Dragon Roar: 8.18.19 Week 1

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We are firmly rooted!

Good evening, Dragons!

We hope your students had a wonderful first week. We had a blast welcoming everyone to their school home.

New Dragon Families, every Sunday evening you will receive this newsletter highlighting events of the past week, save the dates for upcoming events, and educational material for your family.

Newsletter Components

The newsletter is organized as such: events this week/need to knows, highlights from the prior week, educational links for your family and future events/reminders heading your way.

Gospel Reading

Each Sunday, I will bring in reflections and wisdom from Mass re: the weekly readings to share with your family. You can always visit Loyola Press' Sunday Connection for relatable analysis to connect weekly scripture to daily life.

In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds his followers to be prepared for difficult decisions and conflict.

"Jesus said to his disciples:

"I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division. "

Luke 12: 49-53

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

These words are hard to hear from Jesus and not what we usually encounter. However, we are reminded that the decision to do the right thing is not always without conflict. Jesus warned in last Sunday's Gospel, a commitment of faith requires us to change our attitude toward material possessions and to take even more seriously our moral responsibilities. Here he reminds us that those who commit to him will find it affects the way they relate to friends and family members. How can we support our students to know that sometimes making the right decision will cause us to lose friends or popularity? How do we keep our families firmly rooted in Christ so that when conflict arises, we chose what's best for our moral grounding?

Thank you, Dragons for a beautiful first week. Blessings to you as we start week 2!


Ms. Salazar | Principal

Donuts for Families, Student Independence

Monday, Aug. 19th, 7:45-8:15am

St. Monica Cafeteria

Join us in the cafeteria after drop off for a sweet goodbye. Monday will be our last day to walk our students inside their classroom in the morning.

Mrs. Vicky Rine will have a small presentation at 8AM to families about student developmental milestones and fostering independence with your student.

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Early Dismissal: After School Care Provided, Time Change from Last Year, Please Note

Friday, Aug. 23rd, 12pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

We will have early dismissal this Friday for extended teacher training in school safety.

12PM Dismissal: PreKinder to 2nd Grade

12:15PM Dismissal: 3rd to 8th Grade (Please note, this is a change from last year).

Click the Grey 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.

How do I create my Ren-Web Account?

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

Week at a Glance

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How not to use technology as a pacifier.

How to Prioritize Prayer as a Family

Heading your Way

Heading your way: Student Handbooks and Acknowledgement Sheet

Your student handbook will be released digitally on Monday via email and on our website. If you would like a paper copy please email secretary@saintmonica.net. A paper copy of the Student Code of Conduct and Handbook Acknowledgement sheet will go home on Monday.

Students will not be given access to the internet or school technology until these are returned. All families have until August 31 to return.

Feast of St. Monica Mass: Mass on Tuesday, No Mass on Friday

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 8:15am

501 North Street

Converse, TX

We will have Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Monica next Tuesday. Mass uniform will be worn on Tuesday, not on Friday next week.

Save the Date: Family Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 4pm to Friday, Sep. 13th, 5pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Over 90% of our families requested we keep conferences and have them once a semester. This is a brief check-in on progress reports and getting to know your family. For longer conference needs, please schedule additional time on another date. Sign ups will be in next week's Dragon Roar. We will have another check-in in January to go over testing data.

Sept. 12: 4PM to 7:30PM

Sept. 13: 1PM to 5:30PM

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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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