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St. Catherine’s Montessori

ANNUAL REPORT

2017-2018


2017-2018 St. Catherine’s Montessori

B OA R D

O F

D I R E C TO R S

David Marks President

Ryan Patterson Treasurer

Chris Palamountain Secretary

Chris Jordan Alison Jefferies Bob Lunn Sr. Mary Magdalen Hanel, OP Sr. Charles Anne Solomon, OP Sr. Sharon Steglich, OP Sr. Edna Ann Hebert, OP Ex-Officio; Emeritus

St. Catherine’s Montessori A D M I N I S T R AT I O N Susan Tracy

Head of School

Julie McLarry

Admissions Director

Holly Copeland

Business Director

Violet Perez

Advancement Director


O U R

M I S S I O N

As a Catholic Montessori school, St. Catherine’s is dedicated to an educational experience which awakens in our students the awareness of their gifts and responsibilities as individuals in relationship with Jesus Christ and as stewards of the global community.

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F R O M

T H E

H E A D

O F

S C H O O L

Susan Tracy

The overarching thought that surfaces when reflecting on the 2017-2018 school year is the incredible strength and kindness of the St. Catherine’s Montessori community. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey brought families together to help one another with the most basic needs. Children joined parents in an exhibition of love and hospitality for others, and carried that generous spirit into the school year to continue providing for those in need. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the difficult start to the school year, the majority of St. Catherine’s parents participated in the Strategic Planning process to define the direction of the school for the next 5 years. It’s as if the energy expended in helping after the storm put us in a state of “flow” and actually united and revitalized us as a community, giving us the fortitude to plan for the future. The Appreciative Inquiry approach to the planning process helped us recognize what we are grateful for at St. Catherine’s and what we can do to make our school even better. Interestingly enough, while the whole community was planning for the next 5 years, we were simultaneously enjoying the fruits of prior planning with the completion of the campus expansion, opening our high school, and developing an environmental land experience at Japhet Creek. It was a year of reaping and sowing. The compassion and generosity of this community are evidenced in all circumstances and are the greatest gifts we can model for our children. What an inspiring and fulfilling year. In humble gratitude to all in this community. Blessings,


F R O M

T H E

P R E S I D E N T

David Marks My term as president of the Board of Directors began at the same time I watched my youngest daughter, the last of three graduates of St. Catherine’s Montessori, graduate from college. I firmly believe that the foundation for that bright, accomplished young woman was developed in her years at St. Catherine’s. It is the unique character of the school that is responsible for establishing the spiritual and educational foundation upon which she has grown, and it is that unique character we must all take responsibility for preserving and expanding. During the 2017-2018 school year, we saw the fruits of the generosity of our families and friends translated into an expansion of the school. We participated, with the help and support of Sterling Associates and the leadership of board member Alison Jefferies, in the updating of the school’s Strategic Plan. Having completed the development and adoption of the plan, we have moved into the implementation stage, wherein we challenge ourselves to realize a vision for the school that we – its parents, students, faculty, staff, and board members – collectively created. With the addition of the Japhet Creek properties and the expanded opportunities that they offer added into the mix of St. Catherine’s resources, we are experiencing a most exciting time for the school. The decisions we make over the next few years will dramatically impact the direction and character of St. Catherine’s over the next fifty years. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve on the school board and to have met and gotten to know so many of the current families. I look forward to working with the school as it continues to grow and develop on its continuing journey. Blessings to all who enter and support St. Catherine’s Montessori.

David Marks

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F I N A N C I A L S

Revenue

U N R E S T R I C T E D

R E V E N U E

Tuition

3,341,745

Registration and Fees

417,977

Annual Fund Giving

191,240

Other

63,667

Total Unrestricted Revenue:

R E S T R I C T E D

4,014,629

R E V E N U E

Capital Campaign

67,438

Fundraising Events

47,930

Other*

30,904

Total Restricted Revenue:

146,272

*Direct Donor Benefits

Expenses

Salaries and Benefits Depreciation

2,845,096 211,039

Curriculum and Class Activities

188,269

Other Expenses

140,352

Building and Grounds

252,761

Utilities

86,268

Insurance

74,874

Professional Development

79,592

Technology

67,711

3,945,963


U N R E S T R I C T E D R E V E N U E

Tuition: 83%

Registration & Fees: 10% Annual Giving: 5% Other: 2%

E X P E N S E S Salaries & Benefits: 72% Depreciation: 5% Curriculum & Class Activities: 5% Other Expenses: 4% Buildings & Grounds: 6% Utilities: 2% Insurance: 2% Professional Development: 2% Technology: 2%

