Dragon Roar: 8.30.20, Week 3

Daring greatly in faith, academics, and service since 1960.


Good evening! We had a blast celebrating our patroness, St. Monica, in prayer with you last week. We challenged our students to show acts of love and hospitality with their families. What were some of the ways your student modeled St. Monica at home? It's never too late to start!

We are all in this together, firmly rooted NO MATTER WHAT!


Ms. Salazar | Principal

1) Get Ready: Family Survey & Updates

Updates for Week 3

  • ENROLLMENT SURVEY We emailed an update on Friday for our Face to Face instruction phase-in. I have included our survey below. This is due Monday, Aug. 31.
  • MASS We are working on the sound to support Mass on Friday. A reminder that while we are virtual, Mass is at 8:15AM on Fridays--this Friday is our last at this time.
  • LAST FULL VIRTUAL WEEK This is our last full week following our virtual schedule for all. We will begin phasing in for PreK/K on Friday and 1st-8th next Wed, Sept. 9.

Reminder--Early Dismissal Day: Friday, September 4

Friday, Sep. 4th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Classes will end at 12PM for our Half Day for ALL grades.

PreK3, PreK4 and Kinder Face to Face Orientation: ZOOM

Thursday, Sep. 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

All families in PreK and Kinder seeking Face to Face instruction must tune in this Thursday at 5:30PM. We will record.

We we will go over what your half day will look like on Friday, Sept. 4 and reminders from our safety plan.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 362 174 5604

Passcode: 1960

Welcome to Ms. Laura Ortiz!!

Show some love to our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Laura Ortiz! She officially became a dragon on St. Monica's feast day---divine providence if I do say so myself!

Starting Monday, Ms. Laura Ortiz will take over MS Math 6th-8th while we continue our long term search as well as supporting academic excellence efforts including academic intervention through Building Strong Foundations and advancing our mission.

Ms. Ortiz comes to us with a passion for the intersection of faith and academic excellence with a strong foundation teaching high school math as well as PreKindergarten. Most recently she served directly with our Superintendent in the Department of Catholic Schools driving the PreK4SA grant. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Educational Administration through the University of Notre Dame. We are blessed to have Ms. Ortiz's administrative and teaching experience to keep us firmly rooted in Christ!

Needed for All: Learning Preference Survey--Due Monday.

Click Here to Complete Learn Preference Survey

Sent on Friday, Please Complete

Face to Face Instruction Phase In Plans

2) Get Set: Upcoming Events & Schedule

Reminder: Please Review Face to Face Safety Plan

Save the Date: Family Orientation for Face to Face Instruction AND Virtual/Hybrid Families

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 5:30-6:30pm


  • Review Daily Arrival and Dismissal Schedule
  • Explain logistics of Student Orientation Days 9/9 to 9/11
  • Explain Hybrid model: what will virtual students do during this time?
  • Discuss Safety Procedures and Daily Routine/Schedule for Face to Face AND virtual

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 362 174 5604

Passcode: 1960

August and September Dates to Save

Thurs, Sept. 3: PreK and Kinder Parent/Guardian Face to Face Orientation at 5:30PM

Fri, Sept 4: PreK/K Face to Face Orientation for Face to Face students only, Half Day, Dismissal at 12 PM for ALL

Mon, Sept. 7: No School, Labor Day

Tues, Sept. 8: Family Orientation for Face to Face Instruction with Hybrid Model, Review NEW schedule: 5:30PM to 6:30PM on Zoom

Wed, Sept. 9- Fri, Sept 11: Face to Face Instruction Orientation Days for STUDENTS Programming from 8:00AM to 12PM, Arrival from 7:30AM to 8:00AM by Alphabet.

  • By FAMILY, all students from each family attend the day with your YOUNGEST child.
  • Wednesday: Families with PreK or Kinder Students
  • Thursday: Families with 1st to 4th Grade Students
  • Friday: Families with Middle School Students

Mon, Sept 14: Face to Face Instruction begins for PreK to 8th Grade, Virtual Students Zoom in with NEW schedule

  • Please note: Morning care available starting at 7AM (free of charge), After school care until 5:30PM (ASC rates apply--Monthly or 1 business day notice drop-in)
  • First Period Start Times: 7:30AM for Prek/K, 7:45AM for 1st-4th, 8AM for 5th to 8th
  • Dismissal: 2:45PM-3PM for Prek/K, 3-3:15PM for 1st-4th, 3:15PM-3:30PM for 5th to 8th

Friday, Sept. 18: Half Day

11:30AM Dismissal for Prek/K

11:45AM for 1st-4th

12:00PM for 5th-8th

Full Year Academic Calendar

3) Let's Go: Highlights from the Week, Links for Virtual School and Today's Gospel

Need Help? Need Team Emails?

Tech Support Help Desk

Hours to be added!

Before School: Tuesdays at 7AM-8AM by Appointment (email office@saintmonica.net to schedule)

After School: Mondays at 5:30 to 6:30PM by Appointment (email office@saintmonica.net to schedule)

During School: See TECH SUPPORT tab on Schedule.

Daily Class VIRTUAL Schedule

Face to Face Instruction Safety Plan

Virtual School Schedule

  • Monday to Thursday: School starts at 8:30AM with an ALL school check-in, prayer, exercise, song, and dance! LINK HERE and on Schedule! Meeting ID: 362 174 5604, Passcode: 1960
  • Friday: School starts at 8:15AM with live stream of Mass. LINK HERE and on Schedule! Meeting ID: 362 174 5604, Passcode: 1960
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Following Jesus

Children's Liturgy of the Word, August 30, 2020

08-30-2020 / Children's Liturgy of the Word / 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—

and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;

your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,

let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on,

as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own goodwill)

will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit

gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin

Saint Monica, PRAY FOR US!!!

St. Monica Catholic School

Daring greatly in faith, academics, and service since 1960.