The Cardinal's Nest
Volume 85 | Issue 8 | Friday, October 20, 2023
A Message From The Principal
Dear Christ the King School Families,
What an amazing week at CKS!! So many lessons and experiences!! I apologize in advance for forgetting or excluding any events/activities that aren’t detailed in this newsletter.
Two very successful meetings - PTO on Monday and School Board on Tuesday - occurred, and I am once again in awe of the amount of time our members of this school community selflessly commit to help our school be its best.
On Monday, Mr. Cinti’s 8th Grade Science class viewed blood vessels in the tails of goldfish. Unfortunately, I was unable (at the last minute) to observe this activity, but I understand it was phenomenal. Thank you, Mr. Cinti!
On Tuesday, the 7th grade class attended a modern “retelling” of the epic, Homer’s Odyssey, that explored “what it is to host a stranger, follow the rules of generosity, [and] question what it means to belong without a ‘place’ to call home.” I strongly believe the way in which to maintain relevance in the literary canon is to provide opportunities that reflect the timelessness of these readings. Kudos to you, 7th graders, and thank you, Mrs. Beste and Mr. Kellogg!
On Thursday, Mrs. Byrne’s First Grade class ventured to the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington. There, they spent time in the woods, learning about orienteering, how to build fires, and working together. What a great way to learn outside the classroom! Thank you, Mrs. Byrne, for organizing this experience.
On Friday, the Grandparents and Special Friends Day was celebrated, and CKS is grateful for the amazing turnout. The event began with Father Justin offering Holy Mass while the 8th Grade class hosted (altar serving, readings, and offerings - thank you, Mrs. Cade!!). A reception was then held in the gymnasium, and Mr. V. led a musical performance by grades Pre-K through 3rd Grade (each sang a song). Throughout the morning, students visited their classrooms with their grandparents, perused the book fair (a major success!!), and were photographed (thank you, Mrs. Redlich!). Thank you so much, Mr. Hughes, for your organization of this event, and thank you to faculty/staff, parents, and all volunteers for making this event so memorable.
Next week, many activities and events are planned, including, but not limited to the following: the 8th Grade class will be having its retreat at the UVM Catholic Center on Wednesday, and a group of teachers will be locally attending a conference to enrich their existing knowledge of the Tang Math Program.
Again, as we begin to enjoy the crisp weather of autumn, please take care of yourselves; cold/flu season is upon us, and we want everyone to be healthy.
Finally, just a quick note: I was “booed” by the 6th grade - I am sooooo excited!! A first for me, and because I enjoy Halloween sooooo much, I’ll be “boo-ing” them back soon!!
Please enjoy the many pictures (thanks to Mr. Hughes), and again, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or issues.
GRANDPARENT AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY 2023!
10/25 First Chess Club Meeting; Must Register
10/31 Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat
11/3 Early Dismissal; End of First Trimester
11/4 Super Raffle Drawing and Ice Cream Social
11/20-11/21 Parent/Teacher Conferences - ½ days EE - 5
11/20 - 11/2 NO SCHOOL for Middle School
11/22 - 11/24 Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL
PICK UP & DROP OFF PROCEDURES UPDATES
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.
- Don’t allow children to exit vehicles until a CKS member of the faculty/staff is present
- 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!
We are looking forward to our annual Halloween costume dress up day and parade on Tuesday, October 31st!
The CKS Halloween Parade will start at 8:20 am out the front entrance of the school. The students will walk with their class down Locust Street and turn onto Caroline Street, to Catherine Street, to St. Paul Street, and up St. Paul to Fr. Justin’s driveway. Each grade will have a themed Trunk or Treat car in the upper parking lot with treats for each child. Students will be provided a free Trick or Treat bag courtesy of Vermont Federal Credit Union.
All parents/guardians are welcome to join their child(ren) walking the parade route or they can head over to their class’ Trunk or Treat vehicle. Parents/Guardians choosing to walk with their child(ren)'s class should park at Callahan Park/off campus. The upper parking lot is off limits to all cars except the class Trunk or Treat vehicles.
Costume reminder: Costumes will be worn for the parade and then students have a Halloween dress down day. If they choose not to do a Halloween/fall themed dress down day they should wear their regular CKS uniform. Costumes should be appropriate for a school setting, not include weapons, glorify the devil/demons, or be overly scary/violent.
We look forward to seeing everyone in their best costumes and to have fun as a school community!
With over 250 tickets sold in the Super Raffle so far, Fr. Justin drew the family winner from those that have sold 6 tickets so far this afternoon. Congratulations to the Therriens! You won $500 off tuition!
