December Krause's Korner

Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are in full preparation for the coming Advent and Christmas. In keeping with our continued focus on Family, we will be sending home a book of prayers provided by the Knights of Columbus. The prayers are centered on mothers and intended as a gift to all of our MIS moms. I hope that some of these prayers can bring you peace and joy in the upcoming holiday season. 

On the 30th of November we completed a lock down (going forward this will be called a lock out) drill in conjunction with the Farmers Branch police. This was simply for practice for the students and was at our request. I wanted to make sure our staff knows the drill and that we could find any quirks in our procedures that need to be addressed. This was also an opportunity for the police to see what we do and to help us plan for any such instances. We hope and pray we will never use this information but it is best we have it. I hope you have taken the time to talk to your own students and help them understand the world around us.  This all leads back to my word for last year and society's lack of empathy for our fellow humans. Only through understanding can we be a better people. 

I hope you can take time this Christmas to appreciate time as a family. Enjoy each other’s company, have some fun, eat some good food and sing some carols! Together remember the time our Lord loved us so much that he sent his son to be one of us and sacrifice himself for our sins. Many of my best memories as a child are centered around Christmas time. Today as an adult, just being home with my family, especially with my own children, are the best moments of my year. Take the opportunity for quality time with your children along with your extended family. Life goes quickly so you must enjoy it while you can!  I pray you all have a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy new year!

God Bless,
Matthew Krause, Principal

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Papal Intentions for December 2017: The Elderly

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

December PTC Notes

I can hardly believe we are beginning the final month in 2017!  This year has flown by and I don’t see December slowing down at all! 

November was a very busy month. We kicked off the month with our first annual Family Game Night. It was a great evening of games, food and fellowship! The PTC is looking forward to making this an annual event. Our monthly service project was for St. Vincent de Paul’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your generosity and care for others is amazing. The MID’s put on a great 4 on 4 event this year. This event shows our Mustangs competitive spirit as well as comradery. We wrapped up November with a thankful heart. All of the Thanksgiving feasts that were enjoyed by our students, Teachers and families focused on the many blessings we each have in our lives. Many thanks to the many hands that organized these activities this month!

Now that November has come to an end we now transition into the season of Advent.  As we each are awaiting the onset of Christmas parties, Christmas Break, and time with family and friends let us all take a moment to remember the true meaning of this season — the awaiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus. 

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and leave you with one of my favorite prayers for the Christmas season:

“May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Magi, and the peace of the Christ child.”

Blessings,
Kristin Rogers, PTC President

December Auction News

Heart of Gold Auction 2018: Vegas, Mustangs are All In!

The countdown to auction is on! There are three months until the Heart of Gold Auction 2018 on February 24th and they are going to fly by!

The night is coming together in true Vegas form. Dress to impress for your photo at the Step and Repeat and have a keepsake from the night of you and your honey! Elvis will be performing, before “Signature Band” takes the stage for everyone to dance the night away! We will have a small casino event of Texas Hold Em for those who like cards. If dice is your game, there will be a dice game with a Grand Prize of $10,000!!! Keep an eye out in January for more details on these events to come via Facebook and the Mustang Email.

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There are many ways to participate in the auction before the big night. Our Silent Auction Chair, Karen Thomas, has sent out a Sign Up for Gift Gathering. Please take a look at it and save the dates for the new, adult only, Gift Gathering Parties. January 19th (K-2nd) will be hosted by Eric and Adele Verdiguel, January 20th (6-8th) will be hosted by Mauricio and Elisa Ortiz-Segura, and January 27th (3-5th) will be hosted by Steve and Erin Blair, all set to begin at 7PM. Watch for your invite to these fun Gift Gathering Parties, they will set the auction season off!

Our Live Auction Chair, Julie Fredericksen, is working hard to put together some great packages to bid on the night of the auction. She has a wish list for donations to help make these packages great! If you have a way to contribute, please reach out to her and let her know.

The Underwriting Co-Chairs, Michelle Alonzo and Elisa Ortiz-Segura, have also been working to develop underwriters for the night of the auction. They will be sending out correspondence via Kid Mail, the school website, and Facebook. If you have an interest in contributing to underwriting, please reach out to either one of them for assistance with the right package for you or your business.

