Tiger Tracks 11/18/2011

Academy News

Last Chance: Don't miss your last opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of the Double Triple Trio as they perform at the Texas Renaissance Festival Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20. The group consists of the St. Agnes Triple Trio and the Strake Jesuit Triple Trio. The festival is held from 9 a.m. to dusk in Plantersville. For more information, visit

Sr. Jane on TV: Check out Head of School Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. on HCC TV at 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Tuesday on "Dialogue Houston" discussing the Connecting Communities project with Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. You can find HCC TV on Comcast channel 19 and AT&T UVerse channel 99.

Got water bottles?: Ms. Vincent is collecting used and clean water bottles for a compost pile competition. Please donate your water bottles to her by taking them to Room S201.

Mark "The Messiah" on your holiday calendar: Don't miss SAA/SJ Mixed Chorus' 23rd presentation of Handel's "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at the Parsley Center at Strake Jesuit. The concert begins with the choir singing some traditional and non-traditional holiday pieces, followed by "The Messiah." A highlight of the evening is an invitation to SAA/SJ choir alumni to join in the singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus." The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from choir members or during designated times at SAA/SJ locations the week of the performance. Tickets will also be sold at the door and are dependent on availability. For ticket information, contact

Spring Break Trip to Paris and Madrid: Open to all St. Agnes students and family members - we still have a few openings, so consider giving your daughter this great trip as a Christmas present. In Spain we will visit Madrid, take the AVE to Córdoba, and ride our private motor coach to Granada and Malaga. We will then fly to Paris and spend three days discovering its treasures with our courier. Our trip ends with a special treat - dinner at the Eiffel Tower. If you are planning on coming you need to bring Marie Moore a $400 deposit check made out to TSA Tours ASAP. TSA needs to know exactly how many people are coming in order to book our direct flights via Continental. We depart on Friday, March 9 and return on Saturday, March 17. Please contact Marie Moore or Marcia Clark for more information/electronic brochure at: or

Start the Christmas season with the gift of music!: The Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Academy Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra and Symphonic Band will present "Traditions of Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Parsley Center. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Children under 12 are free. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the spirit store for $8.

Attention band and orchestra parents: Our next Booster Club meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Band Hall. It will be our last meeting before our Christmas concert.

Note to parents: Psssst! Parents, you will be receiving a very special Mothers' Club letter soon about a special collection for some very deserving recipients. Please let Colette Potts know if you have any questions either by phone 281-492-7811 or via e-mail at Thank you in advance for your participation! Remember, mum's the word!

Senior Yearbook ad: It is her last year of high school, show her how proud she has made you. Contact Ms. Thompson at 713-219-5506 or at to purchase an ad in the 2012 edition of the SAA yearbook, Veritas. Click here for more details. Space is limited so be sure to contact us early, we will be on a first come basis. ALL ARTWORK AND MONEY DUE 12/1/11.

Summer Odyssey - Enjoy Two Weeks Touring Italy!: Enjoy your summer dream tour of Italy with SAA parents, teachers, and students departing May 31, 2012. Stay in great hotels located in the historical city centers and explore the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, Villa Borghese, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Orvieto, Siena, the Cathedral of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Davanzati, Assisi, and Frascati. There are far too many sites included in our itinerary to list but no quick "drive bys." We value a slower travel pace, allowing our participants the opportunity to soak up the culture, explore, and enjoy. Tours are scheduled creatively, such as a private Vatican tour at night and afternoon tours of the Uffizi and the Accademia when the crowds have thinned. Expert guides combined with experienced tour leader and SAA's art history teacher (Laura Costa) will enrich your visit to each site. For brochures or more information, please contact Laura Costa.

Counselors' Corner

The Counseling Office has important information for our parents this week about - College Tour; Sophomore Parent Information Night; Duke TIP and SAT registration; SAT/ACT news; news for senior parents; and holiday reflections. Please click here.

Dads' Club

It's time to "Deck the Halls" at St. Agnes Academy! The Dads' Club together with the Moms' Club will be decorating SAA for the holidays. Please join us in the Rotunda at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. Snacks will be provided! Last year, with all the help, we were finished in record time! Bring a friend or two. The more, the merrier!

The next Dad's Club meeting will be a casual holiday mixer 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Yao Restaurant & Bar, 9755 Westheimer at Gessner. Come and meet us in the bar and please invite a dad who has not been able to attend past meetings. It's a great chance to see old friends, network and kick-off the holiday season. (P.S. drinks will be dutch treat). We hope to see you all there!

-Richard Becker, Dads' Club president

Mothers' Club

We hope that you will be able to help us decorate for Christmas! At 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 the Dads' Club will be assisting us with this; if you have any questions contact Colette Potts at

Mark your calendars: We will be assembling care packages to distribute at Martha's Kitchen at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Please keep those small toiletry items coming....if you have any questions, please contact Debbie Sohmer at

The Mothers' Club wishes you a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

-Nancy Loncarich, Mothers' Club President

Athletics & Booster Club

The basketball winning streak continues as the varsity squad beat Lamar High School this week. Plan to attend their Pigtails and Pink Game Monday. All game proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. The swimming and diving teams continue to win and their next competition is the Redskin Relays on Nov. 22. Our soccer team is also on a winning streak beating Beaumont Kelly High School 2-0. They take on the Louis School on Nov. 19.

We wish all of our teams safe travels over Thanksgiving and look forward to continued success. Lastly, do not forget the Fall Sports Banquet on Nov. 30. This is the last reminder for this event, so please mark your calendars.

Therese Whaley, Booster Club President
home 713-789-2259
cell 713-254-9000

Spirit Store

Upcoming events: The Spirit Store will be open on Monday, Nov. 21 for Grandparents' Day as well as for the afternoon "Pigtails & Pink" basketball game against HCYA. The holidays are approaching and the Spirit Store is offering a variety of prepackaged holiday gift ideas, in addition to our individually priced inventory items. Please stop in to visit and view our merchandise!

The Spirit Store now carries St. Agnes stadium cushions just in time for basketball season as well as our traditional stadium seats, and a variety of sweatshirts, fleeces jackets and T-shirts. Please note our new sterling silver veritas charm, which is perfect for either a necklace or bracelet and which can be purchased either as a charm or with a 16" sterling silver box chain. This makes a stunning gift set for alumnae, grandparents, parents, or students for Christmas, birthdays and graduation.

The Spirit Store routinely carries AC adapter power cords and stylus pens for all student tablets.

**Please excuse our mess! The Online Spirit Store is currently under reconstruction. Please be patient as we update photos of all our current merchandise.

Store Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During Store Hours, contact Marina Cernoch at 713-219-5486
After Store Hours, contact Leland McKinney at 713-219-5461
Online Spirit Store

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