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Dear CHS Families,

I pray this message finds you well, enjoying these hot and sunny July days. 

As a reminder, the school dress code will remain the same for the upcoming school year, complete with the CHS logo. After the school’s name change in June 2019, BSCHS logos were permitted on uniform items for the duration of the school year. For the upcoming school year, students are asked to wear CHS logos on all uniforms. If a family is facing challenges purchasing attire with the CHS logo, please contact Mr. Vann Sutton, Dean of Students. 

A new addition has been added to the student supply list. All students are asked to have an inexpensive pair of earphones with them in class. These may be purchased at the dollar store or other markets for a small fee. Bluetooth headphones are not required. 

Due to current restrictions, our visitor policy has changed. Visits to the school will be limited and by appointment only. If you wish to visit the Crusader Shoppe, please make an appointment to do so by calling or emailing Mrs. Debbie Davis. All other appointments may be arranged by calling the front office. In addition, our wonderful volunteers will not be working in the school for the time being as we carefully monitor all those who enter the building.

We are experiencing a high volume of applicants for the upcoming school year. Due to physical distancing and other guidelines, the total number of students in the building will be limited. Therefore, parents who have not signed their contract for the upcoming school year will be contacted this week. We must have an accurate count of the number of students entering the school as we consider admissions for new applicants. Thank you for your cooperation.

The draft of the school reopening plan is being considered by a parent panel this week. Opening in August under the current health guidelines necessitates changes to the school’s daily operating procedures. These changes are being carefully considered as we plan for the well being and safety of students and faculty in light of the school’s mission. We continue to monitor and apply the updated guidance coming from the Department of Education and the Diocese of Richmond. The final plan will be shared as soon as possible.

Peggy Boon
CHS Principal

Peggy Boon

Reminders and Announcements
  • Catholic High School, along with other local businesses, helped with a big delivery of summer learning supplies to Horizons Hampton Roads' students and their families. There was tons of excitement when the families received their deliveries!  
  • DIOCESAN STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE 2020-2021: Diocesan Community Service for our students is volunteer service within the school, parish, community, or home. This year in light of the pandemic, hours can be earned at home. Please see the examples listed below.

    Students are...
    • Helping their parents by taking care of family pets or younger siblings
    • Helping with cooking or serving meals
    • Helping neighbors with yard work
    • Reaching out to family members through homemade cards or letters 
    • Sending cards to someone in a nursing home

Students will be recognized at the Academic Awards Ceremony. Questions about student community service hours should be directed to Beth Gillis, (gillisb@chsvb.org). 

All hours must be verified by your parents in MobilServ. Students may accumulate hours from April 1 until March 31 of the following year. Students should record all hours in MobilServ, no later than April 16, 2021.

Bishop’s  Service Award:
¨      Frank Parater Award - 100 -149 hours per year (April 1 - March 31)
¨      Vincent DePaul Award - 150 – 249 hours per year (April 1 - March 31)
¨      Pope Francis Award - 250 hours + hours per year (April 1 - March 31)

  • En Christe Service Program 2020-2021: Please review the En Christe Letter attached here for important announcements, updates, and adjustments regarding our En Christe Service Program. With free time available to students in the summer, it is a good idea for students to get a headstart on completion of these hours. 
     
  • Beach Clean-up Volunteer Opportunity: For students looking for volunteer hours this summer, Lynnhaven River NOW will give credit for students doing beach clean-ups. Just bring a trash bag to the beach and pick up trash, take a photo and send it to Terri Gorman. Her contact information is below. if you can weigh the bag after filling it, it is appreciated. Also, for our school to earn credit for our Pearl School Award for the 2020-2021 school year, please send a photo and hours of clean-up to Celeste Greene at celestegreene1968@gmail.com.
    Terri Gorman: 
    terri@lrnow.org
     
  • New CRU Google Classroom: This summer CHS welcomes our new Crusaders through a Google Classroom, New CRU. We encourage all new students to the upcoming school year 2020-2021 to join the Google Classroom. An invitation to join has been sent to your CHS email address. Simply log into your email and accept the invitation. There will be a few creative and engaging tasks to help you get familiar with Catholic High School, get to know other new students, and to ask any questions you may have. We are so glad you are part of our community and look forward to getting to connect with you this summer. Once you are logged into your CHS email account, you can find the link to the Google Classroom by clicking: New CRU. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AdmissionsGuidanceTechnology offices. Again, welcome! We are so glad you are here!
     
  • Summer Reading and Assignments: The Summer Reading Book List and accompanying Summer Reading Assignments for the 2020-2021 School Year have now been posted. You may find all information regarding summer reading, including this book list and links to assignments at https://www.chsvb.org/cru-family/summer-assignments. All books are available for purchase on our MBS Direct Website (linked here), through our CHS Bookstore (which carries many used books) or from any source you choose. Should you have any questions regarding book purchasing through CHS, please contact our registrar, LJ Schrader, at schradel@chsvb.org.

    Please note that all English classes and many AP classes require reading and summer work. Students should check now to see what is required in their specific classes and get started on this reading and work earlier rather than later. Most summer work is due within the first week of classes, but check specific course assignments to determine specific due dates and assessments regarding summer reading. Please direct any questions regarding summer assignments directly to the teacher of the course or to covingtont@chsvb.org
From the Advancement Office
  • JOIN US at the Annual Crusader Classic Golf Tournament!
    We all need a break from the real world from time to time. On Friday, August 21, escape to the 2020 Crusader Classic and enjoy a round of golf at Honey Bee Golf Club, while helping to support our students and our school.
    Sign up as a sponsor or register today:
    https://chsvborg.finalsite.com/cf_forms/preview.cfm?formID=65 (Alumni discounts available!)

     
  • The Advancement Office is now accepting gently used uniforms bearing the Catholic High School logo only. Please be sure your items are in a plastic bag and are clean and in good condition with no stains, fading, or excessive wear. You may leave your bag of used uniforms on the table at the front entrance of the school. Remember to record 1 parent service hour for each item donated.
     
  • SPREAD THE WORD: Our admissions team is working throughout the summer and is accepting applications for all grades for the 2020-21 school year. To be part of this progressive and supportive community,  contact us at admissions@chsvb.org or 757-467-2679 for more information!   
     
  • Join us for a visit! Our midsummer Coffee with the Cru is on!
    • New and Interested Parents: Wednesday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m.
      Bring your questions...Let's catch up!
      Contact admissions@chsvb.org for the link.

       
    • New and Interested Students: It's time to CHAT!
      Join us for our Summer CRU CHAT on Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m.
      We will answer questions and share info about classes, sports, and what to expect in August!
      Contact admissions@chsvb.org for the link! 

       
  • Make sure you visit the Lands' End website and take advantage of the coupons and discounts offered throughout the summer! Please keep in mind that Lands’ End delivery times will be impacted provided that all schools do return and require uniforms. They are taking extreme precautions in their distribution center and orders will now take several days longer. If you have any questions, please contact the Advancement Office
From the Business Office
  • Tuition FACTS Accounts: Please login to your FACTS tuition account to make sure that everything looks correct and to take note of your first scheduled payment date. First payments are typically scheduled in August.
     
  • 20/21 Enrollment/Tuition Contracts: If you haven't signed and submitted your enrollment/tuition contract for the 20/21 school year, please do so as soon as possible as classes are filling up. If your plans have changed, and your child will not be attending in the fall, please let us know right away.