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Dear Parents,

We are all looking forward to Homecoming festivities, beginning Monday, September 20. Spirit Week includes themed dress days, hallway decorations, Homecoming court, special activities, and an abundance of school spirit!  SCA members chose the theme, Decades, for Homecoming 2021, and each class selected a specific decade to guide their hallway decorations and parade floats. Students will begin decorating their class hallway at the conclusion of the school day on Friday, September 17. As a reminder, September 17 is an early release day, with a 1:30 dismissal time. For Homecoming, our Crusader football team takes on Atlantic Shores at 7:00 PM Friday, September 24. The Homecoming parade takes place during half time. 

This week concluded the sessions focused on Nurturing Intellect, Shaping Character, Forming Christian Values and a class meeting. Thanks to Father Anthony, Ms. Fabian, Ms. Milo, and Mr. Covington for contributing to our mission focused introduction to the school year! Their helpful sessions on academic habits/study skills, appropriate conduct, and Catholic values set the tone and expectations for the school year. 

Kind regards,
Peggy Boon

Reminders and Announcements
  • Upcoming Local Family Faith Events:

    • Our local Minor League Baseball team, the Norfolk Tides, is hosting a “Faith and Family” Night on Wednesday, September 29th. This is a fun opportunity for families who love outdoor sporting events, especially baseball! Discounted group rate tickets are available through religious organizations. Please contact your local parish for more information.

    • The Diocese of Richmond is coordinating a “Virginia Catholic Day” at Busch Gardens. In addition to the typical amusement park fun, there will be a Sunday Vigil Mass celebrated with dinner to follow. It's a great opportunity to experience our faith in a not-so-typical place! To find out more information and to register for this event, please follow this link: https://evangelizerichmond.org/events/virginia-catholic-day-at-busch-gardens/.

  • Spirit Week Dress Themes:
    • Monday: Movie Duo Monday: Students may dress like their favorite appropriate movie duo! Students should wear uniform bottoms unless their character requires jeans. If so, no rips or holes are allowed. If wearing leggings, you must wear a mid-thigh length or longer shirt or skirt. 
      • Examples: Mickey and Minnie, Mike and Sully, Leslie and Anne (Parks and Recreation), etc. 
         
    • Tuesday: Theme Tuesday: Dress like a person from your decade!
      • Jeans and leggings are not permitted for this costume. Students must wear their uniform bottoms.
         
    • Wednesday: Western Wednesday: Students may wear jeans, flannel shirts, boots, and western hats. 
      • (no rips/holes) 
         
    • Thursday: Tacky Tourist Thursday (Mass Day)
      • Fanny packs, sunglasses, hats, and keychains...wear your best tourist gear!
      • Students should wear uniform bottoms and dress shoes. NO jeans or leggings on this day!
      • Students may wear Hawaiin shirts OR their white oxford dress shirts (gentlemen must wear ties if not dressed up) in addition to their tacky tourist accessories. 
         
    •  Friday: CRU Spirit Day with jeans (Pep Rally in the afternoon)
      • (no rips or holes)
      • Athletes may wear their jerseys. Athletes who wear tank top uniforms must wear a shirt underneath their jersey.
         
    • *If you have a question about whether or not your planned Spirit Week attire is appropriate, please contact Ms. Milo for approval.
       
  • Hallway Themes: Feel free to bring in decorations and get creative!
    • Seniors: 70's                                  
    • Juniors: 00's
    • Sophomores: 80's                        
    • Freshmen: 90’s
       
  • Attendance Reminder: All emails relating to attendance (Tardies, Absences, Early Dismissals, etc) need to be sent to Attendance@chsvb.org before 9:00 a.m. 

    If your child is absent from school, you will receive a text message and email from the school Parent Alert System around 9:00 AM stating that your child is not in school that day. 

    You will be asked to send an email to attendance@chsvb.org explaining the reason for the absence. Emails may be sent on the first day absent or on the day your child returns to school. If you think you received a text message in error, please call the office at 757-467-2881 to resolve the issue.
  • Dress Code: We are so blessed to resume some of our normal operations this school year. Clubs are back in addition to drama productions.  As we continue to shift our focus, we will work to enforce the dress code (Dress Code 21-22) consistently.  Below, common dress code violations have been included, so we can work together to prevent them from occurring. Thank you for partnering with us as we work to shape character and ensure that all students are following the rules. 

    • Professional Dress- on Mass Days students are not allowed to wear tennis shoes/sneakers. A dress shoe is required. Students can wear sandals, ballet flats, loafers, oxfords, leather Sperry's, etc. Sanuks and similar shoes are not permitted on Mass days.

      • Gentleman, please wear a tie, belt, pants, and white oxford shirt.

      • Ladies, please wear a white oxford shirt, pants, or skirt (of an appropriate length)

      • Team jackets/fleeces are not permitted on Mass days

    • Pants- students may not wear jeans, jeggings, or pants with patch pockets on the outside. Only chinos or dress pants are permitted.

    • Both skirts and shorts should be at least two inches above the knee or longer. 

    • Hoodies and crewneck sweaters/sweatshirts are only permitted on Fridays

      Please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students, Ms. Sharelle Milo (milos@chsvb.org),  if you have any questions about the dress code.

