Cougar Parent News 09/06/18

Today’s Blessing 

May the God of Transition be with you, inviting you to the new and the unknown where God waits to spring to life in you. May your willingness to be changed bring you ever nearer to the constance of God, the one who was and is and will forever be your God. May your openness draw others to see God in their own transitions. May the God of Transition bless you.

–Maxine Shonk, OP

Thank you, Parents!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last night’s Welcome Back event. We hope you enjoyed meeting your children’s teachers, learning more about our G Week/P Week schedule and technology programs, and sharing in the excitement of a new year.  It’s always great to have our parents on campus, and we look forward to our next event, Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 9 and 17, from 4:30-7:30 each day.  Look for more information about sign-up in the next few weeks.  If at any time you’d like to talk to your child’s teachers, please feel free to reach out by phone or email anytime.

We are so Proud!

Congratulations to our students who have earned 2018 College Board recognition for their achievements in the Advanced Placement program at Catholic Central.  See the complete list here.

Here is September’s lunch menu.

Lunch Deposits

Lunch deposits should be turned into the main office with your student’s name on the envelope. The deposits take one day to process.

Household applications for free and reduced lunch are due. You can pick up an application in the main office. Current free and reduced lunch accounts expire on October 16th. Questions? Contact Eileen McCaffrey at

Go Cougar Marching Band!

Save the Date and Support the Cougar Marching Band! Catholic Central Band Mattress Fundraiser Sale Saturday, October 13, 2018  10am-5pm @ the CAT Save up to 50%off a quality name-brand mattress (like Simmons Beautyrest and others!)  Go to our Facebook link for more information!

Parents, We Need You!

Parent Volunteers are needed for Valet Parking and Coat Check.  Both jobs are from 7:30 – 9:00. Please contact Mrs. DeYoung at Thank you!

Pump that Iron!

Attention all Off-Season athletes! Off-Season Strength & Conditioning is Monday-Thursday 4:15-5:00 pm at the CAT. If you are not in a Fall sport, these sessions are for you!”

Blessing of Keys

On Saturday, September 8, at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew 4:30pm Vigil Mass, we invite parents and teenagers to bring their car keys with them to be blessed. Being a new driver is an exciting moment for a teenager, but also is an anxious and prayer-filled time for parents. As Catholics, we trust that God is always looking over us, guiding us with care and safety, and helping us make prudent decisions. Yet, we still remember the importance and power of blessings. At the Mass, we will bless your keys with Holy Water and pray for God’s protection of the drivers. By the end of Mass, your keys will be a sacred reminder to always drive safely and prudently.

Tech Defenders

Remember:  Enrollment for the Device Protection Plan for student devices is open until September 10th, 2018. Registration may be completed online at

Setup Your Canvas Account

Canvas is a great place to stay current on your students’ curriculum, coursework, and due dates.

Student information can be viewed from a web browser or from an iOS or Android app.  To view your student(s) course information in Canvas you will follow three steps:

1)  Get a Pairing Code from your student(s)

View this guide to learn how your student can generate this code:

2)  Create a Canvas Parent Account

Note:  When searching for our Canvas school you will type:  Diocese of Grand Rapids

3)  Login as a Parent

Note:  For more detailed guidance on how to create an account and login in a browser, Android device, or iOS device, see this resource on our website.