March 27, 2015
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March 27, 2015

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Helping with Homework
Homework pressure causes tension for teachers, parents, and students. Studies show that homework quality, rigor, and depth are more important than quantity, load, and breadth. As a school community, we are working to examine the purpose and effectiveness of assigned homework, and we know Academy women experience some trying evenings of intense workload. How can parents maintain a “hands off” approach to homework, while still supporting their daughters? Here are a few tips:

  1. Help create the right conditions for focused study
  2. Provide encouragement– be her cheerleader!
  3. Avoid overscheduling
  4. Discourage excessive screen time
  5. Teach her to self-advocate
  6. Listen when she vents
  7. Help her keep the big picture in mind
  8. Let her make mistakes and see the benefits of learning from them
  9. Encourage sleep
  10. Communicate and collaborate with the school

Looking for more resources? Check out Stanford’s and follow @chalsuccess on Twitter. Contact Rebecca Brady with questions.

New Sensor for the Traffic Light

After many phone calls, emails, and even personal meetings, the City has finally connected a new sensor pad for the light leaving the center gate. This pad is in the drive prior to the sidewalk with a white stripe going across. With this, you will need to stop prior to the sidewalk so that pedestrian traffic can cross in front of your vehicle. When the light changes, please proceed with caution as there are no cross walk signals for our drive. We thank you for your patience in this matter.

Algebra Review Summer Course
The Algebra Summer Review Course is a two-week course designed for students entering Algebra 2 in the fall of 2015. This refresher course focuses on important topics from first-year algebra so that students can start the upcoming year in math with confidence and a stronger foundation. Dates are June 1-12 and cost is $250.  Registration is online. For more information, contact your daughter’s current math teacher or Kathi Thompson.

Legacy Gala TOMORROW!
We hope to see you tomorrow night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston as we celebrate the Be Bold Legacy Gala. Check out all the fantastic items up for auction here.Get a jump on supporting the 2015 Be Bold Legacy Gala. Grab your friends and join us at some fantastic parties you will not want to miss throughout the year. Click here for more information and to secure your spaces today.

counselors' corner

This week, Counselors' Corner looks at several important issues coming up. To read these articles in their entirety, visit Counselors' Corner.

  • Junior Parent Reflection Sheet and Junior Student Reflection Part A
  • Tuesday Courage Camp
  • Senior Coffee with the Counselors: Senior Gift, Madonna Day and Graduation
  • College Admissions Case Studies: Strake Jesuit
  • Junior Coffee with the Counselors
  • Seniors and Wait List

Read the full articles at Counselors' Corner.

club news

Dads' Club

Upcoming Dads' Club events:

  • April 15. Powder Puff Football Cookout. The annual Powder Puff game is between this year's seniors and juniors at the East Campus Athletics Complex. We need dad volunteers to line judge, keep score, cook and serve free food and water to our daughters and guests. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and volunteer dads arrive at 3:30 p.m. If your daughter is playing or watching, please email Joe Berno if you wish to help.
  • May 4,  6 - 8 p.m. The next Dads’ Club meeting begins with a BBQ dinner in the SAA cafeteria, followed by the business meeting. At 7 p.m. Sr. Jane will deliver the keynote and we will welcome the incoming ninth grade and transfer dads and discuss next year’s activities. We look forward to seeing you.
  • May 24, 4 p.m. The end of the year is near and for our senior daughters their final chapter at St. Agnes is coming to a close. The Dads’ Club is looking for a few volunteers to be ushers at the graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Strake Jesuit competition gym. Details to come regarding volunteer sign-up. 

Thank you to all the dads who will lead the St. Agnes Dads' Club for the 2015-2016 school year.

• President – Joe Berno
• Treasurer – Michael Grant
• Hospitality Director – George Carson
• Education/Speaker Director – Dan Castaneda
• Communication Director – David Greely
• Social Director – Cisco Dowdell
• Service Director – Dennis Hoelscher
• 2nd VP – Vic Caso
• Event Ambassador (Father Daughter Brunch) – Rusty Stevens

We would also like to thank all those who attended last night's first ever March Madness Sweet Sixteen Dads' Night Out at Woodrow's. There were good times, great camaraderie and a wonderful atmosphere for college basketball.

Check out the Dads' Club webpage for the list of activities and join us for some fun. If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to a current Dads’ Club board member send us a note at

Booster Club

Join us for the next Booster Club meeting 6 p.m. April 20 in the temporary building behind the gym. We will be voting on new board members and getting new volunteers for next year. Please come hear our plans for next year!

Save the date for the final Booster Club meeting on May 6 off campus. All parents of athletes are invited to come have dinner ‘on the Booster Club’ as a thank you for the year of your support!

Save the date for the Spring Sports Banquet– May 20.

-Gina Sessums, Booster Club President

Did you see our new Columbia fishing shirts? Embroidered with "Saint Agnes Academy" on the upper left, these are great for outdoors! Available in the Spirit Store NOW in teal and tan
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