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A Foundation F O R

G R OW T H

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, despite continuing to recover from the impact of Hurricane Harvey to our city, the St. Catherine’s Montessori community remained committed to giving time, resources, and financial gifts in order to meet our school’s goals. This persevering attitude is what has sustained St. Catherine’s over the last half century and will continue to drive us into the future. The financial strength of St. Catherine’s Montessori continues to improve since we attained debt-free status three years ago. Through the very generous community support during our Capital Campaign, we were able to add much needed space and resources for organic growth without acquiring new debt. Construction of two new Upper Elementary classrooms and restoration of The Sister Edna Ann Hebert Library were completed on time and under budget this past summer – an accomplishment for which we can all be proud and inspiration on which we can build. As our financials illustrate year after year, St. Catherine’s Montessori is a fiscally responsible organization where the majority of revenue is directed to where our children will benefit most - the classroom. As we implement the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, additional projects will be necessary to meet our community’s needs and expand learning opportunities for our children. The Finance Committee and Board of Directors remain committed to looking for opportunities to grow responsibly while maintaining our focus on key initiatives. I am truly honored to serve as treasurer of the Board of Directors at our wonderful school. St. Catherine’s Montessori is a special place and my family is grateful to be part of this loving, generous community. Ryan Patterson Treasurer, Board of Directors Chair, Finance Committee


Advancing O U R

M I S S I O N

A DVA N C E M E N T CO M M I T T E E

For over 50 years, St. Catherine's Montessori has provided its students with an exceptional education, founded on the principles established by Maria Montessori and instilled with the Catholic faith. During that time, many families have helped to advance the mission of our school by giving of their time, talent, and treasure. In 2017-2018 our community contributed to the SCM Fund and accepted the opportunity to continue the legacy that began with our foundresses by providing additional financial aid support to make our school accessible to a diverse group of families. To keep us always looking forward with an eye towards improvement, we also engaged in a robust and dynamic strategic planning process in order to set achievable goals. It is the continuing goal of Advancement to work towards securing the necessary resources that ensure the mission carries on, and to help reach the goals outlined in our five-year strategic plan. The St. Catherine’s community achieved many advancement milestones in 2017-2018, which include: •C  oncluding our Capital Campaign, with a final fundraising event, “Under the Stars at Japhet Creek,” and the construction of our two new Upper Elementary classrooms and restoration of The Sister Edna Ann Hebert Library; •R  aising $185,120 for the SCM Fund with 82% of parents participating and 100% board and faculty/staff participation; • Raising $38,100 for tuition assistance at our Great Conversations fundraising event; • Hosting 29 Sociables events, which fostered community spirit and raised $29,561 in support of the school’s operating expenses; and • Developing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, which included parent participation in five Appreciative Inquiry Sessions, two all-school sessions, and a parent survey with an 84% current family response rate

“Through the work of Advancement, I have seen firsthand how St. Catherine’s Montessori supports and fosters the development of the whole child —intellectually, physically, socially, morally, and spiritually. Because of your generous support to the SCM Fund, the Capital Campaign and tuition assistance, we are able to continue to meet the needs of our children. Thank you to the SCM community for volunteering, donating, and supporting our community!” Chris Palamountain Secretary, Board of Directors Chair, Advancement Committee

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Building on the Legacy S T. C AT H E R I N E ’ S M O N T E S S O R I C A P I TA L C A M PA I G N What a joyful moment it was to witness Sister Edna Ann cut the ribbon and, along with Susan Tracy and Sister Mary Magdalen, bless our new classrooms in front of the very children who will benefit from new environments in the form of shiny, spacious classrooms, as well as a beautifully-appointed library! We sincerely appreciate the generosity of our school community and extended friends and family, and value their participation in our Capital Campaign, “Building on the Legacy,” and the realization of these important projects. As it has done time and time again, the St. Catherine’s Montessori community pulled together to create the best environment possible so that our children and future generations of children may learn, grow, and develop with all that they need to do so successfully. We are grateful, and in awe of the generosity and spirit of this community. Thank you! Kristina Baizan Devereux and Deborah Gremillion Co-Chairs Capital Campaign Committee

C A P I TA L

C A M PA I G N

CO M M I T T E E

Kristina Baizan Devereux and Roy Devereux, Co-Chairs Deborah and Rock Gremillion, Co-Chairs Kristin and Malcolm Cogan Cathy and Randy Crath Janella del Mundo Gee and Andrew Gee Jennifer and Steve Grace Mary Grimord and David Marks Alison Jefferies and Lorenzo Cohen Larissa and Antonio La Matta Pat and Bob Lunn Shannon and Jamie Mann Rachel and Greg Marino Elizabeth and Nathaniel Martinez Eileen and David Meinert Lynne and Mike Morris Kimberly and Matthew Pacetti Gretchen and Kenneth Penny Ana Treviño-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey Mary and Chan Tysor

C A P I TA L

C A M PA I G N

A DV I S O RY

CO M M I T T E E

Mary Beth and Johnny Arcidiacono Karen and Paul Davis Carla and Michael Deavers Gina and Tom Fulkerson Harry Gee, Jr. Krista and Kevin Kirton Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, S.J. Barron Lozano Sandra and Juan Mangini Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Jean and Glynn Roberts Michelle and Cliff Shedd Steve Stelzer Rev. Kevin Storey, C.S.B


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1. Sr. Edna Ann Hebert placing time capsule 2. Head of School Susan Tracy with Capital Campaign Co-chairs and Sr. Edna Ann 3. Ribbon cutting ceremony 4. Sr. Edna Ann with children at Spring Fling 5. Under the Stars at Japhet Creek fundraiser 6. Student in restored SEAHL

We extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who generously contributed to this campus expansion project in support of St. Catherine’s growing needs. L I S T

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D O N O R S

W I S D O M TO L I G H T S O C I E T Y:

$100,000 - $249,999 The Brown Foundation Claudia and Roberto Contreras in honor of Chloe and Oren Boucher Cathy and Randy Crath Karyn and Charles Crisp in honor of Gabriel, Elias & Caleb Han The Cullen Foundation Kristina Baizan Devereux and Roy Devereux Gina and Tom Fulkerson Deborah and Rock Gremillion in honor of Kathy Hijazi Patricia and Robert Lunn Shannon and Jamie Mann G L O B E S O C I E T Y : $75,000 - $99,999

The Baxter Trust EOG Resources, Inc.

