School Newsletter



November 19, 2021

  Principal’s Corner:  

Once again, the Season of Thanksgiving is upon us.   Families will pause from the hurry of their daily lives and spend a day enjoying the gift of friends and family and to offer our Heavenly Father a prayer of thanksgiving. 

As a Catholic school principal and as principal of Divine Redeemer, I am thankful for many things.  First, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in a role that helps bring children and families closer to God.   

Secondly, I am thankful for the presence of our community.  Time and time again, I receive compliments on the strength and warmth of our community.  We have so many parents and staff members who give of their time and talent all for the enhancement of our school and for our children. 

Next, I am thankful for our teachers and support staff members who continue to be Christ for their students on a daily basis.  It is an amazing feeling to see so many individuals going above and beyond in helping our students form not only intellectually, but spiritually, socially, and emotionally.  

Finally, I am thankful for the gift of our students.  To talk with them, to see their learning, to witness their evangelization to adults is powerful.  Their smiles, innocence, and unconditional love reinforce that peace and happiness can exist in a world of chaos and turmoil.   

Please be assured that you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving. Kari Smith, principal



  • November 28: Carols and Readings at 4:30; Glowsary at 5:30; Nativity blessing
  • December 8:  Christmas programs starting at 3:15 in the church
  • January 6 and 19: Parent University from 6-8PM in the church

 Glowsary + Blessing of Nativities

I hope you will join us as we begin Advent appropriately with prayer.  Our traditional Rosary with glow sticks is scheduled for the first day of Advent, Sunday, November 28th.  Families are encouraged to bring their favorite nativity to receive a blessing from Father Jason. The Glowsary will begin at 5:30 in the Rosary garden.  Come and sip on hot cocoa, eat cookies, and join in community with prayer.

Carols and Readings

Immediately before the Glowsary you are invited to join in Christmas carols and readings at 4:30 in the church. Come for both events (Carols & Readings AND Glowsary), or just one. We just want you there!

Parent University

Parenting with Love and Logic is coming to Divine Redeemer!  This free and immensely popular course will provide you with the loving yet powerful tools you need to raise confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world.  Attendance is FREE.  Attend one night-earn a free ANYTIME dress pass for each of your students (cannot be used  on 2/4). Attend two nights and earn TWO FREE ANYTIME dress passes (cannot be used on 2/4).  Reserve January 6 and January 19 from 6-8PM on your calendar.

‘New’ News:

Butter Braids

It's Butter Braids time! The 8th grade is selling Butter Braids through Dec. 10. Every student brought home an order form this week. These make a great addition to Christmas morning breakfast! Please send in your order form and payment by Dec. 10 - NO LATE ORDERS will be accepted.You can find an order form here. Once again, thank you for supporting the 8th grade!

Christmas programs

There is a change of date to the Christmas programs.  All programs, K-8 will be on Wednesday, December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) starting at 3:15 in the church.

The order of the program is as follows:

K-3 will start the program; then grades 4 &5; middle school will conclude the program. The program length is expected to be about 45 minutes.  If your student(s) will not be participating, please let Mrs. Smith know.  [email protected]

As always, masks are encouraged.

Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange for DR Teachers and Staff

If you like to bake, consider baking for our teachers and staff!  Please bring 2-4 dozen Christmas cookies, candies, fudge, or other holiday treat. On December 15, our teachers and staff will create a wonderful assortment of treats prepared by our DR families. For more information, click here.

Science Matters

Science Matters in America is a private organization dedicated to increasing science literacy among girls and boys ages five through fourteen. They strive to give every student a meaningful hands-on science experience. For more information about upcoming programs, click here.

 Chess Wizards

Join us, this winter, for an exciting and valuable chess class at Divine Redeemer Catholic! Chess Wizards' program is innovative and focuses not only on chess learning but also on making chess fun. Our program teaches children many important life concepts, such as learning the ability to win graciously and accept defeat with dignity and sportsmanship.

For more information on our classes, please visit our website at

To learn more about our company, please see our video here:  

If you are interested in being a part of a DR Chess Wizards team, please let Mrs. Smith know. If we have enough interest, we will form a group.  [email protected]


Menu for the week of November 29:

Monday, November 29

Primary: Hot Dog or PB & J Sandwich

Middle: Hot Dog or Pepperoni Pizza


Tuesday, November 30

Primary: Breaded Chicken Sandwich or PB & J Sandwich

Middle: Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Hamburger or Cheeseburger


Wednesday, December 1

Primary: Cheese Pizza, Sausage Pizza or PB & J Sandwich

Middle: Cheese Pizza, Sausage Pizza or PB & J Sandwich


Thursday, December 2

Primary: Bean & Cheese Burrito or PB & J Sandwich

Middle: Bean & Cheese Burrito or Chicken Bites


Friday, December 3

All students: To Go Sack Lunch with PB & J Sandwich

‘Old’ News:

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at DR November 29-December 3. Each class will have opportunity to attend/shop the fair during the week. There are after school hours on Monday and Wednesday from 3-3:30 for parents that would like to shop.

Have a business you would like to advertise?


Consider advertising in our parish bulletin. It supports the parish AND gets your name out to the community. Details here.

Growing Up: From Girl to Woman

A “Growing Up: From Girl to Woman” class is hosted quarterly by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Mothers and daughters are invited to attend this class together to discuss the important topic of growing up and becoming a woman. The next class takes place on Saturday, December 4 from 1-3PM, at St. Francis Hospital, 6001 East Woodmen Road. For more information and to register, visit, scroll down to bottom of page under Patient Resources, then click “Classes and Events” and enter “Growing” in search area.

We will be hosting a Growing Up class for mothers and daughters in February 2022 at Divine Redeemer.  Details coming soon!

How Sick is Too Sick

Wondering whether or not to send your child to school? Perhaps this chart will help you determine how sick your child is.


Car Magnets

DR car magnets are available for purchase in the front office. At $5 each, proceeds will go to PTCO.


Friday, November 19

11:45AM dismissal: teacher in-service

November 20-28


Sunday, November 28

First Sunday of Advent

Carols and readings in the church at 4:30

Glowsary (Rosary with glow lights to mark the start of Advent) in the Rosary garden at 5:30

November 29-December 3

Scholastic Book Fair in the school library; after school hours are Monday and Wednesday from 3-3:30

Wednesday, December 1

Confessions today: grades 2-8

Thursday, December 2

School Mass 8AM; 5th sponsors, 8th in choir

Friday, December 3

First Friday: Gala and dress passes accepted for free appropriate dress

11:45AM dismissal: teacher in-service

Wednesday, December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

K-8 Christmas programs 3:15 in the church

Friday, December 10

Second Friday: Spirit dress for everyone (no Gala  passes accepted)

Thursday, December 16

End of Quarter 2

School Mass 8AM; 3rd sponsors, 6th in choir

2PM Lessons in Carols in the church

Friday, December 17

NO SCHOOL-teacher in-service

Monday, January 3-4

NO SCHOOL- teacher in-service

Wednesday, January 5

School resumes

Thursday, January 6

Parenting with Love and Logic Part 1

6-8PM in the church

Friday, January 7

First Friday:  Gala and dress passes accepted for free appropriate dress