May 14, 2021
"Pentecost is a celebration of God…a celebration of God’s power…a celebration of God’s desire to dwell within us.” — Mark Hart
Principal’s Corner: (last Cardinal Newsletter for the 2020-21 school year)
Congratulations Divine Redeemer 8th Grade Class of 2021! Being the 64th graduating class, you have become part of a beautiful legacy. We are proud of you and we love you. Always remember, to whom much has been given, much will be expected. Keep making a difference Cardinals; share your gifts and the beauty of the faith with the world!
Joy and Peace
As we approach the summer months, I wish all of our families God’s most abundant blessings. I hope that you have lots of down-time and find normalcy, joy, and peace. To our families that are leaving DR at the end of this year, thank you for being a valued part of our Cardinal family. It has been a privilege to serve you. To our families that are returning, I look forward to seeing you throughout the summer. Next year is going to be fabulous!
Take a look at some of the exciting events that are planned for the summer at Divine Redeemer School and Parish (lots more information to come):
- 11th (tentative): Parking lot Bingo
- 26th: Joyfully Back Together- a welcome back to church event (after a long absence due to the pandemic); live music, food
- 29th: Bishop Golka ordained at Holy Apostles
- 11th: Parish picnic
- 6th: DR golf tournament at Patty Jewett
- 16th: Back to School Night (tentative)
- 18th: First day of school
Exciting times ahead at Divine Redeemer
May is always such an exhilarating month with culminating events like graduation, Light of Leadership, Confirmation, and Field Day. I am thrilled that we will have the following in-person events in May (masks required):
- Last day for 8th grade; Faculty/staff versus 8th grade volleyball game in the gym at 2:15PM
- 8th grade Running of the Halls at 2:55PM
- Field Day sponsored by Grade 7-at Divine Redeemer for grades PS-6 from 8AM-11AM
- 8th grade graduation and Mass at 6PM at Divine Redeemer Church
- Kindergarten graduation and Mass at 8AM at Divine Redeemer Church
- Last day of the 2020-2021 school year for grades PS-7
Uniforms for the 2021-22 school year
Information about school uniforms will come out in our summer mailer, but there are no changes to the school uniform. The required mass shirt for the 2021-22 school year will be the grey polo (white polos are no longer a part of our uniform).
Yearbooks will be handed out TODAY (May 14). You can still purchase one for $22. See the flyer attached to today’s newsletter.
ALL library books are due back to the school.
Lunch Menu for the Week of May 17:
Monday, May 17
Primary: Turkey Hot Dog or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Middle: Turkey Hot Dog or Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday, May 18
Primary: Breaded Chicken Sandwich or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Middle: Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Hamburger or Cheeseburger
Wednesday, May 19
Primary: Cheese Pizza, Sausage Pizza or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Middle: Cheese Pizza, Sausage Pizza or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Thursday, May 20
Primary: Sloppy Joe or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Middle: Sloppy Joe or Peanut Butter Sandwich
Friday, May 21
All Students: Ham & Cheese Sandwich To Go Lunch
Assistance Through School Nutrition Program: (From Mrs. Hansen, lunch coordinator)
I have learned about an assistance program for needy families through the school nutrition program. Families can receive money if they have qualified for free/reduced lunches. Those who receive SNAP benefits are automatically approved, but application families can also take part. If any families wish to participate and they are not SNAP or did not already submitted an application in the fall, they need to complete a free/reduced lunch application and turn it in to me no later than May 15. Once they are approved, I will submit their information to the Colorado nutrition department. Applications will have to be resubmitted in the fall for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, contact Myra Hanson at [email protected]
Innovation Learning Summer Program
Needing childcare over the summer? See Innovation Learning’s summer program flyer attached to today’s newsletter.
Classical Education update
Next fall we will begin building on our already robust curriculum by incorporating the classical approach to education. The first phase of this adoption process will be history and Latin for grades K-8. Preschool and Pre-kindergarten will begin incorporating Latin through prayers. Money raised at our Gala will be used to purchase curriculum supplies that support history and Latin.
