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Announcements 10-17-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY

When I stand before God
at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit
of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 17, On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the
1920s and 1930s.

Pink Rally Towels will be on sale at lunches today for $3.00.  This is to support Friday night’s PINK OUT Theme at the Football Game at Comstock Park.

Boys Basketball Sign-ups: Stop by Coach Meerman’s room (301) for info and to sign up. Tryouts start on November 5th after school or after your fall sport season ends.

Found – Purple Retainer – can be picked up in the main office! 

Fall Show – A Murder Is Announced – Hey kids, why not take advantage of the two days off to get over to the PAC and pick up your tickets to the Fall Show, A Murder Is Announced?  The Box Office is open from noon to 5pm on both Thursday and Friday. Buy your tickets now to get the best possible seats available. Come match wits with Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s female hero, as she tries to solve a murder. Most don’t before the killer is revealed. Check your school email for a coupon for $1 off the price of your ticket. See you at the show.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Priestly Vocations.  Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m. This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Oct. 7, Nov. 11Dec. 9Jan. 13Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5. Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910. Questions? Email Fr. Ron Hutchinsonrhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org or Fr. Stephen Durkee sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Want to see what the life of a seminarian is like?
The annual Vianney Visit is taking place November 15-17. This road trip
to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota is hosted by Fr. Ron Hutchinson and Fr. Stephen Durkee. The trip allows young men, ages 16-24, to visit the seminary, see what college life is like, and think about the priesthood as a vocation.  All transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost. To register, please call: 616-288-0910.

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

HEALTH CAREERS IMMERSION PROGRAM – Application opens October 15, 2018 .
Current Kent County high school SENIORS interested in exploring health careers during the 2019 Winter semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program .  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience is open to all Kent County high school seniors. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Click here for full details and application.

Kent Career Tech Center Community Open House Oct 18
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
KCTC Main Campus, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

KCTC Health Science Early College Academy (HSECA) Downtown Market Open House Oct 23
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Downtown Market 109 Logan SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

Talk & Tour Career Series 
Designed for students in grades 7-12, these career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask your career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  These events are free, but space is limited.  Upcoming events: Tuesday, October 16 – Careers in Engineering & ManufacturingOctober 23 – Careers in Public Health.  Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year.  Get more details or find registration links at www.bit.ly/Talk-Tour  (REGISTER EARLY)

College Visits Week of October 22, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018
Marian University – 11:45 a.m.
Marquette University – 11:45 a.m.
DePauw University – 1:05 p.m.
Illinois Institute of Technology – 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2018
Earlham College – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Furman University – 11:20 a.m.
Loyola University Chicago – 11:20 a.m.
Oakland University – 12:20 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
University of Cincinnati – 11:40 a.m.
Purdue University – 11:40 a.m.
Saginaw Valley State University – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Pacific Northwest College of Art – 11:40 a.m.

Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU –  May God the Weaver be with you. May you gaze with wonder at the tapestry of your life. As you recall the people who have threaded your life and the experiences that have been woven into your story, may you see what God sees: a work of art reflecting a wondrous pattern of God’s making, laced with God’s love and abiding presence. May you entrust all that is yet to come into God’s hands. May God the Weaver bless you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


Love     Lead     Serve     Strive     Wonder     Honor

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Announcements 10-16-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
John W. Gardner


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 16, 1854 Oscar Wilde is born on this day in Dublin, Ireland. He grew up in Ireland and went to England to attend Oxford, where he graduated with honors in 1878. A popular society figure known for his wit and flamboyant style, he published his own book of poems in 1881. He spent a year lecturing on poetry in the United States, where his dapper wardrobe and excessive devotion to art drew ridicule from some quarters.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Priestly Vocations.  Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m. This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Oct. 7, Nov. 11Dec. 9Jan. 13Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5. Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910. Questions? Email Fr. Ron Hutchinsonrhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org or Fr. Stephen Durkee sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Want to see what the life of a seminarian is like?
The annual Vianney Visit is taking place November 15-17. This road trip
to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota is hosted by Fr. Ron Hutchinson and Fr. Stephen Durkee. The trip allows young men, ages 16-24, to visit the seminary, see what college life is like, and think about the priesthood as a vocation.  All transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost. To register, please call: 616-288-0910.

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

HEALTH CAREERS IMMERSION PROGRAM – Application opens October 15, 2018 .
Current Kent County high school SENIORS interested in exploring health careers during the 2019 Winter semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program .  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience is open to all Kent County high school seniors. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Click here for full details and application.

