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  • Preschool 4 -8th Grade

Band (4-8)

2019 – 2020 Important Dates 

Beginner Band: Monday & Wednesday mornings 7:00 – 7:45

Concert Band (Intermediate/Advanced Band): Tuesday & Thursday mornings 7:00 – 7:45 

  • Band Demonstration for all 4th & 5th grade students (Assembly): Wednesday, August 21, 8:15 AM
  • Classroom Visits for all 4th & 5th grade (5 minutes in each classroom): Friday, August 23, 9:15 AM (after Mass)
  • Band Parent Meeting: Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 PM
  • First Day of Band: Monday, September 9
  • Christmas Concert: Wednesday, December 11, 8:15 AM
  • Band Resumes: Wednesday, January 8
  • Spring Concert: Wednesday, May 13, 8:15 AM
  • Final Day of Band: Wednesday, May 13

Ken Utz – Music Learning Band
3021 Ridge Road  Suite #176
Rockwall, TX 75032
972.499.0831 ext. 112

Book Club (2-8)

Book clubs provide an enjoyable and easy way for your child to develop many literacy skills. Students will learn new vocabulary words and gain exposure to new ideas and concepts.

Students in grades 2-5 will through discussion develop a deeper understanding of books, consider others’ perspectives, and practice analyzing, making predictions, and solving problems. They may also participate in the First Annual Book Bowl in May.

Middle school members meet monthly as a group in the library during lunch/recess to discuss some of the best Young Adult books in the SMS library. Benefits include fostering a sense of community, intellectual stimulation, “meeting” book characters they can relate to or learning about those who have very different life experiences, come from other cultures, or were born during a significant time in history.

Students in second through eighth grades have the option to join their peers once per month for a parent-led discussion about a book provided by the St. Monica Library.

Where: St. Monica School Library Meeting Room
When: Once per month (Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr) during students’ regularly scheduled lunch/recess; specific dates forthcoming
Who: Any SMS student in 2nd through 8th grade
What will it cost: Free! (books provided by SMS Library)
Questions? Contact Lisa Keelan, Library Manager, at lkeelan@stmonicaschool.org
Download form for grades 2-5 [click here] or 6-8 [click here]

Boy Scouts Troop 412

Boy Scouts integrates school and church to teach boys respect for God, family, community, country and self.

For details, please contact:

Leslie Cooke
(214) 564-7895


Chess Club (K-8)

St. Monica School is excited to begin registration for this year’s chess program for the Fall 2019. The Knight School will be leading St. Monica’s chess team this year. Our SMS students will be learning the royal game and enjoying themselves! 

  • Where: St. Monica School Art Room (Dorsey), Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Who: Any child K to 8th grade
  • Rate: $90 per month
    Click Here to Register


Choir (2-8) Pride, Select, Bearcat & Honor

St. Monica Church School Choirs – All School Choirs will start on the week of August 19th! Click here to register.

St. Monica Pride Choir – Rehearsal: Friday at 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. in the church (only on Mass days)
  • This choir is the flagship choir of the SMS choirs.  They lead the Music for our Friday morning school Masses on school days. The singers also serve as cantors for the Mass. The choir sings a wide variety of music and the rehearsals are upbeat and filled with energy. Students must be in grades 5-8.

St. Monica Select Choir – Rehearsal: Grades 5-8, Wednesdays afterschool- 5:00 p.m., Meet in Cafeteria.

  • This choir is the most advanced choir at St. Monica.  This choir focuses on more technical choral techniques and basic music theory.

St. Monica Bearcat Choir – Rehearsal: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. in the Church (only Mass Days)

  • The Bearcat choir leads the Music for our Tuesday morning school Masses only on school days. The singers also serve as cantors for the Mass. The students learn music for the Mass as well as fundamentals of music and liturgy. Students must be in grades 2-4.

Parish Honor Choir

Grades 2-4 Rehearses Thursdays after school –  5:00 p.m., Meet in Cafeteria. NOTE: Students from schools other than St. Monica may arrive when they are able.
  • This group allows the young members of St. Monica Parish and School to prepare and lead music in a Sunday Mass. The singers learn a wide variety of music from all time periods. In rehearsals the students learn fundamentals of singing and music and fundamentals of liturgy, as well as preparing for Sunday Masses.
For more information on these choirs, please contact the Music Ministry: Emmanuel Espiritu, Director of Youth and Youth Music, (214) 358-1453 Ext. 103, eespiritu@stmonicachurch.org

Cub Scout Pack 712 (K-5th)

Cub Scouts integrates school and church to teach boys respect for God, family, community, country and self.

For details, please contact:
David Boon

Destination Imagination (K – 8)

Destination ImagiNation® Inc. is an innovative organization that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving to students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation® is an unconventional team learning experience where student teams all over the world solve mind-bending challenges. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work as a team, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. 
Teams work together for several months to create their solutions to the Challenges, which can have theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical focuses. Teams also learn and practice creative quick-thinking skills for the Instant Challenge portion of the program.
Teams then present their Challenge solutions at one of sixteen Regional Tournaments during the month of February. St. Monica DI teams compete in an annual Regional Competition.
Contact Person for more information is Sheila Selly sselly@stmonicaschool.org

Drama Kids

St. Monica School is excited to offer a new program for the 2019-2020 school year. Drama Kids International will be offering programs for DK, K-4th & 5th-8th Grades. Students will develop important confidence-building skills that will help them personally and academically. 

