October 14, 2020
“[B]ut for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
On any given day at St. Catherine's you could find the SCM Library bustling with activity. Students would come in looking for books to support research on whales, Mars, Peru or Harriet Tubman. They also may be looking for the latest book in the Wings of Fire series, wanting to reread for the third time the Harry Potter series, explore the world of Greek mythology, or enjoy for the first time Jane Austen's Emma.

But, this is not any given day at St. Catherine's. This is a new day living with the restrictions of Covid-19. Instead of the children coming to the library, the library comes to the children! To maintain the cohort model that has been established, guides and assistants regularly come into the library to pick out books to read to students in class or at home remote-learning, for research that the child is doing in class, or for pleasure during free time. When books are returned, the books stay "in quarantine" for four days until they are re-shelved. All SCM library books checked out by a child learning in person must remain on campus and in the child's class. Parents whose children are learning remotely can request a book for pickup, and parents can also request books from the Parent Library for pickup. To learn more about this option, please contact Melissa Lopez at mlopez@stcathmont.org.
Thursday, October 15
  • Thursday Chat, 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM (Zoom) 

Friday, October 16
  • Friends of the Atrium - Intro to Christian Meditation, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Zoom)
Admissions 101 - It's Never Too Early to Plan for College
Tuesday, October 27 Webinar
Fall is a busy time for college counseling at St. Catherine’s, with seniors preparing their applications and juniors and sophomores attending virtual college visits and taking PSAT, ACT or SAT exams. I am very grateful that St. Catherine’s has been able to offer the exams on campus this year, as many testing sites have cancelled or limited their test administrations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

This year is quite different in that the college admission industry has gone entirely online. With many university campuses closed, tours are cancelled as are trips by admissions representatives. However, colleges and universities have done an incredible job of pivoting to our new online reality and students have access to more information than ever before. 

At St. Catherine’s we have weekly virtual visits from college representatives, and I am keeping our students informed about the many online college fairs as well as the plethora of virtual visits and webinars available on college websites. I have heard many college representatives say that because they are not traveling, they are much more accessible via email, text and phone for students and their families. Virtual admissions interviews are already taking place, and our seniors are participating in those when required.

We have our very own “Admissions 101” webinar coming up on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 pm, presented in partnership with the Houston Area Recruiters Network (HARN). Representatives from Rice University and The University of Arizona will give an overview of the college admissions process including finding your academic, social and financial fit as well as the new landscape of testing requirements given the global pandemic.

An Eventbrite invitation will arrive in your inboxes later this week. The webinar is designed for Adolescent Community and High School parents and students, but it is never too early to start planning for college. I encourage all who are interested to RSVP then join us via Zoom!

Sarah Lewis, Director of College Counseling
There is Still Time to RSVP for Thursday Chat
Join us this Thursday, October 15 for the next Thursday Chat, where will discuss the Netflix documentary-drama, "The Social Dilemma," and share how your families approach social networking and technology use. Click here to watch the trailer.

We will gather at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. An Eventbrite invitation and reminder have been sent to the parents and faculty/staff. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom details and to let us know how many people we can expect. You do not have to watch the film in order to join us!
Ms. Harth's Class Learns About Colonial America
You are probably familiar with homes that have a separate bedroom, living room, and so forth. Did you ever wonder how that all began? How do homes from colonial America compare with later periods? 

To answer these questions, Ms. Harth's Upper Elementary class contacted the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The students took a virtual tour through four of the DAR Museum's period rooms to give them a taste of home life in the early days of the United States. Students learned how shifting ideas about privacy changed the overall look of the home, and which activities took place where.
Timberside Chronicles
Hello St. Catherine’s Community! 

Don’t forget to look for the first issue of Timberside Chronicles in next week’s Globe!

We appreciate everyone who has contributed to the newspaper and we look forward to sharing with you about life on the SCM campus.

We hope everyone enjoys!

Timberside Chronicles Publicity Team
PSO Celebrates SCM Faculty and Staff
On Monday, October 12 the SCM faculty and staff received a wonderful surprise. Each staff member was treated to a gift bag filled with treats courtesy of the PSO.

A big thank you to the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee for this sweet and thoughtful gift!

Click here for a photo gallery.
Save the Date for PSO Fall Fest Week - October 25 - 31
The PSO invites you to a virtual week-long festival that celebrates the best things of the season. Each themed day will be supported with ideas and activities that we will suggest you can do with your family.

Remember to take lots of photos and videos to share with the community.

More details to follow.
Biome Speed-Dating
This week we had a super fun project in AP Environmental Science. Each of us chose a biome to research. After gathering basic information on our chosen biome we each decorated a hat to represent our biome. Now, armed with information and a nicely decorated hat, we participated in an activity called Biome Speed-Dating. We spent ten minutes with each of our classmates asking them questions about their biome and reciprocating with information about our own biome in the hopes of finding our biome “soulmates.” While not everyone found the biome of their dreams, we all had fun exploring the concept of biomes in such a unique way. Check out the pictures and see if you can guess who is representing what biome!

Thank you for your time; we hope to see you back next week! 
Jacob, Julia, Sarah, and Isabella
If you would like to submit something for the Globe, please send it for approval to globe@stcathmont.org by Monday at noon.