Cardinal Newsletter

Dear Lord,

 Give me strength in all I do today 

and for the rest of my life.

Let this day be filled with joy and wonder, 

and a little bit of learning.

Bless this class and those who taught us. 


Written by: Prayer Warrior Lincoln Thibault, Gr. 8


What a wonderful week of feeling pampered and spoiled! Thank you to our PTCO for their hard work in sponsoring a fabulous Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!  Thank you Cardinal Families for your donations, the flowers, the cards, the high-fives, the candy, the school supplies, the lunches, the breakfast…WOWOWOWOW!   You are a blessing to us!

End of Year Cardinal Traditions

  • Thursday, May 12: Light of Leadership Mass at 8AM where our current 8th graders pass the Light of Leadership to the incoming school leaders.  Also at this Mass, we will celebrate the month of Mary with May Crowning.

  • Thursday, May 12: Baccalaureate Mass-all diocesan 8th graders and their families gather for Mass with Bishop Golka.This year’s Mass is at DR at 6PM

  • Saturday, May 14: All Schools Track Meet-starting at 7:30 AM at The Grace Center

  • Friday, May 20: 8th grades’ last day: 8th versus Teachers volleyball game at 2PM in the gym followed by 8th grade’s Running of the Halls

  • Tuesday, May 24: Field Day sponsored by the 7th grade for students in grades PS-6.

  • Wednesday, May 25: Kindergarten graduation at the 8AM Mass

Mrs. Balestrieri Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000.00 scholarship is available to current students in grades 2-7 who are musically inclined. Applications are due on or before May 18.


Innovation Learning Summer Program

Need help with childcare over the summer? Check out Innovation Learning’s Camp Discovery in the documents section of the app.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

RCIA for adults AND children will begin in June. If you would like information for yourself or your child(ren), email DeAnna Cooper, DR’s Director of Religious Education at

Family Adoration Opportunities

Mark your calendars for family prayer and worship time:  June 3 and July 8 at 6PM at DR church. Potluck following!  


PTCO has arranged a fun skate party at Skate City on May 26. See documents section of the app.

Buy a 2022 Yearbook

You can find an order form for your 2021-22 yearbook in the documents section.

Summer Fun at Pikes Peak Athletics! (thank you Mrs. Torrence for sharing)

Open Water Series – Sunday, May 15th

Join us for this new series where you will hone your open water skills, mentally and physically under the guidance of our skilled and experienced coaches. Swimmers will have the opportunity to participate in clinics, open water training sessions, and open water races. The focus will be on developing particular skill sets such as: open water starts, buoy turns, finishes, drafting, feeding (10Ks), sighting, pre-race preparation, swimming comfortably in a pack, safety, race strategies and much more! See attached flyer more information!


Splash N’ Dash – Sunday, May 22nd

We are excited to offer our second Splash N’ Dash on Sunday, May 22nd! Join this fun event for ages 7-15 years old. The cost is $30 per participant and racers must have a USAT membership to participate ($10 for youth).  Registration is now open! Please see the updated flyer attached and contact the front desk for more details.    

Little Pikes Swim Camp - we sell out each summer!

Pikes Peak Athletics offers swim camps at three of our locations: Flying Horse, Country Club of Colorado, and our Training Center. Swim camps are geared toward achieving comfort and safety in and around the water. These camps take place during the workweek Monday-Friday and are offered to all levels of swimmers, starting at age 4. Campers will engage in two group swim lessons daily, focused on learning and consistently repeating skills in the water. PPA also understands the importance of safety, so swimmers will participate in interactive safety lessons each day. Campers will receive the opportunity to practice their lesson skills and socialize with new friends in daily recreational swim. Spots fill up quickly, get yours now!

We are hiring!

Want to spend even more time at your favorite training center? Pikes Peak Athletics is hiring Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, and Front Desk staff! Send a resume to to apply.

Need to get Lifeguard certified? Join our class on May 14 & 15! Follow this link for more information.


Attachment: 2022SummerCampsPPATC.pdf (363.7kB)

Attachment: Splash&Dash2022May.pdf (1.1MB)

Attachment: OpenWaterSeries.pdf (1.1MB)

Attachment: CPR&LifeguardCertification.pdf (5.9MB)

Parent Survey 2022

Thank you for your valuable feedback!  If you have more on your mind that you would like to discuss, I encourage you to schedule an appointment. Email Mrs. Smith at

Survey Clarifications

Over the next couple of weeks, this space will be used to clarify comments that were sent on the survey:


Why are our children memorizing and reciting Latin? They don’t understand a word of what they are saying.

