February 18, 2021- Crusader Chronicle
February 18, 2021
Dear CtRCS Families,
We pray that all families, especially those dealing with a lack of power and water and damages to homes, are managing the best they can. Please know that we lift you up in prayer during this difficult time.
While classes will resume on campus Monday, I ask that you
please reach out to me if there is something impeding your children's secure return to school
. For example, if you need uniforms or lunch provided, or are dealing with damages to your home, please do not hesitate to let me know. We will work with each family in need and excuse any absences attributed to this extreme weather event.
Regarding the condition of our school, the main building is in good condition and ready to receive students on Monday. Unfortunately the RAC did suffer some minor flooding due to a break in our fire protection line. It ran long enough to spread water throughout a good portion of the RAC to about 1/4 of an inch. We are working with both Service Master (our contracted disaster cleanup company) as well as Catholic Mutual (our insurance company) to ensure a quick and complete clean up. The RAC has already been cleared of most of the water and fans are currently being used to continue the drying process. .
The good news is that the building's floors are concrete and the gymnasium floor is a poured composite material. It is the opinion of the contractor that we can still use the building once it dries out and we get the go-head from the insurance company. However, we will continue to have the experts assess the status of the building and help us make prudent decisions upon further assessment. We are making alternate plans for this coming week for both PE and fine arts, but as of now we expect to return safely to the RAC within a week or two. I will keep you posted on the status of the RAC clean-up and our return to it.
Finally, I received word this morning that days missed this week will be forgiven by the Texas Education Agency and therefore we will not need to make them up.
Once again, our prayers go out to all in our community:
Father, Your word is trustworthy and worthy of all praise. Your word is true and Your promises are faithful. When difficulties strike fear in my heart, I know I can come to You for help. I entrust my life to you. I need not be afraid for there is nothing any mere human can do to me. When troubles come, please remind me to always trust You. When difficulties arise, teach me to continually depend on You. When the challenges ahead seem overwhelming, carry me through by Your grace. Amen.
In Christ and His Strength,
PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THROUGH OUR ENTIRE NEWSLETTER
(You may have to click "view entire message" after scrolling to the bottom of your email).
THIS WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE RECEIVING
IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPDATES.
Feb. 19: Financial Assistance Applications Due
See additional details below
Feb. 22-23: Steps for Students Race Days:
Details will follow next week
Feb. 22 & 24: Middle School Soccer Tryouts: RESCHEDULED DATES
See important details below.
Feb. 26: February Monthly Virtual Assembly
Celebrating January and February Birthdays
2020-21 SCHOOL CALENDAR
TUITION ASSISTANCE INFORMATION FOR 2021-22
All families within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (AGH) are welcome to apply for tuition assistance each year. Tuition assistance awards do not carry forward from year to year, so you must re-apply for financial aid each year. Applications must be submitted through the
FACTS Grant & Aid system
so that all applicants can be evaluated independently and consistently based on financial need. The first application deadline for the 2021-22 school year is tomorrow Friday,
. Only complete applications with all supporting documentation will be considered.
You can access complete information about tuition assistance through the school website
At the bottom of our page (
) you will find direct links to the AGH website where you can begin your application.
If you have any questions about tuition assistance, please contact our school business manager, Kathy Schwarzbach, at
REPORT CARD CORRECTIONS - ATTENDANCE
We are currently in the process of correcting report cards that had errors in attendance. These errors stemmed from students being marked absent, when they were in VCC due to quarantine. These families will receive updated report cards, via email, early next week.
2020-21 YEARBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT
We are excited to share some good news about a change to our yearbook pricing.
For this school year only, every student will receive a yearbook at no additional cost.
Typically the yearbook is sold for $35; however, the cost for this year’s book will be covered by the $100 student activity fee which was paid at the beginning of the school year.
The activity fee is designated to cover class parties, holiday celebrations, special events such as Catholic Schools Week, the school theme shirt, and, notably, class field trips. Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to plan for traditional field trips this spring so we will have cost savings on our virtual field trips. As an alternative use of these funds, we are happy to provide the 2020-21 yearbook filled with beautiful pictures and memories of this unique year. We are Crusader Strong!
Please note that the cost to place a dedication for your child will remain the same:
$30 for a ¼ page message
$20 for a ⅛ page message
If you have any questions about the cost of the yearbook, please contact our business office at
. For questions about the yearbook itself, contact
Dedication Order Form
*Important note regarding our Steps for Students CtRCS Race:
Our race days have been postponed. We will send out information next week with our new dates and race plans.
Please contact Katie Griep, Director of Advancement with any questions.
Lil' Crusader Youth Sports Update!!
Batter Up Lil' Crusaders!
Registration for Spring T-Ball, Softball, and Baseball is now open and will remain open until
Friday, Feb. 26th.
WE NEED YOU LIL' CRUSADERS!!
Teams are being formed on a first-come, first-served basis. ALL teams, especially our Pre-K through 1st need players! Join today!
Lil' Crusaders Registration
Crusader Middle School Athletics
Middle School Spring Sports Season
Calling all 6-8th grade middle school girls and boys.
ALL Skills Levels Welcome!
Mandatory Soccer Tryouts!
Save the Dates!
Crusader Soccer tryouts are
Monday, Feb. 22 until 5:30 pm and
Wednesday, Feb. 24 until 5:30 pm.
All tryouts are closed to parents and spectators. Coach Leach will escort all student-athletes to the RAC immediately after the end of the afternoon carline. Students must have:
Athletic shoes/soccer cleats preferred
Shin-Guards and soccer socks - MUST HAVE
Refillable water bottle
Parent Zoom meeting with Coach Leach, Coach Martinez, and Coach Clint will be scheduled after rosters are finalized and the season schedule released. Details will be announced when available.
An athletic fee of $250 per player will be charged to FACTS accounts on March 1st. CSO PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EVALUATION FORM must be submitted before the first game of the season tentatively scheduled for March 23.
Check for updates, download forms, and more on the school athletics page at
. Contact Andrea Leach at
Let's support our school teams and get back to PLAY Crusaders!
FEBRUARY LUNCH ORDERS
The February Lunch Menu is available on our
or through the attachment below. To help Justus & Co. in their planning, please email a copy of your student's lunch order to
. Once the order is processed you will receive an invoice from Justus & Co. Catering via email with a link to pay via credit card.
*PLEASE REMEMBER that we cannot accept anything dropped off at the reception desk. If you choose to turn in a paper copy and a check, please do so through your child's Black Communication Folder.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
February Lunch Menu
Overdue Library Books
There are many outstanding library books at this time. Please return them ASAP. As we begin the second semester, all books from the fall semester which have not been returned are now overdue. Students who have overdue books cannot check a new book out from the library until their account is brought up to date. We do not charge fines for late books. If a book is lost then a lost book fee must be paid.
To avoid lost book fees, please search your home, cars, bookshelves & bedrooms for the missing books. Thank you for your understanding.
Lost_Damaged Library Book Policy.docx.pdf
VIRTUAL CRUSADER CLASSROOM ENRICHMENT WEBSITE
Parents, please use the
and password shown below to access your VCC Enrichment Classes.
Mothers of young children, a special time for reflection just for you!
Don't miss this unique chance to step away for a quiet, prayerful morning to prepare your heart for Lent. Receive the gift of merciful love from the Lord on this FREE self-guided mini-retreat designed especially for you!
And invite more moms to register by forwarding this invitation!
Please register by February 23 and you will receive your digital retreat guide on February 27.
Faith at Home
on Thursday, February 18 at 5:58PM