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Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Break
Date: 11/26/2014
Thanksgiving Break
Date: 11/27/2014
Thanksgiving Break
Date: 11/28/2014
Faith Formation: Priest, Prophet, King
Date: 11/30/2014, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: Family Center Room 201
Christmas Purse Begins
Date: 12/1/2014
ISEE Prep Class
Date: 12/1/2014, 4 PM 6 PM
Faith Formation: Francican Friars Mission
Date: 12/1/2014, 7 PM 8:30 PM
Location: Church

News and Announcements

Congratulations to Mireya Salas and Mike Hanners, the PTO’s October “Volunteers of the Month”!

Congratulations to Mireya Salas and Mike Hanners, the PTO’s October “Volunteers of the Month”! They Co-Chaired this year’s Platinum Anniversary Autumnfest. Mireya and Mike honored the long history of Autumnfest by taking it to the next level with more music, new attractions, and the beautifully revamped “Mendez Midway”, inspired as a posthumous tribute to Michelle Mendez, a much beloved past Autumnfest Chair.
SMS Parent Jennifer Chandler is one of the area's youngest market leaders.

SMS Parent Jennifer Chandler is one of the area's youngest market leaders. She recently built houses alongside Jimmy Carter at a Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity event, and serves on a number of local boards. Chandler is the mother of four children and strives to integrate them into her volunteer work—an effort that’s supported by her firm.
St. Monica Student Misha W. - continues to give back
Inspired to Work With Orphans
Book Fair - Author Talk - Kim Garrett (SMS Parent) - ADULTS ONLY When:11/17/2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Book Fair - Author Talk - Kim Garrett (SMS Parent) - ADULTS ONLY When:11/17/2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Roll With It - Living, Working, and Parenting by the Seat of Your Pants combined with an adults only happy hour
8th Grade Pines Trip

8th Grade Pines Trip
PTO General Meeting - Thursday @ 8 Family Center
Fr. Marco speaking, Christmas Market is hosting, Rockfish is providing Breakfast - Giveaways!
Book Fair is right around the corner - can you volunteer?

Book Fair is right around the corner - can you volunteer? Every year St. Monica Catholic School Library hosts a Book Fair in the fall. 100% of our proceeds go towards the purchase of new books for our library.
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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

Francis Xavier

December 3rd

December’s saint of the month is St. Francis Xavier, who is one of the greatest missionary saints. Francis was born in Spain as the youngest son in a noble family. At age seventeen he went to the University of Paris. There he met St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francis and Ignatius became friends and when Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits, Francis became one of the first of six men to join the Jesuits.

Francis was instructed by Ignatius to go with Simon Rodriguez to the East Indies for a mission trip. He started his journey on April/17/1541. The conditions of the journey were not good and overcrowded with the 900 people on board the ship. However, Francis tried to bring calm and order by stopping fights, hearing confessions, and preaching a Sunday sermon on deck. The voyage lasted over a year. When Francis landed at Goa in India on May 1542 he intended to stay a few weeks in each place. Francis would teach the children about Christianity. Later, while in the India, he decided to visit Japan. Francis stayed in Japan for about two years. In Japan, Christian missionaries were severely prosecuted, but Francis survived and returned to India in 1551.

Next he decided to take a missionary trip to China. Francis had a plan to negotiate a treaty between China and Portugal that would give him a platform for a Christian mission in China. Eventually he reached the island of San Chan, still 100 miles from mainland China. Francis was forbidden to enter China for three months. While Francis was waiting on the ship he fell sick with a fever and died. Francis is remembered as one of the great pioneer Christian missionaries and as one of the first Jesuits. He was canonized as a saint in 1622. He is the patron saint of all foreign missions.
 
Josh Lewis, Secretary of Religious Affairs
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