April 1, 2021- Crusader Chronicle
April 1, 2021
Dear Crusader Families,
I want to take this moment to celebrate our 8th grade class. We are delighted, yet not surprised, that each student who applied was accepted into the Catholic and/or private high school of his/her choice. In addition, 8th Grade student Matthew Pham received the prestigious
Lions Pride Award
from St. John XXIII College Preparatory. This scholarship is bestowed upon students who score in the top percentage on the high school entrance exam. We congratulate Matthew, the 8th grade class, and each teacher and staff member who has been an integral part of our 8th graders' formation over the years.
Let me thank everyone for your attention to our safety concern regarding carline mentioned in last week's Chronicle. We have loved waving back to your children as they wave to us from
the safety of their cars!
We at CtRCS want to wish everyone a very holy Easter Triduum and a joyous Easter Sunday. Remember that there is no school on Easter Monday. We will see you all back to school on Tuesday, April 6th.
In Christ and His Strength,
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IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND UPDATES.
Christ the Redeemer Catholic School continues to work on its National Stem Certification Program. Eight teachers, along with campus administration, are actively engaging in professional development and training to add a nationally recognized certificate to their teaching credentials.
Mrs. Ashley Wetwiski is the second of our teachers to complete this extensive program.
Congratulations to Mrs. Wetwiski!
Way to go!
CtRCS 2021-22 Calendar
(Below please find the 2021-22 Academic Calendar for CtRCS. We hope that this assists you and your family in planning for the upcoming year. Please note that dates are subject to change
Changes will be communicated through the
and in the Chronicle as soon as we learn of them
CtRCS 2021-22 Calendar Downloadable PDF
April 1: Noon Dismissal-Holy Thursday
No After Care.
April 2-5: No School: Easter Break
April 6: 2:15 pm Dismissal
After Care available
April 12: CtRCS Learn From Home Day
April 19-30: IOWA Testing
2020-21 SCHOOL CALENDAR
SACRAMENT PREPARATION REGISTRATION MEETINGS
Information and Registration Meetings for sacrament preparation for the 2021-2022 school year will be held on April 20, April 22, May 18, and May 20 at 7 pm. Additional information about the location and format of these meetings (i.e., in-person or virtual) is forthcoming.
In order to register for sacrament preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, children must be baptized Catholic, at least 7 by the beginning of the school year, enrolled in at least 2nd grade for the 2021-2022 school year, and enrolled in religious education OR Catholic school for both this school year and next school year.
Attendance at one of the Information and Registration Meetings is required for enrollment as is a copy of your child's baptismal certificate and a $50.00 materials fee.
Any questions can be directed to Michelle Christopher, Sacrament Coordinator at
Energize your child’s creativity with the all-new Camp Invention® program, Recharge! Christ the Redeemer will host this K-6 program from July 19, 2021 to July 23, 2021. Register using SUM40 by 3/31 at
to save $40!
This year, Camp Invention is being offered in person and at home so your child can experience the fun of Camp Invention no matter where they are! Not sure if you’ll want an in-person or at-home experience this summer? No worries — with the new Peace of Mind Promise, you can sign up today and switch up to six weeks before camp.
to learn all about this year.
*NOTE: If you were registered last year and chose to Save Your Spot for this year instead of attending, you should have received an email explaining how to finish registering for this summer.
CAMP INVENTION REGISTRATION
Don't miss your opportunity to pre-order your Spring Festival T-Shirts. Festival shirts can be worn on CtRCS Spirit Days. To order you shirt and join the Festival GiveSmart site, text
or simply visit the Spring Festival Webpage
Playground Plants Needed
We will be doing some playground freeze maintenance on Saturday, April 10 on our shared playground spaces. Some of our bushes and plants have struggled to live through our winter freeze. If you would like to donate any of the plants designated below for the playground, please deliver them by Friday, April 9 through CtRCS carline. These plants have been specifically chosen by our playground designer because they are non-toxic if ingested.
If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please use the following link and enter "Genesis" in the notes sections.
Most Needed Plants (3 Gallon)
Esperanza (Yellow Bells)
Other Plants (1 Gallon)
Pink Buttons Ground Cover
Sedum Ground Cover
Fireworks Fountain Grass
Blue Eyed Grass
Low Menodora Shrub
Tuscan Sun Perennial Sunflower
Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy
Gayflowers - Liatris
Thank you for your support!
This summer, Christ the Redeemer Youth Ministry is taking a group to Camp Wild Sky, a Catholic summer camp located in the Texas Hill Country. We are in immediate need of a male chaperone to join us in order for our male campers to be able to go. If you are available to chaperone (criteria: 21 years of age, Catholic, Virtus or CMG-Connect trained, or can do training), please contact Angela Sengenberger at
The chaperone fee is partially covered by donation, and the week of camp is August 2-7, 2021. There are female campers spots available for those interested in grades 6-8!
For more information regarding standardized testing and test taking tips click
CARE FACULTY MEETING SNACKS
Help support our teachers and treat them to a great snack during their April staff meeting. Please use the link
to make donations through the Amazon Wish List. Please remember to select the address for Katy Haynes when shipping. As always, we thank you for your continued support! Please reach out if you have any questions (
Your CARE team
Middle School Athletics
Track and Field:
Track and Field Athletes have literally hit the ground running.
Save the dates:
St. Agnes Athletic Complex
CtRCS Lil' Crusaders Youth Sports
Our Youth Sports are back in action! Youth TBall, Baseball, and Softball schedules are out and are posted on the
Good luck to all our Lil' Crusaders! Swing for the fences!
At the game? Take some action shots and send them directly to
Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Amorosa:
This month, 1st-8th grade students will take the Iowa Test. This a standardized test administered to all students attending Catholic schools. Some students view tests as a chance to shine, some experience extreme anxiety, and others are somewhere in between. Teachers and administrators will do everything possible to make these testing days as “pressure free” as possible but there are some things that parents can do to help students feel and perform their best on the Iowa test. Some ideas include:
Encourage a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast (with protein). Avoid a breakfast with a lot of sugar as it can cause a “sugar rush” and then extreme fatigue to follow.
Give positive affirmation (e.g. positive words, notes on snacks or lunches, bathroom mirrors, etc.)
Talk about the test and your child’s feelings openly and honestly to lead into discussions of ways to handle test anxiety in a healthy way.
Ensure your child is prepared – arriving to school early, being organized, etc.
My Counseling lesson this month will include strategies to relieve stress before and during the test. Ignoring test anxiety is not helpful. It is essential for students to be aware that stress affects everyone, just in different ways, and the key to dealing with it is developing tools and strategies to reduce stress.
As students learn to implement strategies to overcome test-taking anxiety, they grow and become more confident from one test to the next. After a while, tests may not seem so stressful after all, and the tests can become a game or a challenge instead of a worry. Students can then see every test as a chance to succeed, rather than a chance to fail.
APRIL LUNCH ORDERS
The March 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.
April Lunch Menu
VIRTUAL CRUSADER CLASSROOM ENRICHMENT WEBSITE
Parents, please use the
and password shown below to access your VCC Enrichment Classes.
CtR Holy Week Mass Schedule
April 1 at 7 PM
April 2 at 3 PM
EASTER LITURGY SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 3 at 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 4:
7 AM Overflow available in the Parish Hall with livestream viewing & distribution of holy communion.
9 AM Overflow available in the Parish Hall with livestream viewing & distribution of holy communion.
11 AM Overflow available in the Parish Hall with livestream viewing & distribution of holy communion.
1 PM Bilingual
Faith at Home
on Thursday, April 1 at 1:29PM