In accordance with its mission, the St. Monica PTO has created this page in order to communicate quickly and effectively with its community. In accordance with our mission, the St.
Monica PTO has created this page in order to communicate quickly and effectively with our community about important activities and functions. In so doing, we hope to further work to promote a supportive, well-rounded and Christian educational environment. The PTO believes our activities should be an example of Christian community life. As Saint Paul writes in Chapter 4 of his letter to the Ephesians: “Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called…Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.”
Mission: The mission of St. Monica PTO is to promote the spiritual, educational and physical welfare of the children at St. Monica Catholic School. St. Monica PTO strives to foster a closer relationship among the home, church, and school.
Operating as usual
✨ 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝! 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 (𝟏𝟐/𝟏𝟑) 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫'𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞. ✨
Link to donate: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Christmas-Purse-Collection_p_24.html
Any little bit helps our well-deserving teachers and staff and make their holiday a little more special. Thank you!
𝟐 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞!
Please read tonight's email regarding the Christmas Purse to learn more about the impact every dollar makes for every staff member at St. Monica. They will receive their gift next week before the Christmas break - please give before our deadline is up!
Mrs. Petty, SMS middle school teacher and as of today the October Teacher of the Month (congratulations!), shared her thoughts on what the St. Monica Staff Christmas Purse means to her.
𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Christmas-Purse_c_29.html
🎄Looking for a unique Christmas gift while doing good? Consider the Taste of St. Monica cookbook! With over 500 recipes from drinks and cocktails, appetizers and sides, main courses and breads and desserts, there is something for everyone. Or, discover some new dishes and cookies to make this season yourself! Funds raised from sales goes to the PTO to put toward programs, initiatives and scholarships for students, teachers and staff.
Three ways to purchase:
👉🏼 Online at https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/St-Monica-Cookbook_c_46.html
👉🏼 Email [email protected] or message us here and pay via Venmo to @jacqimoore
👉🏼 Email [email protected] or message us here and pay cash or check (made to St. Monica PTO)
(The last two save us a little bit from credit card fees🤷🏽♀️)
Thank you for your support!
𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐟𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫'𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞!
🎅 25% of families so far have participated and we're hoping just another 25-30% more will give and get us to our goal. Please take a moment to donate now. https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Christmas-Purse_c_29.html Our teachers and staff deserve it! 🙌
𝐃𝐚𝐝𝐬 - if you donate during this week's Dads' Club meeting, you'll be entered into a raffle for a very nice bottle of Scotch. And try to break the PTO's meeting record last week! 😉
We can accept checks as well if you prefer. Please make them out to St. Monica PTO and contact Laura Banse at [email protected] to coordinate pickup.
Check your list twice and cross off your school gifts with a donation to the Christmas Purse. 🎅 Not only will you treat your child's homeroom teacher, but also their class aides, Spanish, art and music teachers, JCLC, librarian, coaches and more! 🥰
Donation cards if you'd like to share with your teacher are available for pickup in the McManus vestibule, on the student sign-out table. Thank you for helping make their holidays special!
Any donation amount will give our staff and teachers a wonderful monetary 'bonus' gift, from our crossing guards and maintenance staff to teachers and more.
Donate here: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Christmas-Purse_c_29.html
Just one week remains to put in your donation for the St. Monica Staff Christmas Purse. Donate here: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Christmas-Purse_c_29.html (Click on 'Add to Cart' below St. Nick and it will ask for your amount)
Our teachers and staff have had a crazy year and here are some photos of them in action this week. They are amazing!
🎄 We'll be slinging purses for the staff Christmas Purse donations at our PTO general meeting tomorrow night - a favorite every year! A minimum donation during the meeting timeframe will get you entered into a raffle at the end of the night to chose your purse, and a final raffle for the baby blue Kate Spade. Hear at the beginning of the meeting how we're doing this virtually.
🎄 Mrs. Trudell will also be on to give some school updates and take questions for a portion of the meeting.
🎄 Zoom details were provided in last week's Bearcat Byte and Monday morning's PTO Pawprint.
🎅 Every year the PTO and Dads' Club collect donations to the St. Monica Staff Christmas Purse where all gifts will be combined and shared among the entire staff - from administration to teachers to maintenance staff to our crossing guards! This is truly one of our favorite traditions here at St. Monica.
🎅 Over the years we have learned that the money given to the SMS staff each Christmas is what they all really want, need and appreciate in more ways than we can explain. This is their Christmas 'bonus.' Thank you for your support!
🤶 Donations will be collected through Dec. 11.
🎄 Give here: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org//Christmas-Purse_c_29.html
[11/23/20] 11/24 is Spirit Dress Day for the Fun Run! Wear your St. Monica Strong shirt (or other SMS shirt) with jeans/uniform bottoms.
⭐️ 𝗣𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 ⭐️
Our October PTO Volunteer of the Month is Elvira Kaiser! Elvira volunteered this year to be a 1st grade GLR, and has hit the ground running. She is always available to the 1st grade HRPs, is the first to take initiative to volunteer and assist in any way, and she has a positive attitude and a genuine smile in everything she does!
Thank you, Elvira!
📣 Please help us recognize more star volunteers by submitting nominations NOW for our November VOM! The form is short and quick: https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Volunteer-of-the-Month-_c_25.html?fbclid=IwAR0cj7-QfFBvrCC3N258gKV-x2y-aWAxoFg2PPwHA6D3ublfGVTzmcZIRLU
⭐️ 𝗣𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 ⭐️
It is with gratitude we recognize our September PTO Volunteer of the Month, Mary Ellen McWilliams. She was nominated for all the effort and support she provides despite an already full plate. Mary Ellen works full time, moms full time, wifes full time and still does all she can to be a great PK GLR, sell cookbooks, email promptly, attend all meetings and does this with grace and no complaints! Her and her husband were also Gaptains for this year's Gap campaign.