M O N T E S S O R I S O C I E T Y : $50,000 - $74,999

Anonymous The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Sarah and Timothy Harvey in memory of Jim and Marilou Harvey Ellen Linbeck and Leo Linbeck, III

T I M B E R S I D E C I R C L E : $25,000 - $49,999

Mary Grimord and David Marks Christie and Jeremy Jones Sarah and Christopher Lewis Misty and Surena Matin Martha Reid and Donald Reid, Jr. Michelle and Cliff Shedd Texas Instruments Foundations Michelle and Craig Vinson G O L D E N B E A D S PAT R O N :

$10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous Julia and Stewart Baker The Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation Chevron HumanKind Chanelle Clark and John Clark, Jr. John Cogan Karyn and Charles Crisp in honor of The SEAHL Ann and Bob Croyle Jessica and Robert Croyle Cristina and Scot Dixon EOG Resources, Inc. in honor of The SEAHL Dione and Jeff Gaspar Antje Gee and Harry Gee, Jr. H. Stephen Grace Alison Jeffries and Lorenzo Cohen Claudine Johnson and Eric Tait Marilyn Jose and Antonio Poy

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G O L D E N B E A D S P A T R O N : $10,000 - $24,999

(Continued) Anne and Christopher Kappes Rachel and Greg Marino Rosecler Marmentini and Adrian Hernandez Anne and Don McAdams Violet and Robert Perez Shell Oil Company Foundation St. Catherine’s Parent Service Organization Strake Foundation Susan Tracy in honor of Sr. Edna Ann Hebert, OP and in memory of Sr. Shirley Owens, OP Mary and Chan Tysor P I N K T O W E R P A T R O N : $5,000 - $9,999

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Bayer Family Foundation in honor of The SEAHL The Julia Louis Baker Family Charitable Corporation Catherine and Michael Barber in memory of Kathy Coleman Dana and Adam Bayer in honor of The SEAHL Kristin and Malcolm Cogan in honor of The SEAHL Carla and Michael Deavers Patty Thessen-Dems and Bernard Dems Ana Treviño-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey Goodman Financial Corporation Zsofia Intody and David M. Spencer in memory of Bud Spencer Megan and Christopher Jordan Larissa and Tony La Matta Courtney and Eric Lerch Shannon and Jamie Mann in honor of The SEAHL Sara McIntosh Eileen and David Meinert Teresa and John Molbeck in honor of Alexandra, Madeleine and Malcolm Cogan and Jack and Luke Salazar Lynne and Michael Morris in memory of Sr. Shirley Owens, OP Kathryn Palamountain in honor of Bill and Paula Palamountain Shea Palamountain and Robert Smith Tiffany Raczy and Chad Mavity Lois Ramdonetta and Nuri Nuri Barbara Reese in honor of The SEAHL Sarah and Craig Scherschel Monica Tschen and Gary Hickok Desiree and Anthony Tigner Marian Zinnante in honor of The SEAHL Erin Allison and Trey Buttelmann AmazonSmile Foundation Bella Amor and Benigno Cintron in honor of The SEAHL Laura and David Anderson Cay Appling in memory of Martin B. Riggs Carmen and Jordi Baizan Caroline Baizan and Jean-Pierre Maria and Gabriel Baizan Baker Hughes Foundation Rachel and Joshua Baker in honor of The SEAHL Julia and Stewart Baker in honor of The SEAHL Catherine and Michael Barber in honor of The SEAHL Vanessa and Grant Barfuss in honor of The SEAHL Erin and Mark Biscone Emily and Jeff Blackman

