Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I would like to thank our students who attended and helped at the Back to School BBQ at St. Luke’s on Saturday evening. Thank you to Margaret Linz, Takoda Pardun and Nathan Orf. Their participation reaffirms that we are all one community.
Have you marked your calendar for this Sunday? We will be holding our first Wheels Skate Night of the year from 5:30-7:30. This has become a tradition and is so much fun for all. I hope we see you there ready to rollerskate
This Thursday is our first Spirit Day of the year.
Spirit Day dress is as follows:
St. Mary’s Catholic School grey spirit shirt only, with properly fitted plain blue jeans or knee length skirts or shorts or below the knee Capri pants. All pants must be hemmed, without holes or ragged edges. Clothing that is too tight, too short, too skimpy, or too baggy is never allowed.
Solid colored black, brown, or navy belt must be worn. Indoors, only school sweaters or fleece jackets may be worn. If your child chooses not to wear Spirit clothing, he or she should wear the school uniform.
This Thursday, our Middle School students have been invited to attend a Blues Guitar concert at the CAC. Permission slips were sent home yesterday, by email, as well, a hard copy was given to each child. We are still in need of drivers. If you are EIM cleared and have your driver’s license and insurance on file, and are available, please let us know. We will leave school at approximately 8:20 and return by 10:30.
Have a wonderful week and God bless you for all you do to support our school.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
A Smile From Father Steve
“We don’t change the message, the message changes us.”
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:
Webelieve 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!