August 18, 2021
Welcome to the first edition of The Globe for the 2021-2022 school year! It's been wonderful to welcome students and families to campus over the last several days, and we look forward to everyone settling into their normal schedules when the Phasing In period for our new Infant and Primary children concludes.

Thank you for your partnership and grace as we all adjust to another year of being Together Responsibly. The children and families of St. Catherine's are our greatest joy, and we are excited for what the school year has in store.

Click here to view more photos from the first days of school. Many thanks to the guides and assistants who captured moments from inside the classroom!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, August 23
  • Upper Elementary Volleyball Practice Begins, 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Gym)

Tuesday, August 24
  • AC & HS Volleyball Practice Begins, 3:45 - 4:45 PM (Gym)

Friday, August 27
  • Deadline to Register for Volleyball (Upper Elementary-High School students)

Tuesday, August 31
  • Maria Montessori's Birthday
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Arrival and dismissal are important transitions in your child’s day, and we make every effort to encourage your child’s confidence and independence.

The following procedures are designed with your child’s needs in mind, along with the safety and efficiency of the carpool line. For a complete list of arrival and dismissal procedures, please refer to the 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook.

  • Do not park in the carpool lane during arrivals or dismissals.

  • For safety, all students must enter and exit the car on the curb side.

  • Parents of Elementary, Adolescent Community, and High School students use the drive-through procedure at the curb in front of the school. Students may not arrive earlier than 7:45 AM The students’ day begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 AM will be marked tardy.  If you arrive after 8:00 AM, the carpool line will be closed. It will reopen at 8:10 AM. Parents and students must stay in their car until the line reopens.

  • Please use Link Valley to queue up for the carpool line. This prevents the line from backing up on Timberside Drive and extending towards the 610 freeway.

  • A sign with your child’s name will be distributed on the first day of school and Primary Looking Day. This sign must be displayed in the center of the windshield, under the vehicle rear-view mirror during arrival and dismissal.

  • If you or a designated adult are in the dismissal line, do not walk up to get your child.
After-School Sports for Upper Elementary Through High School Students Begin Next Week
We are offering the following sports for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Volleyball (August 23 – October 22) 
  • Basketball (October 25 – January 28)
  • Soccer (January 31 – March 31)
  • Track (April 1 – May 20)
 
Each sport will be available for both boys and girls in the 4th-12th year. The number of registrants per sport will determine whether there will be a boys' team and a girls' team, or one co-ed team.

The sports registration forms for 2021-2022 are available on FACTS Family Portal under Resource Documents.
Online Parent Directory
The Online Parent Directory for 2021-2022 is now available on FACTS Family Portal. To access, log into FACTS and click Directory in the left-side menu.

Remember: Contact information in the Parent Directory, including email addresses, may not be used for solicitation purposes.

Parents who wish to opt out can follow these instructions to remove their listing from the directory:

  1. In FACTS Family Portal, click Web Forms > Family and Student Required Forms > Parent Contact Information
  2. Click the button for each custodial parent. (You must repeat the following process for each parent.)
  3. Scroll down to Parent Preferences.
  4. Select Yes to block information from appearing in the directory.
The Globe Moves to Biweekly Issues
This year St. Catherine's will post The Globe once every two weeks. Stay tuned for the next edition on Wednesday, September 1st.
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
Volunteers Needed For 2021-2022 School Year
The St. Catherine’s Montessori Parent Service Organization (PSO) is dedicated to enhancing the experience of students, staff, and parents by creating a community founded on parent involvement and warm hospitality. The PSO hosts a variety of volunteer, social, and fundraising activities during the year, and none of this would be possible without the participation of the parents.

Click here to learn more about the PSO, and email pso@stcathmont.org if you are interested in joining a committee. We are more than happy to discuss these committees' needs with you before you sign up.
Casa de Esperanza Back-to-School Supplies Drive
Thank you to everyone who supported the children of Casa de Esperanza through the July Back-to-School Supplies Drive! 

Casa de Esperanza is an organization with strong ties to the St. Catherine's community. Co-founded in 1982 by SCM alumni parent Kathy Foster, this non-profit organization strives to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children, and their families by providing comprehensive residential and family support programs that transform people and communities. Over the years, the PSO’s Casa de Esperanza Committee has coordinated our community’s support efforts by organizing supply, clothing, and basic needs drives at school. 

Your generous donation of school supplies will help many children start the school year on a positive note. There will be another opportunity to support Casa de Esperanza in December with the annual Pajama and Basic Needs Drive.
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
Hi Everyone!

We are so excited to welcome you back to another year of the High School Corner. The high school community started our year off with a bang! Last Thursday, we began the first day of our retreat by visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science. We saw the Pompeii Exhibit and the Hall of Gems and Minerals because of their connections to classes we will be studying this year, such as world history and chemistry. In the afternoon, we visited the Rothko Chapel to view the art and reflect on the start of the school year. We had a brief lesson about how different parts of the brain influence our personality types, and then finished the day off with liquid nitrogen ice cream from Creamistry. 

On Friday we spent the morning volunteering at the Houston Food Bank. Together with the other volunteers present, we sorted over 6,000 lbs. of donated food! When our shift finished, we quickly made our way over to the Escape Game Houston, where we completed the Gold Rush escape room with 14:20 minutes to spare! 

We had a fantastic time together, and we are so excited to begin classes this week. Check out photos of the retreat!

Thank you for reading!
Julia Lewis and Isabella Godfrey
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