School Newsletter

Challenging Students Through Faith, Academics and Service

The Divine Redeemer Catholic Community

unites in word and example to challenge students

through faith, academics, and service

to live the values of the Roman Catholic Church in a changing world.


Dates to Remember:

March 15- Mass/ Sponsor-4th Grade, Choir-5th Grade, 8:00 A.M., Mass Uniform.

March 16- 8th Grade Field Trip to the St. Francis Cabrini Shrine and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, All Day.

March 19- Mass/Sponsor-6th Grade, Choir-Kinder, Solemnity of St. Joseph, 8:00 A.M., Mass Uniform.

March 20-NJHS Theme Day Dress for $1.00-The 80’S!!

March 20- Confessions 2nd-5th Grades, A.M.

March 21- Confessions 6th-8th Grades, A.M.

March 22-No School Mass 

March 27- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Field Trip to St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Chrism Mass, 11:20-2: P.M.

March 28- Mass/Sponsor-3rd Grade, Choir-5th, 8:00 A.M., Spy Wednesday, Mass Uniform.

March 29-Holy Thursday, 1/2 day 11:45 Dismissal.

March 30-April 8-Spring Break 

March 30- Good Friday

April 1- Easter Sunday

April 9-School Resumes

April 11- 7th Grade Visit Day to St. Mary’s, all day.

April 12- Mass/Sponsor-2nd Grade, Choir- 4th Grade, 8 A.M., Mass Uniform.

April 13- Rosary/Sponsor-1st Grade, 2:30 P.M., Rosary Garden.

April 19-Mass/Sponsor-5th Grade, Choir-3rd Grade, 8A.M., Mass Uniform.

April 26-Mass/Sponsor-1st Grade, Choir-7th Grade, 8 A.M., Mass Uniform.

May 2-4- 8th Grade Trip to Estes Park.

May 3- Mass/Sponsor-6th Grade, Choir-5th Grade, 8 A.M., Mass Uniform.

May 4-Rosary/Sponsor- Kindergarten, 2:30 P.M., Rosary Garden

May 9-Talent Show/Arts Night- Doors will open at 5:30 for Art viewing, Talent Show will start at 6 P.M.

May 10- Mass/Sponsor-8th Grade, Choir-Kindergarten, 8 A.M., Mass Uniform.

May 17- Mass/Sponsor-7th Grade, Choir-1st Grade, Light of Leadership/May Crowning, Mass, 8 A.M., Mass Uniform.

May 17- 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass, 6 P.M., St. Mary’s Cathedral.

May 18- 8th Grade last day- Volleyball Game/Running Through the Halls, 2:00 P.M.

May 23- 8th Grade Graduation Mass at 6 P.M., Divine Redeemer Church.

May 24- Mass/Sponsor- Kindergarten, Choir-2nd Grade, Kindergarten Graduation Mass, 8 A.M., Divine Redeemer Church.

May 24-Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 11:45.


Principal’s Corner-Kari Smith




A question posed in a recent 8th-grade religion class:

If you had to spend the rest of your life on a desert island and could take only 5 people with you, whom would you take?


  1. Mom, because she makes me feel better
  2. Dad, because he lightens the mood
  3. Bear Grylls to help us survive
  4. A doctor to keep us healthy
  5. Fr. Brian so that we could have Eucharist


This is a great Lenten discussion question to have with your family!  Try it out at dinner or on the drive to school.


Skate City Party:

Join us for a night of skating and fun during spring break!  Divine Redeemer will be hosting a skate night at the Academy and Constitution Skate City from 5-7 on Wednesday, April 4th. Divine Redeemer will receive a portion of the proceeds once we hit 50 skaters in attendance! 


Financial Assistance:

Beginning on Monday, February 5th the window for Tuition Assistance through TADS should be open for our families. All applications MUST be filled out and completed by the middle of April. To apply for Returning God’s Gifts you will want to go on to and follow the information for scholarships. If you have any questions please feel free to call us.


Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit:


The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church notes:


  1. In order to protect [the] relationship between family and work, an element that must be appreciated and safeguarded is that of a family wage, a wage sufficient to maintain a family and allow it to live decently. Such a wage must also allow for savings that will permit the acquisition of property as a guarantee of freedom. The right to property is closely connected with the existence of families, which protect themselves from need thanks also to savings and to the building up of family property. There can be several different ways to make a family wage a concrete reality. Various forms of important social provisions help to bring it about, for example, family subsidies and other contributions for dependent family members, and also remuneration for the domestic work done in the home by one of the parents.


