Dragon Roar: 2.23. 2020

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

An Eye for an Eye will just make everyone blind.

Good afternoon, Dragons,

It's officially our last Sunday before Lent. We had blast celebrating liturgy today together at our 11AM Mass. Thank you to all that joined us!

This week we will celebrate the day before lent, Mardi Gras with a Parade at 9:30AM. We will kick off our Lenten season with Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday at 8:15AM--in Mass uniform.

Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:38–48, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."

Family Connection

Jesus taught his disciples how to love others beyond those who are closest to them. Jesus tells us in today's Gospel to love even our enemies. As members of God’s family, we are called to do the same thing. As a family, talk about some concrete ways you can “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

Remind your children that Jesus does not expect us to be perfect. Jesus knows that we are human and will not always do everything correctly. Explain that what Jesus wants us to do is to love others as if they were Jesus himself. If we reach out in love to others, we are doing exactly what Jesus did. That is what perfection looks like. How can we always respond to conflict from a place of love, even when we are hurting?


Ms. Salazar | Principal

Shout out to our Taco and Menudo PTC CREW!! BAKE SALE TOMORROW!!!

Dragons, join me in thanking our breakfast crew that whipped up some delicious food and has already raised almost $800 in profit over the past two all school Masses. These funds will help sustain our tech fund as we set up our security software and build a maintenance fund.

We had a few baked goods lovingly made leftover and they will be available during dismissal tomorrow outside the gym for a bake sale!


Wow. Our results are trickling from our Catholic LIfe Ticket Sales. We will be announcing our top winners for SMCS sales at our March PTC Meeting. In the meantime, join me in celebrating the drawing winners, the Tinacba family, winners of $1,000 from Catholic Life. Congratulations!!!
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Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday!!

Students may wear green, gold, and purple Mardi Gras free dress on 2.25. PreK to 2nd Grade will march in our parade. 3rd to 8th Grade will be spectators. Families welcome to join!
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Ash Wednesday Mass: MASS UNIFORM, No Mass on Friday

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 8:15am

501 North Street

Converse, TX

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Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: Every Friday during Lent until April 3.

Friday, Feb. 28th, 5-8pm

Saint Monica Cafeteria

Each Friday during Lent, the Knights of Columbus will have their famous, delicious fried fish for sale in the St. Monica Cafeteria. Come on out each Friday to support our Parish. The Knights of Columbus donate time, service and funds to St. Monica to support our school. Let's show our love and gratitude!

Middle School Parents, we will need student volunteers if your student is seeking service hours. Please email bortiz@saintmonica.net to coordinate.

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Early Dismissal, ASC Open

Friday, Feb. 28th, 12-12:30pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

A reminder that we have an early release day on 2/28/2020.

12PM: PreK to 2nd Grade

12:15PM: 3rd to 8th Grade

!!! LAST WEEKS FOR RE-ENROLL EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Fully Register by March 5 !!!! $300 (1st student), $500 (total for families with multiple students)

EARLY REGISTRATION: ADDITIONAL $60 off with Facebook Post!

You will receive your hard copy registration FORM for 2020-2021 school year on Monday. No new application to fill out. Whew!

I am attaching a digital copy below.

In lieu of last year's early registration discount---Any family that posts a review on our Facebook will receive $60 off for Registration---be honest! If you need help posting on FB, please let us know and we will help you!

Registration and Enrollment fees will remain the same from last year including military discounts and sibling discounts. See our website for last year's rates or your new form that will be to you this week.

Be sure to complete your Hope for the Future Scholarship Application (you need to complete your Taxes) ASAP for assistance.

Brand New Families:

We will be enrolling families brand new to St. Monica for only $60 in honor of our 60th anniversary. For any referrals you send our way, we will waive your mandatory Catholic Life Fundraising!

Editable PDF Enrollment Packet Below!

No changes in tuition! No uniform changes. Only a quick form to fill out this year.

Larger Tuition Discount if you register by March 5 ($150 off and huge family rate discount).

New Summer Camps--Sports and Mariachi--and even MORE summer fun!!

Fill out the editable PDF below and email to asalazar@saintmonica.net or return the hard copy coming your way!

Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 Year? Apply Now!

Early Round closes on April 8, 2020!

Summer Fun for PreK3 to 8th Grade!

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Summer Sports Camps Heading Your Way for 5th to 8th Grade!

Session 1: Basketball, 9AM to 12PM, $50 per student, M to F, July 20

Session 2: Soccer, 9AM to 12PM, $50 per student, M to F, July 27

Session 3: Volleyball, Time TBA, $50 per student, M to F, Aug 3

$50 for first sport, $75 for multiple! Registration Included in form below.

Summer Mariachi Camp for 4th to 8th Grade!

Before/After Camp childcare available.

Student must have basic proficiency in instrument: Violin, Viola, Trumpet, Guitarron (Bass), Vihuela, Guitar or Vocals

Mariachi Summer Camp, M to F, Aug. 3, 1PM to 3PM, $75

Registration Included in form below.

