Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all who came out to support Walking for Education at our flapjacks breakfast on Saturday morning at Applebee’s. The food was delicious and the company was wonderful. Thank you to the faculty and staff who helped with the morning. We could not have done it without you! Thank you, Mrs. Hickman, for coordinating this event.
Today our students participated in Walking for Education. It was such a wonderful event and I am so very proud of our students for their enthusiasm and dedication to the purpose of this day: making sure everyone has the chance to come to St. Mary’s and be part of this family. We do not know yet the exact amount raised and will still be accepting donations through this week. If you have not sent in yours please do so and help us help others.
The tuition assistance deadline has passed. All whose application was processed by April 29th will receive notice this week of the amount you have been awarded. I will send the information via email, as this is quickest, but will also be available for appointments should you need to discuss the amount awarded. Please look for your notification toward the latter part of the week when we have a better idea of our Walking for Education total.
Next Tuesday, May 10th, Mr. Bridges will hold his Spring Concert with the Choir and band programs. Please come and join us in the gym for what I am sure will be a beautiful performance.
Final Exams are coming up for grades 4-8. Because of 8th grades graduation date and 5th grades trip to Fossil Rim, their exams will be set on different dates. Please refer to dates to remember at the end of the newsletter for dates. Teachers will be reviewing and providing study guides for all tests.
God bless you for all you do.
2016 - 2017 Parent Student Handbook
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
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!