February 10, 2021
Ensure Your Spot Today
Re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is open for current students. To ensure your child’s spot for the upcoming school year, please follow this link and submit the Re-enrollment Agreement and deposit by Friday, February 12, 2021. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, February 11
  • College Financial Aid 101, 6:30 PM (Zoom)

Friday, February 12
  • Re-enrollment deadline for current students
  • Final Day of the High School's Casa de Esperanza Food Drive

Monday, February 15
  • Presidents' Day. No School. After-school Program Closed

Wednesday, February 17
  • Friends of the Atrium - Virtual Meditation, 9:00 - 9:25 AM (Zoom)
  • Virtual Mass - Ash Wednesday, 5:00 PM (Facebook Live)
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ash Wednesday Virtual Mass is February 17 at 5:00 PM
High School Food Drive for Casa de Esperanza Ends Friday
The SCM High School is hosting a food drive for the children of Casa de Esperanza through this Friday, February 12.

Please drop off non-perishable food items in the bin located outside of the Welcome Center.
Place your PDA in the 2020-2021 Yearbook by Friday, March 5
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way to celebrate student successes and milestones and reflect on the person your child has become. All ads must be created and purchased through the Jostens website by Friday, March 5, 2021.

Ad sizes and prices:
1/8 size: $30, 1/4 size: $60, 1/2 page: $100

Creating a recognition ad is easy! 
1. Choose your ad size and layout
2. Enter your text and upload your photos

If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Ochoa at jochoa@stcathmont.org.
Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston Tuition Assistance Deadline is February 19, 2021
St. Catherine’s Montessori is committed to making its educational programs accessible to families of all socio-economic backgrounds. 
 
If you would like to apply for consideration in the first round of the Archdiocesan scholarship fund, please complete the FACTS application by Friday, 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 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
We've Stretched Our Goal - Help Us Reach the Finish Line
A huge thank you to everyone who has joined Team SCM and donated to Steps 4 Students! Your generous support raced right past our initial $2,000 donation goal, so we think it's time to kick things into the next gear.

Will you join us and help St. Catherine's reach $5,000 in donations?

Give today and share the Team SCM race page far and wide to let your friends and family join you in providing tuition assistance directly to SCM families.
Keep your eyes open for email updates on how to receive your Team SCM t-shirts and race items, details on the Elementary-High School classroom races, and more! Steps 4 Students begins Saturday, February 20 and participants can log their results online through March 6.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
"Self-Compassion"
A Message from Sandra Espinosa, Counselor and Healthcare Coordinator
Dear St. Catherine’s Community,

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it prompts us to pause and reflect on the love, appreciation and kindness that we hold in our hearts for our loved ones, friends and community. Equally important is connecting to oneself with kindness, love and what psychologists call “self-compassion”. It is a simple concept that entails treating yourself kindly as you would treat a friend who needs care, attention and support. 

Click here to read more.
INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Valentine's Day Cards
Hello, SCM Community!

New Valentine's cards and bundles are available. Bundles include a card of your choice, envelope, and a small jar of honey. These would “bee” perfect for your queen or anyone in your hive!

Click here to view more Valentine's cards and order online at The Hive.

Sincerely,
Your Market Managers, Aleena Gilani and Laura Lopez
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
Virtual Meditation to Start the Season of Lent
Message from the Friends of the Atrium
The Friends of the Atrium will host a morning of meditation to welcome Lent.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17 at 9am by Zoom for a short reflection on prayer and 20 minutes of silent meditation. 


Meeting ID: 860 0907 4656
Passcode: 216348
Square 1 Art
Message from the Square 1 Art Chair, Hadley Cogan
Wouldn't you love to share your child's artwork with family and friends? The Square 1 Art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! All proceeds from this fundraiser support social justice continuing education for SCM guides.
 
NEW to this year, your child will be creating art at home for the PSO Square 1 Art fundraiser. Also, all items will be shipped directly to your home. Shipping for orders over $75 are free.

Once you upload the art to Square 1 Art online, you may begin to shop for art keepsakes! The school earns funds from every order!
 
Please create and upload art by: 3/11/2021
Order Deadline is: 4/13/2021
 
3 EASY STEPS
 
1. CREATE ART
2. PHOTOGRAPH & UPLOAD ART
3. SHOP
 
TO START:

Click here!

Together, we can help support St. Catherine's Montessori and create keepsake memories of your child's art to enjoy for years!
PSO Book Club Meets Virtually Friday, February 25 at 7:00 PM
The SCM Book Club is pleased to announce our next book selection. We will be discussing the book “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Ph.D. on Thursday February 27th at 7:00pm via Zoom.

The discussion guide we will be using can be found here. While we can’t be together in person, we can still share a drink together. Here is a recipe for a fun spring cocktail you can make before settling into this conversation.
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
High School Internships
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

There are a great number of opportunities offered in the High School, one of those is being able to organize internships. This school year, I had the opportunity to intern at my aunt and uncle’s pottery studio and showroom, Potsalot, in New Orleans. They have been creating hand-crafted pottery in New Orleans for over 25 years. My aunt and uncle are inspired by home and family—every design is first tested in their home. I worked with both my aunt and uncle learning the different techniques to create pottery. My uncle throws on the wheel to create his pieces. He walked me through the ceramic process and I got to test it myself. With my aunt, I learned how she hand-builds a lot of her designs. She enjoys incorporating beautiful pattern imprints and images. A very popular image is a roach at the bottom of a bowl!

Along with learning the artistic aspects of their work, I also helped out on the business side like reimagining their website. Luckily, I am currently taking a web design class as an elective, and I was able to use what I already knew about creating a website. Another skill I ended up using was pricing the products. The process was very similar to what we did in the soap occupation in the Adolescent Community. I also worked in inventory. I checked on the packaging supplies and ordered more when needed, as well as keeping up with the clay stock. 

I had a great time getting the chance to work with my aunt and uncle on something they really love. I was able to learn a lot about the balance of being creative, but also needing to pay the bills. 

Thank you for reading!
Sarah Lopez
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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