O W L C L U B : Under $5,000

Cynthia Blessman and Jon Moody Hillary Boswell and Carl Allen Alicia and Edward Brantley in honor of The SEAHL Katherine and Jason Buchanan Kellye and Bradley Burke in honor of The SEAHL Tamara and Dean Cannon in honor of The SEAHL Marcia and Frank Carlucci Marcy Chavero in honor of The SEAHL Paulette and Anthony Chavez in honor of The SEAHL Birgit and Alistair Clague in honor of The SEAHL Holly Copeland Sarah and Leo Costello in honor of The SEAHL Cathy and Randy Crath in honor of The SEAHL Ann and Bob Croyle in honor of The SEAHL Jessica and Robert Croyle in honor of The SEAHL Crown Castle USA Inc. Carla and Michael Deavers in honor of The SEAHL Mary Jo Detweiler Kristina Baizan Devereux and Roy Devereux in honor of The SEAHL Amy and Jay Diamonon in honor of The SEAHL Maria Diaz Cristina and Scot Dixon in honor of The SEAHL Mardi Do and Nicholas Nguyen Maggie Dobbins The Dominican Sisters of Houston in honor of Sr. Adrian Dover, OP, Sr. Julie Greig, OP, Sr. Edna Ann Hebert, OP and Sr. Mary Magdalen Hanel, OP Jacinta Edussuriya Maria Fajardo and Miguel Contreras in memory of Martin B. Riggs Adam Farris in honor of The SEAHL Laurie and Anthony Farris in honor of The SEAHL Carly and Gregory Filippov in honor of The SEAHL Rachel Flay Forney Construction in honor of The SEAHL Katy French and Michael Bloom in honor of The SEAHL Carolyn and Ronald Galfione in honor of Alexander, Christopher, Gabriel and Liliana Flores The Fluor Foundation in memory of Martin B. Riggs Luz Gascot and Pedro Garza Janella del Mundo Gee and Andrew Harry Gee Ana and Bernando Goarmon Isabella Godfrey Ana Treviño-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey in honor of The SEAHL H. Stephen Grace in honor of The SEAHL Klair Grace in honor of The SEAHL Sherry and John Gremillion in honor of The SEAHL Mollie and Patrick Gremillion in memory of Martin B. Riggs Mary Grimord and David Marks in honor of The SEAHL Lenna and Jeff Groudan Mary Ann and David Haberman Wanda and Barry Harding Kristin Zipple-Shedd and RJ Hazeltine-Shedd Jamie and R-J Heijman in honor of The SEAHL Maria Hernandez


O W L C L U B (Continued):

Mary Hester Kathy and Mahmoud Hijazi Emily and Christopher Hughes in memory of Martin B. Riggs Joan and Joe Hunt Athanasia and John Hyun Yvonne and Mark Jacobs in honor of Sr. Edna Ann Hebert, OP and in memory of Sr. Shirley Owens, OP Yvonne and Mark Jacobs in honor of The SEAHL Christine Jaen and Oscar Perez in honor of The SEAHL Romesha and Joseph Jayasundera Tracey Ledoux and Jerrid Gunderson in honor of The SEAHL Alison Jefferies and Lorenzo Cohen Alison Jefferies and Lorenzo Cohen in honor of The SEAHL Christie and Jeremy Jones in honor of The SEAHL JP Morgan Chase Susanna and Clay Kartye in honor of The SEAHL Kencove Farm Fence Supplies and Rock Gremillion, Jr. in memory of Martin B. Riggs Krista and Kevin Kirton in honor of The SEAHL Ivy and Wade Koteras Larissa and Antonio La Matta in honor of The SEAHL Bernadette and Fernando Levaro Bernadette and Fernando Levaro in honor of The SEAHL Sarah and Christopher Lewis in honor of The SEAHL Laura and Enrique Lima in honor of The SEAHL Amy and Alan Lindsey Amy and Alan Lindsey in honor of The SEAHL Melissa and David Lopez in honor of The SEAHL Juan Mangini in honor of The SEAHL Sandra Mangini in honor of The SEAHL Janice and George Marino in honor of The SEAHL Rosecler Marmentini and Adrian Hernandez in honor of The SEAHL Elizabeth and Nathaniel Martinez Elizabeth and Nathaniel Martinez in honor of The SEAHL Anthony Masterson in honor of The SEAHL Victoria Mata and Mario Yearwood Misty and Surena Matin in honor of The SEAHL Miriam Bracamonte-Maus and Erik Maus in honor of The SEAHL Judy and Don McCullough in honor of The SEAHL Hugh McIntosh Julie McLarry and Justin Homfeld Camden Miller in honor of The SEAHL Rose Ann Morello Lynne and Michael Morris in honor of The SEAHL Lisa and Bruce Moses Thomas Mouton Renae Holman Murti in honor of The SEAHL MaryAnna and Patrick Nagorski in honor of The SEAHL Edith Napoleon-Segovia and Adrian Segovia Patty and Frank Napoleon in honor of Edith Napoleon Kylie and Paul Nguyen in honor of The SEAHL Corine and Joel Noronha Alina NuĂąez and Jorge Villalobos in honor of The SEAHL Brooke and Andrew Nyberg Jocelyn Ochoa Catherine and Christopher O'Neill in honor of The SEAHL Teresa Onofre Adina and Leonard Oosterwijk

O W L C L U B (Continued):

