Christ Child Academy Newsletter

December 6, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Ruedinger

As we enter into the Advent season, please be mindful of your preparation for the coming of Jesus. This is an excellent time to reflect on where you are in your spiritual journey. How is your prayer life? If it is not where you would like it, what are you willing to do to re-establish a stronger relationship with Jesus?

The midpoint of Quarter 2 is today. Mid-Quarter 2 grades will be available to view on-line at Power School for grades 4 – 8 on the morning of Tuesday, December 11th.

The Catholic Schools’ Band Concert was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton last evening. The students’ hard work was evident in the beautiful Christmas music. Three CCA students preformed solos: Bryce McDonough (8) on alto saxophone, Bradyen Hammond (6) on alto saxophone, and Anna Minneci (5) on flute. Thank you to the students and Mrs. Paula Harder, band director, for an inspiring concert.

Christ Child Academy received a thank you letter from the VA Hospital in Madison for the Veterans Day cards the students created on Veterans Day. "On behalf of the William S. Middleton Memorial Va Hospital patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of Veterans Day cards. It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide our deserving Veterans. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you again for future events. Thank you for your continued support."

The CCA Chorus Christmas Concert will be December 12th at IC church at 6:00 pm. This is for students in grades K-8th grades. Students are to be in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. The church doors open at 4:30 pm.

No Carrier today.

Congratulations Totally Terrific Recipients

Totally Terrific Recipients for the week ending November 30.

Kindergarten – Hadley Helminiak 1st Grade – Rylan Hughes 2nd Grade – Matthew Kolar

3rd Grade – Alejandro Stauber 4th Grade – Sloane Helminiak 5th Grade – Sam Gullikson

Congratulations Middle School Students of the Month!

The Students of the Month for November 2018 have been chosen for each subject area. We are proud to announce that the following students met the established criteria:

Art – Fayeth St. Onge / Computer – Lukas Schulze / English – Fayeth St. Onge

Health – Katie Folz / Literature – Ryan Schroeder / Math – Sierra Ertman

Music – Mya Lloyd / Phy. Ed – Lauren Binversie / Religion – Bryce McDonough

Science – Macey Pflum / Social Studies – Ruby Jesion / Spanish – Julianne Keil

Guinness Book of World Records

On November 8th, CCA participated in the Guinness Book of World Record day in sport stacking. The kids had fun participating during lunch recess. Christ Child Academy students and teachers were part of 624,390 cup stackers that day, breaking the world record from 2016!! Awesome job!!

Please see the award below.

Fill-A-Tin Cookie Event

The Home & School Committee is once again hosting a Fill-a-Tin Cookie Event and we need your help! Now that the baking season is upon us, please consider donating some of your homemade goodies to be sold in tins after the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 9th at Immaculate Conception Parish. We are looking for any Christmas treats, including mini breads, cookies and candies. Please let us know what and how much you can bake up for this delicious fundraiser so that we can plan accordingly. Also, PLEASE label any items containing peanuts. All items should be brought to school in a disposable container and dropped off on the cart outside the office on Friday, December 7th or brought to the back of church before mass on Sunday.

We are also in need of a few people to help fill the tins.

Thank You and Happy Baking!

CCA Christmas Choral Concert

The Christmas Choral Concert will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, December 12th 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.

The preschool programs will be held Thursday, December 20th in Immaculate Conception Church with 3K at 8:30 am and 4K at 10:30 am.

Recordings and lyrics can be found at: Printouts of the lyrics have also been sent home with the students in grades K-3. Any practice kids do at home will only enhance our performance.

Sheboygan Progressive Care Center Gift Drive

Twice a year, during the Halloween and Christmas seasons, the CCA middle school visits Progressive Care Nursing Home to decorate pumpkins and sing Christmas carols with the residents. Many of our students build relationships with the residents they see each time, and the residents are glad for the company. This year, in order to make our visit especially meaningful, the Student Service Council will be running a drive for items to bring as gifts for the residents to entertain and enjoy. If you have any of the following that you would like to share, please drop them off on the table outside the school office for the middle school students to wrap and deliver: books, crosswords/word searches, coloring supplies, or games.

