Dragon Roar: 12.1.19 Week 16

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics & Service since 1960

Happy Advent, Dragons!

Good evening, Dragons!

I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We are excited to welcome you back for our final stretch before Christmas. What better time to come back together than Advent? We are eager to prepare the way with you for the birth of Christ.

Today's Gospel

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour"

Jesus tells his disciples that the coming of the Son of Man will catch many people unprepared. Jesus tells his disciples that they are to always be ready for the day of the Lord.

Mt 27:37-44

First Sunday of Advent

Family Connection

Many of us feel the pressure early in the holiday season to be ready for Christmas. But today's Gospel challenges us to be ready for something other than the gift-giving of Christmas. How can you and your family celebrate this holiday season to be ready for the day of the Lord? See below for some ideas!


Ms. Salazar | Principal

What is Advent? A Family Guide!

Receiving Advent

Pictures with Santa

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 8am-2:30pm

515 North Street

Converse, TX

Santa rescheduled and will be visiting campus on Wednesday for pictures. Students will go home with a reservation page on Monday--digital copy attached below. Please return form by Wednesday at 8AM. Pictures will occur throughout the day.

Students may take a picture with Santa for $7. All proceeds will go to PTC and support teacher gifts for Christmas.

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Christmas Concert: PK to 8th Grade

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 5:15pm

501 North Street

Converse, TX

We have two showtimes for our Christmas Concert that ALL grades have been practicing for!

5:15PM to 6:15PM for PK to 2nd Grade

6:45PM to 7:45PM for 3rd to 8th grade

We will see you at the Church on 12/17 to celebrate.

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Fall Fundraiser: 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


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?

Until January 15

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Ways to celebrate Advent as a Family

Week at a Glance

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Heading your Way

Fall Semester Events: See Website for More Details and Downloadable Calendar

December: Advent

12-4-2019 Santa Pictures, Free Dress


12-9 to 12-13: Middle School Midterm Reviews (Midterms to follow)

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

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

12-14-2019 High School Placement Test

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

Monday, December 16 Middle School Math Midterm

Tuesday, December 17 Middle School Religion & Science Midterms

Wednesday, December 18 Middle School ELA & Social Studies Midterms

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

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

12-20-2019No School

Dec. 20 to Jan. 6 Christmas Break

Tuesday, Jan. 7 School Resumes

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