Christine Orengo in honor of The SEAHL Mollie and Thomas Osborne Kimberly and Matthew Pacetti Kathryn Palamountain in honor of The SEAHL Margaret Panuska in memory of Martin B. Riggs Joan Panuska and Family in memory of Martin B. Riggs Vanessa and Ryan Patterson Vanessa and Ryan Patterson in honor of The SEAHL PSC in honor of Maria Baizan Gretchen and Ken Penny Michelle and Brett Perkison Jo Ann and Joseph Piper in memory of Martin B. Riggs Judith Raines and David Kem in memory of Martin B. Riggs Lois Ramondetta and Nuri Nuri in honor of The SEAHL Martha Reid and Donald Reid, Jr. in honor of The SEAHL Raquel Rendon-Brito and Eduardo Brito Susan and Howard Rich in honor of The SEAHL Shelley Robson and Devin Weiss Melody and Eric Rodriquez LuAnn and David Sanchez Cathy and Mark Santos Christi Savarese Michael Savarese Sarah and Craig Scherschel in honor of The SEAHL Lynn and Mark Schmidt Shell Oil Company Foundation in honor of The SEAHL Shaina and Christopher Sheppard in honor of The SEAHL Kathy and Paul Simpson Emily Sing and Erick Ragni in honor of The SEAHL Michelle and John Smiley Michelle and John Smiley in honor of The SEAHL Renee and Ryan Smith Mindy and Tim Snow Audrey Speicher Peggie Stout and R. J. Stout, Jr. in memory of Martin B. Riggs Kay and Johnny Sullivan in memory of Martin B. Riggs Laverne and Wilford Swank Hiroko Tanaka and Gregston Chu Kathleen and James Thornton in memory of Martin B. Riggs Susan Tracy in honor of The SEAHL Mary and Chan Tysor in honor of The SEAHL William Tysor in honor of The SEAHL Jennifer and Nathan Uitenbroek Michelle and Craig Vinson in honor of The SEAHL Adriana Visbal and Alejandro Contreras in honor of The SEAHL Sandra and David Wager in honor of The SEAHL Martin Wamp Jack Warren in honor of The SEAHL Kristen and Joshua Weed Elaine Wendt in honor of The SEAHL Charles Wheatley in honor of The SEAHL Wendy Wight and James Meyn in honor of The SEAHL Claire and John Paul Yabraian in honor of The SEAHL Michele Yap and Brian Lee Carolyn Zaskoda in memory of Martin B. Riggs F R I E N D S O F S T. C AT H E R I N E ’ S

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Gina and Tom Fulkerson in honor of Sr. Edna Ann Hebert


SCM Fund 2017-2018 " E V E RY

FA M I LY

F O R

E V E RY

C H I L D "

The foundation of all St. Catherine’s Montessori fundraising, the SCM Fund touches every member of our community, and allows us to fully fund the actual cost of educating each child enrolled at the school. Contributions to the SCM Fund are unrestricted and provide the necessary resources to fund salaries and professional development for teachers, the purchase of classroom materials and equipment, and maintenance of the building and grounds. Moreover, the Fund helps St. Catherine's Montessori uphold our longstanding commitment to keep tuition affordable and maintain a diverse community. SCM FUND REPRESENTATIVES Infant Community Annie Sallans: Amanda Vlastas and Fernando Cuartas Primary Kathy Guani: Michelle and John Smiley Renae Holman Murti: Megan and Christopher Jordan Jenny McClure: Eileen and Wesley Ford Jennifer Uitenbroek: Amber McCarthy and Adolph Trudeau Lower Elementary Veronica Harth: Rosecler Marmentini and Adrian Hernandez Megan Monks: Courtney and Eric Lerch Ly Thompson: Catherine and Michael Barber Upper Elementary Maggie Dobbins: Angela and Nathan Fowler Tim Snow: Larissa and Tony La Matta

Adolescent Community Amy Lindsey, Anthony Masterson, Tom Mouton, Teresa Onofre, Catherine Ruff, Gusty Simpson: Sarah and Tim Harvey High School Kathy Hijazi: Sarah and Craig Scherschel Faculty & Staff Renae Holman Murti Alumni Marcella Lunn Matthew Morris Grandparents Paula and Bill Palamountain


St. Catherine’s Montessori is blessed by the generosity of the following individuals, families, foundations, and corporations who supported us during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. These donors made SCM Fund gifts between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Their commitment to our mission allows us to provide the best curriculum, environment, and facilities for the academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of St. Catherine's students. G U A R D I A N S O F L I G H T : $5,000 +

V E R I T A S : $1,000 - $1,499

Chanelle Clark and John Clark, Jr. Tina and Umberto La Matta Catherine and Christopher O'Neill

Catherine and Michael Barber Vanessa and Grant Barfuss Elizabeth Dambouradijan and Kenneth Stemac Sania and Aziz Gilani Jennifer and Steve Grace Wanda and Robert Harding Wanda and Robert Harding in honor of the Adolescent Community Guides Janna and William Harris Zsofia Intody and David Spencer Alison Jefferies and Lorenzo Cohen Christie and Jeremy Jones Carol and David McLarry in honor of Parker Homfeld and Blaire McLarry Matthew Morris Susan Morrison Kimberly and Matthew Pacetti Violet and Robert Perez Carrie and Kristen Procinsky Tiffany Raczy and Chad Mavity Angela and Graham Randall Sarah and Craig Scherschel Michelle and Cliff Shedd in honor of Clara and Oliver Shedd Emily Sing and Erick Ragni Michelle and Craig Vinson Katherine and Jackson Vo Adriana Visbal and Alejandro Contreras Amanda Vlastas and Fernando Cuartas Wendy Wight and James Meyn

F O U N D E R S ’ C I R C L E : $2,500 - $4,999

Paulette and Anthony Chavez Ann and Bob Croyle in honor of Baker, Elizabeth, and Mary Margret Croyle Cristina and Scot Dixon Audrey and Keith Glickert Ana and Bernardo Goarmon Megan and Christopher Jordan Sarah and Christopher Lewis Shaina and Christopher Sheppard Monica and Phong Tang S T. C AT H E R I N E ’ S O F S I E N A S O C I E T Y:

