The Cardinal's Nest
Volume 85 | Issue 6 | Friday, October 6, 2023
A Message From The Principal
Dear Christ the King School Families,
What a week of wonderful weather with which we were blessed as we moved into October!!
Aside from the alliteration, everyone at CKS seemed to be taking advantage of the warm temperatures: students were enjoying the playground equipment (and just being outside), and Mr. Luneau brought a few of his P.E. classes to Calahan Park for the period.
Many thanks are extended to our Admissions and Advancement Director, Jon Hughes, and all sponsors, volunteers, and participants for the successful CKS Annual Golf Tournament, held on Friday, September 29th, at the Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg. Again, I am in awe of the amount of dedication and love our community continuously shows for our school.
On Tuesday, the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes ventured to Chapin Orchard in Essex Jct. Students in these classes engaged in prior lessons that focused on the life cycle of an apple, the pollination of bees, and the interconnectedness of nature. Thus, a field trip to an orchard brilliantly placed these lessons in context and provided concrete examples of learning. Students, teachers, and chaperones enjoyed the lovely weather and time spent together. Although I wasn’t able to “tag along,” I was given the opportunity to sample a few very fresh Vermont apples (something I haven’t experienced in five years - truly, nothing compares).
Wednesday, a very busy day for the school community, began with Holy Mass (hosted by Mrs. Cootey’s 3rd grade class). I was able to sit with Miss Jenny and the pre-K class, listening to Father Justin’s Homily in which he shared the contributions of St. Francis of Assisi. At the end of the day, CKS hosted its first “Blessing of the Animals;” families were invited to bring their pet or a representative form of the pet to the upper playground at 3:00 pm. The turnout was quite impressive: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, a chicken, and a lizard were in attendance as Father provided a Blessing and sprinkled Holy Water on the animals.
To complete our week, Ms. Cade and the 6th grade class led the entire school in the Living Rosary, commemorating the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary on Saturday, October 7. Listening to the young voices praying to our Lady for intercession was incredibly powerful, as we entered the Luminous Mysteries of Jesus Christ. The Rosary is our greatest weapon against the evil in our world, and I hope families will find a bit of time to pray this prayer. On that note, CKS is humbly asking families to consider inviting Our Blessed Mother into their homes, one week at a time by hosting the Our Lady of Fatima’s Pilgrim Statue. Please see the flyer for more details.
After everyone enjoys the three-day weekend, please prepare yourselves for several upcoming events. Next week, we will be enjoying our first Popcorn Friday (yay!!!), and the 8th grade class will be walking to visit Champlain Chocolate on Friday. Please remember and plan for the upcoming Book Fair (thank you, Mrs. Bonneville!), Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20, in the gym. Also, the Grandparents and Special Friends Day will be occurring on Friday, October 20, so please mark your calendars. Stay tuned for even more happenings!!
Finally, I want to apologize to Mrs. Culupa for the misspelling of her name in last week’s issue (autocorrect can be so annoying).
Please enjoy the many pictures (thanks to Mr. Hughes), and again, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or issues.
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!
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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
The 8th Grade class will have a Bottle Drive once every month as a fundraiser for their end of the year trip. If you could please bring in your bottles and cans on October 20th, the 8th Grader class will truly appreciate it! We will provide pick up dates for every month in the newsletter
CKS GOLF TOURNAMENT: THANK YOU!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! After a very wet summer that limited time on the links, we were blessed with a nice cool fall day to play some golf and raise some serious cash for Christ the King School! The Golf Tournament and Corporate Sponsors helped to raise over $20,000 to support the children, programs, and mission of Christ the King School. Wow!
Your support and participation is deeply appreciated and has a real impact!
Champlain Smile Solutions
Flooring America Williston
Hinesburg Sand & Gravel
Kountry Kart Deli
Rise to the Top Basketball
Again, thank you so very much! Let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in joining the organizing committee for the 2024 Tournament.
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
SUPER RAFFLE IS BACK
It is Super Raffle time again!! Each family will be assigned 6 tickets to sell or purchase by Saturday, November 4th. On Wednesday, October 4th, we will be distributing each family their assigned 6 tickets. Thank you for helping us make this fundraiser even bigger than last year!!
POPCORN FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 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
WAYS TO SUPPORT CKS
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: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to Jon Hughes
"May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
(1 Peter 1:3)