September 15, 2021
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, September 15
  • Virtual Mass, 5:00 - 6:00 PM (Facebook Live)

Thursday, September 16
  • Welcome Back Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, September 24
  • PSO Fall Meeting, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Zoom)

Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 1
  • High School Food Drive in support of Casa de Esperanza
BRINGING WISDOM TO LIGHT
Supporting the Transition to School
By Renae Holman Murti, Primary Parent Educator
School is back in session, and you and your child may find yourselves feeling a mix of emotions on any given day. Your child may walk in with a smile one day and tearfully protest going to school the next day. You should expect that the mental and emotional transition to the new environment takes, on average, eight weeks of continuous attendance. Here are some tips for supporting your child's transition to the Montessori environment.

  • Respect your child’s classroom as their “workplace.” They are trying on a new social role, and forming a new identity, one which you are not directly part of. 
 
  • Give your child time and space to process the transition. If you have any concerns regarding the classroom, discuss them with the teacher out of your child’s earshot.
 
  • Know that it might be difficult for your child to verbalize their experiences. Although at three and older, children usually have a sizable vocabulary, they often find it difficult to answer the eager question – “What did you do at school today?”
 
  • When they’re with you, let your child focus on the present and be with you mentally as well as physically. At pickup, you can greet them with “I’m so glad to see you” and talk about the weather, your dinner plans, or which playground to visit. You can lead the way by telling them anecdotes about your own experiences during your time apart. Your child will share with you when they are ready.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome Back Meeting is Tomorrow at 6:00 PM
Saturday Soccer Begins October 2nd - Register Today!
Saturday Soccer is a parent-led soccer program for our Primary and Lower Elementary students, organized by the PSO's Friends of Athletics. It is a non-competitive soccer league; there are no goalies and the score is not kept. The emphasis is on sportsmanship, learning beginner soccer skills, teamwork, and fun.
 
Click here to read more and to register. Parents must return a signed Participation Release Form to the Front Desk before the first practice (October 2, 2021). The league fee is $20 per player, and payments will be processed through FACTS.
Carpool Procedure Reminders
Arrival

Please pull up beyond the Elementary Gate toward the red cone to form the line for morning drop-off of all students in Primary and Elementary.

Dismissal

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.
INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
AC Visits Houston Industries
By Katherine L., 8th year student
Last Wednesday, the AC community was blessed with the opportunity to go on a day trip! We took this day trip in order to get real world experience about the topics we are researching in Humanities this trimester: Industry and Economics.

We started the day by watching a documentary that talked about the history of the sugar industry in the Houston area, which included the use of enslaved people and leased prisoners as a source of labor. We then drove to and toured the historical Imperial Sugar Company. After spending around 20 minutes observing the site, we hopped back on the bus and visited the burial site of the Sugar Land 95.

After lunch at a park, we drove to and toured American Rags, a textile recycling factory. We learned about the impact and outreach of one company, especially during the pandemic, and Mrs. Mirza, the business owner, answered questions about entrepreneurship and the ins and outs of running a business.

On our last part of our trip we spoke with Mr. Hicks, the Vice President of Capital Planning at Houston Methodist Hospital, and learned about the history and design of the Houston Medical Center, which is the largest medical center in the world.

We had a great time and feel so thankful for the opportunity to venture out of the classroom this year!
PARENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION (PSO)
Save the Date: PSO Book Club Will Meet Friday, October 22nd
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 login details.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Setting Intentions for the School Year
A Message from Sandra Espinosa, Counselor & Health Care Coordinator
Dear St. Catherine’s Community, 
 
It was such a delight to see students return to school after the long summer break, hear their stories of summer fun, and marvel at how many of them grew an inch or two!  
 
I would like to extend a huge warm welcome to the 40-plus families that joined our school community this year. How I wish we could gather in person, face-to-face, in community, getting to know each other’s life stories. Instead, together we will all bravely and flexibly move forward through the ongoing challenges of this pandemic. I am sure many of you, like myself, thought that by now COVID-19 would be a distant memory. But here we are again, rolling up our sleeves and persevering. I remind myself that we have been doing hard things since the beginning of this pandemic, and through it we have strengthened our resiliency muscles and gained wisdom, insight, and helpful coping skills along the way. Take a few slow, deep breaths. We’ve got this!  

Click here to read more.
HIGH SCHOOL CORNER
Community Service
Hi, everyone!

Over the past few years, the High School has done community service work with Casa de Esperanza de Los Niños, a local organization that provides residential and family support programs for families who are unable to properly care for their children. Some of our work has included organizing events for the children, cooking for host parents, aiding in the preparation of Christmas gifts, and assembling birthday boxes. 

Last spring we held a very successful food drive to collect nonperishable items for Casa’s pantry, and we will be holding another drive from September 20th - October 1st. During these two weeks, there will be a box stationed at the front of the school to collect donations during drop-off and pick-up every day. Please see the list below for Casa’s preferred food donations.

  • Chili
  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti and meat sauce
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Spaghetti-o’s
  • Beans (refried, pinto, black)
  • Any canned fruit
  • Kids fruit cups
  • Apple Juice
  • Orange juice
  • Kids fruit snacks
  • Kids cereal
  • Protein bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Tuna fish
  • Canned chicken
  • Mac n cheese
  • Hamburger helper
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Vegetables (especially peas and corn)
 
Thank you for reading, and we hope you’ll consider donating!
 
Julia Lewis and Isabella Godfrey
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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