Each year seems to fly by faster than the last! How blessed we have been to have our students enjoy the benefits of a fabulous Catholic school whose foundation was established by the many wonderful St. Catherine supporters that came before us. Thanks to all of you who made this past year especially great. Let me share a few highlights.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose is to give it away.”
- Common Core standards for Language Arts were fully implemented.
- As we continue our focus of taking care of God’s creation, students learn about the environment through many cross curricular activities. Our Green Team held their sixth eWaste Drive and the proceeds were used to promote green practices, including the replacement of lighting in classrooms and offices. We also held a fabulous Reuse/Recycle Fair for Earth Day and all learned more about the need to maintain our rainforests and to continue to use trees and plant life to support healthy air quality. Twenty-two redwood trees were planted to replace the dying Monterey pines around the play areas.
- St. Catherine students and parents participated in a variety of community service projects and served many more hours than the required number. In a new project this past year, our sixth graders made pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving dinner for local day workers.
- PTG Fundraisers were a great success! The Walkathon had a high participation level and provided funding for both operations and special programs, as well as helping to keep tuition costs down.
- In addition to the STEM Lab and Resource Room renovations, we tackled several other big projects over the summer, including the installation of new lockers and the replacement of carpet in first grade.
- We continue to be grateful for the positive working relationship with the parish. The Fall Fun Fest, Golf Tournament and Car Raffle help to support our Operations Endowment, Tuition Assistance, and special programs, as well as a variety of parish programs. Thank you!
Along with all these great successes on campus, we continue to promote the spiritual development of each student. Not only do students have regular Religion classes, they also attend liturgies and prayer services, and are working to be good stewards of God’s creation by using the many blessings and talents God has bestowed on them. The students’ greatest gifts to God are using the gifts He has given them for the benefit of all.
Many thanks to each of you for your support of St. Catherine School! Please know that you, and all our benefactors, are remembered regularly by students and staff in our prayers. We ask that you keep the families and staff of St. Catherine in your prayers, as well, as we strive to nurture the faith, academic, physical and social development of each of our students.
Fr. Jeronimo Gutierrez
Fabienne M. Esparza