Kent Career Tech Center Community Open House Oct 18
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
KCTC Main Campus, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

KCTC Health Science Early College Academy (HSECA) Downtown Market Open House Oct 23
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Downtown Market 109 Logan SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

Talk & Tour Career Series 
Designed for students in grades 7-12, these career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask your career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  These events are free, but space is limited.  Upcoming events: Tuesday, October 16 – Careers in Engineering & ManufacturingOctober 23 – Careers in Public Health.  Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year.  Get more details or find registration links at www.bit.ly/Talk-Tour  (REGISTER EARLY)

College Visits

Week of October 15, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Grand Valley State University – 11:20 a.m.
Wabash College – 11:20 a.m.
Concordia University – Ann Arbor – 12:20 p.m.

College Visits Week of October 22, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Marian University – 11:45 a.m.
Marquette University – 11:45 a.m.
DePauw University – 1:05 p.m.
Illinois Institute of Technology – 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2018
Earlham College – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Furman University – 11:20 a.m.
Loyola University Chicago – 11:20 a.m.
Oakland University – 12:20 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
University of Cincinnati – 11:40 a.m.
Purdue University – 11:40 a.m.
Saginaw Valley State University – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Pacific Northwest College of Art – 11:40 a.m.

Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Lunch – Wednesday – Pizza & Chicken Noodle Soup

Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Rain be upon you, nurturing your soul with God’s grace, bringing beauty and joy to your life. May the rain flow through you, cleansing mind and heart of the stagnation of the world. May it fall gently on your spirit, giving peace and calm to your life and penetrating the hearts and spirits of those who people your day. May the God of Rain bless you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Cougar Parent News 10/17

Today’s Blessing
May God the Weaver be with you. May you gaze with wonder at the tapestry of your life. As you recall the people who have threaded your life and the experiences that have been woven into your story, may you see what God sees: a work of art reflecting a wondrous pattern of God’s making, laced with God’s love and abiding presence. May you entrust all that is yet to come into God’s hands. May God the Weaver bless you.
–Maxine Shonk, OP

No Classes 10/18 – 10/19/18

There are no classes on Thursday, 10/18 or Friday, 10/19.  Faculty and staff will be attending the MANS Education Conference, a gathering of Michigan faith-based schools with a commitment to Christian mission and excellence in education.  Keep us in prayer as we grow in faith and strengthen our capacity to uphold our mission.

Concession Volunteers Needed

We are in need of concessions volunteers for the rest of the fall season. Please click here to sign-up.

Smart Aid Workshop

Need assistance filling out your Smart Aid application for the 2019-2020 school year? Catholic Central and the Diocese of Grand Rapids will host two workshops on October 30 & November 15 at Catholic Central, each at 6:00 PM. Preregistration is required. Click here to reserve your spot!

Discovery Day

Wondering what’s Next in your middle school child’s education? Bring them to Discovery Day at Catholic Central on Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 PM where they can take tours, meet faculty and staff, and discover what Catholic Central is all about. Click here to register for Discovery Day! Discover Catholic. Discover you.

Parent Ambassadors

Have you been wondering how you can help enhance the enrollment process for future Cougar families? Opportunities include: Admissions Events, Middle School Presence, Multicultural Outreach, New Family Mentor, and Parish Presence. Email Director of Admissions, Alyssa O’Rourke, at alyssaorourke@grcatholiccentral.org if you would like to volunteer as a Parent Ambassador for the current school year.

Science Olympiad at CC

Our students have spoken!  They want a Science Olympiad team at CC.  With over 20 students at our first meeting, the science department was elated.  As we begin to form teams (possibly 2 teams as each team is only allowed 15 members), we invite any interested parents to support our students as we prepare for the March 23rd Regional at GVSU.  If interested, please contact Catherine Molloseau (catherinemolloseau@grcatholiccentral.org) or Julie VanderMolen(julievandermolen@grcatholiccentral.org).

All A’s Video

Thank you Logan ’20 and Jacob Ormstad ’19 and Mr. Hilaski for filming and editing this year’s All A’s video! Click Here to watch.

Election Time at CC! 

Freshmen Elections information has been emailed out to the Class of 2022.

There are 6 Class Representative positions available.  Please check in with your Freshmen if you feel this leadership opportunity is a good fit. Contact Mrs. DeYoung if you have any questions- krisdeyoung@grcatholiccentral.org
Blood Drive
Catholic Central is hosting its first Blood Drive for the school year on Oct. 31.  The Catholic Central community is welcome to join in.  MiBlood will be set up in our Gym Lobby from 8:00 to 12:30.  Come for the snacks, but stay to save lives.

