Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our weekly School Newsletter has been officially named Falcon’s Pride. Last Friday every grade and staff member voted for their favorite name. Thank you to Francesca, Isabella and Savanah for your organization of the process. Our winning name, Falcon’s Pride, was submitted by Gayathri Devi Thirunavukkarasu. Congratulations Gayathri!
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
Thank you for adhering to the school policies for morning drop off on Avenue K. I appreciate your understanding that this change is necessary for the safety of our children. Just in case you missed last week’s newsletter or need a reminder the following has been implemented:
- If you are walking your child in please park in the church/school parking lot, not on the street. No parking on Avenue K.
- If dropping off only on Avenue K, stop on the right hand side of the road and take direction from Mrs. Bigon.
- Once the bus has come through Mrs. Bigon will direct drop off to the left of the bus lane.
- No parking in the driveway
- No passing in the driveway.
- When bus arrives, no one passes the bus. No movement when bus is parked with Stop Sign Extended.
I have begun to receive a positive response to my plea for help with securing technology for St. Mary’s. I am so grateful. Please do not let this detour you from also helping. We have much to obtain as we move forward in our technology plans. Please contact me or stop by if you can help our students.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for your support. My door is open, always.
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!