School Newsletter




Cardinal Newsletter: November 8, 2019

 Principal’s Corner




Last year, during some of their bi-monthly team meetings, our teachers composed The Divine Redeemer Top 10. Over the upcoming weeks, I will share the thoughtful list that they compiled. Perhaps this list will serve as a reminder of why you made a wise choice of a Catholic education for your child. Today is number 5:


  1. Safety- continuously working to improve a secure environment; children, teachers, and staff must feel that they are in safe hands and out of harm’s way.


Shake, Rattle and Roll Into Catholic Education


2019 GALA

I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to our families that supported our Gala event through raffle ticket sales, basket donations, the hand raising event, and attending our annual Gala.   A Catholic education for your children is something that you will never regret.  Support of this event adds assurance that we can continue doing the important work that we do at DR to raise faithful children who will lead in a changing world. 


The net proceeds for the Gala and raffle ticket sales were $100,000. 


Congratulations raffle winners:

Carlos Alvarez                  $ 500     

Tobey Galbreath               $1000

Kristi Sola                          $1000    

Kathy Bull                          $2500   

Kevin Klein                         $5000  



Middle School Quarter 1 Honors

At Divine Redeemer, an academic culture of excellence, growth mindset, and high expectations is the norm.  Because this culture is fostered so fervently, most of our middle school students earn a spot on the Honor Roll. In quarter 1, 82% of our middle school earned a place on the honor roll. Congratulations Cardinals!  Honors awards will be presented to students after Mass on November 14th.


“New” News


Students with disabilities

Parents of students with identified disabilities are invited to a meeting hosted by School District 11 on November 12 at 1PM.  This meeting will take place in the Special Education Conference Room at 1115 N. El Paso St.  Items to be discussed:

  • Child Find
  • Proportionate Share of Funds
  • Consultation Process
  • Provision of Special Education and Related Services
  • Written Explanation by the School District regarding Services


If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Deb Montgomery at [email protected]


Becoming a Love and Logic Parent

Catholic Charities is offering a 5-week Parent Training Program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. This course is designed to give practical parenting skills and free childcare is available. The course is free and course materials will be provided at no cost.  Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:15p.m.  January 8 –  February 12, 2020.   Please call 719-309-2968 for more information or to register. 


“Old News”



PTCO  sponsored pancake breakfast in the Community Center to celebrate the opening day of Frozen II!  Come dressed as your favorite princess, prince, or Frozen character, eat pancakes and sausage, and watch Frozen 1!  RSVP to Jessica Virkler at [email protected]


Saturday, November 23

9-11:00 in the Community Center

Cost is $5.00 per person

Pancakes, sausage, juice





Where are Gala proceeds spent? Did you know that tuition income barely covers teacher and staff salaries? The Gala, our one fundraiser that every family is obligated to support through raffle ticket sales, goes towards the hundreds of operating expenses needed to run a school. So things like electricity, gas, water, benefits, repairs and maintenance, textbooks and resources, custodial, etc. are not covered by tuition income. We must make up the difference so that these necessities are taken care of.


School Messenger App


Check out the School Messenger App. The app works similarly to Remind in that if you download it and join the “all school announcements” group, you will receive reminders throughout the week about important upcoming activities. I realize that these reminders will be in addition to the many, many emails you receive from DR weekly; but if perhaps you don’t read email daily, this form of communication might work better for you. If you want to receive all school announcement reminders:

  1. Download the School Messenger app
  2. Once downloaded, go to the 3 lines in the upper left of the screen
  3. Click ‘join group’ and put in code 7S3XZW


Save the Dates!


  1. Upcoming PTCO Restaurant Fundraisers:
  1. November 20: II Vicino all day (20% comes back to DR)
  • 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
    • . November 14th 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, November 8

All Community Rosary at 2:30 p.m.

Rosary Garden

Thursday, November 14

PTCO meeting at 6PM in the cafe


Friday, November 15

3rd Friday: dress passes accepted


PTCO free dress day


Popcorn Friday!


Free dress for students whose parents attended PTCO

Saturday, November 16


5PM Mass at the parish and then an open house at the school for all alumni and their parents


Monday, November 18

Butter Braids sales begin

8th grade fundraiser

Wednesday, November 20

PTCO restaurant fundraiser

Il Vicino all day; 20% back to DR

Thursday, November 21

School Mass 8AM

Sponsor: 5

Choir: 8


Bishop Sheridan concelebrates 

Friday, November 22

4th Friday: Spirit dress for everyone


Saturday, November 23

Prince and Princess pancake breakfast and showing of Frozen 1

To celebrate opening weekend of Frozen 2!

Saturday November 23-Sunday December 1


Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, December 3

Grades 2-5 Sacrament of Reconciliation


Wednesday, December 4

Grades 6-8 Sacrament of Reconciliation


Thursday, December 5

8AM School Mass


SMHS placement test for DR 8th graders

Sponsor: 4

Choir: 5

At SMHS; students must register to take the test

Friday, December 6

All Community Rosary at 2:30 PM in the Rosary garden


Saturday, December 7

Chili night and vendor fair in the Community Center after 5PM Mass

Chili night is an 8th grade fundraiser