Attention Senior Parents! A message from the Senior All Night Party Committee

Planning is in full swing for the SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY (“SANP”) for the Class of 2019! The planning committee is excited to continue this CC tradition of providing a SAFE and FUN night for the Class of 2019 following the graduation ceremony. More information will be forthcoming; Click Here to check out the SANP website for info and forms throughout the year:
The FUNDRAISING fun starts now and we need the help of all of our seniors and parents to make this a success. Order forms and instructions for the APPLE PIE SALE were distributed this week. Each senior is asked to sell 10 pies ($10 each/3 for $27) and should submit orders with payment by OCTOBER 30, 2018. We’ll prep and assemble these awesome pies on November 10 and November 11 and will need many senior and parent volunteers on those dates! It’s fun and profitable and will help offset the costs of the SANP. Click Here to sign up to help.
Please contact Lisa at luczak@charter.net or Steve at swluczak@gmail.com with any questions on the Apple Pie Sale or SANP fundraising. THANK YOU for your participation! Photographs: We’re compiling a slideshow of pictures and want to include all of our seniors! Please submit any photos of your senior and their friends/teammates/etc. at CC events to Michelle at
mbkunzler@gmail.com.
If you have any general questions about the SANP or wish to volunteer to help a committee, please email ccsanp2019@gmail.com. We welcome your participation!

 

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Announcements 10-15-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY

But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.
Anne Bronte


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 15, 1991 After a bitter confirmation hearing, the U.S. Senate votes 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Priestly Vocations.  Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m. This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Oct. 7, Nov. 11Dec. 9Jan. 13Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5. Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910. Questions? Email Fr. Ron Hutchinsonrhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org or Fr. Stephen Durkee sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Want to see what the life of a seminarian is like?
The annual Vianney Visit is taking place November 15-17. This road trip
to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota is hosted by Fr. Ron Hutchinson and Fr. Stephen Durkee. The trip allows young men, ages 16-24, to visit the seminary, see what college life is like, and think about the priesthood as a vocation.  All transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost. To register, please call: 616-288-0910.

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

HEALTH CAREERS IMMERSION PROGRAM – Application opens October 15, 2018 .
Current Kent County high school SENIORS interested in exploring health careers during the 2019 Winter semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program .  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience is open to all Kent County high school seniors. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Click here for full details and application.

Kent Career Tech Center Community Open House Oct 18
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
KCTC Main Campus, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

KCTC Health Science Early College Academy (HSECA) Downtown Market Open House Oct 23
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Downtown Market 109 Logan SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
http://www.thetechcenter.org/

Talk & Tour Career Series 
Designed for students in grades 7-12, these career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one! Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask your career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  These events are free, but space is limited.  Upcoming events: Tuesday, October 16 – Careers in Engineering & ManufacturingOctober 23 – Careers in Public Health.  Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year.  Get more details or find registration links at www.bit.ly/Talk-Tour  (REGISTER EARLY)

College Visits

Week of October 15, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Villanova University – 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Kalamazoo College – 11:40 a.m.
University of Toledo – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Grand Valley State University – 11:20 a.m.
Wabash College – 11:20 a.m.
Concordia University – Ann Arbor – 12:20 p.m.

College Visits Week of October 22, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
Marian University – 11:45 a.m.
Marquette University – 11:45 a.m.
DePauw University – 1:05 p.m.
Illinois Institute of Technology – 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2018
Earlham College – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Furman University – 11:20 a.m.
Loyola University Chicago – 11:20 a.m.
Oakland University – 12:20 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
University of Cincinnati – 11:40 a.m.
Purdue University – 11:40 a.m.
Saginaw Valley State University – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Pacific Northwest College of Art – 11:40 a.m.

Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Lunch – Tuesday – Egg Bowls, Monte Cristo & Chicken Noodle Soup

Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Gentleness be with you, caressing you with sunlight and a gentle breeze; may God’s tenderness shine through you, warming all who are hurting and lonely. May you hold everything of who you are in open, loving hands, noticing and cherishing the goodness of your creation. May the blessing of Gentleness be on you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Announcements 10-11-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
John Burroughs


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 11, 2002, former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

Father Colin will be hearing confessions tomorrowFriday during focus time.

