Dragon Roar: 09.01.19 Week 3

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

We are firmly rooted!

Good afternoon, dragons!

In today's Gospel, Jesus uses a parable to teach the Pharisees.

"When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
Rather, when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Luke 14:1,7-14

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today Jesus asks to enter into relationships that are not transactional. This is more than just a lesson about dinner etiquette. It is advice on how to find your true place in the Kingdom of God. Jesus advises hosts not to invite people who would be expected to repay them to dinner but to invite those who could not repay: the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. This is where real blessings can be found and true happiness is found. What are ways our families can build relationships rooted in Christ--instead of paying each other back?


Ms. Salazar | Principal

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No School: Labor Day

Monday, Sep. 2nd, 7am-6pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

School and ASC are closed in observance of Labor Day.


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High School Information Fair: Why should I go to Catholic High School? Can I afford it?

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 6-7:30pm

St. Monica Gym

6 PM Opening Keynote, Why Catholic High School?

6:15 PM to 7:00 PM All San Antonio Archdiocesan Catholic Schools present with information tables and alumni from St. Monica

7:00 PM Middle School Parent Meeting, Info Session to prepare to apply to Catholic HS

Study Findings: Greater Self Discipline in Catholic School

Please Return: Student Handbooks and Acknowledgement Sheet

Handbooks have been released digitally, copy is included at the bottom of this newsletter. If you would like a paper copy please email secretary@saintmonica.net. A paper copy of the Student Code of Conduct and Handbook Acknowledgement went home last week.

Students will not be given access to the internet or school technology until these are returned.

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Our alert did not go out properly and we are working with RenWeb to update. We will be testing our RenWeb Parent Alert again on Tuesday AM at 6:30AM to your cell phone. We will use this for school-wide notifications such as inclement weather emergencies, reminders for schedule changes, etc.

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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Handbook Policies

Each week we will highlight new, updated and policies that need affirmation. This week we take a look at the uniform.

From the Desk of Mrs. Cortez: Uniform Policy Reminder

This year we will be enforcing our school uniform policy as we are no longer in a uniform transition year. Please refer to pages 16 to 18 for uniform guidelines.

Below you will find the required uniform list sent to families during the summer and found in our handbook. Some common violations we have observed are listed below. These violations will be addressed with students and families individually via note beginning Tuesday, September 3.

  • Shoes must be a solid black shoe or tennis shoe.
  • Socks must also be solid black knee-highs or crew socks. White socks and no-show socks are not permitted with the school uniform.
  • The required Mass uniform includes the white blouses for girls with the red tie and white button-down shirts with the striped tie for boys.
  • Polos are only to be worn on non-Mass days. Polos are not to be worn on Mass days.
  • Hairbands with pom-poms, cat ears, unicorn horns, etc. are not to be worn at school or during Mass.
  • Fake nails of any kind are not permitted.
  • Smartwatches of any kind are not to be worn by students.
  • The ONLY exceptions are for medical reasons, please send a doctor's note.

Uniform Cheat Sheet--Updated to Reflect Handbook

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Heading your Way

Scholastic Book Fair: Starts September 5

Students will have an assigned shopping day during their library time. Additionally, families may shop with students after dismissal until 4PM.

See Ms. Fischer for any questions.

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 are on the top of this newsletter. 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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Fall Semester Events: See Website for More Details and Downloadable Calendar


9-2-2019 No School, Labor Day

9-3-2019 Highschool Fair, 6PM to 7:30PM, Strongly Recommended for 8th Graders, Open for PK to 8

9-5-2019 to 9-17-2019 Scholastic Book Fair, Students may visit during library time and after school.

9-9-2019 to 9-20-2019 NWEA Testing Window

9-9-2019 Fall Clubs Begin

9-12-2019 Conferences (Progress Reports), 4PM-7PM

9-13-2019 Early Release, Conferences 1PM-5PM

9-19-2019 Family Gratitude Lunch, All families may eat with students in cafeteria, lunch available for adult and student purchase.

9-29-2019 School Mass @ Parish 11 AM


10-1-2019 Solidarity Day, Wear Orange, 8th Grade HS Tour to JPII

10-4-2019 Feast of St. Francis, Blessing of the Pets 2:30 PM, Soccer Field

10-11-2019 Early Dismissal, Archdiocesan Professional Development, NO After School Care

10-14-2019 No School, Columbus Day

10-22-2019 PTC Meeting, Q1 Awards, 6:15-7:30PM

10-27-2019 Hope for the Future 5K, 7AM-12PM (No School Mass)

10-31-2019 Halloween Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Trunk or Treat, 5-6:30PM


11-1-2019 All Saints Day Mass, 8:15AM, Students May Dress as a Favorite Saint

11-8-2019 Veteran’s Day, 8:15AM, Mass and Assembly

11-9-2019 Archdiocesan Assembly, 8AM-3:30PM

11-11-2019 Veteran’s Day, No School

11-12-2019 Photo Retake Day

11-12-2019 St. Cecelia Music Concert (All Music Students: Guitar, Recorder, Violin, Mariachi, Choir), Church, 6:30-7:30PM

11-18-2019 to 11-22-2019 NWEA Testing Round 2, Kinder to 8th

11-19-2019 School Mass @ Parish 11AM

11-20-19 Q2 Progress Report Cards Sent Home

11-21-19 Gratitude Lunch with Fire Department and Police Department

11-25-2019 to 11-29-2019 Thanksgiving Break


12-5-2019Santa Pictures, Free Dress

12-12-2019Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Celebration, 8:15AM

12-13-2019No School Mass, Last Day for Fall Clubs

12-14-2019High School Placement Test

12-17-2019Christmas Program, Church 5:15-6:15PM PK-2nd, 6:45-7:45PM 3rd-8th

12-19-2019School Mass, 8:15AM, Classroom Christmas Parties

12-20-2019No School, No School Mass, ASC Care Closed

12-20-2019No School

23-31Christmas Break

Handbook for 2019-2020