Dear Parents and Guardians,
It was wonderful to see so many families and new faces at Open House on Sunday. The treasures of St. Mary’s were discovered by all and the final prizes brought smiles to the students’ faces. Thank you to the faculty and staff for all their hard work in preparation for the day and to our Student Council and NJHS for their expertise in giving tours.
It was a very successful Open House.
Yesterday our Student Council and NJHS students and moderators provided donuts and coffee to parents dropping their students off in the cul de sac. The hot coffee was a plus on the misty morning and who can say no to a donut?
Today Mary Ann Everett, Master Gardener, and her crew came and worked with each class on planting activities. Not only did the students receive a great lesson on gardening but they each got to create a fun plant project.
Tomorrow is Jump Rope for Heart from 8:30-2:00. I am proud of all who have donated and will participate tomorrow. This morning was the deadline for donations. If your child did not donate he/she will need to come to school in regular uniform and will be working on academics during the Jump Rope for Heart time.
Students who chose to participate may bring a water bottle with water only and should wear the following:
Junior High: P.E. clothes, socks and athletic shoes
Pre-K through 5th: Athletic shorts (finger length) Spirit shirt or last year’s Walking for Education shirt, socks and athletic shoes.
The shoes and socks for all grades do not have to be school dress code but must be athletic in nature.
If you would like to help, and are EIM compliant, please meet Mrs. Bigon and I at the gym at 8:15 a.m.
Progress reports are being sent home on Friday. Please check your child’s backpack. Also remember to fill out your intent to return and return by February 8th. I am currently working on the budget and do need enrollment numbers to determine tuition.
In last week’s newsletter I informed you of two perfect opportunities for Christian Service hours for your 5th through 8th grader. I was hoping for a great response. Please read below and encourage your student.
Knights of Columbus and KJT Lenten Fish Fry: Each Friday during Lent. The sign-up sheet is in the office. This is for 5th through 8th grade only. We need volunteers for these evenings. Please sign up. 4:30-7:00
Our Lady of Angels maternity shelter fundraiser is at the expo center February 5, 2016. We would like to have some St. Mary's students as servers taking plates to the table during the dinner hour. We would like them to wear their uniforms and if they could be there at 6:45 pm for instructions. We should be done by 8:00 p.m. or earlier. Please let Mrs. Wyles know if you would like to volunteer. So far no one has volunteered.
PSIA meet schedule is not yet available on the academic meet companion site for Giddings. As soon as it opens I will send it out. In the meantime if you have questions please let me know.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for all you do.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
Tuition assistance will be available for the 2016-2017 school year. The exact amount is not known at this time. We will let you know when applications are available online and the due date. Please be aware that there will be a deadline for applications and those who were awarded tuition assistance this year must apply again. We will hold Walking for Education in the spring to help raise funds for tuition assistance. All who apply will be expected to help with this event.
The Mission of St. Mary's Catholic School is the commitment to academic excellence, and the spiritual development of our students toward a life of prayer, service and love.
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!