$1,500 - $2,499

Julia and Stewart Baker Dana and Adam Bayer Theresa and Kenneth Butler Catherine and Randy Crath Maria and Carlos de Aldecoa Kristina Baizan Devereux and Roy Devereux Deborah and Rock Gremillion Mary Grimord and David Marks Sarah and Timothy Harvey Amir and Aquil Khandwala Larissa and Antonio La Matta Bernadette and Fernando Levaro Amy and Alan Lindsey Rosecler Marmentini and Adrian Hernandez Amber McCarthy and Adolph Trudeau Julie McLarry and Justin Homfeld Cynthia Moreno and Edgar Aburto Loretta and Mark Nastoupil Paula and Bill Palamountain Paula and Bill Palamountain in honor of Caroline Palamountain and Auden Smith Kathryn Palamountain Shea Palamountain and Rob Smith Vanessa and Ryan Patterson Michelle and John Smiley Sandra Smith in honor of Caroline Palamountain and Auden Smith Jennifer Taylor and Jeremy Ward

T O R C H B E A R E R S : $100 - $999

Erin Allison and Trey Buttelmann Nancy and William Attra Maria and Gabriel Baizan Katia Baizan-Gonzalez and Jorge Gonzalez Beverly and Peter Barber in honor of Cecilia and Fiona Barber Susan and George Bazin in honor of Isaac Bazin Jennifer and Rishi Bhardwaj Emily and Jeff Blackman Andrea and Michael Boucher Hillary Boswell and Carl Allen Raquel Rendon-Brito and Eddie Brito Katherine and Jason Buchanan Rebecca Chi and Eddie Chen May Le and Brian Chiu

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T O R C H B E A R E R S : $100 - $999 (continued)

Birgit and Alistair Clague Hadley and James Cogan Vy and Jack Collett Holly Copeland Sarah and Leo Costello Pat and Don Craig in honor of Owen Lowry Jessica and Robert Croyle Carla and Michael Deavers Paula deWitte Caroline and Angelo Directo Eileen and Craig Doran in honor of Sr. Antoinette Carter's Diamond Jubilee Jacinta Edussuriya Helen Engelhardt Maria Fajardo and Miguel Contreras Carly and Gregory Filippov Rachel Flay Cindy and Reginald Fontno Cindy and Reginald Fontno in honor of Veronica Harth and Megan Monks Eileen and Wesley Ford Angela and Nathan Fowler Ginger Frederick in memory of Jerry P. Frederick Kylie and John Galfione Dione and Jeffrey Gaspar Janella del Mundo Gee and Andrew Gee Ana TreviĂąo-Godfrey and Jonathan Godfrey Thanatcha and Matthew Goitia H. Stephen Grace Lindsay and James Gregory Pam and Jim Griggs in honor of Marley Griggs Katherine Guani Angie and Christian Gubitz Mary Ann and David Haberman Sheila Hall and James Hall, Jr. Rosaire and Jim Hall in honor of James Hall Sr. Mary Magdalen Hanel, OP Veronica and Greg Harth Glenna Hazeltine in honor of Clara and Oliver Shedd Kristin Zipple-Shedd and RJ Hazeltine-Shedd Shirin and Larry Herman in honor of James Hall Kya Heinen and Russell Eddington Kathy and Mahmoud Hijazi Renae Holman Murti Carolyn and Larry Hooper Helen Hsu in honor of Meylia Kumata Athanasia and John Hyun LaToya Ingram LaToya Ingram in honor of Jenny McClure Romesha and Joseph Jayasundera Claudine Johnson and Eric Tait Vita and Ron Jordan Marilyn Jose and Antonio Poy Jamil and Mackale Joyner Birgit Kamps

Anne and Christopher Kappes Heather Kendall and Benjamin Mull Wendy and Jeff Kennedy Lisa and Adam Kiehne Ivy and Wade Koteras Catherine Lee Tracey Ledoux and Jerrid Gunderson Courtney and Eric Lerch Kathi and Ryan Lerch in honor of the Lerch family Angela Ortega and Michael Liga Melissa and David Lopez Melissa and David Lopez in honor of Tim Snow and the Adolescent Community Guides Julieanne and John Loth LaTanya and Ray Love LaTanya and Ray Love in honor of Tim Snow Shannon and Josh Lowry Patricia and Robert Lunn Rosemary and Donald MacAskie Luissa and Herbert MacDonald Shannon and Jamie Mann Nancy and David Martin in honor of Myers and Riley Nyberg Misty and Surena Matin Veronica and Simon Mayer Mary and John McCarthy Jennifer McClure and David Culloty Susan and John McClure in honor of Jackson and Quinn Culloty Sarah and Alistair McIntyre Camden Miller Nicholas Mintz Nazia and Thaha Mirza Irina Mitchell in honor of Adelina Grillo Rose Ann Morello Sheila Murray and Michael Bresson MaryAnna and Patrick Nagorski Edith Napoleon-Segovia and Adrian Segovia Patty and Frank Napoleon in honor of Francis and Mercedes Segovia Mark Nastoupil, Sr. in honor of Ansley and Vivian Nastoupil Kylie and Paul Nguyen Corine and Joel Noronha Elizabeth Nunnally in honor of Katherine and Olivia Smiley Brooke and Andrew Nyberg Teresa Onofre Raul Pasamar Christine and Oscar Perez Michael Poskey Susanne and Ronald Raczy in honor of Benjamin, Daniel, and Ethan Mavity Stephanie Ragni June and Paul Ramondetta in honor of Leila Nuri Lois Ramondetta and Nuri Nuri Leslie and Marcia Randall


