Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We’re thrilled to have you and look forward to a wonderful year together!

To view photos of our first day, CLICK HERE.

New Traffic Pattern!

STUDENT SAFETY AND NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN

Near the end of last school year, one of our students was hit by a car on Ellison Avenue near the Church after dismissal.  Thankfully the student was not seriously injured but this event requires all of us to evaluate and redouble our safety efforts.  First, we ask that you regularly tell your children that they must only cross streets inside marked crosswalks.  The student that was hit was not in the crosswalk and the driver never expected him to cross in her path where he did.

Second, we need those parents who are dropping off or picking up their children to obey the following rules for the safety of your children and their classmates.

  • There shall be no turning around in the driveways across the street on Ellison Avenue.  Not only is this inconsiderate to our neighbors and other parents, it is extremely dangerous.  We intentionally cross all of our walkers on Ellison at the driveway of the school.  So the children are directed to walk on the sidewalk across the street from school on Ellison to and from the Linwood intersection where there is another crossing guard to get them across Linwood.  If you pull into one of those driveways on Ellison to turn around, there is a very good chance you could hit one of our walkers, especially the little ones who you cannot see walking behind cars parked on the street.  DO NOT TURN AROUND ON ELLISON!!
  • During morning drop off cars should pull up to the curb with the flow of traffic.  Children are to enter and leave cars on the curb side only. In order to keep the traffic flow moving have your student(s) ready to exit the car as soon as you come to a stop.  This will alleviate backups. When coming down Ellison to drop off also be sure that you do not block the cross walk.
  • All afternoon pickups must be in the car line behind school.  We strongly encourage all afternoon car riders to use the car line behind school.  For your convenience and the safety of the children, we dismiss car riders first and allow the car line to leave the parking lot before we release the walkers.  Parking on Ellison or in the Church driveway creates a serious safety issue.  It puts more cars on Ellison and Linwood while the walkers are being dismissed increasing the odds of an incident.  We regularly see children dart across Ellison to get to a parent’s car or to talk to friends who are in those cars.  It is after school that the students simply do not pay attention to traffic on Ellison. If you are running late and miss getting into the car line, do not try to force your way up Ellison or the driveway.  If you can, let us know and we will hold your children until the walkers have been dismissed and then you can come up the driveway and safely pick up your children at the school office at 2:45.  In the alternative, if you cannot get into the car line, please designate a place at least two blocks away from the school where you will pick up your child who will be dismissed with the walkers.  During afternoon pickup, we want to see nothing but buses on Ellison and all cars in the car line in the school parking lot.
  • Do not use the steps from Ellison.  The barricades on the steps are there for a reason – safety.  We have your children enter and exit the school premises at one single point – the driveway where we have a teacher and crossing guards – so we can keep a much better watch on them and moving traffic.  Do not allow or encourage your children to go around the barricade and use the steps from Ellison to the Parish Center.

New Morning Traffic Pattern

Morning drop off is a traffic jam compounded by rush hour traffic on Linwood.  One significant cause of the traffic jam is the time that is spent unloading the buses on Ellison and cars that come down Ellison making it difficult for the empty buses to get up onto Nash Avenue.  In an effort to try to alleviate the traffic jam, we are going to try a new bus pattern in the mornings.  We will now have all buses turn off Linwood at Van Dyke, head up Van Dyke to Nash, take Nash to Ellison and then come down Ellison and up (the exit driveway) into the school parking lot where the children will be unloaded near the cafeteria entrance.  The buses will then come back down the driveway and turn left onto Ellison Avenue so they have a traffic light allowing them to get back onto Linwood.  This will eliminate the time the buses are stopped on Ellison unloading and should allow the buses to enter/exit more quickly which will in turn allow you to do the same.  If you are dropping off your children in the morning, please be considerate of the buses.  Yield to the buses and give them room to pass you on Van Dyke, Nash and Ellison.  You can easily pull over to the right; they cannot.  Stop on Ellison to let the buses enter and exit the school driveway.  We will still have all walkers and children being dropped off come up the driveway, but they will be separated from the bus traffic with cones.  We will try this new bus pattern to see if it improves the traffic congestion and either stick with it or go back to the former system depending on what works best.  Let us know what you think of the new pattern.

Mt. Lookout Square

After dismissal, some students typically go to Mt. Lookout Square, especially on Fridays.  This is after school hours and off our premises so we cannot be responsible for what happens to your children in the Square.  That does not mean we do not care, nor that we do not regularly receive calls, complaints and concerns about this from the public and the businesses in the Square.  We know that students from other schools are in the Square, but we see many Pacelli uniforms in the crowd.  The last thing anyone wants is for one of our children to be hurt, or be inconsiderate to our neighbors and local businesses.  We encourage you as parents to seriously think about whether your child is mature enough to be on the Square unsupervised during rush hour traffic.  We think it is better that your child be alive and well than “cool” and hit by a vehicle.  We randomly visit the Square and will not hesitate to call out unsafe or inappropriate behavior when we see it, but we will not be there every Friday and we need your help.  Talk to your kids about appropriate behavior on the Square.  If they are not mature enough to go to the Square, don’t let them.  If you see things in the Square that make you uncomfortable and you know the children who are involved, speak up.  Talk to the children directly, talk to their parents or talk to us.

