SAVE THE DATE - St. Monica Dads' Club 2015 Gala - Saturday April 25, 2015          SMS has now solved over 3.5 million math facts on Reflex

Upcoming Events

Applications for New Students Due
Date: 1/30/2015
Catholic Schools Week
Date: 1/30/2015
Early Release: (Preschool) 11:00 (K - 4) 12:15 (5 - 8) 12:35
Date: 1/30/2015
Mass & Discipleship Awards (10:15 am)
Date: 1/30/2015
Location: St. Monica Catholic Church
Grandparents & Grandfriends Day
Date: 1/30/2015, 8 AM 12 PM
8th Grade Retreat
Date: 1/30/2015, 6 PM 10:30 PM
8th Grade Retreat
Date: 1/31/2015, 8 AM 10 PM

News and Announcements

Souper Bowl of Caring - Update as of Tuesday, January 27 - Numbers Reflect Cans Left to Collect by 1/30
EVERYONE except 7th Grade has met their goal - come on 7th Graders :) 750 left to collect ....
Group helping overcome learning difference stigma (Article in Texas Catholic Youth)

Group helping overcome learning difference stigma (Article in Texas Catholic Youth) By David Sedeño
The Texas Catholic

ADD. ADHD. Dyslexia. Dysgraphia. Sensory Integration. Auditory Processing.

For many parents, these once were terrifying words—labels and the traits that go along with them that they feared would be placed on their children, even if they had been medically diagnosed, and which would haunt them forever. [click the link for the entire story]
Cheer Pictures from Autumnfest and Spreading Good Cheer
have been uploaded to our website - thank you Coach Elias for the GREAT pictures.
Congratulations to Tina McMahon, the PTO’s November “Volunteer of the Month”! Tina shines as an all-around all-star volunteer at St. Monica.

Congratulations to Tina McMahon, the PTO’s November “Volunteer of the Month”! Tina shines as an all-around all-star volunteer at St. Monica. She staffs and stocks the Spirit Store at the school and at special events.
SMS Competition Cheer Team Wins Big:

SMS Competition Cheer Team Wins Big: 1st Place in the Time Out Dance Division, Fight Song Division and 2nd Place in the Time Out Cheer Division. Dylan T - wins 2nd place in the Best Junior Cheerleader Competition.
5th grade girl basketball champions - St. Pius tournament

5th grade girl basketball champions - St. Pius tournament Coached by Greg Ackels
Coach Harrison's 6th Grade D2 team won their tournament - Congratulations 6t Grade Champions

Coach Harrison's 6th Grade D2 team won their tournament - Congratulations 6t Grade Champions
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Mission Statement

Mission
 
The mission of St. Monica Catholic School is the development of the whole child by fostering the love of God, respect for self and others, and belief in gospel values, according to Roman Catholic principles, in an atmosphere of academic excellence.
 
It is the mission of our school to encourage self-confidence and school pride in a culturally diverse community, through a caring and disciplined partnership of Church, school and home.
 
It is the mission of our school to graduate students who are knowledgeable in the Catholic faith, academically prepared to continue their education, and ready to be the future of our Church, community and country.


Philosophy

The philosophy of St. Monica Catholic School is based upon a call to attend to the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical needs of our students.
 
We seek to provide an educational program that challenges and nurtures each child's distinctive abilities.
 
We believe that the success of each child is enhanced by the collaboration of parents, faculty and staff working in a positive and trusting framework.


Facts at a Glance
  • The School: St. Monica is a ministry of St. Monica parish. It is a co-educational Blue Ribbon School accredited by the Texas Education Association and the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department.
  • Grades: PK3 to 8th Grade (including both Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten).
  • Enrollment: 854 (90% Catholic)
  • Faculty / Student Ratio: 1:11
  • Mascot: Bearcats
Average Class Size:
  • Preschool: 18 (with a teacher and an aide in each classroom)
  • Developmental Kindergarten: 18 (with an aide)
  • Kindergarten: 18 (with two aides for the grade)
  • First Grade: 20 (with an aide for the grade)
  • Second - Eighth Grade: 22
  • Middle School Math Classes: 18
Classes Per Grade:
  • Preschool Threes - 1 class
  • Preschool Fours- 2 classes
  • Developmental Kindergarten - 1 class
  • Kindergarten - 8th grade - 4 classes per grade
  • Middle School Math & Language Arts: 5 classes per grade


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Saint of the Month

Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in New York a member of a wealthy Episcopalian family. In 1794, Elizabeth married the wealthy young William Seton. The first years of their marriage were happy and prosperous. After ten years of marriage and the birth of 5 children, Elizabeth’s life drastically changed. Both her husband’s business and his health failed. Her husband was finally forced to file a petition of bankruptcy. In a final attempt to save Will's health, the Setons sailed for Italy, where it was believed the milder climate would help him heal. Unfortunately, Will’s health did not improve and he died of tuberculosis while in Italy.

Elizabeth’s stay in Italy would prove to be a turning point in her life. During her time in Italy, Elizabeth became interested in the Catholic Faith, and over a period of months, her Italian friends guided her in Catholic instruction. Elizabeth finally joined the Catholic Church in 1805.

After returning to America, Elizabeth needed to find a way to support her family. At the suggestion of the president of St. Mary's College in Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth started a school in that city. She and two other young women, who helped her in her work, began plans for a Sisterhood. They established the first free Catholic school in America. The Rule of the Sisterhood was formally ratified in 1812. It was based upon the Rule St. Vincent de Paul had written for his Daughters of Charity in France. By 1818, in addition to their first school, the sisters had established two orphanages and another school. Today six groups of sisters trace their origins to Mother Seton's initial foundation.

For the last three years of her life, Elizabeth felt that God was getting ready to call her, and this gave her joy. Mother Seton died in 1821 at the age of 46, only sixteen years after becoming a Catholic. She was canonized a saint on September 14, 1975. Her feast day is January 4th.

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