BAND – Congratulations to the Cougar Marching Band for earning a Division One (Superior) Rating at the District Marching Band Festival!  This marks the 10th year in a row for our band to earn that high honor.  We are proud of your hard work, CC band students!!

You’ve got school spirit – but do you want more? Tomorrow after school there will be Boom Sticks and Spirit Poms for sale!
Boom sticks – $3.00 per pair- oh, did I mention- they Light Up!
Spirit Poms – $1.00 each
We will be in the 1st floor of the Student Center- numbers are limited!

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

College Visits
Week of October 8, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018
University of Chicago – 11:40 a.m.
Miami University, Oxford – 11:40 a.m.
Kettering University – 12:10 p.m.

College Visits

Week of October 15, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Villanova University – 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Kalamazoo College – 11:40 a.m.
University of Toledo – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Grand Valley State University – 11:20 a.m.
Wabash College – 11:20 a.m.
Concordia University – Ann Arbor – 12:20 p.m.

Peer Tutoring – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org
Peer Tutoring Interest Form 
Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Lunch – Friday – Pizza & Turkey Rueben
School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.
Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
Family Directories – Family Directories, provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Creativity be with you, helping you to brave new ground and test new horizons; calling you to trust and risk being a co-creator of the Kingdom. May the gift of creativity bring you to a recognition of ever new revelations of God’s goodness. May the blessing of Creativity be on you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Announcements 10-9-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Christopher Columbus


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 9, 1936, harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles.

SENIOR LOT CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY – This Wednesday the Senior lot will not be available for any students to use.  The lot is reserved for those attending the High School with a Higher Calling luncheon.

BAND – Good Luck to the Cougar Marching Band as they compete at the District Marching Band Festival on Tuesday, Oct 9 at East Kentwood High School!

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

Service Hours – New Volunteer opportunity information is available in 304. Stop by even if you did not sign up to be part of Uprise.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

Lost & Found – Lost items are in the main office.  Items that are not picked up will be donated to Good Will on October 12.

College Visits
Week of October 8, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Davidson College – 11:40 a.m.
Vanderbilt University – 11:40 a.m.
The College of Wooster – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018
University of Chicago – 11:40 a.m.
Miami University, Oxford – 11:40 a.m.
Kettering University – 12:10 p.m.

College Visits

Week of October 15, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Villanova University – 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Kalamazoo College – 11:40 a.m.
University of Toledo – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Grand Valley State University – 11:20 a.m.
Wabash College – 11:20 a.m.
Concordia University – Ann Arbor – 12:20 p.m.

Peer Tutoring – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org
Peer Tutoring Interest Form 
Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Lunch – Thursday – chicken alfredo &  pulled port on pretzel bun
School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.
Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
Family Directories – Family Directories, provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Rainbows be with you, blessing you with warmth, encouragement, light, hope, and peace. May God walk with you as you journey from one color to another. And when you find yourself depleted or empty of color, may God send rainbow people into your life, beatitude people who will refresh, nourish, and enrich you, filling your emptiness with love and life. May the colors of your life be rich and vibrant. May the tender God of Rainbows gently hold and bless you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Announcements 10-8-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
  


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 8, 1956, New York Yankees right-hander Don Larsen pitches the first no-hitter in the history of the World Series. Even better, it was a perfect game–t hat is, there were no runs, no hits and no errors, and no batter reached first base.

BAND – Good Luck to the Cougar Marching Band as they compete at the District Marching Band Festival on Tuesday, Oct 9 at East Kentwood High School!

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

Service Hours – New Volunteer opportunity information is available in 304. Stop by even if you did not sign up to be part of Uprise.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

Lost & Found – Lost items are in the main office.  Items that are not picked up will be donated to Good Will on October 12.

College Visits
Week of October 8, 2018+

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Grand Canyon University – 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Davidson College – 11:40 a.m.
Vanderbilt University – 11:40 a.m.
The College of Wooster – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018
University of Chicago – 11:40 a.m.
Miami University, Oxford – 11:40 a.m.
Kettering University – 12:10 p.m.

Absences for appointments – Any absence where a student is excused from school for an appointment, the student/parent must provide a signed note from the professional that they are visiting.
Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The sign-up schedule for conferences is now open.  We are using an online tool called Sign-up Genius which allows you to make a reservation.  For information CLICK HERE.
Peer Tutoring – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org
Peer Tutoring Interest Form 
Bigby Coffee Bar is now available.