SUPER RAFFLE TURN TICKETS IN - DRAWING NOVEMBER 4TH
This is a GREAT way to support CKS in a BIG way. Online sales count too. Use the QR code on the tickets.
Be on the lookout for news on some fun and exciting incentives to get out and sell some tickets! Have you sold your 6 and want to sell more? Reach out and we can get you more.
BRING WATER BOTTLES TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY
WE NEED DONATIONS OR LOANS OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
8TH GRADE TRIP TO LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES
GIRL SCOUT GIVES CKS LIBRARY AN UPDATE
Gwen Peery embarked on a mission to completely transform the CKS library this past summer as a meaningful project for her involvement with the Girl Scouts. Her dedication and hard work resulted in her earning The Girl Scout Gold Award while also bringing about a remarkable rejuvenation of the library space at CKS. You can find additional information here for further details on this inspiring project.
SCIENCE WITH 5TH GRADE AND KINDERGARTEN BUDDIES
Big Buddy science! Today our Kindergarten and 5th grade buddies got together to learn about chemical reactions with some Halloween themed science fun. Students experimented with different amounts of vinegar and baking soda to see how big they could blow up their balloons. Thank you Mrs. Gillis, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Culupa, and Mrs. C for making this happen for our kids!
MOTHERS' FAITH LIGHT AND JOY JOURNEY GROUP
Are you a mom seeking a joyful, welcoming, and light-hearted space to connect with others while deepening your spiritual journey towards God?
Experience a stimulating blend of spirituality and connection in our warm and welcoming online group. We meet just once a month, making it easy to fit into your busy schedule. We are a dozen mothers from local Catholic schools, mainly from CKS. We meet and read, share and discuss how episodes of the life of Jesus continue to resonate in our busy modern lives, allowing us to meet God’s Love. Guided by the wise and loving Sister Paul Mary, a wonderful muffin making Franciscan sister working at the UVM Catholic center -who sometimes fills in as our mother: We pray. We laugh. We cry. We talk. We bond. Wherever you are on your Faith journey, no comment or question is too silly for us to explore.
We also get our families together for a potluck (in person) every 6 weeks during the school year to share our enthusiasm with our other family members -and make the winter warmer. Occasionally we meet for coffee or drinks. Most of us are from out-of-state and have discovered here a family away from home. We would love to expand our family and welcome you if you feel called to join.
Contact Victoria Jones (mother of Johanna 6th grade, Lily 3rd grade and Ella-Maria Kindergarten) at email@example.com or 802-793-4361 for more information
When We Meet: Online, one evening a month (usually half of us), usually at 8pm.
Why Join Us?
Strengthen your faith and sense of purpose.
Forge lasting friendships with fellow moms.
Nurture your spiritual journey in a welcoming space.
Share your intentions through the power of prayer.
CKS CHESS CLUB
This October we will start a chess club, a popular activity from last year. We will meet on Wednesdays from 2.45 until about 3.45 /4.00 in the ART classroom. Chess club is open to grades 4th through 8th. The cost for ten weeks will be $50 charged through your FACTS account (no cash or checks please) and that includes weekly refreshments. To sign up please email Mr. Lutz directly (not the school) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The dates are:
First week is 10/25
and last week is 1/10
1ST GRADE FIELD TRIP TO AUDUBON CENTER
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 CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE
LOG YOUR FAMILY VOLUNTEER HOURS
Make sure you are submitting your volunteer hours for your family. Use RenWeb to log.
Example Opportunities to Earn Hours:
-- Classroom Helpers – Periodically, teachers may reach out to ask for help in their classrooms and this counts towards your hour’s requirement.
- 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
- Attend a PTO meetin
-Doing extra lunchroom duties
- 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
GUIDING STAR CYCLE SHOW GIRL'S WORKSHOP
Guiding Star Cycle Show that is coming to St. John Vianney on November 4th. The Guiding Star Cycle Show - learning about my body's secret language is a 5-hour workshop created for young women 9-12 years old.
Cost is $50 per student (or amount determined by your host organization) and includes the Parent Presentation usually presented the evening before or by Webinar.
To register more than one girl : please see the link in your confirmation email, or email email@example.com for assistance.
Check out the Cycle Show Frequently Asked Questions to see if the Cycle Show will be a great fit for your daughter. www.guidingstarproject.com/cycle-show-faq/
For more information, see www.guidingstarproject.com/cycle-show
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)
FROM THE COMMUNITY
SOUTH BURLINGTON LIBRARY EVENTS
Deadline for submissions to The Cardinal's Nest: Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to Jon Hughes
"May grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
(1 Peter 1:3)