Cardinal Newsletter

Principal’s Corner

 A prayer to begin the school year

 Father,

As we begin a new school year

Be with us

Fill our hearts with joy

Fill our minds with learning

Fill our classrooms with peace

Fill our lessons with fun

Fill our friendship with kindness

Fill our school with love

Ignite hope in us all

Amen

New Program!

Our school has implemented Virtue Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) which is a character-based virtue system.  It supports our mission beautifully and is designed to help us to see our actions and behaviors through the lens of virtues. Virtue is defined as a holy habit that imitates God. Each student’s conduct contributes to creating an environment conducive for moral, spiritual, social, and intellectual growth.  

Our goal at Divine Redeemer is to encourage the student to move from externally imposed discipline to self-discipline and responsibility. 

By practicing virtues such as compassion, humility, gentleness, thankfulness, and kindness, we are preparing our students to become servant-leaders who make decisions guided by character and backed with conviction.

The Guiding Principles of VBRD are: • We will commit to living virtue. • We will support others in living virtue. • We will commit to constructive thoughts, words, and deeds. • When we face conflict, we will further cultivate virtue as part of the solution.

When harm is caused by misbehavior of any kind, we will address it within the context of faith identity to make amends.  We will repair and restore relationships first because we want to live a virtuous life, loving God and neighbor, and because we want to “Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

Our virtue of the month is FRIENDSHIP.

Upcoming Events:

·      Thursday, August 18

o   First full day; students bring sack lunch or purchase hot lunch (see documents in the DR App).

o   Divine Redeemer Skate City Night: 5-7PM at the Academy location

·      Monday, August 22

o   First day for school uniforms and appropriate hair-cuts and hair colors

·      Wednesday, August 24

o   First day of rehearsal for the School Choir

o   PTCO Restaurant Fundraiser at Chipotle (895 N. Academy). A percentage of your bill comes back to the school!

·      Thursday, August 25

o   PTCO meeting at 3:15 in the Community Center.  All ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

·      Saturday, August 27

o   DR FEST!  6-10PM following the 5PM Mass in the school parking lot. Food trucks, kids’ games, beer garden and live music

 

From Mrs. Faber:  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!

I am still in need of a 5th/6th grade volleyball coach.  

Volleyball practice will begin next Wednesday, August 24th.  

5th/6th graders will practice after school until 4:45 and 7th/8th graders will practice 4:45-6 p.m.  

Please have your athlete's physical turned into the front office by Monday, August 22nd.  

 

From Mrs. Damerell in the Front Office:

Please send in the following:

·      Pick up list

·      Emergency card

·      Shot records

·      Parent/student Handbook Acknowledgement form

 

Every family should have received lanyards and badges by now. Need extras?   Email Mrs. Damerell at jdamerell@divineredeemer.net

 

From Mrs. Schott, School Counselor

My name is Angelle Schott. I have been contracted by Divine Redeemer to aid in the success of the students. I have a private practice and am a Clinical Social Work Candidate under the supervision of Cheryl Prevot, LCSW CSW.00989061. I have been in social work for the last 20 years in various capacities, most recently working with adolescents and youth in my Catholic parish and as a school counselor in a local Catholic school. Through this partnership between myself and Divine Redeemer, your child is  allowed to receive additional services. These services may include class/grade activities, small group and/or individual support. To receive individual support, a student may be referred by their parent, teacher or principal. Students can also request to see me. I am available in the school for approximately 5 hours a week to talk about things that may be impacting their learning. Students can feel free to talk about what worries them and to ask questions. For your student to be part of individual support, he or she must have a permission form signed by you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through email which is angelle@accendocounseling.com

You will find the permission form for Mrs. Schott in the documents section of the DR App.