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The auction committee is excited to announce Rudy and Carolyn Tovar for this year’s Honorary Chairs! They have two decades of service and activity at Mary Immaculate church and school, and we are honored to have them as Alumni Parents. When you see them, please thank them for their continued support of MIS!

The Heart of Gold Auction 2018 would like to thank the parents of Mary Immaculate for its continued support of our precious school and children. This night promises to be full of fun, excitement, and non-stop activity! Come prepared to dance, gamble, and remember, Bid high and Bid often!

We are looking forward to seeing you all, on February 24th, 2018!

Jenny Long Auction Chair 2018

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November Krause's Korner

Our standardized testing for the year is complete, and this month you will be receiving scores for your students.  The Iowa Assessments for achievement testing shows what knowledge has been gained in the previous year and the COGAT for ability testing shows what the student can be capable of by measuring reasoning.  We use testing as a tool to help us understand your child better, as well to find areas for improvement within our own programs.  Below is my usual explanation of testing:

Why we test and what it is used for:

The teachers and staff use the test to evaluate where both individual students and the school need help or where both are succeeding. 

Students cannot pass or fail the Iowa test, nor are the results used to assign any academic marks.  Testing may be used for Decats or Duke Tip nominations, and high school selection.

Teachers utilize the information from their classes to look for areas we can work on.  By taking this test in the fall, teachers can use this information with the class they have now and thus improve overall education.

How to read scores:

Percentile rank is the score that shows where a student stands in comparison to others who took the same test this year.  It compares the scores and ranks students according to where their score lies on a 99-point scale.  50th percentile is the average score for this test.

Stanines show where a student’s score is on a Bell Curve when the curve is divided into 9 equal parts. The following can help interpret the stanines:   1-3 = Below Average Nationally;  4-6 = Average Nationally;  7-9 = Above Average Nationally  

With the Holidays just around the corner, we are entering a season when my word for the year may hold a bit more meaning.  Family is incredibly important to many during these months and I hope you can all spend time as a family just being together and enjoying the gift of each other.  With Thanksgiving coming we are reminded that a meal with our own family can be one of the best moments of our year…and I would remind you that you can do this every day with your own children.  In fact, I highly recommend it as a way to not only catch up at the end of the day, but to also be able to share what is important to you so that your children know you better. May you all have a blessed and fun Thanksgiving!

 God Bless,
Matthew Krause, Principal

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The Pope’s Prayer Intention for November 2017

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

November PTC Notes

The PTC board has remained hard at work this October, a month full of events and services that the PTC has lead and supported.

Our Room Parents and Volunteer Services Committee worked hard leading up to and through the Mary Immaculate Fall Festival, and are very thankful to all the families that participated. We had so many families help set up, donate, bake, participate and clean up. This wonderful festival benefits both Mary Immaculate Church and our school. It was great seeing so many families enjoying themselves during the Friday night preview and then again Saturday. We know how busy everyone is with academic, club and sporting events, and our entire MIS/MIC community is so grateful for your dedication and support.

Speaking of dedication and support, we must once again thank you for your generous offerings and support of helping our brothers and sisters in South Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. You all have truly changed lives and instilled hope. We received a very thankful letter from the Corpus Christi Catholic Schools office. Your donations, prayers and support have made a huge impact in getting their schools and the lives of their students back to normal. Our Spiritual Enrichment Committee has done a phenomenal job identifying service projects that make a difference in the lives of those receiving and those giving.

Thank you to the Community Enrichment Committee for organizing the MIS Chick Fil A day on Thursday October 26th. It is always great to get our families together for fun and fellowship. We are looking forward to their next event on November 5th with the Family Game night. We hope to see you all in the Parish Hall for more MIS Family fun!

The Pep Rally on Friday the 13th was electric! It was also great to finally see the championship banners unveiled for 6th grade boys D-2 basketball, 5th grade JV and D1 Varsity boys baseball, Varsity boys Rec Singles in Tennis, and JV Girls and All Around Swimming champions. Way to go Mustangs!