Week at a Glance

Wow! Shout to our Shark Tank Presenters and Mrs. V!!

Our middle school students have spent the past few months engineering their own inventions to "sell" in our SMCS Shark Tank. Your inventions truly give us hope for the future and impressed our High School judges with your scientific investigations. Keep it up!!!

Seeking Extra iPad Chargers and MacBook Air Chargers

Families, do you have any extra old iPad chargers laying around or MacBook Air Chargers?

Or extra iPads, any generation?

We are always looking for backups! Please bring your donations to the front office if you have any! Pictures below of what we are looking for! Thank you for giving us back up options when our current options are under repair.

PTC Corner: Homeroom Helpers Still Needed!! Talking to you 1st to 8th Grade.

Thank you to our PreKinder and Kinder families for filling up our homeroom helper support. We are so thankful for your support during our Christmas Parties!!

We are still looking for helpers for 1st to 8th Grade!!


Thursday, March 26

Upcoming Events:

Feb. 18: Financial Empowerment: Saving for HS, College and Beyond---Presented by Edward Jones, 6:15PM

March 28 Movie Night with City of Converse

April 23 Fiesta Field Day

May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

PTC Executive Committee

President: Liz Dodd

Vice President: Lynsay Hernandez

Secretary: Rosalind Preiss

Bookkeeper: Shawna Griffith

Heading your Way

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St. Monica + City of Converse Movies on the Lawn!

Saturday, March 28th, 7pm

St. Monica Soccer Field

Food trucks. Double Feature. FROZEN 2 and Spiderman!!!! Entry by donation.

Join us and the City of Converse for a family-friendly movie night with delicious dinner options!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Spring Semester Events: See Website for More Details and a Downloadable Calendar


February Social Justice Month

2-23-2020 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by Kinder, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade

2-25-2020 Mardi Gras at St. Monica!

2-26-2020 Ash Wednesday Mass, 8:15AM, No Mass on 2-28-20

2-28-2020 Early Release, Teacher Professional Development

March Lent

3--2--2020 Read Across America Day, School Read In

3-9-2020 to 3-13-2020 No School, Spring Break

3-20-2020 Early Release, Professional Development

3-20-2020 Q3 Report Cards sent home

3-26-2020 Quarter 3 PTC Meeting, 6:15PM to 7:30PM

3-29-2020 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by 3rd and 4th Grade

April Month of the Military Child

4-22-2020 Q4 Progress Reports Sent Home

4-6-2020 to 4-10-2020 National Library Week

4-8-2020 Holy Week Mass, 8:15AM

4/10/2020 to 4/13/2020 Holy Week Break

4-13-2020 Easter Monday Holiday, Inclement Weather Makeup Day

4-20-2020 Guitar Program Dress Rehearsal

4-21-2020 Guitar Program Performance!

4-23-2020 Fiesta Field Day

4-24-2020 No School, Battle of Flowers

4-26-2020 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Parish Festival, Sponsored by Middle School

4-29-2020 Spring Clubs End

Athletic Banquet, TBD

May Mental Health Awareness Month

5-1-2020 Crowning Of Mary at Mass

5-2-2020 2nd grade 1st Communion Mass, 9:30AM

5-4-2020 to 5-8-2020 Teacher Appreciation Week

5-12-2020 School Talent Show, 6PM to 7:30PM

5-15-2020 Early Release


5-25-2020 Memorial Day Holiday, Inclement Weather Makeup Day

5-26-2020 8th Grade Q4 Report Cards sent home

5-27-2020 8th Grade Graduation and Mass, Last Day for 8th Grade!

5-31-2020 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by 8th Grade


6-1-2020 Kinder Graduation, 8:30AM All School Awards Assembly, 2:00PM

6-2-2020 Last Day of School, Early Release

6-3-2020 to 6-4-2020 Teacher Work Days

What are ways I can get free dress?

  • Birthday (or half birthday if birth date falls during school holiday).
  • Taking a picture of yourself in St. Monica gear out in the city and emailing to Ms. Salazar. If you get featured in the Dragon Roar, you get free dress!
  • Attending school meetings (Parent Conferences, PTC, etc) and after school events.
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Uniform Cheat Sheet--Updated to Reflect Handbook

Click the Website Button Above to Access the Website

On the main page you will find:

  • Lunch Menu
  • School Events calendar for the year
  • Links for RenWeb/Facts SIS to support your tuition payment and grade viewing for classrooms.

Ren Web: Parents Web

Stay plugged in to your student's academic needs! Please make sure you have a family account on Ren Web to see the lunch menu, your student's grades and much more. Attached is a tutorial to create your account in english and espanol.

District Code for St. Monica's: SMC-TX

How do I create my Ren-Web Account?

Handbook for 2019-2020

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