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Crusader Connection

UPDATED THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020

Dear CHS Families,

I pray that you and your loved ones are well. The CHS community is composed of so many wonderful people, and we value each and every one of you! In the face of adversity, our community really shines. 

Right now, the focus is on pulling together and taking action for the greater good, for our communities, nation, and humanity. Governor Northam’s Executive Order number 55 extends the stay at home mandate until June 10, 2020. I am sorry to say that prom will not take place as scheduled. I know this is sad news. We will not be able to meet in person for Graduation and Baccalaureate on the previously scheduled dates due to the mandates. The Superintendent of Catholic Schools has stated that we will look for ways to honor our graduates, and we are in discussions about that now. I will keep families informed of the outcome of those discussions. 

Third Quarter Honor Roll letters will be sent electronically rather than through the postal service to streamline the process. Please see the additional information about the honor roll below. 

We are proud of all of our students’ hard work, effort, and accomplishments during Digital Learning Days (DLD). The adjustment to a new learning environment amidst troubling times is not easy, and our students are doing a great job! The constants of learning, faith, teacher relationships, and peer interactions, provided through Digital Learning Days, provide stability, comfort, and strength to our students.

Peggy Boon
CHS Principal

Peggy Boon

Peggy Boon, Principal
Reminders and Announcements
  • Thursday, April 9 will be a Professional Development day for faculty and staff. Students will not have any school work that day.
     
  • Online Course Registration has been extended until next Wednesday, April 8.  If you have not completed your course selections for next year please do so online in RenWeb/FACTS  on the Family Portal  >  Student  >  Course Requests.  The numbers generated determine the number of classes needed, electives especially could become closed if you have not signed up.  
     
  • Beginning on Tuesday, April 7 our Catholic Charities Counselor, Natalie Beutel, LPC, will be offering phone counseling to CHS students for issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and adjusting to new changes.Parents or students can email Mrs. Beutel at beuteln@chsvb.org to schedule an appointment for a student session. Mrs. Beutel will reply with a phone counseling consent form that will need to be signed and returned prior to the first phone session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Beutel via email at beuteln@chsvb.org or by phone at 757-467-7707 ext. 1041.   
     
  • 3rd Quarter Honor Roll: Students whose 3rd quarter grades have qualified them for the Honor Roll will receive personalized letters emailed to them in the coming days. Should you have any questions about the Honor Roll or 3rd quarter grades, please email Mr. Covington at covingtont@chsvb.org  
     
  • Overrides: Any student wishing to override a course recommendation for next year should reach out to their current teacher in that discipline to schedule a meeting before April 24. Before we left, all students received a sheet with course recommendations in each subject area. Please reference this sheet for current course recommendations. 
From the Athletic Office
  • VIRTUAL Athlete of the Week! Show us what you and your teammates are doing at home to stay active and we will celebrate you! Email your coaches or Mrs. Adamski with a picture and update. Captains may also nominate their teammates! Submissions are due by Sunday each week. 
     
  • At Home Workout Plan: CHS Athletes Quarantine Workout courtesy of Coach Tillman. Please share! Direct all questions to Coach Tillman tillmanj@chsvb.org.
     
  • Signing Day: We are sad to not be able to host an all school signing day this spring, but please let Coach Boyce know if you have signed to play next year so that we may celebrate you on social media! Send pictures in your college swag and please include the Sport, College or University and Division.
From the Advancement Office
  • UPDATE ON OUR PARENT SERVICE PROGRAM: In light of recent events involving the coronavirus, any remaining balance on your parent service obligation will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year. We depend on the participation and support of all of our Crusader families for a successful school year.  Many have gone above and beyond to support our school this year and we are grateful for you.
  • 2020-21 Student Ambassador and Advisor Program Selection: All Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students will be emailed an application to their CHS email address on Monday, April 20, 2020. If your student is interested in becoming an Ambassador, Military Student Advisor, or International Student Advisor, please have them complete the application by the deadline of May 1, 2020. For any questions, email Ms. Samantha Williams at williamss@chsvb.org.   

  • This Friday, we are having our first digital 🔰 Spirit Friday 🔰 celebrating your new furry classmates! Join in by sharing a picture of you and/or your pets in your Green & Gold Cru gear! If you don't have a pet, grab a family member! DM your photo to us @CHSVBcrusaders or post it and tag us! Don't forget to use #CRUconnected!

From the Campus Ministry Office
  • CHS Virtual Holy Week:  Though physically separated, we are spiritually connected through Christ, and especially the Holy Eucharist.  Starting on Saturday, April, 4 be sure to check in on social media to pray alongside your CRU family. Each day,  we will post suggested short reflections, as we walk with Christ through the Paschal Mystery.
     
  • Bishop Knestout is pleased to announce our first-ever diocesan-wide virtual Holy Week Mission.  This engaging Mission will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night of Holy Week from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  It will feature three dynamic priests from our Diocese, music and choirs from across the Diocese, and four lay speakers.  During the Mission, there will be an opportunity for discussion and activities for families at home. 
From the Counseling Office
  • As Digital Learning Days continue, we have found that there is a need for some students to return to school to pick up books and supplies that are needed for their classes. We have set up a Sign-Up Genius for students to schedule a time on Thursday, April 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with 10-minute time slots. There will be a 5-minute buffer in between so that students can come in the building, pick up their books and supplies, and depart without coming into contact with other students in order to abide by the social distancing requirements currently in place in the state of Virginia. Again, this will not be the time to clean out lockers or return athletic uniforms and other materials; we will arrange a different time in the future to handle those issues as well as for the return of books.  This schedule is to be used solely for picking up materials necessary for the successful completion of classes. The Sign-Up Genius link was sent to all student chsvb.org emails.