November 4, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, November 5
  • Virtual Conferences. No School. After-school Program Closed
  • SCM High School Virtual Open House, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, November 6
  • Virtual Conferences. No School. After-school Program Closed
  • SCM High School Virtual Open House, 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Zoom)

Monday, November 9
  • Deadline: Christmas Card Design Submissions
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
SCM High School's Virtual Open House is THIS Thursday and Friday
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
Christmas Card Design Submissions Due Monday, November 9
We encourage our student artists to use the upcoming weekend to finalize their designs for St. Catherine's 2020 Christmas card. The artwork must depict the Holy Family and fit on a 4x6 postcard. Students may submit as many drawings as they like. Be sure to write your full name on the back of each submission!

Submissions are due on Monday, November 9.
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
4 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.  
BRINGING WISDOM TO LIGHT
A Message from Sarah Lewis, Director of College Counseling
Last week we were fortunate to have an excellent “Admissions 101” virtual presentation by representatives from Rice University and The University of Arizona. They discussed the various aspects of college fit, building a college application list, and the intricacies of financial aid and merit scholarships. If you did not have the chance to attend, please watch the Zoom recording. They also provided us with a helpful template for comparing financial aid offers and a slideshow with basic information about the landscape of Texas public and private colleges and universities. 

Seniors are putting the finishing touches on many of their applications, and the fall recruiting season is winding down. This month we have virtual visits from The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Willamette University, Washington & Jefferson College, and Tufts University. These visits are open to all 10th-12th graders as they research colleges and build or finalize their application lists. 
This week, my recommended read is a recent blog post by Rick Clark, dean of undergraduate admissions at Georgia Tech. Rick is highly respected and very active in the industry in sharing general admissions advice with students and parents. He emphasizes approaching college admissions as an experience through which to grow, rather than a process to master, and keeping an open mind about where a student may go.
INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Elementary Famous Persons Day
Students in Mr. Jaime's, Ms. Kristen's and Ms. Veronica's classes recently hosted Famous Persons Day in their classrooms. Students in these classes researched famous people in history and gave presentations dressed as their chosen person.

Click here to enjoy the photo album.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Tip of the Week:  Supporting our Immune System Through Managing our Stress

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

I invite you to take a few moments to pause and take 3 deep-belly breaths with me if you feel the need. The last several months have been tough. An ongoing pandemic whose end date is unknown, social unrest throughout the U.S., and a contentious election with results still being counted as I type. This, on top of the everyday challenges and hiccups that we experience can place a huge overload on our brains and emotional well-being. Although stress is part of life, when the stress becomes chronic and lives in our bodies too long, it can have negative effects on our immune system.   

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PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
Giving Thanks for Our Wonderful Community
On behalf of the PSO, thank you to all families who participated in Fall Fest! We hope that the week’s activities helped you to get into the spirit of fall. 

Please be sure to upload your photos by 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 Friday, November 13
PSO Book Club Meets Friday, December 4
Whether you run a company or a family (or both) you will not want to miss the next PSO Book Club selection: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink.

Please mark your calendar to join us via Zoom on Friday, December 4 at 12:00 PM to discuss ways to create an environment in your home or workplace to generate intrinsic motivation for learning, growing, and achieving. 
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
Ask Us About the SCM High School
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week we would like to invite any and all interested parties to our Virtual High School Open House. We will be covering topics such as the high school's curriculum, college counseling, and the assessment process (report cards and transcripts). In addition, current students and guides will be free to answer individual questions. There will also be an alumna from our graduating class of 2020 in attendance at both sessions to fill you in on what life looks like after the High School. So get all your burning questions regarding the SCM High School answered on Thursday, November 5, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm or on Friday, November 6, from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Follow this link to RSVP by the end of the day today.

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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