  • Where: St. Monica School Music Room (Plote) and Ms. Oropeza’s Room (D30) on Mondays 
  • Who: 4K-DK 3:00-3:30pm (Music Room)
                K-4th 3:20-4:20pm (D30)
                5th-8th 3:35-4:45pm (Music Room)        
  • Rate: $30 Annual Registration Fee
                $50 per month for DK
                $65 per month for K-8th
    Click Here to Register

Girl Scouts (K-8)

Girl Scouting at St. Monica helps to reinforce Christian values while also providing interesting activities which foster social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.

For details, please contact

Monica Lopez

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (1-8)

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) is the official youth program of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) for young Catholic girls to promote personal and spiritual development as well as service to others. If you are interested in joining please contact:
JCDA Group Coordinator
Regina Rivera

2019-2020 JCDA Grade Level Coordinators

National Junior Honor Society (6-8)

The St. Monica Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an organization to develop enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, develop character, and encourage good citizenship. Membership is by invitation only and is based on maintaining a 94 cumulative grade point average while in grades 6, 7 and 8. Students must have been enrolled at St. Monica at least one semester to be eligible.
Part of the chapter’s community service this year is to help with the morning safety patrol, volunteer for Autumnfest events, and assist as school ambassadors. Other projects will be unveiled throughout the year.  

Contact for National Junior Society:
Kimberly Garner at kgarner@stmonicaschool.org
Trey King at tking@stmonicaschool.org

Quiz Bowl (5-8)

Quiz Bowl

Test your knowledge!  Make new friends!  Join the fun!


What is Quiz Bowl?

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more.

The defining feature of quiz bowl is the use of a “buzzer system” that lets players interrupt the reading of a question when they know the answer. That element adds a dimension of confidence, anticipation, and rapid recall to a game about knowing facts. Those “tossup” questions are answered individually, but doing so earns one’s team a chance at a three-part “bonus” question. Bonus questions are worth more points and allow collaboration, but are generally more difficult.*

When are Practices & Tournaments?

Watch a practice in action to learn more, or email Lisa Keelan, Library Manager at St. Monica, to join or ask questions.  Practice sessions are in the library meeting room on Tuesdays from 7:00-7:45 a.m. and Thursdays from 3:35-4:45 p.m. There are usually 3-4 tournaments per year at area schools.  They begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until about 2:30 p.m.  If our team advances to the finals round, the tournament will last until 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Who Can Join & How?

Quiz Bowl tournaments are open to students in middle school, but and fifth grade students may get a head start on next year by attending practices and gaining knowledge and skills early!


Want more info about Quiz Bowl?  Visit the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) site.


*Source: https://www.naqt.com/about/quiz-bowl.html




Recycle Club (6-8)

When the program began we had five blue recycle bins in 2009-2010 and two students developed the program – as a social justice project. Now we have a team of 21 students with over nine city sized recycle bins outside and a recycle bin or two in each office and / or classroom – it has become ingrained in our daily lives here at St. Monica and has become a club lead by members of the Student Council.

Student Council (6-8)

Student Council Projects:
  • Pennies For Heaven
    Pennies for Heaven is every first Friday and the student council collects money as students enter the church.
  • Buck a Jean Day
    Once a month the Student Council has a Buck-a-Jean day where all students, faculty and staff can pay $1 to benefit a different cause each month.
  • Souper Bowl of Caring
    This is event is held in January (click here for their website). Students may donate canned soup, canned goods, or any other non-perishable food items. If a student brings in money, each $1 counts towards (3) cans. All proceeds will go towards the North Texas Food Bank. If your class meets its goal, then your class will earn a Free Spirit Dress Down Day.  
Mission Statement
Using the energy of the Souper Bowl of Caring to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.
Vision Statement
Transform the time around the Souper Bowl of Caring into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. 
We believe:
  • The idea for Souper Bowl of Caring is a gift from God
  • Young people have the ability to serve and should be given opportunities to lead their communities in helping others
  • Every dollar collected through Souper Bowl of Caring should be donated directly to a charity selected by each participating group
  • People of all backgrounds and beliefs can work together
  • Hunger and poverty have a negative impact on individuals and the communities in which they live, yet there is joy in serving and giving to those in need
  • The excitement and energy surrounding the Souper Bowl of Caring can be used to engage young people in service while producing lasting hope for all people  

If you have any questions about the St. Monica Student Council, please contact the moderators:  Mrs. Prewitt cprewitt@stmonicaschool.org or Mrs. Russell vrussell@stmonicaschool.org

[Click here] for the Constitution of the St. Monica Student Council, which details all qualifications and duties of the members of Student Council.