Dear Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration I would like to welcome all families, returning and new, to the land of the St. Mary’s Falcons
This is going to be wonderful year filled with learning and adventure. The smiles on the faces of our children as they began their first day of school on Friday were precious. Every day we have with your children is a gift to us. Thank you for believing in our commitment to quality Catholic education.
In the short time I have been with my new St. Mary’s family, it is clear to me that we are blessed to have an amazing faculty and staff and dedicated parents who truly believe that faith and education can and do create miracles at St. Mary’s Catholic School. I invite you to become involved and stay involved in the life of our school family. You will have a rewarding experience, I promise.
Thank you for joining us for our welcome events last week. I am pleased that you understand the importance of beginning the new year as an informed parent and guardian. Whether you are just joining the St. Mary’s Family or are a veteran, knowledge is power.
The newsletter will be sent to you each Tuesday and will contain important information about our school. I will always begin with a personal note and then move on to news and events. If you have information you would like included, having to do with a school event or school activities, please send it to me by Monday morning at
There is much I will be learning as I begin my journey as your principal. Please be patient with me and do not hesitate to help me become more knowledgeable about St. Mary’s Catholic School and Texas. I am grateful to you for all you have done and will continue to do to make our school great.
At the end of each newsletter will be the Sunday Readings for the coming Sunday. I have found that this is a great resource for parents who would like to discuss the Readings with their child before attending Mass on Sunday.
My door is always open!
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!