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Falcon News
A weekly newsletter of the current events at
St. Mary’s Catholic School
February 1, 2022 ~Issue 270


Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please join us for our PAC meeting tonight, at 6:00 p.m., in the cafeteria. We will be making plans for our students fun activities this spring. We need your ideas so please join us. 

Happy Catholic Schools Week. We have been busy already this week celebrating our parishes and our communities. Today we celebrate our Nation with classroom lessons and discussions. Tomorrow we will celebrate our students, parents, guardians and volunteers with ice cream for all students and coffee and donuts for our parents, guardians and volunteers at morning drop off.

Thursday and Friday's events, Celebrating Vocations and Celebrating Faculty and Staff, will be postponed until next week due to the chance of school closure because of weather. Last January and February we had quite the weather in Temple. We have been lucky this year but we may have a storm coming on Thursday that could affect our school day. The forecast is calling for freezing rain and possible snow. Our concern is the safety of all who travel. If we find that we need to cancel school or call a late start, we will use Remind first and then email. If you are not signed up for Remind please do. The directions are located below.  We will be in line with Holy Trinity High School.  If you hear no news, school will continue as normal.

Winter NWEA testing begins next Monday, February 7th. To review, NWEA MAP Growth testing is for grades K-8. The test is administered in the Fall, Winter and Spring. 
MAP Growth measures what students know and what they don’t know, regardless of their grade level. This helps teachers adjust their instruction for each student. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.
Students in Grades K and 1 will test in Reading and Math (with headphones) while students in grades 2-8 will test in Reading, Math, Language Usage and Science. There is a great deal of information for parents. Please visit the Family Toolkit site to learn more. 

Our testing window is February 7th through the 25th. Once all testing is complete we will send home test results.

The Spring Conference (Feb. 9th)  sign up listings are now available on the website. Please take the time to sign up for a chance to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and areas of needed growth. These conferences are not mandatory but are recommended. Teachers will reach out to the parents who they feel must attend. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a blessed week.
Mrs. Wyles

Please see the attached letters regarding Mrs. Maldonado's departure from St. Mary's Catholic School.  

Letter from Mrs. Maldonado 

Letter from  Mrs. Wyles 
Remind Information
This year we will continue using the emergency notification system We will use this system for important messages only, such as school closures. You must sign up for this on your phone. Please see the directions below. These directions are also on the website under Important Information. If you signed up last year you are still active. However, we did go through and update the listings. Some who may not have had complete profile information, may have been deleted. Please check on your status. Thanks to our new families who have already signed up.  We will have a practice notification Friday, September 3rd.

Signing up for

Sign up for Text Alerts to keep you updated about school events, schedule changes, or unexpected situations (such as ice days)

St. Mary's Catholic School Class Code Is @smcste

If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link:  Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.

iPhone Users:

Use the Remind: Fast, Efficient School, Remind 101 (requires IOS 9.0 or later and requires 59.2 MB) Download the app. Use your phone number or email address (preferably attached to the school as a contact, or google) and follow the steps. Remember to scroll down and select St. Mary’s Catholic School Temple

If you already have a remind account Join the class, “smcste”

Android Users:

Use the Remind: Simple Classroom Communication App. Download the app.

You will have to allow access or it will freeze up on you and not work (it is a windows phone, needs permissions to access everything, you will not be hacked). Join the class, “smcste”

Remember to scroll down to the St. Mary’s Catholic School Temple (about 5th one down)

If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @smcste to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @smcste to (512) 351-3848. * Standard text message rates apply.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
Welcome New Falcon
Our St. Mary's Catholic School family has grown by two pretty pink feet. Calista Blake, sister to Tavis Cuthrell in 1st grade, was welcomed into the world on 12/09/21. Congratulations to mom, Heather Cuthrell and dad Quantrell Blake.

January Virtue 

January's Virtue was Gratitude - Seeing everything as a gift and being thankful. 