Millions of working poor families find it increasingly difficult to meet their daily needs and achieve financial security. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two of the “important social provisions” to which the Compendium refers that help struggling families escape poverty. These powerful antipoverty initiatives deliver income support to millions of workers in low wage jobs. Claiming these tax credits can aid in securing better housing, pursuing quality education, obtaining dependable transportation, covering out-of-pocket health care costs, or paying for quality childcare. In fact, the latest census poverty statistics indicate that refundable tax credits lifted 8.1 million people out of poverty in 2016, making them most potent tool the government has for fighting child poverty. Congress recently made permanent several critical provisions of these two programs, which ensured that millions of families and their communities will continue to receive this benefit.  For more information, follow the link below:


St. Mary’s STEM Camp

St. Mary's High School is looking forward to hosting our 4th Annual Middle School STEM Camp this summer.  This camp is for any rising 6th grader (current 5th grader) to rising 9th grader (current 8th grader) and will be run from Tuesday, 19 Jun - Friday, 22 Jun, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. 


The purpose of this camp is to have fun and inspire students to further consider STEM education. This year's camp will have some new activities.  We will continue our partnership with the Challenger Learning Center, but this year we will be offering a day of building and launching rockets and each student will get to keep their rocket, too.  Also, students will participate in a disaster response exercise, Operation Montserrat (fictitious name).  We will keep the Cave of the Winds activity, and pair that with a new activity that combines encryption with geocaching.  Our last day will include a variety of activity stations in the gym; these stations have been sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Cool Science, and the Civil Air Patrol.  Cool Science will also provide an hour-long demonstration.


This year's camp will cost $189 for the four days.  It includes all transportation, admissions, lunches, a T-shirt, a rocket and a completion certificate. 


The registration link is:


Sports News

Spring Co-ed volleyball is right around the corner. Our spring volleyball will begin the week after spring break for grades 1st-8th.  If you are interested in having your athlete participate, please contact Mrs. Faber at


2018 Wrestling Schedule


(all nights begin at 5:30 except for the tournament on March 22nd, that night we will begin at 5 p.m.)


March 9th --- at St. Paul’s ( 1601 Mesa Ave.)

March 13th --- at D.R.

March 16th --- at D.R.

March 22nd ---Tournament  at CSCS  (4845 Mallow Rd.)   5 p.m. start


Volunteer News:

Volunteer log sheets are now available in our Digital Lockers.  I also have hard copies on the desk outside the front office.  You have a choice of filling out and e-mailing me or just sending in a hard copy with your student. 



Remember to order your yearbook!  The price is $22.00.


2018 Lenten Retreat – 7 WORDS:

The Seven Last Words of Christ refer, not to individual words, but to the final seven phrases that Our Lord uttered as he hung on the Cross. These phrases were not recorded in a single Gospel but are taken from the combined accounts of the four Gospels. As we enter into Holy Week, come together, praying and reflecting on these Scriptures, for our journey into Holy Week. Join others from the parish and around the Diocese for this retreat on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 9am and concluding with Adoration & Reconciliation, followed by vigil Mass at 5pm. Cost is $20, which includes snacks and lunch. To register, drop off your registration at the parish office or register online at For more information, please contact Kathy Bull at 719-234-0342 or


Adult Confirmation

Are you a Catholic adult who has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation? Are you seeking to complete your initiation into the Church? It is never too late to receive the grace of this important Sacrament. Through journeying and participating in the preparation process, your spiritual growth and relationship with God will be strengthened. For more information, please contact Kathy Bull. Classes begin March 15th.


UES: Tuition Assistance Opportunity

Universal Education Supporters (UES) has a tremendous opportunity for Catholic schools (Pre-K through college) and Catholic churches on December 31st.  UES will be staffing Sports Authority Field, Pepsi Center, and Red Rocks.  We are looking for volunteers this date to help our fund-raising efforts for Catholic education.  For more information call:


Andra Cirbo (303) 573-7UEs or email her

We have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone, and tablet with Internet access. With FORMED you will find programs that explain the Catholic faith and help you implement it in your life!  Registration is free for Divine Redeemer parishioners and school families thanks to a gift to our Diocese.


Sign up is easy and fast!  Visit Formed, type in our registration code and continue to register.


If you have any questions, contact Parish Office at 719-633-5559.

Need more information?


Fr. Brian Roeseler, Pastor,


Mrs. Kari Smith, Principal,


Mrs. Janet Damerell, Administrative Assistant,


Mrs. Carole Heindel, Business Manager,


Mrs. Trish Faber, Volunteer Coordinator/Athletic Director,


Mrs. Torrence and Mrs. Zavorka, SCRIP,


Mrs. Hansen, Lunchroom,


PTCO Board,


"I came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly." --John 10:10