School Newsletter


Cardinal Newsletter: January 17, 2020

Principal’s Corner


I am pleased to announce the registration process for the 2020-2021 school year.  Re-registration will be on February 4 from noon to 6 PM in Fr. Jason’s/Mrs. Smith’s classroom (located 2nd floor next door to the computer lab).  Due at the time of registration are: $150 student fee, $150 registration fee, and the balance left for Scrip (if there is one). Registration packets were sent home earlier this week.   Tuition for K-8 and returning PS/PK families is 2020-2021 $5615.00.  

Christ is in charge of our school and we are simply His instruments.  The faith dimension of our school is at the forefront and academic excellence is in a strong second place.  Our families are what make Divine Redeemer Catholic School the best school choice in Colorado Springs. Each family is integral to who we are.  We hope to see each of our treasured families at re-registration.


 Catholic Schools’ Week: January 27-31

National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now entering its 46th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January.  Here is what is planned to celebrate our amazing school:


Sunday, January 26

Celebrate our Parish

All school families are encouraged to attend the 11AM parish Mass to kick off Catholic Schools’ Week

Monday, January 27

Celebrate our Nation

·         Heritage day:  Wear something that reflects your heritage or nation

·         Students will display posters around the school explaining why they love their Catholic school

Tuesday, January 28

Celebrate our Students

·         Career day: Wear something that you want to be in the future

·         Geography Bee 8:45 in the gym

·         Older student read aloud to younger

·         No HW night

Wednesday, January 29

Celebrate our Vocations

·         Cardinal Pride Day: Wear spirit dress

·         Eucharistic Adoration 8:30-9AM

·         “We Love Our Priests Day”-adopted priests meet their classes and tour the school

Thursday, January 30

Celebrate our Community

·         Pajama Day: Wear your PJs to school

·         Eye Opener Breakfast: in the Community Center 6:30-7:40 AM

Friday, January 31

Celebrate our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers

·         All Schools’ Mass 10AM at St. Dominic Church

·         Wear Mass uniforms

“New” News

Learning the  Faith: 4th Grade

4th Graders are studying the Ten Commandments.  During Advent, students stated how they were able to specifically live out the Ten Commandments during the Advent season.  Each student identified ways they planned to live out each Commandment. The students have been going above and beyond, completing random acts of kindness, to help out more at home, complimenting others (both aloud and written), etc. (by paying more attention to live the way God has called us to live).  4th Graders will continue to study the Ten Commandments and apply them to their lives during the New Year. 

 The study of the Ten Commandments is one of the benchmarks of the Scripture standard in the 4th Grade Religion Curriculum, Through Moses we receive the “Decalogue,” literally, “ten words. (CCC 2056)   More commonly known as the Ten Commandments, together with the Covenant of Abraham, they teach us how to live a moral life for our hope in the Kingdom of God. (CCC 2062-2063)  The Ten Commandments are the, “…path of life…” (CCC 2057) They are, “…the gift of God himself and his holy will. In making his will known, God reveals himself to his people.” (CCC 2059)

  This is what 4th Graders have to say about what they have learned:

Kenley: “We had to write down what we would do for 2020 and how the resolution fit the Ten Commandments.  I learned that you do not need to do things just for your family but for others, too. Such as being kind and respectful.”

Briley: “I learned about the Ten Commandments and how they respect God.  When you do not follow the commandments you break your wish to help God.

Lucas: “The Ten Commandments are the most important rules to follow to have a relationship with God and others.  You should follow the Ten Commandments always. Breaking your relationship with God is not easy to fix.


Catholic Families Night at Denver Nuggets

See the flyer attached to the newsletter to find out about Catholic Families night at the Nuggets.


First Communion Parent Meeting

The First Communion parent meeting will be January 23rd at 2pm or 6pm in the All Saints Center, the parish office building. Parents only need to attend one time. Please enter through the south door, off of the parking lot.


Scholarship Opportunity for Current 7th Graders

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities. Deadline to apply is March 23, 2020.

For more information, visit

St. Mary’s Catholic School Appreciation Event

  • Tuesday, February 11th
  • Boys HS Basketball games starting at 4PM (last game starts at 7PM)
  • Pirates versus the La Junta Tigers
  • Students get in free and the school with the best attendance will be recognized
  • Promotions throughout the evening


St. Peter’s Catholic School sponsored Skate Party

After the All Schools’ Mass, join Catholic school students from all of the schools for skating and friendship.


