Dear Parents and Guardians,
I was pleased to see so many of our families and friends at the Fall Festival on Sunday. What a wonderful day! I believe everyone had fun and the weather cooperated quite well. Thank you to our PTC, parents, faculty and staff, students and parishioners for your hard work and dedication to make the day successful.
A HUGE shout out to those who cooked the delicious food, including but not limited to, Mr. and Mrs. Barkis, Mr. Matous, Mr. Alonzo and those dedicated supporters who pulled the all-nighter and barbequed all the meat. Thanks to Jim Fetherman at Pop-a-lock for use of the bounce house, OLG KC's for making the funnel cakes, and all who set up and broke down the tents and wooden game booths, made baked goods and worked the booths.
Thanks to the Fall Festival Committee for your tireless work; Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Eichelkraut, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Neiser and Mrs. Brooks. Listed below are the community members who also generously donated to our Fall Festival. Looking ahead, please mark your calendar for Casino Night on October 11th. This will be our next opportunity to gather as a school community and have fun
ITBS Standardized testing began yesterday and is progressing well. An important fact to note is that the ITBS test is a diagnostic tool for the teachers. This is why we test in the fall instead of the spring. We want our students’ results to be accessible for remediation, grade level learning, and enrichment. In no way are the schools in the Diocese of Austin ranked or compared on the results of this test. If you have any questions regarding the ITBS please do not hesitate to contact me.
Since I have become a member of the St. Mary’s Community, I have witnessed first-hand the strength of our Catholic Identity. It is uplifting to share in this with your children. One of our greatest strengths is our dedication to Christian service. Beginning this week, and moving forward, we will highlight acts of service in the newsletter so you too may observe the love our children bring to our community and those in the surrounding communities.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for your support.
My door is open, always.
Happy first day of Fall!
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
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:
We believe 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!