Lunch – Tuesday – Chicken & Bean Burrito & Italian Panini
School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.
Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
Family Directories – Family Directories, provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Strength be with you, holding you tight in a strong embrace and sustaining within you a foundation of faith, grace, and a place of unfailing love. May you be the sacrament of God’s strong presence to those whose hands you hold. May the blessing of Strength be with you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Announcements 10-5-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY 
  A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life

Ed Lester 


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc., which revolutionized the computer, music and mobile communications industries with such devices as the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad, dies at age 56 of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Picture Retake day is Monday, October 8, 2018 – forms are in the office.

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up – Students are encouraged to sign up for various ministries to assist at our weekly school Mass. Sign-ups are available in Theology classes but you can also sign up by clicking on this link and filling out a short Google Form. Once all sign-ups have been completed, we will announce our trainings. The goal is to have everyone signed up and trained by the end of October. Thank you! Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up

Service Hours – New Volunteer opportunity information is available in 304. Stop by even if you did not sign up to be part of Uprise.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our first Blood Drive of the school year will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The sign up sheet is in 304. You need to be 16 years old.  New donors will need to complete a donor form before the drive. Snacks provided to donors.  Please keep in mind – one blood donation could save up to 3 lives.

Lost & Found – Lost items are in the main office.  Items that are not picked up will be donated to Good Will on October 12.

College Visits
Week of October 8, 2018+

Monday, October 8, 2018
Franklin College of Indiana – 11:45 a.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Grand Canyon University – 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Davidson College – 11:40 a.m.
Vanderbilt University – 11:40 a.m.
The College of Wooster – 12:10 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018
University of Chicago – 11:40 a.m.
Miami University, Oxford – 11:40 a.m.
Kettering University – 12:10 p.m.

Absences for appointments – Any absence where a student is excused from school for an appointment, the student/parent must provide a signed note from the professional that they are visiting.
Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The sign-up schedule for conferences is now open.  We are using an online tool called Sign-up Genius which allows you to make a reservation.  For information CLICK HERE.
Broadcasting/Journalism – Any students interested in majoring in broadcasting/journalism: please see Mr. Meerman in room 301 for information about broadcasting live court-side for basketball games this year as part of Cougar Ball Radio, a student-led broadcasting network.
Peer Tutoring – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org
Peer Tutoring Interest Form 
Bigby Coffee Bar will be available next week.

Lunch – Monday – Chicken & Bean Burrito & Italian Panini
School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.
Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
Family Directories – Family Directories, provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU – May the God of Openness be with you, receiving you, accepting you just as you are; allowing you to be, calling you to gentleness and reverence with each person and in each situation; opening you to receive the richest of blessings. May the blessing of Openness be on you. Maxine Shonk, OP


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Announcements 10-4-2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY 
  Hope is patience with the lamp lit. 

Tertullian


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – October 1, 1927, sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another 12 years for the impressive granite images of four of America’s most revered and beloved presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – to be completed.

Picture Retake day is Monday, October 8, 2018 – forms are in the office.
A Murder is Announced – Mr. Rose is looking for a few good people to be on the stage crew for the fall show, A Murder Is Announced. Those interested must be available Sunday, October 21 through Sunday October 28. Most times will be from 6pm-9pm. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, meet with Mr. Rose today,Thursday, October 4 at 3:10 in the Band Room. See you then.

Service Hours – If you are looking for service hours- please come see Mrs. DeYoung.There will be an UPRISING (formally HOPE) Meeting Friday morning. Please stop by to learn about new volunteer opportunities.

Absences for appointments – Any absence where a student is excused from school for an appointment, the student/parent must provide a signed note from the professional that they are visiting.
Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The sign-up schedule for conferences is now open.  We are using an online tool called Sign-up Genius which allows you to make a reservation.  For information CLICK HERE.
Broadcasting/Journalism – Any students interested in majoring in broadcasting/journalism: please see Mr. Meerman in room 301 for information about broadcasting live court-side for basketball games this year as part of Cougar Ball Radio, a student-led broadcasting network.
Peer Tutoring – Attention Juniors and Seniors – Student Support Services is looking for peer tutors to work with students in all subjects.  If you are interested in helping out your fellow students by tutoring, please click on the link below and complete the google form.  After we receive your response we will reach out to you.  All tutoring hours are eligible for service hours and a great service to note on a college application or resume.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joynt by email – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org
Peer Tutoring Interest Form 
College Visits
Friday, October 5, 2018
Dartmouth College – 11:40 a.m.
Denison University – 12:10 p.m.
(Sign-up in Naviance 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit)
Bigby Coffee Bar is now available
School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.
Yearbook Ordering – Students will receive order forms for Yearbooks in English classes this week.  If you purchase a yearbook now, it is almost $10 cheaper than waiting until the end of the year.   Order and pay online.
Family Directories – Family Directories, provided by the Band Boosters are available in the main office for $10.00.
PRAYER – A DOMINICAN BLESSING FOR YOU –  May the God of Kindness be with you, gazing upon you with understanding eyes. May you see in those eyes unconditional acceptance of who you are and how you are in any given moment of your life. And may you know God’s gentle call to grow in kindness toward those who people your life. May the God of Kindness bless you. –Maxine Shonk, OP


