Dragon Roar: Feb. 17

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

Dragon families,

Happy Sunday!

In today's Gospel, "Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. "

Today’s beatitudes are a command from God to keep our spirits strong even in the face of despair. We are reminded that we each hold a place in the world, as did those who came before us. The challenges to our purpose and the setbacks have been felt before by others, and we should not allow them to define us.

Today’s Gospel reminds us to not get distracted by instant gratification but remain focused on our long-term mission. How will you and your family model and live in solidarity with our fellow humans to love them for all that they are and all that they were made to be?

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Lk 6:17, 20-26


Ms. Salazar | Principal

Flu Season Is Not Over: February is Peak, Fever Free for 24 hours!

We have had a few cases of the flu at SMCS.

Please remember our policy to keep our student community healthy.

Please know our own team members are also following these policies. Our cleaning crew as well as teachers are diligently sanitizing. Please help us!


If a student becomes ill in school with an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, shows signs or symptoms of illness, or is vomiting or has diarrhea, the student will be cared for apart from other students and the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student immediately.

Please do not send your student to school ill. Students should remain at home when they exhibit the first symptoms of an illness. Parents will be advised when the school experiences many absences due to a contagious illness/disease. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc.), symptom free, or have a written release from a physician that they are no longer contagious in order to return to school.Students sent home for illness cannot return to school the same day for any and all after school activities.

Return to School After Absence

A written excuse is required for a student to return to school following an absence including dates and reason for absence.

After 3 consecutive absences, a doctor’s note is required indicating their clearance to return to school.

Students that are absent from school due to fever must be med/fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy!

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No School: Presidents' Day

Monday, Feb. 18th, 8am

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Apply for Tuition Assistance, Hope for the Future ASAP by March 8

If you are not familiar, Hope for the Future (HFF) is the Archdiocesan Scholarship Fund to support families in need of tuition assistance. At St. Monica's we use the metrics provided by HFF to provide additional assistance. This means even if you do not receive a scholarship, we may be able to provide support. All families needing assistance from St. Monica's must apply.

The early round deadline for Hope For The Future Tuition Assistance is rapidly approaching! The date has been set: Friday, March 8th.

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete and costs $35. Many of our families who submit timely applications receive awards either through HFF or funds as they become available to our school from donors. Our families received between $500 and $1,000 per student.

Early Round--Apply Today BEFORE March 8

  • FACTS Early Round CLOSES on March 8, 2019.
  • Parents will be notified April 4, 2019.
  • Deadline for parents to accept Early Round is April 22, 2019.

FINAL Round applications will Re-Open on April 1, and will close on June 28, 2019.

  • If you do not receive funding in the early round, know your application will remain open until June to potentially receive funds.

Those who apply earn:

  • $35 waived from School Registration Fee

Here is the link to apply!


If you need any help with the application process, please call Ms. Rosa or email her at bookkeeper@saintmonica.net

Week at a Glance

New Security Installed: Doorbell for Front Office

We received a security grant from Hope for the Future. Our front office door will have a doorbell on your left to ring to enter our school. We ask for your patience with us during installation this week. Please know our local safety authorities have access to our school at all times.

New Website is Live!

Our new school website is live and up to date. A HUGE thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Dodd for making this dream a reality.

We have a password protected photo and newsletter section--and it's now available---to access your family password is SMC$2019. Click below to see our new site.

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After School Clubs, Spots Still Open!

After School Club Sign Up went out via this newsletter. Link below to Sign Up!

This is not for scholastic middle school clubs (Beta and Spanish Club)--these clubs meet ALL year.

Get those box tops in by February 26!

Please get your box tops in to the front office by Feb. 26. We must count and ship them out by February 28. Big thank you to our PTC volunteers for helping us with this fundraiser!

Show, don't just tell: Passing the faith is as easy as passing the potatoes

SPARK last two open classes! Free Childcare and Dinner, 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Spots still open!

S.P.A.R.K: Supporting Parents and Reaching Kids

will host an eight-week family workshop to build better lives through knowledge, support, and enrichment for Parents/Guardians. Classes will close for new attendees starting in March.

Join us as we look at research-based information and answer that age-old question:

“Why do they do that???”

*Free Pizza *Free Workshop (6:30-8:30pm) *Free Childcare during Workshop

* Free for all Parents, Grandparents, Extended Family, and Providers of children: Prenatal through 17 years

Wednesdays: Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 2019

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Resilient Parenting

Coffee with Families Kicks off in February! Last Wednesday of Each Month!

Coffee with families will kick off again for families starting in February 27 at 8:15AM of the week. We will be bringing in Archdiocesan and community reps for 2019.

The purpose of Coffee with families is for Parents and Guardians to meet school leadership, each other and community leaders to support SMCS. Join us as your schedule allows!

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Save the Date: Confirmation Liturgy with Archbishop Garcia-Siller

Thursday, March 28th, 6:30pm

501 North Street

Converse, TX

Join us to celebrate our confirmation candidates with Mass with Archbishop! All are welcome!

Dates to Remember

February: Black History Month, Social Justice Month

February 18: No School, President's Day

February 24: School Mass, 11AM @ Church 6B and PK4 Sponsor

March 1: School Read In, Read Across America!

March 5: School Mardi Gras Celebration, Archbishop Gustavo’s 5th Grade Mass, 10:00 a.m., St. Rose of Lima

March 6: Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:15AM, Mass Uniform, NO MASS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 8

March 11-15: Spring Break

March 24: ALL SCHOOL MASS, 11AM @ Church, Sports Teams to Sponsor, 2nd Collection to go to Sports with Coach Garcia and Coach Duron

March 25-29 Iowa Test Mrs. Cortez

March 29 Q3 Report Card Sent Home

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PTC: Events for 2018-2019!

Save the Date: PTC Meetings--6:15-7:30PM

Q3 PTC Meeting, Thurs, April 4

PTC Thank you: Student Talent Show, Tuesday, May 21: 6:15PM to 7:30PM, PK-8th Grade may choose to participate. More info next semester.

Easter Bunny Pictures March 21, 2019

Contact Mrs. Gomez to help

School Gala, Saturday, May 11, 6PM-10PM

Contact Oralia Lopez and Giselle Zamago to help, lopez4013@yahoo.com

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10

Contact Liz Dodd to help, lizdodd331@gmail.com

What are ways I can get Free Dress?

  • Submit a picture of yourself in St. Monica's gear (uniform, spirit shirts, etc) out in the community. Top 2 each week will be featured in the newsletter and receive free dress!
  • Birthdays
  • Participate in Fundraiser days
  • Attend family meetings--PTC, Conferences, 8th Grade Meetings, Sacrament Meetings, etc.
  • Register yourself, family and friends for the 5K. For each member that you register for St. Monica's, you will get a free dress day!
  • Go to Mass or your Church in SCHOOL UNIFORM, bring back a bulletin to your homeroom teacher and have a Free Dress Monday!

After School Opportunities

After School Clubs Sponsored by Teachers

Violin Lessons with Mrs. Torres*

Guitar Lessons with Mrs. Soto*

Choir Practice with Mrs. Soto

Mariachi with Mrs. Torres

Piano Lessons with Mrs. Dietrich*

Twinkle Toes Dance for PK-8th Grade*

Sports with Coach Garcia and Coach Duron

Ping Pong with Fr. Thumma (after Q1)

Please email each with your interest. The starred opportunities have a cost associated.

music@saintmonica.net (Mrs. Torres)

edlillisoto@gvec.net (Mrs. Soto)

Front Office (secretary@saintmonica.net) for Piano and Twinkle Toes

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