Thank you, Mary Ellen, for giving your time and talent to the school community.
📣 Know someone (or a few?) who should be recognized? Submit the quick and easy nomination today! https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Volunteer-of-the-Month-_c_25.html?fbclid=IwAR0cj7-QfFBvrCC3N258gKV-x2y-aWAxoFg2PPwHA6D3ublfGVTzmcZIRLU
📣 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀' 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴! 📣 Bare to the bones, we are aiming to replenish treats and snacks prior to Thanksgiving to show support during the upcoming transition. If you are interested in helping us restock with some goodies, please 𝗩𝗲𝗻𝗺𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝗻𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿 (@𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗷𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿) in any amount. Ann Jane and Kinder mom Sandra Blake will do the shopping to eliminate drop offs at the school. Thank you for your support - we know our teachers and staff greatly appreciate it.
⭐️ 𝗣𝗧𝗢 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 ⭐️
We are so excited to get to recognize our August Volunteer(s) of the Month - our amazing Spirit Store mamas: Claire Darr, Katie Cotton and Paula von Arx. 🐾
These ladies have overseen the operations of the PTO Spirit Store for several years now and this year in particular has been the most challenging fulfilling orders and selling merchandise - but they have been working just as hard to keep things going. It's a big job but they are truly up to the task.
Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work! 👏🙌
📣 If you know someone who should be recognized for their time and talent given to the community, nominate them (or multiple people!) today - it takes just a minute! https://stmonicaschoolpto.org/Volunteer-of-the-Month-_c_25.html
Margaritaville is ready for visitors! 🍹🧉 Thank you to Gils Elegant Catering and the Albers for the special flair. 💃🏼⛱
If you're out and about this morning, don't forget to stop by one of the Fun Run Fun Stops hosted by just some of our amazing SMS families, from 9am-noon. 💙 Remember - there is no specific start or finish! These are in no particular order and you can visit one or all. #stmonicastrong #WeAreStMonica
🐾 Master's, by the Frys and Banses
🐾 Bubble-licious, by the Arnos & Cordon Wines
🐾 Fiesta!, by the Garcias
🐾 Healthy & Hydrated, by the Rogers & Rogers Optimal Health
🐾 Margaritaville, by the Vadias, Riveras, Garrots, Cronins, Goldenbaums & Horlers
🐾 Oh Canada!, by Maple Leaf Diner
🐾 College Gameday Tailgate, by the Joneses, Fowlers and Saenzes
(Addresses were in race packets, or look up in Renweb - if multiple hosts, stop location is at first host listed. Maps will also be at each stop.)
We are so grateful to our St. Monica Strong sponsors for the first-ever (and hopefully only!?) Virtual Fun Run. Your dedication and generosity have made this event a success and supporting PTO programs for SMS students, teachers and staff this year possible. 🐾💙 #stmonicastrong #WeAreStMonica
It's not Saturday without some football 🏈 Throw it back to college with the Fowler, Jones & Saenz families' COLLEGE GAMEDAY TAILGATE. They're our MVPs for supporting the PTO with this awesome Fun Run Fun Stop! 🐾🏆
It's 5 o'clock somewhere... 🍹 Thank you to the Vadia, Rivera, Garrott, Cronin, Goldenbaum and Horler families for taking us out of Dallas and into Margaritaville for your Fun Run Fun Stop! 🌴🌈
Staying hydrated is important and the Rogers Family has you covered! 💦 Thank you for supporting the PTO!
FORE! 🏌️♀️ It's not Augusta but you can pretend you're there thanks to the Fry & Banse's Fun Run Fun Stop. ⛳️
Did somebody say FIESTA!? 💃 🎉 Special thank you to the Garcia family for their festive Fun Run Fun Stop on Saturday. Ole!
Enjoy a bubble-licious 🍾 visit to the Arno Fun Run Fun Stop with Cordon Wines. 🥂 Kid-friendly snacks and drinks there, too!
Shout out to our Fun Run Fun Stop hosts Maple Leaf Diner and the Delauriers for giving our first-ever event a special Canadian touch! 🍁
For anyone still needing to register for the Fun Run and wants a shirt, we have the following sizes: Youth S & M and Adult L, XL, XXL.
$35 for adults, $20 for kids
Last chance this morning to get your Fun Run packet & shirt.
Walnut Hill Park, on Fieldfare
⏳ Last call to grab your shirts and goodies before Saturday's run! Lots of bags to be picked up still - so don't forget! ☑️
Today and tomorrow! 💙📞🍝🍕🥞🥓 Penne Pomodoro Maple Leaf Diner
Two opportunities this week to not have to do dishes! Come to one or both - each restaurant is giving back 15% of food sales ALL DAY. (That means you can go ahead and get breakfast, lunch AND dinner at MLD!) Donations come back to the school and used for the programs and support we provide for our amazing teachers, staff and students!
We're getting race-ready! Make sure you are by picking up your race packet this Wednesday-Friday at the below times and locations.
⏱ 🔜 Time is running out to register for the St. Monica Strong Virtual Fun Run so you can get the super-soft St. Monica Strong t-shirt before race day. It can be used as a Spirit Dress Day shirt, especially for the special Spirit Day on 11/24 for the Fun Run.
A few things happening tomorrow - here's your reminder!
Tonight is our socially-distanced-style Friendsgiving Potluck and we can't wait to see you there! Masks are required when not eating or drinking. This is an outdoor event with lots of room to space out.
Fourteen5 in Addison: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cawley+Fourteen555+Centeremail@example.com,-96.8222128,15.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x91d1f9d397960560!8m2!3d32.94318!4d-96.823738