This weekend will provide some wonderful experiences in athletics and
the arts for some of our upper school students.
Our Senior Boys and Senior Girls basketball teams will travel to
Greenville to play in the Diocesan Youth Basketball Tournament. We
extend our best wishes to all of the players, coaches and fans. We
will pray for their safe travel.
Also, in Orangeburg, Sam and Lily (8th grade) are participating in
Region Band and in Columbia Emma (8th grade) is participating in All
State Orchestra. We wish all three students the best, and we will
pray for their safe travel.
Next week, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 1), and school will be
closed on Thursday and Friday, March 2 & 3) as all of our teachers
will be attending the Diocese of Charleston Teacher Education
Conference in Columbia.
We are going to have an online auction starting today and ending at 5PM on Feb. 28 for a Traditional Lebanese Mezze for 8 adults. This has been a very popular auction item in the past, and people who have won this item have had wonderful experiences. This will truly be a very unique dining experience.
All proceeds from this auction item will benefit the 8th grade class trip.
Thank you for your consideration.
Online Auction to Benefit 8thgrade Class Trip
Traditional Lebanese Mezze for 8
CCS 8th grade parents Mike and Camille Stebbins and family members will prepare a traditional gourmet Lebanese mezze in their home in West Ashley. Similar to tapas of Spain and antipasto in Italy, mezze is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colors, flavors, textures, and aromas. This unique dining experience will feature a variety of salads, such as Tabbouleh and Fattoush, together with dips such as Hummus and Baba Ghanoush and some meat dishes such as Kibby and stuffed grape leaves. Baklava and other pastries will be served after the meal.
Traditional Lebanese wine will be paired.
*Online Auction starts Feb. 23 through Feb. 28thclosing at 5PM. Minimum bid $500.00*
Email bids to firstname.lastname@example.org
As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, I want you to know how proud the teachers, staff and I are of the students for their participation and school spirit this week. The week started last Sunday with many students wearing their school Mass day uniforms to Sunday Mass at their parish.
The students, with guidance from their teachers, completed two service projects: creating Valentine’s cards for active duty military personnel and making colorful fleece blankets for patients at MUSC Children’s Hospital.
We had two guest speakers who shared their vocation stories with the students: Father Miles talked about his journey to becoming a priest and Mr. Bedford talked about starting his teaching career at CCS and currently serving as Principal of Meeting Street Academy.
The week concluded with School Spirit Day and Pep Rally on Friday with performances by the concert band and cheerleaders and recognition of all of our basketball teams. We have had a wonderful celebration of our Catholic school! Go Saints!
Principal's Message January 27, 2017
Dear CCS Families and Friends,
This coming week, Charleston Catholic, as well as Catholic schools
throughout the country, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week - theme
is Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. This year, the focus
is on service. We will have two service projects for the students
during the week. The first project is the "No Sew Blanket". Each
homeroom class will make a blanket that we will donate to MUSC
Children's Hospital, because we have had some students recently, and
over the years, who have been patients there. The second project is
creating Valentine's Day cards for active duty military personnel.
Our "buddy classes" will work on these together with younger students
doing the art work and older students writing the "thank you for your
service" message for the cards. Service projects help students have
tangible experiences of living out the Gospel message to put others
Thank you to all of our school families who completed the survey on
Catholic Identity Program Effectiveness for our Accreditation report.
The Diocese will gather data from all of our Catholic schools in
preparation for the visit by the Accreditation team in the first week
in April. We had responses from 60% of our school families, and this
is an excellent participation rate.
Yours in Christ,
Dear Charleston Catholic School Families and Friends,
This week, at our Morning Prayer Assembly, we have focused on the idea of “being responsible”. We asked students to share what their responsibilities are at home, at school, and as members of an athletic team. Also, we discussed some of the responsibilities that teachers and staff have at school, including the duty to look after the safety of students on campus and during student activities off campus. Today, I want to inform you of some updated procedures that we are taking to enhance the safety of our students.
As you know, the Diocese of Charleston has a Safe Environment Program for all of the schools and parishes in the Diocese that includes safety lessons for students and training sessions for adults who work with children. The primary document that serves as the basis for the Diocese’s Safe Environment policies and procedures is the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, that was originally approved by the full body of U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2005 and then revised in 2011. One of the statements in the Charter is this pledge from the Bishops: “we pledge most solemnly to one another, and to you, God’s people, that we will work to our utmost for the protection of children and youth.” Now, one of the most challenging areas of protecting children and youth is technology — keeping children safe from online predators and other people who use the Internet to gain access to minors (anyone under the age of 18). All of our Catholic schools have web sites and most of our Catholic schools have some form of Social Media to promote our student activities and achievements. Recently, we have received some additional information from the Diocese to enhance the safety of minors in the area of technology, and we have taken some actions in this area.
Happy New Year! We hope that all of our families and friends have had a good start to the new year. The second semester of the school year started this week, and we look forward to new opportunities and learning experiences.
Report Cards for Grades 1-8 will be ready to view on Parents Web next week. We will notify you of the specific date. Reports for K4 & K5 will be printed out and sent home next week.
We hope that everyone is making plans to attend the Lowcountry Boil, Brews and Blue Grass Fundraiser on January 21. You can purchase your tickets by sending a check to the school office or ordering them online through the school’s web site — click on the Giving tab and then click on Lowcountry Boil. We look forward to seeing you there for a fun evening!
Basketball season is full speed ahead now for all of our Saints teams. Best wishes to all of the players and coaches in their games. Go Saints!