 

From Mrs. Hansen, Café coordinator

This year school lunches will no longer be free, unless your family qualifies for the free/reduced lunch program. Lunches will be $3.25 each. You may buy any amount of lunches that you wish. Lunch cards do not expire and are monitored by me. When your child has only two paid meals left, I will email you. You can order using the order form found on the app or a hard copy found on the school information board by the front office. Checks are written to Divine Redeemer. We are optimistic that the snack cart will return this year. This sells snacks such as home baked cookies, chips, drinks, etc. Most items are about a dollar. Snack cards are sold for $5.00 each, and the order form for these is on the same page as the lunch orders. Checks for snack cards are written to Divine Redeemer. You may write one check for both lunches and snacks, but please indicate how you wish to have your money allocated. If you feel that your family qualifies for free/reduced meals, please fill out an application and return it to me. Applications and income guidelines can be found on the app or on the information board. Our first day of hot lunch service will be Thursday, August 18. If you have any questions, please email me at lunchroom@divineredeemer.net

 

Lunch

The cost for school lunch is $3.25 per lunch.  Visit documents in the DR App for the lunch card order form. 

School Children’s Choir (called the St. Michael Choir)

The first day for Children’s Choir practice is August 24 immediately after school.  Practice for K-1 students will end at 4PM; practice for Grades 2-8 students will end at 4:30PM. The Choir

will sing at weekly school Masses and one parish Mass/month, September-May.  More information is located in the DR App. 

Morning drop off

Morning drop-off is defined as Monday through Friday 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM.  All students (and parents and guardians) will enter the school through the tunnel doors on the east side of the school (parking lot side) and parents and guardians escorting their students to class (or the gymnasium-red lanyards required for entrance) will exit back through the tunnel doors.  All students entering the school between 7:15 AM and 7:35 AM must directly report to the gymnasium.  At the 7:35 AM bell, students are free to report to their respective classrooms and/or lockers (if assigned). 

All other doors are for emergency use only, and at no time will any student, parent, or staff member use or open these doors for anyone, regardless of personal recognition, convenience, inclement weather, etc.  Any student, parent, or guardian attempting to enter the school through the front doors (on the west side of the school) during morning drop-off will be asked via the intercom, to go around to the rear of the school and enter through the tunnel doors. 

Parking Lot entrance and exit

During morning drop-off, parents or guardians will enter the parking lot from East Yampa Street on the north side of the parking lot (see green arrow on figure 1) and proceed to the drop-off point and stop, allowing their child(ren) to exit the vehicle (following guidance of the parking lot volunteers).  Then, all traffic must exit the parking lot via North Farragut Avenue on the east side of the parking lot.

Alternatively, parents or guardians wanting to escort/walk their child(ren) to class must enter the parking lot from East Cache La Poudre Street and park on the on the south side of the parking lot .  Upon leaving the parking lot, all traffic must exit via North Farragut Avenue on the east side of the parking lot.

 Late Arrivals

Any student arriving late (after 7:45 AM) must enter the school through the front doors (on the west side of the school) and immediately report to the main office to obtain a tardy pass before continuing to their respective class.

Afternoon Pick Up

Afternoon pick-up is defined as Monday through Friday 2:55 PM to 3:15 PM.  The parking lot gates will open 10 minutes early at 2:45 PM. Parents and guardians can begin arriving at 2:45 PM.  All parents and guardians must use the east side tunnel doors for afternoon pick-up. 

Parents and guardians are not to gather in front of the tunnel door before 2:55 PM and must wait for the dismissal bell before entering the school.  Gathering in front of the doors can pose a safety risk in the event of an emergency.  Additionally, it impedes security as it makes it more difficult to control entry when a large group is crowding the door.

Family Entry

Any parent or guardian wanting to enter the school to pick-up their student(s) from class, purchase SCRIP, lunches, etc., or conduct any other school related business; must present their family ID badge (with red lanyard) prior to entry at the tunnel doors.  While in the school, the family ID badge is to be worn at all times during their visit and must be displayed on the outermost clothing (e.g. not covered by a jacket or sweater.)  If the parent or guardian forgot their badge, they may obtain a visitor badge from the main office.

Spirit Wear

Order forms for DR spirit wear are out!  You can find the order form in documents in the DR App.