School Choice Update for 2019-2020

With the full support of the Christ Child Academy Governance Board and Finance Committee, the Tri-Parish Pastoral Council and all three parishes finance councils, Christ Child Academy is excited to announce that we intend to participate in the statewide Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) for the 2019-2020 school year. The WPCP allows students throughout the State of Wisconsin to attend private and religious schools tuition-free through a voucher provided by the state. Below is the full School Choice announcement. Brenda Binversie has been hired as our new School Choice Coordinator and will assist the application process.

School Mass & Field Trip Attire

Students are to wear their CCA polo shirts with the logo along with dress or Khaki pants or a skirt for the girls for all Mass days and on all field trips, unless otherwise denoted. Polo shirts are to be tucked in for both boys and girls for Mass. Any additional items such as sweaters or vests must have the CCA logo and be worn over the polo shirt. These additional items are available on the Land's End website. Yoga pants are not to be worn to Mass except under a skirt and in a solid color. Students volunteering at the St. Peter Claver Food Pantry are to wear Mass attire as this is considered an off-site field trip.

Salvation Army Belling Ringing

In anticipation of Catholic Schools Week at the end of January, we encourage the all the friends & families of Christ Child Academy to take part in service opportunities this holiday season. One way we can make a difference is by ringing bells for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. Please sign up to help with this worthy cause and have some fun together as a family.

The Salvation Army needs your help to ring in the Christmas season and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. All proceeds from the Red Kettle Campaign stay in the area to support vital programs such as our 45-bed homeless shelter, community food pantry, wellness clinic, youth groups, utility assistance and Christmas gift programs.

Dates: November 16 to December 24

VOLUNTEER to ring bells at any of the 14 locations throughout the Sheboygan area. Signing up is easy and shifts are just 2 hours, but you are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts.

1. Visit and enter your zip code

2. Select “Ringing with a Group

3. Select "Find Group"

4. Search for "Christ" and select "Christ Child Academy"
5. Now you can search for your desired bell ringing shift by setting a date range and selecting locations of interest.
6. Select your shifts and create an individual profile. Please note that your shift at the kettle will be associated with the Child Christ Academy even though you have created a personal profile.

CCA Calendar Raffle Incentives

Our next incentive is to sell 20+ Calendar Raffles by Monday, December 17th at 3:15 pm. Remember, this is cumulative. If your family meets this incentive, your family will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Scrip Gift Card. We will draw (4) winners.

As of 12/6/18 we have sold 782 Calendar Raffles. Keep up the great work on selling!!

Scrip Update

HoHoHo! Would you like earn a tuition credit while doing all your holiday shopping? Are you looking for the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Scrip has all the answers! We have many local retailers and restaurants in stock in the Scrip store, available on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:45-3:10 in the Conference Room next to Mrs. Lampe's office (in the old IC parish offices), and after all masses at all three parishes. Check out the complete list of available stores, restaurants, gas stations and more at

Don't miss new vendors DSW Show Warehouse, Precision Flooring in Plymouth, and Scheels.

Please note, the last day to order Scrip to receive it in time for Christmas is December 16. There will be Scrip Store sales December 18, 20, and 22-23.

Recycle Old Christmas Cards

As the time of year to send Christmas cards approaches, please consider “recycling” any cards you may have saved from last year. As an annual service project, the CCA Middle School students assemble holiday ornaments, made from old Christmas cards, and present them to the residents at Progressive Health Care Center. Because twenty cards are used in making each ornament, we are in need of old Christmas cards. Simply tear off the “picture part” of the cards (we do not use the “verse part” of the cards) and bring them to school. What a great way to “recycle,” as we bring holiday cheer to the residents at Progressive Health Care Center. Thank you!


The next Bingo is on Saturday, December 29thAll Grades are responsible for volunteering. Please take a look at the sign up ASAP and find a time slot to work. There are also opportunities to donate food, cash or gift cards. Many hands make for light work. Thank you for your support!

Always accepting gift cards for Wal-mart, Festival & Miesfeld’s to cover costs.


Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls ages 9 - 14 will be held on Sunday, January 6th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Registration begins on site at 1:00 pm and the shooting competition will begin at 1:30 pm. Pleas see the below flyer for more details.