The Auction team has been working non-stop and the anticipation for the 2018 Heart of Gold Auction is definitely high! They have a “must not miss” auction night planned, so make sure February 24th is circled on your calendar! Our Auction Chair, Jenny Long, and her team will be unveiling a new auction website in November with details on how to be an Auction sponsor, donate, purchase tickets, reserve hotel rooms and many other details.

As always, thank you to all of our Mustang Volunteers!

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer” – James Doolittle

Blessings Mustang Family!
Kristin Rogers, PTC President

October Krause's Korner

Well, it doesn’t really feel much like fall yet, but the calendar says it is here…and that means the Fall Festival is coming! This is a fun opportunity for community building within the church and school. Our drill teams will perform, as will several of our students in other capacities. There will be inflatable rides, games, great food and a lot of fellowship. I hope to see you all on Saturday the 7th of October.

Thank you to all of our MIS families (Alonzo, Verdiguel, Zang, Gasper, Hoffman-Hernandez, McIntyre, Kratovil, Ortiz-Spencer, Hyams, Galindo, Ruiz-Alvarez) who promoted MIS at MIC Masses the Sunday prior to our Prospective Family Open House. Many of these parent ambassadors stepped outside of their comfort zones to share their personal story of why they chose MIS for their children and why our school family keeps them coming back.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the North Texas Giving Day as well as donating to help the students of Catholic schools in Corpus Christi, particularly True Cross Catholic School! What an amazing group of people we have that would give so willingly to help our fellow Catholics and the young people who attend those schools. You again showed how strong we are as a community and how much we are eager to help when called. This blends in very well with my theme for the year of Family. We are one family of faith and of human kind. Helping each other is where we show that support and how we can be good to each other. In this time of divisiveness on all sides we can be a pillar of kindness and caring that shows the negative influences that we will not be dragged down and we will do what we can to help. What’s more this is a great example for our children to see and to understand that we are stronger as a community and that our differences make us stronger.

Let’s get out and support our Mustangs!

God Bless,
Matthew Krause

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The Pope’s Prayer Intention for October 2017:

Workers and the Unemployed

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

 

October PTC Notes

On behalf of the PTC Board, I would like to thank all of you who have participated and volunteered in the many PTC organized events this year – and we are only just wrapping up September!   We are so blessed to have such a strong Mustang Family and your participation and support are unmatched. 

We are in our fourth year using the MIS PTC online directory, MySchoolAnywhere.  We have approximately 600 parents who are accessing it regularly. This directory is administered by the PTC as we pay an annual license fee. (This is separate from RenWeb which is maintained by MIS administration). Julie Frederickson, PTC Vice President, has done a phenomenal job this year updating and cleaning up our directory, allowing us to focus more on utilizing the MSA directory’s volunteer sign-ups feature.  The PTC board and room parents use this as their main form of communication for classroom events and event sign ups.  It also allows event coordinators the ability to track and monitor the events plus send out reminder emails. For families who have multiple students and in various grades, it is a great way to view all your MIS volunteer signups in one system. You can print a list of your child’s classmates by grade and you can add families to your favorites list for quick reference.  If you are not currently using MSA or have questions on access or use please contact Julie Frederickson for assistance. 

A BIG thank you to our Volunteer of the Month, Jacob Riney.  Jacob has been instrumental in managing the Junior High Wing renovation project.  He has given an abundant amount of time, expertise and sweat!  Thank you so much Jacob!

Thank you to Nolia Norra and Angie Borino our Spiritual Enrichment Chair and Co-Chair for all their work in celebrating Mary’s birthday – this is always such a beautiful celebration.  They have also been working diligently on raising awareness, funds, and goods for the many recent tragedies that have occurred here in Texas, Florida, Mexico and now Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  We have many in our MIS Family who have been impacted by these events and I am so proud, although not at all surprised, by the generous response.

Save time for the Mary Immaculate Fall Festival on October 6-7th.  This is a wonderful event full of fun and community building for the whole family! Click here for more information: https://www.maryimmaculatechurch.org/fall-festival

As always, thank you to the countless volunteers who support the PTC, children, teachers and staff.  Our community is so strong because of each of you giving so selfless of your time and talents.

“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!”

