School Newsletter



Cardinal Newsletter: May 17, 2019

 Last Cardinal Newsletter for the 2018-19 school year

Principal’s Corner

God’s Blessings

God’s grace and blessings to the Divine Redeemer Class of 2019.  Many of these graduates have been Cardinals since preschool and many of their families have been Cardinal families for up to 18 (or more) years! Don’t be strangers. Come back-volunteer, and visit.  You will be missed!

As we say farewell to our loved ones we entrust them into your care. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of them, for wisdom and guidance to be beside them, and for grace and truth to be behind them, pushing them onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go. Amen.

Playground Remodel Kick-off

A playground remodel plan is in the works!  The scale of this project is yet to be determined because it relies heavily on funding.  At a minimum, the blue mulch will be removed and replaced with a different material; but, hoping large scale, the playground would be expanded to include a separate playground for our preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.


How can you help?


Participate in 2 Summer fundraisers:

  1. Restaurant fundraiser on June 12th from 3-10PM at Freddy’s on Stetson Hills Blvd.
  2. Arc Thrift Stores Buck a Bag (May 19-July14)
  • Fill 13 gallon trash bags with gently used household items
    • YES-gently used clothing, household items, jewelry, fashion accessories, shoes, linens, books
    • NO-televisions, computer monitors, mattresses, box springs, broken toys, broken electronics, car seats
  • Drop off in the Community Center alcove before weekend Masses or on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the school  stage (9-2PM)
  • Our goal is 10 bags per family
  • We earn $1.00 per bag donated, but need a minimum of 100 to participate

“New” news…

PTCO sponsored ROOT BEER FLOATS-free

Outside the tunnel door immediately after dismissal on the LAST DAY (May 24).Free to DR students and siblings.

Summer Enrichment

Corpus Christi Catholic school is offering summer enrichment for ages 3-11 (PS-gr. 5) in reading, writing and math. See the flyer in today’s newsletter for more information.

 Field day: Grades PS-6 in and around the school: Wednesday, May 22

Our 7th grade will assume their reign of leadership by sponsoring and leading their first event-field day.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30AM in the gym and activities will begin at 9AM.  The day will conclude at 1:30 in the gym with 7th Grade versus Teachers “Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader”. 

Summer office hours

Stop in and say “hi” or to purchase Scrip on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM-2PM; enter through the tunnel door.

“Old” news…

Security Team

Now more than every the wisdom, experience, and insight of a strong security team are needed.  If you have background in safety or security, please consider joining our school’s security team.  Email me at [email protected] if you are interested in sharing your gifts.

Need your input:  10 question survey LAST CHANCE

One of our improvement priorities that came through our re-accreditation visit last spring was the need to develop programs to support student emotional and social health.  While our academic School Advisory Council sub-committee has been working on plans to address program needs, we also need input from families.  It would help the committee greatly if you could complete the following survey:

Food pantry needs

Soup, spaghetti sauce, jello, noodles/spaghetti

Learning the  Faith: 3rd Grade

     3rd Graders study prayer and prayers.  As Catholics our whole life is a prayer.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that prayer, “…ought to animate at every moment ...We must remember God more often than we draw breath.” (CCC 2697)   We remember God whenever we pray and knowing prayers help us in this during our busy lives.  Students learn intercessory prayer with a prayer board and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. This adheres to the DCSRC) standard on “Prayer and Spirituality” to increase knowledge and purpose of prayer and prayers. 

     3rd Graders also focus on the Bible –its organization, Old Testament stories leading into the New Testament and Christ’s miracles, the relationship between Eucharist and the Passover event with Moses, and God’s specific working in the lives of Joseph, Moses, and the other prophets. (DCSRC

In October, students do reports on various Saints. (DCSRC)  Saints are examples of human beings who are devoted to living God’s word.  Catholic teaching calls all of us to holiness.  “All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.” (CCC 2013)  By studying the life of the saints, 3rd Graders are discovering role models for the life.

This is what 3rd Graders have to say about what they have learned:

Lucas: “I have learned about the New Testament.  I have studied about what Jesus did so we know how we can set a good example.”

Aiden: “I have learned about God’s miracles in the Old Testament.  The story of Samson taught me that things do not make you strong, God does.”

Abigail: “I learned that people do not have as much as I do so we should give thanks to God for what He has given us.”

 Register for TotusTuus


Registration is open for TOTUS TUUS (Latin for Totally Yours), an amazingly energetic and fun summer catechetical program, for youth 1st grade – High School and will be here at Divine Redeemer on July 7-12. A team of four young adults will provide the week-long program. This year’s curriculum is The Sacraments and The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. The Elementary program (1st-6th Grade) is Monday-Friday – July 8-12 – 9am to 3pm and the Middle School/High School program (7th-12th Grade) is Sunday – Thursday – July 7-11 – 7-9:10pm. Registrations forms are attached or available in the back of church, on the parish website and at the parish office.



Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are needed to help with the Elementary & MS/HS program, as well as to provide meals for the team of young adults who will be teaching TotusTuus for our parish. Please consider bringing lunch for the team  or hosting dinner one evening. Or volunteer to help during the programming.


Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots — will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me at [email protected]Or 719-234-0342 and I can sign you up manually.

If you have already volunteered to help, your generosity is greatly appreciated!


Knights of Columbus Special Needs Mass

St. Dominic Parish and the Knights of Columbus will offer a Mass for people with special needs on Thursday, May 30 at 2 PM. See the flyer in today’s newsletter for more details.

 SCRIP NEWS:  What’s in a name?

What’s in a name??  Well in the Scrip Office, it can mean getting your Scrip credit!!  We have many families who have the same—or very similar—last names (and it’s not just the three different Smith families!).  Please make sure your name is getting logged correctly, especially if paying with cash—we can’t verify a name with cash other than Washington, Jackson, Hamilton or Grant.  When in doubt, include your child’s name with the last name.

 Club leaders?

Do you have a special talent? Photography? Knitting? Scrapbooking?  I am looking for special people to lead clubs next year (perhaps bimonthly).  Email [email protected] if you have an idea for a club and/or are interested in sponsoring one.

Current job opening

We are currently seeking a qualified applicant to teach part time middle school mathematics.  Interested candidates can contact Kari Smith at [email protected]

Pay for Catholic School Tuition:

Universal Education Supporters (UES)

UES volunteers fund-raise for scholarships to pay for Catholic education. Join other parents at World Arena, Air Force Academy, and Denver Venues and put $50-$105 per event into your scholarship fund. (amount varies according to venue) Come have fun! 


Working a few UES events throughout the summer might be the perfect time  for those families who are stretched thin during the school year.  Contact me, Kari Smith, at [email protected] if you want more information on how to get involved with UES events.


SMHS Summer STEM Camp

St. Mary’s High School is hosting its 5th Annual Middle School STEM Camp in July, and this year the camp has been expanded to five days!


The camp is for rising sixth graders through rising ninth graders and this year will include Cessna flying, United Airline simulators, UAV flying, virtual reality, Cave of the Winds, control tower tour, robotics, planetarium and more.


When: July 8-12, 2019, from 8 am – 4:30 pm

Fee: $235, includes all admission fees, transportation, T-Shirt and completion certificate

Interested families can register online at or see the attached flyer.


More information in the attached flyers.


Coming soon to SMHS

  • Boys Basketball clinic for grades 3-8; June 17-19 from 4-6PM. See attached flyer

AWAKEN: Nights of Worship

Coming soon to Holy Apostles Church 8th, 7-8:30 p.m., at Holy Apostles Catholic Church.  The event includes live worship music, adoration, prayer teams, and confession.  Future AWAKEN events will be held July 24th, Oct 2nd, and Dec 4th

 Contact [email protected] or visit for more information.

 See the attached flyer for  information.

 Reduce School Tuition

How can I reduce the cost of a Catholic education for my children?

  1. Apply for TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services): 100% of TADS money comes from the annual diocesan appeal Returning God’s Gifts (RGG) and Divine Redeemer Parish
  2. Sell concessions at UES events (see info in this newsletter)
  3. Purchase SCRIP: a percentage of every sale goes towards each family’s scrip commitment; excess goes towards offsetting the cost of tuition


Pizza Palz

Old Chicago Pizza Palzare available in the front office and at the Scrip table after weekend masses.  They are $11.00 per card and can be exchanged for any pizza up to $25 in value.


 FORMED is a website where you will find programs that explain the Catholic faith and help you implement it in your life! Registration is free for Divine Redeemer parishioners. Go to for free subscription. 



Friday, May 17



8th grade versus teachers/staff Volleyball game





gym  2:15PM




Saturday, May 18

CSAL Track Meet

3PM Grace Center



Sunday, May 19

Confirmation Mass 11AM

Begins at 8AM at the Grace Center

Wednesday, May 22

Field day-hot lunch will be served this day


Thursday, May 23

No School Mass today


8th grade graduation



6PM Divine Redeemer Church


Kindergarten Graduation during 8 AM Mass


11:45 AM dismissal


4th Friday:  Spirit Dress for all


PTCO sponsored Root Beer Floats immediately after dismissal



6PM Divine Redeemer Church

Wednesday, June 12

Playground remodel fundraiser

Freddy’s on Stetson Hills


20% of your check goes toward the playground