Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was introduced at Christ the King School in the fall of 2005. At the time, two catechists served only the kindergarten class. As those children grew, the atrium and its team of volunteers grew as well. At present, nine catechists, most of whom are volunteers, meet once a week with students in small groups from pre-kindergarten to grade 2. Whenever possible, our catechists are assisted by parent volunteers, which allows school aides to remain in the classrooms and maximize academic productivity while atrium sessions take place. All of our efforts require the support of adult volunteers, especially trained catechists and parent assistants.
In general, a Level I atrium serves children ages 3 to 6, and a Level II atrium serves children ages 6 to 9. A Level III atrium serves children ages 9 to 12. Christ the King School serves children in two separate environmental set-ups: one each for Level I and II atria. We are currently in the beginning stages of acquiring materials for a Level III atrium. If you would like to observe the children working during an atrium session at Christ the King School, you are welcome to do so. Please contact Joanie Rymsza.