PreK                                            3rd Grade 
Amorett Ortiz                               Aiden Counce
Kasha Devillier                            Sana Benny 
Rowyn Bledsoe
Valentina Cruz                             4th Grade                            8th Grade
                                                    Michael Mulch                      Rosie Mosmeyer
Kinder                                                                                      Wesley Kuriger
LP Clevenger                              5th Grade 
Jayden Rodriguez                       Emily Luke
                                                    Evie Landeros
1st Grade               
Naomi Shibuya                            6th Grade
Alexa Polak                                  Juan Flores
                                                     Kgolo Motsewanye 
2nd Grade                                  
Parker Sims                                 7th Grade 
Larsen Svajda                              Gracie Garza

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day 
The SMCS PAC is putting together a special day to thank the Faculty and Staff. Please click on the link to get more information. This event has been rescheduled for the 11th of Feb.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Information Link 

Paypal Link:

Chocolate Raffle 
Thank you to all those who have been participating in our World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser, but we still have plenty of chocolate left.
For every box of chocolate sold, your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of three holiday themed raffle baskets! 

Themes will include:

  • Mardi Gras Basket
  • Easter Basket
  • Summertime Basket
This fundraiser is not mandatory but a great way to help support the school. All proceeds from the sale go to our general operating fund. This is also one of two major fundraisers to help those who received tuition assistance fulfill their obligation of helping refill that fund.

Stop by the office to check out your boxes! 

Save these Dates and Help us Spread the Good News at all Masses 

We know that word of mouth is the best advertiser there is. So as we begin 2022, we will be spreading the good news of St. Mary’s to families who are seeking quality Catholic Education in the Classical Tradition. We ask for your help.

Father Kurtis will be sharing the good news of St. Mary’s to the parishioners of our neighboring parishes. He is asking, as are we, for help from our parents, faculty and staff, grandparents and students to help him share this good news.  

  • February 5th and 6th at Christ the King Church in Belton

  • February 12th and 13th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Temple

  • February 26th and 27th at St. Luke Church in Temple

Please let Ms. Giannotti  know where/when you can help ( It is very important that we share with others the opportunity to join our family.

Sacrament Information 
St. Mary’s School Parents, if you are parishioners of St. Mary Parish and your child has yet to celebrate Baptism or Holy Communion, please contact Patricia St. Amour at the Parish Office for information about your child celebrating either Sacrament or any other questions you may have. 254-773-4541 or  If you attend a different Catholic Church contact your parish’s Parish Office. Thank You!
PSIA News 
We are so excited to host this year’s District 6A Meet at St. Mary’s. The meet will be on our campus on Saturday, March 26th. Because we are the host school, there will be much preparation above and beyond the coaching aspects. I will be asking for parent volunteers and hope that you will help us create a successful event. Coaches will be asked to submit final names at the end of January. Please ensure your student is attending practices and completing assigned work.
Classroom Spotlight: This week is 6th Grade
Earth Science- Galaxies
To reinforce the study of galaxies, 6th grade students turned to their creativity. Each student chose either a spiral, elliptical or irregular galaxy and used provided materials to make their own galaxy. They used cotton balls to represent the gas and dust found in a galaxy, glitter for the stars and pom poms for the planets. The students came up with their own unique name for their galaxy and a planet or two. The students then wrote a paragraph describing their galaxy and what makes it unique.
Yearbook Sale and AD information
SMCS Yearbooks are on sale. Please click the link to purchase your yearbook. Click on the link below for yearbook prices and information.
EIM Information 
All parents and guardians who want to volunteer at St. Mary's Catholic School must be EIM compliant. All information regarding EIM can be found on our website ( ). If you have a specific question about EIM or your your EIM status please contact Mrs. Cayce at 

**EIM workshops are in seat only**

Important Dates to Remember  
Tues. Feb. 1st 
CSW - Celebrating our Nation 
8th Grade to St. Joseph Catholic Academy 

Wed. Feb 2nd 
CSW- Celebrating our Students, Parents, Guardians and 

Thurs. Feb 3rd
CSW- Celebrating our Vocations 
All School Mass and confessions 

Fri. Feb 4th 
Hearty Party - 5th - 8th Grade Dance 
Progress Reports 

February 7th-25th - Winter Testing 

Wed. Feb. 9th 
No School - Spring Conferences 

Thurs. Feb. 10th 
All School Mass 

Fri. Feb. 11th
CSW - Celebrating our Faculty and Staff - rescheduled from the 4th

Mon. Feb 14th 
No School - Inclement Weather Day 
Valentines Day 

Sun. Feb 27th 
Annual SMCS Open House - details to come 

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Temple, Texas 75604
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