Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for joining us for Back to School Night last Thursday. The attendance was great! If you were not able to be there make sure you connect with your child’s teacher to receive important information about policies and procedures for the classroom.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
Please take time each week to check out the school website. All teachers have a link on the school website for homework and important information. Please check this site often to ensure you are up to date on your child’s class. The school website is also your one-stop resource for campus events, newsletters, photo galleries and sports.
Last Wednesday all parents received a log in for the online grade book. This is your resource, along with the school website, to keep up with your child’s grades and lunch accounts. Teachers will post on this weekly. If you have questions please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher.
Just in case you did not hear, the cafeteria is now serving breakfast from 7:00-7:35 each day. Every day students may choose from yogurt, cereal, bagels, poptarts and drinks. As well, each day a hot item is served. For instance, today Mr. Broadwater made homemade blueberry pancakes and hand formed sausage patties. I speak from experience when I tell you it was delicious. Parents are also welcome to come and have breakfast. Look at this as a convenience for your mornings.
I would like to thank the Dad’s Club and their volunteers for the continued work on our new fencing. This is a huge project and we are all very grateful for your hard work and help in making our school even safer and more beautiful!
Last week I informed you that we will be moving the stucco school sign to a new location, due to the new fencing. We have narrowed the locations to two choices. I now need a parent, or parents, who would be willing to help us to professionally remove the old sign and place the new sign in the chosen location. I would also appreciate your thoughts on the design….should we keep with the stucco or change it? Please step up with your help and thoughts. I would appreciate both.
Please remember, my door is open, always
A Smile From Father Steve
“If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats.”
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:
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!