November 11, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, November 13
  • PSO Fall Meeting, 9:00 AM (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 17
  • AC Round Table for Upper Elementary Parents, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Zoom)

Thursday, November 19
  • Thursday Chat, 9:00 AM (Zoom)
  • Thursday, Chat, 6:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, November 20
  • PSO NEW Parent Coffee, 9:00 AM (Zoom)
  • Friends of the Atrium Virtual Rosary, 8:00 PM (Zoom)

November 23 - November 27
  • Thanksgiving Break. No School. After-school Program Closed.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thursday Chat is Back!
After a brief hiatus during Virtual Conference days, Thursday Chat will resume on November 19 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Join us with your questions and insights as we discuss what it is like to transition to the next level at St. Catherine’s. We think this will be a great discussion, and have timed it to fall between our November Adolescent Community and High School Parent Education events and the Moving Up to Lower and Upper Elementary events scheduled for December.

We look forward to hearing your questions about what comes next, learning what surprised and delighted you when your children moved up, and facilitating a lively conversation between SCM parents of all levels. We hope you can join us on November 19!

A parent email with Zoom details is forthcoming.
Sibling Applications Now Being Accepted for 2021-2022
St. Catherine’s is accepting sibling applications for the 2021-2022 school year. As siblings of current SCM students have priority in the admission process, your application is due by January 15, 2021.

Simply click this link to enter the FACTS Family Portal, click on “Apply/Enroll” and complete the application. Please email me at vblum@stcathmont.org if you have any questions!

Vivian Blum, Dean of Students
Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Turkey Fundraiser
Make your holiday preparations a little easier and enjoy a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving while supporting St. Catherine’s Montessori! Knights of Columbus Houston Council #803 is selling 10 lb. whole smoked Thanksgiving turkeys for $60.00 as part of their annual fundraising activities.

For the third year, St. Catherine's has been chosen to receive a $20.00 donation for every turkey purchased by members of the SCM community. Proceeds will support the school’s operating budget. Click here to learn more and to reserve your turkey. All orders must be placed by Friday, November 20.
ADVANCING THE MISSION
3 Weeks Remain in the SCM Annual Fund Drive
Have you made your gift or pledge yet? Help us wrap up the Annual Fund drive by December 1 by clicking below today. Families can fulfill pledge payments any time before May 31, 2021.

The financial goal this year is $240,000. Give or pledge now to make a lasting impact on the St. Catherine's community.
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
Infant Community Harvests Lemons
On a bright and sunny fall morning, the children in the Infant Community enjoyed a day of harvesting lemons from the lemon tree in their outdoor area. The children were able to see the fruits of their labor, literally. After watering and closely watching the lemons grow all semester, the children picked some and took them home; a great example of daily practical life lessons.

Click here to learn more about Practical Life lessons in the Infant Community.
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
TODAY is the Last Day to Upload Pictures for Gift Card Drawing
Please be sure to upload your photos by TODAY Wednesday, November 11. You can also send your photos to globe@stcathmont.org.

We will have the gift card drawing on Thursday, November 12, and will make the photo gallery available to the community thereafter.

Happy November!
Grecia Parra, PSO Fall Fest Chair
Fall PSO Meeting is THIS Friday, November 13
Join us this Friday, November 13 at 9:00 AM via Zoom for the next scheduled PSO Meeting. Committee updates and voting on the 2021-2022 PSO budget will be on the agenda.


Meeting ID: 671 548 4578
Passcode: PSO
Virtual Rosary on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 PM
All are welcome to join Friends of the Atrium for the Virtual Rosary on Friday, November 20 at 8:00 PM.



Meeting ID: 671 548 4578
Passcode: PSO
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
How Do You Weave the Election into Every Class?
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week we are excited to share with you the work we did surrounding the election. Obviously, a presidential election is an important event and we wanted to give the race preceding it as well as the election itself due attention. This is where the High School truly shines.

We didn’t look at the election from one angle, we covered the election or at the very least some aspect of the election in almost every class. In Current Events we saw a presentation from Jacob on the history of presidential debates as well as an in-depth look at the first presidential debate of the 2020 presidential race. In Writer’s Workshop we took those same debates and picked them apart to look at the rhetoric at play. In Theology we discussed the importance of loving your neighbor and that this idea of the neighbor includes even the politicians we vehemently disagree with. However, the crowning jewel was our work in Humanities. We learned about the electoral college and the arguments for and against it. In Math Seminar we explored the Electoral College further by investigating the mathematical principles behind our electoral system.

For Election Day we did something extra special. We held a debate of our own. Our support or opposition of the topic we debated did not matter. What mattered was our ability to apply the lessons we had learned about rhetoric and debate to make the most convincing argument possible, and to open our minds to differing perspectives on issues. We, the writers of the High School Corner, debated whether to add justices to the Supreme Court and we came to the consensus that this was an incredibly fun and challenging way to celebrate Election Day. 


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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