Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Saturday, October 11th, St. Mary’s Catholic School Trust Fund will hold their annual Casino Night to benefit the school. The Trust Fund is a wonderful group of individuals who are working for the financial stability of St. Mary’s.
Did you know that St. Mary’s Catholic School Trust Fund was established on October 9, 1986 as a 501c3 charitable organization? The purpose of the organization is to raise money for the school and put this money into the Trust where it would be invested and reinvested. Only the interest would be used to benefit the school. The fund began with $32,000, and that principal, and the monies that have been made each year are not touched. When the goal of $1,000,000.00 is reached the interest will be used to benefit the school. They are very close to their mark and are counting on Casino Night to continue closing the gap.
That evening there will be a live auction. Many of the items will be creations by our children. Although the monies from the evening will be added to the Trust Fund account, one half of the monies raised in the live auction will be presented to the school for our technology fund. This is wonderful news for us and will help bring us closer to technology goals for this year. Please join us for Casino Night and help the Trust Fund to reach its million dollar mark and help us immediately bring more technology into our school. Tickets are available in the office.
This Friday will be our first annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis. We will gather in the grass area, by the bridge, at 7:20 a.m., with our four legged friends, and Father Steve will bestow blessings on all.
The purpose of having our event before school time is so parents can take the pet home again. Please make sure dogs are on leashes and let me know if you have any questions.
There are still struggles in dress code in the area of boy’s hair lengths and girl’s hair apparel. Please, I ask that you make sure your girl's hair pieces are one plain color and that your boy's hair is cut above the ears, off the collar and out of his eyes. It is difficult to talk to a child about either of these when their comment back is "My mom told me this was ok." I don't want to be the bad guy. I want to follow the rules in the handbook so it is fair for all.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for your support.
My door is open, always.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
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!