T O R C H B E A R E R S : $100 - $999

F R I E N D S : up to $99

Joanna Reid and Donald Reid, Sr. Joanna Reid and Donald Reid, Sr. in honor of Declan, Joaquin, and Ryan Reid Martha Reid and Donald Reid, Jr. Sylvia and Javier Reyna Shelley Robson and Devin Weiss Ann and John Romero in honor of Cecilia and Fiona Barber Anja Roy Catherine and John Ruff Jacqueline and Robert Ruhnke LuAnn and David Sanchez Janet and Sansar Sharma in honor of Max Sharma Anthony and Desiree Tigner Susan Tracy Monica Tschen and Gary Hickok Annis Turney Saudia and Anthony Turney Mary and Robert Tysor Jennifer and Nathan Uitenbroek Andrea Upegui-Arroyave and Jose Cuellar-Silva Sabina and Jacob Vizinat Sandra and David Wager Charles Wheatley Jennifer Wu and Kenny Kumata Bernadette and Noe Zamora Kathy and Francis Zipple

Ely and Jose Marron Anthony Masterson Ashley Melchor Sheheryaar Mohammad Megan Monks Thomas Mouton Jocelyn Ochoa Adina and Leonard Oosterwijk Sharon and Luis Ortiz Michelle and W. Brett Perkison Agustin Ponce Isabel Resendez Denise and Stephen Rodriguez Kesley Rodriguez Janet and Edward Ruhnke in honor of Marie-Josefa Ruhnke Annie Sallans Michael Savarese Shanta Simon Francie and Gusty Simpson Mindy and Tim Snow Sr. Charles Anne Solomon, OP Sr. Sharon Steglich, OP Sally and Edward Stemac Ly Thompson Carrie and David Tollar Kristin and Josh Weed Fumiko Weiss in honor of Zoe Weiss Claire and John Paul Yabraian

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F R I E N D S : up to $99

Lauren Arnold Lucy Bujnoch in honor of Amelia Gonzalez Angel Bush and Andriy Nevidomskyy Sr. Herlinda Cardenas Millie Chavez Catherine Devine and Bradley Bath Mary and Joseph Devine Maria Diaz Maggie Dobbins Blas Espinoza Heidi Flores and Fernando Cabecera Kae and Carlos Fowler Ilse and Alfredo Galeas Katie and Nick Gonzalez Klair Grace in honor of Abigail and Jacob Grace Olga Gireva Grillo and Miguel Grillo Sr. Mary Magdalen Hanel, OP Amelia Hemming Sr. Edna Ann Hebert, OP Maria Hernandez Charlynn Hudson in honor of Ava Dotson Stephen Kempisty Lauren and Christopher Lee Melissa Meingast and Michael Lewis Merari Loera Carol and Nick MacMillan

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CORPORATE MATCHING

American Express Company Chevron HumanKind EDF Trading Limited Exxon Mobil Foundation General Electric Shell Oil Company Foundation Texas Instruments Foundation

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S T. C AT H E R I N E ’ S M O N T E S S O R I T U I T I O N A S S I S TA N C E 2 0 1 7- 2 0 1 8 Maintaining affordable tuition for families who wish to send their children to St. Catherine’s Montessori is a fundamental principle in which our Dominican foundresses firmly believed when they opened the school in 1966. Sr. Edna Ann and Sr. Shirley also believed in providing education to children from diverse backgrounds, and these values set the stage for our long-held position to remain affordable and inclusive. In 2017-2018, St. Catherine’s awarded $49,500 in tuition assistance to 20 students from 11 families. Also in 2017-2018 – with the annual Steps 4 Students 5K Run/Walk, our Great Conversations dinner, grant support and individual giving – SCM families and friends, foundations, and local businesses gave nearly $75,000, which allows St. Catherine’s to provide future tuition assistance. Steps 4 Students: $16,662 Great Conversations: $38,100 Grant Support and Individual Giving: $20,093 Total Tuition Assistance: $74,855


Team SCM at Steps 4 Students, February 17, 2018

Grant Support & Individual Giving Steps 4 Students 2018 Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Fioza Cafe Prelude Music Classes for Children Steps for Students Foundation Mary and Chan Tysor Vernonville Asset Management, LLC West U Orthodontics Claire and John Paul Yabraian

Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation for Hurricane Harvey Tuition Relief Kathleen H. Alsina Andrea and Michael Boucher Raquel and Eddie Brito Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation Iman Hypolite Patricia and Steve Lopez Maria Luna Meritus Industries, LLC Nazia and Thaha Mirza Montessori Administrators Association for Hurricane Harvey Tuition Relief MaryAnna and Patrick Nagorski Mollie and Thomas Osborne Michael Savarese Shelley Robson and Devin Weiss Shaina and Christopher Sheppard St. Catherine of Siena School Charles Wheatley

