Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to thank everyone who helped make our Catholic Schools Weeks wonderful. From the parents to the faculty and staff to the students to our volunteer parishioners, our week was a great success and very memorable. Thank you for all you do for your child’s school.
Students in grades 4-8 are required to complete a certain amount of Christian Service hours per quarter. Please remind your child to take advantage of the multiple opportunities provided by parish and outside organizations as well as school events. I always note the events in the newsletter.
Parish and local organizations count on our help. I ask that you talk with your child about the following service hours. The faculty and staff participate in these events as well.
Fish Fry Dinners: Every Friday during Lent: The sign-up sheet is in the office.
Friends of the Temple Public Library: (See attached flyer) They especially need help on the set-up day, Saturday, February 20th from 10:00-3:00, and pack up day, Saturday, February 27th, at 4:00. There are also after-school shifts on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th from 4:00-6:00 and 6:00-8:00.
Let Mrs. Wyles know if you will be volunteering or call Carol Hodge (771-3846) or Pat Pole
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
Thank you to the students and families who helped at Our Lady of Angels Maternity Shelter fundraiser, at the Expo Center, on Friday night. Thank you McHugh, Mikeska and Lucksinger families for giving of your time for others.
Happy Fat Tuesday. Our season of Lent begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, with our all school Mass at 8:15 a.m. Please join us if you can. The cafeteria will serve fish sandwiches instead of Sloppy Joes.
Below you will read information about the Parish Festival on April 10th. Each class is being asked to put together a basket. There are not real guidelines so ideas are open. It is asked that room parents take charge. I will be speaking to the teachers at the faculty meeting today.
Please help with your child’s class basket. It should be a small amount.
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!