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

Buck - A - Jean Day
Date: 3/6/2015
Early Release: (Preschool) 11:45 (K - 4) 12:15 (5 - 8) 12:35
Date: 3/6/2015
Pennies for Heaven
Date: 3/6/2015
Spring Pep Rally is CANCELED due to inclement weather days....
Date: 3/6/2015
All School Mass & Prayer Buddies
Date: 3/6/2015, 8 AM 9 AM
Location: St. Monica Catholic Church
Spring Break
Date: 3/9/2015
Spring Break
Date: 3/10/2015

News and Announcements

The DPL has canceled all games scheduled for tonight (3/5)
A revised schedule of games will be sent out as soon as possible. Some games will be played on Friday, and some games maybe played after Spring Break. I will update everyone as soon as I know the update - (Mr. Hood ) from email from constant contact
SMS no school Thursday - 3/5 - no volunteer appreciation dinner (check website for athletics updates)
School Calendar is posted for the 2015-2016 School Year

School Calendar is posted for the 2015-2016 School Year
CONGRATULATIONS 7-5 FOR RAISING $446.41 and for being our TOP CLASS CONTRIBUTOR!
7th Grade - you raised $1,000 to support the Catholic Pro-Life Organization!
Congratulations to Lisa Madden, the PTO’s December “Volunteer of the Month”!

Congratulations to Lisa Madden, the PTO’s December “Volunteer of the Month”! Lisa is ever-present on the St. Monica campus, planning sweet surprises and appreciation luncheons for our teachers and staff, assisting in her children’s classrooms, mentoring our successful SMS Quiz Bowl Team, and consistently supporting our PTO in every possible way.
Congratulations to Ketan P for winning the spelling bee

Congratulations to Ketan P for winning the spelling bee and to Claire W as the runner up!!!
Geography Bee Finalists and Winners
Winners were - Sean B and Leah S. - Congratulations.
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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

St. Bernadette - February Saint of the Month  (Virtue is Hope)
 
St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France to a poor family. St. Bernadette suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1855, she experienced painful attacks of asthma. On February 11, 1858 Bernadette, her sister and a friend were sent to gather firewood. When they reached a grotto, which is a small cave, called Massabielle, they saw a beautiful lady above a rose bush. The beautiful lady was dressed in blue and white. She smiled at Bernadette and then made the sign of the cross with a rosary of ivory and gold. When Bernadette saw this she fell to her knees and began to pray the rosary herself. The Lady was the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary appeared seventeen other times to Bernadette. Mary told Bernadette to pray for sinners and build a chapel on that same spot in the grotto. At first, people did not believe Bernadette. One day the Blessed Virgin Mary told Bernadette to dig in the mud, as she did a spring of water began to flow. Many miracles happened in this water when people used it. When Bernadette grew older she became a nun. Saint Bernadette died in 1879. Her feast day is April 15.  St. Bernadette's body is incorrupt or preserved from decomposition. Today, many millions of people travel to Lourdes, France to visit the grotto where Mary first appeared to Bernadette.


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