December 9, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, December 10
  • Moving Up to Upper Elementary, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Zoom)

Thursday, December 17
  • Thursday Chat, 9:00 AM (Zoom)

Friday, December 18: Regular dismissal
  • Infant Community Dismissal, 11:15 AM
  • Primary AM Dismissal, 11:30 AM
  • Full Day Primary Dismissal, 2:15 PM
  • Elementary Dismissal, 2:30 PM
  • AC and High School Dismissal, 2:45 PM

Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4
  • Christmas Break. No School. After-school Program closed.

Monday, January 4
  • In-service Day for employees. No School. After-school Program closed.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder: 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 from 6:00 to 7:00 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. 

An email was sent to all Lower Elementary families last week. If you did not receive one, please contact Vivian Blum at vblum@stcathmont.org. Zoom login information will be sent to registrants via confirmation email.

Click here to read about the Elementary program.
Thursday Chat is December 17
Please join us Thursday, December 17 at 9:00 AM on Zoom for December's Thursday Chat.

The topic will be gift giving and holiday traditions that are meaningful to children.

RSVP here. Zoom login information will be sent to registrants via confirmation email.

If you have any questions, please email Vivian Blum, vblum@stcathmont.org.
2021-2022 Tuition Assistance Application Now Available
The FACTS application for 2021-2022 tuition assistance is now open.
 
If you would like to apply for consideration in the first round of the Archdiocesan scholarship fund, please complete the FACTS application by February 19, 2021. The application will use the information from your 2019 federal tax return. This application also automatically applies you for the St. Catherine's Montessori Tuition Assistance Program.
 
To apply for St. Catherine's tuition assistance only, complete the application by February 26, 2021 
 
If you have any questions regarding tuition assistance, please contact Holly Copeland at hcopeland@stcathmont.org or by phone at 713-665-2195. 
ADVANCING THE MISSION
Year-End Giving Season is Here
Thank you again to everyone who helped make last week’s GivingTuesday our most successful ever! With your gifts, the SCM Annual Fund has reached just over $142,000. We still have some way to go before we hit our goal of $240,000, but we are off to a great start.

St. Catherine’s truly is blessed to have the generous support of this community, and we are honored by your commitment to ensuring that all of our families, faculty, and staff continue to benefit from your philanthropic spirit and commitment to helping the school meet our financial needs.

As we look ahead to the end of 2020, I am sure that year-end giving is on several of your minds. So, before we close the books on this year, I would like to leave you with a few notes about charitable giving. As always, please discuss tax considerations with your professional tax advisors.

  • The CARES Act allows individuals who don't itemize deductions to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020
  • For those who do itemize their deductions, CARES increased the adjusted gross income (AGI) limit for cash contributions from individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100% of your AGI
  • To receive a 2020 tax receipt, all gifts must be processed by 11:59 PM on December 31, 2020
  • The online giving portal is accessible 24/7
  • Credit card gifts made over the phone or via mail must be received by 3:00 PM on December 31 to ensure timely processing
  • Checks sent via the USPS must be dated on or before December 31, 2020 and must have a 2020 postmark

If you have any questions about your family’s giving, please do not hesitate to contact me at lray@stcathmont.org or (713) 665-2195.

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
AC Market Goes Virtual - Place Your Orders Today
Hello, SCM Community!

We are pleased to announce The Hive website, a digital version of our Adolescent Community micro-economy. This website is available to access on the Adolescent Community tab on the St. Catherine’s website. We will have a variety of products to purchase throughout the year, including homemade soap, fresh eggs from our community’s chickens, this year's AC Cookbook with recipes perfected by students, and organic seasonal produce from our gardens that will vary weekly.

Click here to visit our market website.

Click here to learn more about the AC micro-economy, The Hive.

If you have any complications or questions, do not hesitate to contact us!
Contact information: acmarket@stcathmont.org

Sincerely,
Your Market Managers, Aleena Gilani and Laura Lopez
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Tip of the Week:  Holiday Season Coping technique


A Message from Sandra Espinosa, SCM Counselor and Health Care Coordinator
Dear St. Catherine’s Community,

The holiday season is around the corner and it inevitably brings about a myriad of emotions and a million things that we need to cross off our “to do list.” However, for many this year what seems to be heavy on our minds is finding creative ways to make this time memorable, joyful, and special in spite of not being able to take part in all of our favorite traditions and rituals or be with all of our loved ones. I would like to share one of the mindfulness tools that I have gathered for my “holiday season coping skills kit” that I hope is helpful to you in times when difficult emotions arise. 

The 4 step technique follows the acronym R.A.I.N and was coined by meditation teacher, Michele McDonald.

Click here to read more.
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
A Message from the Friends of the Atrium
The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Celebrating the Feast Day
Saturday, December 12
The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.

A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.
Click here to read more.
PSO Virtual Holiday Book Fair Today Through December 14
The PSO Holiday Book Fair is 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.

Remember, this dedicated link will be active only until Monday, December 14th.
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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