Dragon Roar: 12.8.19 Week 17

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

Happy Advent, Dragons!

Good evening, Dragons!

Happy Second Week of Advent!

Today's Gospel

John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance.

"John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea

and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

...I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."

Matthew 3:1-12

Second Sunday of Advent

Family Connection

John's call of repentance in preparation for Jesus reminds us that our repentance is another way in which we can prepare for the Lord's coming and our celebration of Christmas. What are ways you can model forgiveness as a family? While we prepare for the birth of Christ, our church reminds us that Advent is a great time for the sacrament of reconciliation. Please know we will offer this sacrament to our students before the break.


Ms. Salazar | Principal

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass: THURSDAY MASS DRESS. NO MASS FRIDAY

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8am

501 North Street

Converse, TX

Dragons, we will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday and flipping our Thursday and Friday schedules. Students in Mariachi or Matachines may wear their respective assignments from Mrs. Torres.

Please take note of lunchtimes and dress. Mass Uniform on Thursday and Regular Uniform on Friday.

All students may bring a rose to offer to our Lady if you wish!

We will march, sing and dance to the church starting at 8AM in celebration of our Lady. Please be on time to support our arrival safety. Thank you!

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Daily Advent Reflections

Picture Retakes: Reminder Date Change! FREE DRESS FOR ALL!!

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 8am

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Reminder, we have picture retakes for anyone needing one or for students that were absent on our picture day.

We have free dress for ALL due to meeting our 5K registration goal! Thank you all for your support!!!

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Reminder: Middle School Midterms

This week is Midterms Review Week for 5th to 8th Grade.

Next week Midterms begin. See our Fall Semester dates below for testing schedule.

Please email your teachers before 9AM to secure any make-up work to be picked up after 3PM. Thank you.

Christmas Concert: PK to 8th Grade

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 5:15pm

501 North Street

Converse, TX

We have two showtimes for our Christmas Concert that ALL grades have been practicing for!

5:15PM to 6:15PM for PK to 2nd Grade

6:45PM to 7:45PM for 3rd to 8th grade

We will see you at the Church on 12/17 to celebrate.

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Fall Fundraiser: Sell those Catholic Life Tickets!

This month, you will see on your accounts a $100 charge per family for the Catholic LIfe Tickets Fundraiser to be paid by Jan. 15, 2020. This is our one mandatory fundraiser each year. Please remember the actual cost to educate at St. Monica's is $5,900. Fundraising helps us keep our tuition at a lower rate currently paid.

This year, as noted in your registration packet, all families are asked to sell at least $100 worth of tickets (20 tickets at $5 each). You can, of course, sell even more and are encouraged to as 100% of the proceeds we make per ticket comes directly to us!

Your student came home with tickets. If you need more or they did not make it home, please Ms. Rosa know.

St. Monica Prizes for those that go above and beyond:

1) Number 1 top seller--Free Tuition for a Month and VIP Lunch Party with Classmates

2) Number 2 top seller--Free Enrollment Fees for 2020-2021 and Student gets to be Principal for the Day

3) Number 3 top seller--1/2 off Enrollment fees for 2020-2021 and Free Dress for a week

4) Number 4 top seller--Free Dress for a week

Catholic LIfe Prizes

1) One Grand Prize: A choice between a new Ford F-150, a new Ford Focus, or a $20,000 Prepaid VISA Credit Card (this is between ALL participating schools)

2) One prize per school: A $1,000 VIsa Prepaid Credit Card


1) Where do these tickets come from and why do we do this?

Catholic Life Raffle Tickets are a free fundraising opportunity provided to us through Catholic LIfe Insurance (they provide the grand prizes). Catholic Life provides prizes, printing, and promos. Started in 2007 as a way to help struggling Catholic Schools, the Catholic Schools Sweepstakes has raised more than $8 Million, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the schools. Over 60 schools participate all over Texas. Please remember the actual cost to educate at St. Monica's is $5,900. Fundraising helps us keep our tuition at a lower rate.

2) I don't have lots of family or a workplace that allows me to sell. How can I participate?

We will have sign ups to sell after Mass at St. Monica Parish every Sunday starting next week!

3) I don't believe in fundraising. Can I just buy the tickets myself?

Yes. All families will have a $100 automatically placed on their account (not per child, just for the family). You are more than welcome to just pay the fee.

4) What do I do with the money collected?

You may keep the money up to $100 or turn in and the credit will be applied to your account. Any money past $100 for additional tickets needs to be turned into St. Monica or the tickets will be charged to your account.

5) How long do I have to sell?

Until January 15

Week at a Glance

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 still looking for helpers for 1st to 8th Grade.

Homeroom Helpers Needed

We all appreciate everything our St. Monica’s teachers do for our school and our children. We would like to find volunteers for each class (PreK to 8th) to help our teachers coordinate a few classroom events and foster communication between families in each class.

In particular, we are asking the homeroom helpers to organize:

  • A Christmas Classroom Party- December 19, 2019, time coordinated during school with teacher
  • One additional small event- February 2020
    • Meant to give our teachers a short break in their day and can be something like: Book reading, Art Project, guest speaker or simply a token of appreciation
  • An end of year party, time coordinated during school with teacher, half day- June 2, 2020

We would like to find at least two helpers per homeroom and will bring all of us together to get ideas rolling.

The helpers can be a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc. of a student. Each helper will need to complete an archdiocese’s background check (online) prior to volunteering and attend one short collaboration meeting to support planning.

If you are interested please contact Liz Dodd via email or text with your information (name, phone number and email address), name of the student, and name of the homeroom teacher.

Thanks so much for all you do for our school,

Contact to support:

Liz Dodd, PTC President



Sponsor Our Boysville Angels!

In the spirit of the giving season, the SMCS PTC has adopted several angels from Boysville in need of Christmas gifts. These children are in transition between foster home situations and have very few things to call their own. Boysville’s own Vickie Ryne, sponsors our own Child Development Class and Parent sessions.

You received your adopted angels on Friday. We ask while your shopping for your own loved ones to choose 1 or 2 things to give to the angel assigned to your grade level. If your angel did not make it home, please email Ms. Salazar.

We encourage you to involve your student in choosing the gift and demonstrating the importance of giving to others if your resources allow.

Please return the gifts to your homeroom teacher, wrapped and labeled with the sex/age of your angel, no later than 8AM on December 13 as we will be delivering that morning.

PTC Executive Committee

President: Liz Dodd

Vice President: Lynsay Hernandez

Secretary: Rosalind Preiss

Bookkeeper: Shawna Griffith

Heading your Way

Fall Semester Events: See Website for More Details and Downloadable Calendar

December: Advent

12-4-2019 Santa Pictures, Free Dress


12-9 to 12-13: Middle School Midterm Reviews (Midterms to follow)

12-12-2019 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration, 8:15AM

12-13-2019 No School Mass, Last Day for Fall Clubs

12-14-2019 High School Placement Test

12-17-2019 Christmas Program, Church 5:15-6:15PM PK-2nd, 6:45-7:45PM 3rd-8th

Monday, December 16 Middle School Math Midterm

Tuesday, December 17 Middle School Religion & Science Midterms

Wednesday, December 18 Middle School ELA & Social Studies Midterms

12-19-2019School Mass, 8:15AM, Classroom Christmas Parties

12-20-2019No School, No School Mass, ASC Care Closed

12-20-2019No School

Dec. 20 to Jan. 6 Christmas Break

Monday, January 6: No School, Teacher Retreat Day

Tuesday, Jan. 7 School Resumes

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

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