Catholic education remains one of the most compelling expressions of the Church’s mission to form disciples.  Many Catholic schools across the nation, including Divine Redeemer, are choosing a path of renewal by returning to the great legacy of the Catholic tradition.  We are working to return to the original purpose of education-now being referred to as classical.  This version of education draws out what is natural in our children-a desire for wisdom and virtue. It seeks to foster a love for truth, beauty,and goodness in all subjects and lessons.   It happens by returning to a use of what are currently called ‘the lost tools of learning’.  Two of these lost tools are memorization and recitation.  While problem solving and creativity are the end goal, both rely on  the ability to remember things. The more one knows (remembers), the more intellectual competencies one has to draw upon for thinking, problem solving, and even creativity. Society needs people with knowledge and skills. Knowledge and skills are acquired through memory. 

Why Latin?

Did you know that 80% of the words in the Romance Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian) find their origin in Latin?  Latin provides a sturdy foundation for the study of other languages.  Half of all English words and 90% of two-syllable English words come from Latin.  Exposure to Latin provides a natural segue in enhancing vocabulary.  Latin also encourages mental discipline-another of those ‘lost tools of learning’ that I mentioned before.  Latin is so highly and rationally structured and precise that students of Latin develop precision in higher order thinking.  In our changing world, an ability to think rationally and discern truth is more important than ever. As an added bonus, multiple studies have shown that students studying Latin have higher scores on SATs and many other higher-education entrance exams (ACT, LSAT, MCAT) as well as higher GPAs at the college level.

Are our teachers using YouTube to teach Latin?

We are using Memoria Press’ Prima Latina for 3rd grade, Latina Christiana for 4th grade, and First Form for grades 5-8.  We chose this particular program because of the easy to use curriculum.Our English teachers have taught the Latin for this first year (this is encouraged by Memoria Press). Some teachers have chosen to supplement the Memoria Press materials with YouTube videos.  YouTube videos aren’t singular to Latin class; math teachers, science teachers, art teachers, history teachers, etc. use YouTube to supplement lessons.

TADS fees

We are transitioning to FACTS Tuition Management, but still are under contract with TADS for tuition contracts.


The following standardized fees go into effect July 1, 2022: 


  • Late fees automatically applied to families who do not make payment within the 5-day grace period will be $50.   

  • Returned payment fees will be $50 for each payment that is returned by the bank.  

  • TADS will continue to offer families the flexibility to make payments via ACH or credit card. The ACH rate will remain at 0.3% with a new minimum of $3.00 and a cap of $7.00 per transaction. There is no change to credit card processing rates.  

Upcoming events:

  • Friday, May 13: Second Friday-Spirit dress for all

  • Friday, May 13: School Rosary in the Rosary garden at 2:30 (led by 8th)

  • Saturday, May 14: Catholic schools’ track meet at the Grace Center (Gr.5-8 at 7:30; Gr. 1-4 at noon)

  • Monday, May 16: NJHS sponsored BINGO 2-2:45 ($1.00/card)

  • Thursday, May 19: School Mass 8AM; 5th sponsors, 4th in choir

  • Friday, May 20: Last Day of School for 8th grade; 8th vs. Teachers Volleyball game at 2PM

  • Saturday, May 21: Little Flowers Tea at 10AM in the Community Center

  • Sunday, May 22: Confirmation Mass 1PM

  • Tuesday, May 24: Field Day

  • Tuesday, May 24: 8th grade graduation and Mass at 6PM at DR

  • Wednesday, May 25: Kindergarten graduation and Mass at 8AM

  • Wednesday, May 25: Mrs. Balestrieri Day: Tree dedication and toast with Root Beer Floats at 11AM

  • Wednesday, May 25: Last Day of the 2021-22 school year

Pick Up after extra-curricular activities

A reminder to use the tunnel door to pick up students from after school activities.  Innovation Learning is not responsible for buzzing parents of athletes in.

Now Hiring

School District 11 is searching for a part time kitchen manager at Divine Redeemer. See this flyer.


Lost and Found

Missing something?  Our Lost and Found is located at the bottom of the Logan Street stairs near Extended Care.



2021-22 Scrip  Commitment 

Don't forget to pay your 2021-22 Scrip Commitment amount due.  Notices were sent home at the end of February.   If you cannot find yours, please contact the Scrip Office at  These fees are mandatory even if you are not re-registering for the 2022-23 school year.   8th graders must have all fees and Scrip paid to participate in end of year activities. 





  Go to  to re-enroll your children for the 2022-23 school year.  

Our school code is: DR-CO 

A reminder that registration is not complete until fees are paid.  The $150 registration fee and the $175 student fee as well as Scrip balances must be paid to the front office to complete registration. 


Vacation Bible School 

 Vacation Bible School is right around the corner. Here is the flyer and the registration link:  

If you would like to volunteer (as an adult) for VBS and earn school volunteer hours, please let Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Faber know. 



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