Friday, January 31st 1-3 PM at the Austin Bluffs location.  Admission $5, Skate rental $3 

“Old News”

Annual Eye Opener Breakfast

Diocesan Middle School Rally

February 15-16, Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs-see attachment

Kids Heart Challenge: K-5 Students/Parents

Please consider joining in our fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  This will run until 2/26/2020. Go to (on your phone or computer) and search for our school then click “Sign Up.” Email or talk to Mrs. Beam (PE) with any questions-  [email protected]


Mr. Soderlund is sponsoring a programming  Stem Club. This interactive program will teach STEM fundamentals and help students learn programming through engaging and exciting hands on robotics activities.  The Spring club is open to 3rd and 4th graders and those 5th and 6th graders who participated in the Fall club.  Stem Club will meet Mondays from 3-4PM in Mrs. Smith’s/Fr. Jason’s classroom (2nd floor) starting on January 27.  The end date of the club is around mid May (TBD) when members will participate in a Junior Bot Ball Challenge.  If your 3rd or 4th grader is interested, please email Mrs. Smith at [email protected]



3rd Annual Many Gifts, One Nation- A day of Giving to Catholic Schools

National Catholic Education Association provides this unique opportunity each year to give back to  schools that formed you, educated you, and helped you to encounter Christ. For information on the Divine Redeemer site, visit


The First Tee of Pikes Peak

First Tee golf classes available for ages 5 and up. See the attachment for more details.




Dennis Uniforms

Need some uniform replacements?  See the Dennis flyer attachment.


Mission Conference

This year celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Divine Redeemer. The Parish Mission kicks off this celebration on January 25-29, 2020. Each evening, at 6:30pm, Fr. William Casey, CFM, will give a mission conference followed by Adoration. Confessions will be available also. Among the topics he will present during the Mission are the reality of person sin and the need for sincere conversion and repentance, the biblical and historical foundations of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the power of prayer, the Ten Commandments and the theology of Christ love and morality and the foundations of the Catholic Church.

Fr. Casey is a native of Philadelphia PA and graduate of Temple University. He entered the Congregation of the Father of Mercy (CFM) in 1986. He works extensively with St. Joseph Communications and appears on Eternal Word Television Network EWTN).  See the flyer attached to today’s newsletter for information.


First Friday Adoration sign up



Summer Camp at Annunciation Heights


REGISTER NOW for Summer Camp at Annunciation Heights!

In a few short months, the youth of the archdiocese will be heading into the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a week of adventure and friendship in a dynamic faith-filled environment. With our summer camp schedule beginning in June, we will host six one-week sessions. Sessions are offered for boys and girls from grades 4 through 12.  See the website for more session details. Programming will include rock climbing, high ropes, hiking, small group formation, Mass outdoors, and so much more. For more information about dates, pricing, and to register, visit: Sign up today!


Space is limited, which is why we encourage signing up today!


Growing up Girl to Woman-presented by a former DR parent

Not sure how to sit down with your daughter and have “the talk”? Mother and daughters are invited to attend this class together in an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss the important topic of growing up and becoming a woman.  See details in the attached flyer.

Science Matters Pop, Bang, Fizz!

See the flyer attached to today’s newsletter to read about the next Science Matters Club dates and topics.

Craftsman STEM CAMPS

Applications open January 1, 2020 for this FREE 5 day, day camp. Camp dates are determined by age. See the flyer attached to today’s newsletter or visit


Need assistance with tuition or associated costs of a Catholic school education? UES is a non-profit organization that does fund-raising for Catholic School scholarships by volunteering in concession stands. There are several venues in the Denver area as well as opportunities here in Colorado Springs at the World Arena and the AF Academy. With the expansion of local venues, we are in need of more volunteers.  The concessionaire makes a donation to UES based on sales at the event and UES awards scholarships to the family. For details refer to the web site or the Edwards family at 719-306-6999.

Save the Dates!



  • Upcoming PTCO Restaurant Fundraisers:


February 19 On the Border 5832 Barnes Rd.

March 18 BJ’s Brewhouse 5150 N. Nevada Ave.

April 15 Chipotle 5102 N. Nevada Ave.



  • Divine Redeemer Skate Nights at Skate City


 April 8th from 5-7 p.m. at the Constitution and Academy location. A parent must accompany each child. NO drop offs.



  • Next PTCO Meeting


February 6 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria



¿Hablan principalmente español? Si tiene preguntas sobre la escuela, el programa SCRIP o el programa TADS, habrá un voluntario que habla Español en la oficina los lunes y miércoles por la mañana de 7:45 a 11:45. Se le anima a llamar a la oficina a 719-471-7771 o no dude en pasar por aquí.



Do you mainly speak Spanish? If you have questions about the school, SCRIP program, or the TADS program, there will be a Spanish-speaking volunteer in the front office on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 11:45. You are encouraged to call the office at 719-471-7771 or feel free to stop by.



Friday, January 17

3rd Friday: Free appropriate dress for Gala passes and free dress passes

Popcorn Friday!

25 cents per bag after school

Monday, January 20


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 21

Gr. 5 and 6 Basketball at DR

5:30 girls

6:30 boys

Thursday, January 23

School Mass 8AM

Gr. 5 and 6 basketball

Boys at CSCS 7:30

Girls at DR 5:30



NJHS induction ceremony following Mass

Friday, January 24

Fourth Friday: Spirit Dress for everyone!


Tuesday, January 28

Gr.  5 and 6 girls basketball at St. Paul 5:30


Thursday, January 30

Eye Opener Breakfast and Pajama Day 

6:30AM-7:40 in the Community Center

No School Mass today

Friday, January 31

All Schools’ Mass

Wear Mass uniform

Gr. 5 and 6 boys basketball at DR 5:30

St. Dominic Church 10AM

12:15 dismissal today