“Life is about change. Sometimes it is painful, sometimes it
is beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.”
Dear Students, Parents, and Members of the Greater CCS Community,
Our wonderful school has undergone several changes this year. The transition to being a Notre Dame ACE Academy in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has helped usher in new ideas and practices with the goal of providing a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many students as possible. We have defined our Root Beliefs, implemented a Core Value curriculum, and provided teachers with additional development and resources to support their efforts in the classroom. These changes have already contributed to a strengthened school culture and academic program, and I have no doubt that will continue for many years to come.
The purpose of this letter is to let you know of another change that will be taking place for the 2017-2018 school year. After many months of prayer and contemplation, I have decided not to return as principal of Central Catholic. For some time, I have been feeling called to serve the students and families of our Indianapolis Catholic schools in a different way. While I do not know exactly what that will look like yet, it is my hope that I can use my gifts to serve students and families in a more direct and broader sense.
I assure you that my job here at CCS is not finished yet! We have eight weeks of school left, and I intend to approach these remaining weeks with the same level of effort I have given throughout my tenure. As I welcomed our students back from Spring Break on Monday, I challenged them to “finish strong.” I intend to do the same.
Knowing that both Mr. Kitchens and I are leaving after this school year, you may have some questions or concerns about what comes next. Please know that Mr. Kitchens and I both intend to leave CCS in excellent shape for the new administration, and we will assist with the transition in any way that we can. We are confident in the leadership and guidance provided by the Archdiocese and Notre Dame ACE Academies, both of which are committed to securing quality leaders for Central Catholic. If you have any specific questions or concerns, I strongly encourage you to come in to talk with us!
CCS has been my 2nd home for the last 4 years, and I will take with me many wonderful memories. I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I begin this new journey. Please know that you will always be in mine!
In Service to God’s Children,
During the month of December we will be focusing on the Core Value of Love. Last week I introduced this to the students with a review of the Great Commandment: Love God with your whole heart, whole soul, and whole mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself. At mass last Friday and this Thursday, we reminded our students that a great way to show God how much we love him is to fully participate in the prayers and songs with strong voices. We will continue to reinforce this throughout this month. When it comes to the other half of the Great Commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves, we talked about how we can show love for others. Specifically, we will be focusing on being a friend to someone who needs a friend. I have seen many examples of this over the course of this week, and I look forward to recognizing our students for all they do to show love toward one another. During this Advent Season, take time as a family to discuss how you can show Love for God and for your neighbors.
Can you believe we are already 5 weeks into the school year? We are officially half way through the 1st Quarter. As we continue to incorporate our Root Beliefs into our daily routines, it is our hope that you are also seeing the progress that we have noticed here at school. We have been working hard on quiet hallways, greeting each other with "Good Morning", and using strong voices during morning assembly and Mass. Each class is making good progress, and this week we started celebrating that progress by awarding one class each week with the Spirit Stick. (As your children to tell you more about this!) As we continue to move through the year, we will add more operating norms that align with our Core Values of Seek, Persist, Excel, Love and Serve, and also with our Root Beliefs. As a reminder, here is our list of Root Beliefs:
1. We believe that all are created in the image and likeness of God
2. We believe that Excellence Happens on Purpose
3. We believe that Every Minute Matters
4. We believe that each person has a unique capacity to learn
5. We believe that there is strength in unity
6. We believe that we are all called to be saints
We are off and running! What a great first week of school! This week we introduced our students to our theme of "Central Catholic R.O.C.K.S!" R.O.C.K.S stands for "Respect Others with Compassion, Kindness and Service." Students will earn R.O.C.K.S.tar tickets when they use their life skills and behave in ways that align with our theme and school wide root beliefs. Our students did a wonderful job this week ... we are looking forward to having a school full of R.O.C.K.S.tars!
This week we also talked a lot about our Operating Norms, which are our procedures for the school day. I will be introducing you to those Operating Norms beginning next week, and will continue to do so as we develop them over the course of this year. Be sure to ask your children what they can tell you about Voice Levels and how to walk in the hallway! We worked hard on those this week!
Welcome back to Central Catholic School a Notre Dame Ace Academy! This 2016 - 2017 school year is going to be full of amazing things! With all of our new staff and parents volunteering, we will make all of our extracurricular programs and events special for all of our kids!
I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of you for signing up, and for the opportunity to help make our school year a success. Being a part of the PTO is a great opportunity to meet other parents, hear about upcoming events, help with planning of such events, or just voice a concern /question.
Just a reminder the meetings will be every 3rd Tuesday, unless it falls on a break. Also we have decided to alternate meeting times between morning or evening so that all parents can be involved. All dates have already been scheduled and are available on our school’s website. We will also handout reminder flyers, and send emails before each meeting too. Meetings will only last an hour and during our evening meetings childcare will be provided, as we are helping our 8th graders receive the community hours for their schooling. We will also have someone there to help translate. Please let us know if we are leaving anything out.
Please make sure that you complete your safe and sacred process and turn in the $10 to the office. Remember you have to do this, even to go on field trips!
Hope to see everyone on Tuesday August 16 at 6:30 PM.
If you have any questions regarding volunteering or PTO please contact
Mrs. Kelly England
PTO general email box,
And again Thank you for helping looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!
Greetings from Central Catholic School!
We hope you are all enjoying your summer break! It is hard to believe that July is nearly over and the first day of school is just around the corner. The faculty and staff have been hard at work all summer, gearing up for the start of another great school year. While we finish preparing for August 8th, we thought we would take this opportunity to let you know what's new this year!
As most of you know, on July 1st we officially became Central Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy. Back in June, our staff spent a week up at Notre Dame learning about what it means to be an ACE Academy. We took time as a staff to discuss what we believe about Catholic education, and what is important to us as Central Catholic School. From those discussions, we developed a set of Root Beliefs. Those beliefs are still in draft form as we continue the conversation, but we look forward to sharing them with you on Sunday, August 7th at our Back to School Ice Cream Social.
Around school, you will most certainly notice some changes. With the transition to being an ACE Academy, we will have some new signage, a new logo, new letterhead, and even a new look to our website. In addition to a few physical changes, you will notice some new faces on staff. At this time, we are still in the process of filling some of the support positions, but we wanted to introduce you to a few of the newcomers to our staff. Joining our staff this year are Miss Meredith Ruxer (PreK), Miss Kathleen Funk (Kindergarten), Miss Ashley Davis (5th Grade), Mr. Brandon Bowling (MS Language Arts and Social Studies), and Miss Kirsten Davidson (Resource). We also welcome Mrs. Carissa McNulty and Mr. Jim Wood, who will be serving as Instructional Assistants. We are thrilled to have them as part of our CCS staff and know that you will join us in welcoming them to the CCS family!
This year we are also looking forward to further implementing many of the programs that we were able to purchase with our Community Health and Wellness Grant from St. Vincent Hospital. You will see recess programs designed to keep peace on our playground, as well as a number of other programs designed to help our students be more aware of healthy choices. And of course, we look forward to implementing our Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the first weeks of school. Through that program, we look forward to building kindness and good character in all our students. You will be hearing more about these incredible programs in the upcoming weeks.
Please plan to join us on Sunday, August 7th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. We will begin with a whole group session, and then you will have time to go visit your children’s classrooms and meet the teachers. Please feel free to bring school supplies with you! After you meet the teachers, be sure to stop back by the gym to visit the different stations and get some ice cream! We look forward to seeing you all there!
In Service to God's Children,