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Conversations

A B I E N N I A L F U N D R A I S I N G D I N N E R S U P P O R T I N G T U I T I O N A S S I S TA N C E

TA B L E U N D E R W R I T E R S Intuitive Table Host Cathy and Randy Crath, Shannon and Jamie Mann Witty Table Hosts Mary Grimord and David Marks Sarah and Christopher Lewis, Martha Reid and Donald Reid, Jr. Jennifer Taylor and Jeremy Ward Charming Table Hosts Carla and Michael Deavers, Cristina and Scott Dixon Deborah and Rock Gremillion Mary and Chan Tysor I N V I TAT I O N U N D E R W R I T E R S Ana and Bernardo Goarmon Fan and Peter Morris FA C U LT Y A N D S TA F F T I C K E T U N D E R W R I T E R S Monica Guidry Zsofia Intody and David Spencer Alison Jefferies and Lorenzo Cohen Christie and Jeremy Jones Lisa and Adam Kiehne Larissa and Antonio La Matta Melissa and David Lopez Luissa and Herbert MacDonald Violet and Robert Perez Michelle and Craig Vinson DONORS The Charles & Janna Gremillion Family Charitable Fund Cathy and Randy Crath Gabriela and Felipe Fenton Christie and Jeremy Jones Amy and Alan Lindsey Sheila Murray and Michael Bresson Sarah and Craig Scherschel Michelle and Clifford Shedd


April 12, 2018

C O N V E R S AT I O N A L I S T S Jesse Bounds Director of Innovation, Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner Dr. Lorenzo Cohen Director, Integrative Medicine at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Co-Author of Anticancer Living and Alison Jefferies Educator and Co-Author of Anticancer Living

Dr. Patrick Reardon Minimally Invasive Surgeon and Dr. Debra Harvey Reardon Family Physician, Houston Methodist Hospital Jamey Rootes President, Houston Texans

Marcelo Galvao Professional Soccer Player and Founder of ANSA Academy

Dr. Bob Sanborn President and CEO, Children at Risk

Dr. John Hutchinson Dean of Undergraduates, Rice University

Glenn Taylor, MS, ACC Life Coach

Dr. Stephen Klineberg Founder, The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University

Christopher Teel Director of College Counseling, Emery Weiner

Ryan Levy Co-Owner, The Nice Winery Nuri Nuri Travel Buff and KPFT Radio Host of “Blues Brunch”

Nate Uitenbroek Flight Software Engineer, NASA Brock Wagner Founder, St. Arnold’s Brewery Becki Yoo Registered Dietitian and Media/Brand Director of Naturally Nourished

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Community

PA R E N T S E R V I C E O R G A N I Z AT I O N ( P S O ) A N D B O O S T E R C LU B

It was an honor and a privilege to serve as PSO President for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. The time that our parents invest in this community is evident in every event the PSO organizes. During the 2017-2018 year, the PSO committees accomplished many great things, including: • Rallying together to help our fellow families who suffered losses due to Hurricane Harvey; • Hosting playdates and organizing Parent Potlucks to welcome new families and get to know our fellow classroom parents; • Beautifying the garden and grounds on our main campus and at Japhet Creek to prepare for Spring Fling and the “Japhet Under the Stars” fundraising event, as well as assisting our school naturalist with planting, weeding, and harvesting throughout the year; • Hosting nearly 800 total attendees at PSO Fall Fest and PSO Spring Fling; • Organizing the annual Book Fair and Christmas Concert and Dinner, and assisting the library manager with sorting Primary books and other library needs; • Celebrating the liturgical year, hosting weekly Christian meditation for parents and monthly rosaries, as well as recognizing monthly Saint Dedication with a newsletter and altar in the Welcome Center; • Organizing drives for back-to-school supplies during the summer and for pajamas and basic needs during Christmas - in support of the children of Casa de Esperanza; • Celebrating our faculty and staff members with a Christmas-themed appreciation luncheon; • Screening the film, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age with special guest presenter Dr. Crystal Collier, who spoke about screen addiction. As a follow-up to the event, the PSO began a series of Tech Talks, during which parents discussed various topics related to this subject, and invited Dr. Collier to return to lead a roundtable discussion; • Choosing four Book Club selections and hosting discussions; • Treating the Guides with decadent baked goods and sweets at the Dessert Soirée, as well as surprising them with snacks and goodies throughout the year Thank you to the volunteers for the love and hard work you put into fulfilling the PSO’s mission to enhance the experience of all St. Catherine’s Montessori students, staff, and parents. Mary Tysor President, Parent Service Organization

Thank you.


This school year was a great success for the student athletic program. The Booster Club replaced all of the existing sport team uniforms, and they look amazing! It was also a year of transition for the Booster Club, as St. Catherine’s included the athletic program in the school’s operating budget, which provided a wonderful boost of forward planning and support to our hugely popular sports programs. With the addition of Coach Nicky Mintz – who completed his first full year as SCM athletic director – and his strong management of the program, students and parents in all sports enjoyed great seasons. Jim Meyn President, Booster Club

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1. Friends of the Garden working on school grounds 2. Jennifer Grace and Mary Tysor, co-chairs of Casa de Esperanza PJ Drive 3. Employees enjoying the PSO Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dessert Soirée

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