make you aware of this possibility.

If you know of anyone who is willing to sub or work in our afterschool program, please let us know. If you know of anyone interested in subbing, have them email Amy Smith (, our Dean of Faculty; we will assign subs to specific grade levels in order to protect them and our students. Anyone interested in working in our afterschool program may contact Tracy Cupolo (, our EDP Director.

Thank you again for your support of Christ the King School.

Many blessings,

Paula Smith


Christ the King School

Message from the Dean of Students

Recently, 3rd-8th graders completed a survey about their feelings regarding being back to school. The following questions were answered, as well as two open response questions, "What do you like most about school?" and "What do you like least about school?" Most responses were that students were happy to be back at school, but they wish they didn't have to follow the COVID rules. Don't we all?

We so look forward to the days when we will no longer have to worry about such restraints, but know we have to follow proper procedure to get there! We are so proud of the hard work students are staff are putting in to keep each other safe.

Kelley Taylor

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Important Dates

9/8-9/14/2020 MAP Testing

9/17/2020 Picture Day (PreK-3 Grades)

9/18/2020 Picture Day (4th-8th Grades)

9/21/2020 Charleston Wrap Wrapping Paper Sale Kickoff

9/23/2020 1st Trimester Midterm

9/24/2020 8th Grade Service Day

9/28-29/2020 Virtual Fall Conferences

9/30/2020 Diocesan Teacher Inservice Day- No School

10/1-10/2/2020 Fall Break, No School

Message from Nurse Elmore

Being sent home this week are notices if your child has missing documents, expired immunizations and/or missing physicals. Please note that an immunization certificate is NOT the same thing as the physical exam paperwork. All pediatricians should have a physical paper that they use during yearly exams. If you have any questions feel free to give Nurse Elmore a call.

COVID Contact

As questions arise about the policies and procedures that we have put in place due to COVID-19, we wish for our parents to have a point of contact for their questions. For the upcoming year, our nurse, Shayna Elmore, will be available full-time during the school day. She will be our school’s COVID Contact. Please direct your COVID-related questions via email to or call (859) 266-5641.

If you have any questions about whether your child can be in attendance, please reach out to Nurse Elmore, our COVID contact. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of our school community.

If your child is in isolation or quarantine, please contact Nurse Elmore, so that we can ensure that students can continue learning via the hybrid plan if they are well enough to do so. Her contact information is

Daily Prescreening

Parents will need to fill out this pre-screening form daily with respect to their children who attend Christ the King School. You may submit this either the evening before your child(ren) will attend class on campus, or in the morning before bringing your child(ren) to school; HOWEVER, if you submit this form the evening before and circumstances change between then and the morning, you should resubmit and take action accordingly. A SYMPTOMATIC CHILD, OR ONE WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 100.4° OR ABOVE, SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.
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Bike Riders

If your child rides their bike to school, please note that they will use the Cochran Rd. crosswalk for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Students should walk their bike through the crosswalk, on the sidewalk and to the bike rack that is located by the gym entrance. Bike riders will NOT be dismissed until the afternoon carline has completely cleared. If you wish for your child to be a bike rider, please fill out a Bike Rider Permission Slip.

Walker Permission Slip

Students MUST have a signed permission slip to be allowed to walk home following afternoon dismissal. Here is the Walker Pemission Slip.

Arrival and Dismissal

Please see the re-opening plan below for arrival and dismissal procedures. We would like to ask that parents coming to the Pre-K 3B and PreK 4 entrance (at the cafeteria doors) not exit their car before 7:30 a.m. Please do not congregate by the doors. Social distancing must be maintained when waiting to be screened.

Reopening Plan

Please see the CKS Reopening Operations Plan for all important information.

COVID-19 Response


Recent communications from CKS, along with links to COVID-19 Resources:


Prayer list:

Prayer Request Form:


If you would like to make a donation to those struggling during this time or if you need help, please contact us:

Growing Peaceful Families

Dear CKS Families,

We are so very blessed to be able to offer an evening with Dr. Lesley Iwinski, CTK parishioner and former CKS parent, next Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 via Zoom. Dr. Iwinski is a medical doctor and the founder of Growing Peaceful Families( Helping families is her passion, and the focus of the Zoom session will be Making Your Home a Sanctuary in Times of Stress. I know I will be joining this session ready to take some notes!

Dr. Iwinski would like to know if you have particular questions or concerns that she can plan to address in the meeting. If you email me those questions or thoughts, I will share with her right away so that she can prepare accordingly.

If you know that you will be attending, please let me know that as well, so that she will have an idea of how big the crowd will be. Hope to see you there!

Thank you,

Christine Gibson

Guidance Counselor, CKS

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Leadership, Teamwork & Life Skill Lessons For Your Child Sign Up For Cub Scouts Pack 93

Scouting has a strong tradition at Christ the King Cathedral. In the midst of a global pandemic and unique challenges, the value of scouting is as important as ever. Scouting helps teach students about leadership, citizenship, personal fitness, resiliency, duty to God and helping others.

Cub Scouts is for boys in grades 1st to 5th grade. It is a minimal time commitment, usually just two hours per month. The cost is $100 for the year for all Scout activities. This covers Pack and national dues. If you would like to sign up or learn more, please contact Brant Welch, Pack 93 Cubmaster, at or call (859) 806-3417.

Each grade will have activities within its own den grade. We do need volunteer Den leaders for the 1st and 2nd grade groups. This is usually just two hours of your time per month. Interested volunteers can contact Brant Welch.

We have lots of fun with adventures and making friends. Activities planned for this year include a visit to the Frankfort Salato Wildlife Trails, special guest speakers, tours, special projects for senior citizens and more.

Pack 93 Cub Scouts is following national and state guidelines this year to ensure the safety of participants. Our events are being planned to adhere to specific guidelines.

Special Lunch Order Form

Lunch Menu

Accessing Family Portal

RenWeb is our student management system that allows parents to view academic information specific to their children, attendance, homework, and a host of other information. It is of utmost importance that new families access the family portal.

A PDF with instruction on setting up a parent or student account in RenWeb, follow these links:

Parent login creation:

Student login creation:

Also, check out the RenWeb Tips section on the Web Notes section of our web site ( for other useful information regarding RenWeb.


Ms. Z would love to get some watercolor projects in the rooms and needs your help!

If you have an empty laundry detergent bottle or empty gallon milk/juice jugs please send it in with your child!

Thank you!!!

Substitute Teachers

If you are interested in subbing in your child's class or grade level, please contact Amy Smith at We greatly appreciate your consideration.

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Faith First

Parochial League

Mr. Salsman, director of the parochial league, has contacted us to let us know that as of now there will not be a parochial league this year. There is a possibility it could occur after Christmas. We will keep you informed.

CKS Contacts

Renrollment/Tuition/ FACTS: David Stromquist,

Admissions: Amy Smith,

Technology Support: Vince Mongiardo,

Communications: Kelley Taylor,

Student Concerns: Christine Gibson, cgibson@ckslex.og and Kelley Taylor,

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CTK Bulletin

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Christ the King School develops Character, Knowledge, and Spirit in its students and community by living the Catholic faith through sharing the sacraments, promoting academic excellence, and engaging in service.
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