Dear Parents and Guardians,
I pray your first week back was great. I know that the faculty and staff certainly enjoyed being back. Thank you to all who attended Back to School Night last Thursday. If you missed it please make sure you speak with your child’s teacher. There was a handout from each teacher with important information for the year.
Your child’s teachers are highly qualified and certificated to teach in the state of Texas. I trust their teaching abilities and hold them accountable for their students’ learning. If ever you have a question or concern, in relationship to your child, please do begin with the teacher. My door is always open but the teacher is your direct link. If your avenue with the teacher does not help please come to me.
I ask that you refrain from gossiping with others and keep in mind that your responsibility is to your child not to other children in the class. If a parent has a concern or question it is their duty to seek the answer, not expect others to do it for them. I expect the same thing from my teachers. All voices are important.
If you receive the Temple Telegram make sure you check out the Second Front page today. We have been featured for our Bell-Ringing ceremony. What a great picture. Thanks to Lana Shadburn, our Development Director, for helping create the article and taking the great picture. Throughout the year you will see our students in the newspaper. It is always so exciting for us and is a reminder to our community of the quality Catholic education students receive at St. Mary’s.
If you have not read the Parent-Student handbook, located on the school website, please do so. This is an important resource for the policies of the school. Although all information is important please pay special attention to page 12. Students are counted as present for a full day only if in attendance for the full day; 8:00- 3:30. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. or leaving after 2:30 will be marked as tardy. Students arriving after 10:00 a.m. or leaving any time before 2:30 will be marked with a half -day absence. All learning time is important to your child. Tardies result in missed instruction time and may have a negative effect on your child’s learning. It is essential that your child be on time for school. An absence will be recorded for each 5 unexcused tardies. Tardies will only be excused with a doctor’s note or due to unavoidable circumstances. Forgetting homework or oversleeping are not unavoidable circumstances. Students arriving after school begins are considered tardy and must be signed in by the parent or guardian in the health room. No child should be “dropped off” after 8:00 a.m. This is for the safety of your child. Parents who do not come in to the school to sign in their child will be called back. The child will remain in the office until he/she has been properly signed in and receives a tardy slip. Doctor/Dentist Appointment Parents are asked to avoid making doctor/dental appointments during the school day in order to minimize.
If you need clarification please do not hesitate to call us.
Reminder that dismissal is at 3:30. Please be prompt picking up your child. If there are unforeseen circumstances which may cause you to be delayed please let the school know. A late fee will be charged for students being picked up after 3:45 ($20.00 per 15 minutes).
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for entrusting your child to us.
·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!