Blessings Mustang Family!

Kristin Rogers, PTC President

September Krause's Korner

To our new families, welcome to Mary Immaculate! And to our returning families welcome back!

We are prepared for another great year at MIS! We’ve already been in school for a few weeks and everyone seems to be back in the swing. I have enjoyed meeting the new students and parents and I know the teachers have as well, particularly at Great Expectations. I hope all of your students are feeling settled, made new friends and become reacquainted with old ones. It’s going to be a great year!

My theme this year is Family as we have been discussing. With that them I include your immediate family, of course, but also our Family in Christ as Catholics and as human beings. My belief is that if we begin to see each other as brothers and sisters, we begin to treat each other with more kindness and increase our empathy for our fellow people.

Last year I focused on empathy and saw changes in our student body in the way we treated each other, so I want to continue that this year and improve on it. As I told the students last year, we can make this world better by starting small and local, then it can grow beyond to help all people, not just our fellow Mustangs.

A prime example of this is the way we respond to Hurricane Harvey. We have started with our small fundraiser and I have been blown away by the response. Every cent we give will help with the diocese of Corpus Christi as they rebuild after the hurricane. I am sure we will be asked to help in other ways as well so please keep an eye out for any announcements from MIS or the diocese.

Let’s have a great year!
God Bless,
Matthew Krause, Principal

Papal Intention for the Month of September:
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

September PTC Notes

On behalf of the Mary Immaculate School PTC: Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Even though summer always goes by too quickly, we are very excited to be back with our MIS family!

As Mr. Krause talked about at Great Expectations, the word for this school year is Family. I want to emphasize the significance that our MIS family has in volunteering in various capacities for the betterment of our school. This does not only include the PTC volunteers but all MIS volunteers. Your efforts result in lower tuition costs for all students and help facilitate communication and coordination between teachers, staff, parents, and the Parish. Your actions truly matter in the life of our school family. One of my favorite quotes is: “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” We are truly blessed here at MIS with all of our Volunteers. Your “roll-up your sleeves” mentality is like none other and our children, teachers, administrators and school are for the better. 

It is my great privilege to tell you of the great things purchased for our students over the summer with the help of the PTC’s Wish List. At the end of each school year, a request is sent to MIS parents and teachers asking for suggestions on items or repairs needed for our school. Once the list is compiled, a committee of parents, teachers and administration prioritizes the list as to what will be purchased and the order in which it will be purchased. Between $17,000 to $20,000 is spent annually to cover these Wish List items that would generally not be covered by the school’s operating budget.

The Wish List items purchased with funds earned from the 2016-17 PTC activities include:
-    Algebra Tiles (class set)
-    Carpet for KA, KB, KC
-    Student chairs for 3B
-    Bulletin Boards for 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B (2 for each classroom)
-    Bulletin Board for Spanish grades 4-8
-    Stools (2) for the Drama Department
-    Teachers’ Desks for 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B
-    White Boards for 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B (2 for each classroom)
-    White Board for Spanish grades 4-8

Thanks to directed donations from some of our MIS families and staff, several items on the Wish List were purchased outside of the Wish List budget. These itms include:
-    Projection System in gym
-    Steamer for the Drama Department
-    Tennis balls for students’ desks and chairs
-    Door mat for the front entry (on order)

A few more items requested on the Wish List were purchased using MIS funds:
-    music stands for the Music Department
-    Scientific Calculators for Algebra(30)
-    Teacher’s Sets of Math Flash Cards for grades 1-3
-    Novels for Spanish (2 sets)
-    White Boards repaired

With the remaining funds, we are researching the possibility of replacing the tire pieces on the playground. Thank you to all who supported the PTC activities last year!

The PTC board welcomes you to join in our meetings which are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the MIC conference room. The Mary Immaculate PTC provides a forum for parents to participate directly with the school. That participation helps to positively impact our children’s educational and spiritual experiences. Whether you have a lot or a little time, all of your creative ideas, your time and your talents are wanted and needed. There are countless opportunities for you to help and to get involved. The more involved you are, the more you and your family benefit from this rich experience at Mary Immaculate.

Go Mustangs!
Kristin Rogers, PTC President