October 4, 2017 | Cougar Connection


JDRF Walk A Success!


On Sunday, October 1, the Lower and Middle School joined together to participate in the JDRF One Walk at Lovers Point. Inspired by compelling stories shared by Catalina alumnae and friends just weeks before the panel discussion, the LMS cougars demonstrated tremendous support. Teachers, students, and parents made generous online donations on the "Cougars Care" team, and others brought in donations to the classrooms and Lower and Middle School office. 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 the month, 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!


Follow us on social media!

Want a special glimpse into the day-to-day life of a Santa Catalina Cougar? Follow us for photos, videos, news, and more. And don't forget to "like" and share what you love!



Giving News

Annual Fund Officially Underway

This year's Santa Catalina Fund is officially underway!


One Word. It's simple. Often, one word can tell a story. Share one word that describes what Santa Catalina School means to you.

One Gift. It's simple. Make one gift to the Santa Catalina Fund in honor of what Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School means to you. Just one gift can make a difference and give our students the chance to write their own Santa Catalina story.


We hope to reach 100 percent parent participation by the conclusion of the Santa Catalina Fund on Friday, November 10, 2017. Last year, Lower and Middle School had eight classes reach 100 percent parent participation. With your gift, we can reach a perfect 10!


Don't forget, the first class to reach 100 percent participation receives free dress for one week. Thank you for your kind support!

Annual Benefit Celebration

The Benefit Celebration Committee is excited to announce this year's event will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The planning has begun, and all parents are encouraged to come together to build community spirit and help plan a fabulous event that all will enjoy. Our focus this year will be "community conservation," inspired by our many student and school-driven initiatives.


We highly encourage and humbly ask for parent volunteers to help us in our efforts by serving on various committees. The Benefit Celebration kickoff meeting is on Tuesday, October 10, at 8:00 a.m. in the Upper School Dining Room. No one will be turned away—there is a job for everyone!


We understand that not everyone can commit to volunteering on a committee. In this case, please consider offering any potential contacts or items for our live, silent, and fine wine auctions. Creative and fun ideas for hosted Count-Me-In parties are most welcome and highly encouraged as well.


Please contact Sabrina Taylor, Benefit Celebration co-chair, at 831.332.4971 or if you have any questions.

Important Dates

Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 11. No school for grades 6-8. Regular day for PreK–Grade 5.


Grade 4 Bake Sale

The fourth-grade class is having a bake sale on Friday, October 13, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The students are raising money for their annual trip to Gold Country. Delicious sweets and treats will be for sale. Please come and join us for this fun-filled event.


Compass Sorting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 17. Compass Sorting is at 11:00 a.m. in the E.L. Weigand Amphitheatre.


Also in October …

Wednesday - October 4, 2017
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
St. Francis Garden
Friday - October 6, 2017
Tuesday - October 10, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday - October 13, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Wednesday - October 25, 2017
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday - October 27, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Assembly Room
Tuesday - October 31, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Lower Field

Photo of the Week


Grade 8 students went to Mount Hermon during the Middle School Activity Day on September 13. See more photos from the Middle School's adventures.


Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940