Dragon Roar: 8.25.19 Week 2

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

We are firmly rooted!

In today's Gospel, People will come from north and south, east and west, and take their place in the Kingdom of God.

"Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
"Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
He answered them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough."

LK 13:22-30

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today's gospel is a prophetic warning to repentance in order to enter the kingdom. Jesus is reminding us that this Christian life is not an easy one. Jesus is giving us an adjuration: if we are to enter through the narrow gate, we must be spiritually strong. We must have already developed the grit to live this Christian life day in and day out before we enter through the gate. However, I also realized that Jesus reminds us that we can’t develop grit on our own. The key (as it always is with Jesus) is a relationship. How are we in our families developing relationships to keep our children strong? How do we foster resilience so that the "I can'ts" become "I can't....yet'? See below for some articles on growth mindset.

Today and always we ask that Jesus to renew us, create us ever deeper into his own image, and give us the strength we need to enter through the narrow gate.


Ms. Salazar | Principal

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Feast of St. Monica Mass: Mass on Tuesday, No Mass on Friday

Tuesday, Aug. 27th, 8:15am

501 North Street

Converse, TX

We will have Mass to celebrate the feast day of St. Monica on Tuesday. Mass uniform will be worn on Tuesday, not on Friday next week.

We will follow Friday's schedule on Tuesday and Tuesday's schedule on Friday.


We will be testing our RenWeb Parent Alert 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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Soup and Salad Bar Coming to Middle School Lunch!!

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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 sheet will go home on Monday.

Students will not be given access to the internet or school technology until these are returned. All families have until August 31 to return.

Handbook Policies

Each week we will highlight new, updated and policies that need affirmation.

Parking in Handicapped Spots

Parents/Guardians or Authorized Pick Ups may not, even for a short period of time, park in handicapped parking spaces in either parking lot without appropriate authorization (license plates or window decal).

Birthday Celebrations


Birthday parties are not allowed during school hours. If parents wish to celebrate, it must be done in the following manner:

  1. Do not send balloons, flowers and/or gifts to students (if they are sent, they will remain in the office until the end of the school day).

  2. PreKinder to 4th: Treats may be served in the classroom and/or playground area at the end of the day; no earlier than 2:00 PM. Please notify teacher at least 24 hours prior.

  3. 5th to 8th Grade: Treats will be served immediately after lunch.No homemade baked goods are allowed, items should be pre-packaged. Please notify teacher at least 24 hours prior.

  4. Birthday invitations may be passed out at School only if whole class is included OR all the girls are invited OR all the boys are invited. SMCS will not release emails or addresses for party invites.

Refresh the Sabbath as a Family

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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

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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 will be in next week's Dragon Roar. 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

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

Tuesday, August 27: Feast of St. Monica Mass (no Mass on Friday the 30th)


9-5-2019 No School, Labor Day

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

9-5-2019 to 9-17-2019 Scholastic Book Fair

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