Dragon Roar: 1.20. 2020

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

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Celebrating Dr. King!



Sunday's Gospel: John 1:29-34

John testifies that Jesus is the Lamb of God, God’s own Son.


"John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."


Family Connection

In Sunday’s reading, John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and cries out, giving witness about who Jesus is. In John’s testimony he says that he saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus. By this sign, John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the one who is to come after him.


John the Baptist’s sense of purpose is clearly identified in this reading: he baptized in order to prepare for and make known the ministry of the One who was to follow. John’s witness is an excellent example of what it means to be a disciple. By our Baptism, we are called to make Jesus known to all the world by our words and by the witness of our lives. Today we celebrate a great civil rights activist and man who was a firm disciple, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How is your family living the ministry of Jesus and serving those on the margins? How can we continue to nurture our students to love unconditionally?


Blessings,

Ms. Salazar | Principal


PS: We are still looking for parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles to speak at Career Day on Thursday, January 30. Simple 5 minute presentation about your job or vocation (chef, banker, military, wife, husband, etc) that will be given twice. Questions to answer are below! 2PM. Out the door by 3PM. We have ONE volunteer! Help us!


PPS: Super secret, surprise announcement at PTC on Thursday!!!

Speak at Career Day!! Sign Up Below: WE NEED YOU! 1/30 at 2PM

Share with us your job or vocation and what you love about it!


5 minute presentation to be given twice (once to PK to 2nd and again to 3rd to 8th). Wear your uniform or bring any props!


Answer:

1) What do you do?

2) What does your day look like?

3) Why did you choose this career path or vocation?

4) What did you have to study and how long were you in school?

5) What's the best part of your job or vocation?


Click below to sign up!

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 MEETING!

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6:15-7:30pm

School Cafeteria

Lead by our PTC executive committee!


PTC events, School business, Catholic Schools Week including RUSH Fun Park, planning for 2020


AND a secret, surprise announcement for something new to update St. Monica and our learning!!


Awards will be given for Honor Roll and Mission in Action.

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Tuition Assistance for 2020-2021 Year? Apply Now!

Early Round closes on April 8, 2020!

REMINDER: 8th Grade PSAT

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 8-10am

Cafeteria

Parents, please make sure to have your student on school on time on Wednesday as we will be hosting the PSAT for all 8th graders. No studying is needed--just go to bed early, eat breakfast and rest up! Please be on time. Late arrivals will wait in the office until testing is completed.
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Fall Fundraiser EXTENDED to January 29: Sell those Catholic Life Tickets!

This month, you will see on your accounts a $100 charge per family for the Catholic LIfe Tickets Fundraiser to be paid by Jan. 15, 2020. This is our one mandatory fundraiser each year. Please remember the actual cost to educate at St. Monica's is $5,900. Fundraising helps us keep our tuition at a lower rate currently paid.


This year, as noted in your registration packet, all families are asked to sell at least $100 worth of tickets (20 tickets at $5 each). You can, of course, sell even more and are encouraged to as 100% of the proceeds we make per ticket comes directly to us!


Your student came home with tickets. If you need more or they did not make it home, please Ms. Rosa know.


St. Monica Prizes for those that go above and beyond:

1) Number 1 top seller--Free Tuition for a Month and VIP Lunch Party with Classmates

2) Number 2 top seller--Free Enrollment Fees for 2020-2021 and Student gets to be Principal for the Day

3) Number 3 top seller--1/2 off Enrollment fees for 2020-2021 and Free Dress for a week

4) Number 4 top seller--Free Dress for a week


Catholic LIfe Prizes

1) One Grand Prize: A choice between a new Ford F-150, a new Ford Focus, or a $20,000 Prepaid VISA Credit Card (this is between ALL participating schools)


2) One prize per school: A $1,000 VIsa Prepaid Credit Card


FAQ:


1) Where do these tickets come from and why do we do this?

Catholic Life Raffle Tickets are a free fundraising opportunity provided to us through Catholic LIfe Insurance (they provide the grand prizes). Catholic Life provides prizes, printing, and promos. Started in 2007 as a way to help struggling Catholic Schools, the Catholic Schools Sweepstakes has raised more than $8 Million, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the schools. Over 60 schools participate all over Texas. Please remember the actual cost to educate at St. Monica's is $5,900. Fundraising helps us keep our tuition at a lower rate.


2) I don't have lots of family or a workplace that allows me to sell. How can I participate?

We will have sign ups to sell after Mass at St. Monica Parish every Sunday starting next week!


3) I don't believe in fundraising. Can I just buy the tickets myself?

Yes. All families will have a $100 automatically placed on their account (not per child, just for the family). You are more than welcome to just pay the fee.


4) What do I do with the money collected?

You may keep the money up to $100 or turn in and the credit will be applied to your account. Any money past $100 for additional tickets needs to be turned into St. Monica or the tickets will be charged to your account.


5) How long do I have to sell?

EXTENDED TO JANUARY 29!!!

Week at a Glance

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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!!


SAVE THE DATE: PTC MEETINGS, 6:15PM to 7:30PM

Thursday, Jan. 23

Thursday, March 26



Upcoming Events:

Jan. 31 Rush Fun Park St. Monica Night

Feb. 18: Financial Empowerment: Saving for HS, College and Beyond---Presented by Edward Jones

March 18 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

Building Resilient Teens: 5 Ways to Battle Anxiety!

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Heading your Way

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How on Earth do I apply to Catholic High Schools? What scholarships can I apply for?

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 6-7:30pm

St. Monica Cafeteria

Information for applying to Catholic High Schools for all of our families. 8th grade families strongly encouraged to attend. All are welcome, great for any grade to get ahead and prepare!

Spring Semester Events: See Website for More Details and a Downloadable Calendar

BOLDED DATES ARE UPDATED!


January National Thank You Month


1-1-2020 to 1-6-2020 Student New Year Break

1-6-2020 Teacher Work Day

1-6-2020 to 1-24-2020 NWEA Testing K-8

1-16-2020 Family Conferences, 4PM-7:30PM

1-17-2020 Early Dismissal, Family Conferences, 1PM to 5PM

1-20-2020 No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1-22-2020 8th Grade PSAT

1-23-2020 PTC Meeting 6:15PM to 7:30PM

1-26-2020 Catholic Schools Week School Mass @ Parish 11 AM, Sponsored by PreKinder 3 and PreKinder 4

1-26-2020 to 1-31-2020 Catholic Schools Week, Early Registration Begins

1-27-2020 Spring Clubs Begin

1-29-2020 Converse Local Business Open House 11AM to 1PM


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

4-23-2020 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, Beta Club Dance, 5PM to 7:00PM

5-19-2020 Simply Guitar End of Year Program, 7PM

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


June


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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