Dragon Roar: 1.26. 2020

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week! Creating Fishers of Men and Women!


We are excited to celebrate who we are and what we stand for--rigorous academics rooted in faith and service--during Catholic Schools Week. Today's Gospel, reminds us of the call of the first disciples---let us all make fishers of men and women rooted in Christ.

Please see the flyer below for all the activities and celebrations planned. We were excited to see you at our 11AM Catholic Schools Week kick off Mass today!

Today's Gospel:

Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus begins to preach in Galilee and calls his first disciples.

"He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him."

Family Connection

Today’s Gospel tells us little about the background of these fishermen, their work, and their families. In today’s Gospel, we are simply told the first disciples dropped everything to follow Jesus. Perhaps the message for us today is to balance the radical call to be a follower of Jesus with the challenge to be “fishers of men and women” even within our own families. Creating this balance may require that we change some of the priorities of our own family life. Does our family schedule give evidence that we put God first in our family life? What might we do to better reflect that God is our priority? (Citation)


Ms. Salazar | Principal

PS: We are still looking for parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles to speak at Career Day on Thursday, January 30. Simple 5 minute presentation about your job or vocation (chef, banker, military, wife, husband, etc) that will be given twice. Questions to answer are below! 2PM. Out the door by 3PM. We have THREE volunteers! Help us! We need 7 more!

PPS: Were you at PTC? If so, enjoy some free dress on Monday with your Jersey. If not, you missed our big reveal of new Chromebooks for 5th to 8th grade!!

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Ending Catholic Schools Week: St. Monica on the ROAD!! Guest Appearance at Good Shepherd

Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 11am

1065 East Live Oak Road

Schertz, TX

Our choir is on the road, debuting at Good Shepherd. We will be visiting our parishes without Catholic Schools to recruit for enrollment. If you are a member of a near by parish (La Vernia counts!), without a Catholic School, let us know and we can debut at your church. Email asalazar@saintmonica.net for more details.
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Speak at Career Day!! Sign Up Below: WE NEED YOU! 1/30 at 2PM

Share with us your job or vocation and what you love about it! We have 3 volunteers. Need 7 more!!

5 minute presentation to be given twice (once to PK to 2nd and again to 3rd to 8th). Wear your uniform or bring any props!


1) What do you do?

2) What does your day look like?

3) Why did you choose this career path or vocation?

4) What did you have to study and how long were you in school?

5) What's the best part of your job or vocation?

Click below to sign up!

Teens and School Stress Tips

EARLY REGISTRATION: $60 off with Facebook Post!

You will receive your registration packet for 2020-2021 school year by Friday of this week. Digital registration will available in late March.

In lieu of last year's early registration discount---Any family that posts a review on our Facebook by April 30--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 packet 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!

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How on Earth do I apply to Catholic High Schools? What scholarships can I apply for?

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 6-7:30pm

St. Monica Cafeteria

Information for applying to Catholic High Schools for all of our families. 8th grade families strongly encouraged to attend. All are welcome, great for any grade to get ahead and prepare!

Why Parents Need Self-Care!

Rush Park Family Night! 20% of proceeds come back to St. Monica!

Friday, Jan. 31st, 4-9pm

3150 Pat Booker Road

Universal City, TX

An important part of celebrating who we are is FELLOWSHIP! Join us for some FUN!

Join us for a St. Monica gathering at Rush Park. Bring your families, neighbors, everyone!!

Kids- $20 (with purchase of mandatory socks)

$16 (if you already have Rush socks)

Parents- $11 (with purchase of mandatory socks)

Challenge the SMCS team at your favorite games!

Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 Year? Apply Now!

Early Round closes on April 8, 2020! More information at Feb. 18 Personal Finance Meeting.

Got Problems? 59 Rosary Beads can help!

Fall Fundraiser EXTENDED to January 30: 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?


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Week at a Glance

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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, Jan. 23

Thursday, March 26

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 31 Rush Fun Park St. Monica Night, 4PM to 9PM

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

Family Financial Empowerment Night: How do I save for College? How do I afford monthly tuition? How do I apply for Tuition Assistance?

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 6:15pm

St. Monica Cafeteria

Guest speakers from Edward Jones will lead us in a discussion towards financial empowerment.

Ms. Salazar will explain the Hope for the Future Tuition Assistance process. Join us to learn more! Open to all grades.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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

Saturday, March 28th, 7pm

St. Monica Soccer Field

Food trucks. Double Feature. Details and showings TBA. 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


January National Thank You Month

1-1-2020 to 1-6-2020 Student New Year Break

1-6-2020 Teacher Work Day

1-6-2020 to 1-24-2020 NWEA Testing K-8

1-16-2020 Family Conferences, 4PM-7:30PM

1-17-2020 Early Dismissal, Family Conferences, 1PM to 5PM

1-20-2020 No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1-22-2020 8th Grade PSAT

1-23-2020 PTC Meeting 6:15PM to 7:30PM

1-26-2020 Catholic Schools Week School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by PreKinder 3 and PreKinder 4

1-26-2020 to 1-31-2020 Catholic Schools Week, Early Registration Begins

1-27-2020 Spring Clubs Begin

1-29-2020 Converse Local Business Open House 11AM to 1PM


February Social Justice Month

2-3-2020 to 2-7-2020 National School Counselors Week

2-7-2020 Early Release, ARCH Professional Development, NO ASC

2-10-2020 School Group Pictures (RESCHEDULED), MASS UNIFORM!!

2-12-2019 Q3 Progress Reports Sent Home

2-17-2020 No School, President’s Day Holiday

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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