December 2, 2020
Celebrating the Season of Advent
Advent is the season of the liturgical calendar we observe as a time of preparation. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and prepare for his Second Coming. At St. Catherine’s Montessori, students prepare in a variety of ways for this special time of year. Primary students, led by Sister Theresa Josephine, are learning about Advent in the Atrium. The children prepare their hearts and minds for Jesus' coming by practicing acts like kindness, charity, and patience. Each act is symbolized by a strip of paper straw, which each child receives at the beginning of Advent to place into Jesus' nativity crib. The Elementary students paint and decoupage figurines of the nativity with Sr. Theresa Josephine, and each child will then bring their nativity set home to open on Christmas Day. The Adolescent Community will make blankets for Loaves and Fishes (MHI), and are writing supportive letters to immigrant families being detained at the Texas border. The High School is sponsoring several children on the Casa de Esperanza Christmas drive list.

Click here to learn more about Advent.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, December 2
  • PSO Holiday Book Fair begins (Virtual)
  • Moving Up to Lower Elementary, 6:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, December 4
  • PSO Book Club Meeting, 12:00 PM (Zoom)

Monday, December 7
  • Deadline to turn in donations for Casa de Esperanza Pajamas, Socks & Underwear Drive

Thursday, December 10
  • Moving Up to Upper Elementary, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Zoom)
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
PSO Virtual Holiday Book Fair Today Through December 14
It’s here! The PSO Holiday Book Fair is now open online for all of your book-related shopping needs. Usborne Books publishes high-quality, beautifully illustrated books for children of all ages. 

St. Catherine’s will receive a cash reward based on total sales, and books will be shipped to your home before Christmas for a flat fee. Proceeds will support SCM’s Sister Edna Ann Hebert Library.

But hurry! This dedicated link will be active only until Monday, December 14th.
December Mass Canceled
Our Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass - originally scheduled for December 8 on Facebook Live - is canceled. Unfortunately, Fr. Jeremy has been ill. Please keep Father in your thoughts and pray for his recovery and good health. Our next Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20.
Parent Education: Moving Up to Upper Elementary on December 10
All Lower Elementary parents are invited to learn more about the Upper Elementary program on Thursday, December 10 at 6:00 PM. Please join us to find out how children change as they move from Lower Elementary to Upper Elementary, and what the environment and curriculum look like to support the child. This will be a virtual meeting over Zoom with a Q&A time at the end. Vivian Blum will send an email invitation later this week.

Click here to read about the Elementary program.
ADVANCING THE MISSION
Celebrating Generosity
Yesterday was GivingTuesday, the global day of giving hosted each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make this the best GivingTuesday in St. Catherine’s history. With your help we more than exceeded our $4,000 gift match and set a new GivingTuesday school record.

Together, our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni families, faculty/staff, and friends raised $31,897 in new commitments to the SCM Annual Fund, and increased parent participation from 45% to 66%!

Reaching our goal of $240,000 will allow St. Catherine’s to fund the full cost of educating every child enrolled this school year and cover the unexpected expenses brought on by COVID-19. Yesterday marked the start of year-end giving season, so remember you can always give or pledge online at www.stcathmont.org/annualfund or contact me to make your giving arrangements.

Thank you again for the difference you are making at St. Catherine’s! We certainly are blessed by this beautiful community.

Lyndsey Ray
Advancement Director
Thank you to the generous donors who are leading the way in this year's SCM Annual Fund! We are grateful for your dedication to the Fund’s motto, Every Family for Every Child.  
INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Ms. Hannah's Class Food Drive for the Houston Food Bank
Ms. Hannah's Lower Elementary class is hosting a food drive for the Houston Food Bank. This initiative, led by students Clara S. and Annie T., starts today and will continue through December 17.

Bins for donated non-perishable food items are located outside in front of the St. Catherine's Welcome Center.

Please click here to read Annie and Clara's letter to the community.
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
Casa de Esperanza Christmas PJ, Socks, and Underwear Drive
Thank you to all of the families and High School students who have sponsored the children of Casa de Esperanza. As of this morning, every child has been sponsored!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
When you drop off your gift at St. Catherine's or have it delivered, please include your name. This will help us to correctly identify who should receive the gift. There is no need to wrap your donation.

Donations can be dropped off at St. Catherine's. There are bins in front of the outdoor Christmas tree. You can also support Casa de Esperanza by purchasing items found on their Basic Needs list.

The deadline is Monday, December 7.
PSO Book Club Meets Friday, December 4 at Noon
Whether you run a company or a family (or both) you will not want to miss the next SCM PSO book club selection: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pinkett. Please join us via Zoom on December 4th, 2020 at 12 PM to discuss ways to create an environment in your home or workplace to generate intrinsic motivation for learning, growing, and achieving. 


Meeting ID: 671 548 4578
Passcode: PSO
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
Christmas Traditions in the High School
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week we’re feeling festive! As Christmas quickly approaches, we’ve decided to dress up our room to reflect our own merry mood. We started our first day back at school by listening to some traditional Christmas carols, preparing our Advent wreath, hosting a celebratory decking of our “halls,” and snowflake-making. Check out our decorations in these pictures, including our very own patented High School tradition: The Harry Styles Christmas Tree!

Thank you for reading!

Jacob, Isabella, Julia, and Sarah
If you would like to submit something for the Globe, please send it for approval to globe@stcathmont.org by Monday at noon.

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