Parents

A successful education arises from a partnership among students, parents, and faculty. We find that frequent, open, and honest communication is in everyone’s best interest.

At all grade levels, teachers schedule conferences to discuss each child’s progress. In addition, there are many ways to become involved in daily life at school that will both enlighten your understanding of your child’s development and enrich their school experience. You can volunteer to assist classroom teachers, chaperone field trips, attend community service projects, or help with any number of our annual events, such as benefit luncheons, art shows, and Carnival.

One simple way to become an active participant is through the Parents Association, an organization of Upper and Lower School parents who support a variety of programs. All Santa Catalina parents are members. We encourage you to look into it, as this is a great opportunity to play an active role in your child’s once-in-a-lifetime Santa Catalina experience and create enduring friendships with other members of our school community.

Santa Catalina Parent Portal
Update contact information, access the Family Directory, and view report cards for grades 6–8. Parents will need their unique usernames and passwords to log in.


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How do I leave a message for my child?

To leave a message for your child, call the Lower School office at 831.655.9324.

How do I leave a message for a teacher?

To leave a message for a teacher, call 831.655.9324, or send an email directly to the teacher.

Where can I find Middle School homework?

You can view homework and testing calendars through the Parent Portal.

Where can I find information about purchasing a used uniform?

For used uniforms, call Maureen Richards at 831.624.5540 or 831.320.7510.

How do I get a copy of the sports schedule?

The Grade 6–Grade 8 Athletics Schedule lists game times and places.

You can also visit our team pages for schedules for each individual sport.

How can I find information about volunteer opportunities?

Annual Benefit Celebration—March 9, 2019
A tradition at Santa Catalina, the Annual Benefit Celebration brings the school community together for an enjoyable evening to benefit school. The evening includes wine tasting, dinner, and silent and live auctions. The benefit is made possible through the efforts of Lower, Middle, and Upper School parents, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time on a variety of committees. Decorations, solicitations, and advertising are just a few of the areas in which you might offer your talents and participation in a fundraising event that makes a significant contribution to school.

Art Angels—September 2018 & May 2019
Lower and Middle School students create works of art in a wide array of media throughout the year. Their best efforts are showcased by art teacher Susan Smith and made possible with the help of many parents who assist her in preparing and displaying the artwork.

Carnival—April & May 2019
Children and parents alike look forward to the Carnival as a family day of fun that benefits the Lower and Middle School. Volunteers help with Carnival fundraising activities that include a benefit drawing, class booths, T-shirt/sweatshirt sales, food booths, rides, and more. Serving on a Carnival committee is a great way to meet other parents while enhancing your child's experience at school. 

Community Service Projects—Monthly
The entire Lower and Middle School participates in one community service project each month. Parent volunteers play a vital role in this branch of the children's education. Parents can help each class coordinate and execute the community service project undertaken by the student body. 

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon—March 2019
Lower, Middle, and Upper School parents join together to honor the dedicated faculty and staff of Santa Catalina at a luncheon in March. The parents plan the menu and decorations for this event held in the Upper School dining room. A great number of parents are needed to help set up, bring delicious food, and serve our faculty and staff.

Faculty Meeting Refreshments—Monthly
Lower and Middle School faculty meet once a month. Parent volunteers provide much appreciated refreshments for these faculty meetings. 

Pumpkin Olympics—October 2018
A fun and healthy celebration of the Halloween holiday is the Pumpkin Olympics for grades 1-8. Relay races of all sorts get everyone out on the field, including parent volunteers who join faculty and staff to help organize and cheer on the teams.

Santa Catalina Fund Committee—August-November 2018
The Santa Catalina Fund Committee is an invaluable component of the school's Annual Fund drive. The committee consists of parent volunteers from each grade who serve as liaison between the Development Office and other parents to help communicate the purposes served by the Santa Catalina Fund, to encourage participation, and to help acknowledge our supporters throughout the year.

How do I get to Santa Catalina?

From the Monterey Airport

  • Turn right on Garden Road (1.4 miles)
  • Turn left on Mark Thomas Drive (489 feet)
  • Turn left into driveway marked by red tile "Santa Catalina School" sign

From the North

  • Travel on Highway 101 South
  • Take exit 336 for Monterey Peninsula/CA-156 West (6 miles)
  • Merge onto Highway 1 South (12.1 miles)
  • Take exit 402A Casa Verde Way (0.2 mile)
  • Turn left on Casa Verde Avenue (sign for North Fremont Street) (0.3 mile)
  • Turn right at Fairgrounds Road (0.2 mile)
  • Continue on Mark Thomas Drive (489 feet)
  • Turn left into driveway marked by red tile "Santa Catalina School" sign

From the East (Salinas)

  • Travel on Highway 101 North
  • Take the Peninsula/Monterey exit in Salinas (0.2 mile)
  • Turn right on Sanborn Road (0.8 mile)
  • Continue on East Blanco Road (1.6 miles)
  • Turn left at CA-68/South Main Street (14.2 miles)
  • Turn right on Olmsted Road (0.1 mile)
  • Turn left on Garden Road (1.4 miles)
  • Turn left at Mark Thomas Drive (489 feet)
  • Turn left into driveway marked by red tile "Santa Catalina School" sign

From the South (Carmel)

  • Travel on Highway 1 North
  • Take exit 401A Aguajito Road (0.2 mile)
  • Merge forward onto Mark Thomas Drive (0.7 mile)
  • Turn right into driveway marked by red tile "Santa Catalina School" sign
Once on Campus
  • Pass through main gate
  • There is an 'Admission Office Visitor' parking spot at the top of the parking lot on your right (that runs parallel to the road)
  • Opposite the parking area is a red brick staircase
  • At the top of the stairs, the first door on the left is the Lower School office


Resources and Information

Textbook information

You may order new or used textbooks for grades 6, 7, and 8 through MBS Direct. Please follow instructions below to purchase:

  1. Visit http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/santacatalina.htm and click on "Let's Get Started."
  2. Under "School or Department," select Middle School.
  3. Select the courses in which your student is enrolled.
  4. Select new or used and make the purchase.

MBS Direct benefits include:

  • A guaranteed buyback program
  • Used books up to 25 percent off the price of a new book price
  • 24-hour shipping policy
  • Online buyback program available from July 1–19
  • Free UPS ground shipping on orders over $99 from July 7–20

If you have any questions, please contact the MBS Direct customer service team at 800.325.3252 or VB@mbsbooks.com.

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    Main Office
    831.655.9324

    Absences
    PreK: 831.655.9363
    K: 831.655.9371
    Grades 1-8: 831.655.9324

    School Nurse
    831.655.9347
    M-F, 7:55 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

    Billing
    Debbie Montes
    831.655.9314
    M-F, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Tuition Assistance
    Janet Luksik
    831.655.9382

    Bookstore
    831.655.9376

    Hours:
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, Thursday
    12:00–4:00 p.m.