Dragon Roar: 2.9. 2020

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Salt and Light

Good afternoon, Dragons,

Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said to his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Family Connection

Following the teaching of the Beatitudes, Jesus uses the metaphors of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We might take salt and light for granted, but these were precious in ancient times. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavoring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives. When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, console those who mourn, and so on, we show ourselves to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. How might your family act in a way that is salt and light for others?


Ms. Salazar | Principal


Shout out to THIRTY families that have already registered for 2020-2021!! These families will receive free dress on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as a token of our appreciation. Thank you for setting a strong foundation for the years ahead. The best is yet to come!!

Turn in your packet by Monday to also jump in on this free dress gratitude! Remember early bird prices expire on March 5. Packets are below!

School Group Pictures (Class Pictures and School Groups) Mass Uniform

Monday, Feb. 10th, 8am

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Class pictures from Lifetouch for yearbook and home!

Please wear MASS uniform--remember this is our white button-up shirt. NOT the polo.

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Valentines Heads Up and Reminders

Please remember our only class party days are Christmas and Last Day of School. We do not have Valentine's Day Parties---but we do have card exchanges coordinated by your homeroom teacher.

  • Each teacher will include in their newsletter directions for your class.
  • Please refrain from sending items to the office for delivery--flowers, balloons, etc. If items sent, the items will be held in the office until dismissal.

No School, Presidents Day

Monday, Feb. 17th, 7am-6pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Need Valentine's Cards? Send a prayer card!

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Club Sign Ups! Still open!

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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

!!! 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!

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Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 Year? Apply Now!

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Save the Date: Mardi Gras Parade

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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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.

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


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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