Team News 10.20

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics, & Service for SMCS

Starting with YOU

So that you do not get this newsletter too late, I am starting with Team News first. I hope you all have had restful weekends. Here's a little video to get us through the next week!


If you would like to make your own jib jab video, feel free to use my account (asalazar@saintmonica.net, PSWD Dragons2018).


Welcome 2nd Quarter!!!

SMCS I will Survive Monster Mash

Mission in Action Awards

Due by Tuesday, Will Present at Mass on 11/1, Mission in Action Awards.

Please select one student from your homeroom class that has been an example of the St. Monica's Mission during the 1st quarter.


Please email the student's name and WHY (one to two sentences that give a specific example of how/when this student has lived our Mission in Q1).

The Assembly: Required for all Full Time Teachers and Professional Staff

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 8am-3:30pm

1 Camino Santa Maria

San Antonio, TX

Each year the Archdiocese hosts a huge conference/praise & worship/spiritual talk day to bring all of the archdiocese together. This year I am super excited for some of the break out session speakers (some of my professors from ND and Boston College--Hoffsman Ospino and Timothy Matovina). You will love them!!


I will be signing you and paying for you this week. Anyone on a religion deficiency plan will get 8 hours this day alone! Remember this archdiocesan mandated and we get a comp day off for this day so if you cannot attend, you will be required to use paid time off. Let me know ASAP.

Reminders and Updates

  • Report Cards went out on Friday with NWEA scores and Trunk or Treat sign ups. Please make sure to get the signed report cards back and follow up with any families that do not return by Tuesday.
  • Be sure to sign up for the 5K--MONDAY is the last day!
  • PTC on Tuesday. Please be there by 6PM. Need a few teacher volunteers to help with Math Night Games--let me know if you can, just need to be there by 5:30PM and all directions will be provided. Everyone else, please plan on passing out pizza and mingling with families.
  • Prayer moved to 7:45AM (duty assigned members, please report directly to duty by 7:30AM)
  • Lights are officially fixed in parking lot!
  • Reminder---please respect when gym classes are in session and keep your kids on the edges if walking by, especially during dismissal.

Research based methods to increase reading proficiency

It never fails to amaze me the gap between all the PhD's and the field that does the work. Here is a great article that gives a quick refresher on the best practices for teaching reading. Great tips to put your NWEA data into action.

What's the Worst Praise You Can Give?

Missed our Team Meeting? Minutes and Notes here!

School Schedules: Duty, Classroom and Contact Information

This Week's Scheduled Interruptions/Off Campus/Subbing

Monday: Ms. Rosa Out, Mrs. Cortez in by 12PM,

Tuesday: PTC Meeting

Wednesday: Mr. Patrick Out 3PM to 6PM

Thursday: Mr. Patrick Out 3PM to 6PM

Mass Information

Oct 25 PK3-4/Middle School

Nov 1 Middle School * All Saints’ Day

Nov 8 4th grade



Please always confirm readers and begin practicing with them by Tuesday. Please email your assignments to Ms. Cortez and Ms. Salazar by Wednesday.

October/ November/December Duty

Edited based on your feedback! Tried to shuffle it around so you aren't back to back. If you are going to be absent or late, please make sure you secure a sub for your duty.
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October/November Birthdays

10.28: Laura Bazany

11.3: Mr. Victor

11.8: Ms. Lori

Gratitude from the past week

Thank you to...


  • Each of you that gave feedback to make us stronger.
  • Coach Garcia for hosting and getting our parents to support homecoming game for all the sports!
  • Miss Bazany for coaching Volleyball in her first year on our team!!
  • Ms. Mechtel for bringing to light report card clarifications to get us even more streamlined.
  • All of the unnoticed yet appreciated ways each of you helps our school remain firmly rooted.

Grading Deadlines

Progress Report Quarter 2: Grades complete by Sunday, Nov. 17

Report Card Quarter 2: Grades AND Skill Sets due by Thursday, December 19 at 7PM.


Progress Report Quarter 3: Grades complete by Sunday, Feb 9th.

Report Card Quarter 3: Grades and Skill Sets due by March 17 at 7PM.


Progress Report Quarter 4: Grades complete by Sunday, April 19.

8th Grade Report Card: Grades complete by May 22.

Kinder to 7th Grade: Take grades and complete until May 29.