Dads' Club Spaghetti Dinner - Sunday, September 28                  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 25th - Autumnfest goes Platinum!            

Upcoming Events

Gap Dress Down Day (Preschool through 8th Grade - ALL CLASSES 90% participation)
Date: 9/17/2014
Faith Formation: 5 Top Blessings of Marriage
Date: 9/17/2014, 7 PM 8:30 PM
Location: Family Center Room 201
Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day, 6:00 am - Midnight

Date: 9/18/2014
Safe Environment Class: Family of Faith
Date: 9/20/2014, 11 AM 12:15 PM
Location: Family Center 201
Safe Environment Class: Renewal
Date: 9/20/2014, 3 PM 4 PM
Location: Family Center 201
8th Grade Bishop Lynch High School Visit
Date: 9/22/2014
School Board Meeting
Date: 9/22/2014, 5:30 PM 7 PM
Location: JCLC

News and Announcements

North Texas Giving Day - Thursday, September 18 from 6 am to midnight

North Texas Giving Day - Thursday, September 18 from 6 am to midnight If during the Gap Campaign you chose the option to pledge and pay later - you may donate to St. Monica Catholic School during North Texas Giving Day to fulfill your obligation. Thank you for your support of our wonderful school.
GAP Campaign - "It's Not Complicated"

GAP Campaign - "It's Not Complicated" Congratulations to all SMS families! You reached 98% school-wide participation. WOW. Dress Down Day for ALL GRADES Preschool through 8th - Wednesday, 9/17
Congratulation to the 5th Grade Volleyball Team

Congratulation to the 5th Grade Volleyball Team Runner up in the Dallas Parochial League Tournament (2nd place)
Quiz Bowl Parent Meeting (Grades 6 - 8) TONIGHT 7:00 pm
Upper Lounge of Family Center
St. Monica's middle school teachers take the Ice Bucket Challenge
St. Monica students made donations all week to their teachers who were collecting for several different charities. Thanks to all who participated! Our MS teachers - challenge Christ the King Middle School Teachers!
Game on! Mr. Riley and Mrs. Falagrady accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from our Dads’ Club and our Bearcat Cheerleaders
They have nominated Elena Hines and Cynthia Warren, Principal and Vice Principal St. Rita Catholic School. Good luck!

Thanks again, Mr. Riley and Mrs. Falagrady, for being so great about accepting the cheerleaders' challenge and further raising awareness for ALS and helping families affected with this disease.
LEAF - Learning difference Education and Assistance for Families

LEAF - Learning difference Education and Assistance for Families St. Monica is proud to announce a new parent organization this year, the Learning difference Education and Assistance for Families, or LEAF, Program. LEAF was created and designed by SMS parents to provide a dedicated source of information, education, and assistance to parents and families of LD children.
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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

August:
St. Monica

Joan of Arc

Monica, a saint especially revered by mothers because of her tireless prayers for the conversion of her wayward son, Augustine, was born of Christian parents in Tagaste, North Africa in 333, and died in Ostia, near Rome, in 387. She was married young to a government official, Patricius, who was not a Christian, and had a bad temper, though she bore her burdens patiently, and their life together was relatively peaceful. Augustine, the eldest son, though brilliant, was, according to his own account, a lazy and dissolute youth whose bad behavior caused his mother much grief ¬ especially after he went away to school at Madaura and to Carthage where Augustine persisted in his pursuit of pleasure, and, as a nineteen-year-old student, joined the heretical Manichaean sect. When he began to spout heresies, Monica became alarmed, and intensified her efforts to bring him to Christ. In the Confessions, Augustine recounts Monica's dream which consoled and encouraged her:

"In her dream she saw herself standing on a sort of wooden rule, and saw a bright youth approaching her, joyous and smiling at her, while she was grieving and bowed down with sorrow. But when he inquired of her the cause of her sorrow and daily weeping (to teach her, as is customary in visions), and when she answered that it was my soul's doom she was lamenting, he bade her rest content and told her to look and see that where she was there I was also. And when she looked she saw me standing near her on the same rule." (Confessions, Book III, 9.14).

During this anguished period of prayer for her son, Monica consulted a bishop who had himself been a Manichaean before he became a Christian. He declined to intervene with Augustine, whom, the bishop correctly observed, was not open to hearing the truth. Nevertheless, the bishop consoled Monica that "the child of those tears shall never perish", which she took as a sign from God. Though he continued in his heresies for nine years, Monica followed Augustine to Rome and then to Mila in an effort to rescue her son from his errors. In Milan she met Ambrose, who helped lead Augustine into the true faith.

A few months after his conversion, Augustine and Monica set out to return to Africa, but Monica died at Ostia, the ancient port city of Rome, and she was buried there. Augustine was so deeply moved by his mother's death that he was inspired to write his Confessions, "So be fulfilled what my mother desired of me--more richly in the prayers of so many gained for her through these confessions of mine than by my prayers alone" (Book IX.13.37)

Andrew I., Secretary of Religious Affairs


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