Dragon Roar: 3.1. 2020

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First Sunday of Lent

Good afternoon, Dragons,

Welcome Lent. During these forty days, we are asking by the Church to spend intentional time with prayer, fasting, and giving as we prepare our hearts for the resurrection of Easter.

Today's Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus fasts for 40 days in the desert and is tempted by the devil.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Family Connection

When Jesus resists the temptations presented to him by the devil, he draws on his religious upbringing and tradition and remembers God's word in Scripture. Jesus is able to quote from Scripture because he is the Son of God and because he was a human person who lived his Jewish beliefs fully. As partners with you, families, we are all called to support our students fully in our faith traditions so that they too will be able to draw upon this tradition to resist the temptations they will face in their lives.

Today's Gospel is an opportunity to call your family’s attention to the importance of Scripture in our lives to support us in times of suffering and times of joy.

As we begin this holy season of Lent, may we turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.

Prayers for your families,

Ms. Salazar | Principal


I have received a few questions from families re: Coronavirus.

I want to remind you of our policy for ANY illness, especially since we are still in Flu Season--any student with a fever of 100.4 or greater will be immediately sent home and is not to return until 24 hours AFTER the fever has returned to normal body temperature. We eliminated the perfect attendance award as we do not want you at school sick. In times of multiple students going home due to fever, any temperature at fever level will be sent home (i.e. low grade fever--99.9 or 100, etc). Take time to heal.

Please help us by ensuring your students are fever free with NO MEDICATION for 24 hours. Adherence to this policy supports 240 students and our 32 team members. Please help us.

Keep washing hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (say the Our Father or Pledge of Allegiance) and know that, as always, we are disinfecting.

From our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Marti West:

The news has highlighted the expectation for the Coronavirus to continue to spread and that school districts are working on plans in the event of needed school closures.

If this were to occur, we will follow the public school closures as we currently do for inclement weather (for St. Monica this is Judson ISD).

Additionally, the Archdiocesan Director of Academics is putting together strategies for continuing school remotely via the resources we currently have available in our schools (i.e. Google classrooms, RenWeb, email)

St. Monica does have a plan for emergencies and how to keep learning if we would have to be “quarantined.” I will share this information as needed.

God-willing we will not need to implement any plans, but we should be prepared in the event we need to. In the meantime, I ask that you join me in prayer for those directly affected by this health crisis. St. Monica, pray for us.

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Read Across America

Monday, March 2nd, 1-2pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Tomorrow, we will drop everything for an hour and read together as a school community to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!

!!! LAST WEEK TO RE-ENROLL 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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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!

Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 Year? Apply Now!

Early Round closes on April 8, 2020!

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: Every Friday during Lent until April 3.

Friday, March 6th, 5-7pm

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.


Monday, March 9th, 7am to Sunday, March 15th, 8pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

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.

Week at a Glance

8th Grade Serves in Lent Service Kick Off

Our 8th graders served at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center alongside hundreds of students from across San Antonio to show our commitment to giving back this Lent.

Track builds sandpit this week and is warming up for the first meet!

WOW. Shout out to our Dragons that helped out this weekend to re-build our sandpit to practice for our upcoming track meet. Thank you to our students, Coach Garcia and Coach Julie for coming out and our parent donors for the sand. You all are giving us resources to continue to improve our skills! THANK YOU!!!

First Meet: Thursday, March 19!

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Softball is warming up!

It's our first-year to kick off our softball team and we are cheering you on Lady Dragons! Shout to Miss Bazany, Mrs. Norton and Coach Garcia for supporting us.

This week game @4:30PM, Dismissed from class at 3:20PM

Monday, March 2: SMCS vs Holy Cross (Away)

After Break:

Monday, March 16 @Providence

Wednesday, March 18 @St. John Bosco

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, 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

Heading your Way

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

Saturday, March 28th, 7pm

St. Monica Soccer Field

Food trucks. Double Feature. FROZEN 2 and Spiderman!!!! Entry by donation.

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


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

3-27-2020 8th grade GRADUATION PICTURES

3-29-2020 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by 3rd and 4th Grade

April Month of the Military Child

4-2-2020 8th Grade Confirmation Liturgy

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!

4-22-2020 Q4 Progress Reports Sent Home

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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