Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
Dear Parents and Guardians, 10/17/14
Father Steve Sauser attended a meeting with Belton ISD yesterday regarding the Ebola concerns and I was on a conference call with the Diocese and all principals yesterday afternoon. I have attached a letter from the Superintendent, Dr. Vanders, in regards to the recent cases of Ebola. Please read it.
At St. Mary’s, all of the faculty and staff are trained yearly with how to work with various bloodborne pathogens. In the event that we had an incident of exposure of any bloodborne pathogen, we take universal precautions such as wearing disposable gloves, using sharps containers, and cleaning contaminated surfaces.
At this time we have been told to carry on with our regular routine of using hand sanitizer, washing hands and wiping down desks, door handles and railings with Clorox wipes or bleach. Our cleaning staff is doing their part to keep our school clean. As well, students are encouraged to wash their hands as a primary infection control measure.
Please follow up at home as well, so we can keep all of our students healthy and infection free.
A child with a fever should not go to school. A child who has been sick is not to return to school until fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication. We will call parents to pick up a child who develops a fever during the school day.
Conditions for keeping a child at home Conditions for returning a child to school
Oral temperature of 100 degrees or higher ………………..…Fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
Vomiting, diarrhea. nausea or severe abdominal pain …………….….Symptom-free for 24 hours
Marked drowsiness or malaise …………………………..Symptom-free
Sore throat, acute cold, or persistent cough …………….…………….Symptom-free
We thank you for your cooperation and help in maintaining a healthy environment in our school and community. The safety of our students, employees and volunteers is among our highest priorities.
God bless you.
The primary role of St. Mary’s Catholic School is the continuous formation of our students through a Catholic program of education committed to a standard of excellence.
We help students to develop their spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical abilities within a community dedicated to living the gospel.
In cooperation with the family, we help students to form character, so they will accept responsibility to fulfill their personal potential and learn to share their gifts through love for all.
Rooted in Tradition: Educating for the Future
St Mary’s Catholic School is to prepare students to excel in High School, as well as to shine as a light for Christ in the world by using their unique God given potential, doing all in the spirit of our Blessed Mother.
Philosophy of Education of St. Mary’s Catholic School:
Webelieve that each child is loved by God and uniquely created for a sublime purpose. Therefore, we must help our students to love God and neighbor with a whole heart; to think, judge, and act with right reason; and to use their education to better embrace Catholic teachings and the example of Christ.
To accomplish this aim, the school strives to create a Christian atmosphere of care and concern in which all children may grow toward their full potential spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The very nature of the child requires a coordinated education, which is the product of a cooperative effort by home, church, and school. It is through this harmonious partnership that the aim of Catholic education is achieved.
We believe that the “effective Catholic School must call its pupils to the conviction that people are more important than material gain, that justice is more important than success, that love is more important than esteem, and that collaboration unites while competition divides. The truly successful Catholic School student is not necessarily one who is successful in every endeavor, but one who accepts Christian responsibility for fulfillment of personal potential and shares these gifts with others.” (Texas Catholic Conference Education Department)
Goals of Catholic Education:
·The school promotes a community of believers and active learners in the spirit of Jesus Christ to become responsible citizens in today’s society.
·The school provides instructional leadership and maintains an effective and efficient program of studies.
·The purpose, design, and implementation of the curriculum represent the school mission that is shared by teachers, parents, and students.
Why choose Catholic schools?
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!