From the Nurse's Corner

  • Setting healthy habits during the school year: Living a healthy lifestyle is extremely important in fighting off illness.
    • A healthy day begins with a restful night
    • Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
    • Pack a Healthy Lunch
    • Help Your Child Set Goals for the School Year
    • Exercise regularly
    • Check-in With Your Kids
       
  • Picking up your student from the clinic: If you have received notification that your student needs to be picked up from the CHS clinic, you will drive to the right side of the school near the gallery/theater. The clinic is located behind the theater. There are signs indicating. Once you have arrived you will call the school nurse and the nurse and student will walk out together to meet you. You will sign your student out with the nurse. 
     
  • Check out this great article involving CHS student Logan Bromley! Here

Thank you for your continued cooperation! Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at dellingerm@chsvb.org.

Madison Dellinger
CHS School Nurse

From the Business Office
  • Course Fees: If you would like to pay your student’s course fees through your FACTS account, there is no action required.  After Oct. 15th, course fees will be posted to your account over your remaining scheduled payments.  If you would like to pay in full, please send in the payment prior to Oct. 15th.  If you have questions regarding your FACTS account, please email Mrs. Olkowski at olkowskim@chsvb.org, and if you have any questions regarding the course fees, please email Mrs. Schrader at schradel@chsvb.org.

From the Counseling Office
  • A warm welcome to our new School Counseling Office Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Angela Eckhart. Welcome to the team! We are thrilled to have you in our office. Your skills and talents will be a great addition to our school and the Crusader community. We are so excited to have you with us and look forward to working with you!

  • Freshmen and transfer student meetings: Counselors have started meeting with Freshmen and transfer students to once again welcome them to Catholic High School and to see how the beginning of the school year is going. Students will be able to discuss any concerns or share the good things they have experienced.

  • SAT Registration: If you are interested in taking the October 2nd SATs at CHS, you can complete late registration by September 21, 2021. There is a late fee of $30 in addition to the registration fee. Register online at www.collegeboard.org. Catholic High School will be a test site for the March and June SAT dates as well.  

  • The next available ACT will be October 23, 2021. The registration deadline for this test date is September 17, 2021. Catholic High School is not a test site for the ACT.  Consult www.act.org for further information.

  • Juniors and Seniors – In Person & Virtual College Visits – Be sure to check out the CHS website to see what colleges have scheduled visits at CHS.  Find more information on upcoming college admission representative visits under Academics --> School and College Counseling -->College Counseling Calendar & Events.

  • On Wednesday, September 1st, the counselors held a College Night for Seniors and their parents. Don’t worry if you were unable to attend.  The presentation is now available on the CHS website for you to view. There are many other resources on our CHS School & College Counseling webpage - be sure to check it out!

  • Senior Meetings: Counselors are continuing their meetings with seniors to review transcripts and college plans. In order for counselors to write letters of recommendation for students, the following forms should be turned in to the Counseling Office as soon as possible:
     
  • IMPORTANT: We require TEN working days to complete a student’s admission credentials (including counselor recommendations and transcripts). 

  • A Transcript Request Form is available on the same site referenced above and in the Counseling Office. You must complete a form for EACH college and scholarship before the registrar can prepare a transcript.   

  • When requesting a letter of recommendation from teachers, please do so in person and provide them with the yellow Recommendation Request Form found in the Counseling Office.  Please make sure to give them at least two weeks to write the letter.

From the Advancement Office
  • We are in need of participants and sponsors for the Crusader 5k and Mini Crusader Mile Run, sponsored by Matthew J Kirk with The Seim Kirk Team of Atlantic Bay Mortgage! Whether you walk, jog, or run, come out and show your support for our students and our school! Open to adults and children of all ages. There will be a free post-race breakfast for all participants, music, and different vendors with giveaways and promotional materials! It's going to be a great time! For a list of all Crusader 5k sponsorship opportunities or to register click here or contact Samantha Williams. Proceeds from the race will go directly to support the students of Catholic High School. 

  • Used Uniforms Needed! We are in need of CHS polos for both girls and boys. If your student has outgrown their uniforms, please turn them into the Advancement Office. Each uniform piece is worth one parent service hour. (Must be in good condition and have a CHS logo) 

  • Get Ready for Homecoming with our New Crusader Shoppe Items!!! The Crusader Shoppe is now open before school at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays! Your students can also shop during lunches every day of the week but Tuesday! Shop online at https://www.chsvb.org/cru-family/books-uniforms-cru-wear to place your order for pickup or delivery. For photos of all our new spirit wear, visit the Crusader Shoppe online.

International Connections
  • Mid-Autumn Festival – September 21, 2020: The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Harvest Moon Festival, Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival and is celebrated in many East Asian countries.  In China, it's a reunion time for families, just like our Thanksgiving, while in Vietnam, it's more like a children's day.  Traditional celebrations last three to seven days and include decorating with lanterns and streamers, sharing meals and mooncakes, spending family time together and traveling.  Another tradition is sending celebration messages, especially to those who are far away.  Reconnecting with friends and family via text messages or WeChat is common!

    Catholic High School embraces the holidays of our community.  In honor of our students of East Asian heritage, we will be celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival this Friday, September 17, 2021.  Students can stop by the table in the main hall for trivia and treats!


Happy Mid-Autumn Festival everyone!
Zhōngqiū kuàilè! (Chinese)
Trung thu vui vẻ (Vietnamese)

 

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 and is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries. During this time, we celebrate America’s rich Hispanic history and culture and recognize the countless contributions to our culture and society and the important presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the U.S. The Diocese of Richmond and Catholic High School support the Segura Educational Initiative for Children whose mission is to provide access to quality Catholic school education for all Latino children in the Diocese.  Mrs. Cristina Medrano is our Segura representative at Catholic High School.