September 1, 2021
As we recently celebrated the birthday of Maria Montessori on August 31st, we are reminded of the tremendous contribution she made to education. Born 151 years ago, Montessori was trained not as an educator, but rather as a medical doctor who later studied philosophy, psychology, and anthropology. Dr. Montessori viewed education as an “aid to life” serving the development of the whole child, and integrating the spiritual and the intellectual. She recognized that the way to create a peaceful world was through the child – work that earned her three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

You can learn more about Maria Montessori by visiting the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) website.

Click here to view student art inspired by Maria Montessori's birthday from Ms. Hannah's class.
Monday, September 6
  • Labor Day Holiday. No School. After-School Program Closed.

Tuesday, September 7
  • Music Program Begins (2nd-12th year students)

Wednesday, September 15
  • Virtual Mass, 5:00 - 6:00 PM (Facebook Live)

Thursday, September 16
  • Welcome Back Parent Event, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Zoom)
Reminder: Primary & Elementary Students Dismiss at the Same Time
This year PM Primary and Elementary students all dismiss at 3:30 PM Monday - Thursday and at 2:30 PM on Friday.

The following carpool procedures are designed with your child’s needs in mind, along with the safety and efficiency of dropping off and picking up students. For a complete list of arrival and dismissal procedures, please refer to the 2021-2022 Parent/Student Handbook.

  • Please use Link Valley to queue up for the carpool line. This prevents the line from backing up on Timberside Drive and extending towards the 610 freeway.

  • A sign with your child’s name will be distributed on the first day of school and Primary Looking Day. This sign must be displayed in the center of the windshield, under the vehicle rear-view mirror during arrival and dismissal.

  • If you or a designated adult are in the dismissal line, do not walk up to get your child.

  • For safety, parents and designated adults should remain in cars at all times. If you need to assist your child, please do so from the curbside of the car or in the area north of the red cone.
Save-the-Date: First Mass of the 2021-2022 School Year
SCM on a Whim Invitation to be Emailed Labor Day Weekend
You will be invited over the Labor Day weekend to join the informal, PSO-sponsored Google email group SCM On a Whim. The email invitation expires one week from issue. If you do not see an invitation, please look in your spam/junk folder. If you still do not have the invitation please contact me. If you choose to join the group at a later date, please see information for returning families.

If you have not joined in the past and wish to join now, please click here

Trey Palmer, Group Coordinator,
Save-the-Date: Welcome Back Parent Event
Volunteers Needed For 2021-2022 School Year
The St. Catherine’s Montessori Parent Service Organization (PSO) is dedicated to enhancing the experience of students, staff, and parents by creating a community founded on parent involvement and warm hospitality. The PSO hosts a variety of volunteer, social, and fundraising activities during the year, and none of this would be possible without the participation of the parents.

Click here to learn more about the PSO, and email if you are interested in joining a committee. We are more than happy to discuss these committees' needs with you before you sign up.
PSO Ambassadors Welcome Event
On Sunday, August 8, to celebrate the start of the 2021-2022 school year, PSO Ambassadors welcomed new and moving up families to a Music Together class with SCM parents Ana Trevino-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey.

Everyone created music together and enjoyed meeting new friends in the backyard of SCM Parents Katia and Jorge Gonzalez.  
PSO Book Club Survey
Please take a moment to take this survey to assist the chairs of the PSO Book Club in selecting books for this school year. This survey will close on Friday, September 10.

The first book club meeting of the school year will take place on Friday, October 22 at 9:00 AM on Zoom. Stay tuned for the announcement for the first selection and Zoom details.
Community Values
Hello Everyone!

One of the things the high school focused on over the past two weeks was discussing and finalizing our community guidelines. We believe that it is essential to have an agreed-upon set of values and goals that we abide by as a community that we can refer to as the year goes on. We had several conversations about the qualities we see as most important in our friends and mentors, and after discussing these shared values, we selected the ones that we believe most accurately reflect our high school community. 

Click here to read more.
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