We hope for a safe school year.  With your consideration and watchful parenting, it will be.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

Sincerely,

Terri Cento                                                                Fr. Ed Smith

Principal                                                                    Pastor

CCD Registration

CCD stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, or more simply Catholic religious education for children. Through attending CCD classes, children learn about the Catholic faith as they study scripture, prayer, Catholic doctrine, and Catholic traditions. CCD also prepares students for the reception of Sacraments.

Classes begin Monday, September 9 and are held most Mondays, September through May from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  We encourage all children who do not attend Catholic grade schools to attend weekly CCD classes.

Register for the 2013-2014 School Year by printing the registration form below. Please return registration forms with payment on, or before September 9, 2013.

Come meet the CCD staff following the 10 am Mass on Sunday, August 18.

2013-2014 REGISTRATION FORM

2013-2014 CCD CALENDAR

Additional information about CCD can be obtained here.

Contact Emily Daley, Coordinator of Religious Education at [email protected] or 321-2146 for more information or to be placed on our mailing list.

Requirements For Volunteers: VIRTUS

Starting July 1, 2014, all people who work or volunteer within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must attend a live VIRTUS session AND read their monthly bulletins. Additionally, up until now, volunteers, teachers, staff  and clerics were required to be fingerprinted every five years. Beginning January 1, 2014, volunteers will not have to be fingerprinted, but they will have to do a background check with Selection.com from within their VIRTUS account.

If you have further questions about the new background check process or VIRTUS, CLICK HERE.

Effective June 18, 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has substantially changed the way it conducts training for its Decree on Child Protection.  All training sessions on the Decree will now be known as VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Sessions.  Each Awareness Session will last 3 hours.  No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the sessions.  You must pre-register with VIRTUS® before attending. Walk-in’s are not permitted.  To register follow the registration instructions.
Online Virtus® Registration instructions.

This is in conjunction with the already in place Child Protection Decree Program that the Archdiocese has sponsored for the past several years. Even if you have already completed the Child Protection Decree Program, all people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must also attend (or have already attended) a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children.
View the 11 minute program introduction.

For more information, please visit the Protecting Our Children page on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website.

TO REGISTER:
To register for a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session, please go to www.virtus.org (the VIRTUS® Home Page) and choose the yellow “Registration” link in the left hand column. Then choose “Register for a Session” and pick Cincinnati (Archdiocese of Cincinnati) from the drop down box. The registration instructions will then prompt you to set up a user name and password and ask some other questions. You can then sign up for any one of the many currently scheduled VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions from all across the Archdiocese. You can also find step-by-step VIRTUS® session registration instructions on the Archdiocese website at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Online-registration-instructions.pdf.

VIRTUS® REQUIRED MONTHLY CONTINUING EDUCATION BULLETINS
The required monthly VIRTUS® Bulletins are posted on or about the first Sunday of each calendar month. You do not need to receive an email reminder from VIRTUS® in order to read your monthly Bulletin. Rather, please set up a personal monthly reminder in your calendar on, (e.g. the 15th day of each month), to log in to VIRTUS® and check your VIRTUS® Training tab. Your monthly VIRTUS® Bulletin will be there to view and answer the question. This will ensure that you do not miss any VIRTUS® Bulletins.

If you have any questions, please contact our Virtus Trainer/Facilitator – Tracy Anderson at [email protected]

Become A Catholic! RCIA Program

Learn more about your Faith! Take a journey with Jesus!

All of these statements describe what can happen in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process. We have a dynamic leadership team here at Christ the King.  Seminarian Chris Geiger had this to say, “Attending the RCIA program at Christ the King was the highlight of my week, every week. It was an opportunity for us to mutually encourage each other in our faith journey, and to talk candidly about the issues involved in living the Catholic life.”

If you or someone you know, would be interested in exploring the faith, deepening your relationship with God, or entering the Church, please join us! The RCIA sessions are held on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 16th. Please contact Fr. Ed at 321-4121 or [email protected] if you are interested, or know someone who might be considering this wonderful opportunity.

The Gift of the Priesthood

The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati recently released a YouTube video focusing on Mount  St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s  priestly formation titled; “The Gift of the Priesthood.” This video,  features: – the Rev. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, Rev. Anthony Brausch,  Rev. Earl Fernandes, and Rev. David Endres. To view the video, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCWFKe5w-WA