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Cougar Parent News 10/04/18

Today’s Blessing

May the God of Kindness be with you, gazing upon you with understanding eyes. May you see in those eyes unconditional acceptance of who you are and how you are in any given moment of your life. And may you know God’s gentle call to grow in kindness toward those who people your life. May the God of Kindness bless you.

–Maxine Shonk, OP

 

Concession Volunteers Needed

We are in need of concessions volunteers for the home football games at the CAT. Please click here to sign-up.

 

Smart Aid Workshop

Need assistance filling out your Smart Aid application for the 2019-2020 school year? Catholic Central and the Diocese of Grand Rapids will host two workshops on October 30 & November 15 at Catholic Central, each at 6:00 PM. Preregistration is required. Click here to reserve your spot!

 

Discovery Day

Wondering what’s Next in your middle school child’s education? Bring them to Discovery Day at Catholic Central on Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 PM where they can take tours, meet faculty and staff, and discover what Catholic Central is all about. Click here to register for Discovery Day! Discover Catholic. Discover you.

 

Parent Ambassadors

Have you been wondering how you can help enhance the enrollment process for future Cougar families? Opportunities include: Admissions Events, Middle School Presence, Multicultural Outreach, New Family Mentor, and Parish Presence. Email Director of Admissions, Alyssa O’Rourke, at alyssaorourke@grcatholiccentral.org if you would like to volunteer as a Parent Ambassador for the current school year.

 

Absences for Appointments

Any absence where a student is excused from school for an appointment, the student/parent must provide a signed note from the professional that they are visiting.

 

Picture Retakes will be on Monday, October 8, 2018. 

 

Dress Code

Effective October 1, the dress code requires male students to wear long pants (no shorts) from the selected uniform provider.  Female students who choose to not wear the uniform skirt are also required to wear the long pants from the uniform provider.

 

School Pictures & ID’s are in the main office ready for pick-up.

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The sign-up schedule for conferences is now open.  We are using an online tool called Sign-up Genius which allows you to make a reservation.  For information CLICK HERE.

To read this message in Spanish, please CLICK HERE.

Para leer este mensaje en espanol, por favor HAGA CLIC AQUI.

 

October’s Lunch Menu

 

Testing Day

With our school-wide testing day approaching Wednesday, 10/10/18, the Department of Student Support Services and Guidance want to remind you that for students eligible to take the grade-level PSAT assessment with testing accommodations, to please make note of the following:

  • All 9th-grade students taking the PSAT with testing accommodations will report to the Library.
  • All 10th-grade students taking the PSAT/NMSQT with testing accommodations will report to room 301.
  • All 11th-grade students taking the PSAT/NMSQT with testing accommodations will report to room 302.

Dismissal for students testing with accommodations will be approximately 1:30 pm and not 12:00 pm.  Your student is encouraged to bring a light lunch, some healthy snacks, and a water bottle.  We are committed to making this both a supportive and positive testing experience for your student.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Patty Joynt | Director of Student Support Services

(616) 233-5898 – pattyjoynt@grcatholiccentral.org

Joel Passinault | Counselor and College Board Testing Coordinator

(616) 233-5809 – joelpassinault@grcatholiccentral.org

 

Infinite Campus App

We are excited to inform you our student management system, Infinite Campus, has two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents).

Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements and more.

See more info about the Apps here

*If you are using the old Infinite Campus app, please download the new app. The old app will no longer be supported.

     

When searching for our district in the App please use:

Do you need an Infinite Campus parent account set up?

Please contact us for assistance – cchscommunicaitons@grcatholiccentral.org or 616.233.5800 

 

Calling for Your Receipts! 

Direct Your Dollars is back! Make sure to turn in your participating receipts to the main office. We are getting close…we need less than $7000!! Can you believe we have tracked $143,000 in receipts so far?  

 

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