September 13, 2017 | Cougar Connection

Room to Grow

Room to Grow


In a bright and airy classroom, Grade 1 students work on math problems at trapezoidal desks that have been arranged in circles. Next door, Grade 2 students are spread throughout the room, putting together puzzles in one corner, reading together in another, or at their desks observing mealworms for a science project. In Grade 3, students work on laptops arrayed in front of a row of tall windows overlooking the playground.


These are the scenes of young Cougars who have settled in quite nicely to their newly renovated classrooms. Read more



School News

PreK Project of Passion

Every year, the PreK's "Project of Passion" benefits the SPCA for Monterey County. We are asking all Cougar families to help us collect aluminum cans, plastic bottles, old towels, and blankets now and throughout the school year. The SPCA recycles the cans and bottles, and the money is used to help offset the veterinary costs of sick and injured animals. The blankets and towels are used to help keep our furry friends cozy in their kennels until they are adopted. Please bring your donations to the PreK classroom at any time.


At the end of September, the class will deliver the items collected to date and take a tour of the SPCA's beautiful facilities. Thank you for helping us help the SPCA!


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´╗┐JDRF One Walk

Once again, our caring Cougars will support juvenile diabetes research by coming together on Sunday, October 1, for the JDRF One Walk at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove.


To kick off this service project, we will have a panel discussion on September 22 in both the Lower and Middle School assemblies. Read more

Giving News

Santa Catalina FUNd Facts


This year's Santa Catalina Fund kicks off on Monday, October 2! Did you know:


  • Last year, eight Lower and Middle School classes reached 100 percent parent participation in the Santa Catalina Fund? With your gift, we can get a perfect 10 this year!
  • Making your pledge during the six-week Santa Catalina Fund means your gifts can begin working for our students earlier in the school year. Pledge now!
  • Last year, nearly 71 percent of gifts made to the Santa Catalina Fund were less than $500. These gifts accounted for almost $129,000.

Share One Word. Make One Gift. Often one word can tell a story. When you share your word and make your gift to the Santa Catalina Fund, your thoughtful participation has a direct and immediate impact on our students and faculty and makes a difference school-wide.


Thank you for your kind support!

Lobster Fest

4:00–7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14


Join friends and guests on the beautiful grounds of Santa Catalina School while Cajun Coastal Catering rolls out a feast from the Bayou. All proceeds benefit Catalina's tuition assistance and co-curricular programs.

Outside Opportunities

Orchestra in the Schools 

This after-school youth orchestra is starting September 12. Check out this flyer for more information.

Important Dates

Picture Day 
Individual school pictures: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 19

Class pictures: 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 20


Read our previous newsletter for a reminder of what to wear. 

PreK–Grade 5 Back to School Night

6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, in the Assembly Room

The children are so excited to show you their classrooms! Please drop off your children in their classrooms before joining us in the Assembly Room.


Grade 8 High School Admission Information Night

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, in the Assembly Room

As you know, the admission process for high school will begin soon. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this important meeting. This meeting is geared toward parents; students are not required to attend. A personal packet will be available for each of you.


Also coming up...

Wednesday - September 13, 2017
All day
Thursday - September 14, 2017
Friday - September 15, 2017
Monday - September 18, 2017
Wednesday - September 27, 2017
8:50 AM - 12:15 PM
Sunday - October 1, 2017
9:00 AM
Lovers Point, Pacific Grove
Tuesday - October 3, 2017
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Wednesday - October 4, 2017
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
St. Francis Garden

Photo of the Week

Stone Tools

Sixth-graders make stone tools in Mr. Ross' history class.


Santa Catalina School

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