CCA Calendar Raffles

One of our main fundraisers each year is the Annual Calendar Raffle. The money raised help to keep our tuition rates as low as possible. The Calendar Raffle is a pocket calendar that features special events throughout the year at Christ Child Academy as well as some advertising. We will draw $30 winners every day of the school year. On special holidays that are listed, the cash payout is $200! The cost per Calendar is just $20.00.

As in past years, each family will receive 20 calendars to sell. This is the minimum number that we would like each family to sell. Our goal is to sell 2500 calendars for a net profit of about $40,000!!

All calendars must be sold and turned in by January 2nd, 2019 (First day back after Christmas break). State law prohibits us from selling calendars past the first drawing. We encourage you to turn the tickets in as they are sold; please do not hold on to them as we want to make sure that none get lost or forgotten.

Make sure to take the raffles with you to family get-togethers. The calendars also make great birthday or Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

Selling Calendar Raffles After Mass

2018 Annual Fund Appeal

The 2018 Annual Fund Appeal for Christ Child Academy is in full swing. The mailings have gone out in November and we are already receiving many donation envelopes back. Our goal for this year is $75,000. Monies raised help enrich programs, technology, academics, arts, and help us to keep tuition reasonably affordable.

This year, we have added a new feature for your convenience. We have partnered with GoFundMe to accept online donations for our Annual Fund Appeal.

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 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.

Box Tops for Education

CCA can earn money from clipping Box Tops found on various products. When you buy items, simply clip the Box Top and bring it to CCA. The Box Tops are submitted, and our school receives a check which is used towards our activity fund. 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.

Kwik Trip Milk Moola

CCA will receive 5¢ (five cents) for each cap or milk bag top they redeem from Nature’s Touch® products. The program will only accept specially marked caps and bag tops that feature the Milk Moola symbol. Thank you to Paula Hilbert, who has been overseeing this program for many years!

Donations needed for our STEAM program

Throughout the school year, we will be in need of donations of the following items to support our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program at all levels. We will let you know when to begin dropping these off at school. Please start collecting these items.

1. Newspapers

2. Milk Jugs

3. 2 Liter pop bottles

4. Pringles cans

5. Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towels)

SCRIP Information

Welcome to a new school year! Start saving money on your tuition by purchasing Scrip. Our Scrip store is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:10 in the Conference Room of the former IC parish offices (next to Mrs. Lampe's office). The Scrip store is also available after weekend masses at all three of our parishes. Contact Brenda Binversie, with any questions.

School Store Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:45 – 3:10 pm

Purchase after Mass:

SPC – 4:30 pm Saturday, 8:00 & 10:00 am Sunday

IC – 4:00 pm Saturday & 10:30 am Sunday

SSCM – 9:00 am Sunday

2018-2019 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


4 - Santa Secret/Holiday Shoppe, Staskunas Activity Cener/Gym

5 - Catholic Schools’ Band Christmas Concert, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6:30 pm

6 - Mid-Quarter 2

7 - SPC Fish Fry – 8th Gr. Desserts

12 - CCA Choral Christmas Concert, Immaculate Conception Church, 6:00 pm

21 - Early Release at 1:00 pm (with busing)

24 - 29 - No School – Christmas Recess

29 - CCA Bingo, Staskunas Activity Center/Gym

Land's End

Land’s End is the provider for Mass day and field trip shirts at Christ Child Academy. Pants and skirts may be purchased anywhere, but must comply with the guidelines outlined in our school's dress code. Land's End also carries many other apparel items with the CCA logo. Checkout the spirit wear collection.

Online: Go to and create or sign in to your account. Include your student and school information in My Account (or find your School using the Preferred School Number Search: 900182692).

Start shopping with your personalized product checklist. Shop now via the direct link:

CCA Student Referral Program

The purpose of the Student Referral Program is to reward current Christ Child Academy families for increasing and sustaining enrollment at Christ Child Academy.

A referral award will be paid to a current Christ Child Academy family who successfully recruits and/or refers a new student to Christ Child Academy within the guidelines. Please go the the forms link for more information.

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