School Uniforms begin on Monday, August 22

 

BOYS UNIFORM

 Uniform pants and shorts may be purchased at Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart.Pants and shorts purchased from Wal-Mart must be from the ‘Wonder Nation’ uniform line of clothing.  Only the flat front “School Uniform Approved” line is acceptable. 

 Only Polos with the diocesan fiber lock logo are part of the approved uniform.

 Boys Daily Uniform for Kindergarten-8th Grade:

 Top:                 Red DR short-sleeved or long-sleeved polo shirt or red DR turtleneck with logo

                        Uniform shirts are only available through Dennis Uniforms

                        Undershirts must not extend beyond the sleeves of uniform shirts.

Bottom K-5:    Navy blue uniform pants or navy blue uniform shorts available through Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart (must be from the Wal-Mart Wonder Nation’

Uniform pants/shorts-NO cargo or pull-on pants or shorts-flat front only)

Bottom 6-8:    Khaki uniform pants or Khaki uniform shorts

                        Available through Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart (must be from the Wal-Mart ‘Wonder Nation’

Uniform pants/shorts-NO cargo or pull-on pants or shorts-flat front only)

Belt                  Brown or black (or navy for K-5)

Socks:             Solid Red, white, navy blue or black (socks must match each other)

Shoes:             Athletic or Dress shoes which are predominately Brown or Black-not gray (colored stripes and

detailing is acceptable).NO BOOTS.  If the uniform shoe is an athletic shoe, it may also be worn for PE.

PE K-5:            Athletic shoes with non-marking soles for PE.Shoes will be tested to ensure they are

non-marking.Shoes that make marks on the gym floor must be replaced.

PE 6-8:             Red DR gym shirt or DR spirit shirt

Blue or Black athletic shorts (no more than 3 inches from the knee)OR Blue or Black athletic/sweat pants

Athletic shoes with non-marking soles for PE.Shoes will be tested to ensure they are

non-marking.Shoes that make marks on the gym floor must be replaced.

 

Outerwear:    DR ¼ zip and full zip outwear sold through Dennis or our Spirit Stores that has the

Diocesan DR logo may be worn in the classroom and Mass.   Other outerwear with the Diocesan DR logo is approved too.

 

UNIFORM SHOES

All students in grades K-8 are required to wear uniform shoes every day. Uniform shoes can be purchased at any retail store. All shoes must fit the following requirements:

  • Shoes must be predominately brown or black athletic or dress shoes-not gray
  • Colored stripes or detailing is acceptable
  • Shoes must have closed toes and closed heels (no sandals, crocs or flip-flops are permitted)
  • Shoes may not be boots,moccasins, high heels or slippers
  • Shoes must remain on the feet during activities such as football and kickball
  • Laced shoes must be tied at all times
  • Shoes may not have lights or wheels
  • Shoes must be safe for school use
  • If the uniform shoe is an athletic shoe, it may also be worn for PE.

Boys may not wear the following:

  • Any form of visible jewelry (including earrings, finger rings, or body piercing) except an appropriate wristwatch, a single necklace and a single bracelet (this does not include fabric wristbands).
  • Any form of make-up or nail polish
  • Unnatural looking or non-prescription contact lenses or non-prescription glasses
  • Any form of headgear (hats, headbands, etc.)
  • Any form of facial hair (boys must be clean-shaven)
  • Tattoos (including temporary tattoos)
  • Cologne

 

Boy’s hair must meet the following regulations:

  • Hair must be well groomed and cleaned regularly
  • Hair length must not extend past the collar (in the back) or below the top of the eye (in the front)
  • Hair may not be shaved with symbols or writing
  • No unnaturally colored dyed hair is permitted (examples: blue, purple, green)
  • Inappropriate hairstyles are not permitted, as defined by the administration. Inappropriate hairstyles include: tails, tucks, braids, highlights, Mohawks, spiked hair, “Man Buns”, etc.

 

GIRLS UNIFORM:

Uniform pants and shorts may be purchased at Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart. Pants, skorts and shorts purchased from Wal-Mart must be from the ‘Wonder Nation’ uniform line of clothing.Pants, skorts, and shorts purchased at Wal-Mart from the ‘Wonder Nation’ uniform line MUST have the sticker that says “School Uniform Approved”.  Only Polos with the diocesan fiber lock logo are part of the approved uniform.

