September 30, 2020
Thursday, October 1
  • Thursday Chat, 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, October 2
  • Friends of the Atrium - Intro to Christian Meditation, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Zoom)

Sunday, October 4
  • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, October 7
  • Friends of the Atrium - Virtual Rosary for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, 9:00 AM (Zoom)
  • Mass - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, 5:00 PM (Facebook Live)

Friday, October 9
  • Friends of the Atrium - Intro to Christian Meditation, 9:00 - 10:00 AM (Zoom)
The First Thursday Chat is Tomorrow, October 1
We will kick off Thursday Chat tomorrow, October 1 with two opportunities to participate: 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Susan Tracy will introduce the topic on this week's table: How SCM families are doing right now. We invite you all to join us to share what's working well for you and what isn't, and trade ideas and find solutions to help each other survive and thrive during the pandemic.

Passcode: SCM
Use this access information for both chat times

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! We appreciate you taking the time to share your input, and look forward to chatting with you throughout the school year. Here are the final results from our inquiry about your first-choice gathering time:
Mark Your Calendars: Our Lady of the Rosary Feast Day Mass
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of the Animals
Every October we honor St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures with our community Blessing of the Animals event. This year, St. Catherine's will celebrate in two ways. On Friday, October 2 each class will host their own small ceremony to bless their classroom pets. Additionally, students will receive a prayer card and vial of holy water to take home so they can bless their family pets this weekend.

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Sunday, October 4. We ask families who celebrate at home to please send photos of your ceremony to so we can share them with the school community.
Reimagined PE Classes and Recess for Elementary - High School
Physical education is a very important part of a student's day at St. Catherine's Montessori. Through physical activity students develop strength, athletic skill, confidence and sportsmanship, and also have fun. But, how do you accomplish this is in the middle of a pandemic? You reimagine it of course!

Over the summer a lot of thought went into how to keep the Elementary - High School students active and how we could enhance their outdoor environments in the absence of P.E. classes in the gym. The solution was to provide each classroom with sports and recreation equipment. The students now have enthusiastic games of volleyball and badminton. Games of cornhole, soccer, throwing and catching balls also fill the grounds with excitement. Frisbees fly around the trees and games of tag and keep away have everyone active and smiling. The AC has already hosted a table tennis tournament with promises of more to come, and there is still time for building camps and having adventures!

Click here to see a photo gallery of students enjoying various physical activities.
Tip of the Week: Supporting Our Immune Systems: Get Plenty of High-quality Sleep

Message from Sandra Espinosa, SCM Counselor and Health Care Coordinator
The recent arrival of cool weather has been a nice change for those of us who are tired of the heat, and also brings forth the anticipation of all the good things that the fall season has to offer. Cooler temperatures also signal the start of cold and flu season. As it happens, we have had lots of relevant hygiene practice lately to help us prepare. Unsurprisingly, washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, covering our cough appropriately, and keeping socially distant are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs. 

There are also other healthy habits we can adopt and maintain that will help support and balance our immune systems as we enter the fall/winter months. In the next few newsletters, I will don my “health care coordinator cap” and share tips on what the research and experts suggest are the best ways to support our immune systems.

First on the list is sleep!

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I Would Love to Hear from You
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A Message from Friends of the Atrium: Getting to Know the Doctors of the Church - John of the Cross
A Doctor of the Church, also referred to as Doctor of the Universal Church (Latin: Doctor Ecclesiae Universalis), is a title given by the Catholic Church to saints recognized as having made a significant contribution to theology or doctrine through their research, study, or writing. The Catholic Church has named 36 Doctors of the Church.

Click here to learn about John of the Cross, the first Doctor of the Church we will spotlight.
PSO Book Club Meets on 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 join us via Zoom on Friday, December 4, 2020 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. We will share the Zoom details as the date approaches.
Pray the Rosary on Wednesday, October 7
The SCM community is invited to pray the Rosary on Zoom with Friends of the Atrium on Wednesday, October 7 at 9:00 AM. October is dedicated as the Month of the Rosary because we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary each year on October 7.

The Rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood as she leads us to her Son, Jesus. Remember that every time you pray the Rosary you are given the privilege and honor of pronouncing the holy name of Jesus more than 50 times. Maybe October would be a good month to pray the Rosary as a family. The wealth of spiritual graces offered through the Rosary comes not from the multiplication of prayers (Matthew 6:7), but from the imitation of Christ through obedience to the Father’s will, according to the Blessed Mother.

Passcode: PSO
Meet the High School Guides
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week we are excited to give our guides an opportunity to introduce themselves! They have each created a video of themselves answering some questions about what it’s like being a guide for the SCM High School. Check back next week for a fun surprise!
Amy Lindsey, HS Guide
Charles Novo, Theology
Brian Tucker, AC/HS Administrator & Guide
Thank you for reading (and watching)!

Jacob, Isabella, Julia, and Sarah
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