September 16, 2020
"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make them learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence." - Maria Montessori
Last night the SCM community gathered virtually for the annual Welcome Back Meeting. Head of School Susan Tracy opened the meeting with prayer and spoke about the importance of the SCM community, the work of the guides and assistants, and the joy we share every day being with your children. The meeting also featured remarks from Dean of Students Vivian Blum about enrollment management and parent education. Advancement Director Lyndsey Ray spoke about the upcoming SCM Fund campaign, and PSO President Catherine Barber introduced attendees to the role of the PSO and the new officers and committee chairs for the 2020-2021 school year.

Susan also announced a brand new forum for this school year: Thursday Chat. This bi-weekly virtual conversation will give our community the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on a variety of issues, including receiving clarification about Montessori practices or the workings of the school. These casual discussions will begin on Thursday, October 1 at 9:00 AM and continue throughout the year on the first and third Thursdays of the month. We will be in touch this week to solicit your feedback on Thursday chat topics.

Click to view the Welcome Meeting recording (just 30 minutes) and PowerPoint presentation.
Wednesday, September 16
  • Mass, 6:00 PM (Facebook Live)

Friday, September 18
  • PSO Friends of the Atrium - Intro to Christian Meditation, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Zoom)
  • Virtual PSO Meeting, 10:15 - 11:15 AM (Zoom)
Virtual Mass is TONIGHT at 6:00 PM
Join us live on Facebook for the first Mass of the school year.
SCM Business Directory Now on the FACTS Family Portal
Do you operate your own business? Then consider listing your business in the free online SCM business directory.
The business directory is now available on the FACTS Family Portal. Click here to learn more about businesses within the SCM community and/or add your business to the directory.
This directory is a service to the school community for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of these businesses or services by St. Catherine's Montessori.
Atrium on the Move
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd takes place in our prepared environment called the Atrium. An atrium is a prayerful environment that has many materials for children to work in order to enter into the mysteries of faith and encounter God. Due to COVID-19, the children cannot visit the school Atrium to receive presentations and work with the materials, so Sr. Theresa Josephine designed mobile atria to bring the materials directly to our students.

The mobile atrium for Primary children includes materials on Mass, infancy narratives, parables, geography, and Baptism. The mobile atrium for Lower Elementary includes materials on infancy narratives, moral parables, Mass, geography, and salvation history. Finally, the Upper Elementary mobile atrium contains materials on Mass, parables materials, biblical studies, and salvation history timelines. 

Click here to learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Ms. Hannah's Class Learns to Cook Pesto Pasta
Last night, the children in Ms. Hannah's Lower Elementary class hosted a virtual cooking class for all of SCM's Lower Elementary students. The children learned how to make pesto pasta with chicken and vegetables for a family dinner. Chef Brittany of Lettuce Cook demonstrated the step-by-step process as the children prepared their scrumptious meal from scratch.
Tip of the Week: Create Space in Your Day for Stillness and Mindfulness
Message from Sandra Espinosa, SCM Counselor and Health Care Coordinator
It is worth revisiting again, as I shared with you in May, the great benefits research shows a meditation and/or mindfulness practice has on one’s emotional and physical health. These are tools that when practiced consistently, even for a few minutes a day, offer the gift of positive shifts in our thinking and being. The research also shows positive effects on children’s ability to regulate their emotions and improve their focus and clarity. In a world full of distractions that cause us sometimes to “check out” or feel overwhelmed, carving out time to pause, take some deep breaths, feel what is alive in our minds and body can do wonders!  

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I Would Love to Hear from You
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Join us for the first PSO meeting of the 2020-2021 school year. Every parent is an automatic member of the SCM Parent Service Organization (PSO) and all are welcome to join us on Friday, September 18 at 10:15 AM.

Meeting ID: 671 548 4578
Passcode: PSO
SCM On a Whim
You were invited over 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 did 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,
Meet the Class of 2022
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week we are excited to give our juniors an opportunity to introduce themselves! They have each created a video of themselves answering some questions about school as well as a bit about their personal lives. Check back next week for similar videos created by our seniors!
Meet Isabella, Class of 2022
Meet Julia, Class of 2022
Meet Emma, Class of 2022
Meet Tesch, Class of 2022
Thank you for reading (and watching)!

Jacob, Isabella, Julia, and Sarah
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