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Welcome Our New Faculty and Staff
With a new school year comes fresh faces and new names. Visit our web page to hear from Principal Deborah Whalen about who we welcome this year.
Online book sales for the 2015-2016 school year begin Friday, July 17. Use the link on the Order Books page of our website, enter student last name and I.D., and a personalized list of her books will appear. Books for Strake Jesuit classes taken by St. Agnes students are included in the SAA Follett Virtual Bookstore. If you need assistance, please call Follett at 1-877-827-2665. More textbook information including booklists, summer reading and the SAA Online Used Book Sale is available online.
Student schedules for the 2015-2016 school year will be mailed on July 22 for all students who have paid tuition and fees and have a zero balance for semester 1. You do not need the schedule to order books. Once the virtual bookstore opens on July 17, you can just enter the student name and ID and a personalized list of books will appear. If you have any questions regarding your tuition and/or fees contact Leland McKinney at 713.219.5461.
Parent Education Presentation
During in-service, faculty members will examine the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition, and learn tools for creating a healthier school climate. Parents are invited to a related presentation by Challenge Success, The Well-Balanced Student. Join us 6 - 7:30 p.m., August 10 in the Auditorium. Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can interfere with healthy child development. When we are too focused on test scores, performance, and grades, we may deny kids the time and energy they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. This workshop offers parents research-based strategies to create healthier home and school environments. In this presentation, parents will learn:
- How students today are coping (or not) with the academic pressure they face
- Ways they can reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement or engagement in school
- Strategies to increase resilience, creativity, and well-being for their child
For more information, see http://www.challengesuccess.org.
The new parking lot construction is underway and we are adding 135 new spaces for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Sophomore students will be able to purchase any available spaces beginning mid-August. Additional information will be sent to sophomore students and parents once the construction is completed and the number of available spaces has been determined.
If you have changed your cell phone number or email address, please remember to login to AcademyConnection and go to Update My Profile to make the changes. It is important that we have accurate contact information for each parent in case of an emergency.
Class of 2016
Freeman Photographers is the official photographer for seniors. All seniors must be photographed by Sept. 1, if they want to appear in the yearbook. Sign up for a session at www.freemanphoto.com. Available times fill up quickly so make your appointment today. Direct any questions to Kathi Thompson. Click here for more information.
2015-2016 Performing Arts Events
St. Agnes Academy moved to an online ticketing system last year for performing arts events. For the 2015-2016 school year, the entire performing arts season is now available online for purchasing tickets, today! In addition, for those patrons purchasing tickets to three or more different events (not performances) and regardless of the number of seats, they will receive a 10% discount off their entire purchase. View the new season and purchase your tickets, today!
Save the Date – Gifts of Learning Breakfast
All parents are encouraged to attend this can’t-miss, upbeat, and inspiring morning filled with St. Agnes and Dominican spirit. This is our kick-off for the school year and the Academy Fund. We promise we will have you out the door in one hour. Invitations to follow the first week of school. Mark your calendars now for 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, at the Junior League of Houston. (Class of 2019 parents, your Mentor Parent will be contacting you to go as a group).
This week, Counselors' Corner looks at several important issues coming up. To read these articles in their entirety, visit Counselors' Corner.
- New Additions to the College Counseling and Academic Service Departments
- Class of 2016 Summer Reminders
Read the full articles at Counselors' Corner.
Everyone is invited to the Mothers' Club Welcome Coffee 8 a.m. Wednesday August 12 in the cafeteria. We will have a light breakfast and you will have a chance to sign up for volunteer opportunities for the school year and have a chance to win some great door prizes. Mark your calendars!
Mentor Parents Program
Parents of incoming ninth graders, if you weren’t able to attend your Home Room Summer Social in June, feel free to join in another home rooms social later this summer. We have a few remaining. Please RSVP to our hostesses to let them know you are coming.
And, as always, please don’t hesitate to contact your own Mentor Parent with ANY questions you have about those first few days of school. We’re waiting to hear from you!
Martha’s Kitchen Toiletry Drive
Please remember our toiletry drive during your summer travels. Any shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gels or soaps from hotel visits would be greatly appreciated. We will be collecting all items during the fall semester for Martha’s Kitchen.
We still need volunteers to chair Grandparents' Day and Junior Ring Ceremony for this school year. If you are interested please contact Michelle Juden.
Fish Week: Call for Volunteers
Welcome to all ninth graders! One of the early events for incoming students is Fish Week, the week after Labor Day. It’s a big sis/little sis bonding week in which the senior class welcomes the ninth graders. It’s a week of surprises and culminates with a match-up between big sis and little sis. We need parent volunteers to make it run smoothly. Please review the following opportunities and contact Belinda Schmidt at 713.417.1177 to let her know if you can volunteer. Please include email address, phone number and which shift (date/times) that work for you. Thanks in advance for your help. Contact Fish Week Chairs, Alicita Collins at 210.313.3420 or Belinda Schmidt with any questions.
- 7 - 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, senior basket check-in
- 7 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, senior basket check-in
- 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, lunch set up, serve, clean up
- 2:50 - 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, set up and decorate for breakfast
- 7 - 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, breakfast set up, serve, and clean up
The Mothers' Club would like to announce the following donations to St. Agnes Academy. We are excited to support these initiatives which will directly benefit both current and future Academy Women. Thank you again to the many volunteers who made this year a success for our club and our community!
- $6,000 to the Mothers' Club Scholarship Fund
- $2,000 to the Class of 2015 Senior Gift
- $2,000 to a campus beautification project
The St. Agnes Dads’ Club hopes you are having a relaxing summer! We look forward to a great school year with fun and rewarding activities with your daughter. We want to make you aware of a few dates for the big Dads’ Club activities to put on your calendar:
Date: Tuesday, August 18
Time: 6 p.m. for refreshments; meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Agnes Cafeteria
Please note, to accommodate schedules, our general meetings will be held on Tuesdays this year.
Dad/Daughter Bowling Tournament
Date: Sunday, August 30
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Palace Bowling Lanes, 4191 Bellaire Blvd
Father/Daughter Mass and Brunch
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. (pictures open at 8 a.m.)
Location: Westin Hotel Memorial City, 945 Gessner Rd.
There will be an opportunity to register for these events on AcademyConnection. We will let you know when this is available.
See you at the first meeting on Tuesday, August 18!
Athletic practices and camps are going strong on campus and at the complex getting ready for sports.
If your daughter is planning on playing a sport, please contact me to see how you can help with the Booster Club. We have a lot planned for next year and want you to be involved in making our Athletics program the best it can be!
Gina Sessums – Booster Club President
The Spirit Store is closed for the summer, but we are still taking online orders
! Get a head start on the school year today!