At Divine Redeemer, the classical approach to education will offer students the opportunity to become much more than strong test-takers. Rather, students will be led to discover that knowledge and truth are ordered, coherent, and integrated. Classical education is also known as “leadership education” because it builds the skills needed for Catholic leadership: logic, debate, theology, knowledge of the Bible, public speaking, clear reasoning, researching, writing, and communicating. These skills are practiced in every subject and prepare students to become leaders in any field they pursue. This is the classical model of education that was used by the great thinkers and leaders of the past, including Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson.
Our curriculum is rooted in the wisdom of the past, particularly in Western Civilization, incorporating Latin, and eventually art, literature, and music. We will focus on working with our students’ natural development. In the early grades, students’ brains are developing in such a way that allows them to memorize large amounts of information. This is a time of exploration and memorization using drills, songs, chants, and recitation. As students progress to higher grades, they transition from memorizing to synthesizing ideas across academic subjects. They begin to engage in learning activities that stress critical thinking, problem solving, deeper inquiry, and the stretching of their intellectual capacity. The foundation is now laid for deep and broad studies in all subjects in high school, college, and beyond.
Summer Enrichment at Corpus Christi Catholic School
Monday-Friday June 7-25 from 8AM to 3PM. See information and registration form in the Digital Locker in TeacherEase.
Saints’ Relics at Divine Redeemer Church
The word relic comes from the Latin relinquo, literally meaning I leave, or I abandon. A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint. Traditionally, a piece of the body of a saint, especially that of a martyr, may be with the permission of the local ecclesiastical authority used in solemn processions recalling the specific holy person.
It may seem strange that Christianity, which so adheres to the belief in the resurrected body after the final judgment, should attach veneration to body parts of the faithful departed. But as Dom Bernardo Cignitti, O.S.B., once wrote, in a religion as spiritually centered as Christianity, the remains of certain dead are surrounded with special care and veneration. This is because the mortal remains of the deceased are associated in some manner with the holiness of their souls which await reunion with their bodies in the resurrection.
A first-degree relic is the body part of a saint, such as a bone. A second-degree relic is an object that belonged to or was worn by a saint, and a third-degree relic is one that has touched a first- or second-degree relic. https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/church-teaching-on-relics.html
These first class relics are currently displayed at Divine Redeemer:
St. Maximillian Kolbe
St. Theresa of Calcutta
St. Anne mother of Mary
St. John Neumann
St. Elisabeth Ann Seton
St. Catherine Laboure
St. Maria Goretti
St. Pius X
To be displayed in the future:
St. Teresa of Avila 3rd Class
St. Francis of Rome 1st
St. Cecilia 1st
St. Aloysius Gonzaga 1st
St. Therese of Lisieux 1st
St. Gemma Galgani 1st
St. Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows 1st
Vacation Bible School at Divine Redeemer
Vacation Bible School is coming to Divine Redeemer this summer! Join us July 12-16 from 9am to 2pm for VBS presented by the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. Registration is open now at https://salesiansisterswest.org/summer-camps/colorado-2021. Volunteers are needed also – adult and teens are encouraged to help out. Information on volunteering is also available at the same link. Can’t make it those dates? Check out their June dates! It promises to be full of fun and excitement!! See the attached flyer for more information.
Colorado Springs Conservatory's Summer Day Camps & Programs for kids & teens
Looking for enriching summer experiences? Check out Colorado Springs Conservatory https://coloradospringsconservatory.org/2021-summer-camps/
SMHS Summer STEM Camp
6th Annual Middle School STEM Camp
When: July 12-15, 2021, from 8 am – 3:30 pm
Who: Rising 6th graders through 9th graders
4-day program will include Cessna flying, US Olympic museum tour with Olympian talk, iFly indoor Zero G experience, control tower tour, zoo, rocketry and more
Fee: $299, includes all admission fees, transportation, T-Shirt and completion certificate
Questions? Contact Mike Kloenne at [email protected] or call 719.466.0609
Friday, May 14
2nd Friday-Spirit wear for all
Last Day for 8th grade; 8th grade versus Faculty/staff volleyball at 2:15PM in the gym
8th grade running of the halls to follow the game
Tuesday, May 18
Field Day: 7th grade sponsored for grades PS-6 (wear sweatpants/shirts and/or shorts/t-shirts)
Wednesday, May 19
8th grade graduation at 6PM in the church
Thursday, May 20
Kindergarten graduation at 8AM in the church
Friday, May 21
Last day of school for grades PS-7; 11:45AM dismissal