 

Girl’s Daily Uniform for Kindergarten-8th grade:

Top:                 Red DR short-sleeved or long-sleeved polo shirt or red DR turtleneck with logo

                        Available through Dennis Uniforms

                        Undershirts must not extend beyond the sleeves of uniform shirts.

Bottom K-5:    Plaid jumper, skirt or skort or Navy blue uniform pants, shorts,skort or capri (only at Wal-Mart)

                        Plaid jumper, skirt and skort are only available through Dennis Uniforms

                        Pants, shorts and skorts are available through Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart

                  Pants, skorts, capris and short purchased from Wal-Mart must be from the ‘Wonder                    Nation

·                               uniform line of clothing. NO JEGGINGS OR BOOT CUT PULL-ON PANTS OR SHORTS.

·        No more than 3” above the knee.

·                              

·       Bottom 6-8:    Plaid skirt or skort or khaki uniform pants, shorts,skort or Capri (only at Wal-Mart)

·                               Available through Dennis Uniforms or Wal-Mart

·       Pants, skorts, capris and short purchased from Wal-Mart must be from the ‘Wonder Nation’ uniform line of clothing.   NO JEGGINGS OR BOOT CUT PULL-ON PANTS OR SHORTS.

·       No more than 3” above the knee.

·        

·       Belt:                 Brown or Black (or navy K-5)

·       Socks:             Solid Red, white, navy blue or black socks or tights (socks must match each other)

·       Shoes:             Athletic or Dress shoes which are predominately Brown or Black-not gray (colored stripes and

·                               detailing is acceptable).No boots.

·       PE K-5:            Athletic shoes with non-marking soles for PE.Shoes will be tested to ensure they are

·       non-marking.Shoes that make marks on the gym floor must be replaced.

·       PE 6-8:             Red DR gym shirt or DR spirit shirt

·       Blue or Black athletic shorts, no soffe (cheer) shorts (no more than 3 inches from the knee)OR Blue or Black athletic/sweat pants, but no spandex/lycra pants

·       Athletic shoes with non-marking soles for PE.Shoes will be tested to ensure they are

·       non-marking.Shoes that make marks on the gym floor must be replaced.

·        

·       Outerwear:    DR ¼ zip, hoodie, and full zip outwear sold through Dennis or our Spirit Stores that has the

·                               Diocesan DR logo may be worn in the classroom and Mass.

UNIFORM SHOES

All students in grades K-8 are required to wear uniform shoes every day. Uniform shoes can be purchased at any retail store. All shoes must fit the following requirements:

  • Shoes must be predominately brown or black athletic or dress shoes-not gray
  • Colored stripes or detailing is acceptable
  • Shoes must have closed toes and closed heels (no sandals, crocs or flip-flops are permitted)
  • Shoes may not be boots,moccasins, high heelsor slippers
  • Shoes must remain on the feet during activities such as football and kickball
  • Laced shoes must be tied at all times
  • Shoes may not have lights or wheels
  • Shoes must be safe for school use
  • If the uniform shoe is an athletic shoe, it may also be worn for PE.

 

 

Girls may not wear the following:

  • Perfume
  • More than two pairs of earrings (earrings must be studs or small hoops only)
  • More than one ring or bracelet per hand
  • Girls in Preschool-5th grade may not wear makeup. Excessive use of make-up or make-up with glitter in grades 6-8 is not allowed.
  • Any other form of jewelry or body piercing
  • Tattoos (including temporary tattoos)
  • Unnatural or non-prescription contact lenses or non-prescription glasses
  • Any form of headgear (including hats, etc.); However non-distracting barrettes and hair-ties may be worn.

 

Girl’s hair must meet the following regulations:

  • Hair must be well groomed and cleaned regularly
  • Hair may not be shaved with any symbols or writing
  • No Hair wraps, extensions, colored streaks or attachments
  • Unnaturally dyed hair coloring is not permitted (examples are green, purple, blue)