Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for joining us for our Thanksgiving feast last Thursday. What a wonderful day. A huge thanks goes out to so many who made this day possible. Thank you to our teachers and students for your beautiful decorations. Thank you to our parents and students who helped set up, serve and clean up. Thank you to our cooks, Mr. Broadwater, Mrs. Broadwater and Veronica Olson. And thank you to our families who took the time out of their busy day to come and enjoy good food and great company. It was a day to give thanks for all we have at St. Mary’s Catholic School.
If you were able to join us for our Annual Casino Night on Saturday you surely had a fantastic time. The artwork created by Mrs. Shadburn, parents and students was gallery class. Thank you to St. Mary’s Catholic School Trust fund for your tireless work on this event. Thank you to Mrs. Vargas and her crew for the delicious food. And last but certainly not least, thank you to all who attended and helped raise money for the Trust Fund. The funds raised at our Casino Night went to the purchase of the new chiller we bought in August.
Only a few people have signed up for our Fall Clean-Up Day. Have you? Mrs. Nauman, mother of Joshua in grade one has organized our Fall clean-up day. As you know, St. Mary's is surrounded by beautiful trees but those trees sure do make a mess. Let's help keep our campus looking great by picking up those leaves and other debris from around the school. Join us on December 12th starting at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up below and bring your favorite rake and gloves! If you aren't able to make it to the clean up, please consider lending us your rake or donating some heavy trash bags (see Sign Up Genius for details of what is needed). Thanks so much and we hope to see you all there!
Beautification Committee and SMCS Student Council
As I explained in last week’s newsletter, although the new school fencing is not quite finished, we will now be closing gates in all areas during the day. In consultation with the Diocese and the Fire Marshall we will lock all gates during the day except the front gate. This will take place after the 8:00 a.m. bell rings. All gates will be locked at night.
Please remember that if you arrive after 8:00 a.m. you must walk your child into school and sign the tardy slip. If a child arrives after 8:00 without a parent to sign him/her in the child will remain in the office until the parent returns to sign the child in. Remember our first priority is the safety of your child.
Our Christmas Pageant will be here so soon. Please note the costumes for your child’s grade at the end of this newsletter. Mr. Bridges asks that on the day of the performance, all students will meet at the Temple College Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at 6:00 pm. Students should come fully dressed in costume. There will not be any supervision by the teachers before 6:00 pm. We will meet in the hallways outside of the auditorium and line up by grade. The performance will begin at 6:30 pm.
On behalf of St. Mary’s Faculty and Staff I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for y’all. I thank God each day for guiding me to St. Mary’s and Texas
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!