Principal’s Message September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015

2015-2016 Theme:

The Charleston Catholic School:

A Journey of




~25 Years~

Core Values:

Sharing Faith

Loving Family

Celebrating Diversity

Experiencing Art

Achieving Academic Excellence

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Mass Schedule:

Sept. 23rd: 4th Grade

Sept. 30th: 3rd Grade

Oct. 9th: 8th Grade

Sacred Heart Church

888 King Street

9:00 AM

Diocese of Charleston
Safe Environment Program:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the
Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002. The
Charter has the goal for creating a safe environment for children and
young people.In 2012 The Diocese of Charleston revised The Policy
Concerning Allegations of Sexual Misconduct or Abuse of a minor by
Church Personnel and adopted the updated Code of Conduct for Church
Personnel. This policy works in conjunction with the Charter.The
Charleston Catholic School operates under the Code of Conduct for
Church Personnel for all of its employees and volunteers. –

Principal’s Message

September 18, 2015

Dear CCS Families and Friends,

Next week, September 21 – 25, we will have standardized testing for
First Grade and Grades 3-8. The students in Grades 3-8 will take the
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, which are nationally normed achievement
tests in the core subject areas of reading, language arts, math,
science and social studies. These tests give us an indication of our
students’ achievement levels relative to their peers in similar
grades in schools across the country. These tests are given in
Catholic schools, private schools and public schools. We conduct our
testing in the morning and should conclude with the testing by
Thursday. Make-up testing is available the following week if
students are absent. Also, Grades 1 & 4 take the CogAT ability test
that measures a baseline of a student’s ability in three areas:
verbal, quantitative and nonverbal. These scores are measured by
their age and grade level.

Typically, CCS students have done well on these standardized tests,
and we are proud of their accomplishments. In fact, last year, our
school’s overall average on the ITBS tests was in the top 4 of the
Catholic schools in our Diocese (total of 28 schools). We wish our
students the best next week, and the best preparation is a good
night’s sleep and good breakfast.

Next Friday, September 25th, we will teach the child protection
lessons in our religion classes. This is part of the Diocese Child
Protection Program. We sent the information about the lessons and
the program to you earlier this month, and hopefully you have made
yourselves aware of the material to be taught and the overall purpose
of this program.

Finally, next week is a momentous occasion for our country:
Pope Francis will visit the USA. His schedule is: September 22-24 in
Washington, D.C.; Sept. 25 in New York; and Sept 26-27 in
Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Please pray for a
safe visit for our pope and keep up with the national news about the
Pope’s activities.

Yours in Christ,

Fred McKay

Spiritual Reflection

As our shepherd Pope Francis begins his pilgrimage to the United
States, please pray for the Church in our country. Here is a prayer
for that intention from the Roman Missal:

O God, who in each pilgrim Church throughout the world
make visible the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church,
graciously grant
that your faithful may be so united to their shepherd
and gathered together in the Holy Spirit
through the Gospel and the Eucharist,
as to worthily embody the universality of your people
and become a sign and instrument in the world of the presence of
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Welcome Ms. Bailey!

We are happy to announce we have hired a new Physical Education
Teacher! Ms. Dawn Bailey will join our family on Monday, September
21st. Ms. Bailey has a Masters Degree in Physical Education and 29
years of teaching experience.

Please give her a warm Saints welcome!

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School Communication

Sept. 21 – 25: ITBS Testing Grades 1, 3-8
Sept. 20: Family Sunday @ The Alley
Sept. 27: Holy Name Society 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Oct. 9th: Grandparent’s Day; 11:15AM dismissal
Oct. 10th: CCS Walk-A-Thon, Hampton Park 8:30AM
Oct. 12th: No School – Columbus Day
Nov. 2nd: Alumni Mass & Reunion

School Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7:30am – 3:30pm

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After School Activities

Volleyball Practice: Wed. CCS 3:15PM – 5pm

Fri. CCM&S 5:30PM – 7PM

Chess Club Tuesdays: Beginners 3:15 -4:15PM; Intermediate 4:15 –

Karate Wednesdays: 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Math Tutoring Mon. & Wed.: 3:15PM – 4:00PM

in the Science Lab

Spanish Tutoring Wednedays: 3:15 – 4:00PM in the 6th grade class room

Girls Volleyball Games
Sept. 21: 8th Gr. @ BLRC @ 7:30vs. Lang

Sept. 21: 6th Gr. @ Town Hall @ 6:30 vs. Moultrie

Sept. 23: 8th Gr. @ BLRC @ 7:30 vs. Haut Gap
Sept. 24: 6th Gr. @ Han A @ 6:30 vs. Divine Redeemer

Mission Statement

The Charleston Catholic School educates a socially diverse student
body in a nurturing family environment within the sacred tradition
and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Teachers challenge the
students to discover their own unique gifts through creative inquiry
and critical thinking in the core academic subjects and the arts.
Our small, loving environment enables students to learn self
discipline through responsible decision-making and to develop a sense
of compassion for others.

Fred McKay,
School Office: (843) 577-4495

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