Advancing Our Mission in 2018-2019
This yearly initiative is the foundation of all St. Catherine’s fundraising, because it touches every member of the community. The SCM Fund allows St. Catherine's 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.
The Fund also helps St. Catherine's uphold its long-standing commitment to keep tuition affordable and maintain a diverse community. The motto of the SCM Fund is "Every Family for Every Child," and the school asks that each family make an annual contribution to help maintain the health of the school and demonstrate the community’s belief in its mission.
Every other school year, St. Catherine's hosts a gala celebration to raise seed funding for big projects that will help the school reach its next step. While the theme varies for each gala, the event's focus is always on sustaining St. Catherine's for life.
This year's gala - Night Owl Soirée - was held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 on the St. Catherine's campus. The evening featured, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a biergarten. Proceeds will provide seed funding for projects determined by the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, implementation of which will begin fall 2018. Funds also will support wish list items already identified by St. Catherine's Guides, such as improvements to the Primary Courtyard, equipment for Japhet Creek, and improved gym lighting.
Sociables are parent-sponsored parties and activities hosted throughout the school year that raise funds for St. Catherine's through ticket sales. They are designed as fun community-building opportunities, and, like the SCM Fund, support the school's operational costs. Families can sponsor kids' events for Infant Community through the High School, activities that are fun for the whole family, or parties for adults.
Steps 4 Students is an annual 5K Fun Run/Walk that raises awareness for Catholic Education, and supports the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. St. Catherine's organizes a team and raises funds for the school via registration fees and pledges made in support of team members by a wide network of friends and relatives, in Houston and beyond. This year's race is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019. Proceeds will support the St. Catherine's Montessori Tuition Assistance Program.